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    January 30, 2014
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    September 26, 2013
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    June 27, 2013
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    May 9, 2013

    The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013

    Hopefully you made it to Iron Fork last night. Hopefully you dressed lightly. While massive blowers at the front of the venue did their best, the back of the Dallas Contemporary was quite warm. I'm half convinced that Matt McCallister's sweat was the magical ingredient that propelled the young chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Dallas Morning News Critic Leslie Brenner Really Hates Queso

    Leslie Brenner laid down the gauntlet today publishing a blog post that promises to inflame an entire state. "Queso is awful," writes Brenner saying she's ready to come out of the queso closet. She goes on to defend queso fundido, which often makes use of higher quality cheese, but that Velveeta bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    BrewFest, Next-Mex, Openings and Benton's Bacon: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Gloomy day in Dallas today, and the weekend promises to deliver more of the same. Perhaps a little liquid sunshine will brighten your weekend? I know I'm excited to try a few hundred beers while strolling around the Arts District. Before we start celebrating beer, though, we have a week to wrap up, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Downtown Plano Is Waking Up With A New "Next-Mex" Spot That's Good

    Downtown historic Plano has gained some character as of late. While dining at Urban Rio, the subject of this week's review, I talked to Nick Rallo a ton about how Plano has changed since he grew up there. While West Plano had a resurgence that centered around Preston and Park and the Shops at Legacy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The College Diet: Breaking Down the Food at SMU's Cafeteria

    America's future leaders are piling back to their schools, and we're honoring them with how-to's, survival guides and personal stories of failure from Observer staff. That's right, It's College Week. See also: The Top 20 Dorm Room Posters Of All Time As Nick and I walked into SMU's RFOC Cafeteria ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Solving the Mystery of Melting Cheeses

    My recent investigation into the endless cycle of queso enjoyment promoted a question in the comments. After I described a bubbling plate of molten cheese primi timpano asked: A little surprised at the bubbling cheese as I thought cheese heated to these temperatures would result in broken proteins. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    We Gave Campo's Matt McCallister a Big Box of Crap and He Made Us 14-Layer Dip

    ​​​Once a month or so, we invite a new lucky soul to attempt to conquer The Box. Their challenge: To create something awesome out of whatever ingredients are in the box. It's like Chopped plus Punk'd, only less terrible. This month, Campo's Matt McCallister attempts to make some Super Bowl app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Can Campo's Matt McCallister Turn this Big Box of Crap into Awesome Apps? Probably.

    Mmm. Fuzzy Navel.​Welcome to the return of The Box. Last time, Trailercakes turned our big box of crap into two delicious cupcakes. This time, Chef Matt McCallister of Campo will get a chance to turn a box of chips, hot dogs and wine coolers into something that's actually edible. Here's the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Wild Cards Are Finished: Watching the NFL Through Food

    What a weird weekend in football. While I'm glad New Orleans trumped Detroit (what do people in D-town eat besides sadness?), I'm devastated by Pittsburgh's loss to Denver, another town whose culinary culture is difficult to define. What Would Tebow Cook? Pittsburgh, however, gave rise to the glory ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Meso Maya's Hands of God

    Behold, the truly hand-made tortilla.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Tex-Mex Sandra Lee-Style: Matt's Rancho Martinez's Bob Armstrong Dip

    You too can make this tasty dip in five easy steps​Matt's Rancho Martinez may be known as a solid Tex-Mex joint with good fajitas and boozy drinks to some, but a secret dip that was so popular it was eventually added to the menu is the restaurant's real claim to fame. Behold, Bob Armstrong Dip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes

    ​Our love of mac and cheese is a deep-rooted affair, grown from a seed planted by our parents with a blue box and neon orange cheese powder. Velveeta upped the pre-fab ante, boxing up cheap pasta with a foil pouch of pre-melted cheese food product that introduced us to a new level of ooze. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Time To Get Cookin' For City of Ate's Blue Ribbon Recipe Contest

    ​ Do you think your lasagna could beat Bobby Flay's version in a throw-down? Do you firmly believe that your pot roast is better than everyone else's recipe, including your grandma's? Are you the self-proclaimed Top Chef of your household? If your cooking is so good that your kids even eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Revolving Doors: Who's Afraid of a Little Ice?

    ​The weather may have given Dallas the finger right before the Super Bowl, but some high-profile restaurants, including The Cedars Social and Lockhart Smokehouse, were able to open in spite of ice, snow and Steelers fans. In January, we found out that Metro Diner will be closing its Gaston Avenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Tomorrow: Fondue Night at Scardello

    Sara Kerens​Good news, everybody! We're expecting warmer weather this weekend, as in it's going to be just plain cold rather than cheek-blistering cold. Resist the urge to hibernate at home tomorrow night and head to dinner at Scardello (3511 Oak Lawn Ave.). Fondue Night has returned, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Free Is Too Much for Jack in the Box Tacos

    ​"Our tacos have had a cult-like following since the 1950s, when they gained a permanent place on our menu. This is especially true in Dallas, where our guests are counted among our long-term favorites," Brian Luscomb, Jack in the Box spokesperson, told me over the phone. With those words in m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Hash Over: Screw Your Quiz, Go to Artopia
    And Cook with Dean

    Though Thanksgiving is still weeks away, stores are already stocking the shelves with holiday lights and Christmas ornaments. You could be like our neighbors and put out the inflatable snowman right now, or you could enjoy what little time you have left before it's all turkey talk and last-minute sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Acing the Cheese Course at Central Market

    Editor's Note: Since we're not especially scholastic at City of Ate, we recruited our intern Brooke Nottingham (who's probably a whiz with a highlighter and page marker flags) to attend a few local cooking classes. Her occasional series of reports begins today with a cheese class at Central Market. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Our Top 5 Most Expensive Things
    To Eat or Drink

    ​You just invented the Opti-Grab just like The Jerk's Navin R. Johnson, or possibly hit it big in what many now may consider their only chance at retirement, the lottery. What would you do with all that loot after buying a ration of fine automobiles and country estates? Well, you could join th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Reading List: Four Food-ish Books to Complete Your Summer

    ​It's not just students who feel rushed to finish their summer reading lists in the last few weeks of August: Adult readers who've lugged the same books back and forth from the pool are hurrying their way through the novels and memoirs they had every intention of reading this season. But for ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    Clearing Out The Mailroom: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    ​We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take four or five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.The 5 BrownsThe 5 Browns in Hollywood (E1 Entertainment)Residing in U ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 18, 2010
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    August 12, 2009

    Chef David Uygur Looks At Life After Lola

    ​A week ago today, Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News dropped a bomb on the Eats blog: nine-year-old Lola on Fairmount Street is closing in October. The Uptown charmer has earned top marks from reviewers and locals alike for its thoughtful, well-executed menu and top-notch wine program. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Cherry Vodka Limeade

    "If you like Calvin Klein's Obsession, you love Designer Imposters' Confess." "If you like Acqua di Gio, you'll love Designer Imposters' Mascolino." Yeah, uh huh. And I suppose that Liza impersonator does Cabaret just as good as the real Broadway loon, and that Velveeta tastes something like actual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Pairing Off: Spam

    Patrick MichelsThe classic 1949 film Battleground ranks as one of the best not only because Ricardo Montalban (or his character, anyway) freezes to death. There's also a scene appropriate to this week's Pairing Off.It lasts just a few seconds, but says everything one needs to know about America's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: All Washed Up

    After a long night traipsing around Austin looking for another Michelob Ultra or Tuaca giveaway party, nothing soaks it all up like a lukewarm slice of Roppolo's pizza and a mind-clearing read through the City of Ate archives. That's how some of us felt, anyway, in the wake of SXSW this week. If you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    On The Range: Enchiladas

    Let's face it: A true Tex-Mex establishment succeeds or fails on the strength of its enchiladas. I realize I'm speaking only for myself, at least as far as popular dishes go. Many patrons of an El-or-La-something-or-other (as Rosemary Kent dubbed Tex-Mex restaurants in her Genuine Texas Handbook, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    On The Range: Bar-Mex (Nachos, Chips And Stuff Like That)

    Most of us--well, most non-Hispanics, anyway--have been eating nachos for many years without a clue as to where the term originated. You see, in Tejano culture, "Nacho" is merely the nickname for Ignacio, a rather common name in Spanish-speaking households. And according to Robb Walsh and his Tex-M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    10 Questions: Rich Rogers

    The owner of Scardello Artisan Cheese on Oak Lawn used to be just your average film and video production person.In fact, he spent 15 years shooting and editing corporate video. But the Dalhart native always loved good food and--in particular--good cheese. In between projects he studied the history o ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2008

    Bless Us, Oh Lard

    Damn fajitas and health-conscious eaters. They're killing traditional Tex-Mex.

  • News

    February 7, 2008
  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Burn, Baby, Burn

    Lower Greenville was on fire at the Observer Showcase

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007
  • Dining

    May 10, 2007

    Roux Note

    Can this new seafood joint draw the jazz lovers?

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Wheying the Options

    Why are there so many cheeses?

  • Music

    March 13, 2003
  • Calendar

    November 7, 2002


    Pretend your heritage is colorful with the Dallas International Festival

  • Dining

    October 11, 2001

    Sweet Leaf

    The Bay Leaf has plenty of personality

  • Dining

    January 11, 2001

    Bowling for Calories

    What are our favorite football foods?

  • Dining

    December 14, 2000

    American Cheese

    What is Velveeta?

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    True Lies

    Thai Bistro

  • Dining

    September 14, 2000

    Suze cruze

    He finally did it

  • Dining

    June 24, 1999

    It's not easy being green

    Green Papaya needs some seasoning

  • Music

    January 9, 1997
  • Dining

    April 20, 1995

    Little Italy

    San Remo, Plano's neighborhood Italian restaurant, is a nice place

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