Joe Tone

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Observer Is Hiring an Editorial Assistant

    We have an immediate opening for an editorial assistant. This is a full-time, entry-level position, perfect for a hyper-organized self-starter who can successfully juggle tasks ranging from crafting short blog posts to managing listings to monitoring the provisions in the newsroom beer fridge, all w ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2014

    The Surge

    Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    How to Contribute to the Dallas Observer

    We have a nice little staff here at the Observer, but sometimes we need some side action. Here's how you might be able to help. Writers We accept freelance pitches for stories of all shapes and sizes. Specifically, we're looking for:

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Dallas Observer Needs a New Music Editor

    At the end of February, I'm leaving the Dallas Observer to take over as the music editor for Denver's Westword. The move brings me and my partner back where we came from and where we hope to stay, and it's really as simple as that. Working at the Observer has surrounded me with writers and editors a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Live Blog: Winter Storm Cleon Is Coming For All Of Us

    Welcome to the Winter Storm Cleon live blog, where will be constantly updating you about a storm that is potentially the apocalypse, another damp squib, or somewhere in between the two. As you are no doubt aware, the Weather Channel's harbinger of sky death, Jim Cantore, is on the ground in Dallas. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    We're Looking for a Web Editor

    The internet ate the last guy, sadly. Here's the job listing. It doesn't mention our beer fridge, which even has beer in it some days. That was an oversight. The Dallas Observer has an immediate opening for a full-time web editor. This position combines journalism with social media marketing and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Poll: Which Dallas Observer Writer is a "Snarky, Superior, Angry Bitch?"

    Hang on to your hats, everybody, because I'm about to give you a super-duper exciting glimpse into the inner workings of the Dallas Observer. We get a lot of email from our readers. Some of it comes directly to our various email addresses, but a lot of it goes to a general account. (I have no idea w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Observer Has a New Music Editor. You Should Say Hello.

    We were, for reasons obvious to readers of this blog, a bit depressed when music editor Audra Schroeder announced recently that she would retire as a music journalist and pursue writing about Things That Aren't Music. Today, though, a little shot of human-resources Prozac: We have a new music editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Hypnotic Donuts Kills Dallas Observer

    If you're noticing a light number of posts here on City of Ate, or on any other Observer blog, you should know we've been a little distracted as of late. It seems Hypnotic Donuts has installed a massive billboard just outside our news room window, and it's making everyone a little crazy. Joe Tone k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Samuel Adams' 2012 Utopias Is Great or Awful, Depending on Whom You Ask

    The Boston Beer Co. has released its 10th anniversary batch of Samuel Adams Utopias, and it's starting to turn up on shelves around town. I spotted some in the cooler at Goody Goody on Oak Lawn Avenue and had a private little beer-nerd laugh -- clearly, the staff there is uninitiated. Utopias is an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Work for the Dallas Observer

    The Dallas Observer: You built that. Or you can, anyway, if one of the following opportunities suits you. Clubs Editor The clubs editor researches, reports, writes and maintains the Observer's clubs and concert listings, helping ensure that our newspaper and web site offer the city's most comprehen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Write for the Dallas Observer

    The Dallas Observer is always looking for talented freelance writers, photographers, videographers and other content creators to contribute to our newspaper, web site and four blogs, Unfair Park (news), DC-9 at Night (music and nightlife), City of Ate (food and restaurants), and Mixmaster (arts and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Holy $#@& This is a Long Review of a Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Only for the last few weeks he blew off this very important assignment to attend to way-less-important ones, including getting married. Apparently he was a little excited because he filed about 4,700 words about a chicken s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Guilty Pleasures Unmasked: In Which We Review Chili's Chicken Crispers

    Everyone holds dear a few suspect dishes from their past, usually from questionable chain restaurants. Because we like to watch him suffer, Scott will occasionally review those foods. This week: Chili's Chicken Crispers, a long-lost love of Observer editor Joe Tone. I've had chicken tenders maybe e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Then They Went Stole Shawn Bradley's Bike!

    ​I swear this recently reopened Sportatorium isn't an afterthought; and bless those of you still posting in Thursday's item -- hey, there's Merten. Efforts are underway to better reboot this thing sooner than later. But in the meantime, feel free to fill Joe Tone's inbox with random observerations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Pizzas

    Kristy Yang​Two weeks ago we picked up the phone and asked Mayor Mike Rawlings for his five favorite slices in Dallas. He was eager to play along and gave us some decent picks, but now it's time for City of Ate to get in on the fun. Broken down by category, these are City of Ate's five favori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Oktoberbest 2011: Announcing the Winner of the Final Pour

    Alexander Flores​We've finally beaten the Germans at their own game. That's the only rational conclusion one can draw from the results of Oktoberbest 2011, in which the lone Teutonic entry got its ass handed to it. Paul Hightower and Brian Brown, Craft Beer Examiners for Dallas and Plano, respec ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Of Gluttony, Hot Meat, Luscious Tomatoes and Dirty Chocolate: A Sinful Week in Food News

    flickr user advencapGratuitous tomato porn.​ The FDA is under scrutiny in The New York Times this week. Looks like the serving sizes listed on nutrition labels may be getting a new look and Observer Editor Joe Tone will have a new and legitimate excuse to Hoover down ice cream by the pint. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Hack Saws and Fried Guacamole. Who Else is Proud to be a Texan?

    ​ This week in food blogs, a Dallas chef milked cows and wielded a hack saw to win $10,000; El Bulli closed; and we gave you an arsenal of excuses to eat and drink. Read on. City of Ate If you're looking for Ethiopian food that is as nonthreatening as it is tasty, Scott Reitz suggests Ibex E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    What the Hell is Buckle? And Other Thoughts From City Of Ate Presents Supper Club Last Night

    Photo by Leslie MinoraIf every night ended with buckle, the world would be a better place.​So, we're new around here. And in an effort to assimilate us into both Observer culture and make us less alien to the Dallas food scene, we were sent to the City of Ate-sponsored Supper Club at the Kessler T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    So We're Still Looking for That Food Critic ...

    If we don't find a critic soon, I'm going to start reviewing local potato skins. Get your sour cream guns ready, area chefs.​If you pay much attention to this blog and its accompanying newspaper, you've noticed that we've yet to fill the oft-sneezed-upon shoes of Hanna Raskin, our former food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Want to Iron Fork With Us? Or, Here's a Forkin' Giveaway!

    Check out our calendar for more event details.​All right, all right, all right...So, we got this event tonight. An Iron Fork event, if you will. A kick ass night featuring bites from local restaurants like Kenichi, Lockhart Smokehouse, Torchy's Tacos and much, much more. This kick ass Iron Fork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Of Whiskey Cake and Pickled Eggs. Bleh.

    Via FoodbeastAnd then Taco Bell tested a shell made of Doritos. ​This week, Dallas is buzzing about Whiskey Cake (we beat the rest of them to it, FYI). And even though Easter is right around the corner, only a few displays of enthusiasm (like eating 41 pickled eggs, or finding a certain flavor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    VVM Vet Joe Tone Named Observer Editor

    New Observer Editor Joe Tone: We're thinking the empty glass on the table is a good sign.​Joe Tone, a Village Voice Media veteran and former editor of the Pitch Weekly in Kansas City, was named editor of the Observer today. His first day on the job is Monday. Tone brings a broad mix of report ... More >>