El Corazon’s Tex-Mex Fare Captures the Hearts of Oak Cliff Residents

Someone’s been tinkering with classic Tex-Mex. No need to panic, though; it’s the Cuellars. After all, their role in defining the cuisine began when a young couple named Macario and Adelaida Cuellar emigrated to the cotton farms of North Texas from Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1893. The couple had 12 children and—after opening a few cafes […]

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Chef Keith ‘Buttons’ Hicks Celebrates National Soul Food Month With New Menu Items

In honor of soul food month, Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks showcased his upcoming menu items at a dinner for invited media members at Buttons Restaurant. He told a story with each of the seven dishes and I was fortunate to sample them all on Thursday night. “No matter what race or background you come from, […]

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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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International Bakery Cuban Dulceria Hosts “Cuba Nostalgia”

Hear ye, hear ye – The fair ladies of Carrollton’s International Bakery Cuban Dulceria are hosting a three-day Cuban extravaganza. If Cuba be the food of love, read on: Dallas, Texas “CUBA NOSTALGIA”-in it’s 4th year at International Bakery Cuban Dulceria. The premier Cuban event outside of Cuba is CUBA NOSTALGIA a journey back in […]

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Fans of Cuba Libre Gets Special Treat From Nick Badovinus

Last month, I received an email from Paul, a SideDish reader. He wrote in an email with a subject line “Missing Cuba Libre”: My wife and I were talking recently about how much we miss Cuba Libre, particularly a mixed basket of the plantain and tortillas chips with three sauces plus black-bean dip, the spinach salad with […]

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Why I Hate the DMN’s Star Ratings: Reason Number 6,432

I’ve expressed my opinion on the DMN‘s star rating system too many times to count. In case you care: You can find one here and another here.  I’ve even suggested a reasonably quick fix to making the system more meaningful. I read Leslie Brenner’s reviews. Sometimes my skin crawls and my eyes burn after I […]

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Excuse Me, Waiter! I Mean, Server? How Shall I Refer to You?

The great Glenn Mitchell, host of KERA’s The Glenn Mitchell Show, once asked me if people who make a living waiting on tables prefer to be called waiters/waitresses or servers. I replied servers. I was a guest on his show at the time and the phone lines lit up with servers who demanded to be […]

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What Do You Remember About the Corner of Lovers and Greenville?

Before Central Market was built on the corner of Lovers and Greenville ten years ago, that spot was occupied by LouAnn’s nightclub, the “hub of the Dallas dining scene.” Performers like Lawrence Welk and Jimmy Reed use to bang up the stage with their music. Plenty of you, I’m sure, have stories to tell about […]

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