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Food Feedback Friday

Did you get out to dine this week? Discover anything new and exciting or perchance have a dreadful dinner? We’d love to hear the good, bad, and the ugly. Last week, you ate like good little piggies at La Duni, Emporium Pies, Knife, Off-Site Kitchen, CBD Provisions, Taj Chaat House, Zoli’s, Carbone’s, and Sushi Sake.

  • Greg Brown

    Waiting on a flight back to Dallas has allowed me to think back on a week of wonderful dining in the Napa Valley. Bouchon, Morimoto and La Toque were particular stand outs. But for all of the interesting and innovative dining we had here, I can easily list a dozen places in Dallas that are as good or better. Dallas does not suffer from a lack of dining excellence, it suffers from a lack if acknowledgement of that excellence from both diners and media alike. While chasing after that ill-defined and constantly moving target of “world class” this-or-that we have developed a marketplace of foods, cooks and diners that thrive on this excellence. So I find it disappointing that insecure chefs and outdated critics wish to be someplace else where the believe they will be more appreciated or more “in.” To that I say stand up, find your place, and work amongst the excellence that is already around you. As for my fellow citizens–appreciate what you have helped to create, keep demanding the best, and use whatever forum you desire to spread the word of the dining excellence you experience every day. Peace out.

  • Robbie Barton

    Brilliant as aways Greg.
    NYC has Broadway. Dallas’s Art District is becoming world class. These areas become destinations. If you look at what’s going on in the Bishop Arts district and in the Design District, you can see the foundation for Gastric Tourism is there. We need places where you can fly into a town for a weekend and experience a different venue every night. Like the Santa Fe Opera, they perform different operas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, why, people fly in from Europe to enjoy a weekend of shows. This type of tourism is growing and Dallas should get on board.

  • Borborygmus

    I came away with a very different take on what Greg was saying. He wasn’t saying Dallas should “get on board”. He’s saying we’re already there. And we always have been. It has ebbed and flowed through the years, different restaurants, different chefs.

    Excuse me for seeing “Gastric tournism” as just another media play to sex up what used to be called “eating out”. And why do we need to be like Santa Fe or anyplace else? “Stand up, find your place, and work amongst the excellence that is already around you.”

    Thank you Greg.

  • joeat

    This is amazing, just three postings, none of which have anything whatsoever to do with Food Feedback Friday. Just three people attempting and wanting to impress you with their vast knowledge, brilliance and expert feel for the restaurant business in Dallas as they so studiously perceive it.

  • rvponders

    1) S. de Luna (I have learned to not spell it out now to not anger your screening system)
    2) Pecan Lodge (first time to the new location – I apparently have now figured out the time to go to avoid the line, and the brisket was even better than I remember it; incredibly fall-apart fork tender)
    3) Afrah (the garlic sauce is worth its weight in gold – the place is super packed with the Iftar buffet, made me wish I’d budgeted time to hang out that night, everyone looked like they were having a ton of fun)
    4) Thai Select (super spicy – the pad thai was the best I’ve had since Patu in Houston closed; can’t believe this was a level 4, I think level 5 would actually make my head explode)

  • Greg Brown

    Hi Anon! It’s fun criticising without fear of reprisal, isn’t it? It’s also very childish. So beyond criticising others, do you HAVE any Food Feedback?

  • joeat

    I am not criticizing without fear of reprisal. I am on no social media, so when I post and use my name as a guest, it changes it to “anonymous” when it prints. I do not have any Food Feedback as, apparently, nor do you!

  • Greg Brown

    You do realize that you are criticising me for something that you are also doing, right? You are aware of that irony?

    The Vagabond. Great little dive. Excellent burgers, very interesting fries. Superb bartender. Cocktails and cigars on the patio while watching bocci ball is a great way to spend an evening.

  • Popcorn

    Extremely amusing.

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  • Anonymous, too

    Just between you and me, I can see Greg Brown’s name, and I still have no idea who he is, nor do I care. LOL.

  • Nancy Nichols

    Good heavens.

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