What does a year's worth of meals say about where Dallas' restaurants are headed next?
Mico Rodriguez's latest tries to do too many things to communicate any of them well.
Mexican Sugar is a new restaurant opening in The Shops at Legacy in Plano this November. Created and developed by the management group Fork It Over LLC, which also owns Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco, this spot will focus on dishes from Central and South America, anchored Mexican food. Mexican Sugar ... More >>
I wouldn't be the first to note that tacos are somehow disproportionately satisfying for their size and cost. Where else can you by a smile with a free side of hot sauce for just a buck and change? Wash one down with a fizzy Topo Chico and then order another. It's National Taco Day, and this is the ... More >>
The latest spin on the old Tejano restaurant in Oak Cliff changes things up, but not too much.
The god father of Tex-Mex in Dallas, El Fenix, is celebrating its 95th anniversary this Monday. To commemorate the event, for the rest of September, El Fenix will give every guest a scratch and win card, which total one million dollars in prizes that range from iPads and gift cards to free food and ... More >>
No matter how crazy you got last night, things will be better soon.
A seemingly innocuous question posted on the Dallas Observer's Facebook page this week drew more than 100 comments fast. "Where are your favorite chips and salsa in Dallas?" asked web editor Nick Rallo (he says it was for a friend). Had he asked me I might have sent him to Restaurant Y Taquería C ... More >>
Luck Ducky Dogs, the "silly truck with serious food," will be at the Dallas Arts District (2403 Flora) todayuntil 2 p.m. giving out 100 free "Hangover Part III" dogs, as an ode to the film that will be released Friday. Make haste! That spreadsheet can wait. Next is the character-based menu per t ... More >>
Simple in premise but with endless variations in execution, behold the nacho. When done properly, a plate of nachos becomes an act of excavation, a work of edible archaeology. We set out to explore some of the more interesting nachos in and around Dallas, and so we present the Nachodyssey. Here we w ... More >>
Peak & Elm opened this weekend at 132 North Peak S., just on the outskirts of Deep Ellum. The new restaurant offers "classic Mexican dishes with a modern flair" and pulls from the history of the neighborhood with both the décor and menu. Peak and Elm is a project of Jesse Moreno Sr. and and Jesse M ... More >>
The Foundry was recently named by Southern Living magazine as one of the best bars in the South on account of its spacious, twinkle-light covered courtyard. This bar just opened last year and has quickly gained a lot of attention, primarily on account of said courtyard, which is more like a small co ... More >>
This week the new Tex-Mex restaurant Peak & Elm Cocina y Bar held a media preview to showcase its new menu to the blog-nicks. The folks behind La Popular Tamale House are preparing to open the new place at the corner of (can you guess?) in early February. There won't be any chips and salsa on the ... More >>
Back in November I talked with chef Nico Sanchez about his upcoming taqueria opening in tandem with the new Meso Maya downtown. After hearing his descriptions of the space and the tacos I was excited to get down there and try them -- all of them. Just after noon there was a modest line out behind ... More >>
Hang onto your pants. It's time to lay out or favorite Tex-Mex restaurants -- an endeavor that consistently draws as passionate a comment stream as any burger post. Pepe & Mito's (Pictured above) This Deep Ellum mainstay won last year's award for Best Tex-Mex in Dallas with homemade tortillas, gre ... More >>
For Burger Week, we asked former City of ate contributor and King of the Taco Trail José Ralat-Maldanado to put down his crown and introduce Aters to Mexican-style hamburgers. For more of José's reports from Dallas' huge and growing taco scene, be sure to pay him a visit at The Taco Trail and foll ... More >>
Feral hogs are taking over Texas. The wild beasts have been ravaging the state in numbers in excess of 2 million, and their wallowing, rooting and feeding activities are responsible for more than $50 million in damage in rural parts of the state alone every year. Texas Parks and Wildlife has a deli ... More >>
Alice Laussade doesn't ask to hang out with me much, so when she invited me to tag along for one of her Cheap Bastard reviews I jumped on it. José "Taco Trail" Maldonado picked the place, Taqueria Mezquite, and it was just down the street. It was taco time. While I munched on some carnitas-stuffed ... More >>
An Oak Cliff restaurant's roast pork gets lost in a quiet menu.
For this week's cover story, Alice "The Cheap Bastard" Laussade provides an extensive and profane guide to, as she puts it, her "favorite restaurants in Dallas where cheap meets delicious (without meeting diarrhea)." It follows. Drive-Through Deals White Rock Coffee 4216 Abrams Road The Starbucks d ... More >>
There has been an steady stream of new food trucks in the DFW area recently. And it seems the scene is, for the most part, taking shape. Last weekend both Dallas and Fort Worth hosted food truck parks or parties and customers kept the meals on wheels busy. A few of the newbies include Potato Potah ... More >>
Listen, I know I have a problem. This whole Tex-Mex thing is getting really out of hand, and it's all rooted in my deep-seated affection for what is really a rather trashy menu item: the sour cream enchilada. I'm obsessed with these bundles of joy and am determined to find the city's best ver ... More >>
Aligator's Cafe GumboWith Fat Tuesday upon us, gluttony is the single goal of the day. While lots of shenanigans will surely ensue, as they do every Tuesday in this city, don't forget to fill your ulcerated tummy with a bowl of hearty gumbo. I spoke with several local chefs on the art behind ... More >>
The good people of the UT Southwestern campus are about to be slapped in the mouth with slow-cooked meat. Jack Perkins and part of his Maple and Motor team expect to open his new taco assembly-line concept, ocaTaco, sometime this week. (According to Facebook, it's looking like Wednesday.) And yes, ... More >>
This week, Cheap Bastard rolls the dice and finds she loves the crunchy fish taco (heh, heh, she said crunchy fish taco) at Taco Taco, 5954 Royal Lane, 214-750-4420.) Other diners in the restaurant besides me count: 0 Times I laughed when I realized that I recommend the crunchy fish taco: 2 When m ... More >>
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 >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsTigers getting warmed up for their first game of the season. LSU tailgaters were out in full force on Saturday, hitting Lot 14 on the south side of Cowboys Stadium before the Tigers' first game of the season against the Oregon Ducks. This particular lot, designated for RVs, ... More >>
Mesa's rustic version of Mexico doesn't bring the heat, but it stays true to its roots.
Sunday, July 31,at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room
Hey, dude, do we have a ranch for you.
City of Ate's Taco Trail ends today. It was a good run, but I'm moving on. (That doesn't mean I'll cease writing about tacos. How can I not play on the taco jungle gym that is Dallas?) While deciding on the final City of Ate venue, I considered three restaurants. Taco Ocho, the new northern ... More >>
Up and down we drove, hungry for tacos after La Carretera Argentina's satisfactory empanadas consumed at Oak Cliff Earth Day. Surely Jefferson Boulevard would produce happy sustenance. It did -- kind of. Jefferson is cluttered with taquerías, some advertised with gaudy neon, others off-putting with ... More >>
At restaurants all over town, elusive eats await under the radar. Menus are updated, new items are added, and sometimes the best things are not on the menu at all. So, whether it's featured on a hand-written sign taped to a wall, or something that only regulars know to ask for by name, week b ... More >>
Breakfast tacos are as Texan as Waco's unofficial status as Austin and DFW's bathroom break along Intestate 35. Breakfast tacos are as Texan as football and the state's other top sport, historical revisionism. I love Texas. I love breakfast tacos. Love led me to Taco Joint in East Dallas. Th ... More >>
Latin food without the lard? It's better than you think.
Laissez les bon temps rouler at two new restaurants
Las Colinas' Via Real promises heat but doesn't deliver
And that's a good thing
Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle
Taco Diner tries to marry subtlety with Tex-Mex -- somehow, it works
Coco Pazzo's designs on Dallas are off to a lukewarm start
And, yes, you can travel on your stomach--if it's iron-plated
Cafe Izmir has plenty of Middle Eastern delicacies on tapas
Eastside Grill at The Barley House offers quick, comfortable food
The Fairmont Hotel's Brasserie is much more than a coffee shop