I’ve been driving North Beckley for months, watching the slow, slow progress of veggie favorite Spiral Diner. Would it ever open? Now comes word from Pegasus News’ Teresa Gubbins that the Fort Worth import is ready for customers. That makes me happy—not that I don’t like my meat. (Insert joke) But I’ve always enjoyed the original Diner and will happily trade in a 30 mile drive out west for a two block jaunt in my hood. Welcome to the Oak Cliff neighborhood, SD.2 Comments »
The Escapist reports that Chuck E’ Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is bringing his latest dining concept to the Galleria in mid-2008. uWink features interactive digital entertainment. “At-the-table touch screens let you be in control of your meal and your fun,” says the company web site. So, in other words, you get to play games and place your own order at the table via these touch screens while “runners”–not waiters–bring you your food. I say: Ugh. Look, I love my iPhone but I don’t want it to serve me a mediocre burger.
Dallas Uncorked is one of those organizations I’d like to know more about. For example, how many cute, single, normal guys attend the events? Well, either way I’m sold, because drinking wine with a bunch of other people who like to drink wine is what I do most weekends anyway. The group’s fourth birthday is on April 17, and they’re having a bash at Candleroom (raise it!), complete with wine (duh) and food from Andrew Ormsby Catering and TUCKER Restaurant. And gifts too, for us! I like those kind of birthdays. Full details below.
So I got a sneak peek at the new Stoneleigh Hotel this afternoon, which is set to welcome guests on Monday, March 3. (Yes, it’ll be a mad dash to the end, but I have faith they can do it.) Furniture has arrived, spectacular chandeliers have been installed, and the paint is being touched up as I type. In addition to the new spa—my friends and I are having a pedi party there next Saturday—mouths are watering over the new restaurant, Bolla, under the direction of James Beard nominee David Bull. (Personally, I’m most excited by the tuna “block” with Merguez sausage, Malabar spinach, and manchego aioli.) You can make reservations for Bolla on OpenTable.com, but my sources tell me the restaurant is filling up fast.1 Comment »
Looking for some nice bottles to complement that Yellowtail Zin in your cellar? (Don’t lie. You know you have one.) This weekend, The Wine Market is offering 25 percent off everything in its store. Go get you some.
Head by Crush Wine Shop this weekend for its Saturday Chef Series and taste the South Asian fare of new Oak Lawn restaurant Bengal Coast. You’ll get five wine tastings, a glass of your favorite wine, and various vittles for $10. Good deal. I’ll admit that I was a little leery of Bengal Coast and its Americanized menu. (Concept restaurants and jaded foodies typically don’t mix.) But after several visits, I’m impressed. Has anyone else been yet?6 Comments »
A cardiologist with a hankering for the real sushi deal asks Disher Nation:
I have just finished reading Sushi Economy which is great to read after The Zen of Fish. Having said that, I made the rounds to Teppo, Tei-Tei, Nobu, and Shinshei for sushi fixes. Interestingly, none do it in the traditional way…where you sit in front and banter as you get served a meal of his/her choice. As well, while I like the French, Italian or Peruvian influences in these places I would really to go to see a more traditional place. Do you have a thought about one here in Dallas?
A thought? Me? Like, no. Do you?9 Comments »
Sorry, that just rolled right off my keyboard. Anywhoo, the folks at Central Market are readying for a big weekend of celebrating shellfish. Cockles and mussels, alive alive, o! So put on your white sport coat and head over to CM March 7-9 and you’ll find more than just pink crustaceans. You can load up on littleneck, mahogany and cherry stone clams while prying open black mussels, Louisiana oysters, and huge lobster claws. The seafood case will be stocked with sea urchins and squid and shrimp ends. (Can’t touch that.) Don’t know a how to tuna fish? They’ll have experts on hand and demos galore. Tra la.
Nancy and I just got these mini fishbowls in the mail, complete with a Cowboy Fish stress reliever squeezy toy, wearing a cowboy hat and sake holster, sporting a mustache, pictured at left. Because we’re in Texas, ya’ll! This is to announce the opening of RA Sushi on March 24 at the Shops at Legacy. I do appreciate gifts, and he’s actually kinda cute.
I’ve eaten at RA in Scottsdale (the original location), and I honestly don’t remember much about the food. I do remember this was a great place to take a bachelorette. The press release says they offer “fresh sushi, hip music and contemporary decor all rolled up into one flavorful experience.” Yep, sounds right. Sushi rolls include the “Tootsy Maki,” with crab mix (!), shrimp, and cucumber wrapped in seaweed and encased in rice, and “innovative” (cough) entrees like apple teriyaki salmon. Someone who lives there will have to let me know how it is, in the meantime, I’ll be taking out our shipping stress on the Mr. CF.1 Comment »
Gary Cogill, Gary Cogill, where are you? According to the folks at Savor Dallas, he will be hosting an event at Victory Park at 9 p.m. on March 7. That’s when Savor Dallas partners up with AFI Dallas International Film Festival for a movie fest—they will show No Reservations, “a sizzling romantic film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart” shown on the American Airlines Center outdoor mega-screen. Zeta-Jones plays master chef Kate Armstrong, whose tightly-controlled life is turned upside down by the arrivals of newly-hired sous-chef Nick Palmer (Eckhart) in her professional life. Kinky. So bring a blanket, some pillows and popcorn and party down.2 Comments »
I stopped into the bar last night for a glass of wine. How do I say this nicely? Hmm. Can’t. Every time I’ve been there, the room has been crammed with really drunk people. Like falling down drunk. I am not casting stones, I’m just making an observation. IJMAO. It’s nice to see folks having such a good time on a school night. See, nice.5 Comments »
So I finally went to Kitchen 1924 last weekend, and shame on me for waiting this long. Ironically, I used to live in that neighborhood, but now I reside in Midway Hollow (A Treasure To Keep!). But I digress. What I wanted to mention—and, Sarah, forgive me if you reported this in your revisit a few months back—is that there was a note on the door, explaining that the prices had been lowered to keep the neighbors coming back for dinner. As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a rampage lately, because I think there are too many restaurants in town that don’t warrant their price points. And, interestingly, before I went out that night, a friend of mine (a longtime Lakewood denizen) was lamenting that he thought the prices at Kitchen 1924 were a bit high. Well, Neal, it’s time you go back. For example, a tilapia entree is $13. (Compare that to the $12 quesadillas at Mi Cocina. IJS.) My portion of the bill was just north of $30, including wine and tip. We shared spinach and artichoke dip with crabmeat; flatbread pizza with prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni; a side of smoked gouda grits and another of mac and cheese with peas and bacon (could have done without the peas); and three salads (two wedges and one spicy Caesar). True, it wasn’t the kind of meal to make your trainer proud, but we left pleased as punch—rather than pissed off that we’d spent too much.4 Comments »
Famous New York pizzeria Grimaldi‘s has just opened its first Dallas outpost. (And apparently the NY guys have gone to great lengths to ensure that our Dallas crust tastes the same as it does in Brooklyn by hiring a chemist to re-create the mineral content and composition of the water.) Celebrities seem to love those hand-tossed pizzas cooked in a coal-fired brick oven. I wonder if that means that we’ll be spotting Vince Vaughn in West Village. And maybe he’ll buy me one of Patsy Grimaldi’s signature martinis. A girl can dream.11 Comments »
Todd, to be honest, Mia’s is my favorite Tex-Mex place in Dallas—probably because it is my mom’s favorite, too. When I was growing up, she used to drive us to Lemmon all the way from Plano for a “special treat.” In fact, when she’s in my neck of the woods, Mia’s is always where she wants to meet me for lunch. I’m not sure why I strayed the other day. That’ll teach me.
P.S. Speaking of brisket, I had the brisket quesadillas there not too long ago. To quote the ridiculously annoying Rachael Ray: YUM-O.2 Comments »
Huge news: Frank Bruni, food critic from the New York Times, has named Fearing’s as one of his ten “Intriguing Restaurants Outside of New York” in today’s Dining and Wine section. Click here to read. He traveled across the country to find his top places, and they had to have opened between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007. He says:
All in all I visited 15 acclaimed, ambitious, promising or intriguing new restaurants from coast to coast, excluding New York City, in late January and early February.
I identified these restaurants through extensive reading and inquiries to food lovers around the country. The work of the chefs at many of the restaurants automatically draws interest. Other restaurants had simply generated considerable chatter.
Others on the list include Guy Savoy in Las Vegas and Cochon in New Orleans. (Fearings also beat out Thomas Keller’s new Ad Hoc). This week, he reviews Central Michel Richard in Washington, D.C., and Tilth in Seattle, with the others being discussed in the next three weeks. Go, Dean!6 Comments »
It’s no surprise that lovely Top Chef finalist Casey Thompson has a few male admirers, and this morning, listeners learned that one of those is Gene Gates from the Gene and Julie Morning show on 103.7 Lite FM. Dorian Isenberg of J. Dorian Chocolatier presented Mr. Gates with a surprise: A poster-size version of D Magazine’s February cover, which features Casey looking pretty and hangin’ out at Shinsei restaurant. We’re assuming he was excited, but hopefully not too excited. Click here to see pics of the poster.
That was the subject line in an e-mail message I just received from Paul DiCarlo at Jimmy’s. I threw up in my mouth. Then I read the text:
After working Sundays for 35 years and listening to my brother for 25 years trying to get me to close on Sundays – I am finally ready to give it a try. I won’t bore you with my reasons, but it’s time to do something different. So effective March 23rd (Easter) we will be closed on Sundays.
Small Paul, it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.
Jennifer, next time try Mia’s on Lemmon Avenue. Yes, the parking lot is cramped and the wait can be long. But after a plate of brisket tacos (done elsewhere but not as good as Mama Mia’s), I was left wondering why it had been so long since my last visit. Oh yeah. That hellish parking lot.4 Comments »
Something was amiss today at the Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. No fewer than four people came by our table—multiple times—to see if we were okay, to offer us more chips, more salsa, more water. But what they should have been worried about is why it took so freakin’ long to get a bowl of tortilla soup, a bean chalupa, and a Rico salad with beef. I watched as table after table around us—seated after we were—received their lunch. It was weird. Not the usual brisk, efficient, hurry-up-and-turn-the-table service I’m used to at Mi Cocina—especially not during lunch hour on a weekday. The worst part? The bean chalupa and tortilla soup were cold. Normally it’s some of the most reliable food and service around. Today it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Sigh.4 Comments »
This match-up seems lopsided to me, but then again, I’ve got a feeling Gary Cogill can probably knit us a sweater, throw a perfect curveball, and whip up a monster Italian meal faster than we can say, “Good Morning Texas.” On March 5, the GMT host will battle Nove’s chef Chris Conlon in an all-out Italian food showdown, all on live TV. Both Cogill and Conlon will make a meal, the judges will decide which one is best, the crowd will get to sample the surely-delicious food (!), all in the name of good fun. Actually, it’s part of Savor Dallas, a food and wine festival that starts later in the week. Now if they could just get Brenda Teele to bite into a big red pepper and scream “Allez Cuisine!” to start the competition, it would be truly amazing.