If you've spent any time in West Virginia, portions of western Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio, then you've likely heard of the greatness that is the pepperoni roll. Made with soft, slightly sweet bread, folded around slices or matchsticks of salty pepperoni, and sometimes with cheese, the rolls were a ... More >>
It's already been a big year for Chef Omar Flores, and we're only four months in. After running the kitchen at well-reviewed seafood spot Driftwood, Flores swooped into Trinity Groves with a modern concept for Spanish tapas. Then, the world noticed. In only the first six months of being open, Casa R ... More >>
It seems like the Dallas culinary scene's thought leaders and trendsetters are getting younger and younger as each year passes. Shortly after her 29th birthday, Kirstyn Brewer, executive chef at Victor Tango's, is leading a restaurant that's been a Henderson Avenue institution for more than 10 years ... More >>
News broke recently that world-famous, Seattle-based doughnut maker Top Pot is expanding to Dallas this spring. This adds another notch in the city's budding doughnut fascination, which includes a handful of classic spots and newer, sleeker models like Hypnotic and Glazed Donut Works. Top Pot will ... More >>
The Food Network folks are headed to Dallas next week to conduct an open casting call, and the cooking professionals are not invited this time. The show's producers are hunting for home cooks who have elevated their game in their own kitchen and think they're ready to compete. The emphasis is on ho ... More >>
Updated update:There's another video now, with a slightly higher production quality and a lot more apologies. Watch it while you still can... Original Update: The video has been taken down. Here's a transcript of what you missed... I want to apologize to everybody, for the wrong that I've done. I ... More >>
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Oh shit son. Jay-Z is pissed. Apparently, one does not fuck with Hova and his secret chicken wing recipe without receiving a legal shitstorm of "AW HELL NAW." The precious chicken wings are a staple at the mogul's famed 40/40 club, an upscale chain of sports bars with locations in New York City, Las ... More >>
So, here's what happened: over on Reddit, someone posted "A friend of mine got complimented rather sneakily at Twisted Root Burger" with the above photo attached. After frontpaging shockingly quickly, comments started pouring in. Commenter princessofgemworld responds "I'm a server at a bar, and to k ... More >>
Congratulations: You have a dorm room! Uncongratulations: the dorm cafeteria blows. (Except for the cereal bar-- ain't nothing wrong with a cereal bar.) The next few years, if you're doing college right, you should be broke. Which means, at some point, you're going to get tired of eating the shitbo ... More >>
Sharon Hage's restaurant York Street closed more than two years ago, but when I ask other chefs around the city what their favorite restaurant is, many still say, "York Street." It was "small, local and chef-driven" before those words and ideas became marketing tools. When she closed her East Dall ... More >>
When we found the Milkshake Maniac series on YouTube, we were interested, then afraid, then interested, then afraid again. We had to know more about this dude from Plano who wears an "I Heart MS" shirt and makes extended-dance-cut "oh"-faces at the camera. So, we asked him some questions.
Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.
Get your bow ties ready: Garza's debut dresses (and tastes) the part.
Burgermeister Jack Perkins announced via Facebook yesterday that the Food Network will be airing the Maple and Motor-featured episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Monday, April 9, at 9 p.m. The gloriously douchey (But somehow still lovable? No? Just me?) Guy Fieri tore through Dallas in late ... More >>
"This right here is the epitome of a hipster palace," my boyfriend so eloquently put it. We had just stepped through the front doors of Hid In 2612, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up bar located at 2612 Commerce in Deep Ellum for just four nights. The brainchild of bartenders -- excuse me, ... More >>
Oh, Paula, Paula, Paula. What happened? One day we're fat and happy making ooey-gooey monkey bread, the next we're being secretly photographed eating a burger on a cruise ship. Our gluttony has caught up with us. But Paula and I go way back. Ours is a tried and true relationship, whipped together ... More >>
Chef Jeff HarrisRecently we sat down Bolsa chef Jeff Harris at the new sister-store Bolsa Mercado, which is a neighborhood market with unique items, Texas fare, good booze and a bevy of fresh from-scratch breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Harris grew up in east Texas surrounded by farmland ... More >>
The Food NetworkThe folks at Food Network's food-truck reality show Eat St. have reached out to food bloggers across the country, hoping they'll help get out the vote for local trucks competing for a spot on the show. There are four trucks from the Dallas/Fort Worth area competing for a spot ... More >>
Chef Brent Hammer started his cooking career all because of a slight misunderstanding, in what turned out to be one of longest night of his life washing dishes at a restaurant in Milwaukee. The fast pace of the kitchen lured him in, and soon he began the career path that eventually led him to a hote ... More >>
In one quick year, Il Cane Rosso has become the most esteemed pizza joint in Dallas. Owner Jay Jerrier discovered this style of Neapolitan pizza while on a trip in Naples with his wife in 1995 and has worked diligently to bring the same pizza experience to Dallas. Recently Guy Fieri and the Diners, ... More >>
Jay Jarrier confirmed today that he's signed a lease on the space next door to his Deep Ellum pizza restaurant, Cane Rosso. The 1500 square-foot space will be turned into a mixed-use area, filled with private dining space and tables for overflow when the main room gets crowded. And that main ... More >>
This burger will likely be featured on the Food Network soonJack Perkins' Maple and Motor burger mecca will be closed for lunch next Thursday. A recent post to the restaurant's Facebook page has scarce details about the closure: We will be closed for lunch Dec 8. I'll tell you why later. T ... More >>
Chef Aarón Sánchez, a regular on the Food Network and executive chef of Centrico in New York City, will sign copies of his new cookbook, Simple Food, Big Flavor, at Central Market on Lovers Lane this Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In his Latin cuisine-inspired cookbook, Sánchez features 15 ba ... More >>
After changes and a tragedy, an old Oak Cliff favorite presses on.
They're approaching mythical status these days, featured recently on the Food Network's Sugar High and in every third dessert-related conversation that takes place in the city. But if, like I was, you're writing off Tillman's Roadhouse's Tableside S'moes as over-hyped gimmickry, you and your ... More >>
Scott Gottlich, chef and co-owner of Bijoux and The Second Floor.From a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Oklahoma to restaurant owner and chef, Scott Gottlich's career progression may seem odd. But that's the path -- with a few important stops in between -- that led the Dalla ... More >>
Robert BostickSuze's Jeffery Hobbs.Like many chefs, Jeffery Hobbs fell in love with the kitchen because both his grandmother and his mother were in it. Born in Indianapolis, the 40-year-old Hobbs spent much of his time as a kid in the kitchen peeling carrots and potatoes or in the family gard ... More >>
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Erron Star Depew, up to par in TopGolf's kitchen.Erron Star Depew is the chef at the new TopGolf location in Allen. Yes, you heard me right. Chef. TopGolf. Allen. Just because folks are swinging clubs doesn't mean they don't want to eat well too. At least that's what Depew figured when she cr ... More >>
Food NetworkYou go, Guy.There may be no other Food Network personality worthy of not just one but, count 'em, two Screen Bites reviews than Guy Fieri. Already the raucous center of a previous appreciation of his kitchen-bound program, Guy's Big Bite, which single-handedly proved that Fieri p ... More >>
Food Network HumorAfter 12 years of growing grouchier and more haggard, Alton Brown announced a few weeks ago that he's putting Good Eats out to pasture. Presumably, he's ditching science class for something more lucrative, like Welch's grape juice and the warmed-over Iron Chef: America, leav ... More >>
This week, presumably, Dallas has moved past waiting three hours for and crying over hamburgers. We're on to more sophisticated things, like hamburgers with 8,000 calories, ballpark grub and how much we all hate the word "gooey." Read on. City of Ate Jenny Block couldn't find much wrong with ... More >>
Meddlesome Moth's Chad Kelley at work, pairing food with the restaurant's enormous beer collection.The problem with bars with food is bar food. But Chad Kelley, 34, executive chef at the Meddlesome Moth, has fixed that problem with choices like meat pies, mothballs, venison tartare, arctic ch ... More >>
Photos by Lauren Drewes DanielsHot dogs wrapped in bacon -- who needs a baseball game?I'm a huge fan of ballpark food. In my fantasy world where I inherent a fortune from an obscure king of a remote island in which I am somehow unknowingly the sole survivor of the royal lineage, I travel to b ... More >>
Everybody knows that contest-based reality shows give out different roles to play and that level of casting certainly extends to the judges. After all, American Idol all but invented the boosterish judge (paging Paula Abdul), the urban cool-cat judge -- as in Randy Jackson, and, of course, ev ... More >>
One of my pet peeves about most cooking shows is how often a program's uber-foodies -- from the four-star guys in the starchy aprons to the home cooks who've lucked into a spot on television -- are reluctant to express any real emotion about how much they love the actual taste of good food. ... More >>
Food NetworkRobert Irvine wields a blade.I've watched enough of the regular episodes of Food Network's Chopped to see through its paint-by-numbers plotting. Within the first couple of minutes of an average episode, I can all but predict which aspiring chef, caterer or cooking instructor, wres ... More >>
Food NetworkGina and Pat NeelyIt almost risks redundancy for the 1,000-kilowatt cooking couple of Gina and Pat Neely to do any kind of Super Bowl-related show. Since, by all outward appearances, each of their cooking shows seems choreographed to climax with a whoopin' and hollerin' game-style ... More >>
This week, we had, I believe, three blackouts in Girl Drink Drunk Land. Some Aters saw six according to Twitter reports, and yet another Ater offered that her home temp dropped from 70 to 56 degrees during one of the blackouts in the OED.So, I got to thinking about some cocktails that might warm ... More >>
Aaron McCargo Jr.Everything about Aaron McCargo Jr. -- a.k.a. Big Daddy of Big Daddy's House -- is larger-than-life, from those dueling, glimmering earrings to the ingratiating grin as wide as the Rio Grande to that infectious laugh that serves as constant exclamation point to every brashly f ... More >>
Matthew McConaughey (left) and Guy FieriEverything about Guy Fieri is big and boisterous, and has been that way ever since he walked off a winner in the Food Network's second season of the Next Food Network Star. His voice's volume and rasp call to mind an overworked cattle-auctioneer. His sh ... More >>
And here's what Gordon Ramsay thinks of your tuna casserole.A recent City of Ate post announcing Food Network's upcoming Dallas casting call has been hanging around in the most-viewed story list this week, so y'all are probably keen to learn about another chance for TV stardom. MasterChef, t ... More >>
So how'd that Thanksgiving go yesterday? Did you dazzle guests with your cooking? Was a particular spouse, ex-spouse, sibling, child, cousin or best friend especially helpful with polishing silver and setting the table? If so, you and your new partner in memorable dining might want to spend the ... More >>
The first time many of us met him was in his role as one of the 'fab five'--the food and wine expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. But Allen had already spent years reviewing restaurants for Chicago magazine. In other words, the Purdue psychology grad knew his stuff--something he ... More >>
Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts Dallas announced its first ever graduating class yesterday, so con-grad-ulations (sorry) are in order to the newest crop of future Food Network stars,,,and corporate sous chefs. Along with 15 months of culinary coursework, students also slave away& ... More >>
One thing you will never see on City of Ate or in Observer reviews--except perhaps in mocking form--is the word 'foodie.' In part, this is personal preference. The cute diminutive nickname just sounds so damn childish. But my distaste for the term stems from something decidedly generational (and alm ... More >>
Breaking news for the Liz Lemons of the world, or at least the 30 Rock viewers who get the headline: Food Network today announced the 10 peeps competing for the title of The Next Food Network Star, and one of them's a local -- name of Lisa Garza. The series -- now in its fourth season, really? -- bo ... More >>