Phil Romano

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Seven Dallas Restaurants You Should Really Be Following on Instagram

    Restaurants are notoriously bad at the Internet. They have terrible websites, yell at customers on review sites, and some still ignore the web altogether. Social media provides a unique opportunity for restaurants, who can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to push out their menus and best dishes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Kobayashi to Judge Hot Dog Eating Contest Friday at Fair

    This Friday, October 12, world champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi will judge an amateur competitive Hofmann's Hot Dog eating contest at the State Fair. The challenge takes place on the Chevy Main Stage at 4 p.m. The first place winner will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third $250. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    What Does La Bajada Neighborhood Want? Why Not Ask Them?

    I was right on the verge of what I am sure would have been a very satisfying episode of outrage, when my damned libtard alarm went off. It's a case of certain past experiences coming back to haunt me, getting in the way of what might otherwise have been some really enjoyable self-righteousness. I do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    EatZi's Expansion of Two New Stores is Just the Beginning

    News broke Tuesday that local restaurateur Phil Romano is opening two new eatZi's in the area. A Grapevine (at 1319 Hwy 114) store will open on May 17, and a lease has been signed for a new development in Plano. Today eatZi's chef executive, Adam Romo, clarified a few more details on the expansion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Babb Brothers Barbeque to Open in Trinity Groves This Summer

    Last week, checking out the scene on the west side of the big fancy new bridge, I noticed a sign on a yellow building one block south of Singelton (400 Bedford) that reads "Coming Soon: Babb Brothers Barbeque & Blues." The first sign of life in the Trinity Grove development. This area just west of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Shepard Fairey's In Town, Doing Up West Dallas

    The view from the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is about to get a lot cooler. This afternoon a spotless rented silver minivan pulled up at 331 Singleton, a vacant West Dallas office space with a large, invitingly blank outer wall. A group of four guys rolled from the van and started unloadin ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    Bridge to Somewhere

    Across the new Trinity bridge, a long-neglected but suddenly desirable neighborhood waits and hopes.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    If Nothing Else, Dallas Urban Lab's "Visionary Proposals" Will Make a Very Nice Art Exhibit

    UT School of Architecture/Dallas Urban Lab​Over on DC9 yesterday, Pete posted the latest Smile Smile video, "Truth on Tape," which is a very naked, guest-star-laden clip shot entirely at the Rachofsky House. So, then, funny thing: When Pete passed along the clip, I went to the Rachofsky House's we ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​A hell of a lot to wade through this week, mostly thanks to the state fair.Two things before we get to the non-winners. First, I think I found a way to rid my desk of some of the accumulated junk...uh, I mean, of the highly sought after prizes, which this week would have included a handsome coffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    SMU Basketball Leads the Nation ... in Tweets?

    Matt Doherty hasn't done much to put SMU back on the college basketball map. He is, however, powering the Ponies to the top of the Twitterverse. SMU urges its coaches to connect to its community. Events. Fund-raisers. Handshakes. Blogs. But you get the feeling Doherty Tweets not because he has ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    In West Dallas, Finding MMDs

    On Wednesday, as you're no doubt aware by now, the Dallas City Council voted to create three municipal management districts, or MMDs. They're the first in Dallas, though Houston is often invoked as proof that MMDs do wonders for development. Which is no surprise, as they're made for development -- o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007

    Phemme Phatalie?

    Dotty Griffith. Remember her? She’s the former Dallas Morning News restaurant critic who Nick & Sam’s-Eatzi’s founder Phil Romano hates to love. He drug her through the lawyer trough, donchaknow. Anyway, after being ceremoniously eased into the last Dallas Morning News newsroom pruning last S ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 28, 2006

    Dough Mine

    Fossil fuel makes for delicious pies

  • Dining

    March 24, 2005


    For restaurant critics, it's celebrity or credibility

  • Dining

    January 6, 2005

    Past Vs. Progress

    We love the nightlife

  • Dining

    December 30, 2004

    Dining Tyranny

    Are we choosing ourselves crazy?

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    The Beautiful Ones

    The hot, sexy rich people are partying it up while you sleep. We'll wake you when they're done.

  • Dining

    June 24, 2004

    Feed the Need

    What is soup kitchen food like?

  • Dining

    April 1, 2004

    Boxing Brown

    Chef Doug Brown planning new project downtown

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Whats Wrong With This Picture?

    For Hal Samples, who uses photos to help the homeless, nothingand everything

  • Dining

    January 1, 2004

    Vice Grip

    In Dallas restaurants, 2003 was all about smoke. The future may be all about hooch.

  • Dining

    October 3, 2002

    Cow Cash

    Gary Yamamoto knows where the beef is

  • Dining

    June 13, 2002

    Frenchie Flash

    Loosen up and enjoy the ride at Paris Vendôme

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    The Real "Goofball"

    Plus: Circle of Pain, What a Guy, Tiger's Eye

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    Born to Run

    Ferré could add a little kick to the Dallas restaurant scene

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    We Oui Warp

    Fired Up installs a New Orleans grubbery in We Oui's old shell

  • Dining

    December 28, 2000

    Playing Chicken

    Come boom or bust Dallasites gotta eat--out, that is

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    Colombo Pause

    Reasons to drink

  • Dining

    August 3, 2000

    Hash Over

    Jeroboam flight; Panty wad; Hash mince

  • Dining

    April 13, 2000

    Hash Over

    Rope twister; Mixed hash; List watch

  • Dining

    December 30, 1999

    Eat these words

    The Dallas scene was everywhere -- and nowhere -- in 1999

  • Dining

    January 21, 1999

    Oldie but goodie

    Lawry's The Prime Rib: an old wrinkle ahead of its time

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998
  • Dining

    February 15, 1996

    Bread and circus

    Despite upscale pretensions, Eatzi's aims for a lowbrow market. Will it fly?