My first brisket taco was a major disappointment. Not because it wasn't good -- the first taco in my two-taco order disappeared in just over a minute -- but because it was so far from what I'd pictured when I first heard of brisket tacos. Brisket is a Texas thing, right? A half-crazy pit master wi ... More >>
Update, January 20: This sandwich, which Justin built on his own and named the Doc Brown, is now officially a thing. And it's being served. Now. Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check i ... More >>
Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.
In 1895, Austrian immigrant Martin Rudolph opened Rudolph's Meat Market in Deep Ellum. Almost 50 years later, Cyrill "Sid" Pokladnik, who was an employee, bought the butcher shop, and it has remained in his family since. Pokladnik's five grandchildren all take part in running it now. I rece ... More >>
Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Venue: Hard Eight BBQ The Sandwich: Sliced Beef ($5) Bread: Fresh Baked Jalapeño Roll Toppings: Sliced brisket and a little self-appl ... More >>
Meatloaf the man: Yes. Meatloaf the loaf of meat: Never ever.It's getting cold outside and that means one horrible, awful, nasty thing: It's meatloaf season again. Not sure if you know the origin of meatloaf, but it was invented hundreds of hundreds of years ago by other horrible cooks. The foll ... More >>
FlickrThis sandwich may taste good, but it's more about the sauce than the meatYesterday I told you about the impending Texas debut of Maid-Rite, a corporate franchise type thing selling loose meat sandwiches, shakes and chili cheese fries. While a few commenters seemed to echo my lack of ent ... More >>
The dissonance that caused its early missteps lives on in a dining room that can't find its identity.
You can't put lipstick on a pig. Well I suppose you could, but then we'd have another set of issues to discuss. At any rate, this is the phrase that jumped into my head when I tore into the chicken-fried steak at Tillman's Roadhouse a few weeks ago. The kitchen used filet mignon in the recipe -- br ... More >>
Aggressive art isn't enough to debauch downtown's tame new Mexican restaurant. But the tequila selection might be.
The Lodge's chef Jose Luis Nieto...He's the guy in the middle. No, the middle, we said.This week, Three-Course Meal catches up with Jose Luis Nieto, executive chef at The Lodge. Who are you? I'm 41 years old and was born in Jalisco, Mexico, the place where I believe the best Tequila in the ... More >>
Try some local, organic, gluten-free food without a 'tude.
Life is a cabaret at Hotel ZaZa's joint.
Not enough is written about breakfast tacos in Dallas. That's regrettable given that, like barbecue, breakfast tacos are a hallmark of the state's foodways, something so uniquely Texan that after my initial visits after marrying a D/FW native, I scoured the streets of New York in search of th ... More >>
This was not the meat conference. Veal producers who worried their meat was bound to go the way of once-fashionable dishes like turtle soup say the future's suddenly looking brighter for the embattled protein. The veal industry, which made a point of being omnipresent at the 2011 Meat Confer ... More >>
Jason Boso is wearing jeans, a battered SMU hat, and a mechanic's shirt with the name "Easy" on the name patch. He's cute. Really cute and he's at the bar having a beer when I get to Cowboy Chow. The hostess introduces us and he gives me the "hey" head nod. I have to remind myself for a minute that ... More >>
Mexican or Latin American grocery stores are nothing new, nor is the fact that many of them operate internal cafeterias. Aside from Fiesta, you'd be hard-pressed to find a chain as big as La Michoacana Meat Market in Texas. The difference between the two major businesses is that not all Fiest ... More >>
The iTunes library's shuffling between the culturally transcendent songs of El Mariachi Bronx and Calexico did little to help the taco. The taco was filled with what appeared to be the beloved, vermillion-oozing crumbled sausage, that meat so worthy of a hug. What it was really filled with wa ... More >>
Thanksgiving is just under three weeks away, which means it's high time to choose recipes, draft a shopping list and find the roasting pan. Or, alternately, make reservations. For folks without nearby relatives or an inclination to cook, a number of local restaurants are serving up Thanksgiving ... More >>
There are probably single-subject food books still to be written. Nobody's yet taken on cucumbers, walleye or pumpkin preserves. But travel writer Mark Schatzker recently tackled steak, and I'm glad he did. Schatzker's written a terrifically entertaining romp through red meat that focuses no ... More >>
Jesse HugheyAs a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eate ... More >>
As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on th ... More >>
All Good Cafe's Chicken Fried SteakSince Dallas loves its chicken fried steaks and high-quality beef, it's hardly surprising that local chefs wanting to pay homage to regional culinary traditions are dredging fancy cuts in batter. But evidence suggests that it's rarely a good idea. I've seen chi ... More >>
Allgood Cafe's chicken-fried steak nears perfection.Toque has been craving a chicken-fried steak for some months now, but the dish has been on our no-fly list because it's a grease bomb. A delicious, wonderful, traditional, heart-stopping, butt-expanding grease bomb. Deep-fried or pan-fried b ... More >>
Cowboy ChowThese buffalo tacos sure are awful fancy.Cowboy Chow 2801 Commerce St. 214-742-2469 Dude Factor: 7, or "The Cowboy," Mulholland Drive, on a scale of 1 ("The Cowboy," Innerspace) to 10 ("The Stranger," The Big Lebowski) Cowboy Chow's slick 'n' quirky take on upscale trail grub -- what t ... More >>
Flickr user El Gran DeeTacos de carne deshebradaIn Venezuela, it's called Carne Mechada. In the Caribbean, it's known as Ropa Vieja. The Mexican version goes by the name Carne Deshebrada. In any case, shredded beef is an important component of the cuisines of several south-of-the-border countries. ... More >>
Canary Cafe5100 Belt Line, Addison972-503-7080I seem to remember a time, shortly after engineer-turned-chef Mansour Gorji bought the Canary Cafe space, when he served sushi at lunch.The previous occupant had been a Japanese restaurant and so many of that venue's regulars dropped by hoping for a r ... More >>
If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining why I'm so damn strange.We lived just off Hampstead High Street in London. This was back in the days when Brits in search of a decent meal headed for French restaurants. On trains you could buy tomato and butter sandwi ... More >>
Mikal Beth HugheyGreat Brewers recently launched its "Beer Sommelier," an online program that purports to pair beers to a variety of meats, grains, vegetables, cheeses, breads and sweets. "Masterfully select the best beer styles to pair with any dish," the Web site boasts. With the Libertine Bar's B ... More >>
Rooster's Roadhouse113 Industrial St., Denton940-382-4227Dude Factor: 10, or Brave Combo, on a scale of 1 (Don Henley) to 10.Last weekend I found myself at Denton's finest watering hole/music venue, Dan's Silverleaf, when I noticed a new restaurant called Rooster's a couple doors down. Just as I was ... More >>
Beans for breakfast? Are you kidding?Ah, but according to the indispensable tome The Tex-Mex Cookbook, here in the Lone Star State a pot of beans was often used to break a cowboy's fast on the long trail, whether plain (as preferred by eminent Texas writer J Frank Dobie) or with a little bacon and ... 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).Dave Faries almost gets away with an ill-advised spin move during a Prague Lions practice session last spring.But ... More >>