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    September 16, 2014

    TJ's Seafood Market Has a New Home, a Bigger Menu, and More Booze

    TJ's Seafood isn't exactly new to Dallas. It started in 1989 at Preston and Forest, serving up seafood out of a fish case. A few years ago, they expanded to the Oak Lawn area and added a dine-in restaurant component to their business. Now, they've shuttered the original TJ's Seafood and opened up th ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    The Original TJ's Fish Market Is Moving to Preston Hollow, and Expanding

    There was a big buzz when the second location of TJ's Seafood Market opened in Highland Park in 2012. For years TJ's had been a place to pick up a side of salmon, and maybe a few dozen oysters to shuck at home. But when owner Jon Alexis moved into a strip mall alongside Carbone's, suddenly table ser ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Pier 247 Is Now Open in Oak Cliff

    Before this weekend, Bishop Arts was short a good ol' fashioned seafood joint. Thanks to Pier 247, this vacancy has been filled. On the corner of Davis and Madison Streets, Cecilia Lopez retrofitted an old gas station and invited chefs John Fleming and Ty Frazier to light up the deep fryer. The me ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    East Hampton Sandwich Co. Expands to Plano This Week

    East Hampton Sandwich Co. is opening its new location in Plano's Shops at Legacy on Wednesday, just in time for you to don flannel, drink cider and do whatever else it is that people in the Hamptons do when they aren't inhaling lobster rolls. Founder Hunter Pond hoped to open the Plano location by ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Try This Front Room Shrimp Roll, Because It May Not Be Around Forever

    Lobster rolls are inexplicably all over this town, even if we have to pay a claw and a leg to get one. Shrimp rolls make more sense. The Gulf of Mexico has plenty of shrimp, and not only are the shipping costs lower, the shellfish are more affordable. See also: The Problem With Dallas' Lobster Ro ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    March 28, 2013

    20 Feet's Midas Touch

    A new East Dallas seafood joint uses beer batter like a fabled king.

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    October 9, 2012

    The Problem With Dallas' Lobster Rolls

    The lobster roll has been fetishized in Dallas. What started as an obscure menu option offered most notably at Sea Breeze, Rex's and Cafe Pacific is becoming a full blown trend in Dallas. See Also: Lobster Roll Smack Down: Rex's Versus Sea Breeze Rex's Friday Lobster Rolls: They're Good, and They'r ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    East Hampton Sandwich Company in Snider Plaza is Now Open, As Are the Lobster Crates

    See Also: The Lobster Roll Smack Down The East Hampton Sandwich Company opened Wednesday in Snider Plaza (Lovers and Hillcrest). Owner Hunter Pond recently ditched law school to test his hand in the local restaurant business (he makes no bones about it - he emphatically hated law school). When Po ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    TJ's Seafood Market To Toss Its Net in East Dallas This Saturday

    From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, TJ's Fresh Seafood Market is setting up shop in East Dallas for a little impromptu fish market. Owner Jon Alexis likes getting out of the office (which is his 1,200-square-foot store on Preston Road) and will take over an auxiliary room at Urbano Cafe (look fo ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Finding A Decent Crab Cake With A Side Of Jimmy Choo Shoes

    When Mark Stuertz reviewed Cafe Pacific, in 2004, he called the Highland Park Village seafood restaurant a cliché. The menu has crab cakes and veal Oscar, he said. Breaded veal cutlets with crab and asparagus were alive and well in Dallas. And here I am eight years later sitting at the bar at Cafe ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Wicked Po'Boys Set To Open In Richardson

    Husband and wife team Joey and Lan Chi Le are set to open Wicked Po'Boys, a casual Cajun inspired restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, this Wednesday. The menu features po'boys stuffed with crawfish, BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, fried oysters and soft shell crab. They had a soft opening today ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    Spring Is Here, and Summer's Coming: This Week In Dallas Grubbing

    If you went out for lunch today, you're well aware that spring is here. Summer probably isn't too far off, which has me thinking about crab shacks, lobster rolls and other things near the shore. Maybe that's why I decided to review Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill. The Plano restaurant has no surf o ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2012

    Years Later, Sea Breeze is Still (Lobster) Rolling

    Coupling a fish counter with a restaurant is the best path to freshness.

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    February 17, 2012

    Victor Tango's Fried Ipswich Clams: This Ain't Long Jong Silvers, Matey

    When I was a kid, I thought clams were irregular, long rubbery strips of sweet protein covered in cornmeal breading. It wasn't my fault. Even though I grew up on the Eastern Shore, my parents grew up in central PA. They weren't seafood people, so most of the seafood meals from my early youth were ea ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Mardi Gras Oak Cliff 2012 Promises a Little Workout and Lots of Gluttony​With the Super Bowl out of the way, our attention now turns to the next excuse to eat, drink and be gluttonous: Mardi Gras. The non-profit organization Go Oak Cliff is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff February 18 and 19 with several different events planned ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The NFL Conference Championship Food Menu

    Flickr​It's time Ater's. We've been watching the playoffs since the wild cards, and the championship games are this Sunday. We've been blogging about potential menus and discussing them in the comments, but now it's time to execute. If you want to put on an awesome spread to get you through th ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Introducing the NFL Playoffs of Food

    I've been looking forward to this series of posts since mid-fall, when our new Sportatorium folks joined the City of Ate fray. You see, I can think of no more perfect marriage than sports and food. And I consummate this union every year with an annual football-themed degustation. Before you skewer ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Blu Cloud Restaurant and Lounge: Now Open in Deep Ellum

    Donte Everett, Blu Cloud​Blu Cloud Lounge and Restaurant opened for lunch this week at 2604 Main Street in Deep Ellum, with chef Kenneth Wilson at the helm. "He is southern Louisiana cook," says Blue Cloud rep Samuel Jackson. "And has been in the industry for about 20 years. He specializes i ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Dear Tillman's Road House: Please Put Those Experimental Oyster Stacks on Your Fall Menu

    Tillman's RoadhouseFried oysters, satued spinach and tomato over poblano polenta with a spicy remoulade.​Last Friday, Tillman's posted a picture of one of its weekend specials on its Facebook page along with this description: "Fried oysters with roasted poblano polenta, sautéed spinach and to ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Safety Tips for Smoke's Oyster Shucking Contestants

    ​If attendees at Foodways' Texas first-ever Dallas event at Smoke tonight are able to rouse themselves from their chairs after feasting on Tim Byres' lengthy menu of gumbo, roasted oysters, raw oysters, grilled shrimp and fried fish, they can compete to shuck the most oysters in one minute - a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Urbano Cafe: The Only Problem for a Lunch Date is That Eventually It Ends

    Sara KerensUrbano Cafe: Don't call it small. Say "cozy."​Urbano Café on Fitzhugh Avenue is a great place for dates and day drinking, especially on a lazy Saturday. Before Thanksgiving, I met a date there for lunch. I drove around the East Dallas restaurant awhile before I found parking on a s ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Austin Steps Up Food Cart Game with Vegan Seafood Concept

    Too long have they angered the sea.​A pair of Austin vegans is tackling the food group many ethical eaters consider the most difficult to recreate without resorting to animal slaughter: Seafood. While liquid smoke and seitan make a passable faux roast, even talented cooks have trouble conjuri ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    September 9, 2010
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    July 21, 2010

    Aw, Shucks...Guess It's Happy Hour At Aw Shucks

    ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: Aw Shucks, 3601 Greenville Ave., 214-821-9449When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. dailyWhat: Half-price r ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    The Oceanaire Seafood Room vs. Rockfish Seafood Grill : The Crab Cake Conundrum

    Alex Flores​Crab cake is official food of the Preakness Stakes for good reason. Just as the Preakness is the second jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the simple dish of quality crab meat, and little else, is a crown jewel of Maryland. Thought to be another one of these ancient ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Make Cyclone Anaya's Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Nachos Yourself, and You Can Call Them By Any Name You Want

    Photos by Sarah Johnson​Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Nachos Demonstrated by Jose Cardenas of Cyclone Anaya's It's becoming more common for an athletes, both active and retired, to switch hats and become restaurateurs. For example, the Dallas dining scene has the popular sports-inspired Hully & Mo Res ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Fat Tuesday Festivities, Wolfgang Puck Celebrates the Chinese New Year, and a Monster Eating Contest

    Flickr user Ctd 2005Except on Mardi Gras, the jackalope is rarely seen in the wild with its shirt off.​Some think the best thing about February is Valentine's Day and spending some romantic time with your significant with a box of chocolates and bottle of wine. Not us. We'd rather drink strong coc ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    November 4, 2009

    Days Gone Bite: Howard Johnson's Fried Clams

    ​In the '60s and '70s it was almost impossible to travel any distance without spotting a bright orange roof and that Simple Simon weathervane. There were close to 1,000 Howard Johnson's restaurants back then, each of them serving 28 flavors of ice cream and platefuls of fried clams.The clams were ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    October 15, 2009

    Hophead: Brooklyn Brewmaster Says In Food Pairing, Beer Is The Answer

    Jesse HugheyBrooklyn Local 1 with honey-pepper salmon.​Brooklyn Beer brewmaster Garrett Oliver's visit to Whole Foods yesterday afternoon was first and foremost a cooking demonstration with beer pairing suggestions. But as Oliver described how the flavors of each brew complemented each course, he ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Take A Shelling

    How many ways are there to prepare shrimp? Been awhile since Forrest Gump's friend Bubba cataloged them all. But if you're interested ticking a few off the list, check out this weekend's "Salute to Shellfish" at Central Market, featuring fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp, and even a little ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Short Orders: Jaxx Steakhouse

    Jaxx Steakhouse14925 Midway, Addison972-458-7888The venerable steakhouse or cafe or Mickey Mantle hangout is showing its age. Splotches from once-incessant cigarette smoke lends 'character' to the pressed tin ceiling, the warped tiles supporting eight weathered fans. If you squint, the place resembl ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 12, 2009

    Coast Global Seafood

    Skip the starters and dig right into the entrees

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    January 29, 2009
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    February 21, 2008

    Stogie Supper

    Get smoked at Chamberlain's

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    May 10, 2007

    Roux Note

    Can this new seafood joint draw the jazz lovers?

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    October 7, 2004

    Pair o' Dice

    If this restaurant is really heavenly, then let's go commit some sin

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    February 20, 2003

    Funky Quarters

    Inwood Quarter Café mixes the seedy with the charming

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    January 23, 2003

    Bold Fish

    Chef Chris Svalesen perseveres with 36 Degrees

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    January 9, 2003

    Big Fish

    The Oceanaire Seafood Room is a "power steak house with a seafood center"

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    November 29, 2001

    Chef Joe

    Voltaire's search for a head cook finally comes to a close

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    November 22, 2001

    On Your Honor

    Big Shuckson is bargain seafood camp that has as many fresh and tasty finds as it has pitfalls

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    November 1, 2001


    Half Shells Seafood Grill

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    June 7, 2001

    Hurricane Warning

    There's more to like about the Hurricane Grill than just the 45-ounce hurricanes

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    July 25, 1996

    Cajun quest

    Good cuisine--even if it involves bathtubs of boiling oil-- never goes out of style

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    April 11, 1996


    Lefty's handles the big bugs adroitly

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