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  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Nose, Hair and Mouth--And That's A Good Thing


    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Nose, Hair and Mouth--And That's A Good Thing

    Smoke is--and isn't--what you think it is. There's barbecue all right, just as the name implies: brisket, ribs, even pulled pork. Chef Tim Byres spent the better part of this summer on the road in a rebuilt VW bus. He clattered around the Mississ...

    by Dave Faries on November 12, 2009
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    Question Of The Week: Is It Worth Watching 'Reality' Food Programs?

    ? This probably won't shock anyone: I didn't see Central 214 chef Blythe Beck's television debut in The Naughty Kitchen. I did hand the preview copy over to one of our writers, who made it part way through the opening episode before, as thi...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 25, 2009 @ 3:33 pm
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    And The Winner Is...

    Something came to the office this week that would make a fantastic prize--if only I could remember what it was and where I put it. If I find whatever it was in Wilonsky's office (where my bag of Oak Cliff Coffee ended up somehow), I'll be pissed. So...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 25, 2009 @ 3:10 pm
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    Handle The Proof: Becherovka

    ? This bitter liqueur has been produced in five countries, been purchased by a French enterprise and fought it out in court against its original owners--without the distillery ever leaving the town of Karlovy Vary. Which means Becherovka is...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 25, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
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    Dr. Bell's BBQ Pits Its Brisket Against the Challenges of Downtown Business

    Where the magic happens at Dr. Bell's BBQ downtown. ? Oak Cliff native Andrew Bell has worked for the past two decades exclusively in fine dining, but two weeks ago he opened a casual barbecue joint in downtown, Dr. Bell's BBQ. Andrew Be...

    @ City of Ate by Kimberly Thorpe on September 25, 2009 @ 11:47 am
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    Hophead: Celebrate 250 Years Of Guinness Today

    ? You may not be in Dublin, New York City, Kuala Lumpur or any of the other cities holding official Arthur's Day celebrations today. But that doesn't mean you have to feel left out of the party. Not to be confused with the annual Great Guinness Toas...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on September 24, 2009 @ 6:32 pm
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    Girl Drink Drunk: Trees, Best of Dallas Edition

    ? So this week our Best of Dallas issue hits the stand. Last night the staff of your Dallas Observer got together at Trees for a little celebratory shindig, wherein we imbibed, ate, listened to live music and watched tasseled titties. What? Yeah. Th...

    @ City of Ate by Merritt Martin on September 24, 2009 @ 5:40 pm
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    Review and Gallery: Si Tapas

    Pera Escalfada en cava con chocolate - sage poached pear in Spanish cava with passion fruit and chocolate sauce ? This week Dave takes a bite out of Si Tapas and Spanish Cuisine's bite-size fare, in the Dish review you'll find here. For another c...

    @ City of Ate by Patrick Michels on September 24, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
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    Bud Light vs. Coors Light: Battle Of The Bland

    ? Is there really a difference? When commercials can only boast of "drinkability" and just how tongue-numbingly cold the beer should be served, one assumes that the actual taste of the beer is beside the point. I decided (after some urging fro...

    @ City of Ate by Jesse Hughey on September 24, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
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    Short Orders: Terranova Cafe

    ? Terranova Cafe (Doubletree Hotel) 2015 Market Center Blvd. 214-741-7481 With the exception of, say, The Mansion or Nana, most hotel restaurants are a difficult sell. They are the purview of unimaginative old folks, frumpy business travele...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 24, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
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    Veggie Guy: Thai 2 Go

    ? A lot of people give vegans shit about eating fake meats. But should trannies at the Grapevine really talk? Probably not. My friend Sara and I hit the Grapevine Bar last night to celebrate her last two days in Dallas. That meant gettin' crazy on...

    @ City of Ate by Eddie Garza on September 24, 2009 @ 11:56 am
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    Programming Note

    Appetite For Instruction has taken the day off (it will return next week) because...well, because we had a party to celebrate the Best Of issue last night and the thought of flipping through all those pictures of chefs chopping raw meat...we just cou...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 24, 2009 @ 11:44 am
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    Pairing Off: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

    ? Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food. There were no deluxe boxes with creamy, canned cheese goo when I was a kid. There were no cartoon-shaped pastas, either. All we had was regular old mac...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 23, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
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    On The Range: Cachapas

    ? On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items. Migas, chilaquiles, menudo. In this series, we've written numerous times about savory South-of-the-border breakfast and brunch dishes. But what about pastr...

    @ City of Ate by Chris Meesey on September 23, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
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    Dude Food: El Fenix

    El Fenix Multiple locations ? Dude Factor: 10, or Jerry Haynes, on a scale of 1 (Mary Kay Ash) to 10. Honestly, if it weren't for El Fenix, I wouldn't be the dude I am today. You see, my family made the weekly pilgrimage for the Wednesday ...

    @ City of Ate by Noah W. Bailey on September 22, 2009 @ 7:43 pm
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    Top 10 Food Lines In Film

    ? Hollywood has provided us with any number of memorable food-related moments. The explosive restaurant scene in Monty Python's Meaning of Life comes to mind, as does Woody Allen's attempt to drive a lobster from behind a fridge by scaring it with a ...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 22, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
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    Veggie Guy: My Favorite Vegan Junk Foods

    ? It always makes me chuckle when I receive e-mails from extreme health-food vegans telling me I should be eating a healthier plant-based diet. The last one I got said, "You are a bad example of the way vegans should eat." This guy must...

    @ City of Ate by Eddie Garza on September 22, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
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    A Look At Food Labels And What They Really Mean

    ? Julia Child said the only time anyone should ever eat diet food is while waiting for a steak to cook. That philosophy works for the rare woman like Child, who at 6'2 could absorb the extra calories stuffed in French cuisine. She was a g...

    @ City of Ate by Jayme Rutledge on September 22, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
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    A Load Of Malarkey

    ? Had a brief conversation on Sunday with a woman named Banana (although it could have been Brianna, maybe even Bianca) about a newly opened spot on Trinity Mills at the Tollway. The place is called Malarkey's Tavern and features a leprecha...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 22, 2009 @ 11:08 am
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    Here's To The Cure

    While it's hardly a trend--a minor one at best--several local chefs now smoke meats, make sausages and prepare other rustic reminders, such as pork rinds. Because of this, charcuterie plates appear on area menus and a new found respect for the world...

    @ City of Ate by Dave Faries on September 21, 2009 @ 3:24 pm
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