Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

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    June 6, 2013
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    May 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Peak and Elm Caves: Chips and Salsa Now Served at the Tex-Mex Restaurant

    When Peak and Elm Cocina, the Tex-Mex restaurant on the outskirts of Deep Ellum, opened earlier this year, owner Jesse Moreno Sr. made a shocking announcement. Despite the menu featuring enchiladas, fajitas and other classics, the restaurant would not be serving gratis chips and salsa. See also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Finding Chicken Tacos That Don't Suck: Harder Than You Think

    Yesterday I was back at La Banqueta for lunch. While I was waiting for my plate of suadero tacos, I chatted with a few guys who'd stopped in to give the place a try. One of the gentlemen had obviously fallen in love with La Banqueta's delicious street tacos previously, and talked his officemates int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    An Open Letter to Mot Hai Ba: The Upcoming East Dallas Vietnamese Restaurant

    Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Redneck Sushi -- A Guide to Triple-Fusion

    Now, let's say you want to combine the heavy, meat-based joys of barbecue with the relatively light, raw fish-based delights of sushi. You're clearly having a boring day. Nothing's gone right for you so far. You tried combining Vietnamese and Mexican food. That fell down at the pho burrito. Korean a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    This St. Patrick's Day, Eat Some Traditional Irish Food

    You want to appear the most Irish out of all your friends, right? That's kind of the point. St Patrick's Day is a "who can tenuously claim the most Irish heritage" festival. Well, my friend, have I got the solution for you. Here is some entirely true traditional Irish food. To be honest I wish I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating. That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    If You Haven't Stopped Into Kazy's Recently, You Really Should

    When I was sitting at the bar at Lucia, slurping down exceptional hand-made pasta dressed in a creamy sea urchin sauce and garnished with salty, toasted breadcrumbs, I asked chef David Uygur where he got the uni. The chef gave me a sort of surprised and sarcastic look as he told me Kazy's up in Rich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Six Restaurants for a Proper Fat Tuesday

    The Free Man Cajun Café in Deep Ellum is a small, dark, shotgun bar and restaurant with marginal lighting that keeps things dim, which is certainly a prerequisite for any proper New Orleans-ish bar. So, if you're going for a truly comparable experience, this is your place. Three Quarters Fast Jazz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    El Ranchito's Beef Fajitas Beat Out Dallas' Popular Tex-Mex Mainstays

    Mia's, Rafa's, Desperados, Matt's, El Fenix -- certainly I haven't eaten all the beef fajitas in Dallas, but I've eaten quite a few versions. I've been looking for perfectly cooked skirt steak, and most renditions I've had have been extremely tough and dry. See also: - Tasting the Worst Fajitas Eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    For the Love of Deep Fried Little Debbie: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Hello? Is anyone out there? Is this thing on? It's quiet around the Observer today. The cubes are empty and everyone is tweeting about wrestling with TWA, Greyhound and other modes of transportation. I think the holidays are in full swing, and I'm excited to jump into the fray myself, but first the ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Soleo Steps Up

    Owners Maria and Roberto Velasquez started with a taco cart. Now they're in Preston Hollow.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Christmas Tamale Tradition: Grandma's Was Always Best

    The moment I realized that food comes from animals was during one of my family's tamale making sessions. I was about 4 or 5 and after waking from a nap I wandered down the hallway of the temporary trailer my grandparents were living in while they awaited the completion of their house on the family r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Dining Critic John Kessler Says Mi Cocina's Tex-Mex Doesn't Travel Very Well

    Certainly if there's one food genre Dallasites would defend to the bottom of a bowl of queso, it's Tex-Mex. My blog post that lists my nine favorite spots for sour cream enchiladas and beans drew scores of comments overnight. Most either professed a support of my picks, or demanding I be removed fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the Whole Christmas Tamale Thing

    Apparently you guys celebrate Christmas by eating tamales. No, me neither. I've no idea what you're doing. What screams Christmas about a tamale? I suppose you could take this reductionist argument to any Christmas food (what's Christmassy about slaughtering a turkey and then roasting it, or, as s ... More >>

  • 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.

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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