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.
8 days ago | Complaint Desk
There’s an old saying that’s been expressed a hundred different ways, which goes something like this: It’s not about how you fall, but how you rise back up. Or: “I get knocked down, but I get up again / You are never gonna keep me down.” No matter...
16 days ago | Barbecue
Even before a global pandemic arrived, this was a year of change at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. Last spring, after 34 years of takeout-only service, Smokey Joe’s finally opened a dining room. Owner Kris Manning, whose father, Kenneth Manning, co-founded the...
20 days ago | First Look
One of this year’s most exciting new restaurant openings was scheduled for late February or early March: Krio, an Asian-Cajun spot in the Bishop Arts District that would specialize in crawfish boils, chargrilled oysters and po’ boy sandwiches. The...
1 month ago | Food News
In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, many Dallas-area restaurants diligently wrote public alerts every time an employee fell ill with the disease. But as cases surge, hospitals fill and the government response falters, restaurant owners ar...
2 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
Damasita’s dining room has changed dramatically in the last six months. The restaurant opened in early 2018 as a Japanese izakaya, serving tempura platters and agedashi tofu. But without changing its name, new owners arrived in December 2019, remo...
2 months ago | Food News
It all started with a typo. Peja Krstic, chef-owner of acclaimed Dallas Vietnamese restaurant Mot Hai Ba, reversed the h and n in “bánh mì” while writing a caption on Instagram June 16. He says autocorrect is to blame. But then three Vietnamese Am...