Preston Center

  • 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?

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The Ali Baba Chain is Growing, and Has the Cool New Names to Prove It

    Ali Baba is blowing up like freshly baked pita bread. Yesterday I was at the Lakewood location picking up the weekly dose of tabouleh that has become my restorative meal of choice when I noticed the menus had changed. The font the menu items were printed in was different and on the back of each menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Ocho Kitchen Space in Preston Center To Be Replaced with Mi Piaci

    Earlier this week, the folks behind Mi Piaci announced they'd be taking over the Ocho Kitchen space in Preston Center. Ocho, which opened last fall, quickly failed despite a number of changes to the menu and concept. Mi Piaci has been serving Italian cooking in Far North Dallas for more than two de ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Style By the Spoonful

    John Tesar's newest project is potentially a North Dallas pearl

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    An Interview with John Tesar and Spoon's New Pastry Chef, David Collier

    Last week Top Chef contestant and chef John Tesar hired an executive pastry chef for his high-end seafood restaurant in Preston Center, Spoon Bar & Kitchen. For the job, Tesar tapped David Collier, who previously worked with him at The Mansion. Collier is moving back to Texas this month after work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Your Dallas Foodie Gift Guide: Chocolate, Coffee, Breads and Barbecue

    If you haven't started your holiday shopping, then good for you! I think we all perform best under the pressure of deadlines, so just let it happen. Wait another few days, then get around to it. Most places will be open on Christmas Eve anyway. And a lot of gas stations are open 365. Lotto and scrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Cook Hall Opens, Love Shack Closes and More From a Very Busy October

    Another very busy month has come and gone, and with it several Dallas restaurants have opened while others have closed their doors for good. Read on for the full list and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below or at Opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Tu-Lu's Bakery To Open New Store in West Village

    Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery is opening a second Dallas location in the West Village Shopping Center this Thursday. Owner and baker Tully Phillips is originally from Memphis and graduated from SMU. After completing culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Philips moved to New York City, where sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Restaurants Come and Go: Openings and Closing in September

    September was another churning month for the Dallas restaurant community. Sisu opened in Uptown, Ser took over the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole and Campo said goodbye. Read on for the full list of openings and closings and be sure to share tips about shifts in the scene in the comments section b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    This Week's Best Food Deals Are The Reason We're All So Damn Fat

    Our inbox fills each day with a metric shit-ton of offers, flash sales and discounts. Here are some of this week's foodfull best. Gilt City Dallas: $20 for $40 worth of cookies Gilt City Dallas isn't dead yet. And these baked goods from Carol's Cookies look pretty damn good. Each cookie weighs almo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Commisary's John Tesar on a Few New Restaurants and One Double-Decker Burger Bus

    Last week we got word of John Tesar's trifecta of plans for 2012. First, he's sold his share of The Commissary to co-owner Lucy Billingsley and plans to open other two other independent Commissaries; one at Northwest Highway and Midway and the other in cowtown at the Museum Place. Then, in April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Yet Another Federal Deceptive Trade Practices Suit Filed Against Wink!

    Via.​From time to time we'll come across federal suits filed by scorned subscribers to Preston Center-based, all of whom more or less say the same thing: The dating service is nothing but a tease, its "winks" little more than hollow promises of hook-ups between prospective partners -- on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Roasted Gets Buzzed On Danny's Motor Oil

    Photos By Daniel Rodrigue​When it comes to getting a major jolt from a single cup of straight, black coffee, there's really nothing in Dallas that gives you a bigger caffeine bang for a buck than a 12 oz Styrofoam cup full of what's known around the Lakewood/Lower Greenville area as "Danny's Moto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Dallas Celebrates Cinco de Mayo while Rathbun Rolls Out BBQ Mondays and Coal Vine's has a New Brunch Menu

    Mattito's Tex-Mex​City of Aters, do you know what this Wednesday is? It's Cinco de Mayo! The only day that you can actually get away with wearing a sombrero while singing "La Bamba" at a karaoke bar. A few Dallas restaurants will be celebrating the Mexican holiday by having a Bob Armstrong queso-e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Gluten-Free Vegan Joints

    A gluten-free vegan cookie.​Omnivores tend to think of veganism as a highly restrictive, complicated way to live. Considering vegans have cut out meat, dairy, eggs, and all other animal products from their diets, they're sorta right--especially here in the land of beef. So imagine what it's like ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Houston's

    This week, Veggie Girl braved the crowds of plastically enhanced Women Who Lunch to try out Houston's. Rumored to have one of the best house-made veggie burgers in Dallas, Houston's is part of the Hillstone Restaurant quasi-chain that includes R D, across the street in Preston Center, and a few ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Singin' The Blue Plate

    They tried to make us work for the details by sending us on repeated trips to, which slowly leaked information over the course of a few weeks. Clever. Of course, Robert Wilonsky cracked the case some time ago on Unfair Park, but...But now, Kent Rathbun is spilling lots of informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Move Over, Ex-President Bush. Kent Rathbun's Moving a "Blue Plate Kitchen" Into Preston Center.

    Earlier today, Unfair Park learned that chef Kent Rathbun would be opening a new restaurant in Preston Center, next door to Shannon Wynne's Flying Fish in the space formerly occupied by Carrabba's, among others. I called Rathbun's publicist Ariana Hajibashi-Martin to confirm, and she was very noncom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008
  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Bones to Pick

    Is the 2006 invasion of culinary foreigners killing off our local character?

  • Dining

    November 9, 2006

    Settling In

    Luqa restaurant meets its deadline

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006
  • News

    September 29, 2005

    Pretty Woman

    The strange tale of a man and his Chinese bride that has Dallas talking

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Riding Coattails

    Plus: The Snub; A Dogs Life

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004

    Tom Tom Croak

    Preston Center noodle house closes

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Uptown Strikes Back

    Medici and Il Mulino founders join forces

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Lobster Ruckus

    When restaurateurs mix with lawyers, things get messy

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Lobster Crypt

    Romano closes Lobster Ranch

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Routh Riddle

    Enigma locks its doors

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Everybody Loves Romano

    How can Phil Romano, the "Steven Spielberg of the food business," become even more successful? By opening more restaurants, making more money--and feeding the homeless.

  • Dining

    December 14, 2000


    It's now all meatloaf

  • Dining

    November 9, 2000

    Goodbye, Jimmy Lu

    Fire and water

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    The Resurrection of Sandy Kress

    Or, how a Democrat and reviled former DISD board president found a happy home pushing "educational acoountability" for the GOP

  • Dining

    February 10, 2000

    Cold wind blows

    Tramontana gets some small tweaks. It needs bigger ones.

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    Reel power

    Dallas-based Regent Entertainment vies to become a Hollywood player, and it's off to an Oscar-winning start

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    Old business

    Small-time antiques dealers find themselves out in the cold

  • Dining

    February 25, 1999

    Mexican light

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

  • Dining

    December 3, 1998

    Rawhide Italian

    Antonio Ristorante revels in successful simplicity

  • Dining

    July 30, 1998

    Hope sinks

    Big Fish Little Fish's flavor doesn't match its wallet bite

  • News

    June 25, 1998

    A mother and child reunion

    Eight years after the state took away their children, an Albanian Muslim couple take their first, bitter steps toward rebuilding their broken hearts and family

  • Dining

    May 29, 1997

    Amazing grace

    Jim Severson's new restaurant has the Wright stuff

  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Feeling the Burn

    Unpaid Taxes, missing money, and a bitter business divorce threaten the empire of fitness guru Larry North

  • Dining

    March 27, 1997

    Let's not

    'Doing lunch' in Dallas can leave you holding the bag

  • Dining

    December 12, 1996

    Transcendent Tex-Mex

    Casa Rosa defends its turf with an exceptional take on Dallas' favorite cuisine

  • Dining

    July 11, 1996

    Cliff hanger

    Vitto's has the best pizza in Dallas, but you'll have to go to Oak Cliff to get it

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    I thought it would be fun to run a magazine

    Ray Washburne's Texas Business is a case study in how not to run a business

  • News

    January 18, 1996

    The making of an activist

    Arena process stirs one woman to get involved