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Food and Cooking

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Herrera's on Maple Avenue Is Closing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    How Joseph's Riverport BBQ Smokes 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 Stephen Joseph of Joseph's Riverport Barbecue (201 N. Polk St in Jefferson and a joint that' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    A First Look at Ramen Hakata in Addison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    This Is What Flan Should Taste Like

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Stock & Barrel Chef Jon Stevens' Seven Favorite Dallas Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    9 of the Best Cuban Sandwiches in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 7, 2014

    San Salvaje Serves up Dinner and a Show

    Pyles' latest creation is his greatest.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Passport Not Required: Sampling Three Asian and Mediterranean Markets' In-Store Dining

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Tasting Sir William's Brown Ale, Allegedly Dallas' Best Beer

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 31, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen Is Open in the West Village

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Pier 247 Cheeseburger Is Your New Favorite Burger at a Non-Burger Joint

    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 >>

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