Have plans this evening? Of course you do. You're headed to Iron Fork, the Dallas Observer's homage to local restaurants, anchored by an epic chef battle between James Beard nominee Matt McCallister and Richard Gras, who has been cooking at Oak in the Design District. If you don't have tickets yet, ... More >>
As they surely do thousands of times a second the folks at Amazon have taken the time to analyze data about the cookbooks they sell, and this time they've broken the data down by regions in the US. A webpage set up about the project says they wanted to learn where their best selling cookbooks were c ... More >>
A Trinity Groves restaurant delivers solid seafood but comes up short.
It's already been a big year for Chef Omar Flores, and we're only four months in. After running the kitchen at well-reviewed seafood spot Driftwood, Flores swooped into Trinity Groves with a modern concept for Spanish tapas. Then, the world noticed. In only the first six months of being open, Casa R ... More >>
Just a year ago, a drive down Henderson Avenue in East Dallas was a depressing trek through a graveyard littered with the ghosts of restaurants past. Even the most accomplished restaurateurs (including James Beard nominee Nick Badovinus) have tried and failed to sustain a successful business in this ... More >>
Smoke and Chicken Scratch chef Tim Byres recently put his culinary soul on paper. And the James Beard Foundation just tipped its hat at the effort. Byers' book, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, released last year, was nominated for a book award in the category of general cooking.
Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Award. Seven of the semi-finalists for the prestigious awards are Dallas-based, including Matt McAllister of FT33, David Uygur of Lucia and newcomer Trinity Groves restaurant Casa Rubia. This selection obviou ... More >>
First the big news: yesterday, this year's James Beard nominees were announced and Dallas has a respectable showing. Abacus and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek received nominations for Outstanding Service, which may not come as a huge surprise considering these two Dallas institutions are known for ... More >>
Visit Uptown's most popular cocktail cave alone and you'll stay that way.
Despite some misses, this mixed menu offers some of the best food in Uptown.
Two highly important pieces of information for you: 1) May 12 is Mother's Day. Get it tattooed on your forehead. 2) Spoon Bar & Kitchen will open for lunch and brunch on Sunday, May 12. If you want to win Mother's Day, consider hooking The One Who Made You up with Mother's Day brunch at Spoon (a.k.a ... More >>
Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>
Bloggers be bloggin' about Smyth, the new cocktail den in Uptown. Whitney Filloon over at Eater says a lack of signage and an unmarked door can make the new bar difficult to find, but hunting down Smyth a challenge worth taking on. Smyth is intended to be reservations-only, but for now according to ... More >>
Each week (or thereabout) we ask a local chef three burning questions about their favorite culinary reads, food shames and best (or worst) meals. Today we chat with the proprietress of Sissy's Southern Kitchen and Bar, Lisa Garza, who has small library of cookbooks, but swears off some foods. What ... More >>
This week is a doozy. Students are either starting or ending spring break, there's St. Patrick's Day festivities, Savor Dallas, blossoming farmers markets and (thankfully) ambitious chefs. What to do? What to do? Let's evaluate the options. See also: 10-Point Plan for St. Patrick's Day Thursday, ... More >>
Last week Top Chef contestant and chef John Tesar hired an executive pastry chef for his high-end seafood restaurant in Preston Center, Spoon Bar & Kitchen. For the job, Tesar tapped David Collier, who previously worked with him at The Mansion. Collier is moving back to Texas this month after work ... More >>
Top Chef Texas "Booyeah bitches!"Last night at La Grange, City of Aters had good beer, better tacos, and an hour of fantastic television on an enormous projector screen. It was the first City of Ate Top Chef Texas viewing party, and watching the show with a beer in hand, a selection of $2 tac ... More >>
The closure of York Street this weekend, reported first today by Teresa Gubbins at Pegasus News, leaves a void that produce salesman Tom Spicer suggested he might be inclined to fill. "One of the reasons I haven't opened a restaurant is because (York Street owner Sharon Hage) was in business ... More >>
Dean James Max, a James Beard nominee who was crowned "King of American Seafood" at this year's Great American Seafood Cook-off and earned our sister paper's endorsement as the "Best Chef in South Florida", is developing his first Dallas restaurant. The not-yet-named restaurant is scheduled ... More >>
Photo by Robert BostickTime was, the only chefs most of us knew by name were Julia Child and that Boyardee guy. Not anymore. With the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, t ... More >>
Patrick Michels/Hvnly via FlickrEach week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.It's not much of a stretch to say the 20th Century and all its technological marvels began with the invention of the club sandwich.Think about it: the stack of turkey, ba ... More >>
What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail
After 25 years in Dallas' restaurant jungle, Stephan Pyles has come out respected and rich. How does he stay so clean?
The name is Americana, but Chef Russ Hodges is home again on Routh Street
The Capitol's American melting-pot menu makes it cool to be a patriot
Babe's chicken is as good as you'll get 'round these parts