Stampedes, Crickets, Mango Cookies: This Week in Dallas Dining

Observer food critic Scott Reitz is off work being a good son this weekend, so I'll wrap it up for the week.

Stephan Pyles' new restaurant Stampede 66 was the subject of this week's review. Scott was disappointed cricket tacos weren't on the menu, despite the how comical those little legs are if they get stuck in one's teeth. Alas, this spot is an ode to all that is Big D, where the stars at night are big and bright -- you take it!

Elsewhere on the blog, Justin Bitner ate a dangerous amount of chicken nuggets, and we really hope he signed a waiver before that little "project." Alice Laussade took issue with the new mango Girl Scout cookie. Gosh, I can't imagine if they rang her doorbell. And I took a look at some new (and old) places to eat around the AAC since the Stars are back.

If you're looking for a way to stay warm this weekend, Scott found a Texas whiskey (which he oddly is keeping at his house and not at the office) and an atomic wing sauce (which is oddly at the office).

But, if there's nothing else you do, peruse this list of the best restaurant in Texas and make a plan. You'll know what the plan is after you see the list.

Meanwhile, Leslie Brenner at the Morning News reviewed Nick and Sam's Grill Park Cities and gave it one star. Culture Map looked at the 8 best Dallas bars for games.

Cathy Frisinger at swooned about the new Magnolia Cheese Company in Fort Worth. Frisinger writes that the spot, "a cheese shop-cum-cafe that dares to offer delicate portions and take-your-time service, has thrown down a gauntlet to Fort Worth diners: Slow down, sip, notice the fresh flavors, savor each morsel."

And Jose Ralat Maldonado at the Taco Trail cornered John Tesar at the upscale seafood restaurant Spoon, and got him to make an Ipswich clam taco, which should be on the lunch menu soon.

And, that's a wrap. Just one more thing though. Next Wednesday in National Pie Day. Make us proud.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.