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 >>
The Big Tex Choice Awards just gave Best Taste to Isaac Ruosso's Fried Cuban Roll and Most Creative to Justin Martinez's Deep Fried Thanksgiving. But that's not the end of the list of new fried items at the fair this year. Behold: The list of more new fried dare food that awaits you at the 2013 St ... More >>
Way before the Pirates of the Caribbean films brought buccaneer chic back into vogue, various rock acts over the decades have mined this particular influence; some better than others. Here is a list of those who have been particularly ham-fisted, including one Adam Ant who performs this Sunday at th ... More >>
The Lewisville City Council voted unanimously last night to redefine the city's official definition of nudity, thereby outlawing the body paint, gum balls, and various other non-clothes occasionally used to cover the lady parts of servers at Redneck Heaven. We covered this way too extensively yester ... More >>
Justin Grogg was in town from Panama City on a business trip when he and a colleague went out on the town to sample the local fare. They went to the Red Lobster at Stemmons and Northwest Highway, and Grogg ordered a Budweiser. Grogg says it took only a second for him to realize that the burning sen ... More >>
Maybe you've noticed, the Dallas-Fort Worth region is huge. Everything outside of the urban core takes an hour if you're lucky. Unless you need to hop on LBJ, in which case BLAAAAGGHHH. But now that gas has dropped a few cents and it's not quite hot as the devil's balls yet, we think a nice little d ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The line forms at Bar 828Last night in Oak Cliff, booze enthusiasts swarmed to Bar 828, the city's first ever pop up bar, to see some of the area's top mixologists at work. The guerrilla bar, as it's known to Michael Martensen, the man behind the project, will take place in an empty space a ... More >>
Some of you may remember the day when hush puppies were featured at many of the seafood places such as Zuider Zee, H Salt Fish and Chips, Arthur Treachers and Captain D's. Perhaps you shed a tear when they were taken off the menu at Red Lobster (to be replaced by the Cheddar Bay Biscuits). ... More >>
Just tell your girlfriend you're going to the bank.It's hard not to be envious of kids on Valentine's Day when all they have to do is pass out store-bought cards and chalky candy hearts to classmates. You, however, are not going to win any points with your Valentine with gifts like stale candy o ... More >>
Go Oak CliffLast week the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission sent over that press release listing the two new retailers given permits to sell beer and wine in previously dry parts of Dallas. This morning, after seeing this Channel 5 story about how the newly wet are missing out on year-end champ ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Chefs are notorious for yapping on about the pleasures of farm-fresh vegetables - and then opening a bag of something for dinner. The rigors of restaurant work and human nature lead even the most fearsome food snobs to occasionally indulge in mass-produced, highly-artificial, uber-preserved snack ... More >>
Photos by Gloria LevarioAngela Hunt at last night's Lower Greenville meeting to discuss the proposed Planned Development District ordinanceLast night, more than 100 folks packed into the dining room at Vickery Towers "senior living community" for a standing-room-only public meeting on the propo ... More >>
Sure, Houston's is better than, say, Applebee's or Red Lobster, but it's still a nationwide chain. And if you admit to dining at Mi Cocina or Taco Diner because of the quality of their cooking, you might also like Chili's.So what's going on? If we love one and hate another, doesn't that suggest t ... More >>
Pull up a stool, order some cheap whiskey and dont forget to duck when the beer bottles fly
Palomino500 Crescent Ct. (Atrium)214-999-1222Age can fray a restaurant. Leather wears, fittings crack and the room begins to lose its allure.Not so in the case of Palomino. The dining space at this veteran Crescent Court locale speaks of timeless dinner club finery, with an inviting bar and patio ... More >>
Sara KerensPassing up the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits and Outback blooming onions, Dave makes his way this week to Nori Sushi Bar and Grill and finds reasonable seafood in Northwest Dallas.For more shots from the restaurant -- including a sushi-rolling demo you can even (sort of) follow along with ... More >>
Patrick MichelsHell with all this 'mixologist' talk. After 16 years behind a bar, Bryan calls himself an inebriation specialist.The Grapevine's longstanding early shift bartender--he signed on in 1998--knows most people in the joint by name...or he will, if you show up again. His casual, chatty and ... More >>
What to do on those inevitable slow news afternoons where even a call from Red Lobster regarding their “reinvented” brand seems interesting? How ‘bout a nod to Blue Collar Bar—not for their intentionally dismissive name, but for reviving (at least in name), the blue plate special.
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