The Week in Food: Things to be Thankful For -- And Others Not

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You might be stressed about cooking dinner next Thursday, but that's the kind of anxiety Dallas chefs breathe, sleep and eat for breakfast (slow-roasted and lavender-infused, naturally.) Some Dallas restaurants are closing for good, some are revamping their previously underwhelming menus, and others are putting in extra hours to make sure you don't have to next week.

Check out what the blogosphere has to say about it.

Dallas Morning News Reviews Leslie Brenner enjoys The French Room, Suzanne Marta checks out Royal China restaurant and Mark Vamos fills up on a tasty plate of brisket and fried okra at Pecan Lodge Catering

Also at The Dallas Morning News...

Do what you said you'd do last year (and the year before that, and the year before that, and...), put the baster back in the drawer and go out for Thanksgiving. Bindu Varghese provides a list of the Top 10 Options.

Critics' Guide Steven Doyle sits down with Zach Townsend of Chocolate Desserts by Zach.

Dave Faries tries out Seasons 52, a restaurant that serves dishes with 475 calories or less. Faries determines that while the food is enjoyable, something is missing. Something to the tune of 500 calories and bacon fat.

Escape Hatch Dallas A handful of Dallas' finest chefs offer their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. The roster of celebrity chefs includes Bruno Davaillon, Mickie Crockett, Aaron Valimont, Jon Alexis, James Johnson, Stephan Pyles and Katie Natale.

Sidedish Hayley Hamilton provides a list of festive Thanksgiving cocktails. They look way more complicated than the Nottingham Family Thanksgiving Cocktail (one part Ocean Spray cranberry juice, another part 7-Up served in a champagne flute over ice), but then, they also look way better.

Pegasus News Teresa Gubbins reports that Sharon Hage, owner and chef of York Street, has decided to close the doors for good after this Saturday's service.

Teresa Gubbins and Mike Orren say that when Good 2 Go Tacos is putting an espresso bar called Stir Coffee inside their new Peavy Road location.

City of Ate Horne and Dekker (of the conspicuously named Horne and Dekker) have answered the cries of Internet commenters and other vaguely dissatisfied guests by revamping its menu -- though it's nothing that will part seas or even lure a particularly scorned guest. The restaurant has mostly removed summer-y items and replaced them with staples.

York Street's closing gives produce salesman Tim Spicer and opportunity to slide into the restaurant business, but he finds patrons' recent taste for chains discouraging.

Jose Ralat Maldonado announced that Jack in the Box tacos are somewhere between nearly inedible and toxic. Nobody was entirely shocked.

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