With so many burger bars, it's hard to come up with something that really differentiates a new joint from all the others. House-ground meat is an angle many places are taking these days. Some burger restaurants offer house-baked buns to raise the bar further. Awesome, personal service is a big talki ... More >>
Today Masala Wok opens its fourth restaurant in the DFW area and the only one in Dallas proper, at 6106 Luther Lane. So if for some reason you're craving Chinese and/or Indian food but would rather deal with the factory-run set up of a fast food chain than go to someplace locally owned, or if you wa ... More >>
It's kind of gross outside lately. Perhaps we're about to pay for what was a relatively mild summer with a long and brutal winter. At least we don't have the Super Bowl to worry about this go around. Instead we can focus out attentions on remedies that warm us from the inside out. The curries, stir- ... More >>
A popular trend noodles its way into Dallas' dining scene. Watch out for undercurrents.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more charming chef than Dean Fearing, the man behind Fearing's Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Known fondly as the "father of Southwestern cuisine," he earned a world-class reputation as The Mansion on Turtle Creek's executive chef. He left that post in 2007 t ... More >>
It's been exactly a year since Babb Bros. BBQ opened in Trinity Groves, kicking off the restaurant development project that hopes to anchor future growth in the West Dallas neighborhood. Hoffmann Hotts, a casual hot dog restaurant soon followed, and then openings slowed down until recently, when Kit ... More >>
Abraham Salum announced a significant change yesterday at his restaurants Salum and Komali. Ian Tate has been named executive chef at both restaurants, replacing Anastacia Quinones, who's been cooking there since February, 2012. Tate brings experience from his time at Brownstone in Fort Worth as w ... More >>
Remember Tony G. from the Russian Banya in Carrollton? His sauna is hot enough to turn your brain cells to mush and the dumplings served at his cafe are still unforgettable. It has a lot to do with Tony himself. His thick accent, his brooding personality, and the way he looks at your tiny vodka b ... More >>
Slowly back away from the fajitas. This ain't your childhood's Dallas.
With heady spices, fresh ingredients and loads of butter, this restaurant will send you home with a happy stomach.
First, some background info for those who don't keep up on the finer details of McKinney Avenue restaurant news. Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson of Good 2 Go Taco teamed up Barcadia owners Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson to create sorta-casual, sorta-refined restaurant on the corner of Monticel ... More >>
"The secret word is buenas tardes. Greet the two accordion players with that phrase outside the address and they will let you in. The dress code is all black." That and an address were the only instructions received the night before heading to House of Plate's collaboration with Cafe Momentum and C ... More >>
For a couple weeks, all we knew about Miss Chi is that it was coming. The signs of its arrival were all there, specifically an actual sign with the name of the restaurant and a couple posts about it on the Facebook page for Tanoshi Ramen. Since then we've been waiting for more word about the latest ... More >>
For months, things had been pretty tired at Trinity Groves. With only Babb Brothers BBQ and a hot dog restaurant opening since the project began, the options at Dallas' restaurant incubator felt a little one dimensional. Then Kitchen LTO opened, offering a rotating concept that changes every four m ... More >>
In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the first in an occasional series. By definition, dessert offers a conclusion. Growing up, if we wanted dessert at home, we'd first have to finish ... More >>
Last month Souk Moroccan Bistro and Bazaar opened immediately over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Trinity Groves. Neighboring Kitchen LTO and LUCK, it's the creation of Dallas restaurateur Yaser Khalaf and Moroccan-born, Spanish-raised chef Najat Kaanache The restaurant is designed to evoke a mar ... More >>
In late September, Restaurants America's Central Standard opened in the Design District. The Chicago-based group is also responsible for Park Tavern at The Shops at Park Lane and Primebar in Uptown. This is the second location for Central Standard. The first opened in Chicago earlier this year and f ... More >>
Mico Rodriguez's latest tries to do too many things to communicate any of them well.
Late last week, news dropped that Smoke chef-owner Tim Byres and his partners Christopher Zielke and Christopher Jeffers had taken over American Outpost, the tavern located in the little Oak Cliff house with a front porch that was made for beer drinking. It's the same spot that used to hold Campo, w ... More >>
One of these days I'm going to find a way to create a sandwich ranking system that stacks the world's best sandwiches in order of deliciousness. I'd have already done it but I can't figure out how to take the provincial nature of sandwich love into account across an entire globe's worth of sandwiche ... More >>
According to new signage up in Preston Center, Dallas can soon expect another notch in its Vietnamese restaurant belt. The new Miss Chi Vietnamese appears to be from the folks behind Tanoshi Ramen, which itself is a new noodle restaurant in Deep Ellum. Joey and Chi Le are the pair behind Tanoshii ... More >>
In its ever-expanding quest to make its restaurants more authentically Mexican, Chipotle has unveiled that it's adding tofu to the regular menu. The vegan "sofritas" are made from tofu from Hodo Soy, shredded and braised with chipotle and poblano peppers. Chipotle, which is building a new store i ... More >>
Do health scores matter to you when you're making a dining decision? Maybe if they were easier to find they would. While restaurants in other cities, including New York and L.A., are required to display their scores prominently outside the building, the restaurants in and around Dallas have much mor ... More >>
The fancy spinning show 560 feet above Dallas just got a little fancier. Along with the new observation deck, GeO-Deck, the restaurant Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck also got a little facelift, including the opening of Cloud Nine, a casual daytime dining spot. The space, which is one level above the Ge ... More >>
Chad Houser told me things were going to be different at his next Café Momentum dinner, but when a large hunk of sod landed in front of me at my table, I felt a little unprepared. I wasn't the only one. In every direction questions rose up out of the darkness. "Are you supposed to eat it?" "Is that ... More >>
My iPhone and I are currently not on speaking terms. While I couldn't begin to guess what I have done to damage our relationship, my laundry list of grievances is growing more quickly than my backlog of software updates. My home button works with such irregularity I'm convinced it's being passive ag ... More >>
It doesn't seem all that long ago that I reviewed Del Frisco's Grille, the casual restaurant from the Del Frisco's Restaurant Group that opened in Uptown in 2012. The place had a laid back and youthful vibe that stood in stark contrast to the more polished experiences of Del Frisco's Double Eagle St ... More >>
I have to admit the menu of the upcoming True Food Kitchen is looking attractive. I was never the type of person that went nuts for juice bars and dishes that prominently featured kale, but two years of dining as a food critic have taken a toll. I crave fresh vegetables and fruits like I used to cra ... More >>
Chances are if you've ever donned chef whites, you know Thomas Keller's name. If you're a serious home cook, there's a decent chance you've heard of him, too. If you're the type who salivates over multi-course tasting menus that cost hundreds of dollars and take hours to consume, you've definitely h ... More >>
The Pyramid Restaurant and Bar at the Fairmont Hotel has announced two new chefs to go along with the hotel's $10 million renovation. Leigh Mills joins as chef de cuisine and Eric Burrell as the new pastry chef, the restaurant announced this week. Born in England in Kidderminster (new favorite wor ... More >>
Dallas is getting a new restaurant and bar downtown in the West End. Stingrays had a soft opening last week and is expected to have a grand opening event sometime in November. You're more than welcome to visit now -- just know that things won't be as grand as they might be later, when they have thei ... More >>
Earlier this week Consilient Hospitality announced it hired Jeff Harris away from Bolsa, where he's been the executive chef since 2011. If you're a fan of Harris' cooking, the announcement might be an exciting one. New restaurants bring new menus and new inspiration, and if it all works out customer ... More >>
Thai food is pretty ubiquitous now, and while a succulent pad see ew or a cozy tom kha gai are wonderful and mouth-watering, most Thai dishes have started to taste a little safe. Maybe it's the fact that you can find red curries every few blocks, or that pad thai has replaced fried rice as a go-to t ... More >>
The burger is wonderfully messy -- but not all the messiness is so welcome.
CBD Provisions opened earlier this month inside The Joule Hotel, in the space where Charlie Palmer used to live. The restaurant's menu, which was created by Chef Michael Sindoni, includes a mix of small plates, including a pickle jar ($5), pig tails ($11) and kale salad ($10); sandwiches, like a who ... More >>
After nearly a year of closure the wait is over. Oishii opens today at 11 a.m. for lunch. Thanh Nguyen closed his Oak Lawn neighborhood restaurant last December after it was completely destroyed by a fire. The same blaze shuttered Sal's pizza next door, but the damage to the pizzeria wasn't nearly ... More >>
Pop-up dining may be a fine enough pull, but only great food will keep the diners returning
Dallas restaurateur Yaser Khalaf has partnered with Najat Kaanache for a new Moroccan restaurant, Souk (which means marketplace or bazaar), located in the entertainment district Trinity Groves, just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Stefania Morandi, a graduate of Politecnico di Milano and de ... More >>
It's possible that there is a perfectly innocent explanation for how bacon wound up in Nicole Queen's straw during a recent visit to a TGI Fridays in Garland. Perhaps the line cook mistook her iced tea for one of the restaurant's many bacon-laden menu options. Or maybe her server, operating under th ... More >>
For the past few weeks, it's felt like a new restaurant has opened, or has announced its intention to open, every day. Trinity Groves is set to glob new restaurants onto the scene like Chipotle line-workers, and Deep Ellum has experienced an overnight renaissance with two noodle restaurants, Monkey ... More >>
When the W Dallas reopened its restaurant as Cook Hall, there wasn't much reason to get excited. Dry charcuterie, bland sliders, soggy shrimp and other dishes that seemed less than inspired made the closure of the hotel's old restaurant Craft, where even something as simple as roast chicken once see ... More >>
Check out this screen grab from the cocktail menu at Kitchen LTO. It's filled with cocktails that to some might seem plain and boring. But in the age of the neatly waxed mustache and fedora, cocktails that are easily recognizable are increasingly rare. Lists like this one are refreshing. Of course ... More >>
Jay Jerrier's newest pizza joint throws its dough rounds high, but they could still go higher.
The famed Charlie Palmer checked out of boutique hotel The Joule recently, and today, CBD Provisions (1530 Main St.) opens as the hotel's new anchor restaurant. CBD is owned by Consilient Hospitality, who also owns Hibiscus, Victor Tangos, The Porch, The Front Room at Hotel Lumen and multiple locati ... More >>
The coming of Genaro's Mexican Cuisine was announced earlier this summer. Genaro Silva, who owned Genaro's Tropical, Moctezuma's and Garmo's back in the '80s and '90s, had gotten out of the service industry and gotten into constructions and real estate. He missed the din of a bustling dining room, t ... More >>
Dallas' restaurant scene has managed to shove its way into the national conversation this year: First, FT-33 and Smyth got attention in multiple national magazines, and now Esquire is giving Dallas a one-two punch of feel-good. Stephan Pyle's Stampede 66, and John Tesar's Spoon have been recognized ... More >>
As we've previously discussed, being a vegan in Dallas isn't a miserable and lonely existence, so long as you know how to navigate eating situations involving friends, family and coworkers. A crucial piece of information to have in your back pocket is a restaurant list. But not just any restaurant ... More >>
There's a crackdown on e-cigarettes in the works. While the health risks of pulling on a battery-powered nicotine stick are still unknown, policy makers are moving to regulate them. The U.S Department of Transportation has already grounded e-cigarettes on airplanes and Amtrak won't let them on train ... More >>