Now that warm weather season is at last with us (and before warm weather season becomes FIRE AND SMOKE FROM THE GATES OF HELL season), we can enjoy the many fantastic patios available for our lounging and drinking pleasure.
But which bar boasts the absolutely best patio in the Dallas area? Funny you should ask, because that’s one of the issues we’re seeking to settle in our Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Nightlife voting, which continues through Sunday. Each day you can cast another ballot for your favorite in this and other categories.
The winners will be honored in the August issue of D Magazine. So get busy drinking, al fresco.
Unlike mogwai, it is perfectly safe for human beings to eat after midnight. Indeed, certain classifications of food — looking at you, Taco Bell — really should only ever be consumed in the wee hours of the morning, after you’ve fed your belly with good drink and your heart with convivial relations.
But what are the best spots in Dallas for late-night noshing? That’s one of the questions we’re putting to our readers in our annual Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Nightlife survey. We’ve proposed 15 nominees for the honor, but if your favorite doesn’t happen to be on our list, you’re free to write it in.
You can cast a ballot once a day through April 21, on your desktop, laptop, or internet-connected mobile device. So go do it, right now.1 Comment »
In case you haven’t noticed (or hadn’t even voted), we’ve added some new categories to our Best of Big D: Food and Drink poll this year. With the number of trendy coffee shops growing in Dallas, it only made sense for us to add a ‘Best Coffee’ to the ballot. And food trucks. How could we ever forget these essential mobile kitchens? Food trucks make our world go ’round, and we’re honoring them by giving them a place on our polls.
I was already planning to write this post about food trucks being on Best of Big D before word hit the street that Tutta’s Pizza food truck was on fire this morning, according to George Lewis. Tutta’s Pizza is nominated for this year’s ‘Best Food Truck,’ and another contender, First Bite Gourmet, just tweeted out to them, “Oh no!!!!!! Ugh! Please let us know if you need anything else! We may be able to use some extra helpers??? Over the weekend??”
It’s clear the food truck community in Dallas is strong and supportive. Even though they’re all competing on the same ballot, they lend a hand wherever they can. I’m pretty proud of Dallas. Aren’t you? Now go vote.3 Comments »
One February 27 post that asks, “How do you feel about our chicken?” has 912 likes, 322 comments, and 13 shares. That’s like, um, 488 times more likes than the Chronicle of Higher Education gets when they write a post about students paying a higher percentage of the cost for public colleges than states do.
All you crazy, diehard fans of Rudy’s Chicken better get your vote on. Rudy’s is in the “Best Fried Chicken” category for Best of Big D: Food and Drink, along with other heavy contenders this year. May the best fried chicken win.
Today marks the beginning of Best of Big D: Food and Drink voting for the 2013. Upset that Torchy’s Tacos won “Best Taco Joint” last year? Well, do something about it. Exercise your power and right to vote, and tell us who you think deserves the crown for best taco joint in 2013.
We know you’ve got opinions, and we definitely want to hear them every day (once a day) for the next two weeks. All the winners will be celebrated in our August 2013 issue.
Last week I gave away four $50 gift cards to Central Market. Those lucky folks will be getting their prizes in the mail by the end of this week. If you missed out on the fun, here’s your chance to redeem your good fortune.
Today I’m giving away a $50 gift card to eatZi’s.
If you enjoy lingering inside eatZi’s, sampling its bread and cheese as much as I do, you should enter our drawing right here. EatZi’s actually won our Readers’ Pick for Best Gourmet Shop and Best Bakery for Bread in our Best of Big D issue this year. Pretty baller, eh?
I’ll pick one winner by 5 p.m. at the end of today, so hurry up and enter your name for free grocery money!
Happy Wednesday! I’m giving away four $50 gift cards to Central Market today.
Central Market has generously donated four gift cards because it won four different categories in our Best of Big D issue. This gourmet food store earned the Readers’ Choice award in the Best Butcher, Best Cheese, Best Fish, and Best Wine categories. For those of you running out of grocery money, one of these gift card babies could definitely buy you enough wine and cheese to survive two nights or more.
Enter here. We’ll draw four lucky winners at 5 p.m. at the end of today.
Last week I told you about the new Torchy’s location that’s opening along SMU Blvd. on August 16, and now this winning taco chain (picked by our editors for 2012′s best taco joint) is hosting a blowout bash for Torchy’s lovers. The tickets are basically a free dinner feast for you and whoever’s lucky enough to go with you.
Enter here. We’ll draw one winner at 5 p.m. at the end of today.
As you guys probably know, Torchy’s Tacos just won Best Taco Joint in our Best of Big D issue, and now it’s opening its third DFW location at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 16 at 5600 SMU Blvd. Free breakfast tacos (probs the Dirty Sanchez) will be given away to the first 100 customers who’ll also be entered into a raffle. One of those lucky 100 people will win free Torchy’s Tacos for a whole year. Need I say more? I’ve got a feeling those SMU kids are going to line up like little ants along the boulevard for the 1% chance they’ll win a year’s worth of tacos.
Jump for the entire press release.3 Comments »
For weeks and weeks, you voted your hearts out to make sure your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant or burger joint landed a coveted spot in our August issue. Well, ladies and gents, give me a drum roll because the results are finally in.
A big round of applause should go to award newcomers like Old Town Creamery (Editors’ Pick for Best Ice Cream/Gelato) and A Wok (Editors’ Pick for Best Chinese) who are gracing the pages of D Magazine for the first time. Sundown at the Granada earned Best Vegetarian-Friendly for its never-ending selection of vegan and vegetarian plates. And, of course, Twisted Root Burger Co. won Readers’ Choice for Best Burger the second year in a row, while the editors’ pick, Liberty Burger, may surprise some of you by beating out some tough competitors, like Maple & Motor.
For all the rest of the Best of Big D winners for Culture, Nightlife, Shopping, Family, Services, etc., go here.
If you want to freak people out by showing them a bigger, whole-page photo of Jason Maddy and that octopus on top of the ice cream, go buy the print version. It’s out on newsstands.
The popular International Grand Tasting at Savor Dallas 2012 took place on Saturday night at Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. Organizers noted the move from Dallas to Irving was to make it easier for the residents of Fort Worth to attend. Any worry that the change in venue would deter event patrons was quickly dispelled once the doors swung open. The place was packed, people shuffled around tightly, filling the venue as guests got the opportunity to hob-nob and rub elbows with some of the finest chefs in DFW. The food and drink were, of course, spectacular as chefs were well prepared to excite and surprise their guests this year.
While nearly every dish our small group sampled was delightful, we thought we would pay homage to some of the most exciting and delicious dishes presented this year. So here are (in no particular order) our picks of the Top 10 Best Bites of the 2012 Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting…
I know, I know, I know. I’ve been harping on you guys about voting for the Dallas’ best Food and Drinks for the past two weeks. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about it. Do me a favor and go vote right now because it’s the last day that our survey will be open. It’s Friday anyways, and we know you need a relaxing brain exercise to transition you into the weekend.
Tell us whose burger you most adore. Is it Jack Perkins’ fatty half-pounders or John Tesar’s Farmer burger with a fried duck egg and white Vermont cheese? Maybe you’re a sucker for Stackhouse’s double-loaded burger? Then vote here today. I promise I’ll stop bugging you about it starting…. now.
If you haven’t voted already, there are two days left for you to redeem your shame. The Readers’ Choice poll for Best Restaurant and Bars will be open today and tomorrow only. And then, my friends, that is it for 2012. The website will give you a big, fat error message and you’ll have to sit patiently until 2013 to make a difference in Dallas dining. For those of you who’ve already voted and continue to vote, I give you my most heartfelt thanks. If it were possible, I would send you all buttons you can pin to your suits that say, “I VOTED TODAY” in red, white, and blue lettering. Unfortunately, I am not made of paper and plastics.
Edit: The survey for Best Nightlife (where most of the bar voting is) will be coming soon, so hold on to your mouse clickers.1 Comment »
Imagine, for a minute, that you are the BBQ Snob leading Anthony Bourdain around the Big D. Where would you take him to get the best ‘cue? Who has the juiciest ribs and the best brisket? Honestly, which joint would change the No Reservations star’s opinion on the goodness of Texas barbeque?
We’re on Week Two of the Readers’ Choice poll for the Best Restaurants and Bars. Vote here once a day until March 23 to make Dallas a better restaurant city.4 Comments »
Good morning. Did you wake up, brush your teeth, and throw on some clothes? Most importantly, did you vote for your favorite pizza place for our Readers’ Choice poll yet? If you’re dazzled by Jay Jerrier’s ability to run Cane Rosso and tweet, like, every ten seconds, or in awe of Urban Crust’s Salvatore Gisellu and his dough-throwing skills, show your avid support for whoever you think makes the best slice in Dallas by voting here.
Get your voting game face on. And repeat once a day until March 25.
This is your time to shine, Sidedishers! Tell the rest of Dallas where to get the best hamburgers, pizzas, margaritas, sushi, and other good eats because we know you have an opinion. Voting in our Readers’ Choice food and drink category starts today and ends on March 25, so vote once a day for the next two weeks if you’d like. Vote on your phone, vote as you’re pretending to do work, and vote while you’re waiting for the other guy to make the next move in Words with Friends. Do your duty and make sure only the best of the best earn that coveted spot in our August 2012 issue.3 Comments »
When do you know that you have started to become a little too familiar with a restaurant? Well, if you pull into Kenny’s Burger Joint and your kid starts cheering, “Yay! Uncle Kenny.” And no, I’m not related to Kenny Bowers…and my kid hardly even recognizes his grandparents. Perhaps this familiarity could be seen as a problem in a city that offers so many burger options, but to be honest, its easy to get underwhelmed by the consistent stream of the newly minted burger joints. Seems like there are about 2 new openings a week, la-dee-frickin-da. These days, I can count on one hand the number of places I will actually patronize to in order to obtain a truly exceptional burger. Kenny’s has been doing things right since the beginning.
Kenny will tell you that he originally got such excellent feedback from his “Sterling Silver Burger” at Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill, that it was only natural to create a burger-centric restaurant. And we are all blessed because of it. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain for many to trek out to Frisco, but when quality and consistency intersect, the results can be something so enticing that nearly anyone can bust out of the north-of-635 bubble.
It’s hard not to feel cooler when you are eating at SMOKE. The place reeks of hip. It’s the kind of place James Dean would meet Jay-Z for brunch if the opportunity presented itself. But attitude can only go so far if you ain’t got the goods to back it up. Luckily, as most people know, Tim Byres, owner of SMOKE, dishes up some truly big flavors, matched only by Byre’s apparent love for capitalization.
I’ve spent a good deal of time exploring the biscuit and gravy scene around town. I’ve generally found that a few places can produce an excellent biscuit, but an exemplary and hearty gravy is really where most fall short, often producing a lifeless blend of flour and water which does more to detract from the biscuit than complement it. However, the handmade biscuits with spicy sausage gravy from SMOKE, have managed to remain a frontrunner in my mind’s race for best B&G in the city.
In a perfect world, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and I would totally be BFFs. We would hang out, like, everyday…stuffing our faces silly with her wonderful chocolate creations while watching Lord of the Rings, spending hours planted in front of the X-Box, playing hackey-sack, and toilet-papering the neighbors’ houses. Then, the end of the day would go something like this:
“Hey Kath, would you whip me up some of your wonderful hot chocolate, pretty please?”
“It’s called drinking chocolate, you numb-skull, and what do I look like, your mom?”
“Well actually, if my mom had a few more tattoos…”