North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Taqueria Latina Brings Solid Tacos on Handmade Tortillas to East Dallas

    The number of taquerias in Dallas that serve their taco fillings on handmade tortillas is limited. Most employ the standard working man's tortilla, an honest round pressed from masa that's reheated on a hot grill. These tortillas are dependable and get the job done, but their texture is lacking. The ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    The Summer of La Ventana Love

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. People sitting out on the patio at 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday in August (temp approximately 1 million degrees Fuck-Me-renheit) count: 0 Women dragging children by their ears a ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    It's Been A Terrible Season for Crawfish, and Now It's Almost Over

    Unfortunately, crawfish season is equally as fleeting as that beautiful weather the Texas spring brings with it. The season for everyone's favorite Cajun delicacy starts just after the Super Bowl in Louisiana, and typically lasts until mid-to-late June. Unfortunately, according to Jon Alexis of TJ's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Housemade Tortillas Are Rare in Dallas, but Find Them and You'll Find Great Tacos

    Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Ten of the Best Taquerias in Dallas-Fort Worth

    There aren't too many places you can drop buck and change these days, and end up with something as satisfying as a well-made taco. The best ones come on handcrafted tortillas and are stuffed with carefully cooked fillings that are fatty, warm, savory and soothing. Freshly blended salsas are availabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Future of Taco Bell's Breakfast Menu

    OK, sure. Business analysts and stoners everywhere are freaking out about Taco Bell's new morning menu. The Bell's corporate overseers, Yum! Brands, is turning waffles into tacos and hash browns into crunch wrap supremes in a brazen attempt to take the eggs and bacon on a run for the border. But w ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    The Best Meals I Ate in Dallas in 2013

    What does a year's worth of meals say about where Dallas' restaurants are headed next?

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Seven of Dallas' Best Taquerias to Help You Celebrate Today's National Taco Day

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013

    El Corazon's Got Your Chips and Salsa

    The latest spin on the old Tejano restaurant in Oak Cliff changes things up, but not too much.

  • News

    September 26, 2013
  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Los Torres Taqueria Has Got Your Goat

    And they've tucked it into a compelling taco.

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Meso Maya Misses the Fiesta

    Downtown's new Mexican joint plays it safe and dull.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Foundry Has Celebratory $5 Old Fashioneds Today, Plus New Turkey Wings at Chicken Scratch and a Nod from Brits

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
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    December 27, 2012

    Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo Masters Real Slow Food

    Raymundo Sanchez's roast lamb embraces authenticity without even trying.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    The Tacos of La Ventana, or How I Ate Too Many Tacos for Lunch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Nine Best Tex-Mex Restaurants In Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    How They Roll at Les Bon Temps Cajun Seafood at the Farmers' Market

    Les Bon Temps (my key board doesn't allow me to explain the phonetics in French, but in Texas we'd say "Lay-bon-ton") opened across from Shed 2 in the Farmer's Market this past summer. Chef Patricia Killingsworth, originally from Mississippi, previously owned a local catering and personal chef busin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Mi Tierrita Serves Mexico's Taco Burger

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012
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    October 17, 2012

    Dallas Morning News Critic Leslie Brenner Really Hates Queso

    Leslie Brenner laid down the gauntlet today publishing a blog post that promises to inflame an entire state. "Queso is awful," writes Brenner saying she's ready to come out of the queso closet. She goes on to defend queso fundido, which often makes use of higher quality cheese, but that Velveeta bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Seven Awesome Tacos to Celebrate National Taco Day

    Today is National Taco Day, so thousands of free corporate tacos will inundate American bellies. Taco Cabana and Taco Bueno are giving tacos away, but why not visit a real taqueria and mark the made-up holiday with something that actually tastes delicious? Who needs free when most of these tacos wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Monica Greene's Nueva Cocina Opens This Evening: Will Serve Sushi

    We first told you about Monica Greene's departure from Aca y Alla to open up a restaurant in Oak Cliff just before summer. Now the restaurateur has released new details about the space on Cedar Springs Road that will have a soft opening this evening, with a grand opening scheduled August 7. Nueva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    The Rangers' Rossome Nachos: The Glamour Shot Series

    Earlier this week Scott Reitz told us about the Rangers' new culinary treat, the Totally ROSSome Nachos, named after rookie relief pitcher Robbie Ross. The Rangers finally got the shipment of big pink helmets, which serve as the nacho holder and sent over a picture.

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    July 20, 2012

    La Nueva Fresh And Hot: Come for the Tortillas and Bring a Fan

    I visited La Nueva Fresh and Hot twice before I added their guisado verde taco to the 100 Favorite Dishes list and there's a lot more than green pork tacos to make a visit worth it. In fact, the Webb Chapel road tortilla factory and take-out may be one of Dallas' most compelling taquerias. The "Ho ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    If You Had A Little More Than A Day In Dallas, Where Would You Eat?

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, Facebook @ Cityofate or in the comments. I'm from Charleston, and I'm going to be in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Nando's Is Open at Preston and Royal

    Nando's opened a couple of weeks ago at the southwest corner of Preston and Royal (specifically, the opposite end of the strip from Gazebo Burgers where Le Rendezvous used to be). The chef is from the landmark Original Mexican Café in Galveston. At Nando's entry is a bar with a fancy chandelier ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    The Tortilla-Wrapped Destiny of SB 1070

    Neo-Nazis, burritos and the tortilla-wrapped destiny of SB 1070.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard's Ultimate Guide to Eating like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Tacos La Banqueta's Deliciousness Cracks Me Up

    What's in a name? That which we call a taco would, by any other name would taste just as kick-ass. Sorry, but Cheap Bastard's deep, deep love for Tacos La Banqueta, formerly Tacos El Guero, got us thinking about Romeo and Juliet. And butt crack. Whatever it's called, the joint's at 4500 Bryan St., 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Chuy's Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom and the Hunt for Dallas' Best Sour Cream Enchilada

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    On Fat Tuesday, Local Chefs Break Down the Fine Art and High Science of Making Gumbo

    Aligator's Cafe Gumbo​With 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Jack Perkins' ocaTaco Should Open Wednesday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    "Eater X" Dominates Again at the Lewisville's Tamale Eating Championship

    ​Behind the counter of every Taco Bell, there's a slew of people who fancy themselves champions of food, but once a year in Lewisville, the real champions arrive, ready to relieve suburban Dallas of its tamale population. Last Saturday was yet another such occasion, with a healthy roster of new T ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    LSU Tailgating: It's All About the Food

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Wild Salsa Opens For Lunch With a Polished Look and Some High-Priced Tamales

    ​Wild Salsa, Dallas Restaurant Group's latest addition to Dallas' upscale Mexican scene, opened for lunch yesterday, doling out chips, salsa and pricey tamales to hungry downtowners. I stopped in just as a light lunch crowd began to ebb. There were three of us at the cement bar, and a handful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Mextopia Brings Home the Bacon

    Free bacon: The sweetest words in the English language.​Let Happy Hour help quench your thirst by pointing you to some of the city's best drinking deals. Where: Mextopia, 2104 Greenville Ave. When: 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday What: $3 house margaritas, $2 Tecate Light, Firemans #4, $2.75 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Ka-Chow! At Tortas La Hechizera, an Action-Packed Pambazo

    ​The sound of the word is gustatory TKO, fit to play the role of an exclamatory bubble in a classic Batman episode: Pambazo! And eating Tortas La Hechizera's rendition of a pambazo, a Mexican sandwich of white bread traditionally dipped a red chile sauce and stuffed with potato and chorizo, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Taquería Tiquicheo Hides Taco Artistry

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    La Victoria Has a Great Burrito Flying Under the Radar

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Taco Joint Gets the Love It Deserves

    ​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 >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    February 9, 2009

    Short Orders: Cyclone Anaya's (Oak Lawn)

    Cyclone Anaya's3211 Oak Lawn Ave.214-420-0030Recent visits to this popular outpost of the Houston-based chain inspire two observations.First, bars and restaurants in Dallas consider the Margarita a child's drink. Order the famous Tex-Mex cocktail and, with a few exceptions, they bring out something ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 20, 2006

    Latino Pupae

    Latin food without the lard? It's better than you think.

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    January 17, 2002

    Okra Shock

    Gumbo's grub could be addicting

  • Dining

    February 25, 1999

    Mexican light

    Taco Diner tries to marry subtlety with Tex-Mex -- somehow, it works

  • Dining

    June 12, 1997

    A tentative seduction

    Coco Pazzo's designs on Dallas are off to a lukewarm start

  • Dining

    May 30, 1996

    Take your time

    Cafe Izmir has plenty of Middle Eastern delicacies on tapas

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    April 11, 1996

    Easy livin'

    Eastside Grill at The Barley House offers quick, comfortable food

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    May 25, 1995

    Race to the border

    Make like Columbus and discover the New World splendors of Monterrey

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