Nancy Nichols

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    October 6, 2014

    Proof Pantry Refused to Take Leslie Brenner's Money, Really Doesn't Want to Be Reviewed

    Leslie Brenner, the Dallas Morning News' food critic, isn't the most popular journalist in town. In the past few months, she's taken fire from chefs and diners alike who say Brenner doesn't understand Dallas or its cuisine. Most famously, Knife and Spoon chef John Tesar joined the chorus of Brenner ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Brains, Raw Beef and (Ahem) Cottage Cheese: The Foods That Pro Food Critics Won't Eat

    Earlier this week, The Times published a series of videos documenting the inner brain happenings of some of the country's most respected food journalists. The publication's last five critics answered questions about dining under the radar, assigning restaurant stars, most hated adjectives (they're n ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Football, Barbecue and TacoCon: This Week In Dallas Dining

    There is an undeniable energy that props of the spirits of humans across the country as the first week of September comes to pass. Last night, the NFL kicked off the months-long saga that is beer, chicken wing and nachos season and it's time to rejoice. If you're not a fan, there's always salads. Ha ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Vodka, Natto and the Dallas Farmers Market: The Week That Was in Dallas Dining

    With Lakewood's anniversary party coming up Sunday, you've got plenty of reasons to drink a lot of beer, and you should. But not before we wrap up this week's food news. This week I visited the Russian Banya in Carrollton. Check out the review, and if it sounds like the kind of place you could get ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    LARK, Carbone's and Barbacoa: This Week In Dallas Dining

    The unofficial start of summer is here, and the three-day weekend promises smoldering grills, coolers full of beer, and if you stumble over to 20 Feet this weekend quick enough, the first of this season's soft-shell crabs. Let's get this week wrapped up. This week I reviewed Lark on the Park and ga ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Barbecue, Paleo Restaurants and Even More Barbecue: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Enjoying Craft beer week? It's not over yet. Lauren has been detailing all the beer-laden events you've had to choose from all week, and there's still a few more if you're looking for plans. Don't jump up too quick though. We've got a week to wrap up first. This week I reviewed Belly and Trumpet, t ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Farmers Markets Ceviche Bars and Colorful Barbecue: This Week In Dallas Dining

    I think this might be the best spring I have ever encountered. There have been a few cold snaps here and there, but I find them invigorating. And these sunny days that are mixed in here and there are amazing. It's great weather for a vacation, which I intend to indulge in shortly after publishing t ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Road Trips, Bowling Alleys and Brisket: This Week In Dallas Dining

    There is so much good stuff on CoA this week I'm having trouble figuring out how to wrap it all up. We're going to need some grade A, organic jumbo lettuce leaves to get this all taken care of, but I promise it's worth it. Have a look for yourself. This week I reviewed Bowl & Barrel, a Park Lane bo ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    No Bagel No Bagel No Bagel: Why Dallas Doesn't Support New York-Style Delis

    Last week Nancy Nichols published a post on Side Dish that pondered the state of New York-style delis in Dallas. Nichols collected a few comments from a previous article on the recent closing of Gio's Café and New York Deli. Those comments offered some theories on why delis haven't worked here in t ... More >>

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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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    January 11, 2013

    Breakfast Tacos, Mustaches and Steak: This Week in Dallas Dining

    If you haven't noticed, after a few days of doom and gloom the sun was shining outside. It's a good day for some patio drinking, if you know what I'm saying. Don't get out there too soon though. We've got a week to wrap up, first, and this has been a really good one for City of Ate. This week I rev ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Meso Maya, Tesaring and Tamales: This Week In Dallas Dining

    It may look rather gloomy right now, but the weather man says we've got a great weekend ahead of us. If you've been reading CoA all week you should have plenty of plans, but just in case you tuned out... here's what you missed. This week I reviewed everything. There are scores of dishes in this wee ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Kathleen's Sky Diner on Lovers is Closed; Is a Roach Problem to Blame?

    Nancy Nichols reported Wednesday afternoon that Kathleen's Sky Diner on Lovers Lane abruptly closed. Lock-out notices were posted to the front door. This spot originally opened in 1988 by husband and wife team Robert and Kathleen Ellington, the latter who is the baker for the dessert-inclined rest ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Blog Wars, Tacos, And #Fryit: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Ready for opening weekend at the State Fair? Or perhaps you're headed to Greek Fest instead to smash plates and drink Fix beer. Either way there's plenty of excuses to kick back with a cold brew this weekend, but before we get started, I've got a week to wrap up. This week I blissfully reviewed not ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Weekend Plans, Expensive Pizzas and Jerk: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Everyone's talking about the coming cold front, and the weekend is closing in. Sounds like a good time to get outside and explore. We've started offering a list of notable food events here, but before you make plans, we've got a week to wrap up. This week I reviewed Island Spot in Carrollton, notin ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Modern Mexican, Drunken Olympics and Dining In The Bubble: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Wrapping up that work day and getting ready to head home watch the Olympics and do some drinking? Easy now. The gymnastics events are in full swing and Alice's instruction to drink every time you see a wedgie promises to intoxicate an entire planet. Before you pick up your shot glass, we have a week ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Chicken Scratch, Spicy Wings And Four More Stars: This Week In Dallas Dining

    The first week of the unofficial summer season is slipping away, and I find myself craving BLT's. The tomatoes I've been getting in some of my salads have started to come to life, and I hope it's a sign that the summer fruit will fare better this year, compared with the last dismal season we had. Be ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Private Social May Multiply, but Will People Come if Tiffany Derry's Not in the Kitchen?

    Eater dug up a scoop on Uptown's Top Chef destination, Private Social. A post on the restaurant's Facebook page hints at expansion plans, asking applicants to send in their resumes. Chef Tiffany Derry has yet to release any details on what she's planning on doing with her expanded staff, but rumors ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Goodfriend's Pepper Bomb Is Indeed The Bomb

    "I'd like to get the Chili Bomb," I told my bartender moments after I'd taken my stool. "The pepper bomb?" he asked, confirming my order. I was staring right at the menu, clearly the 11.75% ABV Leviathan Quad I'd sipped was working its magic. It tasted of burnt candy. "Yeah, give me the chili bomb, ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Valet Parking, Dr Pepper and Enchilada Porn: This Week In Fatness

    Is it quitting time yet? We're close. ZestFest is going down at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Make sure you stock up on your TUMS, and avoid hospital trip inducing capsaicin extracts. It's also shaping up to be a fine weekend for patio drinking, but before you go we've got a week to wr ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Meso Maya is Better Than Authentic. It's Good.

    Sara KerensAuthentic chile relleno? Nope. And you should be happy about that.​Does authenticity matter? What the hell is authenticity, anyway? Look it up in a dictionary and words like "real" and "genuine" stab at a definition. Framed this way, authentic seems a prefect descriptor for a Topps ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Pig Parts, Happy Endings and More: The Week in the Dallas Food Scene

    ​I'm thinking the cool and damp weather warrants a pot of hearty braised lamb shanks and lots and lots of red wine. Or maybe I'll get around to making my first pot of chili since moving to Texas -- anything to counter the clouds and mist that looks down-right Xanax-inducing. But first there's ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Before You Start Drinking, Relive a Big Week in Dallas Food News

    ​Have you been outside much today? While the weather was nippy this morning, the sun has warmed things up, resulting in some seriously beautiful fall weather. As soon as I get out of here I'm going to grab a thick jacket and engage in some excessive patio drinking. But before I work on my nex ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Bourdain, Baseball and Pizza Pizza Pizza: This Week in the Dallas Food Scene

    Cane Rosso's Magherita ​What a week in food, with celebrity interviews, a ton of pizza and a popular blogger take down. This week I reviewed Dough Pizzeria Napoletana. I noted that most diners seemed to be enjoying their meals but couldn't find a VPN certificate hanging on the walls. It turne ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Beer, Vietnamese, a Goodbye to Alma and Lots o' Tacos: This Week in the Dallas Food Scene

    ​What a week. I drink too much beer and ate too many spring rolls during my review of My Lan in Garland, and I ended up with some great beer pairings from Matt Quenette over at the meddlesome Moth. Elsewhere in the City of Ate we hated on candy corn and laid out our favorite burgers. Justin ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    If Only We Could Have Fried Cake Balls at Sam's Club

    ​ This week in food news, diners and their dogs flocked to patios to enjoy the cooler weather, we got the results of this year's Big Tex Choice awards and actually found a guy who has a problem with cake balls. Read on. City of Ate Scott Reitz came across new friends and a new beer this week ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    CBS Is Looking For The Best Food Blogger, Kinda

    ​Early last month, the CBS-11 announced a friendly competition to crown the area's Most Valuable Bloggers. Categories include local affairs, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and dining, among others. Contestants are entered into the event through a nomination process in which anyone can partic ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    In-N-Out v. Whataburger, the Wine Wisdom of Andrew Chalk, and More from the Week in Dallas Food Yammering

    ​This week in Dallas blogs, more people tried to settle the debate between Whataburger and In-N-Out, a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned volume-challenged five-year-olds, and a place that looks like a tattoo parlor produced some damn good lamb shank. Read on. City of Ate Alice Laussade staged ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Here's the foodbitch Post That D Magazine Scrubbed From Its Web Site Last Week

    ​Last week, readers of D Magazine's food blog, SideDish, were introduced to a new contributor. She went by the name "foodbitch." Moniker aside, she seemed like any other after-work food blogger: sassy, smart, obsessed with food trucks. She brought some readers with her, folks who knew her from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    More Burgers. Always More Burgers. And Other Stuff.

    Mai Pham /Houston Press Remember when a burger was just a damn burger? Man, you're old.​If you like burgers or the word "unctuous," this week in Dallas blogs was a delightful bounty. If you prefer barbecue and invention conventions, just 'til tomorrow. Read on. City of Ate Andrew Marton stre ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    A Fuzzy Empire, Rare Puns and More This Week on Food Blogs

    ​If you like lists or food trucks (and who doesn't?) it was a good week to be a Dallas blog reader. Nancy Nichols ate a bunch of steak, a blog post inspires readers to plug their iPods into onions, and Fuzzy's Tacos shops are popping up like.... Something that pops up quickly and all over. Lik ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Hanna Raskin To Leave Observer, Taking Her Opinions and Her Bikes to Seattle

    ​When Eater last published my picture, Nancy Nichols told the crowd at Sidedish that it looked like I needed to eat more. Her remark was perhaps snide, perhaps sexist, but definitely true. I've lost 10 pounds since moving to Dallas, a result of my nightmarish reaction to short Texas ragweed and a ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    This Week Online: Superfood are Spawning, Spaghetti is Good and More

    ​This week in the blogosphere, we learned eaters prefer spaghetti to pineapples and how to satisfy the growing numbers of Hispanic wine drinkers. Besides that, it's time for superfood to spawn and vegan burgers to rise above "decent." Read on. City of Ate Like so many other of its patrons, Ha ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    A Week in Restaurant News -- And Not All Is Super Bowl-Related

    ​It was touch-and-go for a while, but it seems like In-N-Out Burger may finally be sprouting in North Texas. While we continue to wait patiently, Dallas is whipping itself into a Super Bowl frenzy. Read on. City of Ate Even in the middle of winter, Brownstone still turns out stunningly tasty ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Tomorrow, City Hall to Look at How to Park Food Trucks Downtown (and Elsewhere!)

    Perhaps it's but a matter of time before the city finally lets one of America's most-favorite food trucks park downtown.​Nancy Nichols did a bang-up piece in the August issue of D chronicling the myriad reasons mobile restaurateurs have had issues parking their burgeoning parade of food trucks in ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Five Not-So Secret Things You Need To Order When In-N-Out Comes To Town

    From WikipediaA (secret) 3x3​In some sort of reverse Manifest Destiny, In-N-Out is finally making its way to Texas. The City of Garland's website, and Nancy Nichols at D who broke the story, showed seven yea votes for the building of the west coast burger chain.  There's a lot of hype about ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Underneath The Tropical Sun

    ​When it feels like the rest of the world is out on vacation, daydreams about island living come easily -- and even if a tropical refuge in Bishop Arts doesn't quite give the same effect, sometimes the right table in the right restaurant is vacation enough for now. Plus, there are plenty of "tropi ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Skimming The Scum

    Unfair Park's Robert Wilonsky has been tracking Bob's--of steak & chophouse fame--many difficulties, updating the story again today (read it here). Over at SideDish, Nancy Nichols keeps up with the ne'erdowellness of another restaurant group (as you can see here).Nancy's story, as she pursues it ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Just For You, Nancy

    So this morning Nancy Nichols finally joined the anti F-word club. Here's our little diatribe on the same subject from sometime in February

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    April 24, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: A Date With Destiny

    Some call it talent, some call it chance, but here at City o' Fate, we know these things are preordained. Some chefs are picked early on as future stars. Some competitive eaters peak early and wonder, years later, and reminisce over a sandwich. If you want to predict the future, as the man says, you ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Double, Double Your Refreshment

    Well, refreshment, maybe not. Double your fun, though, sure. Toil and trouble all you want. It's been a big week of twos here on City of Ate. A double dose of Veggie Girl, for instance. Two posts recapping the year's first quarter. We even had a couple items for the big race weekend at Texas Motor S ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    On the Bob's Steak & Chop House Hotline, Theft or "Deal Gone Bad"?

    Given the reaction of Friends of Unfair Park and Friends of Bob Sambol's this morning, he's perhaps the least likely most-wanted man in town, but there's no disputing a Dallas County grand jury's true bill indictment that landed in our in-box this morning: The namesake of the 16-year-old Bob's Steak ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Harvey Gough Is a Sweetheart

    Realtor Candace Rubin asks that we out Harvey Gough as a kindly soul lurking beneath a crusty burger, which is why, yesterday, she sent along the link to Steak Team Mission, which is a self-proclaimed "group of Dallas-based restaurateurs and supporters capable of providing food and supplies for sold ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Tio's Tortas is Closed? Damn It, Where's Our Christmas Miracle Now?

    Nancy Nichols serves up the bad news: Tio's Tortas on Lemmon Avenue is closed. Which is devastating news for those of us who frequented the joint, oh, once a week -- used to, anyway, till we realized we were probably enjoying Tio's tortas a little too much. (And, look, the roasted garlic at the cond ... More >>

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    September 5, 2002

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    November 29, 2001

    Food Fight

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