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 >>
Joey Santiago is a man at peace with himself. Lead guitarist for the Pixies, and by most accounts the driving force behind their reunion, Santiago couldn't be more content with the current state of the band. Answering our phone call with a "YEEHAW," Santiago proceeds to interview us for the first fi ... 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 >>
What does a year's worth of meals say about where Dallas' restaurants are headed next?
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 >>
I've spent days stuffing my gullet, looking for something that should be relatively easy to find. It's called a puffy taco, and apparently it's delicious, but I can't be sure because you can't purchase puffy tacos here in Dallas -- anywhere. The puffy taco got its start in San Antonio, at Tex-Mex r ... 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 >>
Earlier this week, Time magazine opined that West Nile disease, which has now killed 12 people in Dallas County and sickened almost 300 more, is a "self-inflicted wound." Bryan Walsh wrote that an extremely mild winter and scorching summer created a great breeding ground for mosquitoes. Climate cha ... 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.
As long as we're on the general theme of "unpleasant events that are somehow related to the Medicaid Women's Health Program," let's throw this one in there too: Abby Johnson, who was until a couple of years ago the director of a clinic that was part of Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, is now su ... More >>
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 >>
A little over five months ago, John Carbone of Gilded Splinters decided to move from Boston to Austin. Seems the trio felt the scene in New England was restricting the band's chances of breaking out nationally, so they loaded up everything and headed South. Speaking from his new abode in our state' ... 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 >>
Chef Kyle McClellandChef Kyle McClelland, a veteran of the Manhattan culinary scene, has moved to Dallas to take over the kitchen at The Cedars Social, the popular bar-restaurant near the Southside on Lamar complex, the restaurant announced today. The French Culinary Institute graduate grew up ... More >>
The Senate candidate doesn't like mobs of protesters. Someone alert the Tea Party.
In the little towns outside of Dallas, publisher and aspiring politician Joey Dauben is on a crusade to expose abuses of power, civic mischief and -- most of all -- himself.
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 >>
At Lobster Ranch, the main course claws its way to the top
Love & War in Texas sounds more like a movie than a restaurant. Either way, it's an epic of indulgence.
Dishing up a Cock & Bull story, with a touch of Blarney
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
Dallas' newest seafood restaurant seeks to fill the fish niche