• Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    The Future of Preston Center Is in Michael Morris' Hands Now

    On Thursday evening in a spacious meeting hall at University Park United Methodist Church, neighborhood leaders and local bureaucrats, led by City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, began the process of puzzling over how to solve Preston Road and Northwest Highway. The intersection, choked with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Mico Rodriguez and His Growing Tex-Mex Empire Are Putting Mi Cocina to Shame

    I'm getting excited. Mesero, Mico Rodriguez's latest restaurant, is slated to open in a few more weeks in the Inwood Plaza. I'm curious to see how it will fit in with the rest of the Mesero family. It doesn't seem so long ago that Rodriguez was preparing to open Mr. Mesero, his first restaurant af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Attention Criminals: Stealing Celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun's Yellow Porsche Is a Fool's Errand

    Local chef Kent Rathbun has a very practical reason for driving a neon yellow Porsche. "Everyone knows it's you," he told The Dallas Morning News a couple of years ago. "That's a good thing and a bad thing, actually. Part of the reason I like it is because when it's in front of the restaurant, peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    DFW's Five Weirdest Barbecue Joints

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. One of the things that makes barbecue places great is that some of them are just so strange. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Made Me (Sort Of) American

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. When I first came to America I was a man adrift. Sure, I had a family I loved, but we lived, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Carjackers Stole a Homeless Man's Suburban/Makeshift Bedroom at Gunpoint, Police Say

    Saturday was a banner night for carjackings in Dallas. The one in which the thief drove off with a 14-year-old girl sleeping in the backseat got the most attention, but there were several. At 1 a.m., a man was attacked by a group of men who took his Cadillac Escalade, holding him hostage for two hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Balcones Whisky Wins More Awards -- Probably Needs a New Shelf

    You all need to make haste to acquire a bottle of Balcones whisky out of Waco. Then, toast to founder Chip Tate for and making us all so proud with his exquisite whisky-making skills. See Also: -- Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey -- Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    New Location of Goghee To Go Closed

    When I wrote of Korean fusion in Dallas last year, I spent considerable time with Janice and Terry Song. The two couldn't seem to get a break in terms of restaurant location as their first, on Inwood Road, was plagued panhandlers who would harass their customers as they waited in line in the drive-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    It's National Pie Day! Here are Some Alternative Pie Options in Dallas

    Yes, there's pie. Lots of really really good pie. But, we want to embrace National Pie Day for every flake of crust it's worth, including doing a little math, listening to great old Dean Martin songs and arguing about the metaphor of that tiger in Life of Pi. In a culinary sense, however, we'd lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Elderly People in Dallas Gave Ricky Carr $100,000, Probably Shouldn't Have, Police Say

    Meet Ricky Carr. He's 53, from Fort Worth, and a regular visitor to both the Dallas and Tarrant County jails. One's first impression upon looking at his picture is probably not "Hey, he looks just like a police officer!" or "Finally! Someone who can tell me if this pile of cash I have is real." But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    To Build Joppa Gateway Park, the City Will Have to Battle One of Its Most Notorious Slumlords

    The Joppa Gateway is one of those half dozen parks included in the city's Trinity River Corridor Project that will provide access to the wetlands and horse parks and other amenities that are being built. Located near the junction of Interstate 45 and Loop 12 ... er, ahem ... Great Trinity Forest Way ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
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    May 7, 2012

    Tomorrow Night at Iron Fork, Whiskey Cake Chef TJ Lengnick Challenges Reigning Champ Scott Romano

    Tomorrow night Dallas will gather at the Fashion Industry Gallery for the Observer's second annual Iron Fork competition. While many will focus on the food and booze sampling, the backdrop for the event is a cooking competition between former Joule chef and reigning Iron Fork Champion Scott Romano, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Dallas County Does a Three-Fer in Exonerations

    The number of convicts being freed after serving prison time for crimes they didn't commit keeps mounting in Dallas County, with Friday bringing a rare triple exoneration for three men wrongly accused of robbery. On November 17, 1994, five teenagers roamed the parking lot near the Eckerd drugstore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Tagged, City Hall. You're It!

    ​Can't say for sure how long the former fire station on Walnut Hill Lane near Marsh has looked like this, only because I haven't taken Walnut Hill to work since Monday, when it did not look like this. (I've been taking Marsh to Lemmon to Inwood to Maple, if you must know -- for tacos, delicious ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Sore Losers & Marty B at Trees and the Rest of Your Weekend

    Colin McDermottSore Losers​This weekend is a big one for Sore Losers, who are celebrating the release of their new EP, We Are Sore Losers, at Trees on Saturday night. Joining them on the bill is Dallas Cowboy Martellus "I Love Cap N Crunch" Bennett, as well as a host of other local hip-hop acts.If ... 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 13, 2012

    Opening Credits: Today's Cinematic Releases for Jan. 13

    Contraband Director: Baltasar Kormákur Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Condensed Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster Mark Wahlberg stars as a former pop star/underwear model turned actor turned smuggler turned former smuggler who gets himself in deep with a drug lord to protect his brother- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, January 13-15

    If there's ever a zombie attack or outbreak of some mutated virus that turns most of the population into blood-thirsty cannibals, we hope we don't survive because we're not equipped to kill the undead. Plus we've learned from movies that no one usually lasts too long. Who knows how many people will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Coldplay and Tool Announce 2nd Shows and This Week's Show Announcements

    Get a double dose of Coldplay next summer.​This week, we learned that ticket demand for two shows we recently wrote about (Coldplay and Tool) was so overwhelming a second show has been added for each. On Saturday, June 23, Coldplay will perform a second show at American Airlines Center. Tickets fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Have a Soufflé in Your PJs at Rise No. 1

    FacebookRise: The land of souffles.​Food comas are an inherit part of the holidays. Gluttonous meals planned weeks in advance are devoured in less than 20 minutes, and all that's left is the amazing mess to clean up while fighting through food fog and heavy lethargy. Excited? Yeah, me too. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Drue Mitchell Rides the Airwaves From DFW to L.A.

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. ​ Drue Mitchell has worked for 97.1 KEGL in promotions, as on-air jock at (old frequency) 94.5 KDGE and 89.7 KVRK, and now does television for a Christian music network in Los Angele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    For Sale: A Mural Study For Frisco Done in '59 By Famed Member of Dallas Nine, Perry Nichols

    eBay seller "wpa_fan"Perry Nichols' The Game, which once decorated the side of the Frisco Community Center, as you can see below​Even if the name Perry Nichols escapes you, and it likely does, the work does not. The Woodrow grad's art surrounds us even now, some two decades after his death -- at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    At Last, One Very Good Reason to Avoid Lemmon Avenue: They're Finally Repaving It

    ​Meant to mention this the last time I took Lemmon to work a few weeks back: Avoid it at all costs. But not for the usual reasons; not because it's "the road to Fallujah," as one Friend of Unfair Park called it a few months back. Well, OK, maybe it is now. But that's only because crews are out the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Eddie V's Chef Brad Albers on the Fickle Dallas Dining Scene and its Need for More Indian Food

    Endicott & Co.​Yesterday, in Part 1 of our interview with Chef Brad Albers, we learned about his band "It," a tiny town in Switzerland and his new big boss. Today we talk more about the fickle Dallas food scene. Where do you eat when you're not at Eddie V's? I actually don't eat out a lot. I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2011
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    September 30, 2011

    Tomorrow, the Farewell to Jerry Haynes

    ​Many Friends of Unfair Park have asked when Jerry Haynes's funeral will take place. It will be tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church at Northwest Highway and Inwood. Initially, Haynes's family had considered two services -- a private one for family, and a public memorial la ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 23, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    He Never Was a Bad Boy: While Kids Are Away, NBA Great Bob Lanier Paints a Dallas School

    Leslie MinoraBob Lanier (right) works his extreme-school-makeover magic in West Dallas.​An oddly interesting scene unfolded on Inwood Road earlier today: NBA legend Bob Lanier and Key Coker, Executive Vice President of BBVA Compass Bank, chatting about banking globalization, financial diversificat ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 7, 2011
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    January 28, 2011

    Goghee To Go Brings a Sweet (and Spicy) Promise to the Medical District

    ​Foodies were all aflutter when news broke that Goghee To Go, a Korean-Mexican fusion taquería, was opening in Dallas proper. While I was excited as well, I was disappointed by the lack of perspective. Goghee was heralded as a pioneer in the area, proving once again that only when it is conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Hungry on DART's Green Line? Here's a Big Honkin' List That Might Help

    ​It took four years and $1.8 million to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    They Done Tore Down Sue Ellen Ewing's House

    Photos courtesy Scott Dorn​Friend of Unfair Park PeterK directs our attention this morning to a just-posted Flickr set from friend of the show Scott Dorn, a photographer who has spent the last several years documenting this teardown town. Turns out, Scott got a last-minute call late last week from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    What's in Store for the Taco in 2011?

    ​Having looked back at how the taco has fared in Dallas and across the country in 2010, Taco Trail now is looking toward the horizon and to what's next for our favorite food. What is clear from the beginning is that regionalism, whether Mexican state, foreign state or Lone Star State, will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Lots of Folks Object to Blockbuster's Store Closure Plan. Like Dallas County, For Starters.

    The Blockbuster outlet at Lovers and Inwood closed shortly before the end of 2010.​As you'll recall, Blockbuster ended the year by announcing it's looking over all its leases and planning on breaking many of them, after which it'll shutter stores, dump inventory for pennies on the dollar and turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Blockbuster Bankruptcy Suit Asks: What Did Carl Icahn Know and When Did He Know It?

    ​Blockbuster's slouching toward bankruptcy was easily one of the biggest local business stories of the year; from giant to joke, how the mighty had fallen. But since its Chapter 11 filing early on the morning of September 23, there'd been little to report during its reorganization, save for a noti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Grocery Wars: Fight to Expand Simon David Moves Into City Council Chambers on Monday

    View Larger MapWe first told you about Randall's plans to expand Simon David on Inwood Road back in August, shortly before the grocer took its case to the City Plan Commission. Randall's says the 25,225 square foot store, which has been perched on the property since 1984, is just too small -- needs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    I Have Heard The Future Of Music, And Its Name Is Hunkasaurus

    Updated. Follow jump for additional info. Tom Hendricks announced today that he is opening his record company to any indie musician who wants to be on a label. "Do you need a record company? Well you are welcome to be a part of MUSEA, my 16 year old zine's record company. It's free, you can be a par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Dallas Gourmet Grill

    Dallas Gourmet Grill16601 Addison Rd., Addison972-381-9896Promised delivery time: 55 minutesActual delivery time: 52 minutesThe ScoreThey're giving the orders (at least that's what it feels like): 0Precision of ordering process because they're giving the orders: 20Precision of delivery: 9Not having ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    On The Range: West Texas Enchiladas

    The first of a series documenting Chris Meesey's personal quest for authentic Tex-Mex. But we'll let him tell you more... I'm a genu-wine Texan, born and bred. In fact, I began life at Nix Hospital, San Antonio--less than one mile from The Alamo, the acknowledged epicenter of the Texas Universe. Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Go West Love, Young Man?

    Another in a never-ending series of proposed Dallas developments -- we call this one "West Love Market." It's been a little more than a year since Balcones Realty Partners announced its intentions to build a 37-acre, 365,000-square foot restaurant-retail center near Love Field -- at Mockingbird Lane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    AFI Dallas: More Tickets for De Niro Film -- and Q&A -- Are Now Available

    Robert De Niro, John Turturro and Stanley Tucci wonder What Just Happened? This just in from the AFI Dallas International Film Festival folks: Today, they've made available on the Web site 75 more tickets for Friday's 1 p.m. screening of Barry Levinson's adaptation of producer Art Linson's book What ... More >>

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    March 19, 2008

    Bush's BFF in Dallas Saves Historic Resort in Pennsylvania

    Dallas hotel developer and Bush "pioneer" Mark Langdale Big piece this morning in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the reopening of the legendary Bedford Springs Resort in Pennsylvania, which was built in 1796 and shuttered 21 years ago before undergoing a $120-million restoration and expansion. Turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    Maxed Out: Or, Give the Guy Some Credit

    Former Dallasite James Scurlock is becoming the Upton Sinclair of the credit-card industry. It was exactly one year ago that James Scurlock debuted his documentary Maxed Out, about the suffocating crush of credit-card debt, at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Since then he's written a ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2002

    Temple Tempest

    Buddha Bar gets a new name

  • Dining

    December 12, 1996

    Transcendent Tex-Mex

    Casa Rosa defends its turf with an exceptional take on Dallas' favorite cuisine

  • Dining

    November 21, 1996

    Adjusted expectations

    The best dishes at Deep Sushi aren't Japanese or American; they're a lucky hybrid

  • Dining

    May 9, 1996

    Taco of the town

    Tupinamba deserves its spot in Tex-Metroplex history

  • Dining

    June 15, 1995

    Chinese quackers

    Joe Chow's May Dragon serves first-rate Peking Duck in stylish surroundings

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