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    May 7, 2014

    Jonathon Erdeljac Is Branching Out, with Kessler Park Eating House and Pepperoni Rolls

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Casa Rubia Chef Omar Flores on Leaving Driftwood and Dallas Diners' Fleeting Love

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Victor Tango's New Young Chef, Kirstyn Brewer, on the Evolution of Dallas' Dining Scene

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Five Things to Know about Seattle's Famous Top Pot Doughnuts, Which Are Dallas-Bound

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Food Network Is Coming to Dallas in Search of Bad-Ass Home Cooks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Paula Deen Is Sorry For Being Racist: UPDATED (Again)

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Picking a Bone With Pecan Lodge

    Want access to some of the best barbecue in Texas? Get in line.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Jay-Z Sues 40/40 Club Chef Mike Shand Over Chicken Wings. Really.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Twisted Root Gives Receipt with Discounts for "Best Butt," "Best Looking"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Welcome To College: A 5-Course Meal in Your Microwave

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Dallas' Most Missed Chef, Sharon Hage, on Consulting, the Dallas Scene and NOLA

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Milkshake Maniac is Scary. No, It's Funny. No, It's Scary.

    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.

  • Dining

    May 10, 2012

    The Fieri Effect

    Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.

  • Dining

    April 19, 2012

    Sissy's Serves Up Southern Charm the Texas Way: By the Bucket

    Get your bow ties ready: Garza's debut dresses (and tastes) the part.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Maple and Motor, Il Cane Rosso Get the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Treatment in April

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Hid In 2612: A Pop-Up Bar That's Hidden, Sure, But Not Quite Worth Seeking

    ​"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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Before She Goes Vegan, Our Five Favorite Paula Deen Recipes (Or Are They Murder Plots?)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Bolsa Chef Jeff Harris on the Food Network Effect, Go-To Spots and the Mercado's Future

    Chef Jeff Harris​Recently 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Dallas Food Trucks Vie for a Spot on Food Network's Eat St. Who You Voting For?

    The Food Network​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Hibiscus Chef Brent Hammer on Dish-Washing in a Suit, Vegas and the Blessing of Food TV

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Jay Jerrier of Il Cane Rosso on Guy Fieri, Naples and Making Peace with Yelp

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Cane Rosso Signs Lease on New Space, Set to Expand Next Door and Beyond

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Maple and Motor and Pecan Lodge to be Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

    This burger will likely be featured on the Food Network soon​Jack 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Food Network Aaron Sanchez Signs New Book at Central Market this Wednesday

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2011

    At Tillman's Roadhouse, Big Crowds and Bigger Portions

    After changes and a tragedy, an old Oak Cliff favorite presses on.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Now That's a Happy Ending: Giving in to the Tableside S'mores at Tillman's Roadhouse

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Chef Scott Gottlich Takes the Long Road Home

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Suze's Jeffery Hobbs: Making Something New from the Familiar

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 9, 2011

    The Office Grill: Perfect Escape from Cubicle Hell

    Staying late at this office is no problem.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Chef Erron Star Depew: It's OK When She Slices at TopGolf

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    A Guy's Guy: Food Network's Fieri is Awesome, Dude

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Five Food Shows Ready to Have a Fork Stuck in Them

    Food Network Humor​After 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    In-N-Out's Here. What's Left to Talk About?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Meddlesome Moth's Chad Kelley: It's a Joy to Be Simple

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Some Go to the Ballpark for Baseball. We Just Think of it as a Buffet.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Best in Smoke: Sugar-Coated Ribs, Sour Tim Love

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    The Bestest of The Best Thing I Ever Ate

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Chopped All-Stars: A Cut Above the Rest

    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 >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    Game On -- Down Home With the Neelys: "First and Ten" and "Game Night"

    Food NetworkGina and Pat Neely​It 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Makeshift Cocktails to Give You a Rolling Blackout

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    It's Game Day at Big Daddy's House

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Couch Potato: What Is It With This Guy?

    Matthew McConaughey (left) and Guy Fieri​Everything 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    So You Think You Can Cook: MasterChef Dishes Up a Chance to Embarrass Yourself

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Food Network Coming To Dallas Seeking Cast of Competitors for New Season

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    10 Questions: Ted Allen

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Le Cordon Bleu Announces First Graduating Class

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Lost In Translation

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    "Food Network Doesn't Have a News Show." But a Dallas Woman Could Be Its Next "Star."

    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 >>

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