Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    An Interview with Lucia's David Uygur, Chef-Owner of Dallas' Toughest Reservation

    Italian food isn't exactly something Dallas is known for, yet the city's most-lauded restaurant is a tiny Italian spot in Bishop Arts. People are still clamoring, four years later, for a coveted reservation at Lucia, the brainchild of chef David Uygur and his wife, Jennifer. The reserved Uygur has e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    The Blind Butcher's Dessert Poutine Will Make Your Night

    The Blind Butcher probably isn't the first place you think of when you're craving something sweet. They're a self-proclaimed "Beer Meat" Mecca, and they've rightfully earned a spot on Scott Reitz's list of "100 favorite dishes" with their pastrami egg rolls. Yet, this is where I found myself on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    How Malai Kitchen's Chef-Owners Keep Looking for, and Finding, Inspiration

    For most chefs, the flavors that dominate their cuisine come from a very personal place, like a decades of mom's home cooking or a few years of intensive training at a French culinary school. For others, though, that passion for a cuisine develops in relatively unexpected places. Braden and Yasmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 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 >>

  • 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 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 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

    July 25, 2014

    A Guide to Eating in Carrollton, Which Is Much Nicer Than It Sounds

    As a resident of Carrollton, I feel like we get a raw deal in the media. We're not in any of those fancy things about the neighborhoods, because there are apparently just too many regions of Plano, our sprawling neighbor. Bizarrely little is written about our thriving K-Town, our downtown is walkabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Dallas Restaurants Where You Can Eat Like a Francophile on Bastille Day

    As Americans, we generally don't give a shit about the historical observances of other countries. There is one major exception, though - any holiday or festival that allows us to get really drunk or eat a lot of food. See St. Patrick's Day, Carnivale, and Cinco de Mayo. Today is Bastille Day, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Where to Find Pupusas in Dallas

    Pupusas are the unsung heroes of Latin cuisine. Their crisped exteriors may not entice like a taco filled with pork, pineapple, and cilantro, but this humble exterior belies a rich and meaty filling that is nothing short of magical. Corn masa is shaped into a pocket, filled with meats, cheese, and o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Where to Find Poutine in Dallas

    Food trends come and go, but for the last few years poutine has been cropping up on menus across the country. Poutine originated as a lowly diner food for drunk Canadians in the 1950s, but chefs are adding their own upscale twists to the dish as it becomes one of the hottest food trends on American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Sushi on McKinney: When an On-and-Off Lover Moves to Plano and Becomes Long Distance

    Dearest SoM, We need to talk. This isn't the first time you've done this to me, SoM. Back in the day (in your first place, which is now a Chipotle), I was a like a groupie, enduring a sub-par restroom situation just to sit on your teensy patio and eat your delicious sushi at relatively reasonable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Quiz: Am I in a Kickass Taqueria?

    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? There are many great taquerias in Dallas. There are also many taco poseurs. Weeding out the bad places from the good ones is part of the fun of taco adventurin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    The Favorite Tacos of Dallas' Chefs

    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? In this week of all things tacos at the City of Ate, we queried local chefs on their favorite spots to land some tacos. Here's what they had to say: Oliver Si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    An Ode to Elotes, the Street Taco's BFF

    Street tacos are glorious in and of themselves, but there is something equally delicious being served out of carts in front of taquerias across the city: elotes. In Mexico, this side dish and popular street food is typically served on the cob, but most versions you'll find in Dallas are served in st ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 14, 2014

    Turn On Bizarre Foods Tonight For a Unique View on Dallas Eats

    Late last year Andrew Zimmern got a food tour through DFW with local barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. Vaughn told us the show should run some time in April, and it turned out to be true, Dallas: Red Meat & Rattlesnakes airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the Travel Chanel. Vaughn accompanied Zimmern to Chicken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Underground Dallas Chef David Anthony Temple: "Our Food is Better Than Yours"

    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 >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    CrushCraft Is Not the Thai You Know but the Thai You Should

    Two men brought a whole lot of chiles to Uptown, and they're burning things up.

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Irving's Everest Restaurant Is a Worthy Trek

    Traversing Himalaya in search of something big, bold and BYOB.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Five Places to Eat Escargot in Dallas

    Dallas isn't exactly a mecca of French food, but there are a few spots to get your fix of beef bourguignon or a legit soupe a l'oignon. What have noticed, though, is that there is one major dish that is missing from some of the city's best Frenchie-food menus: escargots. Escargots have been served ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Miss Chi's Pho and the Battle for Noodle Supremacy

    Ramen is hot, but don't sleep on pho. At least not without a straw handy.

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014

    Bonchon's Korean Crispy Goodness

    Not all great fried chicken comes from the South.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin on Leaving Pakpao, Landing in Fort Worth and Cooking at Home

    Just six months into his post at Pakpao Thai, chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin left, or that was the official story. He won't divulge more than that "in the long term it's better for both me and the owners," Tiffanee Siri and Richard Ellman, also of Oak and Belly & Trumpet. Whatever the full story may be, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Sushi Restaurant to open in Trinity Groves, Italian in Bishop Arts

    The latest stage in Phil Romano's quest to take over the culinary universe is the planned opening of Sushi Bayashi, a casual sushi bar. Late last night, the Morning News scooped the latest addition to the gamut of fine dining at Trinity Groves. Romano is describing it as "an everyday kind of sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    CrushCraft Thai Opens Next Monday

    Just a few weeks ago, CrushCraft Thai was but an artist's rendition, a hazy picture that only served Thai food in our minds after we've reclined into our couches and... never mind. But now Jack Nuchkasem and chef Paul Singhapong have sent real photographs. They've offered a glimpse of the cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Dallas' 5 Best Chinese Restaurants

    Christmas is getting close, which means you should be finalizing your plans for Christmas day dining. Many of you still cook at home, frittering away over some roast that you'll likely mess up, but you should ditch the goose, forget the crown roast of pork and let someone else do the cooking for onc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Checking In On The Newly Remodeled Oishii

    Everything looks settled in at Oishii. The Oak Lawn restaurant had been closed for nearly a year after a fire damaged the dining room and neighboring Sal's pizza. But while a year-long closure is surely tough on a business, the neighborhood favorite pan-Asian spot looks all the better for it, now. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    In Deep Ellum, Alligator Cafe Has That Special Sauce

    And we're not (just) talking about the Voodoo.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Texas Pete Wants to Capitalize on the #Srirachapocalypse and Gain Market Share

    If you're a fan of Sriracha, you've undoubtedly heard of the trouble surrounding the California plant that produces the sauce. For those of you who have had your head in a bowl of pho the past few weeks, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered a plant that makes the hot sauce be partially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Your First Look at Bonchon, Dallas' New Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant

    This week Dallas got a new addition to its fried food repertoire with the opening of Bonchon, a Korean chain specializing in fried chicken and beer. Bonchon opened in Korea nearly 12 years ago and has since spread to 70 restaurants in Southeast Asia and 30 in the United States, mostly along the East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Tei-An's Teiichi Sakurai Will Open a Tiny Ramen Shop in Silvan Thirty, Is Awesome

    Dallas was long-protected from the ramen craze until Tanoshii Ramen Bar set up shop in Deep Ellum. Now a second is already on the way. Carol Shih at Sidedish reported that Teiichi Sakurai, the owner of Tei-An, planned to open a fish market at Sylvan|Thirty, but apparently he's pivoted. Instead he's ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Tanoshii Rode the Ramen Wave to Dallas and Crashed

    A popular trend noodles its way into Dallas' dining scene. Watch out for undercurrents.

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen Cooks with Soul

    With heady spices, fresh ingredients and loads of butter, this restaurant will send you home with a happy stomach.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    They're Building a Football Field-Long Sushi Roll at AT&T Stadium to Fight Hunger

    The North Texas Food Bank is heading into the holiday season with a novel event: the construction and consumption of a 100-yard-long sushi roll at AT&T Stadium. On November 20, Legends Hospitality and Chef Yutaka Yamato, of Yutaka Sushi Bistro and lead sushi chef of concessions at Legends, will ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    DFW Diwali Mela Is Heaven on Earth

    On Saturday the Cotton Bowl converted to the 2013 Diwali Mela festival, and food booths flowed out from the stadium to the shimmery dreamscape of the Chinese Lantern Festival nearby. I arrived on a mission. Six years ago I went with two friends to Ahmedabad, in western India. For three weeks I ate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Bay Leaf's Paul Singhapong Will Bring Bangkok Street Food to Dallas This Winter

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    How to Talk to Your Friends When Your Friends Want to Eat Tex-Mex Again

    I realize that the following assertion will likely result in my being doused in hot lard and dusted in the crumbled tortilla chips, but it must be said: Eating Tex-Mex can be a serious drag. Please, Dallas, just put down the pig fat and hear me out. You should know that I wrote this guide at my ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Toko V Brings Noodles and Sushi to Highland Park Village Tomorrow

    The transformation of the old Village Marquee space will be completed with the opening of Toko V on Thursday. The renovation and re-branding marks the third attempt to open a successful restaurant in the space in less than three years. Earlier this August, the downstairs half of the renovation was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Bowls of Pho

    A good bowl of Pho may be the most satisfying value play of all ethnic foods. You'll never pay more than $10 or so for one, and most places charge you closer to $5. But despite the low cost, good pho is satiating in every way that food can be. A big, hot bowl of savory broth will warm your insides a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Tanoshii Ramen and Bar, a New Late-Night Noodle Bar, Opens Next Week in Deep Ellum

    Dallas' first exclusive ramen restaurant, Tanoshii Ramen Bar (2724 Commerce), will open next Tuesday, September 24, its owners have announced. Joey and Chi Le also own Wicked Po'Boys in Richardson and in the Preston Center. Now they're turning their attention to house-made noodles and "late-nigh ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Enticed by Sushi Sake

    Takashi Soda's sushi restaurant isn't perfect, but it's seduced a lot of fans.

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    August 29, 2013
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    August 22, 2013

    Pakpao's Punch

    You like spicy, right? You'd better.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    First Look at Campuzano Mexican Food

    On Wednesday evening, a new "Mexican" restaurant quietly opened within walking distance from Dallas Observer HQ. We'd watched with curiosity as the building at 2618 Oak Lawn Ave. made the transition from the former brick, beige and bland law offices of Robert S. Gregg to the new, stylized wooden faĆ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba Chef Jeana Johnson Did R&D in Vietnam, with Help from a Dude Named Dragon

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are the proprietors of the little hot spot in East Dallas, Mot Hai Ba, as wells as Good 2 Go Taco. Their culinary trail winds far and wide through the Dallas landscape. Collectively, the pins on their map include Ciudad, Daddy Jack's, The Standard in Deep Ellum, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    I Tried the Natto at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi, and Now It's Your Turn

    By chance have you heard of Natto? The Japanese delicacy hasn't enjoyed much popularity in the States, possibly because the few people who tried it were so horrified they never spoke of the experience again. If you need evidence of the challenges of eating natto, just head over to YouTube and watch ... More >>

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