Sloppy Seconds: Taking the Easy Way

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Even as much as we honor hard work in America (nearly as much as apple pie), we admire quick fixes, workarounds and clutch deliveries more. You say there's no easy way out? We say you're not looking hard enough. Or maybe you're looking too hard. Either way, this week on City of Ate, we celebrate the folks who get it done the easy way.

The Week in Review(s):

  • Your own Dallas Observer: Masaryk leaves Dave with the impression of a place that's gotten good at a "mod-Mex" move, and is doing it over and over.
  • Dallas Morning News: Leslie Brenner's visit to Cadot peaks early, with raves over their Dover sole and the soufflé on her first visit. (Here's our take on Cadot from a few weeks back.) Brenner also tackles Sushi on McKinney this week, by her estimation a serviceable neghiborhood joint you want around for an easy fix for your sushi jones.

Highlights from City of Ate:

  • Handle the Proof: Breaking the Mojito Rules
    Stick with being a mojito purist, swear off fruity frozen drinks, and you'll have plenty of moral high ground -- but sometimes, if you loosen those rules a little, you'll discover a great drink you've been missing.
  • Just Who Is This Matt McCallister Guy?
    Working your way up through the restaurant business is nothing like easy, but folks still wonder how McCallister, without a formal culinary education, got to be Stephan Pyles' executive chef at 28.
  • Girl Drink Drunk: Family Karaoke
    Standing alone at the mic before a roomful of people and a confusing karaoke video may seem intimidating at first. But then the apple soju kicks in, and suddenly you're channeling Axl Rose.
  • Dude Food: Taqueria El Si Hay
    Sometimes the best place for tacos (even better than "The Best Taco in Texas") is just down the street. Sometimes, it's super cheap, too.

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