The Rumors Are True: ACME Social Club is Dead

I first heard on Cravedfw that ACME Social Club, the clearly-trying-to-survive restaurant, finally puttered out after a long, breathless run. The space on McKinney Avenue first started as a joint venture between Good 2 Go girls (Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson) and the Barcadia ladies (Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson). It started out as a pretty cool concept. Centered around a meat allocation program and real farm-to-table food, ACME F&B (its original name) had good things going for it. But then there was a shakeup, and a lot of crazy things happened at once. Norman Grimm was appointed the new executive chef, the Barcadia ladies bought out the Good 2 Go girls, and then it kinda went downhill from there.

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People We Love: John Griffing of Dishcrawl Dallas

If you aren’t familiar with Dishcrawl, a food tour concept that started in California, don’t fret. It’s basically a pub crawl, minus all the alcohol. (Well, okay, there’s some booze if you pay extra.) An ambassador leads a group of hungry eaters through a particular neighborhood, and these people restaurant hop and feast for the […]

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Annoying Restaurant Gimmicks: What’s Your Pet Peeve?

Last night, Urban Taco took its complaints to Twitter in a most amusing tweet: Restaurant pet peeve… Tacos served on a metal Z tray…its just not right! I could name a few… How bout yall? — Urban Taco (@UrbanTaco) February 18, 2013 I’m fairly certain my friend over at Taco Trail has said something similar […]

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Help Me Get SideDish on TV

In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:  D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it […]

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My Five Cents: Scenes From Exhibition Kitchens

Dear Restaurateur, If you design your kitchen so customers can watch your chef do their thing you’d better be sure they are on their best behavior at all times. Here are just a few incidents I have witnessed in the last month. Busboy in u-shaped bar with customers all around him takes a plastic ice […]

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Chefs: Put Down Your Squeeze Bottles

All of your senses should be aroused when a plate of food is set in front of you. Before you take one bite, you’ve already eaten the dish with your eyes. The presentation of a dish is important. My eyes shut, my shoulders slump, and I breathe a heavy sigh each time I spy a dessert, entrée, […]

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Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert at Bass Hall in Fort Worth

Last October, Anthony “Tony” Bourdain graced Dallas with his presence when he appeared before a sellout crowd at The Majestic Theater. (Check out the pictures we snapped here. “T” also spent a few weeks hanging out at SXSW in Austin this spring where he filmed a episode on Texas barbecue with local BBQ Snob, Daniel […]

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In Dallas, Urban Organic Farmers are Pissed About the West Nile Spraying

There aren’t too many urban farmers in Dallas, and even fewer are the urban organic farmers who’ve been affected by the West Nile spraying that went on for eight stressful days. Beekeepers (like Brandon and Susan Pollard of the Texas Honeybee Guild), people with chemical allergies, and urban organic farmers have been the loudest in […]

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Wednesday Food Porn: Oak’s Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Here’s a little photo-loving to help you get over Hump Day. Today also happens to be the day Oak is starting its new lunch menu. There’s pan seared trout, baked goat cheese with lavosh and marinated olives, and a ham and cheese croissant that looks so fine.. I’m not even going to finish this sentence. […]

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Move Over KRLD RW, Julia Child Restaurant Week Starts in Dallas on August 7

In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday (August 15), Alfred A. Knopf is announcing Julia Child Restaurant Week, a component of the “JC100,” in partnership with more than 100 restaurants across America. From August 7 – 15, notable chefs like Emeril Lagasse (9 of his restaurants in 4 cities), Traci Des Jardins (San […]

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It’s Hip to be Square at Denton Square Donuts

I don’t know if I told you, but I have a thing for donuts.  Maybe that’s a bit of an understatement.  But it’s rare, in this city, to find a place that is willing to push the limits when it comes to these tasty morsels of fried dough and sugar (obvious exceptions excluded).  Therefore, any […]

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Bolsa is Making a Major Announcement at Noon

In an attempt to upstage Leslie Brenner’s appearance on KERA’s Think with Krys Boyd, those crafty dudes at Bolsa are making a “major announcement” on their Facebook page at noon. UPPITY DATE: Hmm, I hear they are taking over the Confusion space. Chefs will be familiar… UPPITY DATE: False on space. True on chefs.

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