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Dave Faries

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    February 27, 2012

    Chef Travis Henderson Was Killed on the Night His Former Restaurant Celebrated Its Re-Opening

    ​Over the weekend, the sad news came in that Travis Henderson, the former chef and co-owner of the Place at Perry's, was shot to death by Dallas SWAT officer Samuel McDonnold. According to reports, the Carrollton Police Department was told on February 24 that Henderson planned to harm himself ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    This Week Online: Superfood are Spawning, Spaghetti is Good and More

    ​This week in the blogosphere, we learned eaters prefer spaghetti to pineapples and how to satisfy the growing numbers of Hispanic wine drinkers. Besides that, it's time for superfood to spawn and vegan burgers to rise above "decent." Read on. City of Ate Like so many other of its patrons, Ha ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Is BEE A Keeper? Bloggers Share Their Thoughts

    ​In-N-Out has poked its head out of the ground again, looking for its shadow. Besides that, muffins may be coming back in a big way. In case you missed either post or are hesitant to believe BEE's boastful name, Dallas blogs and writers are here to enlighten you. Dallas Observer Hanna Raskin fin ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Hair-Cooked, Popcorn and Yogurt (Our Last Hair Pun, Promise)

    No. 2 in our photo series "Guys You Don't Want as Waiters if You Don't Like Hair in Your Food."​If hairy chicken, beer-flavored popcorn and frozen yogurt on hiatus should have anything in common, it's only this week in Dallas blogs. City of Ate Hanna Raskin found a hairy situation at Saint An ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Week in Food: Lots of Lists,
    Plus Some Cabbage for Roughage

    ​ Dallas blogs spent the week wrapping up 2010 in a series of lists and predicting food trends for 2011. City of Ate Hanna Raskin feels diminutive in the face of a face-sized bland chicken breast at Kenny's Italian Kitchen. Alice Laussade edits four-letter words out of her vocabulary to de ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    5 Food Resolutions You Damn Well Won't Keep

    ​We're optimistic that 2011 is going to be the year: The year we discipline ourselves to stop eating just before we feel full; the year we take walks instead of naps after lunch; and the year we admit that not every day is a reason to celebrate (Hey, it's Thesaurus Day! Let's feast!) But it do ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    The Week in Food: Things to be Thankful For -- And Others Not

    ​You might be stressed about cooking dinner next Thursday, but that's the kind of anxiety Dallas chefs breathe, sleep and eat for breakfast (slow-roasted and lavender-infused, naturally.) Some Dallas restaurants are closing for good, some are revamping their previously underwhelming menus, and ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Top Chef To Go Fish

    ​Two years ago, then-Observer restaurant critic Dave Faries wasn't exactly singing the praises of  Go Fish Ocean Club (he was fairly distracted by the waiters' chatter). You know who was impressed? Bravo TV. Beaumont native Tiffany Derry, named Exec Chef of Go Fish Ocean Club in 2008, will ... More >>

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    April 18, 2010

    Report: 7-Eleven's Brewing Up Its Own Brand of Budget Beer Called Game Day

    Kevin Dean​Back in November came news that 7-Eleven was getting into the private-label wine business with Yosemite Road, which sold for $3.99. Dave Faries, alas, was not impressed -- "somewhat palatable" is hardly a viable slogan. So, then, how to greet news of this latest pour: The One Arts Plaza ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    BCS Playoffs: Round 1

    ​With our alternative to the BCS offered up, nothing else to do than to let it play out. Food expert/football junkie Dave Faries, take it away ... Given its record in other matters, it's unlikely Congress can solve the BCS mess and put in place a viable playoff system. And it's very clear the ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    The Art Director's Dozen: Best Dish Photos of 2009

    Sara KerensSpring rolls at Lemongrass.​As we near the end of 2009, it's time to take a look back at all the content we produced for all of you and highlight some of the more memorable, distinctive or popular items. Obviously, this is par for the course this time of year, but allow me to offer up s ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    It's Snowing! In Unrelated News, the BCS Sucks!!

    You are looking live! At, um, snow?!​Drove to work this morning and - swear - it was is snowing like a mutha. Can't confirm that a frost warning has been issued in Hades, but seems like as good a day as any to try and fix the broken, busted, bad BCS. My Observer bloggin' buddy Dave Far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Mix-Mex: A Quick Tour Of Newly Opened Mexican Venues

    ​We Texans love our "Mexican" food. That is, we love flour tortillas filled with breast meat and corn chips dipped in processed cheese. Who wouldn't? Except, as we all know, that's not really Mexican, now is it? (And sometimes, as our own Chris Meesey would point out, the concoctions we adore ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    February 17, 2009

    Squirreling Away For The Recession

    In these deflating economic times, some of us here at the Observer have been doing our best to, oh, dole out less dough for lunch. Hell with stimulating the economy. One of us announced recently that she'd spent $72 on lunches in one week--and unemployment rates continued to climb.So lunch has devol ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Review and Gallery: Coast Global Seafood

    There must be something in the water here this week, because everywhere you look in our food coverage, there's more seafood. This week's Dish column sees Dave Faries visiting Plano's Coast Global Seafood.For a more colorful look at their digs, and a few of their dishes, check out our web-only photo ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Review and Gallery: Fruia's Tre Amici

    In this week's issue of the Observer, Dave Faries visits Fruia's Tre Amici, the self-styled steakhouse "with Italian flair." Check out his review here.As an added bonus for food porn fanatics, we present a gallery of photos from the restaurant, as seen through the lens of Sara Kerens. You'll find th ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    10 Questions: Judd Fruia

    Fruia thinks big--and no wonder.His tenure includes Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (big steaks, big wines and, once, the world's biggest cigar) and a stint with Consilient Restaurants (big buzz), while his newly opened Tre Amici fills the old Rick Stein's spot...making it perhaps the largest restaurant ope ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    10 Questions: Arnold Wayne Jones

    We always thought Jones, food critic for the Dallas Voice, was a little on the strange side. After all, he selected a college not on the strength of their football program, but of their law school. After graduation from the University of Virginia (and all the exams one must endure to enter the legal ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Cali Country

    First the BCS pushes Texas into the also-ran category and now this. The 28th National Beef Cook-Off is asking home cooks to submit "Sonoma-style" recipes for this year's contest.That's right, think simple, light and (above all) colorful...which can probably be achieved by carving thin slices of meat ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Pairing Off: Triscuits And Cream Cheese

    (Enlarged to show texture)Tomorrow night Florida meets Tex...um, those other guys...in college football's finale. This weekend, the NFL playoffs continue as the clock winds inexorably toward the Super Bowl. In other words, it's that time of the year when party snacks creep into the food pyramid. N ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    The New Wasteland, Or Why Doesn't Time Equal Money

    Saturday night I tried to elbow my way into Neighborhood Services, the new Nick Badovinus destination.Tried is the key word--staff members promised a wait of up to three hours for a table and well-heeled types already mobbed the bar area, obviously willing to watch the evening slip away in a sea of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Closing The Book: Some 2008's Best (And Most Lamented) Restaurants

    Two days off, one day at work, then a weekend to recover...For our purposes the new year begins on Monday, when we resume the normal City of Ate schedule of columns, dubious wine pairings and other bits of inspired banality. Today, we close out 2008 with a list of the sorry year's top openings and c ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Slaughterhouse Eight: Steakhouse Serves Reindeer For Christmas

    Make that "Slaughterhouse Nine," including the once great Rudolf, pictured here in rare form.In one of the more disturbing promotions, Park Cities Prime offers reindeer chops through December 30, or as long as the carcasses of Prancer, Cupid and Blitzen are fit to cook. That's right--16 ounces of Da ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Burning Question: How Does It Affect Restaurants When A Nearby Competitor Shuts Down?

    Scene, 62 Main, The Club, Nove Italiano, Metro Grill, Sushi on McKinney, Martini Park, Brothers..The roll call of restaurant closings throughout this embattled year makes 2008 sound like a culinary Iwo Jima. We can almost picture John Wayne poised on the black volcanic sands, reading off the names: ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Pairing Off: Chicken Fried Steak

    Texas should be ashamed of itself.In the old days this state produced larger than life heroes--men like James Fannin, Clyde Barrow and "Hollywood" Henderson. But now, after two from the Bush clan (three if you count Neil), a Rove and the guys at Enron, all we can cling to is our national dish.And ch ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Dueling Critics

    Last week a reader commented on the impression, shared by many, that Dallas Observer (that's us) reviews tend to follow Dallas Morning News (them) pieces by a week or two. For instance, their Bill Addison tore into Pyramid on November 21. We did the same in the December 4 issue. He scoped out Bolsa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Fedora Makes A Statement

    The safety minded-folks at the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission (otherwise known as the notorious TABC) require establishments to post this deterrent somewhere near the entry. Gives those packing unlicensed heat a chance to waive down the valet: "hey, could you throw this Thompson in the trunk?" ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Burning Question: Do Chefs "Do" Sloppy Seconds?

    Sean Avery's not the only one who has a problem with leftovers."I hated them as a kid," admits James Neel, chef at Tramontana. "I didn't want the same thing two days in a row."Wait...are we talking about the same thing? Maybe not. Fortunately, cooks in the city treat sloppy seconds with a little mor ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Pairing Off: Taco Bueno

    So good, its bano--isn't that the slogan? There's no shame in the occasional trip to Taco Bueno. Hard to resist the convenience and the colorful signage. Besides, if Dean Fearing can take guests to Primo's--only a few steps up--the rest of us are welcome to pick up fast food. But (and there's al ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Hash Over: Home for the Holidays, Cut-Rate Lobster, Etc.

    Who knows why everyone takes such delight in gingerbread houses? The fate that befell Hansel and Gretel--or nearly befell; we only know the story through Bugs Bunny--when they encountered such a structure was none too pleasant.But last night, the Rosewood Crescent Hotel put the final bit of icing on ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Hash Over: Holiday Jam, Cut Rate Wine And Other Stuff

    Don't know what to do with odd, even somewhat interesting and likely helpful news of this sort, but pass it along... Not only concerned for public health, but also for the hobby-deprived, credit-burdened gift-givers this holiday season, gourmands at Texas Oncology developed Jingle Jam--a Southern-s ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Hash Over: The Holidays, Postponed And Celebrated

    Just a few news items fitting for these recession-weary times...State & Allen Lounge decided to postpone their holiday wine gathering, planned for December 9, at the behest of patrons. The credit pangs associated with other seasonal demands--i.e., shopping--apparently put a damper on their party ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Burning Question: How Much Time Do Chefs Spend In The Kitchen?

    Earlier this fall, chef Nobu Matsuhisa passed through for a well publicized book signing...and rare visit to his restaurant. Sometime in the next few weeks, Wolfgang Puck's people--not the great man himself--holds a meet and greet session for the real chef at his soon to open Dallas venue.  At ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Pairing Off: PB&J

    Peanut butter and jelly seemed so easy--a kind of sandwich slam dunk; just slap it together and mission accomplished, right?   Ah, but this holdover from grade school lunch is really a problematical beast. Before I even reached Kroger to pick up the necessities, several people had already bro ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Adventure in Grapevine

    Oftentimes, when you hear of a "hidden gem" or haunt for those "in the know," the venue sits just around the corner from some high-traffic destination--hardly camouflaged from those with the courage to walk a few paces.   Way off in distant Grapevine, however, you can venture to a real hidden ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Wild Time At The Well

    When a box of bottled water samples from Mineral Wells arrived at the office this week, I claimed it immediately. I’m an unabashed snob who grimaces at tap water. At home I filter it through my PUR contraption before considering a drink. When I’m out and about it's the bottled variety, even ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Burning Question: What Should You Do When You Have No Cash For The Valet?

    Photo By: Patrick Michels Set aside for now the question of whether valet parking represents an indulgence leftover from the pre-collapse heyday or a convenience necessary in congested parts of town. There are larger issues at stake. For instance, there we were at The Mansion on Turtle Creek wait ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Hash Over: The Pits, Pizza for the Soul And Free Wings

    Clay Pit in Addison expected miracles from chef Vijay Sadhu when they hired him in June. Five months later—or “awhile ago,” according to a manager—they tired of his antics and unceremoniously canned the one time savior.

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    November 19, 2008

    Pairing Off: Turkey TV Dinners

    Photo: Patrick Michels There are, essentially, two rules to Thanksgiving—well, three if you include football: turkey and lots of it. Of course, not everyone makes it to the big family gathering. Police and firefighters must remain on duty, truck drivers and…um…others, may find themselves s ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Burning Question: Which Ingredients Do Chefs Hate To Work With?

    How would you like to slice into these everyday? Lobsters are easy. We mean that in a culinary sense. Bind up the pincers, drop them in water and commence to melting some butter. Likewise steak: a dash of salt, another of pepper and a crackling grill—that’s all there is to it, pretty much. In f ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Pairing Off: Microwave Popcorn

    With apologies to Orville from our usually unrepentant graphics guy. During the uncertain days of economic depression and the threat of global war, America needed a hero, someone to vanquish all wrong, to protect us from evil—someone fictional. So in 1938, the folks at Action Comics gave us Superm ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Hash Over: Big Cheese, Beer Breath and Other Stuff

    Don’t know what to say about this other than stand back aghast and watch proponents of the old government cheese program weep: Sculptor Sarah Kaufmann, otherwise known as “the Cheese Lady” plans to carve up 500 pounds of otherwise useful cheddar to celebrate the opening of Sprouts in Murphy. ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008
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    November 7, 2008

    Burning Question: What's changed since you left Dallas?

    Yeah, yeah—we heard the rumors. The Burning Question crew played one too many pranks involving Nair on our editor and found ourselves on a one-way flight to Central Europe and involuntary exile. But while we can neither confirm nor deny our, shall we say occasional, digs at management, stories su ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Hash Over: Turkey, Tut and Nightgown Chic

    There’s been a lot to distract us from restaurant news lately, from the Cowboys nose dive to . . . to . . . what was that other big event recently? Anyway, this afternoon a call from the good folks—well, I can’t verify that ‘good’ applies to everyone—at Stove Top reminded me about Thank ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Hash Over: Fresh wine, labels and other stuff

    OK, I’m assuming everyone knows the Beaujolais Nouveau ritual. Essentially, France sets aside the third Thursday of November every year to slam down very fresh wine, talk loudly and—later that morning—linger near handy drains. Usually all of this takes place beginning one minute after midnigh ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Hash Over: Bolsa's Farmer's Market, Free Wine, and a Guy Called Mike

    If you’ve been to Bolsa in Oak Cliff, then you understand the intense flavor of locally grown vegetables and herbs. Chef Graham Dodds and his team don’t have a walk in freezer to work with, so they must change up about half of the restaurant’s menu every day as nearby farmers deliver the goods ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008
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    July 12, 2001

    Letters

    Muzzle the Barking Dog, Glass Houses Dept., Highway From Hell, Bitter Holiday

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