I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend: Rosa Mexicano is coming to town. I know talk is cheap but I know the neighborhood and I think the story is good. Take it on the run, baby: Rosa Mexicano, the small Midtown (Manhattan) restaurant that opened in 1984 is moving into the space now occupied by Palomino at the Crescent Court. Rosa was New York’s first successful “authentic Mexican cooking” spot. Now it’s a burgeoning chain with 10 locations: three in NYC, one in New Jersey, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, D.C., Maryland, and South Beach. (Apologies to REO Speedwagon)
UPITTY DATE: Here’s the short answer to the question: Rosa Mexicano is NOT moving into the Palomino space. Turns out my both of my sources were wrong. (Today.) The Palomino space “isn’t technically available” said a person close to the business who swore he/she would slash my tires if I identified him/her. “However, we are looking at many different wonderful restaurants.” If you have a degree in reading between the lines, advance to go and collect $200. Oh, and to my friend who heard it from a friend: thanks for the lie, a whisper, and a knife in my back.11 Comments »
This season’s MasterChef, airing Monday nights on Fox, features (or featured) two local heroes: Jennie Kelley, a singer with Polyphonic Spree, and travel writer Ben Starr. Intrepid intern Harrison Smith has been spending his evenings watching the show and then recapping. Each week he will file his take on the show. Last week is here. This week is below:
Yes, the sad news is true: “Jennie from Dallas,” beloved MasterChef contestant, was booted from the show due to bad catfish. Never fear, though, for while our fair city has lost one of its great reality TV heroes, real-life true-blue no-joke Jennie Kelley still lives on in the real world—and yes, that’s “the real world,” not The Real World.
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John Tesar has decided to close The Table, the 12-seat tasting room inside The Commissary.The Table will close on August 1 but is scheduled to reopen around September 15 with a new concept. The press release says Tesar will retool The Table menu and “spend the necessary time focusing on The Commissary and getting the service and other restaurant issues up to the standards that he has was known for at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.” I hope so. According to two of my friends who dined at last Sunday’s the lobster bake, the service “was the worst I’ve ever had.” And that person has had a lot of bad service. Go, John. Fix it and they will come.13 Comments »
Overview: For the past four years Hong Kong Royal Restaurant has captured the palates Carrollton diners with its oversized entrees and delicious dim sum. But my theory is that the true appeal of this place has nothing to do with their affordable aliments. Hong Kong Royal’s allure comes in the form of providing people with the oddest dining experiences of their lives–at least that’s what happened to me. From a slow-motioned waitress carting my meal through a maze of tables only to get turned around and head back to the kitchen as though she forgot what she was doing, fried jellyfish displayed in a glass cage, a large, ornately-velvet stage with no clear purpose (karaoke I hope?), to menu items that would make PETA protest, this place doesn’t just deal in the bizarre; it excels in it. The experience was well worth eight bucks, but the menu was a different story.
Jump for it.7 Comments »
Taco Cabana recently upped their “line” of tacos to include grilled Ajo Chicken Street Tacos. They include all white-meat chicken marinated with roasted garlic, onions and rich red peppers, served with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and topped with a creamy chipotle sauce. The inspiration for the traditional-style street tacos – small tacos, served three to an order, each served in two corn tortillas – came after they sent a culinary team to Guadalajara, Mexico. TC sent some coupons so I went to try them. These are a great lunch portion and the tacos really do taste different from the regular menu tacos.11 Comments »