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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    With Daily Juice, LYFE and Modmarket, Dallas Is Determined to Off-Set All That Meat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Where the Creators of Scotch & Sausage Eat When They Eat Out in Dallas

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    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

    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 >>

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