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    October 16, 2014

    Dallas' Burger Boom Is Over, Thank God

    I've been poring over local-restaurant news while trying to lay out my restaurant-review plan for the rest of the year, and the list I've compiled is strangely void of burger restaurants. I couldn't be happier. Don't get me wrong. I love burgers. (Especially this one.) But there are only so many fe ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The Dallas Restaurants That Opened and Closed in August

    Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurant news in August from us and other Dallas publications, and be sure to share tips about new and/or shuttered restaurants at Openings: Pro ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Judge Restrains City from Issuing Building Permits for Cityplace Development

    District Judge Emily Tobolowsky issued an order Friday blocking, at least for now, developer Trammell Crow's plan to build a 130,000-square-foot Sam's Club in Cityplace, just north downtown. Residents in the neighborhood near Haskell Avenue and Central Expressway won a temporary restraining order t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Lyfe Kitchen Is Bringing its Fancy Fast Food to Fancy Dallas

    The last time I heard about Lyfe Kitchen it was mentioned in an article in the New York Times Magazine a little more than a year ago. Mark Bittman was lamenting the options for affordable, healthy dining on the quick in America, and was resigned to bean burritos from Taco Bell and veggie sandwiches ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Dallas Plan Commission Punts CityPlace Sam's Club Decision to July

    Sam's Club will have to wait an extra couple of months before it plants a 140,000-square-foot outpost next to CityPlace. So decided the City Plan Commission, which this afternoon moved consideration of the development plan until July 22. It was a victory for neighbors, albeit a tiny one. As we ment ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Some of Dallas' Best Restaurants Are Hiring, So Elbow Your Way into the Industry

    Jay Jerrier is looking for a few good pizzaiolos, according to a recent post to his Facebook page. It links to an ad on Craigslist that asks experienced applicants to stop by the restaurant for a tryout. And it turns out Zoli's isn't the only prominent restaurant in the Dallas area that's hiring rig ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2013

    At Mesero Miguel, Great Plates Lost in the Crowd

    Mico Rodriguez's latest tries to do too many things to communicate any of them well.

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    October 14, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best New Restaurants of 2013

    For the past few weeks, it's felt like a new restaurant has opened, or has announced its intention to open, every day. Trinity Groves is set to glob new restaurants onto the scene like Chipotle line-workers, and Deep Ellum has experienced an overnight renaissance with two noodle restaurants, Monkey ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    The Social House on Routh Is Now Open

    The Social House (2708 Routh S.) has opened a second restaurant in the old Arcodoro-Pomodoro space in Uptown. The Social House got its start in the West Village about four years ago, then in 2011 moved north to Addison into much bigger digs and tweaked their concept and focused more on a from-scratc ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    This Week's Events for the Culinary Inclined, December 5 - 11

    Saturday, December 8 Saturday brings the 4th Annual Holiday Market at the White Rock Local Market. In addition to the usual bounty of local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other culinary treats, there will be more than 50 artists pedaling their crafty creations. The Dave Burris Group will ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Monica's Nueva Cocina Opens, Rohst Closes and More From a Busy August

    At last, August has left us, bringing us that much closer to the promise of cooler weather. Someday soon, we hope. In the meantime, the month brought Dallas several new restaurants and wilted a few others. Read on for the full list of openings and closings and be sure to share tips about shifts in t ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Campania's in the West Village is Celebrating a Lease Extension

    A few weeks ago the Campania's Pizza at the West Village posted to their Facebook page that their landlords "informed us that they would not be renewing our lease and the we must vacate the building by 08/31/12." Bummer. To make matters worse, they haven't had any luck finding a new digs yet. Luck ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Modern Mexican, Drunken Olympics and Dining In The Bubble: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Wrapping up that work day and getting ready to head home watch the Olympics and do some drinking? Easy now. The gymnastics events are in full swing and Alice's instruction to drink every time you see a wedgie promises to intoxicate an entire planet. Before you pick up your shot glass, we have a week ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Bowery Opens, Screen Door Closes and More From a Very Busy July

    Another very busy month has come and gone, and with it several Dallas restaurants have opened while others have closed their doors for good. Read on for the full list and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below or at Opening ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 62: Spicy Crispy Wings At Malai

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 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. Malai's upscale Asian concept is right at home in the West Village. The made-for-telev ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Union Bear Bartender Jonathan Colley on Crime and Punishment and Local Beer

    Jonathan Colley is one of the resident barkeeps and beer nerds in the basement at West Village (aka Union Bear). He got into the beer biz by frequenting his neighborhood watering holes in Oak Cliff, where he met the ambitious Spillers Group. When they recently opened Union Bear, they hired Colley, w ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    2011: The Year in North Texas Beer

    ​Has there been a better year for beer drinkers in North Texas, and particularly Dallas, than 2011? Not one that I can think of, for reasons enumerated in the awards below. My year's wrap-up isn't over. Coming soon are my favorite beers of the year and a run-down of the good and the bad in win ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Let There Be Latkes: Eight Reasons Gentiles Should Appreciate Hanukkah, Too

    FlickrDo you have these at Christmas. DO YOU?​As we all well know from years and years of church and advertising, there are plenty of reasons to appreciate Christmas: Mistletoe, candy canes, presents, Santa, Christmas Lights, presents, holiday songs, holiday drinking, holiday hams, holiday nut ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2011

    Conquering Marrakesh with the Baboush's Condiment Kings

    From the guys who brought you Medina, a new menu and a new neighborhood show a different side of Morocco.

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    October 19, 2011

    Garlic and Yogurt, Together Forever at Baboush, the Subject Of This Week's Review

    Sara Kerens​One of the first restaurants I patronized in Dallas after taking my job at the Observer was Medina, the Mediterranean restaurant in Victory Park. I had no clue where to eat and another staff writer recommended it. So there I was, eating lamb and vegetables and hummus with my new fr ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Oddfellows Chef Brady Williams on Running a Smooth Kitchen and His Bon Iver-Inspired Dish

    Kelsey FosterBrady Williams, with visions of a Tom Waits Gumbo dancing in his head.​In part one of our three parter, Oddfellows Chef Brady Williams told us about his icy road to cooking, while part two covered his take on the Dallas food scene. Today we learn a little about how he runs things ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    October's Openings and Closings from the Dallas Restaurant Scene

    As summer comes to an end, a number of restaurants have opened and closed their doors. In-N-Out Burger continued its Texas growth with an Arlington location late last month. Lover's Lane Olive Oil Company expanded from its flagship store, Grapevine Olive Oil Company, and set up shop on West Lovers L ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Vegetables are Good, but Doughnuts are Better

    Sara KerensJonathon's Oak Cliff​This week, RedFork regained momentum, Denton students got healthier options, and one writer decided that doughnuts are tasty. City of Ate Can a restaurant with a minuscule kitchen and forgettable beef burger really be all that good? Scott Reitz pretty much said ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Plan Commissioners: This Isn't Just About a Bowling Alley, But Future of Lower Greenville

    A look back at the plans for the new-look Lower Greenville Avenue​I've tried several times this morning to reach Michael Northrup, the attorney repping a coalition of neighborhood associations at yesterday's City Plan Commission meeting where Madison Partners' bowling alley concept was voted down ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Spicing up Happy Hour at Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen

    ​Where: Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Ave. #319 When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday , all day Sunday What: $5 specialty cocktails, $5 selected wines, $3 beers Why: Because the post-work happy hour can go boring quickly, going to the same old pub week after week. Since it's been ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Trolley Trestle Lowered into Cityplace Turntable, Positioned For Influx of More Charming Vehicles (People Too)

    Photos by Leslie MinoraThe construction team lowers the turntable trestle at Cityplace Station.​For 14 years, a salvaged portion of a Southern Pacific Railroad bridge from 1909 gathered dust, waiting to be recycled as main support of the trolley turntable now under construction at Cityplace Statio ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    QR Signs of the Times, Part II: CityDesign Studio's Virtual Look at Dallas' "Public Realm"

    ​I saw one of these signs on a Bishop Arts sidewalk over the weekend and thought nothing of it -- that is till today, when I was looking for something unrelated on the Dallas CityDesign Studio, which led me to its Facebook page, which led me to this: Urban Design Matters, a just-launched website r ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Revolving Doors: Spring Has Sprung

    ​It may not feel like it today, but spring is officially here, but that's not the only change we saw in March. Restaurants and bars looking to capitalize on patio grazers opened their doors, most notably the Katy Trail Ice House, which received lots of buzz during its soft opening last month. ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, And All Through the West Village, Keith Urbania!

    Stephen MaskerSomewhere in the middle of all this is Keith Urban.​Maybe you heard: Keith Urban taped a mini-set -- which included a hometown homage to St. Mark's grad Steve Miller -- in the West Village tonight, in advance of his halftime performance during Cowboys-Saints. Our Stephen Masker was t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    March 29, 2009

    A F.I.G. Leaf: A Recap of AFI Dallas's Saturday, and a Look Ahead at Its Sunday

    Hell of a time not to have Patrick Michels around -- 'round midnight this morning at the Fashion Industry Gallery on Ross Avenue, where nude and semi-nude women turned a life drawing workshop into a performance-art piece amidst other computer animation exhibits, open bars and a laptop deejay trying ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Burning Question: Are People Tipping Less?

    Some wag in some diner some years ago posted a clever reminder for guests: "Tipping is not a city in China"--which may have seemed funny, oh, about once.Nowadays China owns a good chunk of American debt, as well as the power to let us topple into the economic dunking pool...if we weren't doing such ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Bottle Rocket Art Auction Reminder and Our First Holiday Giveaway!

    First, a reminder: Tomorrow at noon, we're closing the auction for the original Bottle Rocket artwork Ian Dingman created for the Criterion Collection DVD. Get yer bids in now; right now, we're up to $250$300, with proceeds going to the North Texas Food Bank. Very nice.Now, a early holiday gift for ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Yogilicious Rides a Dairy Wave From the Coasts

    Patrick Michels So it's yogurt. And it tastes pretty good. What you want to call this? We've been here before. The bright lights and pastel walls, the plastic furniture and frozen yogurt. Dim the lights, pad the chairs and crank up a smooth-jazz Stones cover over the roar of the espresso machine, ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Pony Express to Ride Again, If Only For Charity Auction This Month

    Eric Dickerson, whose e-mail address still contains the word "ponyexpress," no kidding. If nothing else, SMU's trying awful hard to get the old ponies back into the stable after what's felt like centuries of losing records. A month ago, the school announced that for the upcoming football season, Jun ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    ForwardDallas! Not So Fast.

    Couple of days ago, an old Friend of Unfair Park wondered, simply, whatever became of forwardDallas!, anyway? Which led me, earlier this a.m., to this sexy agenda item from yesterday's meeting of the city council's Transportation and Environment Committee: forwardDallas! Code Amendments: Form Distri ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008

    Finally, A Cup of Starbucks Coffee Is Worth the Price

    A public-service announcement, courtesy a press release: Beginning at 11 a.m., Starbucks will be giving away 8-ounce cups of coffee -- which is awesome, if you love your coffee just the wrong side of burnt. Alas, it's the company's new Pike Place Roast, so named for the company's original Seattle lo ... More >>

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    January 8, 2008

    Westdale Buys Up More of Deep Ellum

    The original Continental Gin Company building was constructed in 1914 and turned into apartments 83 years later. In 1983, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Dallas' Only Daily brings word this afternoon that three of Deep Ellum's most historic properties -- all of which were c ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Plugging Myself. Right in the Head.

    If you wanna see me looking like an aging alternarock bum (yeah, great day to wear the Flaming Lips T-shirt and gray hoodie) whilst going on a lengthy, had-to-be-crazy-ass-sounding harangue about the state of Deep Ellum, by all means tune into KTVT-Channel 11 tonight at 10. Jay Gormley just left aft ... More >>

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    November 15, 2006

    Village Idiots

    I just got back from the Magnolia Theater, where, once more, somebody rammed a minivan into the front door opposite the just-closed Club Nikita in order to swipe the ATM perched in the downstairs lobby. Funny thing is, only 10 days ago did Mag management finally replace the plywood that's been cover ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    Salve! Succumbs

    McKinney Avenue Italian restaurant calls it quits

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