Stephen Pyles

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Meso Maya Chef Nico Sanchez on Dropping the Tex and Making Tortillas by Hand

    All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? Dallas is famously flooded with goopy Velveeta queso and sour cream enchiladas, and certain corridors are lined with taquerias. But sit-down restaurants servin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Florida Doctor Trying to Sell 1959 Masters Jacket Thinks Golf Club's Claims to Ownership Are Bull

    Last Tuesday, Dallas County District Judge Emily Tobolowsky temporary halted Heritage Auctions' planned sale of the 1959 Masters green jacket. Augusta National, the famed Georgia golf club that hosts the tournament, had sued Heritage to have the auction stopped, claiming that the jacket had been sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Since When Did Great Food Have A Curfew?

    It started off as a simple idea. Go to a restaurant after 10 p.m. or so, order some food, consume it, and if it's good publish a Late Night Eats post about the place. The first three were actually just that simple. Then it got hard to find additional places. Really hard. See also: - Late-Night Eats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    More Of A Food Critic's Absolute Worst Food Photography

    If you've ever tried to snap a photo of your dinner plate in a dark dining room you know it can be difficult to make things look as delicious as they taste. For full reviews I have a professional photographer, but when I'm out and about on my own time, all I have is my iPhone. The results (as my c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Could Dallas' Three Newest High-Profile Restaurants Soon Be Involved In A Power Struggle?

    While everyone prepares to take in another season of Top Chef this month, a different sort of battle will unfold in Dallas' dining season this fall. Three high-profile openings are scheduled in the coming weeks and each will compete for Dallas' discretionary dining dollars. John Tesar's Spoon, Ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Awards: Stephen Pyles, Bruno Davaillon and Teiichi Sakurai are Semifinalists

    Alison V. SmithTei An Chef Teiichi Sakurai​The James Beard Foundation just released this year's semifinalists, and to be honest they're a total snooze -- at least as far as Dallas is considered. Stephen Pyles is a finalist for Outstanding Chef for his work at his eponymous restaurant; Bruno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Too Hot to Eat is Too Hot to Think Much About Eating, Apparently

    Hungry burger fans mob the opening of Dallas proper's first In-N-Out. No, wait. They don't.​Even though a new In-N-Out opened, the only things hot this week were Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" peppers and the puzzling chains on Michael Costa's The Office Grill. Read on. City of Ate Welcome to ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Five-Sixty's Patton Robertson on What Dallas' Dining Scenes Needs -- and Doesn't Need

    Patton Robertson​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Patton Robertson, executive chef at Five-Sixty and his thoughts on the national food scene. In today's second installment, the chef shares his views on what the Dallas dining scene looks like from 560 feet in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Chef Matthew Dunn Joins MCrowd

    ​More changes afoot at MCrowd. Three months after Chief Executive Officer Greg Good's replacement with Michael Cox, Matthew Dunn -- former Stephen Pyles and Central Market chef and famously one of the few Dallas chefs to cook at the James Beard House -- joins MCrowd as director of culinary ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Dallas Restaurants Shut Out of James Beard Contest

    Come to think of it, maybe we should have marked up the picture here instead.​Dallas chefs and restaurants, which collected an impressive five semi-finalist spots in this year's James Beard Foundation awards competition, today were shut out of the contest's final round. Stephen Pyles, The Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Good Eating: Charitable Events at Restaurants This Week

    Restaurant bent on doing good could just donate food to local non-profits. But what's the fun in that? Various Dallas eateries have dreamed up more creative ways to help their community: Read on for details of this week's charitable happenings. ​

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Where There's Hookah Smoke, There's (Sometimes) Food: What's a Gourmand to Do?

    Hookah buzz has filled local food blogs since Stephen Pyles brought Samar to Dallas, cementing a trend already adopted by eateries including Al Amir, Kush Mediterranean Grill & bar and Urban Café & Bar. Yet most restaurant reviewers have kept their focus on the food, perhaps pausing to note how nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    High-End Dallas Chefs Devise Vegan Dishes

    The vast majority of fine dining dishes are fraught with ingredients that give vegans the willies. High-end chefs instinctively saturate their food with butter and cream, costuming even the most innocuous vegetables in animal products. No animals were harmed in the making of this dish.​But for on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds: Luxe food at the movies, green 'cue in the Cliff

    Gold Class Cinemas​This week's Dallas food blog coverage saw lots of action over at Stephen Pyles and a musical chairs of restaurant openings and closings all over the metroplex. Bargain priced wine and seafood may be in short supply at some venues, and a couple of bloggers gave the bene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Five Menu Words You Can't Resist

    Doesn't get much simpler, better than In-N-Out's menu​Restaurants can list their offerings as "chicken," "steak" and "pasta," or they can add a few descriptive adjectives to their menus and up their sales by 27 percent. Cornell University's Brian Wansink's findings were a hot topic when the New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Stephan Pyles Executive Chef Matt McCallister
    Is Living Every Food Fan's Dream

    Photo by Robert Bostick​With the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, City of Ate brings you Three-Course Meal, a three-part chat with some of the best, most inventive chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Molecular Gastronomy Finally Makes Quantaum Leap to Dallas

    Hey, grandpa, what's for supper?​As a remarkable number of press releases this month have pointed out, molecular gastronomy has made its way to Dallas. Stephen Pyles, who "detests the words" molecular gastronomy, is planning to trot out a few mad science techniques for a new tasting menu debut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Belmont's Smoke at the Beard Foundation is a Big, Hairy Deal

    Danny FulgencioThe crew at Smoke: Chris Zielke, Tim Byres, Christopher and Jessica Jeffers​Celebrated local chef Tim Byres is en route to New York City as we speak with a hell of a carry-on: dinner for 80, plus booze. Executive chef of the Belmont Hotel's posh barbecue outfit Smoke, Byres will coo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Cook on New Year's Eve? By Which You Mean "Drink," Right?

    Richard Chamberlain -- not, not that one. In case you missed Today yesterday -- we did -- Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House bossman Richard Chamberlain was on the NBC morning show offering up his menu for "an easy at-home NYE feast," which included pomegranate-glazed salmon, mini beef medallions with ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 26, 2006

    Eat Your Spoon

    It's good for you

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2006

    W Stands for "Winner"

    There were a million photos we could have run. We decided to go with this one of swimming pool model Daniel and KDFW-Channel 4's Good Day Dallas producer Dana Rogers. Former mayor Ron Kirk wouldn't engage in a little nyah-nyah-toldya-so last night at the everybody's-a-VIP opening of the W Hotel in V ... More >>

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    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    December 15, 1994

    Houston heavyweight

    Chef Robert Del Grande's reputation carries as much weight as the ceramic platter at Cafe Express