Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Avengers Should Have Gone to Qariah on Greenville for a Shawarma Sandwich

    I've had a good time watching Qariah come into its own as a lower Greenvile Avenue restaurant over the past two months. When I first dropped in, my service was polite, but terribly inept. Over my visits for this week's review, it slowly got better. The bread became more consistent, and the dining r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    A Reader's Christmas Wish for the Dallas Dining Scene

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, email or in the comments. An email I received last week has me in a Christmas funk. A r ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    The New Korean Fusion

    Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Velvet Taco's Not-So-Taqueria

    Taco purists don't love this Henderson Avenue restaurant, but that doesn't stop the hungry masses.

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    October 25, 2012
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    September 26, 2012

    Opa! Das Bier! Five Things To Do This Week, Which Pretty Much All Involve Beer and Meat

    This weekend is the 56th annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at the southwest corner of Hillcrest and Alpha Road. They're kicking things off Friday with a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., along with a chance to win a trip for two to Greece (throw my name in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Firexbox Doesn't Ignite the Taste Buds -- or Other Body Parts, Luckily

    You'd think that there's no way that Firexbox could be the name of a restaurant, but you'd be wrong. When I first saw it, I thought, "Surely there's just a typeface issue here with their logo and they mean Fire Box with chopsticks in the middle and that design element just went wrong." But, nope. Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 2, 2012

    Komali's Safe Bet

    An almost authentic restaurant panders to the local palate.

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    August 2, 2012

    Monica Greene's Nueva Cocina Opens This Evening: Will Serve Sushi

    We first told you about Monica Greene's departure from Aca y Alla to open up a restaurant in Oak Cliff just before summer. Now the restaurateur has released new details about the space on Cedar Springs Road that will have a soft opening this evening, with a grand opening scheduled August 7. Nueva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    The Olympics of British Food: A User's Guide from a British Guy

    When the Observer emailed me with the offer to, and I quote, "continue our gross exploitation of your heritage" by somehow shoehorning together the two subjects of the Olympics and food, how could I possibly resist? I suppose this allows me to tackle that thorniest of subjects, British "cuisine". ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2012

    Omi's Procession

    A Korean grill's banchan offers an endless display of flavor.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza at India Chaat Cafe ... Say Whaat?

    The words "Desi-style pizza" beckoned me with a neon glow from the front window of India Chaat Café, a small, brightly lit restaurant tucked into a strip mall at Preston and Frankford. I walked in expecting Americanized, watered-down food, or maybe the Bollywood version of Pizza Hut, and was surpr ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    Dalat's Pho Goes Late Night

    A new Vietnamese restaurant enters the after-hours game.

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    June 15, 2012

    Why Did Alice Cross the Road? To Get to Taqueria Mezquite.

    Times I kicked myself for every time I've eaten at Ojeda's in my life instead of eating across the damned street at Taqueria Mezquite: 126,229 Credit card machine count: 0 Taqueria Mezquite is across the street from Ojeda's. And you want it in your face. The murals on the outside say "Taqueria Mezq ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Carbone's: Jimmy's for the 1 Percent

    Highland Park Gets Its Very Own Italian Restaurant and Specialty Shop.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Dear Central Market, Where The Hell Is The Bleu Cheese Pancetta Dip?

    I love Central Market. I love the food maze they make you cart through. I love that they always have approximately one zillion apples in that place. I love that I always find some random shit I don't need but is freaking amazing (See: wasabi arugula, pictured above). I love the Chef's Case, with its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: DaLat Owner Khanh Nguyen on the Power and Problems of Pho

    Khanh Nguyen had a successful career as a local attorney when he decided to take a little time off, a sabbatical of sorts, between projects. During that time, he immersed himself in traditional Vietnamese cooking, spending months trying to perfect various recipes, mainly concentrating on pho, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Spotted At Carbone's: Real Deal Guanciale

    If you've only eaten Italian food in Dallas, there's a good chance you've never had real spaghetti carbonara. The traditional version of the dish turns eggs, cheese and fat into a delicious sauce that completely integrates with the pasta. Chefs have supplemented the dish with cream, herbs and someti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Rock And Roll Tacos Opens The New Kitchen at La Grange

    Rock and Roll Tacos, previoulsy just a food truck, has completed their non-hostile take over of the kitchen and dining room at La Grange in Deep Ellum. The owners of La Grange wanted out of the kitchen (admitedly not their specialty) and the owner of Rock and Roll Tacos wanted a non-mobile kitchen w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Real Japan at Mr. Max

    With blacked-out windows and a big sign with an ambiguous name that could be a front for anything, Mr. Max may not look like much from the outside, but step through the doors and you're transported to the other side of the globe.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Get Thee to the Grill on Meatless Monday

    Summertime is in full swing and along with it come cookouts, not to mention drunk people on boats, Ed Hardy swim trunks, entirely too many children everywhere, the need for those stinky citronella candles and sky-high utility bills from all that damned air conditioning. I relish the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    At China Mex, the Dream of Fusion Power Is Still Just a Dream

    China Mex Grill 8367 Park Lane 214-468-4645 Times I shook my fist at the China Mex menu: 25.4 Number of shrimp I ate (out of a possible 500): 2 When China Mex opened in the old Taco King location on Park Lane, I was optimistic. I have giant-lazy-Susan love for Chinese food, and Mexican food knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    On Meatless Monday, All Hail the Mighty Chickpea

    No doubt many of us are probably suffering from a slight meat hangover after all those holiday weekend grill-fests. Now that Tuesday's here, it's back to work and time to detox from all that poolside barbecue gorging. May I suggest you embrace the glorious chickpea? Everyone knows and loves hummu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard at Chaucer's, the Land of Sushi, Drawbridges and Hooters Rejects

    Creepy business dudes drooling on servers count: 8 Bard count: 0 Chaucer's Sushi & Grill came up several times when I internetted "cheap sushi Dallas." So I checked out their website, and let me tell you, the Chaucer's website is more amazing than any website I have ever seen or will ever see. It i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Moon Wok: It's Not Bad, You Know It, It's Not Really, Really Bad

    She says she wanted to try the food, but we think Cheap Bastard stopped by Moon Wok just to have an excuse to break out her fedora, single white glove and sequined ruby dancing shoes. You can find the place at 8670 Skillman St., 214-221-8888. Times I drove by and said to myself, "Ha. Moon Wok," bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    It's Time Dallas Got an Indian-Food Truck

    Dear Potential Food Truck Entrepreneurs of Dallas,Please, for the love of Krishna, start an Indian food truck. Please park outside my favorite bars late at night (Deep Ellum would be a good spot) so I can fill my neglected belly with your spicy flavorful goodness. There's just something about the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A Must-See Doc For Every Food Lover (and Especially Chefs)

    "Always strive to master your craft." The closing words of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which opens today at the Magnolia and Angelika Theaters, would make sound advice for any trade. But thrust upon the shokunin, the master sushi chef, they invoke a certain umami for the soul that's as inspiring as it is ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    March 15, 2012

    A Visual Guide to a Proper Irish Breakfast

    Mark Cuban has caused me to completely rediscover St. Patrick's Day. Gratuitous party-givers with no strings attached plays well into the whole theme of "friendliest day of the year." So I tracked down my favorite Irish lass, Theresa Magee, earlier this week to have her show me how to make a prope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    At El Padrino, Meatless Monday Means Meatless Tortas, and That, Oddly Enough, is a Good Thing

    After last week's vegan pho fiasco, I wasn't too jazzed about another meatless meal, but reading Scott's V-Spot review inspired me, and I was encouraged to seek out tasty vegetarian options once again. El Padrino means "godfather", and that awesome name was enough to get me to stop here rather than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    At Pho Is For Lovers, Wishing Meatless Monday Was Pork Banh Mi Tuesday

    When it comes to pho, that glorious Vietnamese noodle soup perfect for curing hangovers and head colds, I'm almost religiously devoted to the huge steaming bowls served up at Vietnam Restaurant on Bryan Street. However, when I heard that the semi-recently opened Pho is for Lovers on Upper Greenville ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012

    The Great Dallas Brisket Taco Hunt

    Five brisket tacos at five places in five hours: It's more meat -- and more fun -- than it seems.

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    February 9, 2012

    Private | Social | Ramen! | Oh.

    My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Mumtaz's Indian Lunch Buffet Was Built for Meatless Monday

    Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    At Vietnam in East Dallas, a Brief Lesson in How to Make Pho That Doesn't Suck

    Vietnam in East Dallas is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall spot that serves up amazing, traditional pho. And when Chef Matt McCallister mentioned this 16-year-old eatery as one of his favorites in a recent interview, it was time to revisit. The particular pho in the photo above is No. 79 from V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    If Jews and Muslims Ate Milk and Honey's Falafel Pita, They'd Be Too Happy to Fight

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Venue: Milk and Honey Sandwich: The Falafel Pita ($5.99) Bread: Fresh pita pulled straight from the oven Toppings: Falafel balls, Israeli sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    A Sushi Roll Goes to Space (Video)

    A Washington, DC-based sushi chain recently released a promotional video about shooting a sushi roll into space. Getting sushi into the stratosphere should be easy enough. A weather balloon was used to take a chair into space for a very similar commercial. Still, the video seemed a little fishy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    On My First Meatless Monday, Baby Steps (and No Tofu) at Fadi's

    Along with food critic Scott Reitz, resident booze correspondent Whitney Filloon is giving Meatless Mondays a shot. They'll both be sharing their experiences in the coming weeks. I couldn't quite stomach the idea of tofu or any new and therefore strange meat substitutes on my very first attempt at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Meatless Monday Is Harder Than I Thought

    Ed. note: Along with our booze correspondent, food critic Scott Reitz is trying his mouth at going meatless on Mondays. They'll occasionally relay their experiences. So far Scott sucks at it. It sounded soooooooo easy. Drop meat on Mondays -- it'll help save the world and shit. And it's only one da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Despite Recent Closings, Cuquita's is Holding On by Serving Simple Food

    Cuquita's doesn't look like much from the outside. Just another strip mall Mexican place, right? I paid the restaurant a visit the other day on the recommendation of a friend. I wanted an excuse to eat outside the loop, and Cuquita's, on Josey Lane in Farmer's Branch, promised traditional garb and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Avila's Off-Menu Shrimp Tacos: An Appreciation

    Catherine Downes​On Thursday afternoon, a blackboard out front of Avila's Mexican Restaurant boasted -- in bright pink and blue chalk -- an enchilada lunch special. After being seated, and having chips and salsa thrust at me, I nearly ordered the enchiladas, but was swayed when I noticed anoth ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011

    At Zio Cecio, Priced Out Until the Pasta

    High-priced dishes obscure the cooking at Zio Cecio -- until the pasta comes.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    El Pambazo Brings the Goods, Leaving You Muy Lleno

    ​ Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Venue: Tortas La Hechizera Sandwich: El Pambazo ($5.69) Bread: Bolillo well-soaked in scarlet enchilada sauce Toppings: Chorizo, fried ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Meso Maya's Hands of God

    Behold, the truly hand-made tortilla.

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    December 9, 2011

    Raul's Corral: Tex-Mex and Giant Animal Statues. What More Do You Need to Know?

    ​Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she haunts Raul's Corral, 200 Corinth St., 214-428-4500. Her mind wasn't blown by the food, but it was kind of nicely felt up. Times I wondered if I'd seen this place in a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    The Phones Are Open and Dallas' Tamale Purveyors Are Ready For Your Order

    Flickr​Don't be the pinche gringo who jacks up your Christmas Eve celebration. It's tamale ordering time, and while some places make a few extra bazillion to sell to all the assholes who don't call ahead, others are more than willing to send you home tamale-less if you don't pick up the phone. ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Royal Wok: Ignorance is Bliss, Unless You Can Read Chinese

    Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she rolls the dice at Royal Wok, 2560 Royal Lane, 972-488-8282, and doesn't crap out. At least not right away. Massage parlors nearby count: 18 Waterfall mural count: 1 The news a ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    La Victoria: Man With 4 out of 32 Teeth Agrees -- It's "Yeeeeeees"

    Alice Laussade​Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she finds the man of her dreams at La Victoria, 1605 N Haskell Ave., 214-827-0101. Dinosaur toy guarding the barbed wire fence count: 1 Times I've driven past ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Fried Chicken and Enchiladas: It's What We Do, According to Food and Wine and Serious Eats

    Delicious fried chicken as submitted by Bubba's Cooks Country​Dallas' food has gotten attention from all corners of the internet recently. Food and Wine put together a slideshow that compiles the country's 30 best renditions of fried chicken. Local favorite Bubba's Cooks Country is listed amon ... More >>

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