Pig Parts, Happy Endings and More: The Week in the Dallas Food Scene

I'm thinking the cool and damp weather warrants a pot of hearty braised lamb shanks and lots and lots of red wine. Or maybe I'll get around to making my first pot of chili since moving to Texas -- anything to counter the clouds and mist that looks down-right Xanax-inducing.

But first there's a week to wrap up. And it was a pretty good one.

I reviewed Bistro 31, noting the persistent buzz over my two visits to the Highland Park restaurant from Lombardi Family Concepts. The cramped dining room made me think about what it takes to keep Dallas' collective dining attention. Is there a cure for dining ADD in Dallas?

Elsewhere on City of Ate, I learned that the pig shanks I ate at the Libertine Bar have a marketing campaign behind them. Commenters jumped in with other pig-wing sightings around Dallas, including Logan's, Capitol Pub and Eno's. Other pig parts are being put to good use at Campo as well.

The Cheap Bastard can't read Chinese, but she still likes the grub at Royal Wok. In addition to the cheap lo mein, Alice points out the a high number of massage parlors in the area. Now you have two reasons to visit the casual Chinese restaurant on Royal Lane.

If you need another sort of happy ending you should head to La Duni for some house-made ice cream, Foodbitch reports. And our newest contributor, Sundey McClendon, is fitting right in with her Ode to HEB.

On the Eats Blog, Leslie Brenner reviews Mí Día From Scratch, awarding the restaurant three stars. She also ordains Dallas' top toques in a list of the best chefs in DFW, including Tim Byres, Bruno Davaillon, Scott Gottlich and more.

Nancy Nichols and SideDish got down right nasty while reviewing Meso Maya. Nichols described food so salty it burned her lips and a flan that wouldn't pass muster as prison grub. The story is in stark contrast to a three-star review published by DMN. In it, Brenner describes the food as "quite good".

Speaking of stars, the BBQ Snob handed four stars to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Daniel Vaughn has only awarded four or more stars 18 times since undertaking his project. I got all fired up while reading the review and then realized the place is in Atlanta. Bummer.

The Taco Trail pleads with his readers to support his local taco shop. Business has been slow at La Norteña Food Mart, and according to the Trail, prices have risen to shore up losses. Doesn't sound like great business sense to me, but Jose gushes about the tacos.

Be sure to come back next week. We're taking a close look at a new burger joint (even though we're sick of them), counting down Dallas' best Tex-Mex, interviewing Yaser Khalaf of Baboush and probably reporting a Guy Fieri sighting. Until then, be festive. By which we mean drunk.

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