As if we haven't heard enough about Misery Loves Company's spanking-new restaurant in One Arts Plaza, Proof Pantry over the weekend announced that it would be expanding the extremely limited lunch options starting tomorrow. Owner Michael Martensen hinted to the Observer in August that the restau ... More >>
The ascension of Dallas' culinary scene has been a curious thing to watch from the sidelines. As a diner, Dallasites have more restaurants to choose from than ever, helmed by some of the country's brightest up-and-coming chefs. At the same time, this progress has been slow-going, and Dallas has been ... More >>
I was on vacation in an especially beautiful corner of New England -- a place darkened at the time by some typically wet, chilly, early spring New England weather -- when I saw the piece on the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News by Larry Good. Wow. One of the city's most prominent architects was ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Let's start with the worst part about dining at 20 Feet. Marc Cassel's ode to the New Engl ... More >>
A small dagger pierced my heart when my wife told me our 27-year-old son's reaction to the news story she had emailed him about the n-word-using police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He emailed her back: "Wow. Way up there." I took that to mean that our fifth-generation native-Texan son ... More >>
If you're tired of Henderson Avenue, here's your way out.
Next month the "White Water Feature" on the Trinity River just south of downtown will be three years old. This ugly chunky mound of concrete, built at a cost of $4 million and intended to be a man-made rapids for canoeists and kayakers, was so ill-conceived, poorly designed, badly made and obviously ... More >>
What the? Unless you were sequestered your apartment with blankets over the windows, you had to notice it was 80 degrees at one point this weekend. Birds were singing, tree blossoms exploded, and baby deer were frolicking with rabbits along Turtle Creek, trying to remember where they parked their ca ... More >>
Spring is here and what better time to kick out the cobwebs? I personally like to ring in the season with a good deep house cleaning, lots of "Let's Dance"-era David Bowie records, and of course some good live music. This weekend presents plenty of opportunities to get your feet moving and blood pum ... More >>
Dallas, do not be alarmed. I know this is a shift in your regular scheduled programming. Your eyes do not deceive you, we are indeed rolling out your weekly concerts post on a Monday, rather than the usual Thursday post. We're trying out something a little different. From here on out, we will have y ... More >>
Already bored with dining this year? That seems impossible with all of the new restaurants that have opened in the past few months. Still, it's nice to break out of your mold and explore new dining options that exist outside the traditional restaurant experience. Here are a few upcoming events tha ... More >>
A week or so before the end of the year, I dropped by Nonna to soothe my soul with some pasta and pork fat, two ingredients that have been known to bring people together in ways that even the pope cannot. I had every intension of enjoying them together in a Bolognese, but the daily printed menu had ... More >>
The burger is wonderfully messy -- but not all the messiness is so welcome.
Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>
The Morning News played it straight when it reported that dulcet-voiced crooner Barry Manilow (Editor's note: "dulcet-voiced crooner" are Eric's own words. Have at him, commenters.) is giving away tickets to his May 17 in exchange for lightly used musical instruments that he will pass along to Dalla ... More >>
A new East Dallas seafood joint uses beer batter like a fabled king.
The Atlantic magazine has stumbled badly on that really hard multiple choice question at the end of the Journalism 101 final exam: "Lying to your readers is: 1) a good thing, or 2) a bad thing." One pictures them hunched over the bubble sheet, eyes squinted closed and pencil tips to their tongues, b ... More >>
The lobster roll has been fetishized in Dallas. What started as an obscure menu option offered most notably at Sea Breeze, Rex's and Cafe Pacific is becoming a full blown trend in Dallas. See Also: Lobster Roll Smack Down: Rex's Versus Sea Breeze Rex's Friday Lobster Rolls: They're Good, and They'r ... More >>
When Mark Stuertz reviewed Cafe Pacific, in 2004, he called the Highland Park Village seafood restaurant a cliché. The menu has crab cakes and veal Oscar, he said. Breaded veal cutlets with crab and asparagus were alive and well in Dallas. And here I am eight years later sitting at the bar at Cafe ... More >>
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. I've written about the lobster roll at Rex's far too many times to not include it in t ... More >>
When Ristorante Nicola opened in 2010, the Observer wasn't smitten. Hanna Raskin's review described over-salting in some dishes as deer-puckering. Luigi Iannuario was the chef responsible for those plates, and he's since moved to Las Vegas to pursue "other opportunities." Last week news that Justin ... More >>
Jonathan Colley is one of the resident barkeeps and beer nerds in the basement at West Village (aka Union Bear). He got into the beer biz by frequenting his neighborhood watering holes in Oak Cliff, where he met the ambitious Spillers Group. When they recently opened Union Bear, they hired Colley, w ... More >>
Rex's Seafood Market was running wide-open, full-throttle on a recent Friday afternoon. Lent and the army of Catholics who adhere to its dietary restrictions might have had something to do with the surge, but I think it was the lobster roll that inspired the droves. Rex's puts the New England deli ... More >>
It's locavorism for the rest of us. And lots and lots of beer.
Coupling a fish counter with a restaurant is the best path to freshness.
The McDonald's Arch Deluxe anyone?Today's story about Fish McBites and my prediction that they don't last past Lent spurred my curiosity into McDonald's other historic flops. Attempts to regionally market bad food have typically done poorly for the chain. Crab cakes in the Maryland market and ... More >>
When I was a kid, I thought clams were irregular, long rubbery strips of sweet protein covered in cornmeal breading. It wasn't my fault. Even though I grew up on the Eastern Shore, my parents grew up in central PA. They weren't seafood people, so most of the seafood meals from my early youth were ea ... More >>
OMC!!!I headed over to the Libertine Bar this weekend to indulge in their weekend fish and chips special with a few cold Boddingtons. The move was a preemptive measure based an article published in The New York Times this weekend, which hints that cod fisheries could be in trouble. The story ... More >>
The Senate candidate doesn't like mobs of protesters. Someone alert the Tea Party.
After traveling around cities in New England for a week, I've found myself writing this week's "The Problem With..." in Taylor Swift's neck of the woods -- Pennsylvania. It's a hilly, rocky and forested state where old-school white churches stand in the middle of pastures and where mountains and sky ... More >>
A couple of weeks back we mentioned the findings of The City of Dallas Citizen Survey, recently posted to the city of Dallas's Web site. The city council will finally get around to hashing over the findings at its Wednesday council briefing session, where the council will also get a look at the Dall ... More >>
He is synonymous with seafood in this market, having been associated with, oh, Daddy Jack's and Rockfish and Big Fish Little Fish before opening his own multi-purpose place, Kenny's Wood Fired Grill.Recently the Boston native added a new bar space (banking on the cougar image to attract the right cr ... More >>
Only yesterday, Merten mentioned that Crow Holdings' Anne Raymond and Mayor Tom Leppert would, finally, have theyselves a showdown concerning the convention center hotel -- and, for those needing a recap, the mayor's fer it, while Raymond's agin it, ahem. Dave Levinthal was there for the debate this ... More >>
Big Shucks6232 E. Mockingbird214-887-6353Hush puppies shouldn't be that difficult. They just consist of corn meal dough, after all--generally spiked with chopped onion or shallot, rolled into shape and fried.Nothing to them, really. But many professional kitchens seem unable to cope with the homespu ... More >>
Chefs seem to come and go, but Ward endures...although he almost left when, several years ago, the former President's staff considered him for the White House chef position. Indeed, he was one of three finalists selected from more than 15,000 applicants. Oh, and he did take a three year hiatus to ru ... More >>
Baker's Ribs2724 Commerce St.214-748-5433 Dude Factor: 8, or Hank Hill, on a scale of 1 (Kahn Souphanousinphone, Sr.) to 10 (Boomhauer). Honestly, before last Friday I had never been to Baker's Ribs, AKA the place I once referred to as "that joint next to Angry Dog that smells good but always looks ... More >>
If you’ve been to Bolsa in Oak Cliff, then you understand the intense flavor of locally grown vegetables and herbs. Chef Graham Dodds and his team don’t have a walk in freezer to work with, so they must change up about half of the restaurant’s menu every day as nearby farmers deliver the goods ... More >>
But before we get to that, here's a report from last night's WBZ-TV newscast out of New England, where the Fort Worth-based carrier went for its infrared missile defense system -- called Counter-Man-Portable Air Defense System, or MANPADS for shorts -- that, from the looks of it, at least, can turn ... More >>
Local attorney Susan Mead, featured in today's New York Times Dallas lawyer Susan Mead’s addiction to rehabbing old houses gets the feature treatment in The New York Times' Great Homes section today, but not for houses she’s redone in Dallas. Before attending SMU Law School, Mead caught the ren ... More >>
Maybe some golf. Perhaps one last summer barbecue. Or, you could spend your Labor Day weekend scarfing down tamales--like, how about 100 of 'em? That's what some carb-crazy contestants will attempt to do Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lewisville at the Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory World Tamale-Eating C ... More >>
OK, if I had it to do over again, I might not have made that crack about Whiney McKnuck (my secret nickname for my Critics Camp nemesis). It's just that she was fawning all over a certain Big Name Critic from a New York paper. "I just looooove your work," she said, popping the bulging joints on her ... More >>
I was always very good about playing well with others. Until I was 35. After that, my give-a-shitter about group dynamics plumb gave out. Here at Theater Critics Camp in New England, I'm reminded of the saying from Sartre: Hell is other people. Amend that: Hell is other people who are theater critic ... More >>
Back in the late 1980s, I wrote magazine stories about crimes, murders mostly. Grisly murders where one spouse kills another in a way that leaves scorch marks on the garage floor or bloodstains splashed across the kitchen ceiling. I sometimes interviewed the accused, giving me access to county and s ... More >>
Maybe, like me, you were reading the latest issue of Wired, specifically the story headlined "The Rise of Crowdsourcing." Contained in that piece is a fascinating section about a company called InnoCentive, which was launched in 2001 by pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly "as a way to connect with brainp ... More >>
At Lobster Ranch, the main course claws its way to the top
The Mercury rises above its strip-mall surroundings
At the Wood Grill, too many cooks make a great broth
Lefty's handles the big bugs adroitly