North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Sorry, Dallas, but Your Favorite Puffy Taco Is Not a Puffy Taco at All

    Despite a modest campaign to right puffy-taco wrongs, there remains a great rift in Dallas' puffy-taco universe. The issue centers around an impostor, a sham, a fraudulent taco promising supple puffiness that never makes its way to the plate. You'll find this taco at many Tex-Mex restaurants, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 22: Fish Tacos at TJ's

    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. While everyone else is focusing on the brand new TJ's in Preston Royal, pay the Highland P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

    Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way. Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Plano Loosened its Food Truck Regulations This Week, and Dallas Should Follow Suit

    If you want to run a food truck in Dallas, you've got to rent space at a commissary, place for food storage, ice, water, waste water and waste disposal and a place to park your rig when you're not tossing Cubanos out the window. Rent can run around $1,000 or more a month. And having access to all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Oak Chef Chef Richard Gras on Dodging Pans in the '90s and Dallas' Dining Scene

    In the last few years, the Dallas Design District has become a true food destination. Matt McCallister's FT33 is responsible for much of that, but Chef Richard Gras is making his own kinds of waves down the street at Oak. After the departure of Jason Maddy in late 2012, Gras has brought a new kind o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    La Banqueta, One of Dallas' Best Taquerías, Is Open Again in East Dallas

    After more than nine months since the closure its Bryan Street location, La Banqueta, one of Dallas' best taquerías, is open for business at its new location just a few blocks around the corner on Carroll Avenue. For taco enthusiasts, the wait has been a long one. Last August, Alberto Neri announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Dallas Restaurants Are Feeling the Squeeze from Skyrocketing Lime Prices

    On Sunday afternoon, Luis Villalva gently slipped two battered pieces of tilapia into the deep fryer at his restaurant El Come Taco. Minutes later they emerged, like fish sticks entombed in a blistered golden brown. Villalva placed the two pieces of fish on honest, double-stacked tortillas, added co ... More >>

  • 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

    September 13, 2013

    After 95 Years, El Fenix Throws Party With A Million in Gifts, Free Sopapillas and 9,500 Enchiladas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    In East Dallas, the Great La Banqueta's Taco Successor, Taqueria Conin, Is Now Open

    The Carroll Avenue location of my favorite taqueria, La Banqueta, has officially been replaced, in what may be the quickest restaurant opening in the history of Dallas. See Also: La Banqueta, East Dallas' Best Taquería, Is Closed Taqueria Conin opened sometime last week, not long after the new ... More >>

  • 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

    June 25, 2013

    Rusty Fenton, The Pioneer Behind Rusty Taco, Has Passed Away

    News broke yesterday that Dallas' own Rusty Fenton passed away after a three-year battle with renal cancer. He was 53. Fenton was not only a brilliant restaurateur and as kind as he was creative, but he was also a family friend for many, many years. Fenton's Monday morning passing brought about a wa ... More >>

  • 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

    March 5, 2013

    Boca Chica Tapas & Tequila Opens at Park Lane

    Boca Chica Tapas & Tequila recently opened above the old Bailey's Prime Plus space at the Shops at Park Lane. Designed by the always-swank Plan B Group, this spot specializes in stiff drinks and modern (yet, sometimes ancient) Mexican fare. This little mouth is the latest footprint from Restaurant ... 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

    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

    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

    September 5, 2012

    E Bar, a New Tex-Mex Spot on Haskell, is Open (Photos)

    Eddie Cervantes, the man behind Primo's, recently opened E Bar (1901 N. Haskell Ave.). The new Tex-Mex restaurant and bar, located on one-way Haskell just past Dolly Python, has been open for nearly three weeks now but is still undergoing minor construction (the front sign and curtains are on their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Exploring Quantum Physics on Meatless Monday

    In celebration (or a painful reminder) of the fall semester starting this week at universities around the Dallas region, let's talk Meatless Monday in North Texas' own mini-Austin: Denton. Home to what very well could be millions of bushy beards, Denton is one of my favorite places on the planet a ... 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

    May 4, 2012

    Katy Trail Ice House and Banditos Open a Plano Love Child Called Bandito Tex-Mex Ice House

    Banditos and Katy Trail Ice House are best friends now. The owners of each restaurant collaborated on a new Plano place that opened last week. It goes by the name of -- wait for it -- Bandito Tex-Mex Ice House. If you've been to both of the restaurants that spawn the new spot, you can probably fig ... 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 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

    February 6, 2012

    Mardi Gras Oak Cliff 2012 Promises a Little Workout and Lots of Gluttony​With the Super Bowl out of the way, our attention now turns to the next excuse to eat, drink and be gluttonous: Mardi Gras. The non-profit organization Go Oak Cliff is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff February 18 and 19 with several different events planned ... 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

    November 18, 2011

    Blu Cloud Restaurant and Lounge: Now Open in Deep Ellum

    Donte Everett, Blu Cloud​Blu Cloud Lounge and Restaurant opened for lunch this week at 2604 Main Street in Deep Ellum, with chef Kenneth Wilson at the helm. "He is southern Louisiana cook," says Blue Cloud rep Samuel Jackson. "And has been in the industry for about 20 years. He specializes i ... 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

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The Art of Cheap Eating at Happy Hour

    Kristy YangEast meets Southwest in the Arts District.​Happy Eating points you to the best happy hour food deals in Dallas. This week, we're stopping by Tei-An and Jorge's Tex-Mex Cafe to explore the offerings of One Arts Plaza's Happy Hour Tuesday. Where: One Arts Plaza 1722 Routh St. When ... More >>

  • 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 26, 2011

    Alma's Creamy, Berry Cocktail and Unmuddled Hit

    ​After reading last week's review of Alma, we decided to meander over and give it a whirl. Munching on generous portions of L.A.-inspired Mexican food at a trendy new Henderson Avenue restaurant seemed like an appropriate way to kick off the weekend. And much to our delight, Elaine Liner's art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Whataburger Revolutionizes Tacos by Filling Tortillas with Sandwich Ingredients

    Ride the Whataburger fish taco wave if you dare.​Wednesday marked the beginning of Lenten season, and it only took Whataburger a day to announce plans to capitalize on the religious observance that is typically associated with prayer and repentance. And who wouldn't want to make money off tho ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 28, 2010
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    October 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    10 Questions: Megan Henderson

    An era ends today as Megan Henderson waves goodbye to Fox 4's Good Day--and to Dallas.The California native joined the popular morning show in August of 2003, after stints in Wichita Falls (of all places) and Salt Lake City. As the perfect foil for stolid veteran Tim Ryan, she helped turn Good Day i ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    How 'Bout Something for the 469?

    Chef Tony Gardizi worked the kitchen for the defunct Riviera, the defunct Buddha Bar, the defunct Vino & Basso, the defunct J. Peir in Terrell and the defunct Guthrie's; he also had short stints at Hibiscus, Mi Piaci and Stephan Pyles (whom John Mariani just named Chef of the Year in the November is ... More >>

  • 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

  • Dining

    July 8, 1999

    Vortex's Tacos Tear a Path

    And that's a good thing

  • Dining

    May 27, 1999

    Tin tongue

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

  • Dining

    August 13, 1998
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    January 23, 1997

    Home is on the range

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

  • Dining

    October 10, 1996
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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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