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    December 19, 2013

    The 25 Most Interesting Food Things That Happened in Dallas in 2013

    1. An ice storm wiped out the shelves at local grocery stores.

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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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    November 8, 2012

    Dallas Beer Week Highlights and Events

    "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 >>

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    September 10, 2012

    For Four Days This Month, Knox Will Become Dallas' First "Complete Street"

    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 >>

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    July 27, 2012

    SNACK May Be On Is Way To SUP

    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 >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Brooke Humphries: The Party Starter

    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 >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Brian C. Luscher Punches Cody Sharp in The Box

    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.

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    May 29, 2012

    SNACK is Open on Henderson (Photos)

    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.

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    May 24, 2012

    It'll Do Club Set To Re-Open June 16, Brooke Humphries Also Opening A Million Other Businesses

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    An Interview with Victor Tango's Bartender Rich Allison. (Notice We Didn't Say "Mixologist.")

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Sundown Rises, Lumi Goes Dark and More Openings and Closings from a Busy January

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    So Long Horne and Dekker

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Smile Smile Still Smiling Even After Merch Was Stolen

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012
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    January 19, 2012

    A Monday Night at the Slip Inn: Was It Real or Just a Dream?

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.12.11

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Looking for Good Texas Peach Amid the Drought? Try a Pizzeria.

    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 >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011
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    January 12, 2011

    In the Last Two Days, the Dallasite and The Old Monk Were Robbed at Gunpoint

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    December 9, 2010
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Hello, I Must Be Going...And Growing

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    New Restaurants are Blossoming This Spring

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: The Riviera

    ​Seven years ago today Dallas' grand old fine dining destination was in its death throes. The Riviera would close for good in February of 2003, leaving as its legacy some of the finest chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the city.David Holben (now at Del Frisco's) and Lori Finkelman served as the ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 8, 2009
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    August 31, 2009

    Short Orders: Central 214

    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 >>

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    August 7, 2009

    New Age Brain Freeze

    ​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 >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Fear The Cookie Dough

    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 >>

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    May 4, 2009

    10 Questions: Erika Henderson

    Patrick Michels 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 aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    It Doesn't Get Any Simpler Than "Betty Brown"

    State Rep. Betty BrownThe 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    On The Range: Tortillas

    Corn or flour?Depends on the filling. This comes from Alison Cook, author of "Taco Capitol, USA," a groundbreaking Texas Monthly cover story on the subject of Tex-Mex cuisine, who notes that while flour tortillas are better suited to Northern Mexico-style grilled meats and to breakfast tacos, "certa ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Burning Question: How Much Time Do Chefs Spend In The Kitchen?

    Earlier this fall, chef Nobu Matsuhisa passed through for a well publicized book signing...and rare visit to his restaurant. Sometime in the next few weeks, Wolfgang Puck's people--not the great man himself--holds a meet and greet session for the real chef at his soon to open Dallas venue.&nbs ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Looks Like Hector's Naughty Chef May Make It to Television After All

    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 >>

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    November 7, 2008
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    November 4, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
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    May 18, 2006

    Life's a Strip

    Apple- or hickory-smoked bacon: Is there a difference?

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    March 8, 2006
  • Dining

    February 16, 2006

    Rouge Ripple

    Tapas restaurant changes hands

  • Dining

    October 2, 2003

    Opening the Tap

    Knox Street Pub & Grill coming soon

  • Calendar

    September 12, 2002

    Metal and Stone

    T. Stone wants you to see what she does with her saw

  • Dining

    January 10, 2002

    Hibiscus Itch

    New restaurant to hit Henderson Street

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Good Sport

    Not your ordinary sports bar

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    April 13, 2000


    Storm troupers; Blown away

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    February 11, 1999
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    November 6, 1997
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    August 22, 1996

    Pub worthy of the name

    Thomas Avenue Beverage Company offers a friendly drink and exceptional food

  • Dining

    September 7, 1995

    The pizzas of summer

    Frantoni's fresh basil pie makes the season worth living through

  • News

    May 18, 1995

    Making schools smarter

    Lege fiddles, with results unknown

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