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  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Gemma Chef-Owner Stephen Rogers Talks Sustainability and Surviving on Henderson

    Just a year ago, a drive down Henderson Avenue in East Dallas was a depressing trek through a graveyard littered with the ghosts of restaurants past. Even the most accomplished restaurateurs (including James Beard nominee Nick Badovinus) have tried and failed to sustain a successful business in this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    To Many Shoppers, the Label on a Bottle of Booze Is More Important Than What's Inside

    No doubt you were told at a young age to not judge a book by its cover -- in part to spur exploration and free spirit, but also as a lesson against the perils of discriminatory thinking. We all should be judged by our merits, the saying goes. It's what's on the inside that counts. Turns out that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Pension Officials Have Done $1 Million of "Due Diligence" in Luxury Vacation Destinations

    The Dallas Police & Fire Pension Fund stumbled into a PR disaster when it went all in on the allegedly-art destroying Museum Tower, but that was far from its only foray into real estate. At times, as Anna reported last year, as much of a third of the fund's $3 billion portfolio has been tied up in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Pension Officials Have Done $1 Million of "Due Diligence" in Luxury Vacation Destinations

    The Dallas Police & Fire Pension Fund stumbled into a PR disaster when it went all in on the allegedly-art destroying Museum Tower, but that was far from its only foray into real estate. At times, as Anna reported last year, as much of a third of the fund's $3 billion portfolio has been tied up in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Frito Lay Chef Jody Denton on Brainstorming Sessions for New Flavors and When A Big Idea Hits

    Chef Jody Denton had a 35-year restaurant career that spanned the globe and included work with some of the best chefs in the country, among them like master chef Ernst Gruch, Dean Fearing and Wolfgang Puck. Then about a year ago, he left all that for an office job. But he still gets to wear a chef's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Chef DAT on What Dallas Needs, New Orleans and Underground Dinners

    Louisiana native David Anthony Temple (aka Chef DAT), a pioneer of sorts of for the local pop up dinner scene, has been hosting his Underground Dinners since January of 2009. He grew up cooking with his family, but honed his skills (both in terms of cooking and ingredients) while working at places l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Cooking with Dad: Mark Cuban, Chris Ryan, Eric Nystrom and More Share Their Memories

    We tracked down a few locals, and asked them about their dad's cooking choices and what they remember the most about breaking bread with the family. Here's who shared their food memories of cooking with Dad with us: Mark Cuban: Savior of the Greenville St. Patrick's Day Parade and owner of the Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Chef Tre Wilcox on Masks, March Madness and the Perks of Being a Private Chef

    Walking towards the back of Marquee to interview Tre Wilcox, I spot him having a rather intense conversation with a guy in a suit about the menu. I grab a seat in a plush booth and wait. No more than a minute later he starts to walk over, but gets interrupted twice by two other employees with just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Drinking Excuse of the Day: It's International IPA Day. Plus, More Beer Events.

    ​If you haven't checked your 2011 Calendar of Made-Up Food Holidays, today is International IPA Day. (It's also National Catfish Month, National Peach Month, National Water Quality Month and National Picnic Month, so consider that when deciding on food pairings with your IPAs.) We're on the fenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Shots with Your Texas Rangers Today, Wine Tastings Tonight

    Ginger ale doesn't sting the eyes quite like Champagne.​With the Dallas International Film Festival in full swing and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival beginning today, you already have two reasons why you shouldn't be glued to your couch this weekend unless you're doing really well on your March M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Newest Menu Items at Leading Chains Not Designed for Teetotalers

    ​Corporate kitchens are continuing to add wine and spirits to their dishes, apparently angling for sophistication and increased perceived value. Olive Garden is now pushing a pasta dish with shellfish "sautéed in white wine" and a stew "simmered in light white wine." Red Lobster's developed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Man v. Food Feels the Thrill of Grilled Cheese

    The Monster​Could you eat a 5-pound grilled cheese sandwich? Should you? If there's anyone who can and will, it's Adam Richman, star of Travel Channel's cross-country chow challenge series Man v. Food. On Monday's episode (7 p.m., September 13, on the cable station), Richman attempts to conq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Mussels
    At Neighborhood Services

    James Reisman​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 ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Chow Thai Pacific Rim is Reborn and Scaled Down, but Keeps its Flair

    ​ Chow Asian Street Food 3309 Dallas Parkway at Parker Road Plano 972 608-1883 The phoenix is a mythical fire bird prevalent in many of the world's cultures. According to legend, it lives 500 to 1000 years, after which it builds a nest of twigs, ignites itself, burns to ashes, and is reborn anew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Pairing Off: Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets

    Patrick Michels/Flickr user Photos8.comOh, no--the artist is entering a new and darker phase.​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.National restaurant chains know how to stretch the limits of almost any word. Olive Garden tries to sell us o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Kona Grill

    ​You might not know that Kona Grill has a completely separate menu for vegans. They keep it hidden behind the host's stand and don't advertise it on their regular menu. Why keep it hidden? No idea. As one of my friends says, "It's like winking at someone in the dark." Vegans who have been graced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    You know, we have some fine prize material piling up in my office, from a tiny pail full of paper clips all the way up to John Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine, a book full of food porn and recipes. Too bad no one ever wants one of our giveaways.So, on once again to our prize-less awards.Many great comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    The Weather Is Vine

    Last night, Channel 8 Meteorologist Greg Fields and Rick Boyer of Robert Mondavi hosted a small dinner at Abacus to introduce the legendary California brand's new Solaire line of wines. Boyer, who is gearing up for his 32nd vineyard harvest later in the year, is the winemaker behind the new Sant ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 25, 2008

    RA Sushi in Plano

    The attitude's served up raw, but the execution is half-baked

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2008

    Summers Night

    Wine and dine Napa-style at Nana

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    Face It, Most Air Travel is Emotionally Distressing

    As it turns out, two women filed suit against American Airlines over lengthy stays on the tarmac in Austin in December '06. Monday we mentioned Catherine Ray of Arkansas, whose lawsuit alleges she was a victim of "false imprisonment" when her Oakland-to-Dallas flight was stuck on the tarmac in at Au ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2007

    Tinsel Town Toppings

    Tristan Simon expands his empire

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Calling Minor Foodies

    Hellooooo out there in the suburbs! Can you hear me above the din of SUVs, superstore chains and casual dining establishments? Good. Gather the kids 'round, because any miniature aspiring chefs among them now have the opportunity to make it big in the restaurant business. Or, at least in the Red Rob ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 14, 2006

    Ginned Up

    BlackFinn takes the "Irish" out of Irish pub

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2006
  • Dining

    May 11, 2006

    Lone Bull

    Steak and solitude at the lakeside

  • Film

    January 19, 2006

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

  • Dining

    September 8, 2005

    Press Kits

    Here comes the son

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004

    Avant-Gorge

    Cafe Modern is a comfortable respite from modern art

  • Dining

    October 30, 2003

    Tasty

    It's a mixed-up world, but not at Lola

  • Dining

    March 13, 2003

    King's Ransom

    The pricey Drálion toys with the hunter in you

  • Dining

    March 6, 2003

    Of Flies and Damsels

    Dragonfly works to avoid the bug zapper

  • Dining

    November 14, 2002

    Grotto Lotto

    Tarantino hopes to open CAVA next September, but don't bet on it

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Holy Hole

    Flamin' Papaya is hard to find but easy to enjoy

  • Dining

    August 29, 2002

    Rinse Cycle

    Dakota's drying out after unwanted waterfall

  • Dining

    August 29, 2002

    Cool Cucumber

    On Harry Hines, sea cucumbers and watermelon help an unlikely revolution at Chef Hsu

  • Dining

    August 15, 2002

    Bar Bore

    Crú is corked in the wine-bar department

  • Dining

    December 27, 2001

    Oscar-Caliber Nosh

    Angelika Café offers scrumptious screen bites

  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Scratch Shot

    Banquet-hall chic

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    True Lies

    Thai Bistro

  • Dining

    March 9, 2000

    Chain links

    Earl's is thin...

  • Dining

    March 2, 2000

    Hash Over

    Anzu plunge; Mixed hash

  • Dining

    May 6, 1999
  • Dining

    February 11, 1999

    Say cheesy

    The Cheesecake Factory aims to please everybody. Blah.

  • Dining

    October 1, 1998

    Swat it!

    Dragonfly darts with a tedious buzz

  • Dining

    September 3, 1998
  • Dining

    October 23, 1997

    Joey's wobbles

    But it doesn't fall down

  • Dining

    January 25, 1996
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