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    September 24, 2014

    VH Oak Cliff Opens Tonight in Oak Cliff

    This past weekend I was on my way home from a relaxed evening in the Bishop Arts District. It was late and I was tired, but not so tired I couldn't have been talked into staying out a little longer. As I rounded the corner of Beckley Avenue and stepped on the gas I noticed the old Outpost space was ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Drink Beer and Without Feeling (Quite as) Bad About It

    Beer is one of those paradoxical liquids that can make one feel both supremely good and devastatingly bad. In our never-ending effort to help them imbibers of Dallas maximize their good-vibes and justify their wrongdoing, we've compiled this list of local craft beer companies that make a point of gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Tasting the Banh Shop's Bahn Mi No Matter How Offensive the Logo

    If you've read anything about the Bahn Shop, Yum! Brands' test site for the development of a fast-casual, Vietnamese-inspired restaurant, you've probably read about the controversy surrounding their logo. The big red star perched above the garage doors at the front of the restaurant reminded Vietnam ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Kitchen LTO Chef Blythe Beck on Global Culinary Domination and Sexism in the Kitchen

    In her relative short time as executive chef of the former Hotel Palomar's now-defunct restaurant Central 214, Blythe Beck quickly made a name for herself. Known as "The Naughty Chef" from both her Lifetime TV reality show and the combination of "booze, butter and bacon" that made her famous, Beck i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    In Praise of Short Menus

    This week The Washington Post published an article noting a trend towards smaller menus in large, corporate restaurants. The Olive Gardens and TGI Fridays, among others, have found increasing utility in streamlined menus, compared to their previous offerings, which literally read like a book covered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    'Tis the Season for Dallas Restaurant Breast Cancer Fundraisers with Stupid, Sexist Names

    In the coming weeks, you will start to see everything from the sleeve on your coffee cup to the jerseys your wife-beating running backs wear in the National Football League turn a Pepto-Bismol shade of pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You'll also start to see restaurant prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Cedars Mediterranean Mezza & Grill Really, Really, Really Wants to Top Off That Water

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Eight old dudes, sitting at a table near the back, had buckets of empty wine and were clearly mid-serious-slurred-conversation when I walked in. Cedars Mediterranean Mezza ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 14: Chicken-Fried Steak at Babe'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. The best thing about Babe's, no matter what location you visit, isn't the chicken-fried st ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 18, 2014
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    September 17, 2014

    How Chef Brian Zenner Helped Oak Recapture That Elusive Fourth Star (Interview)

    Sometimes when a restaurant is struggling, all it needs is a new face to turn the whole thing around. In the short tenure of Chef Richard Gras, Oak went from earning four stars when Jason Maddy was chef to scoring only three from Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner. After Gras tendered hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15: Veal Bolognese with Pappardelle at Urbano

    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. Comfort food means different things to different people. Most of the time it's hearty dish ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Dear Dallas Restaurants: The Music on Your Patio Is Probably Too Loud

    If you haven't been to the West Village in a while, you might not have noticed LYFE Kitchen, which sprung up recently in the spot that used to house Lemon Bar. The fast-casual restaurant is devoted to meeting your every dietary need while supplying you with plenty of shrubbery. Outside the restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    TJ's Seafood Market Has a New Home, a Bigger Menu, and More Booze

    TJ's Seafood isn't exactly new to Dallas. It started in 1989 at Preston and Forest, serving up seafood out of a fish case. A few years ago, they expanded to the Oak Lawn area and added a dine-in restaurant component to their business. Now, they've shuttered the original TJ's Seafood and opened up th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Henry's Majestic Will Open Next Month in the Former Acme F&B Space on McKinney

    Several weeks ago the neon Majestic Spa sign, mounted to an abandoned Oak Lawn building in the Design District, went missing. While the "spa" itself had been closed since I can remember, the beacon had always stirred a personal interest. It appeared to have been chiseled off the concrete storefront. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    How Louie Mueller Barbecue Smokes its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask barbecue experts 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, I'm asking Wayne Mueller (pit master and supreme badass at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 17: Campechano at El Come Taco

    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. Briskizo? Brisketzo? Chorisket? Trying to come up with a word that effectively conveys the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    The Beignets at Toulouse Belong in Your Face

    In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. When I invited my runner friend out for dessert at Toulouse, I never should have mentioned that the cafe is a frites-length away from the Katy Trail. Once he caught wind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Small Brewpub Is Coming to Oak Cliff

    Aaron Garcia hasn't always been a commercial beer brewer. Not long ago, he owned part of a company that handled web design, making his company's tools accessible to their users. The money was good, but Garcia didn't have much passion for CSS and HTML. In his downtime, he'd tinker with home brewing ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 11, 2014

    Scotch & Sausage: Good Sausages, Bad Name

    A new Oak Lawn hangout is better realized as a beer garden.

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    September 10, 2014

    An Interview with Dee Lincoln Chef Andrew Powers, Who Makes Steak in Steaktown, USA

    Ask anyone who's involved in the Dallas food scene what our signature dish is, and they'll pretty unanimously come up with one answer: steak. Even though Dallas restaurants have been throttling toward lighter, more produce-focused offerings, beef is still king. Or maybe, in the case of Dee Lincoln's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 21: The Cuban at ¡C. Señor!

    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. Have you checked out ¡C. Señor! yet? The tiny sandwich shop opened in the tiny stand-alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 23: Causa Limena at San Salvaje

    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. Stephan Pyles' San Salvaje might be the most interesting restaurant in Dallas right now. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Dallas Restaurants That Opened and Closed in August

    Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurant news in August from us and other Dallas publications, and be sure to share tips about new and/or shuttered restaurants at dish@dallasobserver.com. Openings: Pro ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 24: The Reuben at Cock and Bull

    To prepareab 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. Remember the Reuben sandwich way back at No. 61? I touted the fact that I finally found ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    An Interview with Kate Weiser, Dallas' Next Top Chocolatier

    In the world of food, there are few skills more complicated than producing excellent chocolate. The United States may not have the chocolate-making reputation of, say, France or Belgium, but there are plenty of chocolatiers across the country who have been trying to elevate the American palate. Even ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    A Guide to Eating Out in Denton

    Though the revolving door of Denton restaurants is vicious and rapid, the staples that stand the test of time are more than worth yours.

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    August 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 27: The Cuban at the Whistling Pig

    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. Based on the output from the kitchen of Cock and Bull, it was expected. The East Dallas ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Izmir Deli's Medi Burger Redefines the Working-Class Deli Burger

    A few weeks back, I was at a party where I didn't know many people and it got out that I was a food critic. This discovery usually leads to a lengthy interrogation regarding my weight -- "Why aren't you fat?" -- but these guys were actually pretty cool. We hung out drinking beer and eating bad pizza ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2014

    Tex-Meh at Mesero

    Mico Rodriguez's latest gives Preston Hollow some much-needed Tex-Mex but fails to delight.

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    August 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 28: The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Maple and Motor

    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 remember the exact moment I came to the realization that that the bologna sandwich serve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Cocktail Bars

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. We're square in the middle of a major shift in the way we think about booze. Syrupy appletinis and cosmopolitans have bee ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Proof Pantry's Michael Martensen Is Battling the "Pretentious Asshole Bartender" (Interview)

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Even though it's been a relatively enduring trend in bars across the country for nearly a decade, Dallas has only recentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Roll N Go on Greenville: Great, Cheap Rolls and a Casher Who Gives Things Away

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Open seats at 3:45 p.m. on a Sunday: 0 Menu items: 143 Roll N Go (6110 Greenville Ave.) is not a sushi roll restaurant. It is not a rent-by-the-hour hotel. It is a spring ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Gym, Tan, Lunch: Sizing Up the Muscle Maker Grill, the New Restaurant on Lower Greenville

    If you've driven down Lower Greenville Avenue lately, you might have noticed the Muscle Maker Grill, a restaurant that quietly slid into the old Company Café spot. A bright red sign announcing the place was recently illuminated, and the "EST. 1995" caught my eye. It turns out the casual restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 30: The Charcuterie Plate at FT33

    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. Plenty of restaurants offer a collection of seasoned, cured and preserved meats, known col ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    AF B's Cocktails Are the Real Deal

    Since opening earlier this year, AF B has been cranking out food and cocktails that are impressive enough to justify a drive to Fort Worth even if you don't have other plans. What hasn't gotten as much fanfare, though, is the restaurant's impressive (if short) cocktail menu. In an effort to bring ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 32: Pelmeni at the Russian Banya

    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 the least you can do for yourself after you've endured the Russian Banya's hotter-tha ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Where Gemma Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Eats Out in Dallas

    When she's not busy cranking out housemade sorbets and ice creams at Gemma, pastry chef Stephanie Childress, the subject of this week's chef interview, has to eat. Like most chefs, she's pretty particular about where she dines out, to the point that being at a less-than-great restaurant makes her a ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 21, 2014

    Vagabond Melds the Blues and Bar Food

    If only more music venues put this much thought into their food.

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    August 21, 2014

    In a Strip Mall in Carrollton, Al Markaz Breaks Up Your Indian-Food Routine

    This was no ordinary shopping center. No Target, Best Buy or Subway was within miles (OK, like two miles), and a women's clothing store, though not your average Forever 21, stood to my left. Wanting an Indian-food experience other than standbys like Roti Grill and Chennai, I'd asked some Indian and ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Shivas Bar & Grill, a New Late-Night Indian Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

    Shivas Bar & Grill opened this on Greenville Avenue, tucked into the same strip that used to house Jack's and then JO24. A kolache restaurant named Bohemian Cafe will open next door this fall. But for now, the fresh smells of curry are wafting down the strip, which is nice. Other than Nora and Qari ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

    You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now. We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    At Gemma, Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Is Keeping It Simple

    Gemma has been adding a touch of freshness and California cool to Henderson Ave since opening earlier this year, and head pastry chef Stephanie Childress has proven herself a crucial part of the restaurant's success. Our own food critic raved about Childress' well-executed and offbeat dessert dishes ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    A Guide to Eating on Lower Greenville

    When I first moved to Dallas a few years back, Lower Greenville Avenue was a mess. The sidewalks and street had been obliterated and you couldn't walk anywhere without circumnavigating a construction barrier. Business cried out with banners hanging from their storefronts. "We're still open," they pl ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2014

    Bowen House Trades Vintage Skirts for Chicken Wings

    A familiar Uptown shop is reinvented through booze and bar food.

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    August 14, 2014

    The Eight Stages of the Burger Sads

    There is a steep let down from a disappointing burger. It's one of the harshest drop-offs in the world of food excitement. It begins with the phrase, "Want to get a burger?" Upon hearing these words, the eyes dilate, the pulse pounds, the pants expand, and the hands often tighten into a burger-holdi ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    An Interview with So & So's Chef Nick Amoriello, a Fan of Neither Bros nor Hummus

    With its extensive craft cocktail menus and upscale food menus to go along, the gastropub trend shows no signs of slowing down. Especially not in Dallas. As diners increasingly seek out more casual fine dining experiences, gastropubs are happily stepping into the shoes once filled by stuffy and excl ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    A Guide to Eating Out in Frisco

    Our own not-so-little neighbor Frisco was named the second fastest growing city in America this year, right behind Austin. And while a lot of Frisco is composed of the sprawling housing developments that keep popping up to hold all of these people, those people have to eat, too. And some even like t ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    A Woman's View of Tilted Kilt

    In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks and Wild Pitch. Here we are in our third week. We've seen some interesting things together. Some tame, some a little vulgar. What did you expect, waitresses brai ... More >>

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