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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    SISU Uptown Is Giving Dallas a New Food Truck Park, to Be Paired with a Pool Party

    It seems like a new place for the area's dozens of food trucks to park and serve their delicious wares pops up somewhere across the Metroplex at least once a month. A bar owner in Denton just announced yesterday that he's planning a new "unofficial" food truck park along Austin Street, and now an Up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Ranch Doesn't Belong on Pizza, Because Ranch Doesn't Belong on Pizza

    Mark this as the week Jay Jerrier blew up the Internet. Again. The owner of three Cane Rosso pizzerias has long made known his disapproval for ranch dressing as a condiment for Neapolitan pies, going so far as to offer customers a bottle of Hidden Valley for the low price of $1,000. Recently, tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    It's Fat Tuesday, So Go Eat Some Pancakes

    In the United States, Fat Tuesday largely means going to eat a bunch of rich delicious food and getting really, really drunk. In other parts of the world, though, the holiday stays much closer to its humble Medieval origins. Since the 15th century, Shrove Tuesday has been a way for devout Catholic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    A Second Smoke Is Opening in Plano

    Where there's smoke, there's a second Smoke. Christopher Zielke, Christopher Jeffers and Tim Byres, the guys behind Oak Cliff's popular Smoke, have announced that they've signed a lease on a space in Plano and hope to be open by the year's end. In addition to the original Smoke, the trio is respons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    R Bar and Grill, a Locally Sourced Restaurant from a James Bearder, Heading to Arlington

    Arlington is getting a new chef-driven restaurant with a truly locally inspired menu. R Bar and Grill is concept from Lonnie Schiller of the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group -- as in Robert Del Grande, the James Beard-winning chef of Cafe Annie in Houston. Schiller "assisted with this concept." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Five Places to Eat Escargot in Dallas

    Dallas isn't exactly a mecca of French food, but there are a few spots to get your fix of beef bourguignon or a legit soupe a l'oignon. What have noticed, though, is that there is one major dish that is missing from some of the city's best Frenchie-food menus: escargots. Escargots have been served ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Dallas' Restaurants Have Been Shunned by Yelp, but Not for the Reasons You Think

    Earlier this week Yelp published its top 100 restaurants -- what it described as a list of "the ultimate, try-before-you-die, food-coma-inducing, so-good-it-makes-you-want-to-slap-your-momma places to eat." The ranked list seemed to touch on every aspect of American dining, from east coast to west, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Miss Chi's Pho and the Battle for Noodle Supremacy

    Ramen is hot, but don't sleep on pho. At least not without a straw handy.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Franconia Founder Dennis Wehrman on the Keys to Making Beer: "Have Fun"

    For this new weekly series, we'll delve deep inside the minds of North Texas' craft brewers to talk shop, find out what's hiding in the back of the fridge and maybe even dig up a few skeletons in their beer closet. Who's thirsty? Franconia Brewery founder Dennis Wehrman's brewing roots go way back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Seven Dallas Restaurants You Should Really Be Following on Instagram

    Restaurants are notoriously bad at the Internet. They have terrible websites, yell at customers on review sites, and some still ignore the web altogether. Social media provides a unique opportunity for restaurants, who can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to push out their menus and best dishes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Five DFW Restaurants That Serve Great Game, in Honor of the Quest to Legalize Roadkill

    Tink Nathan, founder of Tink's Deer Scent Company and host of Tink's Legendary Hunting Moments, hopes to represent the fine people of House District 53, comprised mostly of rural West Texas counties. And he's made one of his top campaign priorities reversing a 2007 law that banned the picking up and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Chef Danyele McPherson Leaves Grape to Go Paleo at HG Sply Co.

    On Friday, Brian Lusher of The Grape announced that his chef de cuisine Danyele McPherson would be leaving the restaurant. She's to be replaced by Jed Demler, who previously worked multiple positions at Hibiscus on Henderson Avenue. McPherson started at The Grape as sous chef in March 2011, after a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Dallas' 5 Best Coffee Shops

    If coffee is important to you in a biological or emotional way, then you probably have an attachment to a coffee shop. If your love/addiction runs deep, you have a go-to place in every neighborhood in town. But what makes a coffee shop really good? The kind of good that causes you to drive out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Building Better Bar Food At Local Oak

    The last time I was in Oak Cliff and writing about bar food, it was in response to the meals I'd had while reviewing Ten Bells Tavern. I was impressed that the owners of what seemed like just-another-pub took the time and spent the resources to bring on a serious chef into their kitchen. That's not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The First Annual Brunchies: Dallas' Best Brunch Awards

    Brunch! That beautiful tradition of carbs and meats and caffeine and booze. And yes, we talk about it quite often. Had enough yet? Of course not! Because guess what? There's another weekend coming up at the end of this very week! And if weekends are just good for one thing, it's sleeping in. But if ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014

    Local Oak Kicks it Family Style

    Not that you can't get a beer and a shot if you want to

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The 2014 Alternative James Beard Awards, Dallas Edition

    Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Award. Seven of the semi-finalists for the prestigious awards are Dallas-based, including Matt McAllister of FT33, David Uygur of Lucia and newcomer Trinity Groves restaurant Casa Rubia. This selection obviou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Latest Nominations Show a Shift Toward Youth in Dallas' James Beard Awards

    First the big news: yesterday, this year's James Beard nominees were announced and Dallas has a respectable showing. Abacus and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek received nominations for Outstanding Service, which may not come as a huge surprise considering these two Dallas institutions are known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    On Greenville Avenue, Crisp Salad Company and the Rise of the Fast-Casual Veg

    There's a dichotomy brewing among fast-casual restaurants. Burger places have enjoyed decades of dominance, and continue to expand in a market as saturated as their overwhelmed burger buns. If a new strip mall arises, there stands a good chance that a burger restaurant will take at least one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Cafe Momentum Lets You Buy a Piece of a Restaurant, and You Don't Have to Wash a Dish

    It's almost a fundamental desire. Whether a tiny vibration in the back of your mind or a well-developed dream with plans and drawn-out concepts, many of us have had an "I should open a restaurant" fantasy. The thing is, we really shouldn't. Well more than half of all restaurants fail in the first ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Dallas' Seven Best Restaurant Bars for Eating by Yourself

    Another Valentine's Day is upon us. And if you're one of those people who forgot to book a table for your loved one, I have no sympathy for you. Perhaps you can snag a table at Red Lobster, or pick up one of those heart-shaped steaks at Whole Foods. This post is for the people for whom I do have sy ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 13, 2014

    Seeing Green at True Food Kitchen

    Customers longing for something lighter weigh heavy on this new Preston Hollow restaurant.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    The Six Couples Dallas' Servers Will Hate This Valentine's Day

    Friday night, thousands of couples across the Metroplex will descend on Dallas' finest (and not so fine) restaurants to spend the evening celebrating their love or whatever. They'll enjoy an overpriced prix fixe dinner, drink a mediocre bottle of wine and, perhaps most importantly, annoy the hell ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    This Seafood Club Is Reason One to Consider Pier 247, the New Restaurant in Oak Cliff

    Pier 247 opened a couple weeks ago in Oak Cliff (247 W. Davis Street), transforming what was once a small, lonely brick building into a pretty cool seafood restaurant. There's certainly not a glut of Cajun-inspired seafood restaurants in the area, and this spot offers just that in a nice, laid-back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    At Dallas' Best Cuban Bakery, Two Daughters Are Taking Dad's Legacy to the Next Level

    Since taking over the International Bakery Cuban Dulceria for their father in 2009, Rita and Sara Vazquez have been taking steps to modernize the family business. They installed a point of sales system so they could better track products and orders. They designed a website and set up a profile on Fa ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    A Year Later, Max's Wine Dive Still Makes a Splash

    But the gourmet in this comfort food gets lost in translation.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

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

    Hungry? You will be eventually. And when those grinding stomach noises rise up from within, you'll have this list printed out at the ready. Here are 10 restaurants that I've dined in, reviewed, or otherwise written about and enjoyed in recent months. Put them in your regular rotation, and never g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Stephan Pyles Says Goodbye to Samar and Hello to More Boring

    Well this sucks. It hasn't even been a year since I wrote about the temporary closure of Samar and its potential impact on the sandwich scene here in Dallas. Samar earned four stars in the Dallas Morning News, and it was arguably one of owner Stephan Pyles' most exciting restaurants. The menu gath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    The New Kitchen LTO Debuts in Trinity Groves Tonight

    It's hard to believe it's already been four months since Trinity Groves launched its gastro-friendly strip mall. But it must be true, because tonight Kitchen LTO's new chef, menu, and restaurant design debut. A few weeks ago, the permanent pop-up kitchen announced Chef Eric Shelton would be devel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Hacienda on Henderson Has Closed

    Hacienda on Henderson, a staple on Henderson Avenue for five years, shuttered over the weekend. CultureMap broke the story. When Hacienda opened across the street from Capitol Pub in 2009, our food critic at the time noted it had mediocre food, bad service and a great, but very empty patio. He gave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Dates Announced for DFW Restaurant Week, So Mark Your Calendar and Update Your OpenTable App

    For many Dallas diners, DFW Restaurant Week is an annual excuse to eat out at one of the 100-plus participating restaurants. The speed with which reservations at these restaurants fill up inspired our still unproven theory that some Dallas residents don't know these same steakhouses and Italian join ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    At Kampong Asian Fusion, Low Expectations and High Marks, Especially for the Nasi Lemak

    A few weeks ago I went on a Malaysian food adventure. As far as I can tell, Dallas and her surrounding suburbs don't provide a wealth of suitable restaurants, so it didn't take too long. We are living in a Malaysian food desert. What took even less time was choosing my favorite dish from the trip, ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014

    Bonchon's Korean Crispy Goodness

    Not all great fried chicken comes from the South.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin on Leaving Pakpao, Landing in Fort Worth and Cooking at Home

    Just six months into his post at Pakpao Thai, chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin left, or that was the official story. He won't divulge more than that "in the long term it's better for both me and the owners," Tiffanee Siri and Richard Ellman, also of Oak and Belly & Trumpet. Whatever the full story may be, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Five Dallas Bars and Restaurants That Will Help Keep the Super Bowl from Sucking

    The Super Bowl is coming, and there's a good chance that the house party you've been invited to is going to suck. There's only so much buffalo chicken dip a person can handle, not to mention the fact that house parties have an tendency for kicked kegs halfway through the third quarter. This cannot s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The Blind Butcher Will Officially Open Next Week, with Lots of Meat but No Sandwiches

    Matt Tobin, Josh Yingling and their partners will certainly not be remembered for the hasty opening of The Blind Butcher. The Greenville Avenue restaurant and bar was first announced more than a year ago, but the restaurant's opening was stymied by permitting and other delays. Earlier this January ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Coffee and Sugar

    People take their coffee very seriously, or at least take their coffee ritual very seriously. For me, coffee is a part of the rhythm of my life. Drinking coffee is my first order of business every morning without exception. I begin looking forward to that first sip of coffee in my dark kitchen befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    A Guide to Getting Your Growler Filled in Dallas

    Our pants, palates and cheery disposition continue to expand to along with the local craft beer scene. And as more breweries continue to pop-up across North Texas, finding a local beer at a local bar is no longer a matter of availability, rather choice. Growler filling stations are a nice amenity ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    It's Time to Say Goodbye to Flameless Candles

    I'm not a designer. A glimpse inside my own home would reveal that while I may have amassed a collection of relatively nice things, they in no way work well together. It's as if a half dozen furniture catalogues were tossed into a blender and my living room was constructed from the resultant confett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    The Best Beer Ever Depends on More Than Which Beer You Drink

    This weekend McKinnney-based craft brewery Franconia shared a link to an article from Blog About Beer about the top five beers in the world. I'm imagining a monk in a cave in a forgotten forest in Bavaria who just released a beer graced with angel tears. Or specks of unicorn horn. And the horn is ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Sushi Restaurant to open in Trinity Groves, Italian in Bishop Arts

    The latest stage in Phil Romano's quest to take over the culinary universe is the planned opening of Sushi Bayashi, a casual sushi bar. Late last night, the Morning News scooped the latest addition to the gamut of fine dining at Trinity Groves. Romano is describing it as "an everyday kind of sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    CrushCraft Thai Opens Next Monday

    Just a few weeks ago, CrushCraft Thai was but an artist's rendition, a hazy picture that only served Thai food in our minds after we've reclined into our couches and... never mind. But now Jack Nuchkasem and chef Paul Singhapong have sent real photographs. They've offered a glimpse of the cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Ten of Dallas' Best Places to Eat with Your Kids

    Newsflash: Kids are annoying (not your precious little angels, though). And yet, parents like to eat at restaurants with them. Sometimes this works out and sometimes it doesn't, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the kids are hungry, sleepy, they peed themselves, or are just tiny baby assholes. Or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Five Ways to Celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day

    And while we suggest you avoid calling the day "cheesy," we've compiled a list of ways to celebrate the fake food holiday. Because this is a food blog.

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Hibiscus Has a Pedigreed Staff, Great Steaks and One Clunky Ol' Dessert

    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 third in an occasional series. "This has been on your menu for a long time hasn't it?" I asked my waiter, when he asked how I was enjoying des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Potato Flats, a Chipotle-Style Potato Bar by Phil Romano, Planned for Trinity Grove

    Around the end of one year and the start of another, most food blogs focus on two types of posts: the best things of the previous year and what will maybe be the biggest news of the next year (i.e. fortune-telling). Most food writers have probably missed the soon-to-be-biggest trend of 2014 though: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Kitchen LTO 2.0 Announces its Second Chef and Designer

    Yesterday, Chef Eric Shelton and designer Stefania Morandi were announced as the two creative minds behind the next iteration of Kitchen LTO. Chef Normal Grimm opened the restaurant last year after winning a similar contest in a dining room designed by Coveal Studios. If you were smitten with Grimm' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    FoodFumble App Now Allows You to Search Dallas Restaurants' Health Inspections

    Back in November we told you about FoodFumble, a bare-bones mobile application that lets users search for the health department's food safety scores awarded to area restaurants. Frisco resident Noel Geren created the app to help users make more informed dining decisions. The only problem was the ap ... More >>

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