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Eating Out

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    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
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Izmir Deli's Medi Burger Redefines the Working-Class Deli Burger

    A few weeks back, I was at a party where I didn't know many people and it got out that I was a food critic. This discovery usually leads to a lengthy interrogation regarding my weight -- "Why aren't you fat?" -- but these guys were actually pretty cool. We hung out drinking beer and eating bad pizza ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2014

    Tex-Meh at Mesero

    Mico Rodriguez's latest gives Preston Hollow some much-needed Tex-Mex but fails to delight.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Proof Pantry's Michael Martensen Is Battling the "Pretentious Asshole Bartender" (Interview)

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Even though it's been a relatively enduring trend in bars across the country for nearly a decade, Dallas has only recentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Roll N Go on Greenville: Great, Cheap Rolls and a Casher Who Gives Things Away

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Open seats at 3:45 p.m. on a Sunday: 0 Menu items: 143 Roll N Go (6110 Greenville Ave.) is not a sushi roll restaurant. It is not a rent-by-the-hour hotel. It is a spring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Gym, Tan, Lunch: Sizing Up the Muscle Maker Grill, the New Restaurant on Lower Greenville

    If you've driven down Lower Greenville Avenue lately, you might have noticed the Muscle Maker Grill, a restaurant that quietly slid into the old Company Café spot. A bright red sign announcing the place was recently illuminated, and the "EST. 1995" caught my eye. It turns out the casual restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    AF B's Cocktails Are the Real Deal

    Since opening earlier this year, AF B has been cranking out food and cocktails that are impressive enough to justify a drive to Fort Worth even if you don't have other plans. What hasn't gotten as much fanfare, though, is the restaurant's impressive (if short) cocktail menu. In an effort to bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Where Gemma Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Eats Out in Dallas

    When she's not busy cranking out housemade sorbets and ice creams at Gemma, pastry chef Stephanie Childress, the subject of this week's chef interview, has to eat. Like most chefs, she's pretty particular about where she dines out, to the point that being at a less-than-great restaurant makes her a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    In a Strip Mall in Carrollton, Al Markaz Breaks Up Your Indian-Food Routine

    This was no ordinary shopping center. No Target, Best Buy or Subway was within miles (OK, like two miles), and a women's clothing store, though not your average Forever 21, stood to my left. Wanting an Indian-food experience other than standbys like Roti Grill and Chennai, I'd asked some Indian and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Shivas Bar & Grill, a New Late-Night Indian Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

    Shivas Bar & Grill opened this on Greenville Avenue, tucked into the same strip that used to house Jack's and then JO24. A kolache restaurant named Bohemian Cafe will open next door this fall. But for now, the fresh smells of curry are wafting down the strip, which is nice. Other than Nora and Qari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

    You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now. We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    At Gemma, Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Is Keeping It Simple

    Gemma has been adding a touch of freshness and California cool to Henderson Ave since opening earlier this year, and head pastry chef Stephanie Childress has proven herself a crucial part of the restaurant's success. Our own food critic raved about Childress' well-executed and offbeat dessert dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    A Guide to Eating on Lower Greenville

    When I first moved to Dallas a few years back, Lower Greenville Avenue was a mess. The sidewalks and street had been obliterated and you couldn't walk anywhere without circumnavigating a construction barrier. Business cried out with banners hanging from their storefronts. "We're still open," they pl ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2014

    Bowen House Trades Vintage Skirts for Chicken Wings

    A familiar Uptown shop is reinvented through booze and bar food.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    The Eight Stages of the Burger Sads

    There is a steep let down from a disappointing burger. It's one of the harshest drop-offs in the world of food excitement. It begins with the phrase, "Want to get a burger?" Upon hearing these words, the eyes dilate, the pulse pounds, the pants expand, and the hands often tighten into a burger-holdi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    An Interview with So & So's Chef Nick Amoriello, a Fan of Neither Bros nor Hummus

    With its extensive craft cocktail menus and upscale food menus to go along, the gastropub trend shows no signs of slowing down. Especially not in Dallas. As diners increasingly seek out more casual fine dining experiences, gastropubs are happily stepping into the shoes once filled by stuffy and excl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    A Guide to Eating Out in Frisco

    Our own not-so-little neighbor Frisco was named the second fastest growing city in America this year, right behind Austin. And while a lot of Frisco is composed of the sprawling housing developments that keep popping up to hold all of these people, those people have to eat, too. And some even like t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    A Woman's View of Tilted Kilt

    In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks and Wild Pitch. Here we are in our third week. We've seen some interesting things together. Some tame, some a little vulgar. What did you expect, waitresses brai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Herrera's on Maple Avenue Is Closing

    It was supposed to be easy, at least as far as tangles with the city go. Nora Ontiveros, who owned Herrera's with her husband Larry, was at city hall trying to figure out how to change the address of the building she expected would host the fourth location of her much-loved Tex-Mex restaurant. The f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    A First Look at Ramen Hakata in Addison

    Coming in, sitting down, scanning the menu, ordering, waiting, eating and finally, satisfactorily patting our bellies while saying "wasn't that good" before going home. This is the order of things, the way we eat out. It is a complacent activity by design. Often, the joy we take in having a meal at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    This Is What Flan Should Taste Like

    In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. Today, we take a closer look at a classic: Abuelo's. There are seven locations in Texas, but for our purposes here, let's talk about the one on 75 and Parker Road in Plano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Stock & Barrel Chef Jon Stevens' Seven Favorite Dallas Restaurants

    In the lengthy and sometimes stressful process of opening his Bishop Arts restaurant Stock and Barrel, Chef Jon Stevens spent a lot of time eating out at Dallas restaurants. Ever the chef, Stevens tends to frequent places that most of us would consider a foodie splurge, even if they aren't all that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    9 of the Best Cuban Sandwiches in Dallas

    Cuban sandwiches have been sliding off sandwich presses all over Dallas lately. They're appearing on menus of taverns as pub grub and they're coming out of fine dining kitchens with a brand new pedigree. They're emerging from tiny takeouts, and that's before you look at the Cuban sandwiches that hav ... More >>

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