Black bean veggie burger with grilled portobello and provolone. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the “breastraunt” concept. Think Hooters, Twin Peaks, and the like. Perhaps it offends my puritanical Church of Christ upbringing to which my friends are now snickering as they read this and saying, “Puritanical? You?” Glass houses, kids. Anyway, once I got past Burger Girl’s tight red t-shirts and Daisy Dukes, I discovered that this newish Knox-Henderson spot makes a darn fine veggie burger: a wheat bun piled high with a spicy black bean patty, grilled portobello, provolone, and all the fixings. I added avocado and substituted the Dijon mayo with BG’s secret sauce. “It’s kinda like a spicy Thousand Island minus the pickle relish,” admitted my stacked server. Most of the time, veggie burgers are an afterthought at burger joints. Not so at Burger Girl. It was one of the better ones I’ve had in town. That sets up a question to you, dear SideDishers: Who has the best veggie burger in Dallas?15 Comments »
Sad news from Fort Worth—sounds like entrepreneurs trying to get food trucks on the road in Cowtown are having the same problems as those in Dallas. This report from one such visionary, Henry Hester:
We’ve decided to walk away from the Fort Worth food truck idea. The city regulations and zoning were too much to bare, along with an odd city layout with no strong hipster movement to be found.
I would love to encourage Henry to fight on, but it would just cost him more money and heartache. But we’re not giving up. Come on Dallas City Hall, let’s get this food truck show on the road.3 Comments »
The guys at Veritas Wine Room continue to bring special tasting opportunities to their loyal patrons, and this week’s does not disappoint. I just got an email from Veritas about their free tasting tomorrow night, August 12, from 6pm – 8pm with well known California Zinfandel maven, Carol Shelton.
Carol Shelton has been a leading advocate for California Zin for years. In 1993 Bon Appetit named her winemaker of the year, and was a prominent member of the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocate Producers) Board of Directors from 1994-1998. In 200o she created Shelton-Mackenzie Wine Company with her husband, Mitch Mackenzie where they produce Carol Shelton Wines. Only 5000 cases of this award winning, highly rated Zinfandels. This is not a tasting to miss out on.
Four wines will be tasted including:
Speaking of Grimaldi’s, I walked by Stromboli on Hillcrest last Saturday afternoon and noticed that it was dark and empty. Then I noticed a sign on the door. Apparently they’ve been locked out because they failed to pay their rent. I just called the store number. No answer. Looks like SMU kiddos might have to go elsewhere to gain that freshman 15.6 Comments »
On another pizza note, how long before the price of a decent pie goes sky high? Anyone paying attention to the price of wheat? IJS.5 Comments »
Yesterday, Aaron Wang became DSideDish follower number 1,700! Huh? What’s so special about 1,700? Well, 1700 is considered, by many, as the birth year of farming with seeds in the U.S. which lead to all of this.
So, congratulate Aaron Wang. Perhaps you will be follower number 1,800. We all know what happened in 1800, capice? Chicken Marengo!2 Comments »
Today at 1:00 p.m on KERA’s (90.1) interview program “Think,” host Krys Boyd will interview several folks who know a lot about chocolate. In the studio will be chocolate expert Adrienne (Madame Cocoa) Newman, Wiseman House Chocolatier Kevin Wenzel, and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek execu pastry chef, David Collier. Hopefully the show will wet your whistle and you’ll buy tickets to DallasChocolate.org’s Chocolate Conference this Saturday. Last year, SideDish Cupcake Editor, Allison Hatfield, covered the event. She cried over Rhonda”Doughmonkey” Ruckman’s chocolate cake.
Good folks putting on a good show: details here. Go. Eat. Think. Report.
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Remember the young gal at Foodie Couture who wrote this account of her business relationship with Mico Rodriguez along with details of Mico’s plan for a restaurant called Pinky Chan? She was so happy to be working with her mentor.
Then last night, a teary post titled “Pinky Chan: A figment of the imagination” went up on their site.
“I’ve been living and breathing Pinky for two months and seeing this character and restaurant concept come to life was simply.. AMAZING! From meeting with the fashion and interior designers to demolition it was becoming a reality. But it came to a screeching halt when issues with investors could not be resolved.”
Welcome to the big show, girls. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Investors cost a little more. Next.11 Comments »