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    Our Deep-Fried Decade: Ten Years Of Gluttony And Progress At The State Fair

    After 10 years, this is where we ended up: four deep-fried butter balls topped with garlic and grape sauce. How did we get to the point where we'd actually eat this? ? In the early 2000s, we came to the State Fair of Texas with a doe-eyed, innocen...

    @ City of Ate by Patrick Michels on December 29, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Scenes We Can't Explain

    ? Some people are famous for being famous. No need to elaborate--you know their names, and you probably still shake you head over the source of their popularity. Well, it's the same in food and nightlife: some places are popular for being p...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 29, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Markets

    ? You know how it is--nothing to do in Dallas but eat, drink and shop. If only we had a signature bridge... We've always had Neiman Marcus for those who want to spend the credit and places like TJ Maxx for us who don't. In the last ten year...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 29, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
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    Pho From Home: Houston

    ? My affair with our I-45 rival can be best described as a love/hate relationship, heavy on the hate. Past trips I've made to Houston consistently involved cursed adventures and unlucky mishaps with scars--yes actual scars--to prove it. ...

    @ City of Ate by Kristy Yang on December 29, 2009 @ 10:59 am
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    Tuesday's Unverified Fact About Philadelphia

    ? The 'Boys host the silverwings on Sunday afternoon. Another "fact" about the the Main Sewer Line and its team... Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb insists his gazpacho be served piping hot.* *Source: From the script of Rocky: The Final Years, wh...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 29, 2009 @ 10:39 am
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    The Year/The Decade: Bars

    ? A person's selection of "favorite bar" may be even more personal than that of their favorite restaurant. Where someone chooses to drink, after all, says more about their appreciation of scene and the sort of people they wish to associate w...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 28, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
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    The Year/The Decade: Embarrassments

    ? Probably should issue this caveat to start: Unless you're speaking of Paris Hilton or Tex Cobb, the label of embarrassment implies the person in question possesses some talent. Nobody is perfect, of course. The Rolling Stones recorded Emo...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on December 28, 2009 @ 12:54 pm
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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
  • Nick & Sam's Grill: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, or at Least Acts Like They Do

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    Nick & Sam's Grill: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, or at Least Acts Like They Do

    Nickie is a fan of English football's perennial also-ran, Liverpool. That's neither here nor there, really, except that I got into a rather lengthy (but friendly) flap with Nickie one night over the relative chances of her cast-off Reds against m...

    by Dave Faries on May 7, 2009
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    Williams Chicken, For When You Want it Fast and Done Right

    If there's one thing you can get fast in Dallas, it's food (if there are two things, they're food and meth. Three? Food, meth and laser hair removal). And when it comes to fast food, boy, have we got options. Me: Hey Dallas, I know this is a craz...

    by Alice Laussade on May 7, 2009
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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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