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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    The Eight Best Pizza Shops in Dallas

    While burgers continue to take over the world (with or without Pat Snuffer), pizza continues to exhibit a much more restrained growth. Maybe a handful of pizzerias have opened in the last year, but a few of them are good enough to slide into our Best Pizza list, with NY-style and Neapolitan duking i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    How Scotch & Sausage Came to Be (Interview)

    It seems as if someone is opening a new restaurant every couple of days in Dallas, and the city's rapidly evolving culinary scene is attracting some talented restaurant pros tow town. Sometimes, though, the city's old-school culinary fixtures are doing the innovating, like Phil Romano's Trinity Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    How Pecan Lodge Smokes its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking Justin Fourton, pitmaster at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum (maybe you've heard of it), how he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Five Dallas Dives Guy Fieri Should (Not) Visit

    Everyone's favorite backwards-sunglasses and flaming-shirt enthusiast Guy Fieri revisits DFW this week, sort of, with an hour-long rehash of former Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes that he's calling "The Legends of Texas" tour, airing all week. As we wrote about in 2012, this means some people's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 52: The Cuban at International Bakery

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Cubans are blowing up menus all over Dallas. The toasted sandwiches, loaded with melting S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    A Guide to Eating in Carrollton, Which Is Much Nicer Than It Sounds

    As a resident of Carrollton, I feel like we get a raw deal in the media. We're not in any of those fancy things about the neighborhoods, because there are apparently just too many regions of Plano, our sprawling neighbor. Bizarrely little is written about our thriving K-Town, our downtown is walkabl ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2014

    Stock and Barrel's New America

    Bishop Arts' latest spins passion from tired dishes.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Summer 2014 Edition

    Summer is traditionally slow for the restaurant industry, but you wouldn't know that if you've been dining in Dallas this year. A number of high profile of restaurants have opened since our last heat check, and since then we've welcomed a new steakhouse, a restaurant devoted to the entirety of Latin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Where Chef Matt McCallister Eats In Dallas

    When he's not gently placing foraged herbs on one side of a plate at FT33, Matt McCallister has to rest his tweezing hands and take a break from cooking some of the city's best food. You won't find him eating any trendy dishes drizzled with truffle oil or pulling into any of the area's many Jack In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Bonchon Is Closing, and That's a Shame

    I feel like we never made it out of the honeymoon phase. Bonchon opened late last year, promising mountains of Korean fried chicken, bowls of crispy pickled radishes and mug after mug of ice-cold beer. I reviewed the restaurant early this year, watched a few football and basketball games at the bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Signature Dallas Dishes That Won't Die, and the Chefs Who Long to Kill Them

    Some embrace them. Some are torn between tolerance and abolition. Some take the perennial approach. Some don't let them come to pass. Whatever the case may be, all chefs have an opinion on, and a way of dealing with, signature dishes -- the kind of dish that has survived menu changes and eager ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The "Bad Ass" Burger at Ivy Tavern, the New Bar on Lemmon, Is Neither Bad Nor Ass

    I'm in a movie called Tavern. That's what you think when you walk into The Ivy Tavern, the new pub on Lemmon Avenue. It's the most taverny tavern ever, as if though you've accidentally strolled into the movie set approximation of a tavern filled with previously unused tavern props. There are two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Cavilli Pizza Is Now Certified by APN, the New Italian Arbiters of Pizza Greatness

    When Paolo Cavalli opened Cavilli Pizza, his first pizzeria, in Irving in 2007, he was sure to contact the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN), the group of Neapolitan pizza nerds who certify the world's pizza shops as being Naples-approved. His was the first Texas pizza to be VPN certified, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    An Interview with Matt McCallister, Who Might Lose It If You Ask for a Wedge Salad

    If you're talking about Dallas' culinary resurgence in the last five years, there's no ignoring Chef Matt McCallister. As FT33, McCallister's farm-to-table restaurant in the Design District, attracts attention from the country's most respected food critics, it's also helping direct attention to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    A Guide to Eating on McKinney's Town Square

    Unlike other town centers, where everything looks like it was erected in late 2010, McKinney's Chestnut Square holds a lot of character. Some of the small boutiques are worth taking a peek into just to check out the old buildings that house them. An antique dealer now sits in the former bank, where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Dallas Service Workers Can't Wait for the Notoriously Bad Tippers of Mary Kay to Leave

    The Mary Kay convention has been gracing Dallas for the last 40 years, and by now the lipsticked ladies have become a staple of the Dallas summer, known for pumping millions into the local economy. The money just doesn't spill into servers' wallets. Over the decades, the Mary Kay attendees have acq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Green Door Public House, Once a Bank and Long a Bar, Is Now Open in Downtown Dallas

    The Liberty Bank building has quite the provenance. It has been four saloons, one bank and now, over a century after it was built, the building is home to Green Door Public House. Architect Craig Melde relocated the building from its original site at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Elm Street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    How to Eat at the American Girl Cafe without Blowing Your Dignity, Savings, Brains

    Editor's note: For several years until about 2012, Alice Laussade, the Observer's James Bear Award-winning (and twice nominated) food writer, traversed Dallas in search of sub-$10 lunches that didn't suck. She eventually shut her foul mouth to focus on other writing and her hugely successful fundrai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Chef John Tesar Told the Dallas Morning News' Food Critic "Fuck You," and Life Is Good

    This week, John Tesar's new steakhouse, Knife, was reviewed by Leslie Brenner, the longtime critic at The Dallas Morning News. Brenner awarded three stars, an assessment that translates to "very good: a destination restaurant for this type of dining," according to the paper's review and listing poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Why Dallas Restaurants Do (and Don't) Participate in DFW Restaurant Week

    Each summer, the restaurant business slows to a crawl as temperatures rival convection ovens and monied customers flee for Colorado. Some restaurateurs use the downtime to close their businesses and give their employees a breather. Some trim employee hours and do their best to make a profit through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Building the Best BLT Ever in Dallas

    It was The Libertine Bar that set me off. I was craving a BLT, but what I got was a failed attempt at a fancy "BLT" riff. Pork belly stood in for bacon and was soft, thick and sweet. The lettuce was shredded and fell from the sandwich with every bite, and the tomatoes, at the height of the summer se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Where to Eat During DFW Restaurant Week

    Ah, Restaurant Week. The time of year when your favorite neighborhood restaurants are flooded with people who only dine out a few times a year. It's a week notorious for bad service, small portions and watered-down menus, but unlike some other cities' versions, DFW's benefits the North Texas Food Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Where Chef John Tesar Eats Out in Dallas

    Chefs will always tell you that they don't have enough time to go out to dinner, but even professionals need a break from cooking. And if anyone has a right to say that he's too busy to eat out, it's John Tesar. He's still working six nights a week at his spanking-new steakhouse, Knife, which is a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Dallas Restaurants Where You Can Eat Like a Francophile on Bastille Day

    As Americans, we generally don't give a shit about the historical observances of other countries. There is one major exception, though - any holiday or festival that allows us to get really drunk or eat a lot of food. See St. Patrick's Day, Carnivale, and Cinco de Mayo. Today is Bastille Day, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Pat Snuffer, Patriarch of the Snuffer's Burger Chain, Is Turning His Back on Burgers

    Two burger restaurants along Greenville Avenue have had dramatically different business experiences recently, while a new restaurant from a local burger legend hints at a possible (though probably unlikely) top in the Dallas burger market. A few weeks ago, Becks Prime announced that the Greenville ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. I feel like we should take a breather here guys. After two cheesesteaks, a chicken-fried s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. The hot dog will never be the same. Seriously, every machine-pressed, synthetically cased, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    After Being 'Most Hated,' John Tesar Is (Mostly) Playing Nice

    Chef John Tesar's journey through the Dallas food scene has been, if anything, extremely tumultuous. As one of the few rabble-rousing figures in a market that has been driven by handshakes and friendly table interactions with the chef since Southwestern cuisine's peak in the 1980s, Tesar is both a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. It's hard to figure out even where to begin with this thing, so it might be best to first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Newcomer Chef Brooke Egger's First Four Dallas Dining Destinations

    Moving across the country to take an executive chef position at one of the country's only permanent pop-up restaurants doesn't exactly leave a lot of time for leisure. When chef Brooke Egger of Kitchen LTO made the trek from California to Texas, she had no idea what to expect about the city, its din ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. The food truck selection is always decent at Jason Boso's Truck Yard, Dallas' first perman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Kitchen LTO's Brooke Egger Is Learning How Dallas Eats: "If You Want Beef, You Want Beef"

    In a small and reliably stodgy restaurant scene like Dallas', change isn't something that comes easily. At Kitchen LTO, though, change is the only thing reliably on the menu. This "permanent pop-up" concept is now in its third incarnation, with a brand new chef, Brooke Egger, who's largely unknown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    How to Stuff Your Face in Bishop Arts

    City of Ate thinks you should get out of your neighborhood rut this summer, even if only for one weekend evening. This is the first in a series of neighborhood guides. According to some people with access to spreadsheets, computers and maybe even some pocket protectors, Dallas is one of the least w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Pera Wine & Tapas Is Open in North Dallas, Makes Really Nice Use of an Old Taco Bueno

    Ah, yes, Taco Bueno buildings. Such distinct architecture, so difficult to mask. But dammit if Habip Kargin, chef and owner of Pera Wine and Tapas, hasn't tried. This particular former Taco Bueno, near the corner of Belt Line and Preston, has been reincarnated several times over the years. It's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    In an Underserved East Dallas Neighborhood, Sykamore Brings a Healthy Spin on Chinese

    The corner of Crutcher Street and Haskel Avenue has been pretty sleepy the past few years. I've passed this small standalone building hundreds of times now on the way home from the gym and for the longest time a sign out front offered hamburgers and other pedestrian specials. It just didn't look wel ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014

    The Softer Side of Oak Cliff's Smoke

    There's more to life than The Big Rib.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Rush Patisserie's Samantha Rush on Bad Macarons and the High Demands of Dallas Diners

    It's no surprise that Dallas lacks in the French pastry department. The involved, highly-technical processes of making macarons, croissants, and other French baked goods just isn't practical for today's high-volume, birthday-cake-and-cookies kind of bakery. Samantha Rush of Rush Patisserie in Oak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Yolk, a Chicago Breakfast-Lunch Spot, Is the Next Restaurant to Brave One Arts Plaza

    A few months after Proof Pantry was announced as the replacement for The Greek, another new restaurant has announced a willingness to brave One Arts Plaza, this time in the former Cafe des Artistes spot. This restaurant, though, will take a tack different from its predecessors, which largely depen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 76: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. I have mixed feelings about Joyce and Gigi's during happy hour, and if you've fallen in lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Pakpao Has Lost its Way

    If you haven't been in a while, there have been a lot of changes at the Design District Thai restaurant Pakpao. Owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman first got attention when they asked chef Eddie Thretipthuangsin to leave late last year. They said they wanted to make Pakpao a "national brand," and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    A First Look at Bocce, a BYOB Italian Spot That Opens This Weekend in Oak Cliff

    A new, small Italian restaurant opened in Oak Cliff recently, but a grand opening is set for this weekend. Owners Donna and Robert Rice describe their menu as southern Italian and the restaurant is BYOB. Don't take the name too literally; there are no Bocce courts to be had. The moniker is meant to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Dude, Sweet's Katherine Clapner Wants to Grow Her Chocolate Empire, and "Not Where You'd Normally Think"

    Katherine Clapner is much more punk rock than your average chocolatier. After spending decades in some of the best kitchens in Dallas and across the globe, Clapner has settled into a chocolate-covered takeover of Dallas-Fort Worth with her Dude, Sweet Chocolate shops. Since opening in Dallas' Bishop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Where to Find Pupusas in Dallas

    Pupusas are the unsung heroes of Latin cuisine. Their crisped exteriors may not entice like a taco filled with pork, pineapple, and cilantro, but this humble exterior belies a rich and meaty filling that is nothing short of magical. Corn masa is shaped into a pocket, filled with meats, cheese, and o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Dallas Needs a Pop-Up Pestaurant

    Did you make it to El Come Taco for the tacos de chapulines? Owner Luis Vilallva got a batch of grasshoppers in from Mexico and turned them into delicious tacos. While I was there, a number of customers were also enjoying the delicacy. I saw a good bit of chatter about the tacos on Twitter and Faceb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Yama Sushi, Formerly Sushiyama, Is a Neighborhood Fave Again, Even If It's Still Funky

    Sushiyama, a quiet, neighborhood sushi bistro that closed at the end of 2012 on Forest Lane, has come back to life under a different name. Longtime customer Shigeikazu Tateno jumped on the lease the very next day, gave the place a new coat of paint and set about opening his own restaurant in its pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Plano Loosened its Food Truck Regulations This Week, and Dallas Should Follow Suit

    If you want to run a food truck in Dallas, you've got to rent space at a commissary, place for food storage, ice, water, waste water and waste disposal and a place to park your rig when you're not tossing Cubanos out the window. Rent can run around $1,000 or more a month. And having access to all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Chef Julio Peraza on How Komali Is Helping Dallas Learn to Love Real Mexican Food

    To say that Mexican food in Texas is in a period of transformation is a serious understatement. Tex-Mex restaurants that were inspired much more by Tejanos in Texas may have once been more popular than traditional interior Mexican dishes, but chefs like Nico Sanchez at Meso Maya and Abraham Salum of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    At Havana Cafe, Dessert Can Be an Event All its Own, and Should Be

    In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the sixth in an occasional series. "Did you save some room for dessert?" A preposterous question, yet one always posed, including by servers who h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Soon Restaurants Will Be Able to Rate Diners Just Like Diners Rate Them, Only in Secret

    For years, Yelp users have been logging onto their profiles after a night of dining, detailing their restaurant experiences and issuing stars as a measure of performance for restaurants. When these hastily written reviews are good ones, everyone seems happy, restaurants included. But when they're ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Dallas' Meat Queen Wants to Know: Where Can I Find the Best Vegetarian Food In Dallas?

    Alice Laussade is a longtime Dallas writer and the founder of Meat Fight. I decided to go vegetarian for a month, just to see how the meatless live. After a week and a half, I can tell you that the vegetarian people of Dallas are offered a lot of cheese enchiladas, hummus, and, "Well, you could jus ... More >>

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