Mike Smith

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    A Temptress Imperial Milk Stout and Cherry Bourbon Milkshake? Yep, That's What the Man Said

    The Common Table is a big advocate of the local craft beer movement and, they happen to have a pretty steady hand in the kitchen. Impressive dual qualities, right? They often host special dinners, but this Monday's beer dinner is going to be extra-super-duper-fragalistic special. It's a four-course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    How Dallas Chefs Grill: The Tools, the Meat and the Techniques

    We tracked down a few Dallas chefs to get a little insight on how a Memorial Day cookout in their backyard might look, taste and smell. From grills and smokers to favorite cuts of meat, plus some tips for the novice, let their words serve as inspiration as grilling season officially begins this week ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    The State of Dallas Dining, As Told By Its Chefs

    Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Try All Five Local Breweries and Support Texas Brewers at March Beer Dinner

    ​Just days after Texans celebrate the state's Independence Day on March 2, drinkers can support its independent brewers and try offerings from all five of the DFW area's functional breweries. (That number won't be five forever, but more on that later.)Corey Pond at The Common Table says Rahr & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Do Deviled Eggs Really Need To Be This Popular?

    ​I distinctly remember my first encounter with deviled eggs. I was at a Penn State football game, probably eight years old. I was nearing double-digit eggs before I realized I'd gone too far. To me the snack will always be a tailgating food, but to bars and restaurants, deviled eggs seem to have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Chef Mike Smith on The Green Room, The Beard House and Rumors of Ghosts

    ​The Common Table chef Mike Smith has been kind enough to play along with us this week in our Three-Course Meal series. In Part One, he divulged some of his favorite hangouts and dives. In Part Two he imparted knowledge gained after two decades in the restaurant business. And today, in the final p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Common Table Chef Mike Smith on His Favorite Local Resturants and His Go-To Burger

    In part one of our interview, we talked with Common Table chef Mike Smith about running a successful restaurant. Now, in part two of of three, we discuss the Dallas restaurant scene and some of his favorite off-duty places. Tune back in tomorrow for part three. What are your three favorite restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Mike Smith, The Common Table's Newish Chef, Is Reshaping a Once-Doomed Menu

    ​"Good Beer, Uncommonly Poor Food." The headline did not leave a lot to be desired when Hanna Raskin penned a scathing review of the gastro pub last summer. Browning lettuce in salads and greasy stringy pork crowned a menu described as ranging from unpleasant to horrific. Owner Corey Pond un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Upcoming Beer Events, With Varying Degrees of Relevance To St. Patrick's Day

    ​Thank God we thought better of the notion of giving up beer for Lent. Not only would "grouchy and mean-spirited" be an understatement in describing what our attitude would be if faced with more than a month without a pint, but we'd miss some great events coming up -- not to mention the Meddlesome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    The Next Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys Will Be ...

    ​Garrett Top. Unless of course, Jason Garrett pulls a Cliff Lee and spurns the metroplex. Make no mistake, the Dallas Cowboys' interim head coach is suddenly a hot commodity as other NFL teams' permanent head coach. In the wake of a 5-3 second half he has some real leverage now. How's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Drink Discounts At The Libertine Make Being A Rake Even Easier

    Jesse HugheyLibertine Bar co-owner Simon McDonald, with a few possible beer choices. ​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: The Libe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Matt Reddick Named Head Chef At The Libertine Bar

    Matt Reddick​The Libertine Bar may have earned last year's Best Bar Food award with Rosanne Dileo heading the kitchen, but owner Simon McDonald is trying to look at her departure to LaGrange as an opportunity. Matt Reddick, formerly of Nonna, starts work tomorrow."The big thing is that he's traine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Yeah, About the Meridian Room? It's Reopening Next Month.

    Turns out those Meridian Room obits last month were a tad premature. Unfair Park spoke with Mike Smith last night, and the former Meridian Room owner confirms that the Expo Park eatery-drinkery will indeed reopen at the beginning of November -- under new management. Indeed, the paperwork's being com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    Star Struck

    Dallas Stars/NHL Brad Richards, now a Dallas Star -- the hockey team, I believe Out here in Surprise, Arizona, it’s sunny and 82 degrees and far, far removed from hockey season. But back there, I hear the team I said never makes any noise actually made some noise, eh? Not be totally muted by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    Brain Freeze

    Today, hell officially freezes over. Is there a more scintillating event in sports than the National Hockey League Draft? OK, maybe hot-dog eating. Or Scrabble. Or lint-licking. Officially called The 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the waste of time tick, tick, ticks today and tomorrow from Nationwide Arena i ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2007

    Oscar Oversight

    Never fear, we won't let the Academy Awards ignore sports

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    Puck Me

    Brett Hull may be the Dallas Stars' Ambassador of Fun. But, as you well know, I'm the Dallas Stars' Bearer of Good News and Positivity and Stuff. So, in an effort to placate fans I seemed to have awoken — dare I say, pissed off? -- with this little diddy, I strap on the skates and put two bis ... More >>

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Icy Hot

    Maybe this girl should name her next cat Mike Modano

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2006

    Rolling History

    Take a trolley ride in black and white

  • Dining

    February 5, 2004

    Grazing Pains

    Does grass-fed beef really taste better?

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Mystic Chords of Memory

    The Burning Question crew looks back at 2002

  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Ronco Busting

    Are any kitchen gadgets worthwhile?

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Thomas by Numbers

    You can almost smell the character at 2900--and that's a good thing

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    Chef George P. Loves Big D

    Former Voltaire chef speaks out. Read on.

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    Stink Kink

    Italian Cowboy has pooped out

  • Music

    April 2, 1998
  • Music

    March 13, 1997

    Pill poppin'

    Tablet calls it quits

  • News

    October 10, 1996

    Video downs

    Grand Prairie's horseless Lone Star Park offers the seedy side of the sport of kings

  • Dining

    August 22, 1996

    Pub worthy of the name

    Thomas Avenue Beverage Company offers a friendly drink and exceptional food

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Juvenile Injustice

    When Ron Carpenter's nanny got busted, his 3-year-old daughter did the time