Merritt Martin

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    January 25, 2013

    Standard Pour, Stampede 66 and Hot Sauce: This Week In Dallas Dining

    It was a busy week on CoA. Lots of comments on lots of posts. I reviewed The Standard Pour and didn't like it, and then to make up for things I cooked a delicious steak in my fireplace. (A few commenters thought this was a bad idea, and I agree, but I just might do it again anyway.) Elsewhere on th ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Top 5 Things To Do With Halloween Candy
    After October 31

    ​This year, we saw no more than 15 trick-or-treaters come to the door -- at that wasn't even at our own house, but an an organized trick-or-treat event. At home, there were seriously, zero children out roaming the streets for sweet treats. Now we're left with a bucket of pre-packaged sugar and not ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Bolsa's Half-Price Wine And $5 Cocktails Make Us Very Happy

    Merritt MartinThe Recession, one of Bolsa's specialty cocktails.​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: Bolsa, 614 W. Davis St., 214- ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Sir Silky -- "Getcho Bodeee"

    ​ In this past week's issue of the Observer, Merritt Martin weighs in on Perilous Hits, the debut release from Sir Silky, the latest identity claimed by Cheyenne Schweitzer (formerly of Tiger Moth). It's a heavily Prince-inspired disc--but in a good way, Martin assures:"This incredibly NSFW album. ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    That Smoke You Saw Earlier? Wedgwood Tower, Scene of a Four-Alarm Blaze.

    Merritt MartinThe smoke's cleared from the sky by now, but this was the view out the windows of Unfair Park HQ a little while ago, looking southwest at a mighty plume of smoke rising from the roof of the Wedgwood Tower Residences, an apartment building that, until recently, had been home mostly to e ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Download: Spin's Purplish Rain Compilation, Featuring the Riverboat Gamblers, of Montreal, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Many More...

    As we discussed last week, the Denton ex-pats in the Riverboat Gamblers are among the artists who've been asked by Spin to participate in the magazine's celebration of all things Prince this month, appearing on the magazine's Purple Rain tribute called, quite ingeniously, I think, Purplish Rain in t ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Dude Food: Hook Line & Sinker

    Merritt MartinEach week the Dude Food guys assess the 'masculinity' of Dallas area dives. The more fried meat and junk on the walls, the better the rating...Hook Line & Sinker3103 Lemmon Ave.214-965-0707Dude Factor: 10, or anyone on Deadliest Catch, on a scale of 1, Steve Irwin, to 10.Betw ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Shiny Around The Edges Is "Ambivalently Fierce."

    Peter Salisbury A little over a month ago now, Merritt Martin offered up her praise for Shiny Around The Edge's latest release, Holy Roller. This week, All Music Guide does the same, saying that the married Denton duo's disc "might be the best ambivalently fierce album of its kind since Low's underr ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Dude Food: Baby Back Shak

    Baby Back Shak1800 South Akard214-428-7427Dude Factor: 9, or "Bobby Patterson" on a scale of 1 (Cowboy Troy) to 10 (Freddie King)Remember those Chili's commercials with the "I want my baby back, baby back" song? Of course you do. They're burned into the memory of anyone who's ever been within 100 fe ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    The Weekly Podcast: Scoping Out The Local SXSW Performers

    In this week's installment of the DC9 at Night Podcast, Merritt Martin, Noah W. Bailey and I huddled up to talk about some of the bands from the region that made the cut and were asked to perform at SXSW 2009's sanctioned showcases. And we tackled some tough, tough topics, too. Who were we happy to ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Girls on Girls: The Hottest Female Athletes According to Females

    Okay, let's try something different. Something titillating. Since Observer staff writers Merritt Martin and Megan Feldman almost never get in a cat fight that spills over into the mud-wrestling pit, they instead want to entertain us visually-stimulated, testosterone-saturated dorks with their o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    The End Of The End Of Year Lists: Merritt Martin's Favorite Albums Of 2008

    Sure, 2008 may be done, but the list-making still continues... This year, five contributors to the Dallas Observer's music section were asked to participate in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, which compiles the lists of hundreds of music critics across the country into one m ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Have A Bloody Great Menarche Party

    Unfair Park just informed readers about a new reason to party: your daughter's first period! No, seriously. Apparently, advertisements for menarche party planning have been spotted on at least one SUV in town. The idea, according to Menarche Parties 'R Us, is to "Create a life time of memories for y ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    How ‘Bout Them Knockers: Picasso's Pizza and Grill

    Merritt Martin Clean, timeless design. Picasso’s Pizza and Grill, 7215 Skillman St., 214-553-8100 Promised in: about 40 minutes Delivery time: 30 minutes The Score: The Phone: Enthusiasm: 7 Suggestion of dessert: 9 Payment, etc: 11 The Delivery: Enthusiasm: 15 Degree of Difficulty: 7.5 Minute ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    At Least the Ross Ave. Renaming Thing Gives Folks Something To Do

    Merritt Martin Pete Freedman spotted the freshly painted sign this a.m., and Merritt Martin photographed it -- that's teamwork. Only, there is no such Web site, only; whatever. After the jump another photo -- and, turns out, there was already a blank spot on the wall at Ross Avenue Ig ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    Salim Nourallah Is Big In Fake Australian Advertising, Mate

    People in office jobs find ways to make cubicle dwelling tolerable. Humble three-wall enclosures often feature weird toys, movie/music posters and photos of good times had elsewhere. Lulls in activity often result in the sending of YouTube videos, cute photos of animals that are photoshopped and lin ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    Tomorrow Night, The Door Will Look Fabulous

    Models and clothes like this will be on display at The Door tomorrow. (Nice.) Tomorrow night, The Door in Deep Ellum will be filled with skinny, pretty, intricately styled people, and on this occasion it won’t just be emo boys. The Pin Show is a showcase of local fashion talent, be it apparel ... More >>

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    July 5, 2008

    How We Spent the Fourth

    Merritt Martin Above, one of Merritt's photos from the Fair Park Fourth -- a review of which is available here, where, um, "Pdiddy" deems the event's debut a success but also "a mixed bag." Some of us opted for a less stressful in-and-out: the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, fro ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Girl on Bottom

    Well, Austin is south of Dallas. And, don’t lie. Even though you can still find a certain Andrea Grimes in the Night & Day pages of the paper version of Unfair Park, you miss Girl on Top. Well, stop whining and pouring out 40s in her honor already. She’s right here and here … besides, she’d ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    Dallas Is On the Map, Baby!

    On my way to the office this morning, I noticed a peculiar vehicle -- which I initially registered as some kind of ... storm tracker? Only upon closer inspection, I discovered it was a Windows Live street-mapping SUV. It’s a bit sleeker than all the various Google cars I’ve seen around: The SUV ... More >>

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    December 10, 2007

    Overheard at Art Conspiracy III

    Art Conspiracy III just ended at the former Gypsy Tea Room. I spent way too much and had way too much fun bidding, but it's for the kiddos, right? Plus, I love my two pieces by Guy Reynolds and Ryann Rathbone. From auctioneers (who were incredibly savvy at suggestive selling, by the way): "Pretend ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    Ugly Is As Ugly Learns

    Scrolling through Campus Squeeze’s list of “The 20 Ugliest Colleges in the USA” -- which was sent to me by a former classmate -- I figured it would have some Texas offenders. Yup, yup, sure 'nuff: Perched in the 12 spot is the University of Texas at Dallas. Poor thing. Frankly, I don’t thin ... More >>

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    November 13, 2007

    Let's Hand it to Great American Hero

    The man of Merritt Martin's dry dreams Things I love: 30 Rock, the suspense of waiting for Project Runway to start tomorrow night, cereal and Dyson products. For clean freaks, germophobes and tech fans, James Dyson is a bad-ass. His whole reinvention of appliances so they work “properly” is so s ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    No Sweat, Alan Peppard, Gotcha Covered

    We of the rather casual bent here at Unfair Park have some hoity-toity contacts in the world of seeing and being seen. And don’t even try, because these sources will remain nameless so as to protect their scandalously aloof (yet observing) roll in the scene ... for our sake, naturally. As in, the ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    Yes, They Are Related

    He’s originally from Waco, but that’s close enough. Today, playwright, author, actor, screenwriter, essayist, comic and generally brilliant man Steve Martin celebrates another year. Therefore, we take this opportunity to spend seven minutes watching the classic short film, 1977's The Absent-Mind ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007

    Oh, You’ll Have Plenty o’ Hymns on Sunday, Don’t You Worry

    You know, this looks like a photo of a band called Hymns, when you think about it. You saw Knocked Up Friday, you hit the Arboretum Saturday afternoon and the Secret Headquarters anniversary that night. So where you gonna be Sunday afternoon, around 2 p.m.? Hint: It had better rhyme with Wood Pecker ... More >>

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    April 3, 2007
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    January 19, 2007

    Yeah, But Why Don't They Sell Bagel Holes?

    While picking up some grub at the nearby Lemmon Avenue Einstein Bros. bagelry, a recent mystery was solved for a regular customer. It had something to do with those tasty candy cane holiday bagels the shop put out during the holidays. Turns out, they were just the regular ol' potato bagels, dyed and ... More >>

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    October 23, 2006

    Vote Early, Eat Often

    I'm all about avoiding lines. I'll buy movie tickets online. Hell, I'll mail in checks that need depositing. Thus, you will most likely not see me on a certain Tuesday in November whipping some chad into shape. I might procrastinate on knitting holiday gifts and vacuuming, but I'm an early bird when ... More >>

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    September 12, 2006

    Reel Debt

    Now, I know you're all thinking that I make the big bucks, but you're wrong. Those all go to Wilonsky ("Fingers of Fury," I believe some of you call him). But even if I did, student loans, aka credit card debt incurred when I was a college student, have now rendered paychecks into lifeless piles of ... More >>

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    September 8, 2006
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    August 10, 2006

    A Slowride to Heavy Rotation

    A while back, we here at Unfair Park debated the lodgerific ingredients of Slowride's "Morals and Dogma" video, crafted by Tactics Productions (a team of locals that include Kris Youmans, Kris Hardy, Justin Wilson and others). Looks like we weren't the only one to take interest in the piece loaded w ... More >>

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    June 20, 2006

    Thanks for the Support

    "Last week, one of our neighbors let the bad guys follow her home." That is what barking dog Avi Adelman had to say about a young victim of a driveway robbery on Velasco last Tuesday night. Go ahead, acknowledge the terrible aspects of the incident; a pistol-whipping and mugging on your front lawn ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006

    Show Up, 6/15/06

    Former Dallas drummer (and legendary hooligan) Michael Sanger returns to home base from the desert sands of Phoenix on a short tour with electro-twins Bark Bark Bark. Jacob Cooper and Grace Claiborn (aka, Cranberry Grace) enlisted Sanger (formerly of Post from Vermont and Budapest One) to provide li ... More >>

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    June 6, 2006

    Here's a Tip: Leave a Tip

    Snooping around on the Shitty Tipper Database at, I decided to enter "Dallas" into the search engine and see who I could find. Mary Lou Retton popped up, as did Norman Brinker (and at a Chili's, no less), comedian Steve Harvey, "Coach Nelson" (Say it ain't you, Don!), Kenny "The S ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Kickin' It In Aisle Five

    We didn't get the budget for a DOMA documentary, so here's a quick behind-the-scenes rundown instead

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    April 14, 2006

    Calling All "Spaghetti Arms"

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is probably the most outstanding premise for a comedy show ever. Sinus Show , a comedy troupe out of Austin, is tooling on up to Big D for two performances based on the movie Dirty Dancing. If these guys can come up with "Dallas spelled backwards is Sallad. Wh ... More >>

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    April 3, 2006

    Death Cab for Frat Guys

    Is weepy the new douchebag? Friday night, Observer Night & Day co-editor Merritt Martin and I hauled out to the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie for the Franz Ferdinand-Death Cab For Cutie show and were surprised to find ourselves in the company of a remarkably large population of frat guys. To our su ... More >>

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    April 3, 2006

    Don't Express Yourself

    Dear Cafe Express on McKinney Avenue, Things you may not want to publicize to your customers in the form of an "award": Lowest Crew Turnover — 64.5 % Lowest Food Cost — 28.8 % Perhaps you might place these placards in the back room as motivational tools instead of on the dining-room w ... More >>

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    April 21, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    Don't Tell

    Buried Child is all in the family

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    December 23, 2004

    Eyes on Hope

    A different view of life in Nicaragua

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    May 20, 2004

    Arty Party

    There will be dancing in the streets downtown all weekend

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    December 25, 2003

    Cheers to You

    Can they get a W-I-N?

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    October 16, 2003

    Family Affair

    Its a Menagerie of memories

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    August 21, 2003

    Chasing Hughley

    D.L. is still a king of comedy

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    April 3, 2003

    Feelin’ Saxy

    Addison hosts the best in local jazz

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    March 20, 2003

    Bellsll Be Ringing

    Dallas forms a special union

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    March 13, 2003

    Mill Around

    Dallas Blooms goes Dutch

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