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  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Using Emoji to Search Yelp for Dallas Restaurants, Because Wordz Is Hard

    If you haven't heard the news, Yelp is now searchable by emoji, which is awesome if you happen to be a tween girl looking for the closest available ice cream cone. The new feature went into effect recently and allows users to search for food based on tiny pixelated icons. A minuscule picture of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Ten Easy Ways to Piss Off a Chef

    There was a time when going out to dinner was an indulgence. A thing you did when you really wanted to treat yourself. Now most of us head to restaurants out of necessity, or at least we tell ourselves that: We're either too busy or too lazy to actually prepare food for ourselves. Professional che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Dallas' Restaurants Have Been Shunned by Yelp, but Not for the Reasons You Think

    Earlier this week Yelp published its top 100 restaurants -- what it described as a list of "the ultimate, try-before-you-die, food-coma-inducing, so-good-it-makes-you-want-to-slap-your-momma places to eat." The ranked list seemed to touch on every aspect of American dining, from east coast to west, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The 2014 Alternative James Beard Awards, Dallas Edition

    Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Award. Seven of the semi-finalists for the prestigious awards are Dallas-based, including Matt McAllister of FT33, David Uygur of Lucia and newcomer Trinity Groves restaurant Casa Rubia. This selection obviou ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Ten Bells Tavern Got a Bad Yelp Review, so its Owner Shamed the Yelper

    While some restaurateurs may feel held hostage by bad Yelp reviews, others are pulling out the big guns. Meri Dahlke, who owns and operates Ten Bells Tavern in Oak Cliff, noticed a nasty one-star review that seemed excessively spiteful. From Yelper Marc G.: I live in Oak Cliff and really wanted to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    First Look at Campuzano Mexican Food

    On Wednesday evening, a new "Mexican" restaurant quietly opened within walking distance from Dallas Observer HQ. We'd watched with curiosity as the building at 2618 Oak Lawn Ave. made the transition from the former brick, beige and bland law offices of Robert S. Gregg to the new, stylized wooden fa√ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Yelp Will Now Allow Mobile Reviews, So Get Ready for Some Poetry on the Go

    Yesterday, on its blog, Yelp announced that it will let users report their experiences from mobile devices. The update rolled out to iPhone platforms yesterday, and should be available for Android soon. The new version allows users to ostensibly report on their experiences in real-time, instead of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Hanna Raskin Bolsters Online Reviewers With Yelp Help

    Fancy yourself a potential power Yelper? A new e-book by Hanna Raskin promises to take your Yelp reviews to the next level. Raskin, who spent time here presiding over City of Ate when it was recognized by the Association of Food Journalists, has just published Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Re ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Picking a Bone With Pecan Lodge

    Want access to some of the best barbecue in Texas? Get in line.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios will be Non-Smoking Starting May 7

    For quite some time Dallas has maintained no-smoking laws in its bars, restaurants and music venues, forcing smokers into the elements during concerts or comedy shows; but just 40 miles away, Denton has long remained the go-to city for tabacco users because of its lenience towards smoking in bars an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Campo Verde in Arlington, Inside a Kaleidoscope of Crazy

    No, that's not a picture from inside a kaleidoscope. That's actually from inside a restaurant, one that is bejeweled within an inch of its life in hundreds (perhaps thousands) of strands of lights and tinsel. How festive, you say? Yeah, I took that picture last week. In what might be called an Arl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Yelp to Add Restaurant Health Inspection Grades to Site

    Yelp is adding restaurant health inspection grades to its restaurant pages. The reports, however, aren't based on customer reviews, but rather city-provided health score information. Yelp has already launched the new feature in San Francisco. New York is next and then it will gobble up the rest of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Talking Food Critics, Ethnic Influence and Chef Instability in Dallas with Eric Ripert

    This Friday at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will deliver an interactive performance discussing the industry that has granted them stardom. Most of the press coverage about the show has focused on Bourdain, but while Ripert takes a quieter approach to life his story is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Late-Night Eats: The Four Meat Pizza At Nova

    On a Thursday evening, just past 10 p.m., Oak Cliff was sleepy. Yelp said Boulevardier was open till 11 but the staff said otherwise. Same went for Bolsa, which offered cocktails and beer but no food. That's what I get for trusting a third-party source instead of getting operating hours direct from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The Great Library-Inspired Bars of Dallas

    It's hard to not love a good dive. The Goat. Lee Harvey's. But sometimes a woman must "spend time with [her] fools," or be one, even if that means they've dragged her out of the warm solace of trusted neighborhood haunts into the sweeping unknown of fedoras and ascots. With the noted (and occasion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Austin: I Came, I Drank, I Conquered (And Then I Drank Some More)

    I'm taking every opportunity that comes along this summer to get out of the steamy swamp currently hanging over our city, and that means one thing: road-trippin'. I made the trek (more of a hop, skip and a kolache-fueled jump, really) to Austin this weekend to visit friends and raise hell, and did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The Creamy Bastard Puts Breakfast in an Ice Cream Sandwich -- and Soon, on a Food Truck

    Trolling Yelp one night in search of ice cream near my apartment, I came across a listing for Creamy Bastard (no relation to our own beloved Cheap Bastard, although I'm sure Alice is creamy in her own right).  Reviewers touted it as the best frozen custard around, but there was no address ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    How a Negative Yelp Review of Maple Motor Ended with Hurt Feelings and One Less Yelp Account

    Last night Jack Perkins, proprietor of Maple and Motor, took a break from flippin' burgers to check out his Yelp page. He noticed a review from Dace Street, the son of Gene Street, owner of Snookies and brother to Mariel Street, who owns the newly expanding Liberty Burger. Turns out earlier this m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Drink This: Tate's "Spiced 75" and Some Robust, Strong Drinks To Come

    A handful of people were scattered throughout Uptown's newest watering hole, Tate's, on Tuesday night. Bartender, JW was busy whipping up Sazeracs (he puts on an impressive show, misting each glass with absinthe, then torching it with his handheld blow torch). The bar was, and still is, celebrating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Knox-Henderson Keeps Shedding Restaurants

    Just three weeks ago, we reported that Horne & Dekker had closed abruptly, on the heels of other failed restaurants in the area. H&D, Redfork and Alma all closed in less than a year, and I wondered if Knox-Henderson was a tough neighborhood for the service industry. Or maybe their food just sucked. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Matt McCallister Ate a Yelper for Breakfast

    ​Poor, poor Tina. With just nine Yelp reviews under her belt she decided to report on her experience at Campo Modern Country Bistro. She wasn't fond of her meal, awarding the experience a single star. Tina "really wanted to like" Campo but was upset that her chicken came with a bone in it (it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Straying from the Common Table's Beer List Gets Dicey, Unless You're Tasting the Rainbow

    Whitney FilloonThe Mick. Ick.​Two simple words possessed me to fight rush-hour traffic and patronize loathsome valet parking for a Friday happy hour in Uptown: Skittles Sangria. Perusing Yelp for a new-to-me drinking spot, I'd stumbled on the Common Table's drink menu, and my inner alcoholic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Fishing Around Lands a Keeper at Taco Taco

    This week, Cheap Bastard rolls the dice and finds she loves the crunchy fish taco (heh, heh, she said crunchy fish taco) at Taco Taco, 5954 Royal Lane, 214-750-4420.) Other diners in the restaurant besides me count: 0 Times I laughed when I realized that I recommend the crunchy fish taco: 2 When m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Happy Hour at Malai Kitchen, Where Five Dollars Will Make You Hollar for Another One

    The West Village isn't typically a favorite destination 'hood of mine unless I'm seeking fro-yo or a sale on cardigans, but a Yelp search pointed me in the direction of Thai-Vietnamese spot Malai when I found myself in dire need of a drink on a Sunday evening. I have zero desire to wait 30 minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    What Does the Internet Say About the Health of Dallas' Dining Scene?

    Eric Asimov, the interim New York Times restaurant critic sandwiched between Sam Sifton and his permanent replacement Pete Wells, published a story last week about his short tenure as a critical diner. Asimov reviewed restaurants before becoming a full-time wine columnist in 2004. His column compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Jay Jerrier of Il Cane Rosso on Guy Fieri, Naples and Making Peace with Yelp

    In one quick year, Il Cane Rosso has become the most esteemed pizza joint in Dallas. Owner Jay Jerrier discovered this style of Neapolitan pizza while on a trip in Naples with his wife in 1995 and has worked diligently to bring the same pizza experience to Dallas. Recently Guy Fieri and the Diners, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    National Haiku Day: This Is Why You Care

    ​ A NEW YELP IN TOWN? THERE COULD BE, IF YOU'RE DOWN TO KICKSTART IT FOR THEM Watch out Yelp. Three Dallas dudes are hoping a Kickstarter campaign will help them launch a new mobile app they're calling Haiku Review. Stu Hill, Wes Hendrix and Brad Alesi are asking for $65,000 to help them buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    If Google Swallows Open Table Too, Yelp Could Yelp Its Last Yelp

    ​Back in September, when we wrote about Google taking a bite out of Zagat, we wondered if the Internet giant had plans to compete with Yelp. Google already allows users to give restaurants a star rating and to offer their thoughts on recent dining experiences. Zagat's database, containing prof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Sol's Nieto on Mockingbird Closes; Like it Or Not, That Yelp Rating Couldn't Have Helped

    News broke yesterday that Sol's Nieto Mexican Grill at Mockingbird and Abrams closed. Gubbins got the scoop from manager Blanca Perez: "The landlords refused to make any kind of deal with us, so there is nothing we can do. After 10 years, it's heart-breaking for us to go down this way." Landlords . ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Café San Miguel: A Failed Restaurant Through the Eyes Of Yelp

    Cafe San Miguel's star rating rocketed from two to nearly four stars in two months​City of Ate had just posted its monthly revolving doors column when the Dallas Morning News reported on the closing of Cafe San Miguel yesterday. The owners sent out an email to diners saying, "After making a ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Google Buys Zagat. What's Next (Besides Mind Control, Obviously)?

    ​The Google-chompers gobbled up Zagat yesterday, as reported by the New York Times, the LA Times, and then everyone else. The acquisition gives the internet mogul access to a sizable restaurant database full of addresses and reviews that's 29 years in the making, and positions the company to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    The New Kid in Town, Squealing on Yelp and More

    Sara KerensChicken, waffles and coffee at Oddfellows.​This week in food blogs, the T Room sold sandwiches, users decided Yelp! is even more unreliable than they thought, and the newly opened and recently gassy Redfork is down two chefs. Most important, our new food critic started posting. Read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Two Local Food Entreprenuers Level the Field Through Social Media

    Dan Kim, president and chief executive officer of Red Mango, in a photo from the company's MySpace page.​It's undeniable that social networking has changed the landscape of food. How we eat, view and hear about food has been dramatically altered thanks to websites like Yelp, Twitter and Faceb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Nine Tips for Digging Through Local Farmers Markets

    ‚ÄčIt didn't take a study of Vermont farmers markets to tell us what we knew for a long time: Supermarkets aren't cheaper. That being said and this being spring, it's a good time to riff on farmers' markets, plus give you a few shopping tips on how to navigate them. 1. Find Your Market I always ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Maple & Motor's Jack Perkins:
    He Does it His Way

    Photo by Robert BostickMaple & Motor's Jack Perkins​This week, Three-Course meal interviews burger meister Jack Perkins, who grills up one of the city's most popular patties at Maple & Motor. Tomorrow, we throw a Q&A Perkins way, and Friday he hands us the keys to the kingdom, showing us step ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Serving a Dish Called Revenge

    A chef could always tell a critic to lick his chocolate salty balls.​BRC, the gastropub with the naughty name that's been a sensation in Houston this summer, failed to impress Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook. In her review this week, Cook declined to give Big Red Cock a single star. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Zaguán Latin Café & Bakery's Known For Food, But The Coffee's Damn Good Too

    Photos By Daniel Rodrigue‚ÄčThis morning, after hearing very good things about the coffee and espresso at Zagu√°n Latin Caf√© & Bakery from several of the folks around the bullpen at Observer HQ who regularly visit the establishment, Roasted finally headed across the street for an early-morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Despite Some Bad Publicity, Yelp Teams With Dallas Restaurants for Meal Deals

    ​Yelp, the reader review website that's currently fighting a class action lawsuit from retailers and restaurateurs (the plaintiffs claim the company strong-armed them into buying ads in exchange for deleting negative reviews), has recruited 15 Dallas restaurants for its upcoming Yelp Eats! Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Stranded at the Altar: Zander's House Teases With a Menu We Can't Taste

    ​Plano has its share of Asian restaurants, but seeing as how I live in between the two closer options of Richardson and Arlington, I never feel the need to travel past Belt Line Road. Luckily, a shopping expedition to Allen made sure I'd have to drive through our northern neighbor, and I wante ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Campania Pizza Stretches The Delivery Range

    Patrick MichelsCampania delivers: Here lies the loneliest salami‚ÄčCampania Pizza 3500 McKinney Ave, Suite 150 214-780-0605 Promised delivery time: 45-60 minutes Actual delivery time: 38 minutesScoring SummaryGoing the extra half-mile, outside the usual delivery range: 20 Still beating the promis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Yelp Tries to Hush Those Pesky Lawsuits

    From Birdsall's Story in SF Weekly here‚ÄčRemember how news came last year that the San Francisco-based Yelp was using the "Favorite Review" feature to strong-arm businesses into becoming advertisers? Well, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has a response to the lawsuits, as reported by food editor John Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Yelp Lawsuit Widens: From Washington to Chicago to L.A., Plaintiffs Charge Extortion

    ​ Nine companies have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujunga, California, to Washington, D.C. They include businesses rangi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: People

    ‚ÄčWe all--well, most of us, anyway--like to group certain traits or people into easy shorthand definitions.For example, the French become "surrender monkeys," southerners are all "rednecks" and Eagles fans are...um, that's unprintable. As the guys from Monty Python once pointed out, the only group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Words On Review

    Out is the new safe.‚ÄčI began to worry a long time ago--1985, more precisely.Not only was it the year an anti-christ appeared in the form of Don Denkinger (google 'worst call in World Series history' if you don't recognize his name), but it was also the first time I heard college students refer to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Words And Meanings: A Blog Commenter's Responsibilities

    Ian Britton/FreeFoto.com‚ÄčEvery Monday in this space I pick something to rant about. Today, however, I'm at a loss.I did want to thank Leslie Brenner for bringing up the growing "we don't take reservations" trend, which I find annoying...although I understand the value to a restaurant's bottom line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Family Karaoke

    Seriously, no idea who that is. Really.First of all, I realize some people don't like karaoke, that it ain't their thing and they'd prefer to sit there and just watch the fun. That's cool. But just trust that at Family Karaoke -- where parties of up to 25 can reserve private sound-proofed room ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Texan Steak

    Patrick MichelsHere's a hot cooking tip for summer! Don't put Styrofoam in the microwave. Use the grill instead...Texan Steak4817 Ross Avenue214-521-7999Promised delivery time: 45 minutesActual delivery time: 35 minutesNovelty of concept: 15No menu online, or discernible storefront on street: -20Hel ... More >>

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