This week I attended a media lunch at Pho Colonial Authentic Vietnamese Diner on Frankford Rd. in Far North Dallas, and while I’m generally not a fan of fast food, and while Pho may at first look like it belongs under that banner, what owner/creator Khanh Dao has created here has very little to do with the fast food milieu. Think handcrafted pork and shrimp dumplings for $3.50, two large fresh spring rolls for only $3, or Bun (grilled meat over rice vermicelli) for between $6.75 -$9.50. Bonus: the rice noodles that Pho uses throughout the dishes are naturally gluten free, which means you can enjoy a protein-rich feeling of fullness without the bloat.
Dao, a Dallas restaurant veteran and sassy addition to the North Dallas casual dining scene, has chosen to go with the second-nature dishes of her youth. Her signature Pho—so rich and customizable—requires that the eater wield both chopsticks and spoon and packs a low calorie count thanks to grilled meats and clear broth. The combination is as good for an afternoon shopping stop (especially when you’re needing a pit stop after Ikea) as it is for curing a cold. My leftover pho tai chin (thinly shaved beef & brisket in broth with bean sprouts and fresh rice noodles) knocked my hubby’s head cold out of the park by morning.
Best news of all, both locations (Frankford Rd. and the soon-to-open downtown location in the Wilson building) deliver (keep an eye out for their pink mopeds). So you can settle in with some shaken beef or banh mi at home tonight and have enough left over for lunch tomorrow.
The Frisco Farmers Market at Frisco Square starts up again this Saurday at 8AM. They promise lots of new farmers, hand crafters, music by Dr. O and the Medicine, and FREE balloons. You can see more here.
These Crisfield soft-shell crabs were shipped this morning to Fearing’s, Hotel Adolphus, Smoke, Neighborhood Services (Lovers), and Neighborhood Services Tavern.4 Comments »
Last night Best Buddies Dallas celebrated their “Life is Sweet” event with sweet treats prepared by some of our favorite chefs in the city and their buddy chef helpers.
The first of these “Life is Sweet” events occured just last fall on a chilly night in November, and with the great success of that evening for Best Buddies, and the beauty of spring in the air, they moved the 2011 event up a few months and held it last night at Victoria Hall inside Andrew Ormsby Catering. Continue reading "Best Buddies Teams Dallas Chefs With New Best Buddy Friends"
Last year, without rhyme, reason or any knowledge, I placed a bet at Lone Star Park on Derby Day on a horse that I thought had a cute name….Super Saver….the 2010 Derby winner. Needless to say Derby Day is now one of my favorite reasons to celebrate. And, of course, traditional and not so traditional cocktails are on the menu. Think about one of these if you are dawning your hat and mixing up some Saturday afternoon Bourbon focused Derby drinks. There is a great site that has many Derby ideas called TheDailyMeal.com also, including menu tips. Follow the jump for cocktail delights.
For my 12th stop on the list of Things Every Dallasite Must Do, I went to Mattito’s for some of their Bob Armstrong dip. Armed with insider knowledge, I planned to impress the waiter with my Dallas savvy when ordering the off-menu dip.
As soon as we were seated, our waiter offered to get us drinks and asked if we would like to order some Bob Armstrong dip. My bubble was burst. I convinced myself that merely saying, “yes please,” instead of asking what it was still gave me an aura of being in the know, but it was far less satisfying.
All of my disappointment melted away when he came back with a bowl of queso, guacamole, ground beef taco meat, and a dollop of sour cream, ready to be thoroughly mixed with the accompanying spoon. Though probably not the most original mixture of ingredients, it is delightful, and much better than just plain queso. I had to remind myself to eat it with tortilla chips instead of digging in with a spoon.
I’m not sure how Teresa Pullen managed to eat 2 pounds and 14 ounces of the mixture in last year’s Bob-eating contest on Cinco de Mayo. Today’s happens at 5 p.m. After sharing a bowl — along with more than a few baskets of tortilla chips and one of Mattito’s unsettlingly bright blue Rumbaritas — I could not bring myself to order an entrée.
I did, however, finish by ordering a plate of two sopapillas dusted in cinnamon sugar with a dish of honey to dip them in. Sounds like a balanced meal to me.
Lisa Collins is a D Magazine intern.
I’d heard the rumor and reached out to Kelly Hightower for a comment and some details, but Cravedfw has the story. Apparently, the boisterous chef will now be in charge of Dallas Restaurant Group’s Wild Salsa, the seemingly endless project under construction at the Merc. (It’s located in an historical building and one can only imagine the permit process.)
Stopped in to have breakfast at Good 2 Go Taco this morning, and it was busy enough that I had to park two doors down. Lo, what did I see taped to the door of the defunct hair salon but a construction permit with Marc Cassel’s name on it (albeit misspelled). HUGE news for our neighborhood in Old Lake Highlands.15 Comments »
Yep, it’s that time of year again: time to celebrate the Mexican army’s glorious victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
Now, how about a margarita? Here are your best bets for making the day a grand fiesta.
Booze: $2 Dos XX, Coronas, margaritas, tequila shots
Food: $2 street tacos, Mexican pizzas, and nachos
Tunes: Live DJ music
When: 7 pm to 2 am
Booze: $5 El Jimado tequila shots, $3.50 regular margaritas, $4.50 large margaritas, $2 drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 imports
Food: $5 choriqueso, cheese enchilada dinner, or half orders of nachos
Tunes: Mariachi music starts at 7:30 pm
Extras: all day happy hour
When: 11 am to 10 pm
La Calle Doce
Booze: $3 margaritas and draft beers, $5 El Jimador tequila shots
Food: $5 food specials like shrimp cocktail, cheese enchilada platters, and half orders of nachos
When: 11 am to 10 pm
Booze: $5 house margaritas, Sangria, Bloody Maria, Limonada Corrupta, Tequila Slammer, and Silver Azul Blanco tequila shots and half-priced drafts
Extras: all day happy hour
When: 10 am to 11 pm Continue reading "Where to Eat, Drink, and Make Merry
for Cinco de Mayo in Dallas"