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8 Cheap Eats in Maui

You’re spending a life-saving’s worth of money on a crazy-expensive trip to Hawaii, and the hotel/resort is baller. Absolutely amazing. You’ve got a beach view, martinis with a hand wave, and infinity pools so clean, you could drink the water. Now, eating is a different story. In Maui—should you choose to visit this island of dreams—the food is fantastic and the prices are even better. You can eat like a king for $15 or less with every meal. You just have to know where to go. Here’s where we come in.

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Taste Test Thursday: Raspberry Jam

There’s nothing I love more than a buttered piece of crispy-on-top toast, covered in jam. Raspberry jam.

That extra, seedy little crunch goes a long way. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.
As many of you may know, this is my last day at D, which means it’s my last taste test. Forever. But don’t shed too many tears for me, Argentina (or Dallas); I’m going to be eating and drinking my way in San Francisco like the pudgeball that I am. Come visit, SideDishers. I’ll miss all of you. Even you, not-nice commenters. I’ll be thinking of you, too.

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Mark Your Calendar: Thai Culture and Food Festival, May 24-25

I’ve been to the Buddhist Center of Dallas twice—both times motivated by the amazing spread that can be found there. On Sundays, this hidden temple serves some of the best Thai food in Dallas. Elderly ladies and gentleman set up food stalls in a backyard food court area and make food to order. There’s spicy, fresh papaya salad and grilled meats. The only catch? You need a translator to help you order.

It’s always been one of my favorite, secret spots. One that I’ve been hesitant to share with you readers until now. But it looks like the Buddhist Center of Dallas is ready to let the rest of the community know what a gem it is. On May 24 and 25, it’s hosting a Thai Culture and Food Festival. There’s free admission for two days of food, dance, and a look into the beautiful culture. We sent our photographer Louie Solomon to catch some of the highlights from the press preview last week. Take a look.

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Beer Pairing 101: What to Eat and Drink at LUCK’s

Trinity Groves’ hyperlocal LUCK is the only spot in Dallas where all 40 taps are North Texas beers, brewed within a 70-mile radius of West Dallas. When we asked General Manager Michael Ferrari what his best beer pairing suggestion for the restaurant could be, he suggested the cheesy shrimp and grits with a runny egg yolk on top, covered in a Creole sauce and chopped green onions. This, he says, goes really well with Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s IPA.

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Taste Test Thursday: Pimento Cheese

Cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese.

I love cheese.

In fact, I’m inhaling it right now. As a hardcore Southern-Asian-American gal, one of my favorite snacks is a tub of pimento cheese with a pile of crackers. Who doesn’t love mayo, cheddar, and veggie bits all smushed up together? One of my favorites in Dallas is made by We Me Dallas, but I didn’t exactly have the time to visit her at the farmers market this weekend. Instead, I went out and got these five other ones.

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Sylvan Thirty’s First Store, Cox Farms Market Grocery, Opened This Morning

Despite small setbacks (including a fire that destroyed Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten), Sylvan Thirty is plowing ahead. This afternoon, it announced that Mayor Mike Rawlings cut the ribbon at the opening of Cox Farms Market Store, which is actually located in the building right across from Ten.

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Sneak Peek: Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje Will Open Next Week

Admittedly, we miss Samar and that glorious, glorious naan served with three different dipping mechanisms. (Still dream about it, sometimes.) Stephan Pyles, though, has already moved on with his newest restaurant venture, San Salvaje, at 2100 Ross Avenue. He says it’ll be open sometime next week. Probably Thursday, May 1. The interior’s not finished yet, but that didn’t stop the Southwestern chef from hosting a media lunch today, which we were invited to join.

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Dee Lincoln’s Second Steak & Burger Bar Opens in Plano This Friday

Friends, it’s happening.

That corner of Park and Preston is turning into a bustling center for good steaks and burgers, starting this Friday, April 25. Executive chef Andrew Powers is guiding his team to make a “land and sea” burger, jumbo sea scallops, and an eggplant parmesan burger for vegetarians. Nice.

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Taste Test Thursday: Dallas Delivery Pizza

I once watched a Freaky Eaters episode of a 20-something man addicted to pizza. Bread, cheese, and tomato sauce was all he’d eat. No veggies, no nothing. His health suffered, his personal life went down the drain, and he was throwing up some weird gunk every morning.

I finished watching that episode and wanted to eat pizza immediately.
Here’s the thing: You can’t hate pizza. There are all sorts of pizzas, so it’s impossible to dislike. Hate Cane Rosso’s? Go to Zoli’s. Want to dine in? No. Fine. Do take out. Or better yet, sit on your couch and watch the Mavs lose by one point and drop to the eighth seed, while you order a 16-incher and swallow your woes with gobfuls of cheese.

That’s the way we do it here in the Big D. We order for delivery.

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