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Eating Out

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    October 23, 2014

    Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 23-26

    Lactobacillus fans, this one's for you. As part of their Super Sour Power Week, Strangeways has 35 different sour beers on tap through Sunday, October 26. So what are you waiting for? Make like a wild yeast strain get at it. What it be: Super Sour Power Week When it do: Now through Sunday, Oct. 2 ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    The Six Best Condiments in Dallas

    We get it: You're too good to put sauce on your barbecue or ranch on your pizza. Us? We like our food better when it's wet, especially when these condiments are involved. Have a condiment you like better? Dip your laptop in it or something. These are better. The BBQ Sauce at Slow Bone (above) Cool ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Chef Danyele McPherson Is Ready for Her Next Culinary Close-Up (Interview)

    Danyele McPherson has been waiting for her turn in Dallas' culinary spotlight for some time. After a stint on Bravo's Top Chef and working in the kitchens of Stephan Pyles and The Grape, McPherson has finally landed her own soon-to-open restaurant on Lower Greenville. The highly anticipated Remedy i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Henry's Majestic, Chef "Roe" DiLeo's New Restaurant on McKinney, Is Now Open

    After well-received stints at two Dallas institutions and her currently-airing appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, Rosanne "Roe" DiLeo is seemingly up for anything. This time, Chef Roe won't be dodging pans slung by a cursing Englishman or setting a new standard for bar food at The Liberti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

    For the past few months we've been nibbling like rabbits on vegetables while visions of ourselves in bathing suits flicker on the projector screen in our brains. But now there's a snap in the air, and skimpy clothes and frail fabrics will slowly take the back seat to wardrobes with bulk. You could h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The Improbable Success of the Texas Veggie Fair

    It's pretty impressive if you think about it: Gathering 7,000 vegetarians and otherwise curious omnivores together to celebrate meat-free living might be hard enough, but to do it in Dallas? Texas is a land that celebrates steakhouses, where smoked beef brisket is its own food group, and where beans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Dallas' Burger Boom Is Over, Thank God

    I've been poring over local-restaurant news while trying to lay out my restaurant-review plan for the rest of the year, and the list I've compiled is strangely void of burger restaurants. I couldn't be happier. Don't get me wrong. I love burgers. (Especially this one.) But there are only so many fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Some of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Pair Their Food with Beer at the HopChef Competition

    Craft beer is more popular than ever, which means that chefs have been as interested in creating dishes that pair beautifully with an IPA or witbier as they were previously in cooking to suit fine wines. Local gastropubs and fine-dining restaurants alike are bulking up their beer selections, and the ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014
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    October 15, 2014

    Dinnertime at El Fenix Is Tex-Mex Heaven

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Grandpa and grandma double-date count: 4 Praline count: 7 One could go to El Fenix at lunch. But it's much more fun to go for Old Lady Dinnertime (OLD). It's in the 4:50-5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Cold Beer Company Found Out "Local" Is Harder Than It Looks, Especially in Dallas

    It seems like the only people who don't romanticize opening their own restaurant are people who have actually opened one. Home cooks are lulled into the fantasy by guests who gush over dishes that have been slaved over for a day. Diners see mistakes they're sure they could fix with the wave of a spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Knife Is One of America's "Best New Restaurants"

    For all of the fit-throwing, cursing, and discussion about food critics in Dallas, we've kind of lost sight of the fact that John Tesar is actually an incredible chef. The controversy surrounding you-know-who's three-star review of Tesar's second Dallas restaurant Knife may have died down, but the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Bohemian Cafe, the New Kolache Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

    The first thing that becomes immediately apparent when walking through the front door of the Bohemian Cafe is that every employee, all the way down to the dishwasher, is exceptionally nice. Customers are greeted with warm, genuine thank-you-for-comings, guided to the Kolache counter and coddled unti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Dallas' Five Best Italian Restaurants

    Any restaurant that turns out a lasagna like the one pictured above has got to be jockeying to be the Best Italian Restaurant in Dallas. And it turns out Carbone's, the Italian restaurant responsible for that plate up above, won just that award in our recent Best Of Dallas feature that celebrates ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Proof Pantry Will Now Serve Lunch; Leslie Brenner Still Probably Not Invited

    As if we haven't heard enough about Misery Loves Company's spanking-new restaurant in One Arts Plaza, Proof Pantry over the weekend announced that it would be expanding the extremely limited lunch options starting tomorrow. Owner Michael Martensen hinted to the Observer in August that the restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    If You're a Woman Waiting Tables in Dallas You're Probably Getting Sexually Harassed

    Like any other job, being a server comes with its share of shittiness. Working all day on your feet is exhausting, patrons can be dicks, and you have to work really, really hard to earl that $2.13 an hour plus tips. And on top of all of the usual stresses, a new report shows, women who wait tables ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Dearest Leslie Brenner: Here's How to Make Friends with Proof & Pantry

    Hey Leslie Brenner! I don't know you. I'm Alice. I don't know what you look like, but lots of chefs in town tell me they know what you look like, and that you're never truly dining secretly in their restaurants. I imagine that you look like the above illustration that took me one hour to draw. You' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    You, Too, Can Eat Like a Cheap Bastard at Stephen Pyles' Fancy-Ass San Salvaje

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. People saying "Ooooooh" at their food: 14 Times I wondered why there was a full-length mirror next to the shitter in the ladies' restroom, angled so that one could watch on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Casa Rubia Is the Best Restaurant in West Dallas' Hit-or-Miss Trinity Groves

    "Dinner in Trinity Groves?" It's a question that so often sends my potential dining companions running for the hill country, a trail of withering dust the only evidence they ever existed. This restaurant empire, rising from the clay of West Dallas, isn't the only destination that has given me troub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    If Proof Pantry Really Wanted to Avoid a Morning News Review, its Plan Backfired

    Like everyone else in town, we've told you already about Leslie Brenner's recent visit to Proof Pantry. The dining critic at the Dallas Morning News visited the restaurant last Thursday in preparation for a review, and the meal went as most meals do until owner Michael Martensen raised a stink riv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Chef Kyle McClelland Ditched Brooklyn for Dallas and Isn't Looking Back (Interview)

    The ascension of Dallas' culinary scene has been a curious thing to watch from the sidelines. As a diner, Dallasites have more restaurants to choose from than ever, helmed by some of the country's brightest up-and-coming chefs. At the same time, this progress has been slow-going, and Dallas has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The Park Cities' Front Room Tavern Has a New Look, Chef and Menu, but Will It Stick?

    The change has been a long time coming. The Front Room first opened in 2012 in Hotel Lumen, with Scott Townend serving as executive chef. Back then, the restaurant was branded as a Park Cities diner, with a dressed up but casual menu that seemed well suited to the Park Cities. But the soups, sala ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The New Dallas Farmers Market Is Getting Some Promising New Restaurants

    In the process of revamping the formerly-meh Dallas Farmers Market into something that at least marginally represents local growers, the private operators who bought the Market from the City of Dallas have made some serious changes, like kicking the parking spaces out of the produce sheds and tighte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Chef Blythe Beck Started Cooking Her "Swanky Southern" Food Last Night at Kitchen LTO

    If it seems like we're always talking about Kitchen LTO, the Trinity groves "permanent pop-up" restaurant, it's because it's hard to ignore a restaurant that completely changes the concept every four months. Some chefs' short-lived tenures are more exciting than others, but no one's start have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Herrera's Is Moving to West Dallas

    Signs of life from Herrera's, the much-loved Tex-Mex chain that left Maple Avenue not long ago, was recently spotted by a tipster in West Dallas on Sylvan Avenue, not far south of the river. I called owner Nora Ontiveros but she didn't answer. Maybe she's busy, you know, resurrecting an entire resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Komali Chef Abraham Salum Knows What Dallas Wants, Knows It Will Change Next Week

    When we talk about the burgeoning culinary scene that exists in Dallas today, it's sometimes easy to forget about the chefs who spent years trying to convince us that great food was worth a little extra cash. Abraham Salum's eponymous restaurant Salum has been a fixture of the Dallas food community ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Does Dallas Really Have the Most Restaurants Per Capita? And If So, Who Cares?

    "Dallas has the most restaurants per capita of any city in the U.S." Have you heard this one before? The statement is as pervasive here as "Hey, where is the valet stand?" and "I'll have my steak well done." Usually, it's issued as a sort of bragging right. Dallasites who are proud of their city b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Where Kitchen LTO's New Chef Blythe Beck Loves Eating in Dallas

    Unlike the last chef at Kitchen LTO who was brand new to Dallas, Blythe Beck is intimately familiar with the food scene. Which is not surprising, considering that she worked in some of the city's best restaurants before moving away for a few years to pursue consulting opportunities. Now that she's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Five Seafood Restaurants Not in Our Best of Issue That We Feel Bad About.

    Picking the best of anything can really lead to some stress, if only because there are so many great restaurants and food businesses in and around Dallas. And since we're in the middle of a dessert here, you might think there may not be too many seafood restaurants to choose from either, but that's ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 25, 2014

    Cashing in on the Good LYFE's

    As health-conscious diners turn to kale, a California-based chain steps up.

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    September 24, 2014

    VH Oak Cliff Opens Tonight in Oak Cliff

    This past weekend I was on my way home from a relaxed evening in the Bishop Arts District. It was late and I was tired, but not so tired I couldn't have been talked into staying out a little longer. As I rounded the corner of Beckley Avenue and stepped on the gas I noticed the old Outpost space was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Bowls of Ramen

    Thanks to a seemingly-unstoppable food trend, ramen is no longer those disgusting packets you subsisted on in college. Iterations of the Japanese staple dish have been showing up on menus across Dallas for the past few years, especially as chefs like David Chang drove the dish to national prominence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Tasting the Banh Shop's Bahn Mi No Matter How Offensive the Logo

    If you've read anything about the Bahn Shop, Yum! Brands' test site for the development of a fast-casual, Vietnamese-inspired restaurant, you've probably read about the controversy surrounding their logo. The big red star perched above the garage doors at the front of the restaurant reminded Vietnam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Kitchen LTO Chef Blythe Beck on Global Culinary Domination and Sexism in the Kitchen

    In her relative short time as executive chef of the former Hotel Palomar's now-defunct restaurant Central 214, Blythe Beck quickly made a name for herself. Known as "The Naughty Chef" from both her Lifetime TV reality show and the combination of "booze, butter and bacon" that made her famous, Beck i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    In Praise of Short Menus

    This week The Washington Post published an article noting a trend towards smaller menus in large, corporate restaurants. The Olive Gardens and TGI Fridays, among others, have found increasing utility in streamlined menus, compared to their previous offerings, which literally read like a book covered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    'Tis the Season for Dallas Restaurant Breast Cancer Fundraisers with Stupid, Sexist Names

    In the coming weeks, you will start to see everything from the sleeve on your coffee cup to the jerseys your wife-beating running backs wear in the National Football League turn a Pepto-Bismol shade of pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You'll also start to see restaurant prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Cedars Mediterranean Mezza & Grill Really, Really, Really Wants to Top Off That Water

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Eight old dudes, sitting at a table near the back, had buckets of empty wine and were clearly mid-serious-slurred-conversation when I walked in. Cedars Mediterranean Mezza ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 18, 2014
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    September 17, 2014

    How Chef Brian Zenner Helped Oak Recapture That Elusive Fourth Star (Interview)

    Sometimes when a restaurant is struggling, all it needs is a new face to turn the whole thing around. In the short tenure of Chef Richard Gras, Oak went from earning four stars when Jason Maddy was chef to scoring only three from Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner. After Gras tendered hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Dear Dallas Restaurants: The Music on Your Patio Is Probably Too Loud

    If you haven't been to the West Village in a while, you might not have noticed LYFE Kitchen, which sprung up recently in the spot that used to house Lemon Bar. The fast-casual restaurant is devoted to meeting your every dietary need while supplying you with plenty of shrubbery. Outside the restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    TJ's Seafood Market Has a New Home, a Bigger Menu, and More Booze

    TJ's Seafood isn't exactly new to Dallas. It started in 1989 at Preston and Forest, serving up seafood out of a fish case. A few years ago, they expanded to the Oak Lawn area and added a dine-in restaurant component to their business. Now, they've shuttered the original TJ's Seafood and opened up th ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Henry's Majestic Will Open Next Month in the Former Acme F&B Space on McKinney

    Several weeks ago the neon Majestic Spa sign, mounted to an abandoned Oak Lawn building in the Design District, went missing. While the "spa" itself had been closed since I can remember, the beacon had always stirred a personal interest. It appeared to have been chiseled off the concrete storefront. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    The Beignets at Toulouse Belong in Your Face

    In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. When I invited my runner friend out for dessert at Toulouse, I never should have mentioned that the cafe is a frites-length away from the Katy Trail. Once he caught wind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Small Brewpub Is Coming to Oak Cliff

    Aaron Garcia hasn't always been a commercial beer brewer. Not long ago, he owned part of a company that handled web design, making his company's tools accessible to their users. The money was good, but Garcia didn't have much passion for CSS and HTML. In his downtime, he'd tinker with home brewing ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 11, 2014

    Scotch & Sausage: Good Sausages, Bad Name

    A new Oak Lawn hangout is better realized as a beer garden.

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    September 10, 2014

    An Interview with Dee Lincoln Chef Andrew Powers, Who Makes Steak in Steaktown, USA

    Ask anyone who's involved in the Dallas food scene what our signature dish is, and they'll pretty unanimously come up with one answer: steak. Even though Dallas restaurants have been throttling toward lighter, more produce-focused offerings, beef is still king. Or maybe, in the case of Dee Lincoln's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Dallas Restaurants That Opened and Closed in August

    Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurant news in August from us and other Dallas publications, and be sure to share tips about new and/or shuttered restaurants at dish@dallasobserver.com. Openings: Pro ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    A Guide to Eating Out in Denton

    Though the revolving door of Denton restaurants is vicious and rapid, the staples that stand the test of time are more than worth yours.

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