Farmers Branch

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Ultimate List of Dallas Fourth of July Celebrations

    July Fourth is upon us, and no doubt you're looking forward to a Friday filled with hot dogs, apple pies and a good ol' fashioned three-day weekend. Thankfully, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the red, white and blue in DFW, and we've put together a handy list to help you find them all. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Apparently Sober Waffle House Patron Crashes into Morning News Parking Lot, Falls Asleep

    It's a long drive to the Omni Hotel downtown from the nearest Waffle House, which is three-fourths of the way to Farmers Branch. It's a sleepy one, too, when made at the typical Waffle House hour of 4 a.m. Nevertheless, an unidentified gentleman driving a 2004 Lexus SUV decided to undertake that vo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012
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    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

    August 2, 2011

    Mango's Noodle House: A Bit Pricey, but If You're Already in Farmers Branch...

    Kristy Yang​Mango's Noodle House is not my, nor your, parent's kind of pho place. The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs reverberating from the speakers tipped me off. The restaurant's contemporary décor matches the music, but the food isn't quite as progressive. That's not to say that the presentation isn't p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Hungry on DART's Green Line? Here's a Big Honkin' List That Might Help

    ​It took four years and $1.8 million to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Lots of Folks Object to Blockbuster's Store Closure Plan. Like Dallas County, For Starters.

    The Blockbuster outlet at Lovers and Inwood closed shortly before the end of 2010.​As you'll recall, Blockbuster ended the year by announcing it's looking over all its leases and planning on breaking many of them, after which it'll shutter stores, dump inventory for pennies on the dollar and turn ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010
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    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    ICE Says More Than 100 Were Rounded Up During Five-Day Multi-Agency Anti-Gang Sweep

    ​This just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    At Bachman Station Today, DART Announces Greenlight for the Green Line

    Somebody really shoulda brought Mayor Tom his shades. Awful bright at the Bachman Station today. And, hey, there's Farmers Branch mayor Tim O'Hare smack in the middle!​December 6 -- that's when Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials said the Green Line would be good to go with the completion of the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Into the Origins of Carne Deshebrada, the Meat that Makes the Taqueria

    Flickr user El Gran DeeTacos de carne deshebradaIn Venezuela, it's called Carne Mechada. In the Caribbean, it's known as Ropa Vieja. The Mexican version goes by the name Carne Deshebrada. In any case, shredded beef is an important component of the cuisines of several south-of-the-border countries. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Arlington PD Says It Doesn't Want to Be in the Business of Enforcing Immigration Laws​While Irving makes the occasional headline with its use of the Criminal Alien Program -- which involves turning over to federal immigration officials people detained for any reason, even traffic violations --  top cops in Arlington have taken a stand against that approach. Instead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    What's it Worth to Move 200 Hilton Jobs to Dallas From Farmers Branch? Dunno Yet.

    ​Says this sneak preview of the city council's Economic Development Committee agenda next week, Dallas is considering forking over an economic development grant to Hilton Hotels, which is looking to relocate a regional headquarters to Dallas. Office of Economic Development head Karl Zavitkovsky, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    NYT Profiles KC Law Prof (Still) Trying to Keep Illegal Immigrants Out of Farmers Branch

    Kris KobachThe New York Times's Julia Preston profiles University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law professor Kris W. Kobach -- a name that might be familiar to residents of Farmers Branch, as Kobach's one of the co-authors of Ordinance 2952 and one of the lawyers who's been trying to get it enf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    In Farmers Branch, Elizabeth Villafranca Has Finally Decided to Run for City Council

    Back in November 2006, Megan Feldman wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a lengthy piece about Farmers Branch and then-city council member Tim O'Hare's fight to rid the city of illegal immigrants, especially those living in rental properties. Much of the piece dealt with the politicization of ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009

    Buzz Reviews the News of 2008: Yes. It Was All Bad.

    Sex clubs in the 'burbs, teacher layoffs in the district, black holes in the commissioners court—Buzz makes perfect sense of 2008

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Brown Christmas

    Latin groups ring in the season

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Farmers Branch, Where Even the Legals Don't Feel So Welcome

    Farmers Branch touts itself as a homey community of parkland and wide, landscaped medians -- you know, a "charming" paradise. Only, as you no doubt well know, the suburb has seen some pretty charmless chapters over the past year or so. And as this Saturday's municipal election approaches -- includin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Quiet, Kids. It's the Law.

    This morning we received a media release from Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute, about which I wrote a couple of years back, celebrating U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn's decision today to uphold the state's law mandating that schoolchildren start their mornings with a moment of silence. Dav ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008

    Inaro, CherryTop Scatter, Intake

    Friday, January 4, at the Door

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    Dallas Flashes Back to 1997

    A Trinity River vote, the return of the Citizens Council, a corruption case at City Hall. Buzz is confused. Was this 2007 or 1997?

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    Yes, Carlos, Sure, They're Out to Get You

    Carlos Quintanilla, before he got arrested ... for failure to maintain financial responsibility. No justice, no peace! If you missed the ironic news flash, controversial Dallas activist Carlos Quintanilla went from preparing to lead a protest against Irving’s treatment of illegal immigrants to sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Ever Wanted to Work In -- And, Like, Co-Own -- A Very Happenin' Coffee Shop?

    When we stumbled across this real-estate offering, we just had to know: Just which "Modern, Urban Coffeehouse In Downtown Dallas" with a "Gorgeous Atmosphere" is for sale? And for the low, low price of $110,000 too -- despite the promise of annual revenue of $215,141. (Hmmm, anyone interested in goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2007
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    June 19, 2007

    Sam Lindsay to FB: Not Yet, Amigos.

    The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund just sent a press release celebrating U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay's decision today to grant a preliminary injunction that blocks the implementation of that anti-illegal immigrant ordina ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2007


    It's not DiGiorno, it's Italia!

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2007

    Did You Hear the One About the Farmers Branch Mayor Pro Tem Invoking Rosa Parks' Name?

    Say, Tim O'Hare, the ghost of Rosa Parks would like a word with you... Lucky for you, dear Friends of Unfair Park, our early-rising blog editor caught Saturday’s 7 a.m. Today show, during which Farmers Branch city council member and deputy mayor pro tem Tim O’Hare -- a fervent proponent of the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2007

    And the (Early) Winner Is...

    Matt Pulle's Our Man Downtown tonight with the results from early voting, which are as follows: Your early clubhouse leader is Tom Leppert, with 29 percent of the early vote (7,403 votes). Ed Oakley comes in at second, with 19 percent (4,957). Don Hill comes in third with 14 percent (3,583). Max We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    Because We Clearly Have Nothing Better to Do Tomorrow...

    ...we will be live-blogging the election, beginning, most likely, in the late morning, between voting and going to Home Depot to buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Matt Pulle will be at county election HQ around 7 p.m., when early results start coming in; Jim Schutze will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Jesus and Mary: Stay Outta Farmers Branch

    You know who might not have found a manger in Farmers Branch? Hey, don't yell at us. That's what Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann says. During a special mass Sunday at the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, the Bishop of Dallas defined his stance on the increasingly bitter and polarizing immigration t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Damn Right That's What America's About, Sister

    Sure, seems like as good a time as any to honor immigrants; it's just a good thing they aren't doing it, like, in Farmers Branch. During noon mass on Sunday at the downtown Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann will be on hand to commemorate World Day for Migrants and Refu ... More >>

  • Resolution Guide

    January 11, 2007

    New Year's Resolutions

    Resolution Guide 2007

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    C'mon Get Happy

    Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2006

    Farmers Branch: It's Scary

    Illustration by Craig LaRotonda After Farmers Branch passed a series of measures targeting illegal immigrants two weeks ago, the opposition is mounting a fight to prevent the laws from taking effect. (If you need reminding, those laws make English the town's official language, authorize local law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Race on Over

    While browsing at the Love Field Antique Mall yesterday, I found the perfect Christmas gift for the Farmers Branch city council or Preston Hollow Elementary School. What is it? Hey, baby, that's after the jump. But keep in mind, the thing ain't cheap: $3,500. And there's no truth to the rumor it's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Hey, At Least We're Not as Bad as Guatemala

    Sergio Morales, Guatemala's human rights ombudsman, has a few thoughts about how this country treats immigrants, legal and otherwise. Guatemala's top human-rights official is in town this week to meet with immigrants from the Central American country and push for an auxiliary consulate in the Dalla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Mexico, Mexicos--That Ain't So Bueno

    The latest episode in Farmers Branch's immigration drama involved the mayor's home getting defaced by graffiti. Late Thursday or early Friday, someone spray-painted "Viva Mexico" on the side of Mayor Bob Phelps's house, the vandalism occurring just one week before the city council is set to discuss ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2006
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2006

    What Would Darrell Ankarlo Do?

    In the election-season ruckus over immigration, an old idea has surfaced yet again: Should cops be able to deport people who are here illegally? A federal program that trains police to determine immigrants' legal status and initiate their removal from the country has drawn interest from agencies acr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006

    Penal Colonies?

    Richardson has just passed an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from living on all but 2 percent of the city's real estate. Those convicted of molesting minors under 17 are now unable to live within 2,000 feet of schools, daycare centers or parks. The only other place in North Texas with su ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2004

    Grape Escape

    Go ahead and stomp

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2004
  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Fat Like Me

    Nothing our rotund reporter tried could help him lose weight. Finally, he attacked his belly through his melon. That's right. He's been hypnotized.

  • News

    May 8, 1997
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    May 2, 1996

    Power of words

    Hispanics demand a school-board member's resignation after comments in the Observer

  • Dining

    January 25, 1996

    Evolving idiom

    El Nuevo Leon offers subtle, delicious Mex-Mex mutations

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