Leslie Brenner

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    November 24, 2014

    10 Reasons Dallas Diners Should Be Thankful

    Does your family follow this tradition? After the table is set and a steaming turkey is placed just in front of your nose, your mother or some elder at the table makes everyone hold hands and announce what they are thankful for. At this point you've been watching football all day and are probably si ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

    For the past few months we've been nibbling like rabbits on vegetables while visions of ourselves in bathing suits flicker on the projector screen in our brains. But now there's a snap in the air, and skimpy clothes and frail fabrics will slowly take the back seat to wardrobes with bulk. You could h ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Proof Pantry Will Now Serve Lunch; Leslie Brenner Still Probably Not Invited

    As if we haven't heard enough about Misery Loves Company's spanking-new restaurant in One Arts Plaza, Proof Pantry over the weekend announced that it would be expanding the extremely limited lunch options starting tomorrow. Owner Michael Martensen hinted to the Observer in August that the restau ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 9-12

    Thursday evenings are good for doing life stuff -- washing the car, balancing the check book, the sort of activities that lend themselves to the steady drumbeat of functional adulthood. This Thursday, though, why not forgo those things in lieu of eating many foods and drinking much beer? Grace wil ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    I Don't Know What's Happening at So & So's, but the Burger Is Amazing

    A few feet behind the bar at So and So's is a deer wearing a bright red t-shirt. Playing cards are stuck to the wall like they were sprayed on, and nearby a S&S logo has a single, sheathed knife below it. Also behind the bar: A tiny giraffe is sitting on keys of a piano that looks like it was found ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    A Bill of Rights for Texas Diners

    First, some backstory: Earlier this week, Pete Wells, the food critic at The New York Times, got his man panties in a bunch over bread service at New York City restaurants. According to Wells, the practice of serving bread as a complimentary act of welcoming has been slowly receding into restaurant ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Greek Is Closed in One Arts Plaza, and One Arts Plaza Is Still Boring

    Last May I hit my breaking point with One Arts Plaza after I reviewed The Greek, which was a major disappointment. I wrote that the menu might provide a decent substitute for sleeping pills and described some of the ingredients used there as terrible. The restaurant closed yesterday, as reported by ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Eddy Thretipthuangsin, Star Chef at the Design District's Pakpao, Is Out

    Pakpao Thai Food has been getting a lot of praise lately, from Scott Reitz's fondness of the unyielding spice of their curries, to ranking among our list of Dallas' most interesting restaurants, to Leslie Brenner at The Dallas Morning News calling it one of the best new openings of the year. A lot o ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Brains, Raw Beef and (Ahem) Cottage Cheese: The Foods That Pro Food Critics Won't Eat

    Earlier this week, The Times published a series of videos documenting the inner brain happenings of some of the country's most respected food journalists. The publication's last five critics answered questions about dining under the radar, assigning restaurant stars, most hated adjectives (they're n ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Here's What FT33 Chef Matt McCallister Will Cook at the Beard House Next Month

    It was back in June when Matt McCallister announced that he and his crew would be headed to New York this September to cook at the famous James Beard House for a ticketed event. The FT33 chef posted his invitation letter to his Facebook page, and he talked briefly to me about the menu he was painsta ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Carnitas, Barbecue and the Measure of a Great Food City: This Week In Dallas Dining

    How does Dallas rank as a food city? I ask because the Washington Post published an article this week in which Mark H. Furstenberg bitches for two pages about his city's food scene, which I typically regard as pretty great. Not New York City or San Fransisco great, but generally a pleasure to explor ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Monty Python and the FM Smokehouse

    The producers of the Holy Grail proudly present The Life Of Bri ... no, no that's not right. It says here "FM Smokehouse". I don't remember that one being part of the canon, but then I guess no one really watched The Meaning Of Life either, despite that whole song and dance routine about contracept ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    JoJo Eating House Has Closed

    News came out from Culture Map that Jo Jo will be closing in two weeks. You may remember the Uptown restaurant from our series of blog posts that tracked its design, build-out and opening. See also: - Chronicling a Restaurant's Opening: Construction at JoJo Continues - JoJo Eating House & Bar To Op ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Barbecue, Paleo Restaurants and Even More Barbecue: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Enjoying Craft beer week? It's not over yet. Lauren has been detailing all the beer-laden events you've had to choose from all week, and there's still a few more if you're looking for plans. Don't jump up too quick though. We've got a week to wrap up first. This week I reviewed Belly and Trumpet, t ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Matt McCallister Wins Food and Wine's Peoples Choice Award

    Just last week we told you that Food and Wine was having a little Internet-based people's choice chef extravaganza that featured not one, but two local chefs. Today, the magazine announced that Matt McCallister has won the Southwest region. Food and Wine didn't say how many votes McCallister (or an ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Oak Owners Plan Pakpao: A Thai Spot For The Design District

    If there's one thing Dallas loves more than a popular restaurant, it's a second restaurant by the same owner. Side Dish has a short blog post about Richard and Tiffanee Ellman. The owners of the popular Design District restaurant Oak are bringing us another concept early this summer. Pakpao promis ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Hibiscus Executive Chef Takes Over at Whiskey Cake

    Gastropubs everywhere! Just eight days after The Dallas Morning News published Leslie Brenner's guide to gastropubs, Whiskey Cake announces the gastro-blah blah based in Plano has a new chef. Brent Hammer, formerly of Hibiscus on Henderson, will take over as chef de cuisine. See also: - With a Name ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: Plus Some That Nearly Made It

    If you've read this week's feature -- The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die -- by food critic Katharine Shilcutt at our sister paper the Houston Press, then you've no doubt already asked why X, Y or Z restaurant didn't make the list. Maybe you've asked this question angrily to ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    New Uptown Cocktail Den Boasts 3,000-Year-Old Ice

    Yesterday on the Eats Blog, Leslie Brenner published a blog post about an yet-to-be named bar to be opened by Michael Martensen and Brian Williams, who own Cedars Social. The duo made news last October when they announced a new oyster bar, dubbed the Establishment, which was slated to open this past ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    How To Navigate The Menu At Boulevardier Like a Champ

    Boulevardier, the subject of this week's review, has received nothing but gushing press until Leslie Brenner reviewed the restaurant for The Dallas Morning News last week. For the most part, I agree with Leslie's review, but I think there are some great things to focus on should you pay Oak Cliff's ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Banchan and Rabits and Chicken Fried Burgers: This Week In Dallas Food News

    If you follow our blog closely, you'll know we're a little more than halfway done our 100 Favorite Dishes List. I'm getting a lot of emails from you guys about where I should head next, and having a lot of fun exploring. This weekend I'm checking out some jerk chicken and a Cuban sandwich that comes ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Five Restaurants Where Thrifty Foodniks Should Spend Their Summer

    While the Los Angeles Times continues to bask under star-free skies, the Dallas Morning News and most other major daily publications continue to honor tradition anointing dining establishments with one to four, and sometimes five stars, to indicate the overall level of satisfaction a diner should ex ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard For The Win: The Week in Unicorn Farts and Dallas Food

    The weekend is here, and it promises to be a good one with the Big Texas Beer Fest offering craft brews for the masses. I'm sure you guys want to get it started as much as I do, but first there's a week to wrap. This week I reviewed Company Cafe. The restaurant has some great qualities and will hop ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Private | Social | Ramen! | Oh.

    My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Prepping For The Super Bowl: This Week In Dallas Eats

    This Sunday, Americans will eat more food than on any other day, with the exception of Thanksgiving. On Super Bowl Sunday we shamefully watch others with the sports skills we wish we had, and use excessive amounts of food to comfort ourselves for our own lack of stamina and hand-eye coordination. No ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Reviews, Reviews, Reviews and Bad Tomatoes: This Week In Dallas Eats

    Flickr​Y'all got your shopping done? I'm feeling the pinch. A few more items to check off my list and then I get get my egg roll on, all over Dallas. Things are scheduled to be quiet tomorrow so we're wrapping things in iceberg a day early. Dipping sauces' are on you. This week I reviewed Mar ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Fighting Off Hangovers and the Cardinals: The Week That Was in the Dallas Dining Scene

    The dining room at Baboush​What are you doing sitting at your desk? Don't you know you could be drinking a Sazerac right now? I wish I was. But first there's a week to wrap up, and it's filled with pizza drama, digestion aids and holy shit it's a patio! If you enjoy too many whiskey cocktails ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    CBS Is Looking For The Best Food Blogger, Kinda

    ​Early last month, the CBS-11 announced a friendly competition to crown the area's Most Valuable Bloggers. Categories include local affairs, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and dining, among others. Contestants are entered into the event through a nomination process in which anyone can partic ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Week in Food: Lots of Lists,
    Plus Some Cabbage for Roughage

    ​ Dallas blogs spent the week wrapping up 2010 in a series of lists and predicting food trends for 2011. City of Ate Hanna Raskin feels diminutive in the face of a face-sized bland chicken breast at Kenny's Italian Kitchen. Alice Laussade edits four-letter words out of her vocabulary to de ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    5 Food Resolutions You Damn Well Won't Keep

    ​We're optimistic that 2011 is going to be the year: The year we discipline ourselves to stop eating just before we feel full; the year we take walks instead of naps after lunch; and the year we admit that not every day is a reason to celebrate (Hey, it's Thesaurus Day! Let's feast!) But it do ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Bloggers to Your Computers: Let the Festivities Begin

    The future of Ketchup is upon us.​Now that we're through with Thanksgiving, Dallas food blogs and food writers are warmed up and ready to get going with some serious holiday eating. The party started this week with Chanukah, and we expect it to keep gaining momentum right through New Years. P ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Making a List: Who's Been Naughty
    Or Nice on the Web?

    Gosh, and we wonder why meat-eaters so often make fun of vegans.​As any web editor will tell you, the best way to up the "viewage" is a daily list. People love lists. Five Ways to Hack a McRib and Six Things to Do with Disturbing Halloween Candy proved this theory. My pitch for Top Five Sauces ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Let's Give Thanks For Thanksgiving Food Blogging

    ​The best time of year is when the Halloween decorations come down, the pumpkins get mushy and the candy aisle goes on sale for half-price. We're inching closer to Thanksgiving and the blogosphere is buzzing and roasting and stirring. It's a food-filled, recipe rich, seasons-eatings time of year. ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Puck Wolfgang! and Frozen Ghost Vodka

    The Fair's left us...​As the State Fair roller coaster eases back into the station, the setting sun is casting a clichéd orange glow and Dallas bloggers are beginning to reminisce about what they wish they'd seen. Five Sixty initially wanted to see a gaggle of veterans in pressed khakis and past ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Goody two-shoes go wild for Square Burgers

    Sara KerensThe burgers are great, the desserts are tiny at Square Burger​This week's Dallas food blog coverage is a medley of Czech chili, lamb burgers at Square Burger, good eats from Ethiopia, seafood stew from San Francisco, and gun-eating Texans. We'll help you to prepare your sweet tooth ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Attack of The Killer Tacos or Urban Taco Expands

    ​While the alien taco invasion, as Dallas Morning News' restaurant critic Leslie Brenner has called it, bombards Dallas, one taco joint has walked among us for several years. Originating from a land, far, far away (Mexico City) owners Markus Pineyro and John E. Tuma, have successfully integrated U ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds: Unexceptional food at the Common Table

    Sara KerensThough this may look great, we were not impressed.​This week's Dallas food blog coverage is a sampling of Vietnamese feasts and uncommonly bad food, a stolen can of Whoopass and stale popcorn, an elaborate post-Gospel Last Supper and vegan barbecue, and more highlights. Check ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Organic Burgers, Fried butter and Everything in Between

    Photo by Jose Ralat MaldanadoThe Pyramid Restaurant's Andre Natera was this week's media darling.​This week's Dallas foodie coverage is an assortment of organic, frozen and fried foods, dried and proscuitto-wrapped figs at the height of fig season, fancy Finnish foods and a battle at the Pyramid. ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Branching Out

    In the week that brought a spirited City of Ate debate over the merits of eating in the Dallas suburbs, even if you live in the city, we covered plenty of other reasons to try new things. This week saw looks at ultra-pure water, soul food for the fancy, and the best breakfasts you're not eating in D ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Good Riddance Lazare And Other Annoyances From Yesterday

    ​OK, so we're a little steamed here.First off, our blog system was acting up: running like, well, me on a football field (which is to say slow), cutting off sentences when we pounded the keyboard in frustration, dropping comments. But it's all better now.Then the people at Lazare, who last week co ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Chef David Uygur Looks At Life After Lola

    ​A week ago today, Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News dropped a bomb on the Eats blog: nine-year-old Lola on Fairmount Street is closing in October. The Uptown charmer has earned top marks from reviewers and locals alike for its thoughtful, well-executed menu and top-notch wine program. T ... More >>

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    August 8, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Don't You Forget

    ​Breakfast is really the only meal that could make that movie work. Not that The Supper Club couldn't be great too -- but it would have to go in a different direction. This week we learned that Lola is on the way out, even if plenty more places are just opening their doors. Wrapping up another wee ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Blazing A Trail

    Getting of the beaten path and trying new things can be especially rewarding when of comes to food, and this week on City of Ate proved it. From a Hophead excursion to Bonnaroo, to a taste of new gelato flavors for summer, we brought plenty of ways to avoid the same old thing.The Week in Review( ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Twists, Turns and the Dining Double-Cross

    This week's round of local food news proves it: appearances can be deceiving. A fine Japanese spot can be hidden deep in a mess of chain sprawl, a food-lover who relishes subtlety can prove to be a karaoke superstar by night, and an initially disappointing pizza can prove, on a second try, to be jus ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Summertime, and the Living's Easy

    Even these dark, ominous skies looming all around us, don't make it less true: today is May 1, and summer's right around the corner. That means patios, pools and mint juleps (or Cheladas) -- and another week of highlights from City of Ate.The Week in Review(s):Your own Dallas Observer: A few trips t ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Literary Genius and Other Dirty Tricks

    While Dave kills time at a booze-free bar (place hadn't lined up its liquor license yet), we take a culinary expedition with some of the luminaries of the printed page, and other folks whose job it is to make everything a little prettier. Or at least more edible.The Week in Review(s):Your own Dallas ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: All Washed Up

    After a long night traipsing around Austin looking for another Michelob Ultra or Tuaca giveaway party, nothing soaks it all up like a lukewarm slice of Roppolo's pizza and a mind-clearing read through the City of Ate archives. That's how some of us felt, anyway, in the wake of SXSW this week. If you ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Another Week Bites the Dust

    Ah, the first day of spring. How better to celebrate than a look back a those long, dreary days of last week--you know, when some holiday kept you away from the computer. Well, here's some of what you missed. And if these are the highlights, the rest must be total...The Week in Review(s):Your own Da ... More >>

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