Frank X. Tolbert

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: Plus Some That Nearly Made It

    If you've read this week's feature -- The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die -- by food critic Katharine Shilcutt at our sister paper the Houston Press, then you've no doubt already asked why X, Y or Z restaurant didn't make the list. Maybe you've asked this question angrily to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    The Tragic Tale of That Giant Santa Who Once Sat Upon Porter Chevrolet on Mockingbird

    ViaSeveral Friends of Unfair Park also found this photo taken around the same time in 1953.​End of the day Friday I posted that photo of the enormous Santa Claus sitting atop Porter Chevrolet, taken some time in December 1953 and for sale, for one more day, on eBay. It was, I thought at the time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Chili Challenge: Tolbert's Restaurant vs. Chili's

    Photo by Steven DoyleHold the baby backs; give us a bowl of red.​Sitting in traffic when it is 105 degrees outside takes a toll on a person's spirit. The heat in Dallas seems worse each year, but we are Texans, and we can handle a little weather. August was just as hot in the 19th century whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Dedication: Riding From Downtown Dallas to Grapevine for a Bowl of Red

    ​I've eaten Tex-Mex and Texas barbecue at least a half-dozen times each since moving here last month, but as my ate-that list was still short a traditional bowl of chili, I set out this morning for lunch at Tolbert's in Grapevine. Tolbert's, of course, is a legendary chili parlor, first launc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Springtime for Dallas and Plano with Tequila and Chili at Red's Patio Grill

    Photos by Chris MeeseyRed's fire-roasted chicken quesadillas.​Spring's awakening. The city returns to life after winter's long slumber. Of course, March means college basketball and St. Patrick's Day, but it also means the start of patio season, the all-too-brief time when we can dine alfresco be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    On The Range: Chili Con Carne

    Given the popularity of chili, this was probably inevitable.Chili con carne, better known as chili for short, was named Official State Dish of Texas back in the late 1970s. Why chili and not barbecue or steak? According to Paul Burka, political writer, food guru, and all-around reside ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    Give Peace and Peppers a Chance

    Chili cooks score one for multilateralism

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2004
  • Culture

    February 22, 2001

    Grudge Match

    If Gerald Peters, Talley Dunn, and Ted Pillsbury are all smiling, why go to court?

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    High Spoons

    Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.

  • Culture

    September 30, 1999

    Lofty pursuit

    The man confronting you in the lobby of your apartment building just may be an artist

  • Culture

    May 6, 1999

    The intentional tourist

    Texas artist Frank X. Tolbert2 gives us a new look at the Old World

  • Calendar

    April 29, 1999

    Night & Day

    April 29 - May 5,1999