Matt McCallister is finally opening his new chef-driven restaurant, FT33, on Saturday, October 13. It’s official. The wait is over! Now we can all go back to our caves and wait for Saturday to come. The sooner, the better.14 Comments »
Animalistic hunger rages in my underbelly. I feel fists clenched and taste buds curdling. The stiffness in my calves is no doubt from the disco ball dangling like a thousand man giants reminding me of brighter nights beneath a Taiwanese moon in the July of Gelderlands Revival. A quick sniff reveals that food is served here at Regal Beagle. This place is a dive. Billiards rage and musical classics beckon from the jukebox. A patron named Jeff is asking me about my intentions, and he is charming and delightful. The locals drinking at two in the afternoon are boisterous and nonetheless calming. Black walls, billiards, foosball, and the horseshoe bar all tickle my fancy bone, and I give my hand to the charming chefs who have recently taken over the kitchen.
Ben Johnson and Nick Vakidis left Terilli’s to start up the kitchen at the Regal Beagle. For three weeks now, they have cut their fingers and blistered their social lives to build a beautiful stuffed burger, or Stuft, which is the name of the kitchen itself. I delighted in their story and entrepreneurial magnetism. Two dudes and a hefty skillet have come to this dungeon with a bright and beautiful basket of food. The stuffed buffalo fried chicken sandwich surprised me with its smoothness, much like my uncle Ricky on an all-night roller through Chinatown on my 13th birthday after the Mariners lost the World Series…and he still managed to commandeer three honeysuckles from the VIP for his indulgence.
Carol hates the deep fried Girl Scout cookies at the State Fair. What about you? Tell what you love or loathe.
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One of the very cool things about our local food trucks is that they get to directly interact with their customers. Almost anyone who goes to Easy Slider more than a few times will probably get to know Miley Holmes up front and Caroline Perrini, the red-bandanna slider slinger. Or Teena Nguyen and Gary Torres from Nammi. Or Christina MacMicken and Megan Topham from Good Karma Kitchen. These three food trucks, along with Drifting Bistro and Slushworks, are going on the road to San Antonio. There they will team up with San Antonio trucks and others from around Texas in “An Event to Conquer Chiari,” in support of one of their favorite customers, who wants to raise awareness of this debilitating disease.
The event in San Antonio takes place on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11, from 11am to 9pm. There are no admission fees.
The group of food trucks plans to flip it around and bring the San Antonio food trucks to Dallas/Ft. Worth in support of this charity event. That date is to be determined.2 Comments »
My Friday riddle for you guys: What goes around the world but stays in a corner?
North Haven Garden is hosting a Garden Happy Hour today from 4 to 7 p.m. Apparently, the garden center stays open an hour later on the first Friday of every month. Customers can relax with wine and light appetizers while they’re shopping.
Cedars Food Park isn’t hosting any more Thursday night fun. It’s focused on making Friday nights a bigger shindig. Tonight there’ll be the Southland Swing Band and seven different food trucks at your service.
Sundown at the Granada has a new brunch menu that’s starting on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This vegetarian/vegan friendly resto is sticking to its healthy green roots. The menu boasts a vegan green drink (“16 oz. of kale, bananas, berries, cucumbers, mint and agave pureed into a delicious drink”) and a Hammered Goat frittata (“drunken red wine mushrooms, goat cheese, mozzarella, and Zip Code honey”).
From 10 a.m . to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, I’ll be at Tzu Chi’s veggie food sales event (534 W. Belt Line in Richardson), stuffing my face with Taiwanese food.
Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-profit, is a global Buddhist compassion relief organization that has a branch here in Dallas. My mom calls it the “Asian Red Cross,” and the foundation is known for being a generous giver of material aid during times of needs (i.e. Hurricane Katrina). Every so often, Tzu Chi hosts a fundraiser where it sells authentic Taiwanese food in little booths and tables. There’ll be mantao (fluffy bread), luo buo gao (Chinese turnip cakes), red bean desserts, curry puffs, tofu plates, Taiwanese noodles, and other various small plates to eat.
If you’ve never tasted Taiwanese food before, Tzu Chi’s fundraiser is the best place you can start.2 Comments »
Dishers, happy Friday! Where did you dine and what did you eat this week? Here is what you reported last week.5 Comments »
The interior is as stunning as the food. Colorful cactus blooms poke from shallow holes carved into a brick wall. A row of old wooden pallets has been sanded, stained, and backlit with rope lights. They hang on the main wall lined with banquettes. The community table was built with wood Reyes salvaged from the fence that once surrounded the restaurant’s dumpster. The railing at the entrance and the wall hangings were created from scraps of metal rescued from trash bins at Wooten Metal. Several customers have tried to buy the large mirror Reyes framed with acid-washed tin. The dining room is so personal that you can’t help but feel like you are eating in someone’s home.
Ed: Raul, everything in the restaurant, you found dumpster diving and trash bins? Most of everything in here is other peoples’ trash?Raul: Yes. Mmhm.Ed: So these are just crate pallets that were just thrown.. thrown away?Raul: Yes.
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