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The Loon Must Move to a New Location in Dallas

According to a loyal Disher with a bod for booze and a brain for scoopage, The Loon, one of the most revered bars in Dallas, is looking for a new location. Why? The land the building sits on was sold to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy. A cursory Google search shows there are already 935 CVS locations in Dallas. Do we really need another?

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The Local Oak Makes Spam Sliders a Signature Comfort Food

At The Local Oak, a new neighborhood hangout, you can get Texas Surfers—these sliders made with grilled Spam, house-made pineapple relish, and slaw. It’s gutsy for a chef to bring Spam into Oak Cliff, but The Local Oak has some pros in the house. Chef Aaron Courtney just came from Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse, and […]

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The Woolworth Cocktail Bar Opens in Downtown Dallas on November 7

The mysterious Woolworth, which recently took over Stone Street Martini Lounge’s old space, is giving downtown Dallas a taste of old school, starting November 7. Owner Brandon Luke says the name is inspired by the name of the original building, F.W. Woolworth, built in 1913. In the space below his bar, right where Campisi’s is […]

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Nickel and Rye, a Cocktail Bar, is Already Serving Brunch in Uptown

Maybe it’s because I haven’t had any breakfast this morning, but DANG. This brunch menu at Nickel and Rye, the bar that just opened at 2523 McKinney Avenue, looks smashing. Texas French Toast 6.95 Eggs Benedict 8.95 Marinated Hangar Steak & Egg 9.95 Corn Beef Hash & Eggs 7.95 Biscuits & Gravy with Housemade Sausage […]

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Popular Bartender Danny Versfelt is Out of Al Biernat’s

A loyal SideDish reader with a nose for naturally born news writes: Well-known bartender Danny Versfelt is OUT at Al Biernat’s. He worked there for 15 years and was summarily dismissed on Wednesday. Late last night Al Biernat replied: Yes, Danny is no longer with Al Biernat’s and has accepted a position with Dee Lincoln’s Burger […]

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Mexican Sugar, a Cocina y Cantina by the Creators of Whiskey Cake, Will Open at The Shops at Legacy in Early November

Oh sheesh, I just wrote about Genaro’s Mexican Cuisine opening next week, and now another little Latin baby is on the way. Fork It Over Restaurants, the same brain group behind Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco, is now opening Mexican Sugar inside Plano’s hottest hotspot, The Shops at Legacy. The Dallas Business Journal‘s Danielle Abril […]

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Smyth Introduces Tuesday Night Cocktail Experience

Popular barman Michael Martensen sends word:  he and Omar YeeFoon are introducing a “coursed-out” cocktail experience at Smyth on Tuesday nights.  Think of it like a vertical or horizontal wine tasting: they plan to mix and serve five different cocktails in a “true cocktail progression” ranging from fixes, fizzes, old fashions, brambles, and other fine […]

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Eddie “Really Lucky” Campbell to Open Parliament in Uptown

Popular Dallas mixologist Eddie “Lucky” Campbell has had a crazy year. He was pushed out of The Chesterfield, a sophisticated downtown cocktail den, by his partner Ed “Really Unlucky” Bailey, whose chain of opulent steakhouses Bailey’s Prime recently died a slow, painful death. His current empire of Patrizio restaurants is shrinking. The breakup of Campbell […]

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NYLO’s Soda Bar is Picture Perfect

Tara Nieuwesteeg files a report on NYLO’s Soda Bar The first thing I noticed about Soda Bar, the lounge on the roof of NYLO Dallas South Side hotel, was the incredible southern view of the Dallas skyline. The second thing I noticed was that I couldn’t take five steps without stumbling into the snap of […]

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People We Love: Kevin McCormack of Time Out Tavern

There are two things Kevin McCormack, bartender/owner of Time Out Tavern in Dallas, loves: ice cream and reading SideDish comments. Last week, when we sat inside his sports bar, which is filled with sports memorabilia (including items from when the Stars won the Stanley Cup), McCormack and I bonded over these two great loves. Time Out […]

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Restaurant Review: St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin in Dallas

It has been too many years since I last visited St. Pete’s. Seconds after I bellied up to the bar, I scolded myself for not having this popular restaurant/bar on my short list. I’d forgotten the welcoming spirit of the interior: large marlins appear to dance across the brick walls; bartenders pull tap handles while […]

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East Side Social Club to Open in Denton in Two Weeks

Denton tends to feel like a foreign world to Dallas people, but it’s only (surprise!) a 45 minute drive away. I haven’t been to Denton since 2007? 2008?, so a trip there last Friday was eye-opening. It’s a whole new world out there, folks. Bars, like 16-month-old Oak St. Drafthouse, have already become staples to […]

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Keeping Tabs: Outpost American Tavern in Dallas

Last month, we bid adieu to our Girl Walks Into a Bar columnist, Moria Muldoon.  This month, we present our new barfly, Tara Nieuwesteeg. Her  bar reviews will appear monthly as Keeping Tabs. Having just walked into Outpost American Tavern, I was turning toward the long bar when a raven-haired waitress with a nose stud […]

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A Girl Walks Into a Bar: The Kennedy Room in Dallas

Moira Muldoon writes about The Kennedy Room in Uptown. Sometimes it’s nice to visit Uptown on a Monday night. The streets are quiet after Saturday night’s revelry and Sunday’s late brunches. Many valet stands are closed, and there is street parking to be had. Staff—line cooks, maybe—stand behind restaurants, smoking and laughing. Their voices echo in […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Hangover Cure in Dallas

Incoming request from a gal who partied like it was Cinco de Mayo. Oh, it was. When she woke up this mornin’, she coulda sworn it was judgment day. Give her hope. I haven’t done this since I graduated college (83). I went out with friends for brunch and we had a few drinks and […]

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