Spanish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Dallas Chefs Changing the Way We Eat in 2014

    We get it! David Uygur, Teiichi Sakurai, Matt McCallister and other highly lauded chefs are worthy of infinite praise. They've opened restaurants that have defined the Dallas dining scene and offer cooking that demonstrates unparalleled refinement. They were also the chefs we celebrated last year, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Casa Rubia Is the Best Restaurant in West Dallas' Hit-or-Miss Trinity Groves

    "Dinner in Trinity Groves?" It's a question that so often sends my potential dining companions running for the hill country, a trail of withering dust the only evidence they ever existed. This restaurant empire, rising from the clay of West Dallas, isn't the only destination that has given me troub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    McDonald's is "Testing" Chorizo Burritos in Dallas. Spoiler Alert: They're Really Bad

    The Dallas food map is studded with breakfast taco-burritos that will blow the socks clean off your feet. Some of them come with jalapeno ranch. Good 2 Go in White Rock has big hangar steak and egg tacos that will you make you cry hollandaise tears. They're good, cheap, and they can bust a hangover ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2014

    At Oak Cliff's Wild Detectives, Beer, Snacks and Something They're Calling "Books"

    A pair of Spanish engineers carve out a social hub in Oak Cliff.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Casa Rubia, Trinity Groves' Most Promising Restaurant, Is Now Open

    For months, things had been pretty tired at Trinity Groves. With only Babb Brothers BBQ and a hot dog restaurant opening since the project began, the options at Dallas' restaurant incubator felt a little one dimensional. Then Kitchen LTO opened, offering a rotating concept that changes every four m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Please Stop Messing with Doughnuts, America

    Everyone loves doughnuts. Old people love doughnuts. So do kids. Doughnut shops can be found in rural towns and urban neighborhoods across America, rarely with a sign more specific than the word "donut." (Yes, they spell it wrong.) They transcend race, class and gender. They are the kind of food tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Poll: What Food Thing Should We Celebrate in May?

    OK, this national food holiday thing is officially out of control. The Internet tells us that May has 10 different National Food Month options for you to choose from, actually including: National Asparagus Month National Barbecue Month National Salad Month National Salsa Month National Strawberry M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Boca Chica Tapas & Tequila Opens at Park Lane

    Boca Chica Tapas & Tequila recently opened above the old Bailey's Prime Plus space at the Shops at Park Lane. Designed by the always-swank Plan B Group, this spot specializes in stiff drinks and modern (yet, sometimes ancient) Mexican fare. This little mouth is the latest footprint from Restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Huevos Estrellados is About to Go Huge (If the Quarter Slots Are Hot)

    My aunt is betting the farm out in Las Vegas this week (we agreed it's a good time to sell) and last night she sent me a picture of a dish she's had twice at Julian Serrano's restaurant in the ARIA resort and casino. The dish is called Huevos Estrellados, which is a plate of french fries covered wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Zenna: Cheap Sushi Makes Us Happy, but Tapas Prices Don't

    ​It might be better known for its late-night Asian eats, but this week we are checking out the happy hour menu at downtown's Zenna. Where: Zenna Thai and Japanese Restaurant, 1914 Laws St.When:  3 p.m-7 p.m. daily The Scene: Zenna mixes techno with your sushi. The crowd dresses in khaki ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    June 30, 2011
  • Dining

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Nothing to Fear at Fernando's Mexican Cuisine

    Keep 'em coming, Fernando.​Like Abba sang, "I was so afraid, Fernando," I feared that the unlimited refills on the complimentary mimosas Fernando's Mexican Cuisine's advertised with its brunch would actually have an unstated limit. But unlike other brunch spots in Dallas that promote bottomles ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    El Rincon de Villa Gives Hugs and Has Cojones

    ​The iTunes library's shuffling between the culturally transcendent songs of El Mariachi Bronx and Calexico did little to help the taco. The taco was filled with what appeared to be the beloved, vermillion-oozing crumbled sausage, that meat so worthy of a hug. What it was really filled with wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Paella at La Calle Doce

    ​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Pairing Off: Huevos Rancheros (Sort Of)

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.Huevos rancheros is a simple and traditional ranch breakfast of eggs, salsa and tortillas--though sometimes people would add beans.This "sometimes" is the problem. Order the dish at one p ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 15, 2009
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    October 8, 2009

    Short Orders: Agave Tapas

    ​Agave Tapas2067 Summer Lee Dr.Rockwall214-771-0423Actually, the name includes "grill," "restaurant" and--I think--"bar" in addition to "tapas." And the name says it all.In some ways it reminds me of the time I stopped in a place called Carlos O'Kelly's, a Tex-Mex establishment that may or may not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    David Wingo Once Had A Beer Dumped On Him At Olla Podrida Mall. So, Naturally, That's How He Came Up With His Band's Name.

    ​OK, so Ola Podrida isn't really local at all--band leader David Wingo calls Austin home, not Dallas--but the band is named after Olla Podrida, that old arts and crafts mall off LBJ Freeway here in the D. And, if we're searching for more local angles, we know that Wingo collaborated with former Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    On The Range: Gorditas

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Be careful how you use the term "gordita". It can get you into trouble real fast. Like many food-related expressions in Mexican culture, gordita has more than one meaning. You can use it colloquially as a term of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    So many interesting comments this week. If we were still trying to give out prizes, one of these people would have walked out of here with an empty bottle of Knob Creek bourbon, sent that way by the folks in Kentucky as a means of illustrating how high demand affects availability.We now hate them.N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Short Orders: Veracruz Cafe

    Veracruz Cafe408 N. Bishop214-948-4746Expectations are a bitch. When me and my date talked about going to Veracruz Cafe in Bishop Arts, somehow my mind conjured images of Spanish wine and olives, chorizo and Manchego cheese...Which is weird since I've traveled in both Spain and Mexico and scoff when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    On The Range: Mexican Breakfasts

    Beans for breakfast? Are you kidding?Ah, but according to the indispensable tome The Tex-Mex Cookbook, here in the Lone Star State a pot of beans was often used to break a cowboy's fast on the long trail, whether plain (as preferred by eminent Texas writer J Frank Dobie) or with a little bacon and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Election Night Parties...At A Price

    Dianna Wray Your waitstaff for election night tapas at the Hotel St. Germain. Journalists not forced to spend eight hours pontificating on live TV news broadcasts still face a daunting election night. By the time I arrived at the McKinney Avenue Tavern to attend the first of three grueling events, ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2008

    Shenanigan's Will Feature Go-Karts, Bowling and Full Service Bar and Restaurant

    Also: Ferre Ristorante & Bar in West Village goes kaput

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2006

    Tutto Tootles

    After unloading his tapas bar Rouge on Lovers Lane, it appears Joseph Gutierriz--brought here by exotic motor head Scott Ginsburg to revive the ill-fated Voltaire (and later the big boo-boo Bamboo Bamboo)--has moved back to Phoenix, but not before unloading Tutto on McKinney Avenue for $250K. Gutier ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Greasy Spoon

    Gold Rush Café

  • Dining

    September 2, 2004

    A Bug or Two

    Ama Lur has bold ambitions, but the results are mostly mediocre

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004

    Tom Tom Croak

    Preston Center noodle house closes

  • Dining

    April 8, 2004

    Let It Shine

    New eateries coming to the Galleria

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    Fountain Float

    Nandina makes a splash with Asian-style tapas

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Faux Nosh

    At least the food's not fake at Josephine's

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Gazpacho

    Smith & Wollensky

  • Dining

    August 21, 2003

    Butt Fires

    Crime taking toll on Deep Ellum dining

  • Dining

    March 6, 2003

    Puffed Poss

    Restaurant association endorses its first mayoral candidate

  • Dining

    December 26, 2002

    Mercy Mercy

    New wine bar to open in late January

  • Dining

    November 14, 2002

    Grotto Lotto

    Tarantino hopes to open CAVA next September, but don't bet on it

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Soup

    Metropolitan Café

  • Dining

    June 27, 2002

    On the Rocks

    Geode's menu hits a few bumps

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to Buy Rib Eye

    David's Meat Market

  • Dining

    December 28, 2000

    Playing Chicken

    Come boom or bust Dallasites gotta eat--out, that is

  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Wingless horsey

    The Pegasus is good food at a snail's pace

  • Dining

    August 12, 1999

    Hash Over

    Deep tapas; Dale Wamstad's revisionist history; Donkey kong

  • Dining

    March 25, 1999

    Who am I this time?

    The Bistro inches through incremental evolution

  • Dining

    November 13, 1997

    Dining in the dark

    Hotel St. Germain forgets a culinary dictum: "The eye has its rights"

  • Dining

    July 20, 1995

    Mucho fun

    Macho's Cafe and Bar dishes up some spendid Cuban cuisine

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