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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Into Shelley’s Belly: Lark on the Park’s Beer-Pairing Dinner with Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver

My heart’s been palpitating at around 160 knots ever since Wednesday evening’s Pairdiné beer dinner at Lark on the Park. The reason: Velvety voiced, wildly charismatic Garrett Oliver shared his beers and his wisdom with an entire crowd of beerthusiasts. Garrett is somewhat of the ultimate authority on pairing beer and food, and he has […]

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The Local Oak to Open in Oak Cliff as a Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar

It’s steaming hot and there’s still no air conditioning inside of the building at 409 North Zang Boulevard, but in about a month, the unfinished space will soon be a hopping neighborhood joint for food and beer. Owners Alycen Cuellar, Felix Garcia, and Paul Delgado plan to open their first restaurant together, the Local Oak, […]

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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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Into Shelley’s Belly: Dallas Beer Kitchen

Dallas Beer Kitchen opened its doors just a few weeks ago down on Greenville. The blogging duo of Joe Scribner and Bryan Kaeser have settled back from their “Best Damn Things” blog to fulfill their lifelong dream of opening a comfort food, craft beer den, and they’ve outfitted the place with some serious brews. The […]

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Restaurant Business: How House Bill 3572 Affects Liquor Taxes Paid by Dallas Restaurants

Amy Severson, co-owner of Sevy’s Grill is an accountant. Today she discusses some important legislation that will impact the Texas restaurant industry. The clancular conversation of restaurateurs at the recent D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants party was not only about numbers between one and one hundred. Quietly discussed was number 3572, as in House Bill […]

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Food News and No Booze (5/30/13)

Leslie Brenner takes down Stephan Pyles in this week’s dining review. Yay for getting past the paywall! The Dallas Morning News’ dining critic asks Mr. Pyles what’s up with his unseasonal menu and why she received such poor service at his eponymous restaurant. The copywriter of Chicken Scratch’s new billboard is launched into Reddit stardom. And just think: All […]

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Giveaway: Two Passes to Flying Saucer’s 4th Annual BeerFeast

Yesterday might have been the end to American Craft Beer Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking your favorite suds. On Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 8 p.m., BeerFeast is Flying Saucer on the Lake’s way of saying, “We love you. Here’s an event with 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers […]

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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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Firestone & Robertson Distilling Won Best American Craft Whiskey at World Spirits Competition in San Francisco

For the last two years, co-founders Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson have worked hard at their whiskey distillery in Fort Worth. Their efforts just paid off: Their F&R’s TX Blended Whiskey just won Best American Craft Whiskey and  a received a Double Gold award at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco — the largest […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Outpost American Tavern in North Oak Cliff

In my junior astronaut training I learned that to nobly love and care for a woman, one must always prepare a dish just before midnight that will titillate and elevate her spirit, bringing her closer to the stars. I have yet to determine however the hell that is possible, but I came pretty close this […]

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Sneak Peek: British Beverage Co. in Uptown

Tomorrow the British Beverage Co., located at 2800 Routh Street in the Quadrangle, is opening for dinner service. It opens officially to the public on November 5. And on November 12, lunch service starts. Excited? Not Yet? You probably should be. Plan B – the same guys who brought you Bolsa and Oak – designed […]

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Sneak Peek: Tried and True by Nick Badovinus

Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: […]

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