Hanna Raskin

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    August 18, 2014

    Here Are the Finalists for the State Fair of Texas' Big Choice Awards for Fried-Food Weirdness

    Remember when I ate that fried Cuban thing that was more of an egg roll and less of a sandwich? Remember when Hanna Raskin hurked after biting into a ravioli of deep-fried beer? Remember when Alice Laussade pointed out that this whole oil-logged Big Tex Choice Awards were getting a little repetitive ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 6: Stampede 66

    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

    April 4, 2013

    Restaurant Ava in Rockwall Has Closed

    Earlier this week, Scott Reitz reported on the very untimely passing of chef and restaurateur Randall Copeland. Last night, Teresa Gubbins at Culture Map reported that after one last dinner service for friends and family to commemorate Copeland's passing, Restaurant Ava has permanently closed. Co ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
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    June 18, 2012

    Ristorante Nicola's New Justin Melnick Has Landed. And He's A Red Sox Fan.

    When Ristorante Nicola opened in 2010, the Observer wasn't smitten. Hanna Raskin's review described over-salting in some dishes as deer-puckering. Luigi Iannuario was the chef responsible for those plates, and he's since moved to Las Vegas to pursue "other opportunities." Last week news that Justin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    City of Ate is the First Loser in the Association of Food Journalists Awards

    Scott was really hoping for first place.​The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Mike Smith, The Common Table's Newish Chef, Is Reshaping a Once-Doomed Menu

    ​"Good Beer, Uncommonly Poor Food." The headline did not leave a lot to be desired when Hanna Raskin penned a scathing review of the gastro pub last summer. Browning lettuce in salads and greasy stringy pork crowned a menu described as ranging from unpleasant to horrific. Owner Corey Pond un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Kelly Hightower Will Bring Authentic Mexican Flavors to the Kessler

    ​Yesterday, we had the chance to chat with Nova's chef Kelly Hightower about a thing or two -- community gardens (which he says are trending in the food community), his very own top-secret guerrilla supper club (about which he assures we'll be getting an email blast sooner than later), and mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Bait & Switch: Have You Ever Been Conned by Good Restaurant Review?

    Horne & Dekker proves it: You can't trust the media.​You know the feeling you get when you read a music review, and the critic is all "You gotta hear this one song, it'll change your life, I swear!" and then you go buy the CD and it sucks and you feel like a chump? I had that feeling at Horn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Of Whiskey Cake and Pickled Eggs. Bleh.

    Via FoodbeastAnd then Taco Bell tested a shell made of Doritos. ​This week, Dallas is buzzing about Whiskey Cake (we beat the rest of them to it, FYI). And even though Easter is right around the corner, only a few displays of enthusiasm (like eating 41 pickled eggs, or finding a certain flavor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Food Porn, Knorks, Facelifts and Awards -- Stuff Happens

    ​This week in blogs, City of Ate and Alice Laussade were named James Beard Award finalists. And then some other stuff happened. Whatevs... City of Ate As Alice Laussade assured us before, B.E.E. is capable of serving delicious, choose-your-own adventure enchiladas. Hanna Raskin fills up on Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    NASCAR Legend Brings Moonshine to Modern Drinkers

    If only grandma's apple preserves came bathed in moonshine​Unless your grandpa is fermenting batches of white lightning in his backyard, you're going to be hard pressed to find authentic moonshine in this neck of the woods. The moonshining, bootlegging culture of Appalachia and the South has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Week of the Iguana -- And Other Stuff

    ​Here are two things you haven't tried: taco-flavored chips and iguana tamales. For that, we have you covered. For all the things you might have tried (ie. Crossroads Diner, The Speedway Club, the wonder of vegan baking), Dallas blogs are happy to expand. Read on. City of Ate For Decanter in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Bloggers Leave Super Bowl Behind but Can't Stop Talking About the Weather...oh yeah, and V Day

    ​Now that blogs are wrapping up Superbowl coverage, they've moved on to buzzing about two more Dallas observations: cold weather and Valentine's Day. They're answering what to eat to keep warm, what to eat to get laid and what to do when your Which Wich is too short. But really, we just want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    A Week in Restaurant News -- And Not All Is Super Bowl-Related

    ​It was touch-and-go for a while, but it seems like In-N-Out Burger may finally be sprouting in North Texas. While we continue to wait patiently, Dallas is whipping itself into a Super Bowl frenzy. Read on. City of Ate Even in the middle of winter, Brownstone still turns out stunningly tasty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Smoke Gets in Blogs' Eyes, and Sister Cookies Are Doin' It for Themselves

    Where's there's smoke, there' smoke.​This week, Dallas food blogs are tittering about what's new and exciting. We have equal rights for cookies, a new gadget for barbecue, more angles on the possibility of food trucks and (predictably) a new list of places of restaurants willing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Get Whoa, or: That Robert Duvall Cloning Experiment Did Not Go As Planned

    Stephen Masker​Friday night's Robert Duvall speaking engagement at Hall of State went down swell: He and Elvis Mitchell bantered cheerily for an hour about stage and screen in front of an audience that included Mayor Tom, other city officials and various well-heeled arts patrons and Dallas Film So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    How About Rabbit With a Side of Pumpkin?

    Base pandering? Who, us?​This week in Dallas food blogs are all about the under-appreciated, under-munched animals. We've swapped the quintessential beef patty for things like bunny rabbit, gigantic worms and a hot dog that takes a fork, knife and entire roll of Bounty to eat. And in the middl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Bad Burgers, Hookahs, Vegans
    and Other Things You Love on the Web

    This week: Alice Laussade explains why candy corn sucks.​As the city descends into crisper temperatures and adopts an orangey hue, seasonal ingredients are rolling into grocery stores while local chefs and food fans are reacting accordingly. So what else is new? Dallas Morning News Leslie Bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Puck Wolfgang! and Frozen Ghost Vodka

    The Fair's left us...​As the State Fair roller coaster eases back into the station, the setting sun is casting a clichéd orange glow and Dallas bloggers are beginning to reminisce about what they wish they'd seen. Five Sixty initially wanted to see a gaggle of veterans in pressed khakis and past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Turkish Delights: Dallas Cooks Get Schooled
    In Food and Culture

    Photo by Hanna RaskinNevin Gezgin teaches Dallasites how to prepare Turkish dishes.​Students enrolled in the Turkish American Women Association's Saturday afternoon cooking classes in Richardson learn as much about cross-cultural dialogue as the right way to roll dolmas. Trying to determine h ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010
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    August 27, 2010

    Burger Battle Round Two: Farnatchi vs. Square Burger

    Square Burger​Earlier this year Toque brought you the throw-down between up-and-coming chain Five Guys Burger and the Oak Cliff standard, Wingfield's Breakfast and Burger. It was a messy proposition that actually took us to many burger fronts all in one day. We visited Smashburger and Mooyah, as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Our Food Critic Didn't Cover the National Scrabble Championship. She Went to Compete.

    Photos by Evan Clinton​Here's an admission that should humiliate me as a food writer and a Scrabble player: I can't spell "strudel." I had the seven-letter word on my rack during the first day of play at the National Scrabble Championships in Addison this weekend, but -- unsure whether the word ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds: Sweet Foods and Sour Jokes at Horne & Dekker

    See the full Horne & Dekker experience in our slideshow.​This week Dallas food bloggers and critics searched for exotic pizzas, beat the heat with cold beer and colder snow cones, followed the scent to taco stands and learned a lesson in German-to-English translation. Check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Intense Sweetness and Pizza at Horne & Dekker

    Sara KerensCan a pie be too sweet?​Hanna Raskin focuses this week's Dish on Horne & Dekker, and the sweet (flavor), cutesy fun (as well as a Duck Goat Pizza) they have therein: Horne & Dekker Strives for Cutesy. Turns out, they could use a little less cloying cuteness, and little more flav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Andre Natera, How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Photos by Jose Ralat MaldanadoAndre Natera in his downtown terrace-level garden​The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar's executive chef, Andre Natera, and his support of local and seasonal foods have been profiled before. One of the ways in which he exhibits his devotion to fresh produce is through the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Tollie's Barbecue Is a Flesh Feast Gone Wrong

    The food was terrible, and the portions were so small...but seriously folks.​Tollie's Barbecue 6407 S. Cooper St., Ste. 101 Arlington 817-465-8300 Like our own Hanna Raskin has written, the contemporary food critic is tasked with finding gems in the 'burbs. Since my Arlington-living mother-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Dish Extra: Los Cabos in Addison

    Sara KerensCheese and onion enchiladas $8.99​This week's Dish column covers Los Cabos: the Mexican that all you Oklahomianians love. You can read Hanna Raskin's full breakdown of the ritzy, downright sexy Mexican food (and see if she enjoyed it's steamy qualities) her writeup Los Cabos: Okie-Mex i ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Dish Extra: Perry's Steakhouse and Grille

    Sara KerensFried Asparagus appetizer: $15.95​Continuing the tradition of manifest destiny's from Houston to Dallas, Perry's Steakhouse and Grille is the focus of the week's Dish Column (in good ol' fashion print). While Perry's didn't journey on a lawnmower, they did import three-decades-old Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Torchy's Tacos Spreads Like Brush Fire From Austin to Dallas

    ​Fire! A fire has been ignited by a new taco shop that opened today. Sure, another taco shop isn't really breaking news, except these are exported from Austin. And they're not just any Austin tacos. They belong to Torchy's Tacos. First opened in August 2006, the original Torchy's Tacos outpost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    The Key to Good Cheese? You Gotta Love Your Goats. (No. Not That Way.)

    Hanna RaskinHow could you not love a face like this?​ When a dish transcends its components, its circumstances and a critic's expectations, it's almost invariably described as "made with love." The treacly sentiment may or may not hold true in the kitchen, but a recent tour of goat dairies in ... More >>