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  1. Tardy report on Knife. Which was awesome. I’d eat the 5 Bacon Sampler 5 times over. What cholesterol? Top quality meats, very professional service. Even though only recently opened, they were Game On. Did I mention how good the bacon plate was? Besides bacon we ate beef, beef, beef, pork belly, and I think there was a fish dish, but I don’t eat seafood so I cannot say for sure. I’d go back again, especially for the bacon.

    Stock and Barrel for a quick (thanks Obama traffic) pre-event dinner. Was disappointed we were limited by our time constraints, could have stayed to try a few more courses! The vegetable dishes were exceptionally wonderful, don’t miss the artichoke, the roasted brussels sprouts or the white cheddar cauliflower. The goat cheese dumplings were great as well. Great addition to Dallas.

  2. Beck’s Prime. Best drive-through burger in Dallas. Very tasty, quality beef patty in the not too thin, not too thick size. Doneness is always spot on—medium rare is a true medium rare, medium is medium, etc. Condiments and vegetation are in perfect proportion. The bun appears to be an egg/challah type bread with good flavor. The bun is firm at the beginning, supporting the contents and not getting too sloppy at the end (I actually prefer burgers a little more sloppy, but firmness is important when eating it over your lap in the car). I alternate between the regular cheeseburger and the Bubba Burger, which has a pile of grated cheddar cheese on top of the patty that does not really melt, allowing the sharp cheddar flavor to wonderfully meld with the beef. Fries are perfect—dark brown exterior with a nice puffy interior and just-enough-not-too-much salt. Shakes, unfortunately, are of the traditional fast food variety and don’t have a lot of character. Drive-through service has always been efficient and cheerful. Beck’s is not cheap, but the quality is worth it. It was with great sadness that I learned the Greenville Ave location of Beck’s Prime is closing. Fortunately, there are two other locations in Dallas so I will just have to drive a little further.

  3. Food at San Salvaje was good, but service was a bit of a mess. Seemed like they were auditioning a whole crew of new servers. Highlights were the llapingacho (mashed potato cake) and the lobster tamal.

  4. Terilli’s for Italchos. Yes, I admit it, I’m an Italcho-a-holic. Went to Terilli’s on opening night in 1985, and still love the Italchos. Some days, nothing else will do. I’m kinda “meh” on the rest of the menu, but the Italchos are greatness.

    Gemma on Saturday night. Glad to see them still drawing in the crowds (had to make a Sat night reservation 2 weeks in advance). Perfect execution of each dish. I’ve had better service on other visits, but the food remained exceptional. Great recommendations from the wine manager. I think their tartares (beef and salmon, currently) are some of the best in town.

  5. I agree. The burgers (and everything else) are great at Beck’s Prime (Oak Lawn).

  6. Ate at Pizza Snob and Enchiladas Ole in FW earlier in the week (both on point, these two places seem ripe for expansion to Metroplex-wide or even statewide mini-chain status in the next 5 years – hopefully they can do so without losing the quality). Dropped in on Monkey King Noodle Company yesterday (I think I may actually prefer the dan dan noodles with ground pork to the spicy beef noodle soup, though it’s very close).

    Finally made it out to the lauded brunch at Smoke today – which fully lived up to the hype. Had the smoked brisket hash which was incredible – the green chili rajas puts it over the top, and the barbecue sauce does a good job of being acidic and not being overly sweet. Brisket itself was outstanding – not as fatty as that at Pecan Lodge or the lamb brisket at the Woodshed (both of which I love, for the record). Dish was a great marriage of flavors – can hardly wait to go back to try out the pancakes as well as several of the other dishes.

  7. Amy thanks for the report on Knife – it seems everyone either loves it or hates it. Bacon tasting sounds like fun.

  8. Lazaranda, my new favorite Mexican food restaurant, love it. Great Taco selections, fish, chicken, pork, 2 types of beef, and a tequila flight selection.
    Wish they would open a Dallas location, have to drive all the way to Addison ;)

  9. Origin Kitchen + Bar on McKinney ave just south of Knox. Have been meaning to try them… What a great surprise! Pork Loin was incredible with grilled kale and walnut purée. Desert a spectacular white chocolate brûlée cake with blueberry ginger compote and candied ginger strips on top— amazing! Can’t wait to go back again and try brunch! Also, Gemma, again… So glad I can walk there from my house!!

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