The food truck schedule remains slow as the cold weather drags on. Since many of the food trucks see a drop in revenue exceeding 80%, there is not much incentive to be out. Still, this week we have:
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I’m sure New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells doesn’t need my validation of his scathing review of Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar. But last Thursday I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t a premeditated meal, it was purely spontaneous act. I’d gone to New York to see some plays and stayed near Times Square because I wanted to be able to walk to the theaters. I had no interest in doing anything else except read and sleep. I wanted to rest my palate and stay away from fine dining. That’s easy to do in Times Square. However, my friend and I passed Fieri’s 500-seat behemoth of a restaurant several times a day and we couldn’t resist trying it out.
I’ll be brief: three of us sat down at 1:30 on Thursday and there were 28 people in the restaurant. We split an order of egg rolls, a hamburger, and a bowl of tortilla soup. I spit out the one bite I took of the eggroll. The consistency of the meat was mushy, almost liquid like regurgitated cat food. The $18.50 burger MAY have had a quarter pound of meat somewhere between those thick buns with a bouffant of iceberg lettuce strands created by running it through a meat slicer which is pure lettuce abuse.
I realize Fieri has helped a lot of mom and pop restaurants get huge boosts in their business after appearing on his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I’m sure underneath all of that Paul Dean-style jargon such as “Go Big or Go Home” encouraging diners to eat fried food there is an artery-clogged heart of gold, but his investors can’t be too happy with the crap coming out of the kitchen. Or the fact that the restaurant was dead every time we passed it. The swag shop alone is bigger than most Dallas restaurants. American Kitchen & Bar feels like it’s trying to be the new Hard Rock Café. If you find yourself staying in a hotel in Times Square and you pass the place four times a day, stay away. You’re better off at Carmine’s next door.22 Comments »
Today marks day one of our “Survival of the Cutest” contest. After going through hundreds of dog photos, Jason found the most adorable 32 North Texas canines for your bored-at-work-viewing pleasure, and he’s made it easy cheesy for you to vote for the most adorable Dallas dog (besides the one that’s curled up around your feet right now). It took a few barking matches (aka web meetings) to finally narrow the list down, so do another dog-lover a favor and cast your ballot. If you need help picking a favorite, I would strongly encourage/kindly threaten you to pick London, the English bulldog (pictured above), and Nemo, a three-legged beagle with tricks up his sleeve.
To the dear owners of London and Nemo: Need a dog-sitter? I’m your gal. Just pay me in chocolate.
I’m about ready to pack my bags and sign a lease with 1400 Hi Line Tower, which is quickly becoming the epitome of luxury living. Desiree Espada just alerted me to this blog post on dallasdesigndistrict.com about a new grocery store that’ll be feeding the hungry residents of 1400 Hi Line with its coffee bar, beer and wine on tap, cheese and fruit plates, and pre-made lunch boxes. The Food Boutique is headed by Creative Culinary Concepts, a local group of entrepreneurs comprised of Cory Schell, Adam Alfia, Brian Payson, and Alex Waldvogel. According to the blog post author, Kendall, “The Food Boutique will deliver to Design District residents and neighborhood offices.”
Don’t forget that Central Standard, the restaurant/bar by Restaurants America, has yet to open at 1400 Hi Line as well. No idea when that’s happening, but the PR contact for Restaurants America says maybe, maaaaybe April of this year. Restaurants America is pretty busy these days with the opening of Mockingbird Taproom (just opened on January 5), and the soon-to-be-open Shops at Park Lane’s Boca Chica, a tapas and tequila restaurant, at the end of February 2013.3 Comments »
First, Tre Wilcox resigns from Village Marquee, and now this bit of sad news: Joel Harloff is leaving The Second Floor this month. Owner Scott Gottlich is now looking for an executive chef to fill in Harloff’s shoes. All interested chefs should call 972-450-2978.