It used to be that you could only find "good food," the fancy kind made with quality ingredients, in restaurants that required both a jacket and half the average person's weekly salary for dinner. Now, though, times are different. Fine dining restaurants are struggling to adapt to diners who are dem ... More >>
Even for restaurateurs, Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin are incredibly busy. When they're not running their successful restaurants and plotting new ones, they can't just survive on artisanal sausages and brisket-topped burgers alone. Despite their insane schedules, they still manage to make it out for ... More >>
The past three years have been kind to Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin. After opening Goodfriend Burger House in East Dallas to rave reviews and a dedicated neighborhood following, the duo struck gold a second time with Greenville Avenue gastropub The Blind Butcher. Whether it's the unlikely ascent of ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. After a decade-plus in the service industry, Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling had seen plent ... More >>
And it's got the beer goggles to match.
Remember last summer, when Lakewood Brewing Co. hosted its first birthday party at Goodfriend? The front parking lot was packed and most cars were flagged into satellite lots. The patio was packed and inside the dining room, drinkers tipped back glasses elbow to elbow. Lakewood Brewer Wim Bens broug ... More >>
Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Raspberry Temptress has been all talk -- at least for me so far. But a recent announcement named a handful of bars to which the popular local brewery would be releasing a Milk Stout infused with raspberry puree. I set off to finally get a taste. I picked Blind Butcher from th ... More >>
Matt Tobin, Josh Yingling and their partners will certainly not be remembered for the hasty opening of The Blind Butcher. The Greenville Avenue restaurant and bar was first announced more than a year ago, but the restaurant's opening was stymied by permitting and other delays. Earlier this January ... More >>
It feels like word of the Blind Butcher's coming first hit the wires ages ago. Almost a year ago, Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, the guys behind Goodfriend burgers, and Ryan Chaney announced that they were jumping into the recent spate of development on Lower Greenville. Last night, they finally open ... More >>
In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. When fortune smiles on something as bloody and delicious as meat, it seems proof like no oth ... More >>
Lakewood Brewing Company's first anniversary party started just after noon, but at 7 p.m., when the sun had given up punishing everything beneath it, owner Wim Bens' event felt like it was just getting started. Cars filed behind the building where auxiliary parking had been set up for the day, and ... More >>
Last weekend the White Rock Local Market held its third annual Chili Cook-off. The judges for the event included BBQ Snob Daniel Vaughn, The Ticket's Corby Davidson and Matt Tobin of Goodfriends. Jason Dreubert made a cabrito rojo chili, which won for best spicy chili and people's choice award. Tea ... More >>
Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, the two good friends behind Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, are opening a new concept on Lower Greenville that will focus on house-made meats and craft beer. "With the addition of Trader Joe's, the food truck park, and several restaurants, there is a renaissa ... More >>
In case you haven't heard, tomorrow night, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House in East Dallas will celebrate one year of burgers, beer and good friends with "awesome" drink specials and live music performances. Before the rare, special and/or craft beer starts flowing, we thought you might like ... More >>
If we considered all the Dallas restaurants that Jeana Johnson, Colleen O'Hare and Norm Grimm have worked in and made a connect-the-dot style map, it would be an overly complicated, yet highly impressive sketch of "six degrees of Kevin Bacon." I bet Bacon really is in there at some point. There's so ... More >>
Normally, I sing Station 4's praises to the high heavens. It's not a place I frequent all that often, but now and again everyone could benefit from the catharsis of a night spent jumping awkwardly in place to Ke$ha with a sloshing plastic cup of nondescript vodka substance. But on Saturday night we ... More >>
Vickery Park likes to keep it in the family -- well, as they more conservatively put it, "Keep It Local for Labor Day" -- and this long weekend, the Henderson Avenue beer-and-brunchery, helmed by the tattooed teddy bear Matt Tobin, is focusing (almost) exclusively on Dallas-made brews. The aptly ... More >>
Eater Dallas posted an interview on Wednesday about a new East Dallas retail craft beer store that is the brainchild of Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, co-owners of Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. We've swooned about their burgers and neighborhood bar qualities a lot here at City of Ate. Th ... More >>
A Beer Garden and Burger House offers East Dallas the kind of bar you'll want to make your own.
The actual doors that are actually opened. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House has opened at 1154 Peavy Road, next to Good 2 Go Taco in East Dallas. Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, who respectively own and manage Vickery Park on Henderson, have been working on this project for quite some ti ... More >>
Amy Curry joined East Dallas at a sneak peek of the coming-soon neighborhood spot, Goodfriends. Here's her dispatch. It won't open for at least a few weeks, but Goodfriends (near Peavy and Garland in East Dallas) finally opened its patio yesterday to invite its already devoted following, who ... More >>
Why don't more people like Italian liqueurs?