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    Handle The Proof: Blavod

    ? There's a good reason Blavod is hard to find--besides the fact that it's only purpose in life seems to be gimmick martinis and seasonal (meaning Halloween) cocktails: while in taste it compares well to Smirnoff and other modest brands, the...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 30, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
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    Review and Gallery: C.T.'s Real Deal BBQ

    ? In this week's issue of the Observer, Dave gets his fill of southern surf 'n' turf at C.T.'s Real Deal BBQ, where bail bondsman-turned-restaurateur Corey Toney's scrap with the city over renovations seems like small news next to the fried catfish a...

    @ City of Ate by Patrick Michels on October 29, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
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    More Frightening Cocktails For Halloween

    ? As if the Idi-tini and My Lai Tai weren't enough... We thought we'd stretched the boundaries of taste and "mixology" as far as we could with this week's Top 10 list. That is until several of you added some even more disturbing cocktails--all of wh...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 29, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
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    Hophead: Beer Across Texas Guides Brew Lovers To The Lone Star State

    ? Fort Worth's Paul Hightower may make his living as a technical writer, copywriter and indexer, but one of the great passions in his life is beer. On his Dallas Craft Beer Examiner blog, he is a relentless and well-informed cheerleader for ...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on October 29, 2009 @ 3:04 pm
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    Chocolate vs Fruit-Flavored: Halloween Fun-Size Candy Free-For-All

    ? For this week's food fight, we asked a group of UNT students to buy bags of Halloween candy--"promising" to reimburse them, of course--pour them out on one of those dorm study tables and start munching. They picked up Fun Size Butterfinger, Baby Ru...

    @ City of Ate by Carli Baylor on October 29, 2009 @ 1:27 pm
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    Veggie Guy: Back Yard Burgers

    ? In the spirit of Halloween, I'm going to share a horrifying confession with you guys. A little over a decade ago, I was a regular at the Whataburger on Main St. in Lewisville. I'd hit that drive-thru five days a week for a double-meat...

    @ City of Ate by Eddie Garza on October 29, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
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    Appetite For Instruction: Piquillo Cheese With Brioche Toast

    Recipe demonstrated by Chef J Chastain of The 2nd Floor Bistro ? There are a lot of things that attract people to the Galleria on a daily basis. For example, a possible Jessica Simpson sighting, sans Tony Romo of course, or trying out y...

    @ City of Ate by Sarah Johnson on October 29, 2009 @ 11:45 am
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    Pairing Off: Candy Corn

    ? "God, I hate Candy Corn." Those were the first words from Timothy Mercer, wine buyer at Cork in Uptown, after I asked about this week's pairing. And, as it turns out, I hate the stuff as well. In fact, I can think of very few people who really ...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 28, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
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    Days Gone Bite: Space Food Sticks

    ? There was a 15 or so year blip in history when space--and massive government programs to explore space--was very cool. All a food company had to do was take, say, a powdered orange drink, slap a phrase such as "like the astronauts drink" o...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 28, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
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    On The Range: Empanadas

    ? On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items. Say the word 'empanada' anywhere in Latin America, and you'll most likely get an instant nod of affirmation. That's because the little wrapped pastries (t...

    @ City of Ate by Chris Meesey on October 28, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
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    Dude Food: Chesterfield's Food & Spirits

    Chesterfield's bacon cheeseburger with onion rings. ? Chesterfield's Food & Spirits 2555 Inwood Road No. 143 214-353-9268 Dude Factor: 9, or Recently Deceased Celebrity, on a scale of 1 (Not Wearing A Costume Because Halloween Is Satanic) to 10 (...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on October 27, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
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    Top 10 Truly Frightening Cocktails

    Pouring number five, harsh and overbearing with supposed Scottish influences. ? We were inspired a year ago by the promotion of a holiday drink called the Nog-a-sake--an eggnog and sake creation playing on the bombing of Nagasaki--to come up with ...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 27, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
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    If Memory Serves: Truck Stops

    ? If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining why I'm so damn strange. I love truck stops. Not the modern, multi-functional, linked up facilities along the interstates where they sell everything from Confederate flag...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 27, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
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    Veggie Guy: Vegan 101

    ? While most of my friends were busy working on their costumes for this weekend's Disturbathon, I spent my Saturday night with members of Vegan 101 at their annual Halloween Potluck. My costume: a gay vegan Mormon (black flat-front chinos, ...

    @ City of Ate by Eddie Garza on October 27, 2009 @ 11:58 am
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    Service With A Sneer

    ? Anytime you write something about service these days, you're hit with a barrage of angry retorts from people identifying themselves as waiters and waitresses. According to these fed up staffers, diners are all just a bunch of unappreciativ...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 26, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
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    Short Orders: Sambuca 360

    ? Sambuca 360 7200 Bishop, Plano 469-467-3393 The revamped glow of Sambuca's new Legacy space doesn't have the original's brick walls, screaming urban authenticity. It lacks the Addison location's dated, desperate atmosphere. The menu is less ambiti...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on October 26, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
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    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Qdoba Mexican Grill

    ? Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score. Qdoba Mexican Grill 6505 W. Park Blvd., Plano 972-403-7372 Promised Delivery: 60 minutes Delivery Time:...

    @ City of Ate by Sarah Johnson on October 26, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
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    Hash Over: 25-Cent Coffee, Wine Dinners, And Celebrity Chef Tours

    ? Even though it makes no difference to most City of Ate readers, Dunkin' Donuts coffee is the official coffee of the Dallas Cowboys and the new stadium. To promote the partnership, participating DFW locations of the doughnut chain are offering 25-...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on October 26, 2009 @ 11:50 am
  • Urban Crust: Great Pizza. Great Bar. What More Do You Want?


    Urban Crust: Great Pizza. Great Bar. What More Do You Want?

    "Where do you want to sit?" the waitress asks as I step inside Urban Crust. It hardly matters, so I shrug in response. The waitress--her name was Lauren, according to my receipt--looks over the space, a long, narrow room cluttered with tables and...

    by Dave Faries on December 10, 2009
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    El Atoron Torteria Y Taqueria: $1 Tacos. Is This Heaven or What?

    Drive down Henderson Avenue past the newfangled, valet-only "establishments" named after flowers whose froufrou names you can only pronounce correctly if you whisper them ("No, it's Hibiscus. There's a silent raised eyebrow."), and somewhere near Ro...

    by Alice Laussade on December 10, 2009
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