Broderic Allen, aka Ballen, aka B.A., is an aspiring Dallas rapper and member of local hip-hop collective The Chaos Theory. But it's not his music that's landed him on TV, and on AOL News, and in the U.K.'s Daily Mail. All that stems from his drinking habits or, more accurately, his getting-drunk ha ... More >>
An expatriate Brit learns to love Texas, one pound of brisket at a time.
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. Check out Hunter Hauk's bonus audio interview here ... More >>
For every gourmet $20 cheeseburger, there must be a McDonalds. For every independent Mexican restaurant that cooks fresh to order, there must be a Taco Bell. For every $40 steak, there must be ... a really cheap steak. You get the idea. So, barbecue food is popular round these parts. By what I am go ... More >>
Summer is picking up and that means the arrival of tomatoes that taste like nature intended. Not those lifeless cottony numbers picked while green and sprayed with ethylene, but those glorious summer orbs ripened right on the vine and delicious enough to be eaten all on their own. It's a good time t ... More >>
It was early Saturday morning, and I had a lot lined up for the day, so I was looking for a fast portable breakfast. Nothing seems more fast and portable to me then stuffed pastries, preferably with eggs or meat or both. And one of my favorite all time stuffed pastries are gorditas; tacos' overloo ... More >>
For the friends and family of Richard Hernandez, justice seemed imminent -- until his accused killer's medically induced competence slipped away.
We made it. Another year of writing, bitching and photo-taking, primarily centered around stuffing our faces. Only a few days remain before we strap ourselves in and start the whole process again. Before we welcome 2012, though, let's take a look at what we've done with 2011. Here are City of Ate's ... More >>
Caught an article over on Adage this morning on Domino's revamp of their "cheesy bread." In an attempt to capture what marketing executives must think are idiot foodies, the pizza chain is selling "gourmet" varieties of cheese bread (with spinach and feta and bacon and jalapeño).After blacking o ... More >>
And what's the Mexican music that sounds like polka?
Animal PlanetThe winner of the Puppy Bowl gets the Ruff Lombardi Trophy. Ah, We're Sorry.February 6, you could get together with a bunch of friends to eat wings and yell at the Super Bowl on Fox. Or, you could not. If you're anti-Super Bowl, here's a list of five other shows you could watch, ... More >>
Tiffany Derry, the former Top Chef contestant who was left unemployed when Go Fish Ocean Club closed last month, has accepted the executive chef position at a new uptown restaurant. Derry is now developing the menu for Private Social, the first restaurant from longtime Dallas wedding industr ... More >>
KFCIt's real, oh GOD, it's real.On April 12, 2010 a new product was released by KFC. It began as an April Fools' Day press release. A joke, people thought, it must be a joke. The nation denied its existence. Then the billboards came, and somewhere, deep into the bowels of YouTube, a commerc ... More >>
The P'Zone is reason enough to be seriously suspicious of Pizza Hut's motives, but the results from survey in The Economic Times of India carried a reminder that the brand we Americans all know as The Hut is the most trusted name in the Indian dining world -- and has been for six years running. Whi ... More >>
Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>
El Si Hay wins the great taco smackdown. There are very few foods that can elicit fondness and memories like the taco. From mom's boxed Old El Paso version, to the lame version from Taco Bell, to the decidedly un-American street food version found throughout the delicious Mexican states, th ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms
Sanchez's family thought they'd left the lawlessness of Mexico behind. But somehow it caught up with them.
You want answers to last week's quiz? We got answers.
It's a fashion jungle out there unless you have the right guide
Andre Lewis was eight hours from being executed, until the courts realized they had made a big mistake
Figaro Cafe keeps us waiting...and waiting
Snoop Dogg vs. Bob Marley? Ike vs. Courtney? Let the games begin.
"We have mortgages, high cholesterol, and I swear I have arthritis in my fingers. Our sixth CD is due out this summer."
...and flesh sometimes meets the pavement, stunt bikers look to go legit
Despite new state and federal regulations, mentally ill Texans are still dying while being restrained by the very people they turn to for help
Bruce Campbell knows why bad movies happen to great actors
A fight over public housing pits working-class East Dallas homeowners against their poorer neighbors in a battle tainted by claims of racism
The untold story of Dallas' bigest-ever police corruption scandal. Part two of a special report.
Or: How Tony Hawk turned skateboarding into a multimillion-dollar international obsession
Thirteen-year-old Chris Beamon ended up in jail because of a homework assignment. Now the adults who put him there are trying to get their stories straight.
For the world premiere of Blind Lemon to work, either the production needs to be smaller or the space needs to be larger
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground
When Kevin Abdullah wrote a rap song for his idol MC Hammer, he thought he was getting his big break. Instead, he got screwed.
Marilu Dennis lived in Lakewood for 36 years. One hot July day, she died alone in her home. For 15 months, the grass grew. The mail piled up. The bills went unpaid. Nobody saw Marilu. Nobody noticed
The Toadies tell why Bush deserves to die
An up-from-nowhere theme-park promoter has set off a land rush in tiny Canton - and he's just gotten started with his crazy schemes
What City Hall isn't willing to hear about the new arena
Bettie Beets killed two husbands. Now she's likely to become the first woman the state of Texas has ever executed