If you've driven down Oak Lawn Avenue recently, you might have noticed a new restaurant taking shape. The exterior is now-ubiquitous horizontal wood, and it encases what appears to be some serious patio potential. Most recently, a sign was hoisted into place above the glass front door. Scotch and Sa ... More >>
In a Garland strip mall, learning to love a lesser known bowl.
For decades, steakhouses have been the driving force behind the Dallas dining scene. As any experienced local chef will tell you, here, meat is king. Recently, though, an increased focus on lighter, produce-driven dishes has diversified menus and put the city on the radar of national food critics. W ... More >>
Last night, FT33 hosted a guest chef dinner featuring Jason Dady, owner of the Jason Dady restaurant group in San Antonio, James Beard Award semi-finalist and general badass. The dinner was an 8-course, collaborative meal, "inspired by the season." Headed into the dinner, I was excited about the po ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. One of the harder things about compiling 100 dishes over an extended period of time is dea ... More >>
The last time we published list, back in February, you could still get a slumpy burger at the Village Kitchen. Turns out you can't do that anymore, which makes it a pretty good time to revisit the 10 Dallas restaurants you should be spending your money in right now. This go around has some new com ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. It's been two years since we last set out to find 100 of our favorite dishes served in and ... More >>
For the past few years, an increased focus on local produce has dominated menus across the city. Chefs began to move away from using the bland produce that is available year-round in favor of a more seasonal approach that makes fresh produce shine on the plate. No restaurant has been more represen ... More >>
Anyone who has curled their knuckles over the back of an onion, obsessed over every detail of a grilled cheese sandwich, or taken any other step to produce anything remotely edible in their own kitchen, has somewhere in the recesses of their minds harbored a fantasy of opening their own restaurant. ... More >>
After Chef Eric Shelton cooks his last meal at Kitchen LTO on June 1, a new chef chosen by the people will start fresh with a brand new concept. Last week, owner Casie Caldwell held a tasting and voting party where diners could choose a winner from the five semi-finalists who were vying to take over ... More >>
There's certainly a lot of talk about meat, and rightly so, when it comes to Chef John Tesar's Knife Modern Steak, opening soon in the Hotel Palomar. But what about the hotel guest with a sweet tooth, or the film geek who wants to break down the third act after a night across the street at the Ang ... More >>
All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? The little slice of Korea up in North Carrollton, where 35 meets PGBT, is pretty sweet. It's got a Super H Mart, where everything inside will baffle and amaze ... More >>
Have plans this evening? Of course you do. You're headed to Iron Fork, the Dallas Observer's homage to local restaurants, anchored by an epic chef battle between James Beard nominee Matt McCallister and Richard Gras, who has been cooking at Oak in the Design District. If you don't have tickets yet, ... More >>
All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? Dallas is famously flooded with goopy Velveeta queso and sour cream enchiladas, and certain corridors are lined with taquerias. But sit-down restaurants servin ... More >>
A Trinity Groves restaurant delivers solid seafood but comes up short.
Kitchen LTO, the innovative "permanent pop-up restaurant" that set up shop in Trinity Groves last year, has helped some of the city's most promising up-and-coming chefs hone their skills. As current Kitchen LTO chef Eric Shelton's control of the restaurant comes to an end on May 31, the restaurant i ... More >>
It's already been a big year for Chef Omar Flores, and we're only four months in. After running the kitchen at well-reviewed seafood spot Driftwood, Flores swooped into Trinity Groves with a modern concept for Spanish tapas. Then, the world noticed. In only the first six months of being open, Casa R ... More >>
When it comes to restaurants, the devil is in the details. Managers and chefs spend countless hours crafting menus, arranging tables and building ambiance to make sure that the diners in their restaurants have an incredible experience. If recent experience is any indicator, though, there is one glar ... More >>
The Mecca, a diner with more than 75 years of plating greasy eggs and bacon, closed on Sunday after a tumultuous and short run at its location on Live Oak Street in East Dallas. The Mecca had been having financial difficulties since it moved from its long-time location on Harry Hines in the fall of ... More >>
Early one night last week, Trinity Groves, Dallas' text kitchen, was buzzing with people at Kitchen LTO, Amberjax, Resto Gastro Bistro, and Casa Rubia. We chose Chino Chinatown, where everyone was sitting out on the patio enjoying dinner at the restaurant helmed by former caterer and cooking show c ... More >>
First, some backstory: Earlier this week, Pete Wells, the food critic at The New York Times, got his man panties in a bunch over bread service at New York City restaurants. According to Wells, the practice of serving bread as a complimentary act of welcoming has been slowly receding into restaurant ... More >>
Picture something vaguely like Tex-Mex, with a little less cheese and a lot more sunshine.
For a long time now, the bar menu at The Libertine Bar has been pretty stagnant -- a salty bowl of jalapeño soup, some hog wings, a passable burger, a massive and economical cheese board. The food was good enough that you'd place an order if you were there, maybe before hitting a show at the Granad ... More >>
There was a big buzz when the second location of TJ's Seafood Market opened in Highland Park in 2012. For years TJ's had been a place to pick up a side of salmon, and maybe a few dozen oysters to shuck at home. But when owner Jon Alexis moved into a strip mall alongside Carbone's, suddenly table ser ... More >>
It seems like the Dallas culinary scene's thought leaders and trendsetters are getting younger and younger as each year passes. Shortly after her 29th birthday, Kirstyn Brewer, executive chef at Victor Tango's, is leading a restaurant that's been a Henderson Avenue institution for more than 10 years ... More >>
Back in March we took a look at why a number of Dallas restaurants were headed off to the 'burbs to open second locations. Plenty of Plano residents were coming down to Dallas for a visit to Lockhart Smokehouse, Smoke or whatever popular restaurant, so their owners eventually thought why not build a ... More >>
There are scores of Vietnamese restaurants dotted throughout Richardson and Garland just outside of the loop, and nearly all of them are poised to sell you the cheapest lunch you'll ever buy, in the form of banh mi. The sandwich is to Vietnam as pastrami sandwiches are to New York City and cheeseste ... More >>
If you're tired of Henderson Avenue, here's your way out.
I'm obsessed with this series of YouTube videos titled Build It With Bruce. They feature Bruce Russo, whose design company B.Russo Designs is charged with the build out of Jon Steven's anticipated Bishop Arts restaurant Stock and Barrel. The last time we checked in, Russo was walking us through the ... More >>
I think it was about a year ago that I played some bocce ball in Klyde Warren Park, setting off a wave of nostalgia for what I think is the greatest drinking sport known to man. In another life, in another city, I was involved in a league and regularly drank myself into a stupor while lobbing heavy ... More >>
The cheeseburger chef Brian Luscher serves at Sunday brunch at The Grape on Lower Greenville was anointed the Greatest Burger in Texas, and he dishes up cozy comfort food to hundreds of devoted Dallas diners each week. That hasn't gone to his head. But he is looking to grow. Although the city of D ... More >>
From the menu description, the dessert at Victor Tangos sounded like it went against everything I stood for. It also sounded like a little bit of a train wreck. Apple bacon upside-down cake with caramel popcorn and bourbon ice cream had nearly 20 syllables and three components. But then my apple ba ... More >>
This Henderson Avenue mainstay has changed a lot since opening five years ago. It also hasn't changed at all.
If you haven't heard the news, Yelp is now searchable by emoji, which is awesome if you happen to be a tween girl looking for the closest available ice cream cone. The new feature went into effect recently and allows users to search for food based on tiny pixelated icons. A minuscule picture of a ... More >>
Tucked behind the AMC ticket counter at Northpark Mall is Green House Market. We've talked about it before around here, and maybe you visited the concept in its previous life as a food truck. I finally went after seeing a movie this weekend, and I have one message for you: if you like vegetables, it ... More >>
Dallas loves its half-priced food and drink deals. That's why we built this calendar of half-price food and drink specials, listing the restaurant, special and time under each date. We'll do our best to keep you up to date on a large chunk of weekly half-priced food and drink specials in town. As al ... More >>
Sorry if this reads like One Hundred Years of Solitude. There are a lot of people and places involved. And even ice. Stick with me. Remember Chef Kyle McClelland? Our very own Lauren Drewes Daniels interviewed the chef when he took over the menu at Cedars Social back in 2011. Back then, he came ... More >>
Since her appearance on ABC's popular cooking show The Taste, Chef Uno Immanivong has been on a pretty wild ride. Just a year and a half after filming the show alongside mentor Anthony Bourdain, Immanivong is three months into owning her first restaurant. That restaurant, Trinity Groves' Chino Chin ... More >>
So we hear there's a little basketball tournament in town this weekend. Every hotel room in Arlington is sold out. Jerry World will be hoppin'. It's a commendable salute of solidarity with your alma mater. And we know you're going to want to really make the most of your vacation in the fine city of ... More >>
Michael Martensen has announced that he and partner Sal Jafar II, co-founder of Driftwood in Oak Cliff, have taken over the One Arts space that used to hold The Greek. The barman responsible in part for Smyth and Cedars Social (he's since parted with both bars) plans to open Proof Pantry this summ ... More >>
And it's got the beer goggles to match.
For someone who's never helmed a fine dining restaurant in Dallas, David Anthony Temple has a lot of opinions about the city's food and restaurants. Cooking under the nom de guerre Chef DAT, Temple has been hosting underground pop-up dinners across the city for the last four and a half years, and di ... More >>
If you like Bistro B but don't have time for a full-service dining experience (or to make your way through their 500 item menu), you might check out Rollngo on Greenville Avenue. Bistro B's sister restaurant opened last week, just south of Northwest Highway, and offers Vietnamese food on the fly. B ... More >>
Each year we dust off our mitts and head over to great temple in Arlington to stuff our faces with two-yard hot dogs and the like. At this time, we also like to look at what's going on in the Arlington food scene for pre- or post-game eating. There've been some comings and goings. Three new-ish re ... More >>
Earlier this year, James Beard-winning food scribe Josh Ozersky penned an essay detailing a serious problem facing the culinary world. Tired of over-composed plates that were assembled more than they were sautéed, he called out modern young chefs on their menus. Pointing to a hypothetical dish that ... More >>
Two men brought a whole lot of chiles to Uptown, and they're burning things up.
Dear Red Lobster, I hear you guys are having some financial problems. Your parent company may be looking to dump you, but it's not your fault. You have been continually wonderful for the last one hundred years (or however long you've existed) as everyone's favorite budget-friendly seafood restauran ... More >>
Two years. Two years, one month and 23 days, to be specific. That's how long it's been since my favorite neighborhood restaurant closed. Oh, sure; others have stepped in to capably fill the void. But nothing will ever quite measure up to the restaurant that's dearly departed.