When Jon Alexis took over TJ's Seafood in 2009, the fish counter was still just a guppy of an enterprise. Sure, it had more than 20 years of fish peddling under its gills, but at that point it was still a small shop tucked into a North Dallas strip mall. Alexis' parents had run the business for 10 y ... More >>
Counting down the days (15) until our fair city is, officially, Ebola-free. Here's what's happening: The condition of the patients Late yesterday afternoon, Amber Vinson's family announced that she was Ebola-free, meaning that the there was no detectable viral load in her blood. She remains at Emor ... More >>
Mico Rodriguez's latest gives Preston Hollow some much-needed Tex-Mex but fails to delight.
Since the 2013 controversial passage of House Bill 2, which placed restrictions on abortion clinics and prompted the closing of more than half the clinics in the state, Texas has gained a reputation outside the state as one of the worst providers of women's health care the country. See also: It Re ... More >>
"Visually, to me, this is the best show ever. I get to watch sports highlights with subtitles and a heavy metal show." -- Dick Valentine, lead singer of Electric Six That quote, ladies and gents, might perfectly sum up the madness that occurred between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. at the G ... More >>
Two years ago, no one had a clue what Erika Perdue had on her computer. Not her intellectual-property lawyer husband. Not her University Park neighbors. Her neon green Camaro with the "My Syn" license plates certainly raised some eyebrows, but no one suspected she was into child porn. Then, in Janu ... More >>
The cover story for Governor Rick Perry's feud with California Governor Jerry Brown, his job-poaching trip to Missouri and his visit to a Maryland gun manufacturer the day after this month's Navy Yard shooting, is that he's bolstering the Texas economy by spreading the state's low-tax gospel and woo ... More >>
The Beer Institute (BI) released data on your drinking habits (yes, they're watching you. Always watching you). In an annual state-by-state analysis, the BI found that overall beer consumption in the U.S. rose 1.5 percent in 2012, pointing to "above normal winter and spring temperatures" as the culp ... More >>
Dino Santonicola's official title is "Master Pizzaiolo," a degree of sorts that he started when he got his first job at a pizza restaurant down the street from his house in the Spanish Quarter of Naples, Italy. He's certified as a Verace Pizzaiolo Napoletano, which literally translates to true Napo ... More >>
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 >>
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports.
For chief fishmonger Jon Alexis, the building of TJ's new location in the Shops of Highland Park has been a labor of love and the culmination of all the years he's been running his family's business. "This is what I've always wanted TJ's to become," Alexis says. See also: - Jon Alexis of TJ's Seafo ... More >>
When Mark Stuertz reviewed Cafe Pacific, in 2004, he called the Highland Park Village seafood restaurant a cliché. The menu has crab cakes and veal Oscar, he said. Breaded veal cutlets with crab and asparagus were alive and well in Dallas. And here I am eight years later sitting at the bar at Cafe ... More >>
Make no mistake: The achievement gap is still a seemingly uncrossable gorge, and minority students in Dallas and across the country are still pretty much hosed. But in a few key areas at least, black and Latino students are slightly less hosed here than they are in other large, urban school district ... More >>
A few days back James "Big Bucks" Burnett, proprietor of the world's only Eight Track Museum (for now ...), sent out a mass email asking for help scaring up a few bucks for a letter presently being sold at for $599.99 on the eBay. The seller's advertising it as: "THE WHO/PETE TOWNSHEND SIGNED ORI ... More >>
Burger King's Stuffed Steakhouse BurgerSoon to be stuffed in a thermal bag. Surely that's good for you.Right now in Washington D.C., Whopper-craving citizens can get front-door delivery. Yes, oh yes, Burger King is rolling out a pilot program for bringing the meat to you -- in Maryland, Virgi ... More >>
Chef John Tesar's new Arts District eatery misses its marks.
Starting September 1, if you're a woman in Texas seeking an abortion, a few new things are going to happen at the doctor's office. You're going to be given a sonogram, have the image of the fetus described to you "in detail," and possibly be asked to listen to a fetal heart monitor (although you ... More >>
One of my pet peeves about most cooking shows is how often a program's uber-foodies -- from the four-star guys in the starchy aprons to the home cooks who've lucked into a spot on television -- are reluctant to express any real emotion about how much they love the actual taste of good food. ... More >>
Yes, 105.3 The Fan is tweaking again. But this time it's not merely another shuffling of the deck, but more so a commitment to talk sports in the morning. Out at The Fan as of April 8 are long-time radio veterans Jagger and Gregg Henson, to be replaced Monday, April 11, by "New School ... More >>
Good golly Miss Molly! SXSW frontwash is flooding into seemingly every venue in town. Enjoy it while it lasts...
Let's get this out of the way from the jump: No, none of these acts are from Texas.But each has one thing in common: They're each releasing good music--right now. And, while 2010 saw handfuls of folk artist make headlines with either debut or breakthrough albums of excellent caliber (from Swed ... More >>
We have ourselves a busy little evening of music on our hands tonight. If you can't find something cool listed here, you don't deserve to go out.
An unusual, but genuinely talented group of musical acts invade our area this Thursday evening...
Hump day once again and what an interesting collection of acts we have descending upon Dallas this evening. Tonight, there's a little bit of something for everyone--so long as that something includes alternative rock, jam bands, post punk or deathcore.
Brandon LeeMiniatue Tigers, enjoying a summer of discontent.Brookland-based indie rock act Miniature Tigers has been around since 2006--and from the beginning the band has received critical kudos. With its dreamy, synth-heavy indie pop, the band's success hasn't come unexpectedly; frontman/guitar ... More >>
The next Dallas Cowboy?The NFL Draft gets cocky tonight. It goes prime time, up against the networks' lineup of must-see CSIs and Grey's Anatomy and such, and against the NBA's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. I'll be at Cowboys Stadium from 6 p.m. until? ... at the 105.3 The Fan Miller ... More >>
Danny FulgencioSpeaking of the North Central Texas Council of Governments ...We've been waiting on this announcement since late November, when the NCTCOG and the city of Dallas put out the call for bidders interested in coming up with a new Dallas bike plan. And, lo and behold, there it is on the ... More >>
Ah, the very nearly late Arthur Treacher's.The chain was named for a well-known English actor, counted the original fish and chips house as its own and had the support of Dave Thomas (of Wendy's fame, not the one from Second City). And there was a time when Arthur Treacher's had a solid reputatio ... More >>
Straylight RunDespite the cold and wet weather, the fine folks at The Prophet Bar are offering up a crowded and fairly consistent line-up of moppy rockers to hopefully not add to your rainy day blues.On tonight's bill are Straylight Run, Dangerous Summer, Mansions, Brian Bonz and David Melillo. F ... More >>
I play sports because I love them. But I watch sports because I love to see done what I can't do. I watch Tiger Woods because I can't hit a 7-iron 210 yards. I watch Andy Roddick because I can't hit a serve 149 mph. I watch Kobe Bryant because I can't dunk. I read ESPN The Magazine's Rick Reill ... More >>
On Wednesday, as you'll no doubt recall, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway vowed to sweep every Black & Mild cigar off the shelves and into the ashtrays. Said he was preparing to launch a national campaign against the makers of the machine-made cigars, which Caraway says are "poisoning ... our ... More >>
Actually, this question came to us as your basic "who will win the Super Bowl" sort of thing, presumably hoping for some insight from our crew's most recent has-been athlete. (See photo).But we're charged with covering the food scene. And since an incident last week--of which we have no recollection ... More >>
Kirk Bloodsworth Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted, twice, of raping and killing a Maryland 9-year-old girl in 1984 -- a crime for which he was to be put to death. But in the early 1990s, he was released from prison and became, as CNN put it in 2000, the "first prison inmate in the United States who wa ... More >>
A postcard of downtown Dallas, circa 1944 eBay's littered with vintage Dallas postcards, most going for a few bucks. There's also a Web site dedicated to postcards depicting Dallas as it looked in the early 1900s -- from the race track at Fair Park to the original 1901 Carnegie Library at the corner ... More >>
Hispanic evangelical leaders join to push for compassionate immigration reform
This grill requires a high-cholesterol billfold
Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador, said he doesn't really dig Jews, Koreans and Arabs who own stores in black neighborhoods. Then he apologized. Good luck with all that. Wilonsky's piece on South (not "Southern") Dallas in this week's paper version of Unfair Park is full of hope and commitmen ... More >>
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