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    Hash Over: New Year's Eve Brings Out Champagne Toasts, Party Favors And Bands

    ? As you probably know by now, the decade comes to an end this week, and just about every restaurant or nightclub in town has some kind of New Year's Eve celebration planned for Thursday night. But let's say you're thinking beer budget shind...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on December 28, 2009 @ 11:18 am
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    Monday's Unverified Fact About Philadelphia

    ? The 'Boys host la fee verte on Sunday afternoon. A "fact" about the team from "foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia": During road trips, the Eagles play Scrapple--a game where they identify bits of snout, intestine, ear, trotter and tai...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 28, 2009 @ 10:37 am
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    Big Al's Smokehouse is a Little Cheesy

    I wanted a light lunch the other day, so I went in search of barbecue. Felt like a two-meat kind of day, ya know? I heard Big Al's Smokehouse was a thing to behold, so it was ironic to me that I was having a hard time seeing it as I passed auto d...

    by Alice Laussade on February 11, 2010
  • DISH Suffers From a Lack of Focus on Getting the Food Right

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    DISH Suffers From a Lack of Focus on Getting the Food Right

    The egg must not be cold. Here we are in Oak Lawn's dishiest new restaurant, DISH (the insistent capital letters an attempt to elevate the generic name). It is a frigid Saturday morning, and at 11:30 a.m., we two are the only patrons in a 5,500-squa...

    by Elaine Liner on February 11, 2010
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    Happy Holidays From The City Of Ate Crew

    ? We're taking a break. We'll be back next week to finish up the year and hope that at least some of you stick with us. Thanks, and have a great holiday.

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 23, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
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    Pairing Off: Most Graphic Moments Of The Fourth Quarter

    ? There were some punishing stretches over the three months past, where latkes from a box or a Snickers bar purchased from some convenience store were standout dishes. Plenty of suffering to go around: popcorn shrimp, candy corn, cranberry sauce fro...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 23, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Personalities

    ? The other day Jesse "Hophead" Hughey said something about the role of those special edition $150 beers--something along the lines of "they generate publicity and motivate interest in beer." True enough. Basketball needed Michael Jordan an...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 23, 2009 @ 2:03 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: People

    ? We 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 ...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 23, 2009 @ 12:28 pm
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    On The Range: Sopapillas

    ? On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items. Many of us got our first taste of sopapillas by raising the flag. Doesn't make sense? Well, back when dining out options were fewer and farther between,...

    @ City of Ate by Chris Meesey on December 23, 2009 @ 11:00 am
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    Wednesday's Unverified Fact About Washington

    ? The 'Boys travel to the city sometimes visited by George W. Bush on Sunday evening. A final "fact" about the politically incorrect... Every year, Redskins owner Dan Snyder cheers for the Grinch to keep all the who hash and roast beast and...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 23, 2009 @ 10:37 am
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    Dude Food: Jesse's Year In Review

    Baby Back Shak's pork is smokin'! ? After a year of pizza, Tex-Mex and deep-fried everything, it's time to take a look back at my year in Dude Food. While they might not have all ranked a 10 on the Dude Factor scale, the following five Dude Food...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on December 22, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Flops

    Drinks at Lazare. ? No one relishes disaster. Take that back. No one relishes disaster in their own community. While wary of competition, restaurant owners also know that a popular venue opening nearby helps drive traffic, and traffic means poten...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 22, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: People Who Shook Things Up

    Some of the wares at Tei An. ? We started off thinking about innovators, but...well, sometimes innovation comes in the form of foams, deconstruction or other overwrought foods and we didn't really want to dwell on the subject. But there are alway...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 22, 2009 @ 11:46 am
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    Pho From Home: Cafe Hop

    ? My only immediate family member in town this Christmas is my brother, Ben. It's been a difficult time for my family, and I figure my brother and I need a home cooked meal. Seeing as how my parents are both overseas caring for my ailing ...

    @ City of Ate by Kristy Yang on December 22, 2009 @ 10:54 am
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    Tuesday's Unverified Fact About Washington

    ? The 'Boys travel to the town Marion Barry built on Sunday evening. Another "fact" about the interns... As a toddler, Redskins defensive end Andre Carter wandered away from his family's farmhouse and was lost for several years. Raised by c...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 22, 2009 @ 10:38 am
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    The Year/The Decade: Best Restaurateurs

    Tristan Simon, circa 2003, when everything was in black and white. ? Diners generally care more about the chef than the restaurant owner. After all, you visit Nana for Anthony Bombaci's brilliant touch rather than for decisions made in some distan...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 21, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Best Chefs

    ? Best is a matter of degrees, whether you're talking about the top chefs over the course of months or years. Certainly this city's kitchens are staffed with more than competent sorts: Brian Luscher, Jean-Marie Cadot, Marc Cassel, Joel Harl...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 21, 2009 @ 1:43 pm
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    How 'Bout Them Knockers: 4th Quarter Review

    ? Once Izmir captured all but two points in a stunning performance earlier this year, the Knockers leader board became a race of also-rans...or also-also-rans in this particular three month span. It was, without question, the most lackluste...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 21, 2009 @ 11:51 am
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    Tipsy Turvy: Yes, You Can Build Alcohol Tolerance--But At What Price?

    ? After wrapping up "Purple Rain" by Prince in the main karaoke room at the office holiday party last night, I turned to a coworker's wife, who was sharing the stage with me, and said that was so much fun I was going to go sing it in the other karaok...

    @ City of Ate by Kimberly Thorpe on December 21, 2009 @ 11:16 am
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    Hash Over: Libertine Sets Toy Drive And New 'Inspirational' Cooking Show Seeks Dallas Contestants

    ? Thought you were done with your holiday shopping? Well, there's one more present you ought to pick up: something for a less-fortunate child. Yes, going to a toy store or mall sounds unbearable, but trust us: it will be worth it. Not be...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on December 21, 2009 @ 11:10 am
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