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Don’t Do What You’re About to Do, Bolsa Mercado

The baked goods—formerly a bright spot—were being shipped in from Hypnotic Donuts and others, and everything just felt…tired. I stop at Bolsa Mercado a few times a week for a quick dinner or six-pack, and I began to do so with less frequency.

Well, now we know why.

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Pour Judgment: Great Service and Good Craft Cocktails at the Bowen House

When popular vintage shop Ahab Bowen closed in 2011, Dallas fashionistas were devastated. The house stood unused until five weeks ago, when it reopened as another business honoring the past, Victorian era-themed bar, Bowen House. I stopped by Saturday night at 9 pm to get a feel for the place and to sample the drinks.

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Lead Your Own Food Tour: Dine Around at the Village on the Green

La Perla d’Italia, Pho House, Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine, and Maximo invited me as a guest on Wednesday for a food tour at the Village on the Green. I was given a tasting at each restaurant (the opposite of little Costco-sized samples), all thankfully within walking distance of each other. Four restaurants and way too much food later, I think it’s safe to say I was stuffed. If you didn’t think it was possible to have Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Mexican food all in one night, it’s definitely do-able, as long as you exercise portion control.

For a fun night, try taking your own food tour at the Village on the Green with family and friends. Order one or two dishes at each place, and experience four different ethnic cuisines at its best. Follow my lead or forge your own path. Either way, you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied.

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Everything You Need to Know About Rabbit Hole Brewing

I have incredible news. Walter White has cleaned himself up and moved to Texas. He now brews beer and goes by the rather fantastic name of Matt. Seriously, look at that guy. He’s all the right kind of nerd-evil-engineer-mad-scientist. All jokes aside, Matt Morriss of Rabbit Hole Brewing, alongside his companion, brewmaster Tom Anderson, has acquired some serious accolades in the home-brewing arena. Those skills are now outfitted with top-dollar equipment and the beer does the rest of the talking. Sometimes, it talks dirty, and I like that.

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Lakewood Brewing Co. Released its Bourbon Barrel Temptress During the Ice Storm

If Wim Bens’ green eyes don’t bring you to your knees, this year’s release of Lakewood Brewing Co.’s Bourbon Barrel Temptress certainly will. The beer elves have housed and cared for this batch for months, waiting for the right moment to release it upon us. Well, the time is now.

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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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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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