Luke Crosland stands at the window of his seventh-floor office and looks out across Preston Center. In the foreground, a tangle of luxury SUVs battle for access to a shabby, two-story parking garage that seems to deteriorate before his eyes. The garage is ringed by a jumble of aging retail strips th ... More >>
Not all Coca-Colas ("Cokes") are created equal. On one end of the spectrum is an especially frothy Coke that comes fizzing from a fountain into a much-too-big red plastic cup loaded to the brim with ice, in a dark pizza parlor in the sweaty aftermath of an especially tense slow-pitch softball game t ... More >>
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? Three or so years ago, when I was driving in a rickety Penske truck with my life's possessions toward Texas, I knew just one thing about Dallas' taco scene. A ... More >>
But we promise, Dallas: It's new!
Traveling gives you some perspective, especially when you deeply invest yourself in one city's food scene. But I sometimes wonder if the excitement you experience while exploring a new destination has a way of coloring what you eat. Every blister on a pizza crust seems heightened, eggs gush with gol ... More >>
Occasionally there is ramen served in Oak Cliff. It's ladled into disposable bowls in an English pub after the other neighborhood restaurants have locked their doors. Ten Bells Tavern has a reputation for well-executed riffs on bar food classics with an Anglophile slant. Ramen doesn't quite fit into ... More >>
A new East Dallas seafood joint uses beer batter like a fabled king.
Spring break season is here. Even if you're an adult with a real job and you say things like "demographic" and, "my HMO is such an asshole," you can still pretend like you're granted that magic week in March sans responsibility. Because I've decided to accumulate degrees instead of typing up TPS r ... More >>
If you've found yourself at Beauty Bar on a Thursday night anytime within the last few months, you are already well aware that there is no one in the city of Dallas who can turn a party up like DJ Sober and Picnictyme can. Though Will Rhoten (aka DJ Sober) has been holding down his weekly party, Big ... More >>
Today is the last Friday of the school year for Dallas ISD schools. For 11 schools in the city slated for consolidation after a school board vote, like the 89-year-old James B. Bonham Elementary, this Friday holds even more significance. Next week, after the students leave, the teachers will pack al ... More >>
Rice Bowl Express, 11419 Garland Road, is fast and cheap. How could Cheap Bastard not love it? By eating there, unfortunately. Times I was like, "Is that a hooker? Yes. Is that also a hooker? Yes.": 12 Trucks in the Fiesta Mart parking lot next door count: 21 I've driven past Rice Bowl Express a ... More >>
A woman drove her car into Jimmy's Food Store Wednesday afternoon, crushing two tables, smashing a few bar chairs and tearing a hole into the side of the the Italian deli. While nobody was hurt, customers were enjoying a meal at an adjacent table in the same dining area. I stopped over to snap a pi ... More >>
The last weeks of December always serve as an inflection point: We spend 1/4 of our time reflecting on the past year and 1/4 of our time resolving to make the next year a little better. The other half we spend getting fat and drunk. (After all, it's easier to lose five pounds and sober up af ... More >>
Photos by Anthony MarksKilled, stripped and ready to be eviscerated: That's the price chickens pay to give us tasty nuggets.First things first: This story does not end with me killing and dismembering a chicken, although that was my goal when I signed up for a poultry-processing workshop. Unf ... More >>
Brooke NottinghamWe managed to snap a couple of pictures of freebies before the Central Market Stasi busted us.During a dinner shift a few weeks ago, I returned with a guest's drink and asked if he'd like to start with a cup of soup or an appetizer. He stared at me. Then he said, "Do those c ... More >>
Photos By Daniel RodrigueThe truck stop/car wash/taco stand known as Fuel City has earned local and national attention for its tiny, tasty tacos that Texas Monthly named the best tacos in the Lone Star State. Of course, not everyone agrees that the tacos are all that. But, whether you think Fuel ... More >>
Alex FloresMy research takes the famous Chicken and Waffle phenomenon back to 1930's Harlem to Wells Supper Club billed as "Home of Chicken and Waffles Since 1938." They claim to be the first to sell the dish during the Jazz Age, when late-night diners would order breakfast or dinner to soak up t ... More >>
Last year's performances at Lola's Sixth in Fort Worth marked the first time the improv/experimental music No Idea Festival came to the North Texas area. This year the event will be held in Dallas at a far grittier venue, the home base of the non-profit art- and music DIY collective known as Phoe ... More >>
Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Sushi World1001 Ross214-999-6050Promised Delivery Time: "between 15 and 20 minutes" Actual Delivery Time: 20 minutes Scoring summary: Easy online ordering: 0 Estimated d ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsChief David Kunkle at his retirement press conference today; standing next to him, wife Sarah DoddWhen a big-city police chief announces a sudden early retirement, you expect a lot questions -- most of which begin with "Why ...". Apparently, they were all answered las ... More >>
Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Pizza Xpress3355 Trinity Mills972-307-6600Promised delivery time: 35 minutesActual delivery time: 29 minutesScoring Summary:Handily beating promised time, though by not en ... More >>
Europeans have fresh, seasonal foods, universal health care and about 30 weeks of vacation each year. But we have milkshakes.OK--so they serve a literal version: milk shaken with some flavoring. Ours involve ice cream, crammed into a glass and churned with a little milk (or, better yet, cream) into ... More >>
Tré Wilcox almost got kicked off Top Chef last night -- but at least he got in the plug for his restaurant. For a change, guest Top Chef blogger Anthony Bourdain's post concerning this week's episode is up in a timely fashion. So rather than belabor the obvious -- when no one gets kicked off a real ... More >>
Are the spooks in the house or bats in the belfry?
Jesus Camp pitches its tent in the other America
Back in the late 1980s, I wrote magazine stories about crimes, murders mostly. Grisly murders where one spouse kills another in a way that leaves scorch marks on the garage floor or bloodstains splashed across the kitchen ceiling. I sometimes interviewed the accused, giving me access to county and s ... More >>
The wacky and wonderful objects of Twang show a rethinking of standardization
Take a shot during this three-on-three tournament
Is Central Market worth it?
Life after death looks like hell in two surreal new comedies at Undermain and Kitchen Dog Theater
Paula Lambert parlays a love of cheese into fame and life among the jet set
Ducks and chicks and geese better scurry from Samuell Farm
Beautiful Señoritas fires a comic broadside at stereotypes
The food's OK, but the service leaves a bad taste in your mouth at La Valentina
The two couples in Seascape must take a giant step for mankind
If you can get past the Texas kitsch, the grub at Texana Grill makes for some good eatin'
If Wilderness Grill's dismal food is the best nature has to offer, then thank God for civilization
It's a Veritable Feast! fumbles into famine
Yoshi's brings Japanese sensibilities to an American dining habit
Nolan Ryan takes aim--at birds instead of batters