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    October 16, 2014

    Bet the House, Denton's Newish BBQ Spot, Is Selling Out Fast, and for Good Reason

    The Five Commandmeats Lesson #1: "sold out" signs at BBQ restaurants are what distinguish the truly hungry from the peckish. Bet the House BBQ is sold out. The sign on the front window says so in clear, authoritative lettering. Having never let a sign deter me before (stop signs? more like, what s ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Social Distortion at Gas Monkey Live, 10/11/14

    Social Distortion With Stone Foxes and Jonny Two Bags Gas Monkey Live, Dallas Saturday, October 11, 2014 With Gas Monkey Bar N Grill now entering its second year of business, the owners opened the doors to their second venue, Gas Monkey Live on Saturday for a grand unveiling with Social Distortion. ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Five Dallas Dives Guy Fieri Should (Not) Visit

    Everyone's favorite backwards-sunglasses and flaming-shirt enthusiast Guy Fieri revisits DFW this week, sort of, with an hour-long rehash of former Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes that he's calling "The Legends of Texas" tour, airing all week. As we wrote about in 2012, this means some people's ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    A Probably Futile Ode to Red Lobster

    Dear Red Lobster, I hear you guys are having some financial problems. Your parent company may be looking to dump you, but it's not your fault. You have been continually wonderful for the last one hundred years (or however long you've existed) as everyone's favorite budget-friendly seafood restauran ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Ten Easy Ways to Piss Off a Chef

    There was a time when going out to dinner was an indulgence. A thing you did when you really wanted to treat yourself. Now most of us head to restaurants out of necessity, or at least we tell ourselves that: We're either too busy or too lazy to actually prepare food for ourselves. Professional che ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    John Tesar Is Opening a Steakstaurant Called Fork. Plus, a List of His Next Five Restaurants.

    On Friday, news broke that Spoon chef-owner John Tesar will soon open a new restaurant at Hotel Palomar, in the space that previously housed Central 214. It'll be named Knife. It'll be a steakstaurant. I'm sure it'll be great. And I'm sure that these are the next five restaurants he'll open:

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    September 6, 2013

    Did the IRS Just Kill the Automatic 18-Percent Tip for Big Parties?

    The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about a new IRS tax rule that could affect your next large celebratory dinner. It has to do with automatic gratuity charged for large parties at restaurants. You know the asterisk at the bottom of the menu in 10-point font: (*18-percent grat ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Top Chef: Seattle Episode 6 Recap: Nobody Likes a Dry Taco

    Lots of Top Chef QuickFires and elimination challenges are sponsored by brands (it's a TV show, product placement happens), but this week was especially annoying. See also: Top Chef: Seattle Episode 5 Recap: The Ginger Curse Is Real Truvia sponsored the QuickFire, and the prize for the Eliminatio ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Blue Mesa at the Ballpark: Tex-Mex Chain Plots Arlington Expansion and Uptown Spin-off

    News out of Cowtown via the Star-Tele is that Blue Mesa Grill is planning on opening a new restaurant at Lincoln Square just west of the Ballpark in Arlington this fall, to capitalize on sports traffic in the area. President Jim Baron said the new Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington is in a very "tried a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Over Dinner at a Fort Worth Olive Garden, Michelle Obama Heard All About Oak Cliff

    ​Maybe you saw KXAS-Channel 5 last night -- why, yes, that was Jason Roberts and wife Andrea seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama at a Fort Worth Olive Garden last night. But, but ... how'd the would-be congressional candidate and the missus land the seats? And what did they talk about? Beside ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    WhataFail: How Some Dallas Restaurants Treat Their Employees

    Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has released a new restaurant guide. The 52-page guide makes no mention of food quality, ingredient sourcing, or a customer's dining experience, but instead focuses on how well restaurants treat their employees. Wages, benefits and advancement opportunities ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    At Deli News, the Bagel and Lox Just Might Make You Forget You Live in a Deli Wasteland

    Alexander Nham writes about breakfast for City of Ate. It's not his full-time job, though. Although that would be a sweet full-time job. Moving from north to south has been tough, no way around it. Some things I take as a birthright are nowhere to be found around Dallas: Italian beef, salted road w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Café San Miguel: A Failed Restaurant Through the Eyes Of Yelp

    Cafe San Miguel's star rating rocketed from two to nearly four stars in two months​City of Ate had just posted its monthly revolving doors column when the Dallas Morning News reported on the closing of Cafe San Miguel yesterday. The owners sent out an email to diners saying, "After making a ho ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Eddie V's Chef Brad Albers on the Best Food City in the World (And Dallas, Too)

    ​Chef Brad Albers is charged with keeping everyone fat and happy at Eddie V's in Dallas, a job at which he seems to excel. Originally from Dallas, he attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco followed by an unplanned German-language immersion program in Switzerland, where he le ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Suze's Jeffery Hobbs: Making Something New from the Familiar

    Robert BostickSuze's Jeffery Hobbs.​Like many chefs, Jeffery Hobbs fell in love with the kitchen because both his grandmother and his mother were in it. Born in Indianapolis, the 40-year-old Hobbs spent much of his time as a kid in the kitchen peeling carrots and potatoes or in the family gard ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    More Things You Shouldn't Give Your Mom This Mother's Day

    A gift for the constipated mom who likes gnats.​She boned someone, got super fat, made your whole body from scratch and then successfully shot you out of her lady parts. And to thank your mother for all that, you give her a Hallmark card and call it even? No. No, you do not. You're an adult n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Brackets' New Lunch Menu Might Make You Skip The Olive Garden

    Mike MezeulThe burger at Brackets is bigger than your face (and your biceps).​Sure, the unlimited soup, salad and breadstick lunch at The Olive Garden is cheap and filling, but there's a new lunch menu that will make you want to skip those chain restaurant deals. As Hanna Raskin reported in M ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Olive Garden Rolls Out Remodel in Texas

    A plan to revamp Olive Garden restaurants nationwide is getting its start in Texas. Three Dallas area stores are among the nine "remodel locations" recently announced by the Italian-American restaurant chain. According to spokesperson Kristen Johnson, more than half of the chain's 700 stores will e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Toulouse Brunch, C'est Bon!

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourToulouse's Bloody Marys came rimmed with a sweetly sour lime salt.​It is getting harder and harder not to eat brunch at a Lombardi family restaurant in this town. First, there was Penne Pomodoro. Then there was Cibus. Now, there is Toulouse, the French ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Newest Menu Items at Leading Chains Not Designed for Teetotalers

    ​Corporate kitchens are continuing to add wine and spirits to their dishes, apparently angling for sophistication and increased perceived value. Olive Garden is now pushing a pasta dish with shellfish "sautéed in white wine" and a stew "simmered in light white wine." Red Lobster's developed ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Come Young, Come Old, Leave Drunk
    At Penne Pomodoro's Brunch

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourPenne Pomodoro's fruity brunch beverages.​To be honest with you, if I'd known before we sat down at the Lakewood Penne Pomodoro on Sunday morning that they're a beer- and wine-only joint, I'd never have gone. No liquor means no Bloody Mary, and no Bloody ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010
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    October 18, 2010

    Restaurant Ava's Southern Brunch Done Way, Way Right

    ​Walking into the crisp, white linen-and-dark wood decor of Rockwall's Restaurant Ava on Sunday morning was a welcome change from my weekend of fireside beer-swilling in East Texas. It's not that campfire kebabs and Jiffy Pop don't make for a great meal, but it's nice to go from one extreme to the ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010
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    January 13, 2010

    Pairing Off: Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets

    Patrick Michels/Flickr user Photos8.comOh, no--the artist is entering a new and darker phase.​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.National restaurant chains know how to stretch the limits of almost any word. Olive Garden tries to sell us o ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    November 2, 2009

    In The (Olive) Garden Of Eden

    ​A couple weeks ago, a reader by the name of Beth posted an interesting comment under one of our stories. "May I inquire as to why it is common practice on these blogs to look down upon other so-called 'middle-class casual restaurants?'" she (assuming) wrote, mentioning Olive Garden as a favored ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​It is truly weird when City of Ate stories pop up in other venues, often without context. For instance, our Top 10 on foods to fry for next year's state fair somehow ended up in a Baltimore paper's blog, where some people show surprising scorn for things Texan.These cross-posts, or whatever they' ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Luby's vs Furr's: Buffet Brawl

    Alex Flores​People tell me I have a glamorous job. They tell me over and over...until I respond with "gotta go to Furr's; want to come along?" As much as we dismiss pile-it-on buffets, however, we've all bellied along a serving line. Whether we regret it moments later or rationalize the experien ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Rules To Eat By

    ​An American style milkshake in part requires a blend that will stand a spoon but can be sipped from a straw without much trouble. Response to last week's ranking of ten different milkshakes, however, suggests some people really don't consider the difference between a milkshake and stirred up ice ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009
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    May 19, 2009

    Dude Food: Olive Garden

    Olive Garden639 N. Cockrell Hill Road, DuncanvilleDude Factor: 3, or Roseanne (waitress/proprieter of loose meat sandwich specialty diner The Lanford Lunch Box), on a scale of 1 (Zach Braff in Garden State) to 10 (Jonah Hill in Forgetting Sarah Marshall)Last Saturday my lady and I--with tired bones, ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Nicola's: As Classy As All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Can Be

    Though the idea sounds like it's lifted straight from The Olive Garden, chances are the endless tableside hand-made pastas offered at Nicola's Ristorante Italiano for "Pasta Amore" are a little more palatable than those of the chain pseudo-Italian restaurant. And at $19.95 a head, it had better be.I ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: i Fratelli Pizza

    i Fratelli Pizza 6109A Greenville Ave. 214-891-0600 Promised delivery time: 45 minutes Actual delivery time: 40 minutes The ScoreSincere and easy ordering process uncharacteristic of most pizza joints in my neck of the woods: 15 Altering their flagship menu item's ingredients without question b ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009
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    December 18, 2008

    Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich: "The Cowboy Who Killed Those Kids"

    Former cornerback Dwayne Goodrich comes to grips with his hit-and-run of three Good Samaritans as he plans for life after prison

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    October 2, 2008
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    November 10, 2005
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    April 28, 2005

    Fearless in Mesquite

    Skip the suburban chains and head to Kamikaze Japanese Cuisine

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    December 4, 2003

    Shtick Happens

    Male or female servers--does it make a difference?

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    August 7, 2003


    Who has the worst cuisine in Europe?

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    February 20, 2003

    Boot Scootin'

    Why is Italian food so popular?

  • Film

    February 20, 2003

    Will Power

    Mr. Ferrell comes into his glory in Old School

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Happy Freakin' Valentine's Day

    Some local CD-release shindigs make this horrible holiday a little more tolerable

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    October 11, 2001

    Sweet Leaf

    The Bay Leaf has plenty of personality

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    January 11, 2001

    Shout Out Loud

    Small-time restaurants battle for recognition

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    November 16, 2000

    Hot Lunch

    Or, how to find love among the dishes

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    September 17, 1998

    Night & Day

    September 17 - 23, 1998

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    April 17, 1997

    Questions of taste

    Generic Harper's seems to have an answer to just about everything

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