• Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

    Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way. Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The New Taco Bell Quesarito, Which is a Burrito Wrapped in a Quesadilla, Is Perfect

    The new Taco Bell Quesarito, which is a burrito sheathed inside a cheesy quesadilla, is perfect. It was released Monday, June 9, and has already been referenced as the best quesadilla-wrapped food item in the country. There are few moments during the quesarito narrative where you think: "Oh, I've ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Five Dallas Dishes to Keep You Warm During This Week's Terrible Cold Snap

    What the? Unless you were sequestered your apartment with blankets over the windows, you had to notice it was 80 degrees at one point this weekend. Birds were singing, tree blossoms exploded, and baby deer were frolicking with rabbits along Turtle Creek, trying to remember where they parked their ca ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014

    Local Oak Kicks it Family Style

    Not that you can't get a beer and a shot if you want to

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Anthony Bourdain Called the Frito Pie "Crap in a Bag," and Then He Blamed It on Texas

    Watching Anthony Bourdain talk Frito pie with the camera on his latest episode of Parts Unknown, you knew things were about to get ugly. He quoted The Boss' "Blinded By The Light," but the "deuce" he referenced in describing the loose chili dropping from a ladle into a bag of Fritos did not describe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 18: Local

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Here Are the 8 Fried-Food Finalists for the Texas State Fair's Big Tex Choice Awards

    You've done so well keeping that swimsuit physique sharp and toned for the entire summer, but it's all about to come crashing down like a mountain of thinly shaved potatoes fried to something resembling perfection. The State Fair of Texas is back. And you're all going to die. Remember, these are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Juggalo Eats and the Quest for the Mystical Burrito Man

    One of the true hardships that we face as a nation is the omnipresent problem of being surrounded by booze and stimulating foods. In the comforts of your own home, you may be able to curb your pizza roll addiction into having just a civilized cup of tomato soup. At the Gathering of the Juggalos, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The 14 Best Spots to Get Cheap Food and Drinks on Cinco De Mayo in Dallas

    It's certainly not a weekend for lightweights. Leave your fanny pack at the house and imbibe in many of the options around town as we collectively celebrate General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín's defeat of the French in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Despite the fiesta, many ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    Stampede 66's Bright Lights

    If you want to show an out-of-towner Dallas, Stephan Pyles' latest will give you a show.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Mi Tierrita Serves Mexico's Taco Burger

    For Burger Week, we asked former City of ate contributor and King of the Taco Trail José Ralat-Maldanado to put down his crown and introduce Aters to Mexican-style hamburgers. For more of José's reports from Dallas' huge and growing taco scene, be sure to pay him a visit at The Taco Trail and foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs Opens Today on Gaston Avenue

    Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs opened today at 6340 Gaston Ave. This So-Cal import uses all beef dogs in natural casings and offers more than 38 toppings; diners can build their own dog or order from the menu of Jerry's favorites. Jerry's dogs are cooked over a mesquite wood-fired grill, which is their n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Frito-Lay Gets World Record for Largest Frito Pie Ever at State Fair

    Two weeks ago, CoA announced that the Frito-Lay folks were going to attempt to build a record setting Frito pie. Today we're here to tell you it's been done. From the State Fair of Texas Facebook page: It's official! We have a new Guinness World Record: The folks from Frito-Lay have created the lar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    All-Star Ballpark Food From Around the Country

    Searching for photos of amazing ballpark food is like a self-inflicted wound. At the end of it all, I'm overwhelmed with the pain I've caused myself. Thanks to everyone's inclination to take pictures of food they eat, here's an ode to great ballpark food. (With one caveat: no hotdogs. That's a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Five Foods to Find at Rangers Ballpark This Spring, Including That $26 "Boomstick"

    If you're a Baseball Person, walking through the concourse of a stadium and seeing that massive expanse of emerald turf for the first time each year fills your soul with the feeling of potential. For a northerner, baseball invokes the potential for warmer weather ahead; interrelationships of the cel ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    10 Lessons Learned at SXSW 2012, Day One

    SXSW soldiers on through Sunday, of course, but before our minds go supernova from the the plethora of great music, we'd like to share a few important things learned after Day One in the Chaos Machine. Also, our feet are like blood balloons so we need to sit down. That's another lesson: Bring 1,400 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    The 7-Eleven Frito Pie: Feeding Drunks and Stoners Everywhere

    I'd just walked into my local 7-Eleven to pick up a six-pack of beer. While walking back from the cooler, I saw a round and wobbling man standing in front of the cheese and chili dispenser. He had One hand on the chili dispensing button. The other was cupped below it. "Well this is going to be good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Chef Tre Wilcox on Masks, March Madness and the Perks of Being a Private Chef

    Walking towards the back of Marquee to interview Tre Wilcox, I spot him having a rather intense conversation with a guy in a suit about the menu. I grab a seat in a plush booth and wait. No more than a minute later he starts to walk over, but gets interrupted twice by two other employees with just a ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012

    The Great Dallas Brisket Taco Hunt

    Five brisket tacos at five places in five hours: It's more meat -- and more fun -- than it seems.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Easy Sliders Food Truck Rolls Up

    ​The Easy Slider food truck hits the streets in Big D today for their first lunch service. Co-owners Miley Holmes and Caroline Perini worked together at the House of Blues and decided to cash it in and put it all down a bright blue food truck and sell small sandwiches. "We realized early on ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2011

    At Tillman's Roadhouse, Big Crowds and Bigger Portions

    After changes and a tragedy, an old Oak Cliff favorite presses on.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Texas Author Kaleta Doolin Gets Nostalgic For Fritos Pie

    ​I've stumbled upon another book written by a Texas author and released recently. Kaleta Doolin's Fritos Pie came out late this summer, and I've just finished plowing through the copy that landed on my desk. The short paperback chronicles the genesis of the popular corn chip that subsequently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Powerful Sports Marketing Agency Concerned Employee Left With Confidential Trade Secrets

    ​There's no shortage of stories extolling the genius of John Tatum, the 45-year-old who in 1994 co-founded Genesco Sports Enterprises, the Woodall Rodgers-based consulting group that marries the right product with the right athlete, sport or major league. Sports Business Journal noted in '08 that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Picture Show: Burgers Across Texas

    JC Reid / Houston PressEating Our Words says Houston's Hubcap's bacon burger is one of the best. ​Last week, we joined forces with the Fellowship of the Village Voice Media Ring to bring a epic slideshow of burgers across the country. There were some surprises: the peanut-butter slathered mons ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Even Tail-Get Snacks Come With a Cause
    for Giants Fans

    Do the cured ones cost extra?​How does a Giants fan celebrate the start of the World Series? With a community supported agriculture box, of course. Winning the title for "Game tie-in least likely ever to be seen in Dallas," San Francisco's popular 4505 Meats this week announced it was putting ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Pie in the Sky: Is Fried Frito Pie Ready
    To Hit the Top of the Greasy Charts?

    ​Not satisfied with winning "best taste" honors at yesterday's Big Tex Choice Awards, fried Frito pie inventor Michael Thomas has implied he'd like his concoction to become a concession stand staple. "The deep-fried Frito pie is a game changer for fair food," Thomas told The Dallas Morning Ne ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 26, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Eat Local! Eat Cheetos!

    ​The death of Cheez Doodles creator Morrie Yohai last week spawns this New York Times piece today about the myriad other cheese-flavored snacks available, well, everywhere. And it reminds us of another great inventor: Charles Elmer Doolin, the father of Frito and the creator of the Cheeto:Througho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Dude Food Goes Organic, But At Least It's With a Friggin' Burger

    ​Burger Spot9090 Skillman St.Dude Factor: 8, or the G-Spot, on a scale of 1 (liver spots) to 10 (Spot)Burger Spot is tucked into a strip mall way up near LBJ, not far from another, well-established burger joint, the highly Dude Food-rated JG's. But while JG's is decidedly old school, Burger Spot i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    A Baker's Dozen of Authentic Munchies Recipes

    From​Last week, we discussed The New York Times' article on "haute-stoner cuisine" and, in response, we offered up some dishes from local restaurants that totally speak to the high mind.This sparked (ha!) some discussion regarding much more low-brow, what's-left-in-the-pantry culinary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Carlos Quintanilla's Found a New Delicious Target For Protest: Plano-Based Frito-Lay

    Now might be a good time to go back and read Megan Feldman's '06 profile of Carlos Quintanilla​Oooh, just got a press release about an "informational protest" scheduled from 4-6 afternoon at a 7-Eleven close to my house -- the one at Marsh and Forest Lanes, to be precise, as it's apparently "the l ... 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

    January 27, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: Frito Bandito

    ​I had a Frito Bandito eraser. I can still hear that leering, gravely voice. And the song--oh, I remember the song.At least I remember the second version. Frito-Lay introduced the animated Mexican bandit to advertise Fritos in 1967. He wore a sombrero and a couple of six-shooters, sported a gold t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Venison Frito Pie

    Recipe Demonstrated by Dan Landsberg of Tillman's Roadhouse ​Walk into Tillman's Roadhouse and treat your eyes to a feast. Exposed pine walls and crystal chandeliers set off luxe designer fabrics and rough-hewn country accents in this unique Bishop Arts restaurant. Executive Chef Dan Landsberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.20.09

    I guess the ironic thing about all of this was Charles Elmer Doolin (who also invented the "Cheeto") was a bit of a food purist himself and health food advocate...Doolin was the treasurer of the Texas Natural Foods Association and an avid follower of Dr. Herbert Shelton, a San Antonio vegetarian and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Dude Food: Jimmy John's

    Jimmy John'smultiple locationsDude Factor: 9, or Jerry Springer (paid for sex with a check), on a scale of 1 (Eliot Spitzer, resigned in shame after press conference) to 10 (Charles Barkley, returned triumphantly to TNT and T-Mobile endorsements)I'm gonna level with you bros. Unlike my Dude Food com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    On The Range: Bar-Mex (Nachos, Chips And Stuff Like That)

    Most of us--well, most non-Hispanics, anyway--have been eating nachos for many years without a clue as to where the term originated. You see, in Tejano culture, "Nacho" is merely the nickname for Ignacio, a rather common name in Spanish-speaking households. And according to Robb Walsh and his Tex-M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    10 Questions: Paula Lambert

    She opened the Mozzarella Company way back in 1982, after returning from Italy frustrated--not at the city's lifestyle or our inability to gesture frantically while holding normal conversation, but at the shortage of good, fresh cheese. Back then Lambert's fledgling company produced no more than 100 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Pairing Off: 2008's Most Graphic Moments

    Looking back on an all too brief year matching wines with everyday foods--you know, things from cans, boxes, fast food joints, and so on--it occurs to me the experts consulted each week performed admirably.Suspiciously so, as if they had already guzzled rose with their Taco Bueno takeaway on several ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2007
  • Calendar

    June 22, 2006
  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Lunch Deal

    Frito pie at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    Tuna Casserole

    My recipe for a tasty tenure as Cowboys coach

  • Film

    April 4, 2002

    Barry Bad

    Sonnenfeld's comic caper is no Trouble at all

  • News

    January 8, 1998

    Not kosher

    A Dallas County Jail inmate claims his junk-food diet is religious persecution

  • Dining

    August 15, 1996

    White-trash chic

    Behind a low-rent facade dwells a Blue Soul of great eats

  • Dining

    January 26, 1995

    Supreme Being of barbecue

    Zeus' Smokehouse offers up food for the gods

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