• Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Green Door Public House, Once a Bank and Long a Bar, Is Now Open in Downtown Dallas

    The Liberty Bank building has quite the provenance. It has been four saloons, one bank and now, over a century after it was built, the building is home to Green Door Public House. Architect Craig Melde relocated the building from its original site at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Elm Street ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014

    Bonchon's Korean Crispy Goodness

    Not all great fried chicken comes from the South.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Esquire Names Stampede 66 and Spoon among America's Best New Restaurants

    Dallas' restaurant scene has managed to shove its way into the national conversation this year: First, FT-33 and Smyth got attention in multiple national magazines, and now Esquire is giving Dallas a one-two punch of feel-good. Stephan Pyle's Stampede 66, and John Tesar's Spoon have been recognized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Meet Texas' Six Newest Billionaires

    Yesterday, Forbes released the billionaires list, its annual parade of the ridiculously, absurdly super-rich. This year, the list stretches to some 1,426 names worth a combined $5.4 trillion. Texas claims a small if significant portion of that, counting 50 billionaires among its 26 million resident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Pizza Hut Creates Singularity with Pizza in a Pizza: The "Double Sensation"

    In Latin, the word simulacrum means "likeness" or "similarity." It's a term often used by philosophers and social theorists (see: Baudrillard) to exemplify the hyper-real. To boil it down: a simulacrum can often be a perverted version of reality. See also: The 10 Worst Fast Food Trends of 2012 So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    First Round of SXSW 2013 Acts Announced, Including Blackstone Rangers and The Relatives

    With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Singapore Dome to Eclipse JerryWorld as World's Largest. But Hey, Ours Has Yoga Pants.

    Jerry Jones must have felt the superlatives slipping away from Cowboys Stadium, that monument to football, consumerism, and, not least, Jerry Jones. What other explanation could there be for opening the first ever lingerie store inside a sports stadium? Three years after it opened with a dome that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Before Anthony Bourdain Visits Dallas, He Chats with City of Ate About Bad Food Critics and Evil Truffle Oil

    ​Anthony Bourdain comes to Dallas this Thursday, visiting the Majestic Theater to share what will no doubt be candid and curse-filled insights into his life's work, travels and food. Since City of Ate is sponsoring the event, I spoke to Bourdain recently, asking about his new show, the food sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    A Giant Ferris Wheel Next to JFK Memorial? Great Idea. Finally We'll Be World-Class!

    ​Big disagreement. My house. Now. Ferris wheel next to Kennedy memorial. Wife, a Dallas native. Self, a carpetbagger. Wife, tasteful. Self, not. Wife says Yankees will criticize city. Self say, so what? Self know more about Yankees than wife. Screw Yankees. It's been almost 50 years. Can't Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Eat Street: James Cunningham Celebrates Street Food ... Not Here, Of Course

    Eat Street host James Cunningham lets food serve as the real star of his show.​Eat Street leads with one of its many trump cards when it starts out each episode with chrome-domed host, James Cunningham, just taking up some space on a city sidewalk, shooting the breeze. Cunningham may have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Yet Another High-End Dallas Hotel Sold as the Downtown Fairmont Goes For $69 Million

    ​Yesterday Bloomberg noted that high-end American hotels are being sold to buyers from Hong King, Singapore and China in the hopes of catering to "a growing number of affluent Asians traveling abroad." Among those sold: the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, now in t ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Growing Our Way Into the Third World

    ​Rick Perry keeps telling me that I shouldn't worry about dumping all the kids out of school or putting Grandma out of the nursing home. Texas has the nation's fastest-growing economy, he says, so don't sweat it. What does that mean -- fastest-growing economy? I took a look around yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Secret Recipe: A Good, Not Great, Find
    In a Search for Malaysian Food in DFW

    Secret Recipe's Hainanese-style roasted chicken​Malaysia is a country of vast and diverse cultures, all marrying to create one united cuisine. The nation's food borrows and combines elements of Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, and Indian menus, creating a robust flavor profile. The use of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The "Breathtaking Arrogance" of Tom Hicks

    George Gillett, left, and Tom Hicks​It's déjà vu all over again this morning in the U.K.: On the one side of the courtroom are attorneys repping the creditors trying to force the sale of a sports team owned by Tom Hicks; on the other side are Hicks's attorneys. So perhaps it's not an exact repla ... 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

    September 16, 2010

    Chef Tell: Savory's Finale a Little Sick, Sweet's Premiere a Little Sour

    ​First of all, let's get something out of the way. We all need closure. After our lovely Tiffany Derry packed her knives and came home to Dallas to get hitched, I didn't recap the finales. Partly because I was heartbroken they sent Kelly home over Kevin or Angelo on Part 1 and partly because, well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Chef Tell: Cooking for Buzz and Beyond

    ​First of all, TV fans, let me just throw you a cyber fist bump and wish you all a happy 9.02.10. Donna Martin graduates!But seriously, last night was the last set of "normal" challenges before the Final Four set off to cook their way through the finale. It was tense and yet surprisingly lackluste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    99 Ranch Market: The Promised Land
    Of Asian Produce

    ​Earlier this week, City of Ater Kristy Yang told you about her less-than-stellar experience dining at the new 99 Ranch Market's food court. Since the market is a grocery store, not a restaurant, we thought we'd have her come back with a separate review of her shopping experience at the mega-A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Lion City Is Spare on Frills, but has Oodles of Noodles

    Here's you, serving yourself, at Lion City.​I blatantly stole the idea to visit Lion City Chinese Café in Plano from the online events calendar for the Dallas Ethnic Restaurants meet-up group, which sounds like a fairly brilliant eating club. According to the organizer's description, the restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Madras Pavilion

    ​May seem bizarre to some that I would compare a South Indian dinner to my Mexican grandmother's breakfast taquitos, but that's exactly what came to mind while chowing down on my potato-filled dosa at Madras Pavilion. Growing up, my brother Michael and I hated eggs. Still do, in fact. Whenever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Sidecar

    ​In my school of thought--and keep in mind, it's not a very well attended school--cocktails born in the heyday of gentlemanly drinking are to be revered. Drinks such as martinis, old fashioned and the great sazerac came from an era when even the prettiest glass carried a big, stiff belt of alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    The Top Ten Smuttiest Food Ads

    You probably remember the moment you first saw Jessica Simpson slink into a Pizza Hut and, quite seductively, feed some dorky tween an oh-so-cheesy popper while moaning the line "one of these days these bites are gonna pop right into you." Yeah, it was pre-the now post- Tony Romo and she might have ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Ten Years In A Hole (In The Wall)

    Like most worthwhile "hidden gem" ethnic eateries we dream about, Thai Noodle and Rice is nondescript, a dive next to the Shop n' Go on North Fitzhugh near I-75. And fortunately, the shabby exterior seems to promise something good, worthwhile--very different than overfused and overpriced pan-Asian ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007
  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Jackson 101

    "They're not dead exactly"

  • Film

    May 24, 2007

    Pirates: At Wit's End

    It's time to throw Jack Sparrow overboard

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    He-Man Called and Wants His Phone Back

    Ever heard the local band Greyskull? No? Dude, they rock. Or so Nokia thinks, anyway: Says here that the band's been tapped to provide the soundtrack for a series of ads promoting the company's new Nseries phones -- specifically, the new N93i video phone. Only, you won't get to see the spots: Whilst ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 30, 2006

    Speed Stix

    Royal Chopstix is visually vibrant but less than exotic

  • Calendar

    October 19, 2006
  • Calendar

    March 2, 2006

    Ten Days of Talent

    Being Out of the Loop is not a bad thing

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005

    From the East

    The DMA's culture bash

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Odds & Ends

    Battling for Ozzfest, rockin' for the girls, and some jolly Christmas-song trivia

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Singapore Sling

    Life Is Killing My Rock 'N' Roll (Stinky)

  • News

    February 12, 2004


    Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Sweet Revenge

    Playwright Tracy Letts gets the last laugh on Dallas

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Too Old-Fashioned

    Does anybody drink classic cocktails anymore?

  • Dining

    February 24, 2000

    A bowl with a view

    Fishbowl is for peering. Eating isn't bad either.

  • Film

    March 18, 1999

    All that Heaven allows

    Majid Majidi's new film extends Iranian cinema's fascination with children

  • Dining

    December 4, 1997

    Save us from the Rainforest

    Even with decent food, Rainforest Cafe makes appetites endangered species

  • Film

    April 3, 1997

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • News

    October 17, 1996
  • Calendar

    August 1, 1996
  • Dining

    April 4, 1996

    Coming home

    Saigon Savour brings a rich Western touch to Vietnamese

  • Dining

    November 30, 1995

    Whose Rim is it, anyway?

    Cathy's Pacific skirts the Asian edges of the Rim

  • News

    April 13, 1995


    New bill to outlaw "indecency" on the Internet makes no sense

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