Jack Perkins

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    November 21, 2014

    11 Awesome Thanksgiving Food Events in Dallas

    For this special edition of the food calendar, we present to you a meticulously curated collection of restaurants. Because let's face it, your family isn't going to love you anymore if you spend 16 hours doing meal prep. (Also, you just don't have the upper body strength required to stuff that duck ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Jack Perkins' Slow Bone Will Serve a Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving

    Jack Perkins may have a reputation as the occasionally confrontational curmudgeon of the Dallas food scene, but there's no disputing that the owner of The Slow Bone and Maple & Motor has a heart two sizes too big and yet-unclogged from all that red meat. Along with the many charity events that Perki ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Eight Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 30 - November 2

    The Meow-O-Ween Pub Prowl: because really, you can never have too many slightly inebriated co-eds in cat costumes walking down Camp Bowie Boulevard. But hey -- it's for a good cause (and let's face it, ladies, cat costumes are easy, cheap and promote positive human-cat interactions.) Proceeds from t ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Seven of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Cook Under the Same Roof for Charity on Sunday

    Since 2009, some of Dallas' best chefs have come together a few times a year to host dinners that showcase the bounty produced by local farmers. Organized by FT33 chef Matt McCallister (duh) and his wife, Iris, Chefs For Farmers dinners over the past few years have raised money for local charitable ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 28: The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Maple and Motor

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. I remember the exact moment I came to the realization that that the bologna sandwich serve ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Ten of Dallas' Best French Fries

    French fries can make or break a meal, especially when they're served alongside a burger. Soggy, flavorless industrial fries are an abomination to both potatoes and your palate, so you should seek out a place that pays as much respect to the potato as they do their beef. Whatever your preferences wh ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    How The Slow Bone Smokes its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking everyone's favorite teddy bear, Jack Perkins at Slow Bone, how he smokes his brisket.

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    March 14, 2014

    Dallas Chefs on Twitter: the Good, the Bad and the Exceptionally Weird

    Social media is a beautiful thing. Sites like Twitter and Facebook allow us to read all about our high school classmates' stupid kids, yell at politicians about gun control and tweet creepy, 140-character love notes at celebrities we like. Thanks to cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, chefs are ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    I Went to Brisket 101 at The Slow Bone and Learned to Love Meat Even More

    The ice has thawed, Opening Day is weeks away, Pete Delkus' sleeves are no longer controlling the weather (I'm a Finfrock Fangirl anyway), and my allergist just bought a new car. That must mean spring is approaching. In an effort to be a better Texan and rouse a little envy in my neighborhood once ... More >>

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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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    November 18, 2013

    Meat Fight 2013 Was Dominated by Nick Offerman's 'Stache and So. Much. Meat.

    See our full slideshow from Sunday's Meat Fight right here. Sometime on Saturday I started prepping my wife for her first Meat Fight, the annual barbecue competition organized by our long-time columnist, Alice Laussade, and her husband, Mike. It's more meat than you realize, I cautioned. You don' ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Some of Texas' Barbecue Kings Sound Off on Why They Smoke

    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. We recently asked some of Dallas and Fort Worth's best pitmasters, meat slingers and pork pu ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The Making of Meat Fight

    Editor's note: 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. To start, we asked our own Alice Laussade, James Beard Award winner and co-fou ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Five of Dallas' Best Barbecue Sides

    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. Popular opinion of barbecue sides is that they should support the primary meat. Cole slaw co ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Dallas-Fort Worth's 10 Best Barbecue Joints

    Texas barbecue: You and I know it's the best. More importantly, it's a food where, if you leave the state, you'll notice other states do barbecue in strange and terrifying ways that make you feel wrong. Once I went to Oklahoma (this is how all great stories start, I know), ordered brisket and was se ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    What to Pack for Texas A&M's Camp Brisket

    Summer is almost out, which in many locales means the end is nigh for both camp and barbecue. But this is Texas, when meat-torching season never ends and camping is year-round, presuming there's meat and fire available. So it's not surprise that even in January, you can go to meat camp. And not jus ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Slow Bone's Bravado

    Jack Perkins made some bold claims when he first opened his barbecue restaurant. He's almost backed them up.

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    July 25, 2013

    Food Critic Anonymity: Not Dead Yet

    There's a bit of a kerfuffle -- that's French for "shitstorm" -- about Pete Wells' latest restaurant review for The New York Times. Wells weighs in on Daniel, chef Daniel Boulud's fine-dining French outfit in Manhattan that's enjoyed a lengthy four-star run in the paper. While dining there, he enlis ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Off the Bone 2 -- The Bonenining

    There's already an Off the Bone. I went there once, back in the mists of time. I remember that the location was worrying, that I had to take holiday allowance from work to be able to order a buttermilk pie in a misunderstanding that ran for several days and that the ribs were easily worth the trip. ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Balls, Boobz, and Potatoes: The Cheap Bastard's Iron Fork Recap

    Last night at Iron Fork, a bunch of hipster food people got together and ate food at each other while wearing fashion clothes at the Dallas Contemporary. It was fun. See also: - The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013 - The People and The Food of Iron Fork 2013 I heard it was a ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Il Cane Rosso White Rock Opens and More from a Busy April

    Another month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in April, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at Openings: Il Cane Rosso White Roc ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    First Look: Slow Bone BBQ

    Jack Perkins' new BBQstaurant, Slow Bone, will ("hopefully") be open this Tuesday. I pretended not to know how time works and I went for lunch today. It worked for me once. Pretty sure it won't work again. But, we can all enjoy the results. Behold: the meats and other food-and-beverage-type things o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Jack Perkins' Slow Bone BBQ Causes Disturbance in the Barbecue Force

    A recent article on Culture Map has caused a small ripple on the Internet. Teresa Gubbins' story on Slow Bone BBQ, the upcoming restaurant from Jack Perkins, was filled with the confident, and perhaps cocky, language the burger-meister has become known for. "You can master this process fairly quick ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Presenting: The Winners of Meat Fight 2012 (And Incredible Meat Photos)

    Sunday, at Sons of Hermann Hall, it was every carnivores' dream Meat Prom. Purple, sparkling pigs, each wearing tiny party hats, sat on top of tables and glittered gold letters on standing signs indicated where myriad animal parts would be served. This was the scene at Meat Fight. In case you miss ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Alice Laussade Is the Guest Chef at Next Monday's Cane Rosso Pizza Party

    By now you've surely heard that the folks at Cane Rosso love to invite celebrity chefs and other local food personalities to sit in as guest pizzaiolos. The story was almost getting stale before Alice Laussade got in on the action. This Monday night she'll be joining the ranks of Jack Perkins, Brian ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard Is Throwing A Party, So Brian Luscher Took A Leak On Cane Rosso

    Last November when I was a newly branded food critic, running around Dallas trying to figure out who had the best chips and salsa, Alice Laussade sent me an invite to a backyard barbecue. She called it meat fight, and while no punches were thrown, a fierce battle ensued as amateur barbecue enthusias ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    A Week After Anouncing He's Leaving Parigi, Chad Houser's Already Talking Like A Suit

    Chad Houser isn't talking like a chef lately. The long time toque at Parigi uses terms like board members and ROI, and discusses the legal matters of incorporation and trademarking. His new lexicon is borne out of his new position with Cafe Momentum, and he sounds a lot more like a CEO than someone ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 48: The Fried Bologna Sandwich At Maple And Motor

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Maple and Motor gets a lot of attention for their burgers -- Jack Perkins has built a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    The Fieri Effect

    Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.

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    April 24, 2012

    How a Negative Yelp Review of Maple Motor Ended with Hurt Feelings and One Less Yelp Account

    Last night Jack Perkins, proprietor of Maple and Motor, took a break from flippin' burgers to check out his Yelp page. He noticed a review from Dace Street, the son of Gene Street, owner of Snookies and brother to Mariel Street, who owns the newly expanding Liberty Burger. Turns out earlier this m ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Chop House, OcaTaco and More Openings and Closings in February

    February was a busy month in the Dallas food scene. The highly anticipated Off-site Kitchen finally 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 below ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Another Texas Icon's Caught Between Dublin Bottling Works, Plano-Based Dr Pepper: Big Red

    The set-up at Maple & Motor. For now.​Ever since Jack Perkins got his Dublin Bottling Works soda fountain at Maple & Motor, well, let's say I've had way too many cane-sugar soft drinks in recent weeks. (May I recommend mixing the Tart-N-Sweet Lemonade, Cherry Limeade and Dublin Lemon-Lime ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Jack Perkins' ocaTaco Should Open Wednesday

    The good people of the UT Southwestern campus are about to be slapped in the mouth with slow-cooked meat. Jack Perkins and part of his Maple and Motor team expect to open his new taco assembly-line concept, ocaTaco, sometime this week. (According to Facebook, it's looking like Wednesday.) And yes, ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Dublin Dr Pepper -- Yes, The Actual Stuff from Dublin -- Returns to Maple & Motor's Tap

    As Scott mentioned earlier, Jack Perkins, founding partner of the Maple & Motor burger mecca -- and once a proud provider of Dublin Dr Pepper on tap -- is joining forces with Dublin Bottling Company to serve up the other sodas by the still-standing indie soda company. But that doesn't mean you'll ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Dublin Dr Pepper is Dead; Maple & Motor and Oak Cliff's Soda Gallery are among the Mourners

    Jack Perkins, co-owner of Dallas burger institution Maple & Motor, appreciates that a swig of Dublin Dr Pepper is just the thing to wash down a delicious burger. Once every few weeks since he opened his Maple Avenue burger shack, someone from his restaurant has made the two-hour drive to Dublin, Tex ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Maple and Motor and Pecan Lodge to be Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

    This burger will likely be featured on the Food Network soon​Jack Perkins' Maple and Motor burger mecca will be closed for lunch next Thursday. A recent post to the restaurant's Facebook page has scarce details about the closure: We will be closed for lunch Dec 8. I'll tell you why later. T ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Il Cane Rosso Hosts Local Celebrity Chefs on Mondays In November

    Seriously, would you let this guy in your kitchen? ​ In their super-neighborly way, Il Cane Rosso has invited local celebrity chefs to come over and play in their kitchen on Monday nights. "You cook, we'll clean," is about how the invite reads. To which the invitees have responded, "You just ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Burgers

    Sara Kerens​Picking the best burger is a bear. It's not that the work isn't fun -- my waistline is a testament to my enthusiasm -- it's just that there are so many types of burgers to choose from. Is the burger served at a top-end steakhouse better that what you'd pull out of a greasy paper sa ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    In-N-Out v. Whataburger, the Wine Wisdom of Andrew Chalk, and More from the Week in Dallas Food Yammering

    ​This week in Dallas blogs, more people tried to settle the debate between Whataburger and In-N-Out, a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned volume-challenged five-year-olds, and a place that looks like a tattoo parlor produced some damn good lamb shank. Read on. City of Ate Alice Laussade staged ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Burger Experts Eating Burgers: Dallas' Meat Mavens Test Fast Food

    Sara KerensJack Perkins holds up the contestants: Whataburger and In-N-Out (left, right)​In the paper version of City of Ate this week, Alice Laussade writes of the patty smackdown we ordered between Whataburger and In-N-Out burger. We got Grape owner Brian Luscher, Angry Dog owner Todd Dicker ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    In-N-Out Vs. Whataburger: A Petty Patty Smackdown

    In the beef between Whataburger and In-N-Out fans, you win by not playing.

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    April 12, 2011

    Maple & Motor, Breadwinners, Gonzalez: The New Guy and His Cholesterol Have Been Busy

    Maple & Motor: your best suggestion yet.​Throughout April, the New Guy is only eating at places suggested by City of Ate readers, in a futile attempt to speed his conversion to Texasism. Have a suggestion? Leave it in the comments or hit us on Twitter at @cityofate and @joeptone.I've been f ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Go Ahead, Boss Us Around. We Looooove It. Oo, Yeah.

    ​You controlled the media this week by telling us where to eat and what to eat when we get there. Besides that, a (pseudo)-scandal (allegedly) breaks out at Maple & Motor, and Denton gets some love. Read on. City of Ate In her last-last-last review for the Dallas Observer, Hanna Rakin gets h ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Breakfast Tacos: Taste What You're Missing, America

    Get a clue, America.​Restaurant owners are growing increasingly excited about the prospects for breakfast pizza, but breakfast tacos don't show any signs of making significant inroads nationally. Breakfast pizza is typically a tomato sauce-less concoction of eggs, cheese and meat -- sort of l ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Maple & Motor vs. Torchy's Tacos: The Breakfast Taco Battle

    Sara KerensTaqueria El Si Hay in Oak Cliff​There is simply nothing simpler and more delicious than the utilitarian taco. And they seem to be everywhere days. You can't turn around in Dallas without seeing a taqueria, gringo stand or renegade gas station selling these tasty morsels. Another adv ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Maple & Motor's Jack Perkins Demonstrates
    A Tasty Burger

    Photos by Robert Bostick​Whether you like Maple & Motor's cantankerous Jack Perkins not, you must admit the man makes a great burger. Today we move into the kitchen and take a look at how this ballyhooed burger is created. Perkins was willing to reveal some of his innermost secrets on burger- ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Foodies Beware, Jack Perkins Would Like
    To Have a Few Words

    Photo by Robert BostickMaple & Motor's Jack Perkins gives a finger to "foodies."​Yesterday, Three-Course meal profiled Jack Perkins, who grills up one of the city's most popular hamburgers at Maple & Motor. Today, Perkins gives his thoughts on foodies, good and bad burgers and the best wine to ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Maple & Motor's Jack Perkins:
    He Does it His Way

    Photo by Robert BostickMaple & Motor's Jack Perkins​This week, Three-Course meal interviews burger meister Jack Perkins, who grills up one of the city's most popular patties at Maple & Motor. Tomorrow, we throw a Q&A Perkins way, and Friday he hands us the keys to the kingdom, showing us step ... More >>

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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 >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Any Food Fad That Involves Cake and Frosting is Fine With Us

    Photos courtesy of The Cake Ball CompanyFor more views of cake balls, macarons and whoopie pies, click here to see our recent slideshow.​What would our diets be without humanity's lemming-like habit of chasing the latest food fads? The acai berry would remain in the swamp lands of South Ameri ... More >>

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