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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The Dairy Free Diaries: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Caramel Syrup

It seems like everyone is becoming diary-free, gluten-free, and everything else that sounds remotely healthy. Is it a trend? Will it fade? Who knows. I, for one, have recently become lactose-intolerant. But before I mourned my dairy days, I decided to adjust old, familiar recipes to match my needs. Slowly, I’ve succumbed to my body’s peer pressure and have made a few dairy and gluten-free recipes lately.
I wanted to start off this series with the most original flavor: chocolate chip. (I had to add a twist, though. Cue the vegan caramel syrup.) This recipe, derived from Minimalist Baker, is made with coconut milk which makes the recipe not as heavy as normal ice cream flavors are typically. If you are looking for a light, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling gross before you hit the sheets, then this recipe is exactly that.

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The Localist: Steak 101 at Local Yocal

Hamilton spent his early years on a farm in rural Oklahoma growing peanuts and cotton. Similar to most local food producers, he got his start selling grass fed and finished beef at McKinney’s downtown farmers market, however he quickly learned that selling products to the public a mere four hours a week, six months a year in ideal weather was not a sustainable business model. When the opportunity to purchase a nearby storefront arose, he and his wife jumped at the opportunity. Beyond the beef selection, you can find Village Baking Company brioche buns, pasture raised chicken and eggs, locally made chocolate, and Texas olive oil.

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Bite Fight: Sichuanese Cuisine

If we’re honest, Dallas isn’t the optimal food city when it comes to nuanced Chinese regional cuisines. The gentle umami of Fujian stews and the roasted meats of Xinjiang barbecue aren’t commonly found in the gastronomic landscape of a metroplex boasting 25 Pei Wei locations. But over the years, I’ve come across some truly satisfying representations of classic Sichuanese dishes that I believe every Chinese food fan should have the pleasure of experiencing. Sichuan food is famous for its bold flavors, aggressive heat, salt, and pungent aromatics. Great Sichuanese dishes possess intense flavors that compound to create unique profiles that can leave you thirsty, sweaty, and hungry for more.

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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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Dining for Dummies: Asian Market Edition

The April issue of D Magazine is a food lover’s paradise. One feature included information on local ethnic markets. In an effort to help you decipher the guide, here is a run-down of some foods that were included in the feature. I’ll start with the Asian markets.

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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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