North-American Food and Cooking

  • 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?

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    At Mesero Miguel, Great Plates Lost in the Crowd

    Mico Rodriguez's latest tries to do too many things to communicate any of them well.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Mexican Sugar, from the Folks behind Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco, to Open in Shops at Legacy

    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 >>

  • 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.

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013

    It's A Menudo Kind Of Morning At Taqueria y Carniceria Guanajuato

    No matter how crazy you got last night, things will be better soon.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The Best Salsas in Dallas: Readers' Picks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Lucky Ducky Dogs is Giving Out Free Hangover-Inspired Dogs in the Arts District

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Searching for the Best Nachos in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Peak & Elm Opened This Weekend

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Peak & Elm Cocina y Bar Shuns Gratis Chips and Salsa: Pitchforks and Torches Await

    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 >>

  • 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Hungry? Apparently, Wild Pig Is Delicious.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Taqueria Mezquite Changes Up One Of Dallas' Better Tacos

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 7, 2012

    Cafe Maya's Achiote Acoustics

    An Oak Cliff restaurant's roast pork gets lost in a quiet menu.

  • 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 1, 2012

    A Look at a New Food Truck: Cajun Tailgaters

    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 >>

  • 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

    February 9, 2012

    Fishing Around Lands a Keeper at Taco Taco

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Meso Maya is Better Than Authentic. It's Good.

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 28, 2011

    Mesa: Bringing Veracruz to Oak Cliff

    Mesa's rustic version of Mexico doesn't bring the heat, but it stays true to its roots.

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    Chingo Bling

    Sunday, July 31,at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room

  • Dining

    June 2, 2011

    La Hacienda Ranch: Where the Frozen Margs Roam

    Hey, dude, do we have a ranch for you.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    The Taco Trail Ends With Z

    ​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 >>

  • 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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    October 28, 2010
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    October 28, 2010
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    August 16, 2007
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    April 20, 2006

    Latino Pupae

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

  • Dining

    November 24, 2005

    Deep Easy

    Laissez les bon temps rouler at two new restaurants

  • Dining

    January 20, 2000

    Global lukewarming

    Las Colinas' Via Real promises heat but doesn't deliver

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    July 8, 1999

    Vortex's Tacos Tear a Path

    And that's a good thing

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    May 27, 1999

    Tin tongue

    Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle

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    February 25, 1999

    Mexican light

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

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    August 13, 1998
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    June 12, 1997

    A tentative seduction

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

  • Dining

    January 23, 1997

    Home is on the range

    And, yes, you can travel on your stomach--if it's iron-plated

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    October 10, 1996
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    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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    November 2, 1995

    Haute vinyl

    The Fairmont Hotel's Brasserie is much more than a coffee shop

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