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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A new Oak Lawn hangout is better realized as a beer garden.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Openings: Pro ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Though the revolving door of Denton restaurants is vicious and rapid, the staples that stand the test of time are more than worth yours.
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 >>
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 >>
Mico Rodriguez's latest gives Preston Hollow some much-needed Tex-Mex but fails to delight.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
If only more music venues put this much thought into their food.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A familiar Uptown shop is reinvented through booze and bar food.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
It was supposed to be easy, at least as far as tangles with the city go. Nora Ontiveros, who owned Herrera's with her husband Larry, was at city hall trying to figure out how to change the address of the building she expected would host the fourth location of her much-loved Tex-Mex restaurant. The f ... More >>
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 Stephen Joseph of Joseph's Riverport Barbecue (201 N. Polk St in Jefferson and a joint that' ... More >>
Coming in, sitting down, scanning the menu, ordering, waiting, eating and finally, satisfactorily patting our bellies while saying "wasn't that good" before going home. This is the order of things, the way we eat out. It is a complacent activity by design. Often, the joy we take in having a meal at ... More >>
In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. Today, we take a closer look at a classic: Abuelo's. There are seven locations in Texas, but for our purposes here, let's talk about the one on 75 and Parker Road in Plano ... More >>
In the lengthy and sometimes stressful process of opening his Bishop Arts restaurant Stock and Barrel, Chef Jon Stevens spent a lot of time eating out at Dallas restaurants. Ever the chef, Stevens tends to frequent places that most of us would consider a foodie splurge, even if they aren't all that ... More >>
Cuban sandwiches have been sliding off sandwich presses all over Dallas lately. They're appearing on menus of taverns as pub grub and they're coming out of fine dining kitchens with a brand new pedigree. They're emerging from tiny takeouts, and that's before you look at the Cuban sandwiches that hav ... More >>
Pyles' latest creation is his greatest.
Yea, though I walk through the aisle of the cooking fats of Indo-Pak, I will fear no hydrogenation: for ghee art with me; thy full pockets and thy full belly they comfort me. A few years ago I watched a documentary on African immigrants. One man, recalling his first experience in an American groce ... More >>
As you may or may not know -- or care, for that matter -- last month, D Magazine devoted their cover story to Dallas' craft beer scene. Of the many articles revolving around our favorite brewed beverage one was a printed listicle of sorts, titled "The Best Beers in Dallas." The editors assured us th ... More >>
The reclamation of a Taco Bueno.
Amid the competing tortilla smells of Mi Cocina and Taco Diner, LYFE officially opened in the West Village yesterday, holding a special event last evening for media and food bloggers. I sneaked in during lunch service earlier that afternoon, half because I was curious about the place Mark Bittman ca ... More >>
You're probably not headed to Oak Cliff's new wharf-style seafood eatery for the burger, but you could. You could do it. When your friends order crab cakes or the shrimp and bacon mac and cheese, you could shout "actually, I'm getting the burger," and hand the large menu to the waiter without meetin ... More >>
It will be healthy, they said. It will nurture your body, they said. "I've got donuts," a coworker said. Those are the last words you want to hear when you are engaged in the kind of nutritionally dense, smacks-of-moss undertaking that is drinking cold-pressed vegetables. So when this coworker wen ... More >>
Anyone who's ever owned or worked in a restaurant knows that it's easy to grow tired of your own food. You can only eat so much of anything, no matter how good it is, before you get burned out and start craving something new. Trevor Ball and Dylan Elchami, the minds behind Oak Lawn's Scotch & Saus ... More >>
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 >>