• Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    UPDATE: Taco Bell Corporate Owner's Banh Shop Near SMU Has Won't Have Commie Logo

    #TacoBell's cousin #banhmi restaurant logo angers #Vietnamese community— Sonny Lê (@sonnylebythebay) September 17, 2014 Update, 1:32 p.m.: Yum! Brands said Thursday that it plans to take down the commie-inspired logo from its new "Viet ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Rice and Wheat Delivers a Great Bowl of Pho in the Heart of Burgerland

    Timing has never been kind to me. So it was just my usual temporal bad luck that Rice and Wheat opened its doors for business last Thursday. After seven years of living next to the building that now houses this new Vietnamese/Thai/Sushi restaurant, I am bidding adieu not only to the Maple-Medical Di ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    The 11 Busiest (and Buzziest) Days in Texas Music

    From 35 Denton to SXSW, Snoop to Spillover, traversing Texas in search sonic bliss.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    What You're Missing at SXSW: Missed Connections and Crappy Free Crap

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 49: Wanz Dover's End of the World Edition

    In honor of the supposed impending apocalypse, we reached out to DJ/musician Wanz Dover and asked for his ideal apoca-mix. Says Dover: "I went kind of cinematic with my end-of-the-world mix, complete with epic love story at the end of the world." And it's a pretty great mix, featuring This Heat, O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: DaLat Owner Khanh Nguyen on the Power and Problems of Pho

    Khanh Nguyen had a successful career as a local attorney when he decided to take a little time off, a sabbatical of sorts, between projects. During that time, he immersed himself in traditional Vietnamese cooking, spending months trying to perfect various recipes, mainly concentrating on pho, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    A Conversation with Malai Thai's Chef-Owners Will Make You Want to Eat Pho, Like, Now

    Chef Braden Wages of Malai Thai in the West Village is originally from upstate New York. He and his wife, Yasmin, who is from Weatherfod, met while in school at Cornell. Running a restaurant was a long-term dream for both of them. But the concept for that place was based on a what sounds like an epi ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    The Dallas Observer 2011 MasterMind Awards

    The winners of our second annual art awards delve into the past and personal loss to bring new visions to Dallas

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Pho Colonial Brings Pho to Main Street on Wednesday

    ​Last minute invitations often result in accidental food discoveries. Last night a friend asked me to join her for dinner, which turned out to be the "soft opening" of a new restaurant in her downtown neighborhood. As City of Ate reported back in January, the creator of Steel is bringing a Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Saigon Block's Big Fish Story: You Want How Much?

    Photos by Kristy Yang​Three years have gone by since Saigon Block first opened to mass crowds, and although the hysteria has died down, it continues to be a must-go destination for fans of the restaurant's two most popular dishes: the indulgent seven courses of beef and the beastly baked whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Fill Your Super Bowl in Arlington. You're Going to Be Stuck in Traffic Anyway.

    ​As much as we hate to admit it, technically, the Super Bowl is being held in Arlington. So in honor of the big game in the little city west of us, here's a list of some Asian eateries to visit in Arlington. For banh mi: This is a toss up. Most locals are loyal to Ba Le on Browning. Indeed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Steel Creator Bringing Vietnamese Street Food to Downtown

    ​It was dark and cold yesterday morning when I biked past the empty storefront alongside Press Box Grill, so I elected not to check out the brand new permits posted in the window. But D Magazine's Tim Rogers is obviously a better -- or at least warmer -- cycling newshound than I am, since he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Pop Quiz: Can You Tell One City from Another By Menus?

    ​I recently had occasion to look up a menu from a town where I used to live, and was startled by how ostentatiously it flaunted the region's culinary biases. The menu was so obviously issued by a restaurant in this particular town that I'm pretty sure I could pick it out of a line-up of 100 me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    It's a Southern Thing: Who Gets Credit
    For Introducing Vietnamese to Crawfish?

    ​Andrea Nguyen's presentation at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium this weekend was bound to be a bit contentious, as the award-winning cookbook author was slated to explain to a roomful of proud Southern eaters and cooks that the Vietnamese crawfish tradition rightly belongs to Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    West Meets East and Comes Back
    With a Full Stomach

    All photos by Kristy YangAt the Food Court in Thailand​I've been away for the past few weeks tending to some family stuff in Asia and have been a tad too busy to do any blogging. I'm sure the editor's ulcer will be relieved to know that I'm back now with my one measly post a week. While away, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Pho From Home: From Saigon Kitchen to the Super H Mart and Back

    Photos by Kristy YangSoup at Saigon Kitchen​Is it safe to come out? Someone's writing sure did bring about a lot of ire last week, but I've always felt food, like puppies and babies, is a unifier not a divider. So let's get started again. Like many food finding expeditions I've had in the past w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    From the Dallas Tornado's 1967-'68 World Tour, This Flashback's For Sale

    ​Last week we put the biscuit in the basket with this rare look back at the Dallas Texans, our first pro hockey team. Which is why Friend of Unfair Park PeterK sends this latest look back at yet another beloved golden oldie on the auction block: the Dallas Tornado, three members of which -- from l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Pho From Home: Houston

    ​My affair with our I-45 rival can be best described as a love/hate relationship, heavy on the hate. Past trips I've made to Houston consistently involved cursed adventures and unlucky mishaps with scars--yes actual scars--to prove it. From the time a two inch nail left a lifelong mark in my ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Pho From Home: Hanoi Style

    Pho Hung, Ho Chi Minh City.​In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area. This time, we wrap up our excursion through Vietnam. Next week, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Pho From Home: Vietnam

    In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area.​As a little Vietnamese kid in a primarily white world, I never thought these three letters wou ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2008

    Sane in the Membrane

    Despite drinking enough syrup to kill a small horse, Lil Wayne is actually quite calculated

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    The Roots

    Tuesday, June 17, at House of Blues

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Last Night: Billy Joel at American Airlines Center

    There were tons of people at the Billy Joel show. Unfortunately, we sat behind them all. (Merritt Martin)Billy Joel December 4, 2007 American Airlines Center Better Than: Seeing Movin’ Out. My best friend has loved Billy Joel since approximately the age of 3. She even has a small bust of Joel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006
  • Calendar

    August 3, 2006

    Asia or Bust

    The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates five years

  • Dining

    July 20, 2006

    Head East

    Alessio's is Euro-friendly

  • Music

    June 8, 2006
  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Chop Suey Syndrome

    Our restaurant critic travels to China to unravel the riddle: Why can't Dallas do Chinese?

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Fog of War

    A group of veterans says John Kerry stretches the truth about his Vietnam service. Who can you believe? Who knows?

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2004

    Saigon Smokes

    Tragic, so it must be good

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    She's Gotta Serve It

    Dallas dining is largely controlled by men. Seven women are trying to change that.

  • Film

    February 6, 2003

    Quiet Strength

    Love it or hate it, few will be able to look away from Phillip Noyce's provocative Greene adaptation

  • Film

    July 25, 2002

    Moving Story

    Pacing, lengthiness slow down Green Dragon

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    The Spirits Move Them

    Followers of Cao Dai, a Vietnamese sect with frail tendrils in Dallas, say their time has come to spread the word. Just ask Victor Hugo.

  • Film

    October 11, 2001

    Secret Worlds

    Vertical Ray brightly illuminates Vietnamese family life

  • Film

    September 27, 2001

    Our House

    Together is a bittersweet look at '70s commune life in Sweden

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Lost Son

    The Vietnamese son of a black American soldier faces a long trip "home"

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    East Meets West

    The twain date and mate at a Fort Worth dating service

  • Film

    September 7, 2000

    Fillet this fish

    How many silly story lines can one movie hold? Fewer, clearly, than Catfish stuffs in.

  • Dining

    July 13, 2000

    Hash Over

    Steel feel; Web wine unsnarled?

  • Film

    May 20, 1999

    Vietnam in transition

    Tony Bui shows a country looking to regain its identity

  • News

    December 10, 1998

    Last dance

    In Dallas' cantinas, where the company of pretty young meseras is doled out by the drink, a killer lurks

  • News

    December 3, 1998

    The garden of life

    In East Dallas' Little Asia, a community blooms in fields of litter

  • Dining

    November 6, 1997

    Transcendental dining

    Delight is in the details at Saigon Bistro

  • News

    April 10, 1997

    Less than a stranger

    She said it was abuse. He said it was manipulation. By the time a Denton court got through with this messy custody battle, a good mother would lose her kids forever.

  • Dining

    April 4, 1996

    Coming home

    Saigon Savour brings a rich Western touch to Vietnamese