Funky Food Trucks in Dallas: Follow up Report

Veletta Lill, Executive of the Arts District, sheds a hopeful light on the possibilities of mobile food in the Central Business District. After a number of discussions with the city we learned all the obstacles to mobile food trucks. The largest of those obstacles in downtown is an outright prohibition of mobile food trucks (not push […]

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Exclusive! We Find Ideal Location For Avner Samuel’s Next Restaurant!

The imminent closure of Avner Samuel’s Aurora need not be in vain. We have found the ideal location for his next restaurant. It has a picturesque location, stunning views and is barely a Cadillac Escalade’s 60-0 braking distance from downtown Dallas. In fact, it’s a proven restaurant location– the hilltop  held Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine […]

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Friday Fun: What’s the Weirdest “Food” You’ve Eaten?

Warthog does not taste like chicken. Those wacky Brits are going nuts over squirrel meat! Yuck, you say? Have you ever eaten squirrel? I’m no Tony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern, but I have had my fair share of quirky meals. Once, on safari in Zimbabwe, I made nachos with the meat of a warthog and […]

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Former French Room Chef Jason Weaver M.I.A.

I was just flipping through Nation’s Restaurant News and found this article about chef changes around the country. The transaction that caught my eye was this one: Shawn Armstrong has been promoted to executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Previously, he was executive sous chef of the hotel’s MOzen Bistro, and before that […]

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TexSom Registration Open Now

Just got an update on the upcoming  Texas Sommelier Association Conference(TexSom)  , and the lineup looks fantastic.  Celebrating its 6th year, TexSom and Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition is the brainchild of founders James Tidwell MS, CWE, Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas; Drew Hendricks MS, CWE, Director of Beverage Education for Pappas Restaurants in Houston; […]

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Funky Gourmet Food Trucks in Dallas: Probably Not Going to Happen

I spent a few months researching funky food trucks in other cities. Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Washington D.C., and New York all have a variety of mobile food units that either tweet their locations or rely on a regular schedule. The most successful food truck operation is Kogi Korean BBQ in Los Angeles. The chef, […]

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Top Chef D.C. Episode 7 Recap

Well, things haven’t improved much since last week’s snooze fest. The producers tried to spice things up this week with a pea puree bandit and a “romance” between our girl Tiffany and Ed. Puh-lease. I really could’ve used some of the toothpicks from the QFC to prop open my eyelids. Let’s discuss anyways. Jump for […]

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Eat This Now: Neighborhood Services Bar & Grille in Preston Royal in Dallas

Nick Badovinus has silently opened the doors to his new Neighborhood Services Bar & Grille in Preston Royal (southeast quadrant). The interior is a knockout—it seems smaller than the original perhaps because the space is divided into two separate dining rooms with a long 14-seat communal or large-party table in the back. The seating at […]

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What’s Really in a Can of Whoopass at Horne & Dekker?

Blame it on the full moon. Blame it on the bossa nova. What. Ever. A few gals from the office went to dinner last Saturday at Horne & Dekker and one slipped part of a centerpiece into her purse. It wasn’t an elaborate candle or flower arrangement, the centerpieces at Horne & Dekker are a […]

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The Economics Behind Bottle Service in Dallas

Yesterday Thrillist reported the opening of Manhattan Lounge. The subhead reads: “Prime Uptown real estate for drinkers, dancers, and drink-then-dancers.” I read the full snippet three times and I am still confused. I have a couple of questions for those of you who party at high-end establishments like Manhattan Lounge. The first one is not […]

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The Last Supper at Aurora was Almost My Last Supper

Unfortunately, Uncle Nancy wasn’t feeling well yesterday, so she sent me along with People Newspapers photographer Christina Barany to cover The Last Supper at Aurora. Chef/owner Avner Samuel said he was going to pull out all of the stops on this dinner, and he most certainly did. It was an elaborate 11-course meal that consisted of […]

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