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    September 9, 2014

    Sammy's Bar-B-Q Has a Great Location, a Great Patio and Great Sides, But ...

    Imagine somewhere in Uptown, right in between Oak Lawn and the Arts District, had a gigantic patio, shaded under greenery, full of tables, chairs, ephemera, and a huge covering. You would imagine that place would be absolutely rammed at lunchtime, that to get a table you'd have to know someone, or p ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Eight Dallas Restaurants with Great Patios and Great Food: It's Rarer Than You Think

    Well, fellow Texans, we've breezed past that lovely time of year when it's cool enough to wear long sleeves with flip flops, yet we're not quite to the miserable heat of summer in Texas. Right about now is when you want to get outside on a nice patio -- read: not on a curb or practically in the stre ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2013

    Haute Bar Food Is Getting Hot

    But only when the chefs in charge deliver what their menus promise.

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    August 26, 2013

    14 Great Dallas Restaurants and Bars for Dogs on National Dog Day

    It's National Dog Day on this 26th day of August, and we know your dog is the best pup around. Time to show some love on this real dog day of summer. We've compiled a list of new and old spots were dogs are more than welcome. Mutt's Canine Cantina is the pooch place for play dates. There's so much ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    May 30, 2013

    A Dallas Couple's 75,000-Pound Treehouse Is Going to Be on TV

    Jimmy and Sandy Martin live in a 4,000-square-foot McMansion off Inwood Road in Bluffview. Architecturally, it's completely unremarkable. The home they recently built in Central Texas, on the other hand, is much more interesting: It's a 75,000-pound treehouse. The structure, perched on an isolated ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Man, I Used to Really Love Dave Matthews Band

    In September 2000, a few days before Dave Matthews Band played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at Coca-Cola Starplex, I got into a car accident turning onto Inwood Road from Walnut Hill. My '99 Explorer was crunched, and the woman I hit injured her arm. I sat on the curb, waiting for my parents ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    How To Start a Record Collection, Part III (Record Store Day Edition)

    I thought it would be a private relationship between me and my record player. Music collections, no matter what they are made of, can be so intimate they border on embarrassing. Not sure what to buy, I clicked on review after review, talking myself into and out of nearly every purchase. But the thin ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    December 20, 2012

    The Ticket's Mark Followill Drops Top Five Taco Bombs On Dallas Listeners

    I do not know Mark Followill, but if I met him, Id buy him a taco. I'm digging on the top five taco spot he just delivered on the popular Sports Radio Station known as The Ticket. As a fellow taco lover I have to challenge a few of his suggestions, but for the most part, I think he came up with a pr ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 2

    Bettye LaVette, Bobby Patterson Thursday, November 29, at The Kessler Theater, $25-$35 Bettye LaVette's 1965 single "Let Me Down Easy" was the song that should have put the Detroit singer in the ranks of the Supremes and Marvin Gaye. LaVette's fame came later in life, however, namely as she's re-eme ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    The New Korean Fusion

    Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.

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    August 2, 2012

    Bowery Opens, Screen Door Closes and More From a Very Busy July

    Another very busy month has come and gone, and with it several Dallas restaurants have opened while others have closed their doors for good. Read on for the full list and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below or at Opening ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    If You Embrace Your Issues With Rum, You Should Hang at Sigel's This Wednesday

    Sigel's is hosting a Summer Rum Festival and Tasting this Wednesday, August 1, at their Inwood Road location. There are going to be more than 50 rums to sample with distillery representatives ready to answer all your hard-hitting questions. If you've spent more time than you'd like to admit in the ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Snookie's is Out and Liberty Burger is on the Way In; Looking for Mid- to Late August Opening

    See also: *Liberty Burger is Opened and Slammed in North Dallas The Snookie's on Keller Springs Road bid adieu earlier this month and is making way for a new Liberty Burger. Actually, this is a case of Dace Street, co-founder of Snookie's, passing the torch to his little sister, Mariel Street (they ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Better Burgers Opens at Lemmon and Inwood, Because What This Town Needs is More Burgers

    Sam and Kathy Vergos, whose family also owns Original Market Diner on Harry Hines and the Circle Grill on Buckner, have opened a new spot, Better Burgers, at the southwest corner of Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road. The menu has the standard sandwiches, like a single, double, chicken, mushroom, BLT a ... 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 17, 2012

    To Discover That You Live Near Pulaski's Donuts is To Discover a Very Fine Neighbor

    ​Chances are decent you've got one down the street from you, but when was the last time you stepped into your local donut shop? The answer for me is never. So in my never-ending search for new breakfast spots, I put my local shop to the test. Probably like everyone else, it's a small space t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Good Friday Thursday: Christmas Weekend Edition

    ​Hey, remember that best local hip-hop post we ran the other day? The one that mentioned A.Dd ? Well, the aforementioned duo, along with the help of DJ Sober, put out a special WADD Radio Holiday Podcast, featuring classic holiday hits, hilarious between-song banter, and they even took phone calls ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 12, 2011

    The City's Transpo To-Do List, 2011-'12 Edition

    Click to enlarge, or go here for a much bigger version.​Speaking of those new city council committees ...This afternoon the Transportation and Environment Committee will meet for the first time since returning from summer break, and on its agenda you'll find Transportation and Environment Committe ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    August 25, 2011
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    May 25, 2011

    New Food Truck Ain't Nothin' but a Chowhound

    ​Food trucks have been popping up all around town, from the Green House Truck, to the Good Luck Food Truck, and the ever-so-kitschy Grillenium Falcon. Now, expect to spot another four-wheeled culinary wagon cruising around Dallas, as Jack's Chowhound is set to hit the road in the next week or two. ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 8, 2010

    The Burger Stampede Grows Bigger

    ​National chains are apparently racing to win over area burger eaters before In-N-Out reaches Dallas. Elevation Burger, which bills itself as the "only organic burger franchise in the U.S.," is readying to open an outlet at the Hillcrest Crossing shopping center. And, according to Business Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Ming's Place: Great Fried Rice in the Heart
    Of a Tex-Mex Zone

    ​A couple of weeks ago, on an otherwise familiar route home from the gym, an unfamiliar sign caught my eye. There, next to the Potbelly and Starbucks on the corner of Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road, was a Grand Opening sign for Ming's Place China Bistro. Hmm... While I will admit that a high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Rounding Up the Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt Sightings This Holiday Season

    Patrick MichelsPinkberry's new pumpkin flavor will be around through the end of the year. Today's the greatest day of the year around City of Ate headquarters, where most of us are decked out in costumes of varying degrees of good taste, reminding everyone else in the building why they're sorry to ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    10 Questions: Jon Bryan

    Hell with all this 'mixologist' talk. After 16 years behind a bar, Bryan calls himself an inebriation specialist.The Grapevine's longstanding early shift bartender--he signed on in 1998--knows most people in the joint by name...or he will, if you show up again. His casual, chatty and honest style fi ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Short Orders: Tupinamba

    Tupinamba12270 Inwood972-991-8148Eddie Dominguez's place is the restaurant equivalent of the Grapevine Bar--an unassuming, colorful, come-as-you-are kind of place.If you've never been to the latter (conveniently located across the street from our offices) or if you can't ignore for a moment the bar' ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Short Orders: Kel's Restaurant

    Kel's Restaurant5337 Forest Lane972-458-7221Kel's exists in a geography warp. To cross its threshold is to enter a much smaller Dallas--not yet sprawling and still largely southern in nature. There's no particular thought put into decor, other than a partially hidden Kel's-themed mural that seems ra ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Dallas, So Close to "World-Class"

    On this Friday morning, let's sneak a peek at the Sunday New York Times travel section, which spends "36 Hours in Dallas" and serves up this howdy-do: "DALLAS may not be a world-class city, but it's pulling out all the stops to get there." Alas, not much new here for locals likely to read the Sunday ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    Reel Newsworthy: Flaming Lips, Zombie Pictures and Dallas-Made Cotton Candy

    Charles Martin Smith in a scene from the fourth-greatest movie ever made locally, Ron Howard's Cotton Candy. A few movie notes on this new-film Friday. First, try to retain this bit of information in your short-term memory: Tonight and tomorrow, the Inwood Theatre will screen for the first (and last ... More >>

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    May 7, 2008

    The Lakewood Landing: A "Best Bar," Like You Didn't Already Know That

    The June issue of Esquire contains its annual rundown of the Best Bars in America -- and it probably comes as no surprise to D's Adam McGill that the Lakewood Landing makes the list. But that's only because Adam wrote the item, which goes a little something like this: "The place breathes history but ... More >>

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    May 8, 2007

    Another Pic for Steve Stodghill's Wall of Fame

    We're not quite sure how this pic of Luke Wilson and Dallas attorney Steve Stodghill and wife Anne -- taken at last night's premiere of The Wendell Baker Story at the Inwood Theatre -- wound up in our inbox. But it's dopey enough to merit a posting -- and it gives us a chance to link to this profile ... More >>

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    February 27, 2007

    AFI Fest Releases Lineup of Films and Guest List. Oh, Look: The Guy From Office Space

    Yes, we're very excited David Lynch and Lauren Bacall are coming to AFI. But, c'mon, so's Ron Livingston. Yeeaaah. We just received the complete schedule for the inaugural AFI Dallas International film festival, which opens with a screening of Music Within at the Majestic Theater on March 22 and clo ... More >>

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    December 12, 2006

    Aussie Rules at AFI Dallas

    Reel busy: Tearlach Hutcheson, pictured here during construction of the Magnolia Theater in 2002, is now managing director of the AFI Dallas film fest. Some time this week, the newly established AFI Dallas International Film Festival will announce its new (by which I mean, its first) managing direc ... More >>

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    June 26, 2006

    Chee Chee Goes Chichi

    Edward Mendoza is out as executive chef of Kitchen 1924, Lakewood's ode to the generic kitchen. "Edward and I, for the last month or so, the relationship started to sour a little bit, and I was being told 'no' a whole bunch," says Kitchen 1924 founder Shawn Horne. "He wanted to do froufrou stuff. So ... More >>

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    May 16, 2006

    The Wright Way to Mess With American?

    Like me, you're probably burned out on Wright Amendment talk, which will likely last so long we'll be able to beam to New York City Star Trek-style from the comfort of our own homes. But the contstant noise coming from both Southwest Airlines and American Airlines has produced one totally amusing ru ... More >>

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    March 28, 2006

    Kids Do the Darnedest Things

    OK, so now this is getting ridiculous. About five minutes ago, some 50 kids walked past the Observer offices, at Maple and Oak Lawn avenues, heading south on Maple toward downtown. They were being escorted by Dallas County constables, who surely have better things to do. Turns out they came from Edw ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 25, 1999

    Who am I this time?

    The Bistro inches through incremental evolution

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    January 14, 1999
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    October 1, 1998

    Swat it!

    Dragonfly darts with a tedious buzz

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    January 8, 1998

    It's a fiasco

    It's a Veritable Feast! fumbles into famine

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    June 15, 1995

    Chinese quackers

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

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