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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Uptown location of Primo's Tex-Mex closed permanently Wednesday, according to manager Brandon Kundak. Kundak refused to comment on the reason for the closure, instead thanking his customers for their 20 years of loyalty. Owner Frank Linero was unavailable for comment, but his second Primo's loca ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Back in June we had a brief conversation with Mico Rodriguez about his soon to open Mesero Miguel, the Mexican restaurant that will replace the Lemon Bar after its failed attempt to take over the space this spring. Before that, Alma brought fluffy tortillas and Mexican food to the same building, but ... More >>
No matter how crazy you got last night, things will be better soon.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
When I eat Tex-Mex, I generally subsist on two standard orders depending on my mood. Sometimes I want enchiladas, and sometimes I want fajitas. The rest falls into special occasion Tex-Mex, such as when I'm hunting for perfect puffy taco, or searching for good queso, or am otherwise distracted by ot ... More >>
Yesterday on the way to Craft and Growler, I spotted red electric "open" sign at the corner pupuseria, raspas and taco stand, Luna's Cocina. Each letter lit up one at a time O... P... E... N..., like a slow taunt to my stomach. A slightly inappropriate right turn from a far left lane was involved, b ... 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 >>
Finally, A Tex-Mex meal that doesn't require expandable pants.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
MardiGrasOakCliff.comWith 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 >>
Donte Everett, Blu CloudBlu 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 >>
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
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 >>
Hey, dude, do we have a ranch for you.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Skillman Wok18900 Dallas Parkway972-248-0808Promised delivery time: 40 minutesActual delivery time: 30 minutes (on the dot)The ScoreKnieval-like daring-do of ordering Tex-Mex from a Chinese kitchen: 35Implied authenticity of a franchise called Skillman Wok: -18Suspicion that owner made delivery: -6F ... More >>
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 >>
Laissez les bon temps rouler at two new restaurants
And that's a good thing
Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle
The Fairmont Hotel's Brasserie is much more than a coffee shop