Vodka, Natto and the Dallas Farmers Market: The Week That Was in Dallas Dining

With Lakewood's anniversary party coming up Sunday, you've got plenty of reasons to drink a lot of beer, and you should. But not before we wrap up this week's food news.

This week I visited the Russian Banya in Carrollton. Check out the review, and if it sounds like the kind of place you could get into, grab a bottle of vodka and go. You'll leave with a story of your own.

Elsewhere on CoA, we noted that Starbucks is becoming the go-to spot for gun advocates who like to show off their hardware. For more than two days now, the comments on that post have yet to slow down. We also noted Pecan Lodge's new second register, which will hopefully reduce the time you'll have to wait in line for your brisket, and discovered a natto hand roll, all the way out in Fort Worth.

Finally, our 50 Most Interesting Restaurants list is starting to gain some heft. If you're looking for a meal that will cure these summer doldrums, you should check it out.

Over on the Eats Blog, Leslie Brenner reviewed Little Lilly Sushi, the same restaurant that served me up those fermented soybeans. Brenner awarded the restaurant four stars and generally gushed about the chef's innovative approach to sushi.

Nancy Nichols, meanwhile, paid an overdue visit to Carbone's on Side Dish. If you'd like to spend your evening pining for red sauce, meatballs and delicate, hand-made pastas you should check out her review. If you're on a diet, you should completely ignore this paragraph. Her story will taunt you.

TMBBQ has a lengthy post about the less than perfect transition at the Dallas Farmers Market. On the one hand traffic seems to be up, according to Daniel Vaughn. On the other, increased competition and quirky policies are starting to spoil the fun. The president of the Dallas Farmers Market Friends, Debbie Bozeman, says that traffic at the market is up as well -- especially over the past three weeks. If you haven't been in a while perhaps it's time you pay the downtown market another visit.

But don't let it get in the way of your beer drinking. We must maintain our priorities.

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