• Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Liquor Store Lobby Tries to Overturn Ruling that Allows Booze Licenses for Non-Texans

    Total Wine, the chain of delightfully enormous alcoholic beverage emporia, might never have made it to Texas were it not for a strip club. Twenty-four years ago two guys, one from Florida, one from Tennessee, decided to buy a San Antonio Baby Dolls. They had the cash. They had the expertise. Their ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2013

    The Cult of Lloyd Irvin

    A top UFC trainer builds a house of champions. Allegations of psychological and sexual abuse tear it down.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Texas to America: Food Bans Are for Weirdos

    There are some foods that aren't legally available in Texas due to federal import bans. Haggis from Scotland, for example, is banned because of restriction on importing sheep's lung. The Kinder Surprise, the Italian-produced chocolate egg filled with toys, has been banned because of the choking haza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Top Four Reasons Rick Perry Toured a Gun Factory the Day After a Mass Shooting

    You are a governor of a big state. Someone just shot and killed more than a dozen people in the nation's capital. Question: Should you tour a gun factory the next day? If you're Rick Perry, the clear answer is yes. As part of his job-poaching tour in Maryland, he took a look Wednesday around the Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    University Park's Erika Perdue Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Porn

    Last January, an FBI agent based in Maryland was cruising through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network in search of child porn. There, he stumbled upon a user named "Classybitch," who offered him access to several hundred videos and images with file names like "Taboo Incest - Grampa Fucks Sleeping Gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Congressman Steve Stockman Files Bill to Protect Kids Wielding Gun-Shaped Baked Goods

    Since Congress started wrestling with stricter gun control laws early this year, school officials around the country have been on edge about how to handle threats of violence from students. There have been a lot of draconian responses in the last few months. In one case, a eighth-grader in West Virg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Food Film Series Wraps Up with a Documentary Challenging the Power of Organics

    The documentary Cafeteria Man lays out the uphill battle faced by Tony Geraci as he took on Baltimore school system bureaucrats to overhaul the school lunch program. Geraci's plan was a simple one, focused on the same local ingredients that many chefs have embraced over the years to build a centrali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Congressman Steve Stockman to Gunmakers: Come Check Out Texas

    U.S. Representative Steve Stockman is not a subtle man. We could go so far as to say he has a flair for the dramatic. He is, after all, the man who brought Ted Nugent as his plus-one to the State of the Union address, and compared the Earth to a sort of fuel-filled water balloon. And even further ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Now You Can Have Snow 's BBQ Right on Your Couch

    You've heard of Snow's BBQ, right? How about Black's and Kreuz Barbecue in Lockhart? The most popular barbecue restaurants in Texas are known for their long lines and wait times as much as they are their meats. But what if you could sit on your couch and wait for a packaged brisket to drop at your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Eight Music-Themed Gifts You Never Knew You Needed

    Ah, the holidays, that time when you frantically try to figure out what exactly to give whoever you got stuck with in the secret Santa drawing. Maybe you got lucky and selected a music fan; maybe you think you want to give that music fan something that's not just the latest Pitchfork-blessed album, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    The Secret To Some Bitchin' Black Beans and Improving a Ton of Other Dishes Too

    I'm fascinated with Indian cooking. Obsessed. I love the way cooks build layers of flavor and aroma with onions and other aromatics, a cadre of spices and a long, slow simmer. If you've ever cooked a robust curry in your kitchen, you know that the smell that overtakes your entire home is almost into ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Total Wine is Coming to Dallas, and Bringing Its Fine Array of Kegs and Cheap Booze with It

    Maryland-based beverage superstore Total Wine is coming to Dallas. The new store, to be located in the shuttered Office Depot location in Park Lane (9350 North Central Expressway), builds on the more than 80 stores the chain has opened in ten states. The recent expansion will add stores to Texas, Ne ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2012

    Years Later, Sea Breeze is Still (Lobster) Rolling

    Coupling a fish counter with a restaurant is the best path to freshness.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    When Shopping For Or Eating Seafood, Volume Is King

    Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill, the subject of this week's review, has had me thinking a lot about seafood and freshness. While the flesh of every animal begins to deteriorate the second that animal dies, seafood is the most fragile of animal proteins. Beef kept under refrigeration actually improv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Five McDonald's Failed Menu Items

    The McDonald's Arch Deluxe anyone?​Today's story about Fish McBites and my prediction that they don't last past Lent spurred my curiosity into McDonald's other historic flops. Attempts to regionally market bad food have typically done poorly for the chain. Crab cakes in the Maryland market and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Ice Cometh, Man: No, You Are Not an Excellent Driver

    Oh, no. The ice-driving season is about to come back to Dallas for its annual reign of terror. We're all going to die. When I moved to Texas from Michigan about 100 years ago, the common wisdom was that people from the North knew how to drive on ice and people from Texas didn't. I liked that versio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    First Encounters With Bad Booze, And Why We Drink the Beer We Do

    I know better, more flavorful beers exist. When I go to the Meddlesome Moth I always ask for something tart and rustic. Not the sour lambics loaded with fruit, but the naturally fermented old world beers with a lot of funk. I love sour beers with musty and barnyard flavors. I also appreciate beers t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    College Football Uniforms Are Outta Control: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​ 10. We've sorta become desensitized to Oregon's smorgasboard of uniforms with different helmets featuring gray, green, yellow and white and neon-green outlined numbers. Blame Phil Knight and Nike for those. But what about the rest of ya? The opening weekend of college football delivered some gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Hello Aters. I'll Be Your New Food Critic.

    Scott ReitzFinn, professional left-over consumer​ A little over a week ago I threw my belongings into a 16-foot Penske, drove down 16th Street past the White House, and headed west. Finn, my 14-year-old wonder-mutt, sat shotgun, along with a spider plant, a bottle of port, some Gatorade and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Leg Sweeper Passes Along New Video, Finally Tells Us About Getting Arrested While On Tour.

    At least one good thing came out of Dallas garage punk duo Leg Sweeper's appearance at Good Records' Record Store Day party a few weekends back -- the fact that Parade of Flesh's John Iskander was able to use the performance for the bulk of the above live performance music video he just released fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Baking for Purim: Who Says Better Late Than Never?

    ​I wouldn't have even known that Purim was upon us if my girlfriend hadn't told me that her friend brought hamentaschen to work for everyone on Tuesday. I promptly Googled the Jewish holiday only to discover that I had missed it. This year Purim stared at sunset on Saturday, March 19 and ended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    News & Notes & Our New Computer Wallpaper

    Justin Terveen​A little bit o' this and a little bit o' that while admiring that picture taken yesterday by Best of Dallas-certified Justin Terveen:A Friend of Unfair Park whose name rhymes with "Jason Roberts" forwards along this Washington Post piece in which Oak Cliff's Better Block Project ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    The Oceanaire Seafood Room vs. Rockfish Seafood Grill : The Crab Cake Conundrum

    Alex Flores​Crab cake is official food of the Preakness Stakes for good reason. Just as the Preakness is the second jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the simple dish of quality crab meat, and little else, is a crown jewel of Maryland. Thought to be another one of these ancient ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    BT, Glint

    Tuesday, March 16, at House of Blues

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Some Questions Over How Useful Google Maps' New Bike Trails Feature Actually Is

    ​Bike Friendly Oak Cliff was the first locally to make mention yesterday of the fact Google Maps now offers bike trails -- that's the green line you see on the map at right. (Writes Jason Roberts, "It's a good way to see a birds-eye view of our trail system, and will hopefully help when plans deve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Handle The Proof: Rye Whiskey

    ​Don McLean, you lied to us. Or, at the very least, you misled me. His "American Pie" hit the airwaves in 1971. How was a nine year-old listener supposed to know, first off, that good old boys really drink Bud--although maybe it was Schlitz back then--and, more importantly, that rye is a whiskey.B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Tuesday's Unverified Fact About Washington, DC

    ​The 'Boys host the symbol of our nation's concern for native peoples on Sunday. Another fact about Maryland's second team...The Redskins are known as a "cupcake" on NFL schedules because linebacker London Fletcher bakes treats for opposing teams in the Easy-Bake oven he's used since childhood.**S ... More >>

  • Music

    October 22, 2009
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    October 12, 2009

    At City Hall, a Call to "Complete the Streets"

    ​Last week, the National Complete Streets Coalition announced that more than 100 cities across the U.S. have adopted at least some of its policies, with Lansing, Michigan and Rockville, Maryland, among the latest to seize the idea that the streets don't belong just to cars. (Ah, yes. Here we go.) ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Wye Oak, Cotton Jones

    Friday, October 2, at The Cavern

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Giveaway: Two Pairs Of Tickets To Catch Cotton Jones and Sabra Laval At The Hydrant Tonight

    Tonight, at the Hydrant Cafe, Spune Productions has booked a performance from the Maryland-based Cotton Jones--check 'em out performing in the above in-studio clip for the Seattle based radio station KEXP. Theirs is an interesting sound, combining elements of lo-fi, ambience, pop, psychedelia and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    10 Questions: Brandt Evans

    He refers to Blue Canyon Kitchen as his dream, an opportunity to create something distinctively American--a fusion of the country's traditions and regional flavors.Before his Cleveland restaurant began raking in awards, Evans worked as Charlie Palmer's sous chef. Perhaps that's where he learned to i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    News Photographer Wins Military Reporters Award for "Gripping" Work

    Lara Solt, a Dallas Morning News staff photographer, just won an online-photography award from the Military Reporters & Editors Association for a collection of images that chronicled a U.S. Marine’s recovery after a bridge exploded beneath him in Iraq. Corporal Eric Morante lost a leg, underwent e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    You're a Mean One, Kay Bailey

    Caption-writing contest time, if you don't mind. Lance doesn't. He's tough. Every year, The Washingtonian surveys some 1,700 top aides on Capitol Hill -- "the administrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffs" -- for its Best & Worst of Congress issu ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2008

    Review: BayGrill in Frisco

    A long way from the shore, Frisco's BayGrill does fish (mostly) right

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    Diamond in the Doo-Doo

    David Lee Roth and Co. jump at the AAC

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Putting Some Bite Into the Law

    On a recent flight from Houston to Dallas, my plane-ride banter took a grisly turn when I learned why the woman next to me was coming home to Big D. She lives in Maryland, and the day before, her brother’s Labrador mauled their elderly mother, leaving both of her hands riddled with puncture wounds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    Wanna Scare the Doo-Doo Out of Jim Schutze? One Word: "Voodoo."

    The voodoo thing is closing in on us. I wrote a well researched and highly readable column about the voodoo pot found recently in Hutchins just south of Dallas. Now two more Palo Mayombe voodoo cauldrons have been discovered in Conowingo, Maryland, with a human skull and human leg-bones in them. A s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Eatzi's Closing Everywhere (But Dallas?)

    The Oak Lawn Eatzi's will be the only one left at the end of business today. Yesterday, the local corporate office of Phil Romano's gourmet take-out chain Eatzi's Market and Bakery was closed down. At the end of business today, its outlets in Houston, Atlanta and Rockville, Maryland, will shutter f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006
  • News

    May 25, 2006

    Running on Fumes

    You've got to have balls to sell BioPerformance's hot product--mothballs

  • Music

    August 5, 2004


    Sunday, August 8

  • Dining

    January 10, 2002


    Order the coffee black; you'll need it at the dull Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Trans Am

    November 30

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001


    Can't find your favorite alcohol? Blame bureaucracy.

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    Hog Wild

    What are chitlins, and why would anyone eat them?

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2000

    Goof balls

    Harlem Globetrotters double dribble the yuks

  • Film

    July 29, 1999

    Quick -- run away

    Speak now, or forever wish you hadn't wasted eight bucks

  • Film

    July 15, 1999

    Smack my Witch up

    So three people go into the woods and only a camera comes out...

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