During summer in Dallas, going swimming is practically the only way to survive. The lukewarm waters of pools both public and private provide respite from the scorching temperatures, and are even nicer on days like today, when Mother Nature has once again decided to bless us with reasonable temperatu ... More >>
A new German-themed bar tries to extend Oktoberfest forever.
1. An ice storm wiped out the shelves at local grocery stores.
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 >>
"Beer drinkers, this is the most important week of your life," so goes the tag line for Dallas Beer Week, which runs from this Saturday to November 17. (Beer weeks actually have eight days, no explanation needed). The goal of Dallas Beer Week (DBW) is to orchestrate a massive craft-beer coup at l ... More >>
In June, the city of Dallas unveiled its Complete Streets Design Manual, a rather dense set of guidelines for the city as it dabbles with the idea of building certain roadways less as places that cars blow through en route from Point A to Point B and more as boulevards that are at least as accommoda ... More >>
The owners of SNACK, the subject of this week's review, have some work on their hands. Jon Stevens and Avner Samuel have had the doors open at their latest restaurant for eight weeks now and there are still signs the owners are trying to figure out the best way to make use of the space. While resea ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Brooke Humphries is standing outside the entrance of It'll Do Club on Elm Street a few week ... More >>
For this episode of The Box, we decided to try something a little different. We created the challenge, but instead of picking ingredients for the challenge ourselves, we enlisted the help of our first The Box victim: Chef Brian C. Luscher. And for this round, we decided to go vegetarian. Blam.
From the outside of the building, you might recognize tell-tale remnants of the old facade of Horne & Dekker: the patio with its big garage door to the rest of the dining area, the bar that runs the length of the place. But once inside, the similarities end.
Brooke Humphries is a busy woman. As we stand just outside the entrance of It'll Do Club on Elm Street, she fields questions from Red Bull reps and contractors: "You have two minutes of my time," she says to one of them. "You have one minute of my time," she says to the other. Divide and conquer. ... More >>
A couple weeks ago we met Abraham Bebell, the bar manager at Oak in the Design District. At the end of the interview, I asked Abe who in the local restaurant and bar scene I should meet next. He told me about Rich Allison, bar manager at the very popular Victor Tango's on Henderson. He quickly profe ... More >>
January proved to be a busy month in the Dallas food scene. The highly anticipated Sundown at Granada opened its doors, along with a handful of other eateries. Read on for the full opening and closing slate, and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section be ... More >>
Late last night Pegasus News reported Horne & Dekker, the spot known for its popular Hangover Brunch, had closed. The story hit the twitterverse and reactions were pretty consistent. Not many readers were surprised. Neither was I. Last summer I was a Dallas newb. I had a handful of restaurant recom ... More >>
Smile Smile's big new-album-new-website-announcement today was unfortunately overshadowed by an unlucky occurrence over the weekend, when Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme lost all of their merchandise on Friday night. According to Hamilton, the two were reorganizing their merchandise inventory ... More >>
"Did you hear about that guy on the news?" "Oh, yeah. But what do you expect when you have a gas-huffing problem? One day you're going to absentmindedly light a cigarette and explode." "You sure are. You got a light?" Strange things happen when you go out on a Monday. You hear conversations that ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Just stop it with the calls for Stephen McGee to get more playing time, or even be elevated to No. 2. Watch the game. He's horrible. He can overcome sloppy footwork, inaccuracy and a lack ... More >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsReplacement peaches. A few summers back when I was a punk-ass kid, a few friends and I were driving from Germany to Switzerland. The trip itself was an utter fiasco, but one highlight was stopping at a store and finding some peaches for sale. True to our arrogant form, ... More >>
Danny Balis just called with the heads-up: In the last two days, two local bars have been robbed at gunpoint. Danny wondered if perhaps they were related.According to Dallas Police reports, the first stick-em-up occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Dallasite on Bryan Street, across the street fr ... More >>
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 >>
Last month's Revolving Doors was all about the taco. This month it's mostly about expanding and starting over again. Oh, and closing, but lets not focus too much on that when we have so many new restaurants to look forward to this summer. We mentioned in a previous Hash Over that Avila's is op ... More >>
This March kept true to the saying "in like a lion, out like a lamb," kicking off with a four-alarm fire on Lower Greenville on March 2. The fire started in Terrilli's and soon destroyed Hurricane Grill, Mick's and Greenville Bar & Grill only a few weeks before one of Greenville's biggest ... More >>
Blythe Beck and crew from the TV promo still.Central 2145680 N. Central Expy214-443-9339My waitress claims that in all those months of filming for "The Naughty Kitchen," Oxygen's culinary reality show featuring chef Blythe Beck, there was only one moment of real drama. Seems a female guest recoil ... More >>
It would be easy to blame it on Pinkberry. The popular yogurt company's website touts that "in less than five years, Pinkberry has established a dominant leadership position in the frozen yogurt category." But that only tells part of the story. What this trendsetting treat shop kicked off in ... More >>
Delfi's World [In Focus], via FlickrA couple of notable news items came across the desk this weekend while you were out grillin' with Dad. Time to play catch up:Last Friday, June 19th, Nestle USA announced a voluntary recall of nearly four dozen Toll House refrigerated dough products. The action ... More >>
West Village is cool, sure. But after seven years as a cocktail waitress, Henderson has seen a lot of "cool" in a lot of places. The Social House waitress and bartender has been through just about everything--at Frankie's in Uptown, West End Pub, House of Blues...all around Dallas, really. Work ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle has the story: Republican State Rep. Betty Brown, who reps Henderson and Kaufman counties, on Tuesday suggested during a House Elections Committee wingding that Asians might oughta "adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here." And KXAN-Channel 36 down in Austin has ... More >>
He escaped Cuba with his family in 1962, grew up in New Jersey, studied in Chicago and spent the last 30 years here in Dallas--hence Garcia's convoluted accent.The owner of Hector's on Henderson wanted to be an actor. But a stint waiting tables turned his career in another direction. Eventually, he ... More >>
Let's avoid the usual harsh commentary regarding canned meals and substitute, say, "moist" for "barely recognizable as a foodstuff, much less as pasta." And how about "seasoning" in place of "past-its-prime dust from spice rack jars." Finally, why not "hearty" instead of "cheap dog food."With that s ... More >>
Blythe Beck It's been well over a year since Blythe Beck, executive chef at Hector's on Henderson, made mention of The Naughty Chef, a proposed TV series featuring Beck as, well, the naughty chef. But today, an update: NBC Universal-owned Oxygen -- home to such shows as Deion & Pilar: Prime Time ... More >>
Yeah, yeah—we heard the rumors. The Burning Question crew played one too many pranks involving Nair on our editor and found ourselves on a one-way flight to Central Europe and involuntary exile. But while we can neither confirm nor deny our, shall we say occasional, digs at management, stories su ... More >>
If you’ve been to Bolsa in Oak Cliff, then you understand the intense flavor of locally grown vegetables and herbs. Chef Graham Dodds and his team don’t have a walk in freezer to work with, so they must change up about half of the restaurant’s menu every day as nearby farmers deliver the goods ... More >>
Tryst arouses, but is it just a tease?
Apple- or hickory-smoked bacon: Is there a difference?
Ah, yes--"The Sweet Thighs of Mother Mary." That infectious drum beat, that haunting female vocal. Now, you ask, just who is said female? Why, it's Lulie Scott, owner of the 26-year-old beloved Dallas boutique Emeralds to Coconuts, which sits at the corner of, what else, Homer and Henderson. Yep, th ... More >>
Tapas restaurant changes hands
Are we choosing ourselves crazy?
Knox Street Pub & Grill coming soon
New restaurant to hit Henderson Street
Thomas Avenue Beverage Company offers a friendly drink and exceptional food
Frantoni's fresh basil pie makes the season worth living through
Lege fiddles, with results unknown