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    September 6, 2013

    Brains, Raw Beef and (Ahem) Cottage Cheese: The Foods That Pro Food Critics Won't Eat

    Earlier this week, The Times published a series of videos documenting the inner brain happenings of some of the country's most respected food journalists. The publication's last five critics answered questions about dining under the radar, assigning restaurant stars, most hated adjectives (they're n ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Hanna Raskin Bolsters Online Reviewers With Yelp Help

    Fancy yourself a potential power Yelper? A new e-book by Hanna Raskin promises to take your Yelp reviews to the next level. Raskin, who spent time here presiding over City of Ate when it was recognized by the Association of Food Journalists, has just published Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Re ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Texas One of Ten Best "Food-Tripping Adventures" in America with Craft Distillery Road Trip

    The feature story of the July issue of Cooking Light, which hits stands today, highlights America's 10 Best Food Adventures in Food-Tripping USA. The blossoming craft distillery industry in Texas made the list. Usually we work hard to find the holes in plans like this, figuring there's some hilari ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    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 >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Hibiscus Executive Chef Takes Over at Whiskey Cake

    Gastropubs everywhere! Just eight days after The Dallas Morning News published Leslie Brenner's guide to gastropubs, Whiskey Cake announces the gastro-blah blah based in Plano has a new chef. Brent Hammer, formerly of Hibiscus on Henderson, will take over as chef de cuisine. See also: - With a Name ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Examining the NFL Playoffs Through Food

    It's that time of year again. Every January my food-perverse mind converts professional football teams into dishes as a way to explore great food from around the country. Last year we enjoyed a lively discussion as different teams jockeyed for a chance to play in the Superbowl, and I'm hoping this y ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    The 10 Most Scathing Reviews According To Huffington Post

    I thought I might have been the only food writer to use prophylactics to describe undesirable cuisine until I stumbled on this Huffington Post article. The story compiles blurbs from the 10 most meanspirited reviews they could find across the NY Times, The Guardian, GQ and other publications. I sti ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Meddlesome Moth Chef Moves To Cafe Pacific; Chef Dave McMillan Steps in at the Moth

    When Chad Kelley left The Oceanaire Seafood Room in 2009 to open the Meddlesome Moth he was quickly met by a stiff review from Hanna Raskin here at The Observer. I've dined at the restaurant a bit more than I should (the beer list is very seductive) and felt about the same. And over the past year, I ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Brackets, the Mockingbird Sports Bar We Always Thought was a Hardware Store, is Closed

    Brackets has closed. The restaurant that earned a scathing review from Hanna Raskin just over a year ago clearly never solved its identity issues. Raskin trashed nearly every dish, likening the crust on a passable pizza to Chuck E. Cheese's, referencing a bloody and cold steak and calling nachos li ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Dallas' Five Best Fried Chicken Meals

    I once paged through a diet book that listed foods as good and bad. Salads dressed with not too sweet and not too fatty dressing were good. Steamed or boiled shrimp was good. According to the book you could eat as much of the good stuff as you wanted. Bad foods like pizza and burgers had to be consu ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    No, I Won't Cut My Steak and Tell You if It's Cooked Right. That's Your Kitchen's Job.

    There's a trend I've noticed Dallas dining establishments that I think is growing and am certain should come to a stop. If you're a frequent steak eater, you'll know what I'm talking about. You order a rich, red California cabernet and a massive rib-eye steak -- not some tiny baby tenderloin; I'm t ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Dickey's Opens Its 200th Mecca of Meat

    200th store in Abilene, Texas​Dickey's Barbecue done growed up. The restaurant chain celebrated its seventh decade of existence in October, and now it celebrates another major milestone: its 200th location. While new locations have been popping up across 36 states, this latest opening is a lit ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    So We're Still Looking for That Food Critic ...

    If we don't find a critic soon, I'm going to start reviewing local potato skins. Get your sour cream guns ready, area chefs.​If you pay much attention to this blog and its accompanying newspaper, you've noticed that we've yet to fill the oft-sneezed-upon shoes of Hanna Raskin, our former food ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Photo: This Is Serious Texas Food Porn

    Sara Kerens[Sniff] And the hommmme of thheee [sniff] bravveee.​For Hanna Raskin's latest review, before she whisked off to allergy-free Seattle, she tackled the Flintstones-esque hunk of meat -- which you must eat without fork and knife -- at Lockhart Smokehouse. According to Hanna, Lockhart fell ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Find Truth In Wine At These Vino Events

    ​For all of you out there who are fretting over the remainder of the work week, just remember that's there's a glass of wine with your name on it. Actually, there are multiple glasses waiting for you because we've found three wine events you won't want to miss. For her final column in the Observ ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Brackets' New Lunch Menu Might Make You Skip The Olive Garden

    Mike MezeulThe burger at Brackets is bigger than your face (and your biceps).​Sure, the unlimited soup, salad and breadstick lunch at The Olive Garden is cheap and filling, but there's a new lunch menu that will make you want to skip those chain restaurant deals. As Hanna Raskin reported in M ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Elephants Never Forget, and We Won't Forget What's Her Name...Hanna

    ​There's an elephant in the room. Or maybe at the Dallas Farmers Market. Read on. City of Ate For her next-to-last Dallas review, Hanna Raskin visits Park and finds the dishes overwrought, misleading and inconsistent -- and drowned in lemon juice. Alice Laussade describes the food at Szechwa ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Seasons 52: A Date that Keeps You at Fighting Weight

    ​It's hard to believe that every dish Seasons 52 in Plano serves contains 475 calories or less.  After ordering the caramelized sea scallops on a recent date, I was skeptical since the seafood tasted so delicious and filled me up so much I had to take half of the entrée home in a to-go box. ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    This Week Online: Superfood are Spawning, Spaghetti is Good and More

    ​This week in the blogosphere, we learned eaters prefer spaghetti to pineapples and how to satisfy the growing numbers of Hispanic wine drinkers. Besides that, it's time for superfood to spawn and vegan burgers to rise above "decent." Read on. City of Ate Like so many other of its patrons, Ha ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    A National Day of Drinking, Plus a Chili Showdown at Sharky's

    The perfect outfit for National Drink Wine Day​There is one holiday that make us so giddy that it's hard for us to get any sleep the night before, and it doesn't involve a fat man in a red suit getting stuck in the chimney. Today is National Drink Wine Day, the one day we can actually claim th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Is BEE A Keeper? Bloggers Share Their Thoughts

    ​In-N-Out has poked its head out of the ground again, looking for its shadow. Besides that, muffins may be coming back in a big way. In case you missed either post or are hesitant to believe BEE's boastful name, Dallas blogs and writers are here to enlighten you. Dallas Observer Hanna Raskin fin ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Say, Did You Know There's Some Kinda Football Game Happening?

    ​Just like for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, Dallas food blogs have eagerly compiled lists of things to do and places to go if you're not into the main event. On Super Bowl Sunday, even if you're into football and not so much into planning ahead, there are still plenty of restaurants ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    5 Food Resolutions You Damn Well Won't Keep

    ​We're optimistic that 2011 is going to be the year: The year we discipline ourselves to stop eating just before we feel full; the year we take walks instead of naps after lunch; and the year we admit that not every day is a reason to celebrate (Hey, it's Thesaurus Day! Let's feast!) But it do ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Undaunted by the Darkness of Black Friday, Food Bloggers Keep On Blogging About the Holidays

    ​Listen, I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I've never get more excited than I do during the holidays. It's just that I hate Black Friday. Last year I worked two jobs. 7 a.m. found me selling candles at Yankee Candle when there was no one there to buy them. Then at noon I switched over t ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Making a List: Who's Been Naughty
    Or Nice on the Web?

    Gosh, and we wonder why meat-eaters so often make fun of vegans.​As any web editor will tell you, the best way to up the "viewage" is a daily list. People love lists. Five Ways to Hack a McRib and Six Things to Do with Disturbing Halloween Candy proved this theory. My pitch for Top Five Sauces ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Let's Give Thanks For Thanksgiving Food Blogging

    ​The best time of year is when the Halloween decorations come down, the pumpkins get mushy and the candy aisle goes on sale for half-price. We're inching closer to Thanksgiving and the blogosphere is buzzing and roasting and stirring. It's a food-filled, recipe rich, seasons-eatings time of year. ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Paciugo Gelato & Caffè Puts Out the Pumpkin

    ​A round of cupcake roulette, wherein a pill of cyanide is hidden in one of a dozen cupcakes, is preferable to clothes shopping, doubly so when the shopping is for a wedding, and I'm sent out on a solo mission to "Find the perfect tie. But not too perfect; that's expensive." The aromatic typh ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Local Artist Creates Stir With Wooden Utensils

    Dallas woodworker Sean Springer's trunk show at We Are 1976 this week includes tables, bookcases and chairs, none of which appear to be especially good to eat. Hanna Raskin​But Springer, a Rhode Island School of Design grad, has entered the edible realm with a line of chopsticks, spoons and c ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Underground Sushi: Tuna Rolls in the Tunnels

    When I first moved to Dallas, and was trying to figure out my neighborhood's food scene, my online research kept pointing me toward Kuai, a dumpling joint on Elm Street. Hanna Raskin​I scoured Elm Street, but couldn't find it. I had no idea then that the restaurant was beneath me, tucked into ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Enjoying Nana on the Cheap

    When I first moved to Dallas, I made a list of all the canonical restaurants I absolutely had to visit if I wanted to get a handle on the city's food scene. Unfortunately, my list amounted to what politicians would call an unfunded mandate, which is why crossing off every name on it has been slow-go ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Go Texan Winery Passport Program: Drink and Be Rewarded--But with What?

    ​The other day on City of Ate, my colleague, Hanna Raskin, bemoaned the state of the Go Texan Restaurant Week, one of the numerous programs designed by the Texas Department of Agriculture to spur interest and business in our state's food industry. She noted that only seven restaurants in Big D sig ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    We Dragged This One Over the Coals. Guess Where.

    Photo by Hanna Raskin​It's obvious what we're eating. But with so many local restaurants playing the banchan-and-bulgogi game, it's a bit harder to figure out where we ate this particular marinated rib eye. Here's a hint: The tabletop grill is coal-fired. Have at it, barbecue fans.

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    September 6, 2010

    Fried Beer Takes the Prize at State Fair

    Photo by Hanna RaskinFried beer​"You can't go wrong with chocolate!," a satisfied volunteer crowed upon exiting the Big Tex Choice Awards. Except, it seems, at the State Fair of Texas, where savory resoundingly trumped sweet at this morning's awards ceremony. Fried beer claimed the "most crea ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Honest food at Potager and a roll of the dice at The Mercury

    Sara Kerens​This week's Dallas food bloggers learned to trust empty parking lots, took Mary into their own Bloody hands, and found peace on Earth at Potager Café and the Dallas Islamic Center. More Dallas restaurants have Gone Texan, and don't expect to find wines from any other place e ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Goody two-shoes go wild for Square Burgers

    Sara KerensThe burgers are great, the desserts are tiny at Square Burger​This week's Dallas food blog coverage is a medley of Czech chili, lamb burgers at Square Burger, good eats from Ethiopia, seafood stew from San Francisco, and gun-eating Texans. We'll help you to prepare your sweet tooth ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Dish Extra: Great Burgers and Tiny Desserts

    Sara KerensBacon cheddar burger $9.50​Oh yeah, burgers of Dallas? Take that! Hanna Raskin zipped down to Mckinney to try her luck at the classic, unpretentious food at Square Burger: it was impressive. To quote Hanna: "You should go to Square Burger because it's a fine restaurant, and because th ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds: Luxe food at the movies, green 'cue in the Cliff

    Gold Class Cinemas​This week's Dallas food blog coverage saw lots of action over at Stephen Pyles and a musical chairs of restaurant openings and closings all over the metroplex. Bargain priced wine and seafood may be in short supply at some venues, and a couple of bloggers gave the bene ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    At Peace Burger, This Dude Looks Like a Lady

    Photo by Hanna Raskin​(Editors' note: Technically speaking, Hanna is NOT a dude, but since she's capable of riding a bike from downtown Dallas to downtown Grapevine to eat a bowl of chili, we're not going to be the one to tell her. She might kick our asses.) Peace Burger 1228 William D. Tate ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Want a Taste of Japan? Go West, Young Diner.

    Photo by Hanna RaskinUdon worth a trip to Irving​Japanese celebrities locate the DFW's epicenter at the crossing of Belt Line and Rochelle roads in Irving. That's the intersection that's home to three authentic-leaning Japanese restaurants, including Mr. Max, an izakaya around which traveling ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds: Unexceptional food at the Common Table

    Sara KerensThough this may look great, we were not impressed.​This week's Dallas food blog coverage is a sampling of Vietnamese feasts and uncommonly bad food, a stolen can of Whoopass and stale popcorn, an elaborate post-Gospel Last Supper and vegan barbecue, and more highlights. Check ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    The Common Table Has Good Beer. The Food?

    Sara KerensHow can the food be bad if it looks this good? Find out in this week's Dish. ​We didn't exactly love the Common Table, as Hanna Raskin points out in her Dish Column, but it sure is a good place to drink some beer. In their well-curated selection you can find a bottle-conditioned Maudite ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Organic Burgers, Fried butter and Everything in Between

    Photo by Jose Ralat MaldanadoThe Pyramid Restaurant's Andre Natera was this week's media darling.​This week's Dallas foodie coverage is an assortment of organic, frozen and fried foods, dried and proscuitto-wrapped figs at the height of fig season, fancy Finnish foods and a battle at the Pyramid. ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Dish Extra: The Simplicity of Pyramid Restaurant & Bar

    Sara Kerens​Defying gravity, Andre Natera's rooftop garden for Pyramid sits two floors above the restaurant, but does the restaurant transcend its surroundings? You can read the full review of Pyramid (and decide for yourself) in food critic Hanna Raskin's dish column: The Pyramid Restaurant & ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Mini-Cocktails, a Tex-Mex Import
    And More in the Week in Local Food

    Photo by Sara KerensLos Cabos: This is how they do it in Oklahoma.​ This week's Dallas foodie coverage is a buffet of news and new menu items, from sparkling wines, giant burgers, tiny and fiery cocktails, shops opening and closing and then some. Check out this week's Sloppy Seconds. The Week ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds Returns to City of Ate

    City of Aters, this week we are bringing back an old feature that our former web editor-turned-staff writer, Patrick Michels, used to do every Friday afternoon. It's an end of the week wrap-up of sorts featuring restaurant reviews and City of Ate highlights. This time around we decided to include ot ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Observer Hires New Food Critic and It's Not Dude Food's Noah Bailey

    Not Hanna Raskin​It's no easy thing, hiring a food critic. There's the slogging through countless resumes and writing samples, the wining and dining of potential candidates, the follow-up phone calls and e-mails to find that one voice among the many whose writing pops off the page and knows what ... More >>

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