Preliminary numbers are out for Texas' midterm election voter turnout from the Election Project, and they are abysmal. Just 28.5 percent of Texans eligible to vote did so, either in early voting or on Tuesday, the lowest percentage in the country. The last time Texas voted for its governor in 2010, ... More >>
Hoping it's not bad luck to say this so soon, knocking on wood, rubbing my figurative rabbit's foot (my wife won't let me carry a real one), but I think this city and maybe even the nation deserve praise for overwhelming equanimity in the face of the first American Ebola cases. What the response so ... More >>
If you want any real Ebola news, check out the Friday afternoon update. If you want to see something we barely believe isn't from The Onion, keep reading. In a move that makes Highland Park ISD's response to Ebola seem thoughtful and measured, Maine School Administrative District 58 has placed a te ... More >>
And the government that looks the other way.
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. The message that rolled into our inbox earlier this week was upbeat. A "juggernaut of marijuana bills" is rolling its way through ... 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 >>
Complex plates and intense flavors wander from the star of the show: seafood.
It's been a long time coming for Driftwood (642 W. Davis). The seafood spot in Oak Cliff was supposed to open months ago, but electrical and plumbing issues kept setting them back. Finally, last week, Chef Omar Flores and owner/operator John Baudoin planned a soft opening for family and friends -- ... More >>
OMC!!!I headed over to the Libertine Bar this weekend to indulge in their weekend fish and chips special with a few cold Boddingtons. The move was a preemptive measure based an article published in The New York Times this weekend, which hints that cod fisheries could be in trouble. The story ... More >>
Not a bad early start to the weekend tonight, as both local and national talent serve up some tasty music this evening.
Avoid a holiday dinner disaster by dining out.Sometimes it's better to leave the cooking to someone else, and we can't think of a better day to stay out of the kitchen than December 25. It used to be hard to find anywhere open besides the neighborhood Chinese joint, but times have changed. ... More >>
A rather low key collection of shows highlight this hump day evening. Choose wisely.
This is what it sounds like when a diesel-powered big rig hits the brakes -- or, more to the point, the compressed engine brakes that release compressed air stored in the exhaust valves to slow down the vehicle. Got that? No? Try this, then. Or: The Straight Dope! Or maybe you've heard of the Jak ... More >>
Dtrap via WikimediaAn Autocrat coffee milk.When we were just knee-high to a grasshopper, Granny and Mamaw would make us special drinks that made us feel like grown-ups. As the 'dults drank from the ever-ready pot of hot coffee, we'd get a tiny cup containing milk, sugar and really, just a splash ... More >>
Steven MillerOur paper in Seattle ran this slide show when Gold Class Cinemas opened up there in the fall of 2008.Not sure what to think of this press release that just landed in the in-box -- the one that says come May 7, I'll be able to buy a ticket to Iron Man 2 that'll only cost ... what the ... More >>
www.sfgate.com Another holiday is upon us, City of Aters. It's that time of year when you put on your Sunday best, dye perfectly good eggs, receive a basket full of goodies from an over-sized bunny, and of course, stuff yourself with food until you feel like you're about to explode, among othe ... More >>
An old shot of the new chef. I...um...forgot to bring my camera last night.Chef Bruno Davaillon is eager to know what Dallas wants for dinner. At least that was the sentiment echoed by the wait staff and marketing department last night at a media dinner at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.The Mansio ... More >>
Occasional Dallas Observer photographer Allison V. Smith and the namesake of the Barry Whistler Gallery on Canton Street were hitched Saturday evening at Allison's family vacationland in Maine. Just read all about it in The New York Times, which has a lovely photo of the couple as well as a few f ... More >>
At least two City of Ate contributors plan to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday the way our forefathers would have wanted: by throwing down (and hopefully not up) at The Libertine Bar's Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown. The 15-minute bout, limited to 25 gluttonous idiots brave gurgitators, will ... More >>
Everyone in the world of ice cream knows his name. Many of the local restaurateurs do, as well, for Gentry's Plano-based company Henry's Homemade Ice Cream deals with many of the city's upscale venues.Since moving his company to Texas from Philadelphia, he's racked up dozens of awards, including fir ... More >>
Goods things here are worth waiting for
Guys can earn major points with Almost, Maine
Seeing as how I spent the day yesterday apparently dressed as a fisherman from Maine, I'm hardly one to talk about fashion. But Diddy has taught us all well about the appropriateness of wearing white after Labor Day, so this bit of bad news shouldn't come as a total shocker: John Iskander of Parade ... More >>
Clean, minimalist, delicious and sort of Italian
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Don't be caught at home when 2002 arrives
On the road in his Dodge Dart, Slaid Cleaves is the last of the traveling troubadours
What's new pussy cat? (meow, meow, meow)
Order in the cork
11th Street Theatre Project paints two very different family portraits in Southern Rituals
In Texas, more people die in truck crashes than any state in the country. It's not an accident.
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground
The Adolphus' French Room offers courses in dining elegance
Chef Avner Samuel turns up for another 15 minutes of culinary fame at Okeanos
Slaid Cleaves finally molds his influences into the shape of his own voice
Lefty's handles the big bugs adroitly
21st Century Road Gang smothers On Golden Pond in sweetness