Brian Reinhart has been the Dallas Observer's food critic since spring 2016. In addition, he writes baseball analysis for the Hardball Times and covers classical music for the Observer and MusicWeb International.
9 days ago | First Look
There’s a first-rate new shawarma restaurant in Plano. And if it weren’t for the coronavirus pandemic, it might not have opened. We’ve heard many, too many, stories about restaurants closing because of the virus. Pita Town’s story is the opposite....
22 days ago | Lists
Poking through the steaming wreckage of 2020, it’s hard to find much good. But that’s what we’re going to attempt here: a list of good developments on the Dallas food scene that came from this horrible year. Yes, given all the awfulness we have en...
1 month ago | Restaurant Reviews
Twelve months ago, the Dallas restaurant scene was riding high on a wave of national recognition, including being named the “Restaurant City of the Year” in Bon Appétit. Our chefs were starring in splashy magazine profiles and raising funds for ex...
1 month ago | Lists
At the end of each of the last few years, I’ve presented a list of the best meals I’ve eaten at Dallas restaurants while working as the Observer’s food critic. In 2019, for example, I considered 200 restaurant meals for a highlight reel of favorit...
2 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
“I like to describe Oaxaca as the Texas of Mexico,” Leslie Luna says. Texans might think that’s big talk, but Oaxacans can back it up with a unique centuries-old heritage that sets their state apart from the rest of Mexico in culture, history and ...
2 months ago | Barbecue
Barbecue is for everybody. It’s an all-American culinary tradition practiced in backyards across the continent, by people from just about any background. But barbecue can also be for almost nobody — like the select few customers who can afford to ...