Shannon Wynne's latest on Klyde Warren Park gives Dallas some much-needed vegetables.
Lark on the Park, which I review in this week's paper, feels like the start of something to me. Downtown Dallas can be such a sleepy place in the evenings, and pedestrians are few and far between. There are a few lines outside of the clubs deeper downtown, and the bars draw a few patrons, but the st ... More >>
The cluster of restaurants around the intersection of La Vista Drive and Skillman Street is about to get a new addition. A second Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is slated to open there by the end of this summer. If you've ever exited the Dallas North Tollway at Lovers Lane you've definitely seen t ... More >>
Enjoying Craft beer week? It's not over yet. Lauren has been detailing all the beer-laden events you've had to choose from all week, and there's still a few more if you're looking for plans. Don't jump up too quick though. We've got a week to wrap up first. This week I reviewed Belly and Trumpet, t ... More >>
Despite some misses, this mixed menu offers some of the best food in Uptown.
Private|Social, or P|S, or whatever it's called now has been a shifty restaurant as of late. After Tiffany Derry left the kitchen at the start of the year, Najat Kaanache was announced as the follow-on chef. Kaanache brought global flavors and a whimsical approach to the menu that didn't impress Les ... More >>
Recently we wanted to learn about the best places in Dallas to drink tequila. Not in the sense of slamming shots, but in terms of a robust or select collection. Honestly, at first the idea was to create a quick list of the best five or 10 spots. Then after some research, we realized that simply woul ... More >>
Haystack Burgers & Barley, the new burger restaurant we told you about in April, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow. Unlike Hopdoddy, Liberty Burger and countless other burger restaurants, Haystack is a singular entity owned by Richardson locals Kevin and Jenny Galvan and Rob and Christine Wo ... More >>
If you plan ahead, BYOB restaurants can be a lot of fun. Not only can they save you a lot of green, but they also put an endless variety of booze at your disposal and the potential pairings are limitless. Come with growlers full of beer, bottles full of wine -- it's your dinner. You're only limited ... More >>
Ah, Mother's Day -- the one day of the year that actually surpasses the restaurant dog and pony show that is Valentine's Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, it's the busiest restaurant day of the year. If you don't believe them just ask anyone you know who works in the industry if ... More >>
To phrases like jumbo shrimp and government intelligence, Dallas is adding a new oxymoron: permanent pop-up. Kitchen LTO (Limited Time Offer) is slated to open later this summer at Trinity Groves in West Dallas. The gimmick here is that Kitchen LTO won't offer a singular dining experience, but inst ... More >>
The East Hampton Sandwich Co. is sailing its upscale nautical-themed sandwich shop northward to the Shops at Legacy in Plano. The first spot, in University Park's Snider Plaza, opened last fall. Founder Hunter Pond wanted to bring the sandwiches he found while vacationing in northeast to the Dallas ... More >>
Jack Mac's Swill and Grill opened on Preston Road in North Dallas last year, right on the heels of the explosion in the local craft beer movement. Jack and Amy MacDonald's restaurant has a strong local focus that supports not only Texas breweries, but wineries and distilleries as well. The drinks ar ... More >>
Two highly important pieces of information for you: 1) May 12 is Mother's Day. Get it tattooed on your forehead. 2) Spoon Bar & Kitchen will open for lunch and brunch on Sunday, May 12. If you want to win Mother's Day, consider hooking The One Who Made You up with Mother's Day brunch at Spoon (a.k.a ... More >>
Closing time: You don't have to go home, but don't go here.
The Hospitality Sweet, a quaint little bakery and café, opened earlier this week inside the historic downtown post office and courthouse at the corner of Ervay and Bryan streets (400 North Ervay, Suite 175). This building was originally constructed in the 1930s and has been undergoing a massive red ... More >>
Wednesday, May 1 This Wednesday, Martin House Brewing Co. of Fort Worth will saunter over to Craft and Growler to introduce its newest brew, Daybreak, a four-grain breakfast beer modeled after cereal finished with a touch of honey. Co-owner David Wedemeier will be there and it's a keep-the-koozie ki ... More >>
Another month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in April, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Openings: Il Cane Rosso White Roc ... More >>
Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza and Beer will open this summer at the Lakeside Market (4005 Preston Road) in Plano. This is a new concept for the same group that owns Palio's Pizza Cafés and Cadillac Pizza Pub in McKinney. Chef Brian Luscher of the Grape helped create the menu for this spot, which focus ... More >>
A proper salad can be so much more than just a salad. It can have layers, depth, a mix of distinguishing ingredients as unique and special as the creator itself -- your soul in a bowl. Well, maybe that's a stretch, but for a fast healthy lunch, a tailor-made salad can stave off dullness. That's the ... More >>
It's Monday, start of a new week. Time to bring home the bacon, climb ladders and all that good stuff. Thinking about it just makes us plot when and where we'll be able to decompress. Here are a few new(ish) places to add to your regular rotation. Or if you need a rotation, here's a good place to st ... More >>
The third location of Norma's Cafe is a few steps closer to opening. The new Frisco location was set to open its doors in April, but things never seem to work that way around here. The restaurant is now expected to open closer to the end of May, though that could change as they're still hanging dryw ... More >>
Dallas leads the nation in over-regulating farmers markets — which is why we have so few of them.
Bolognese next to pork belly with pickled mustard greens? Somehow, it works.
While eating at Urbano Cafe, the subject of this week's review, I had a hard time figuring out the menu. A pasta Bolognese and other dishes point to Italian cooking, but an evening special touted pork belly and Vietnamese honey. This odd sort of fusion is something I wouldn't expect to work, so I ca ... More >>
This is the first of what we hope to be a semi-regular feature here at the City of Ate, in which we talk to restaurant owners one year out (or there about) to see how the restaurant business is treating them. We interviewed Khanh Nguyen of DaLat when he first opened his late night pho spot on Fitz ... More >>
Chef Kenny Mills knows a thing or two about running a steakhouse. His resume includes The Capitol Grille, Sullivan's and Dallas Chop House. But a few years ago, Mills grew tired of the Dallas scene and took a chance on a burger joint in a pretty nondescript strip mall in central Arlington. He didn't ... More >>
Belly and Trumpet opened this February in Uptown, creating a stir with its fresh take on small plates. Oak owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman partnered with John Paul Valverde last year, when they opened The Bowery, an upscale hot dog restaurant that belly flopped. The team kept the Belly, added a h ... More >>
Chi and Joey Le have expanded their N'awlins sandwich shop, Wicked Po'boys, to Dallas proper, after opening their first spot in Richardson (1811 N. Greenville Ave.) just last year. This second restaurant is in the heart of Preston Center (6030 Luther Lane, Ste. 130), which is ripe with new restauran ... More >>
Full Circle Tavern (1319 S. Lamar St.) is a new restaurant and bar now open on South Lamar, brought to you by Jennifer Bonner and Lara Whittington of EdiblEnvy Catering. This spot offers a tree shaded wrap around deck, plenty of local beer and a badass burger made with two half-pound patties, french ... More >>
Last Year's Iron Fork was a lot of fun, and as new restaurants step forward to participate in this year's event, I'm only getting more excited. In addition to securing the Dallas Contemporary, a bad-ass space with lots of room to move around, we're getting some really great eats. You remember Mughl ... More >>
Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare have announced the opening date of their much anticipated Vietnamese concept. Mot Hai Ba will open next Tuesday, serving a blend of North Vietnamese cooking including a selection of street foods that may just be perfect for snacking. See also: An Open Letter to Mot ... More >>
Occasionally there is ramen served in Oak Cliff. It's ladled into disposable bowls in an English pub after the other neighborhood restaurants have locked their doors. Ten Bells Tavern has a reputation for well-executed riffs on bar food classics with an Anglophile slant. Ramen doesn't quite fit into ... More >>
This isn't your greasy stepfather's game any more.
I love small, family owned restaurants. You do too. The quaint dining rooms and original menus make for lasting memories while affordable prices make it possible to return again and again. Here are some of the best mom and pop restaurants in Dallas. Los Torres Taquería (pictured above) This small ... More >>
Live thoroughbred racing returns to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie this Thursday when the ponies take their post positions at 6:35 p.m. for the first race of the year. Since last season the racetrack has spent $11 million on improvements, including a remodel of Silks Dining Terraces on the fourth ... More >>
It's nasty out. This doesn't feel like spring at all. But the one thing I've learned in the time I've spent in Texas is that warm (and sometimes stifling) weather is often just a day away. Take advantage while you can and use this cold dreary day to indulge the warm hearty dishes that won't be as a ... More >>
In a recent New York Times Magazine, Mark Bittman endorses Taco Bell's bean burrito. Well, not really, but he does point out that from a nutritional standpoint the "mushy beans in that soft tortilla" are a lot better than the alternatives. Bittman uses the anecdote to launch into an appraisal of new ... More >>
Love Shack of Denton and its glorious Bigfat-burgers-with-a-bigfat-egg-on-top were laid to rest in October when Tim Love decided to close the doors and revamp the space with visions of dry-aged steak and white tablecloths dancing in his head. Fast forward to now and Queenie's steakhouse (115 E. Hick ... More >>
Earlier this week, Scott Reitz reported on the very untimely passing of chef and restaurateur Randall Copeland. Last night, Teresa Gubbins at Culture Map reported that after one last dinner service for friends and family to commemorate Copeland's passing, Restaurant Ava has permanently closed. Co ... More >>
Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>
Two weeks ago we told you about a guerrilla gardener and his request that we all go out and plant some shit. This week it only seems proper that we point out an event at the Garden Cafe that can help you get started. See also: - The City of Ate Chef Interview: 24-Year-Old Garden Cafe Chef Mark Woo ... More >>
The original Snuffer's location at 3526 Greenville Ave. is going away soon. But, not to worry your little cheddar fries-laced arteries. The old spot is coming down so a new spot can go up. Late Sunday night Snuffer's announced via their Facebook page plans to rebuild: "In March 1978 we were buildi ... More >>
Another month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in March, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at email@example.com. Openings: Victoria's M ... More >>
A new East Dallas seafood joint uses beer batter like a fabled king.
Victoria's Mexican Grill at 607 Willomet Ave. just off of Davis Street in Oak Cliff has finally opened. Last summer owner Jorge Flores started refurbishing this two-story house and has since transformed it into a quaint spot with two huge patios. I spoke with the manager today, Maria Perez, who sa ... More >>
Chef Brian Zenner of Belly & Trumpet in Uptown has been around a bit. Born in Bangkok, his family moved to Dubai and London before finally settling in Texas. And while on paper his culinary career started at the Texas Culinary Academy, one might say the cooking wheels started churning on a dock in T ... More >>
The Social House (2708 Routh S.) has opened a second restaurant in the old Arcodoro-Pomodoro space in Uptown. The Social House got its start in the West Village about four years ago, then in 2011 moved north to Addison into much bigger digs and tweaked their concept and focused more on a from-scratc ... More >>
Some spaces are just more temperamental than others. We've debated many of the qualms attached to certain parcels of real estate here and there, especially the fickle area known as Knox-Henderson. While some restaurants come and go quickly, others live long and prosper. After Alma closed in late 2 ... More >>
The first thing you probably should know about chef Ji Kang is that once he ate squiggling octopus tentacles in Korea. That's hard-core dedication to local cuisine, even though he swears he'll never try it again. Kang, who is the executive chef at Samar, began his culinary career before he even kn ... More >>
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