When Jay Jerrier first opened Il Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum in 2011, he was intent on making "authentic Neapolitan pizza." So intent that not only did he buy an oven from Naples, use a mixer from Naples, use flour and tomatoes from Naples, but he even recruited a Dino Santonicola who grew up making pi ... More >>
It goes without saying that most bread in this town is a massive let down. The most disappointing loaves can be found at grocery stores where blonde baguettes with a soft, almost waxy crust fill the bread baskets next to the even more terrible loaves branded simply as French or Italian. A baguette ... More >>
Editor's note: Earlier we told you about a few locally made hot dogs, and hopefully you've been persuaded to give one of your local butcher shops a try. Don't stop now. There are a few more things you can do to take your hot dog game even further. See also: - Dallas' Hand-Crafted Hot Dogs Make for ... More >>
TacoNaan is a new taco naan place at 928 Belt Line Road in Coppell serving variations of tacos and naan. The owners recently renovated the inside of this old convenience store -- cleaned it up, slapped a fresh coat of paint on the walls, new tile floors and furniture and said "Bam! Let's shake thing ... More >>
Step away from the highly-processed tube meat. You know who you are. Your last-second planning has you trapped in the aisles of your local grocery store. There are red and yellow bottles in your cart, next to crappy buns cooked four days ago. Hot dog cookouts are supposed to be simple, but that's no ... More >>
The trouble started innocently enough, back in early May, when Cairo the tiger had a snotty nose. Vicky Keahey, the president of In-Sync Exotics, the Wylie rescue society where Cairo and several dozen other big cats live, wrote down the nose leakage in the cat's logbook on May 5. "I didn't really ... More >>
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Late yesterday afternoon House Bill 46, which allows for expanded raw milk sales, was voted out of the Texas House Public Health Committee by a vote of 9-2. While it's not time to pop open a box of cereal just yet because the bill still has to pass through the full House and Senate, then get the sig ... More >>
Anne and Johnny Jones started Latte Da Dairy in 2005 with five acres of land and a wild cheese-making dream. Anne, a veterinarian by trade, bought just two goats to get started and named them Serenity and Rosemary. But, no kidding, things have really changed in eight years. On April Fool's Day this ... More >>
The Slow Food movement was initially founded by Italian Carlo Petrini in the mid-1980s as a way to counteract our "fast" culture, which, among many other things, affected the way we eat. Now Slow Food is a global (yet very local) interest group that advocates for sustainable food. In a giant stroke, ... More >>
Dig raw milk? Right now to indulge unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk from cows and goats that are raised on pasture-based farms (you know, the way we all used to do it) individuals have to drive out to the farm and purchase it directly. That may be a fun weekend drive if you've got a convertible and ... More >>
I'm quite certain that an expat straight from England would scoff at this entire blog post, but it needs to be said. Ten Bells has a damn fine full breakfast on its weekend brunch menu. Let's clear up a few things quickly for the sake of discussion. Yes, the tomatoes actually look like real tomatoe ... More >>
The Texas Rangers have been busy this off-season. No, not building a better bullpen. Who cares about that? Instead, they've been building amazing plates of glorious food. While trying to orchestrate the feeding of an estimated 25,000 hot dogs to baseball fans next Friday at Opening Day, Casey Rapp ... More >>
As I sit at my desk a sudden craving for pizza has overcome me. This instantly reminded me that it's been sometime since we've updated our list for Best Pizza in Dallas, here on City of Ate. Things have changed a touch since we last updated that list. Even though it's still a little short, there's a ... More >>
Austin-based Whole Foods Market has announced that by 2018 all products in U.S. stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This move by the natural and organic foods retailer marks the biggest step in a growing movement led by consumers and various ... More >>
Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating. That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may ve ... More >>
George Martin and Marty Harrell used to be friends. They live 800 miles apart but swim in the same professional circles, the former heading Corsicana-based Navarro Pecan Company, one of the world's largest pecan-processing companies, and the latter in charge of the Harrell Nut Company, which shells ... More >>
It's been haunting me for weeks now. The memory of perfect pastrami, tucked between two slices of perfectly toasted rye, with sharp mustard that had a serious bite. I've sampled a number of different house-cured deli meats around Dallas, and many of them have been pretty good, but this sandwich, ser ... More >>
And they've tucked it into a compelling taco.
Last week Nancy Nichols published a post on Side Dish that pondered the state of New York-style delis in Dallas. Nichols collected a few comments from a previous article on the recent closing of Gio's Café and New York Deli. Those comments offered some theories on why delis haven't worked here in t ... More >>
The concept of a mobile barbecue food truck, which may appear next to me at any moment in any situation, is a health danger on a par with snakes, shoddily constructed buildings and being fired out of a cannon into the sun. Especially snakes. I really hate snakes. Previously, I would have had to driv ... More >>
Plano-based Pizza Hut unveiled its new gift to the world yesterday as part of a Super Bowl "Hut-Hut!" marketing campaign. The particulars of how it played out don't really matter (and they're kind of weird anyway), but Pizza Hut now has pizza sliders. See also: - Dallas' Five Best Pizzas "Circles ... More >>
You've heard of Snow's BBQ, right? How about Black's and Kreuz Barbecue in Lockhart? The most popular barbecue restaurants in Texas are known for their long lines and wait times as much as they are their meats. But what if you could sit on your couch and wait for a packaged brisket to drop at your ... More >>
If you want to show an out-of-towner Dallas, Stephan Pyles' latest will give you a show.
This February I wrote a blog post about some troubling truffle experiences I encountered at a number of fine dining restaurants across Dallas. Both Private Social and Campo served me dishes garnished with black truffles that were completely flavorless -- a bummer when you've come to know how intoxic ... More >>
I have a bread baker on my holiday list, which means I've had a solid excuse for spending time researching various cookbooks the past few days. First, I landed on Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. It seemed a perfect fit for the baker who was not quite novice, but ... More >>
So much food, so little time
What it takes to build the best six-dollar burger ever.
The final part in what some are calling the Fort Worth Barbecue Trilogy, this is where I introduce characters that make no sense to the plot and kill off the leads. Either that, or it's the conclusion of my Fort Worth road trip. Please drive outside of Dallas and get some other barbecue. You'll have ... More >>
Dude, Sweet Chocolate has just opened a second location at 8304 Preston Center Plaza Drive, between Taco Diner and R&D Kitchen. And another spot is set to open next week at 2925 Crockett (just south of Seventh, near Fireside Pies) in Town of the Cow. Prior to becoming a chocolate-dealer, Dude Kath ... More >>
With burgers, like many things, beauty is in the mouth of the be-eater. While I've been running around town looking for my perfect burger, I realize that everyone has their favorites, and no amount of smackdownin' is going to change the mind of a devoted burger enthusiast. I polled the staff of the ... More >>
What a day to celebrate choice. Regardless of what some may like to believe, really the most important choice most of us will make this week (honestly, any week) is which burger to eat. So many choices. Well, we're here to help you with the electoral map of burgers. As part of Burger Week, we sent ... More >>
Originally we ran this guide for Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day, but we're updating it now on account of our very own Burger Week. We've also lost one and gained two. But, who are we kidding? "Reasons" for burger posts are arbitrary. We could rinse and repeat all day. Sa ... More >>
Inexpensive and cheap are two completely different things. Not everyone has a ton of coin to blow on a lunch now and then, but financial restrictions don't necessarily have to relegate you to the likes of Chipotle and Jersey Mike's. Here are some great lunches that will cost you more than a Subway c ... More >>
Corned beef and other forms of brisket may be the greatest form of deli meat to grace two pieces of bread. When that brisket is lovingly handcrafted, brined, braised, smoked and sliced on-site, it transcends typical bar food to become something otherworldly. Here are five handcrafted sandwiches deri ... More >>
Earlier this week, I got a tip from a commenter that another hot dog restaurant is opening soon: Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs from Orange County, California. See Also: - Hofmann's Hot Dog Restaurant - The Bowery's Bogus Dogs Today I talked to the franchise owner Joe Corcoran, who is originally from D ... More >>
For chief fishmonger Jon Alexis, the building of TJ's new location in the Shops of Highland Park has been a labor of love and the culmination of all the years he's been running his family's business. "This is what I've always wanted TJ's to become," Alexis says. See also: - Jon Alexis of TJ's Seafo ... More >>
On Saturday, Dallas was rainy and dank, but inside the Addison Conference Center it was Chocolate Christmas. DallasChocolate.org's annual Chocolate Conference & Festival offered the opportunity for chocolate makers both local and otherwise to showcase their chocolatey wares, and for anybody with a $ ... More >>
For every gourmet $20 cheeseburger, there must be a McDonalds. For every independent Mexican restaurant that cooks fresh to order, there must be a Taco Bell. For every $40 steak, there must be ... a really cheap steak. You get the idea. So, barbecue food is popular round these parts. By what I am go ... More >>
I've called this emergency meeting of the Dallas Area Chocoholics Anonymous to prepare for the onslaught of chocolate temptation coming our way this Saturday at the Chocolate Conference & Festival.
Sexy toppings can't hide an inferior hot dog.
This October, 1 Jack's Southern Comfort Food should open up on Lower Greenville Avenue, provided permits and all those other things that keeps restaurants from opening when they say they will go through. A new release about the opening uses the word "biscuit" an unprecedented 22 times, in case you' ... More >>
Summer is gone, and standing beside a hot grill no longer feels like an act of torture. That means it's time to fire up the charcoal, and one of the easiest way to coax the most flavor out of your kettle grill is by cooking top-notch burgers. Skip the preformed pucks the grocery stores try and sell ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 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. Restaurant Y Taquería Cristina tacos may be greasy as hell, but it's hard to argue ag ... More >>
See also: *Jon Alexis of TJ's Seafood Market on Expansion, The Fishing Industry and Lobsters that Need a New Home Jon Alexis of TJ's Fresh Seafood Market is pitching his tent in East Dallas this weekend for another impromptu fish market at Urbano Café. Jimmy's Food Store, Tom Spicer's garden and ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 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. Let's not get sucked into semantics of Kurobuta versus Berkshire when discussing this ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 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. Chicken salad slides in right behind tuna salad for the most boring sandwich stuffer k ... More >>
There are three delis in Dallas. They are: Cindi's New York Delicatessen, Deli News and Gio's Café and New York Delicatessen. If you just thought inside your head, "But what about Jason's Deli?" you should come here so I can slap you. Stay quiet and learn something.
This past Saturday, Alex "Moose" Perez danced with the devil at the first annual Hypnotic Donuts, World's Spiciest Donut Eating Contest. The masochist battle started with a plain old glazed doughnut (a teaser), then went on to three subsequent flavors that were increasingly hotter. The fourth and fi ... More >>