Tim Byres

  • 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

    September 16, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 16: The Chicken Scratch at Chicken Scratch

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Truth be told a good biscuit is best with just a bit of butter and, if you're craving swee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Dallas' Best Chefs Are Rallying Around Dude, Sweet's Sick Chocolatier, and You Can Too

    Katherine Clapner wanted to hire her No. 2 chocolate maker, Ulysses Galvan, the second she opened Dude, Sweet Chocolate in 2009, but she couldn't afford him. Starting any business is tough, but making money from food sales is nearly impossible during the first weeks and months, so Galvan had to wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    The First Annual Brunchies: Dallas' Best Brunch Awards

    Brunch! That beautiful tradition of carbs and meats and caffeine and booze. And yes, we talk about it quite often. Had enough yet? Of course not! Because guess what? There's another weekend coming up at the end of this very week! And if weekends are just good for one thing, it's sleeping in. But if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Five Dallas Bars and Restaurants That Will Help Keep the Super Bowl from Sucking

    The Super Bowl is coming, and there's a good chance that the house party you've been invited to is going to suck. There's only so much buffalo chicken dip a person can handle, not to mention the fact that house parties have an tendency for kicked kegs halfway through the third quarter. This cannot s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    A Battle of the Beef Ribs with Two Texas Stars: Pecan Lodge and Smoke

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. The beef rib is somewhat of an underdog in the barbecue arena. While pork ribs, with their e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Fifteen Restaurants and Bars in DFW That Play the Best Music

    Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    In Texas, a Golden Age for Smoked Meat

    There's a barbecue revolution afoot. Put a tiara on that slab of meat and give it a dozen roses. Barbecue is the new beauty queen in the culinary world. For many of us, smoked meat is as right as being born a Texan, or getting here as soon as you could. Brisket and ribs are clogging our veins and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Foodways Texas, Documenting The Culture of Texas Food, Hosts Suds and Smoke at DEBC Monday

    If you ever lay awake at night and ponder barbecue joints, or if you plot weekends based on slices of smoky brisket and spicy sausage, then you should definitely meet Foodways Texas. You could be a match made in meat heaven. Foodways Texas is a group of chefs, journalists, scholars or anyone who h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    An Interview with John Tesar and Spoon's New Pastry Chef, David Collier

    Last week Top Chef contestant and chef John Tesar hired an executive pastry chef for his high-end seafood restaurant in Preston Center, Spoon Bar & Kitchen. For the job, Tesar tapped David Collier, who previously worked with him at The Mansion. Collier is moving back to Texas this month after work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Four Corners Brewing Co. Puts Another "B" in Blues, Bandits and BBQ This Weekend

    Oak Cliff's annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ this weekend isn't just an opportunity to gorge yourself on competition-worthy smoked meats. It's also a historic moment for Dallas -- the first chance to buy beer from Four Corners Brewing Co., one of the breweries featured in Lauren Drewes Daniels' excelle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare of Acme F&B Talk Gas Station Kitchens, Pyles' Charisma

    If we considered all the Dallas restaurants that Jeana Johnson, Colleen O'Hare and Norm Grimm have worked in and made a connect-the-dot style map, it would be an overly complicated, yet highly impressive sketch of "six degrees of Kevin Bacon." I bet Bacon really is in there at some point. There's so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    A Week After Anouncing He's Leaving Parigi, Chad Houser's Already Talking Like A Suit

    Chad Houser isn't talking like a chef lately. The long time toque at Parigi uses terms like board members and ROI, and discusses the legal matters of incorporation and trademarking. His new lexicon is borne out of his new position with Cafe Momentum, and he sounds a lot more like a CEO than someone ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    Spring Is Here, and Summer's Coming: This Week In Dallas Grubbing

    If you went out for lunch today, you're well aware that spring is here. Summer probably isn't too far off, which has me thinking about crab shacks, lobster rolls and other things near the shore. Maybe that's why I decided to review Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill. The Plano restaurant has no surf o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Chop House, OcaTaco and More Openings and Closings in February

    February was a busy month in the Dallas food scene. The highly anticipated Off-site Kitchen finally opened its doors, along with a handful of other eateries. Read on for the full opening and closing slate and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Where Michelle Obama Should Eat in Dallas

    The First Lady is headed to Dallas next week. A news release posted to the White House press page details the schedule for Michelle Obama's three-day trip, which will celebrate the anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative. She'll spend Thursday evening and Friday morning in the DFW area, meeting wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Oak Chef Jason Maddy on Starting at McDonald's, Tiny New York Kitchens, and More

    Jason Maddy is the executive chef at the recently opened Oak in the Design District. Maddy grew up in Austin and, after attending culinary school in New York, worked at David Bouley's Danube, then the Driskill in Austin. A few years ago he was recruited by John Tesar to work at the Mansion, where he ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    The State of Dallas Dining, As Told By Its Chefs

    Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Pig Parts, Happy Endings and More: The Week in the Dallas Food Scene

    ​I'm thinking the cool and damp weather warrants a pot of hearty braised lamb shanks and lots and lots of red wine. Or maybe I'll get around to making my first pot of chili since moving to Texas -- anything to counter the clouds and mist that looks down-right Xanax-inducing. But first there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Tre Wilcox's Five Favorite Dallas Restaurants

    Marquee Grill​Former Top Chef contestant and Marquee Grill chef Tre Wilcox recently revealed his "Guide to the Best Restaurants in Dallas" on Gogobot, a social networking travel site. November is Food Travel Month on the site, where 16 different celebrity chefs share their favorite restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    What the Hell is Buckle? And Other Thoughts From City Of Ate Presents Supper Club Last Night

    Photo by Leslie MinoraIf every night ended with buckle, the world would be a better place.​So, we're new around here. And in an effort to assimilate us into both Observer culture and make us less alien to the Dallas food scene, we were sent to the City of Ate-sponsored Supper Club at the Kessler T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    In Honor of Supper Club: The Top 5 Meat Photos From Smoke

    Sara KerensNot exactly meat, but we sure do like Smoke's "heavy handed" pancakes.​Next month's Supper Club, our monthly dinner and music series with local chefs, is showcasing the raw meat talent of Chef Tim Byres of Smoke. Later this week, we'll post Chef Tim's menu for those lookin' to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Last Night: The City of Ate-Sponsored Supper Club at the Kessler

    ​The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff threw its second Supper Club last night, inviting local hungry people to sample the culinary stylings of Kelly Hightower, recently announced as the new chef for something called Wild Salsa. The monthly event, which is sponsored by this very blog, opened with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Photos: City of Ate Kicks Off Supper Club at the Kessler Theater

    All photos by Nick RalloHi there, molten chocolate cake. ​After we finished a light salad, touched with olive oil and fresh goat cheese, Marc Cassel entered a halo of light at the Kessler to introduce his fine meal: beef tenderloin with wild mushroom stroganoff and bright parsley, followed by a ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Week of the Iguana -- And Other Stuff

    ​Here are two things you haven't tried: taco-flavored chips and iguana tamales. For that, we have you covered. For all the things you might have tried (ie. Crossroads Diner, The Speedway Club, the wonder of vegan baking), Dallas blogs are happy to expand. Read on. City of Ate For Decanter in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Is BEE A Keeper? Bloggers Share Their Thoughts

    ​In-N-Out has poked its head out of the ground again, looking for its shadow. Besides that, muffins may be coming back in a big way. In case you missed either post or are hesitant to believe BEE's boastful name, Dallas blogs and writers are here to enlighten you. Dallas Observer Hanna Raskin fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    (30K) Millionaires: Where to Spend Your Cash This Week

    If you have the cash, you could watch the Super Bowl with this old boat captain.​Let's pretend you're a big spender who can't score tickets to the Super Bowl. What do you do with all that cash next week? You could blow it all on one awesome party, perhaps the Leather & Laces event at Hotel Zaz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Some Pictures Aren't Worth 1,000 Words, But Go Ahead and Comment Anyway

    Editor's note: We tried to get Hanna to wear former critic Dave Faries' dining disguise, but she just wouldn't do it.​I'm proud to be a member of a community of food writers that care about working conditions in food processing factories, the availability of fruits and vegetables in impoverish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Safety Tips for Smoke's Oyster Shucking Contestants

    ​If attendees at Foodways' Texas first-ever Dallas event at Smoke tonight are able to rouse themselves from their chairs after feasting on Tim Byres' lengthy menu of gumbo, roasted oysters, raw oysters, grilled shrimp and fried fish, they can compete to shuck the most oysters in one minute - a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Foodways Texas Offers a Tasty Road Trip to Gulf

    ​Foodways Texas, the new organization that aims to "preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas," has announced an event that should help make sense of all the fancy words in its ambitious mission statement. Tickets for the group's first symposium in Galveston go on sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Foodways Texas and Smoke Let You
    Step Out of Your Shell

    ​One of the best invitations I've received this year was an e-mail beckoning me to College Station for the founding of Foodways Texas. Now, you too have the opportunity to support the organization, as august a group of chefs, food writers, scholars, fishermen, pitmasters, chuckwagon cooks and ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010
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    October 29, 2010

    Dallas Isn't a Barbecue Town (Ready, Aim, Fire...)

    ​City of Ate readers earlier this week didn't take kindly to my saying that "barbecue isn't very good in Dallas," suggesting my assertion must mean I'm an agoraphobic Californian. Wrong on both counts, but their ire brings up an interesting question: What constitutes a barbecue town? Do a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    A Final Look at 48 Nights

    Robert Bostick.Right to left: Chefs Nathan tate, Randall Copeland and Jeff Harris relaxing.​After eight months of charitable cooking, the chefs behind the ambitious 48 Nights project recently put the popular weekly event to bed. Dallas restaurateurs Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke and Tim Byres r ... 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 26, 2010

    Smoke Burns Their Brunch Competition

    Photos by Andrea GrimesTwo Bloody Marys, twice the perfection.​Yesterday, I made love to Don Draper.He was gentle when he needed to be gentle, and he was rough in all the right places. We talked. We caressed. And as I laid there in his 3,000-thread count sheets and watched him pour me another Scot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds Returns to City of Ate

    City of Aters, this week we are bringing back an old feature that our former web editor-turned-staff writer, Patrick Michels, used to do every Friday afternoon. It's an end of the week wrap-up of sorts featuring restaurant reviews and City of Ate highlights. This time around we decided to include ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Top 25 Drink-Related Quotes Of The Decade

    Patrick MichelsAs a bouncer at Sambuca 360, Todd Wright's heard more than a few lines from people trying to sweet-talk their way inside.​One evening about six years ago, as I stood at The Republic's bar ordering bourbon, I caught a glimpse of a woman's face scrunching in disgust. So I turned to he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2007

    Standard Remnants Slowly Digesting

    Here it goes again: Will Uptown upchuck another one? Lay odds now. Turns out the space that once hosted now-at-the-Mansion-on-Turtle-Creek chef Tim Byres' Standard is now in the clutches of one Larry Lavine. You know him. He founded a little restaurant called Chili's. Also Tia's Tex-Mex. Now he oper ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Bones to Pick

    Is the 2006 invasion of culinary foreigners killing off our local character?

  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    Who's That Girl?

    Kenyon Price offers a mysterious Isabella

  • Dining

    August 3, 2006

    Go Fish Go

    All Aboard the Fish Express

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006
  • Dining

    October 6, 2005

    Something Brewing

    Big D taste in Big Sky country

  • Dining

    December 30, 2004

    Dining Tyranny

    Are we choosing ourselves crazy?

  • Dining

    November 25, 2004

    Mongol Chuck

    Tristan Simon unloads Genghis Grill

  • Dining

    June 10, 2004

    Starring Roles

    Why don’t we have a nationwide restaurant rating system?

  • Dining

    September 19, 2002

    Go Go

    Tom Tom could be the force that prompts noodle-house glory in Dallas