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‘Burbalicious: Dolce Cafe Bakery in Flower Mound

I say this with love: Flower Mound is a desert when it comes to good food. Very few non-chain restaurants are able to survive and thrive in this northern suburb, and places like Empress of China are your best bet along Justin Road. Lunchtime options, if you’re not into Subway and Chick-fil-A, are basically nonexistent. It’s a little sad.

But now, hope comes in the form of Dolce Cafe Bakery at 1913 Justin Road. When the small, independently owned place opened next to the Village Church, it came as a real shock. Here was a restaurant so different from all the other surrounding joints, it didn’t make sense. But then again, it did. Flower Mound people were starved for something cool, and after December 9, Dolce’s first day, they started trickling into this Italian bakery and restaurant, eager to try something new. Word spread quickly about the tasty house-made artisan breads, savory scones, and coffee.

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Farraz Khan Writes a Fun Piece About the Denton Savior of Sriracha

You remember Farraz Khan. He once wrote a very odd yet lovable review of Señor Bean on SideDish. Now he is D Magazine’s main copywriter. (Not an easy job, let me tell you.) In our February issue, Farraz has struck gold again with this short profile of Kevin Roden, a Denton City Councilman, who is trying to get Huy Fong Foods (the maker of Sriracha) to move its base over to Denton.

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Village on the Parkway in Addison to add Hopdoddy Burger Bar, RA Sushi, Pluckers, Yard House, and Neighborhood Services

Nick Badovinus has signed at lease at Village on the Parkway. He will begin construction on this third location of Neighborhood Services in January. The finished restaurant, located close to the fountain roundabout, will be 4,100 square feet with an outdoor patio space. Badovinus has more news coming before Christmas.

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A Day in Denton: Breakfast and Lunch (Part I)

It’s a little crazy how close Denton is from Dallas. But 40 miles somehow translates into a million light years away. If we’re honest with ourselves, Denton really deserves more from all you I-don’t-venture-above-635-people. This artsy college town has transformed from a No Man’s Land to a thriving food scene in the last 13 years. […]

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Dallas Cowboys, Legends Hospitality And Chef Yutaka Yamato Create100-Yard Sushi Roll

I had to reread the subject line of this press release a couple of times. Chef Yutaka Yamato of Yutaka Sushi Bistro? Seriously? One of the best sushi chefs in Dallas building a 100-yard sushi roll at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday November 20? I read on. It turns out Yamato is the lead sushi chef for […]

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Restaurant Review: Trufire Kitchen & Bar in Southlake

When I dine out with my family in Colleyville, we struggle to find a restaurant that fits all of our wacky requirements. There is the grumpy daddy who doesn’t like to pay for fine dining, a gluten-free daughter, a text-addict teenager, a 5-year-old boy who demands pepperoni on everything, and my sister, who rarely receives […]

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Dallas Restaurants: What Do We Need? Ctd.

Last night, our food truck reporter, and all-around good guy, George Lewis sent me a link to a story I posted in October 2009. I posed the question:  The inside-the-loop-outside-the-loop foodie argument drives me nuts. There is great food all over this area if you are willing to drive. But if you had one restaurant wish, what […]

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Eat This Now: Fried Pickles at Shady’s Burger Joint in Richardson

The fast-casual restaurant business in Richardson is en fuego. The aging Richardson Heights Shopping Center has been renovated and is now home to the groovy Alamo Drafthouse. Haystack Burgers & Barley opened next door and, just across 75 in Richardson’s Chinatown, Jeng Chi has expanded to host 300 diners. Just north of Richardson Heights, you’ll […]

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Chef Joanne Bondy Resigns From Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Marriott

Joanne Bondy just texted the news: “I’ve resigned from the Gaylord Marriott. My last day is Friday.” Despite the steak-centric menu, Bondy elevated the food at the gargantuan hotel restaurant. She showcased the bounties of local farmers to visitors from all over the planet. Bondy is the talented chef who partnered with Monica Greene and gave […]

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Restaurant Review: Battuto Italian Kitchen in North Dallas

The northwest corner of Frankford and Preston Road just got a little snazzier. In the space that recently housed Grover’s Grill & Bar, there now stands Battuto Italian Kitchen, a sleek Italian-American restaurant owned and operated by former radio personalities Julie and Gene Gates. They are more than just window dressing: the couple is hands-on […]

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Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse in Downtown Plano Has Already Become a Neighborhood Favorite

Downtown Plano is getting quite hip. Gone are the days when stores there used to sell Ty Beanie Babies. Now adorable restaurants and jewelry shops line main street, while happy people stroll about… even when it’s muggy outside. (Saturday weather, you kinda sucked.) Lockhart Smokehouse liked the area so much, it decided to build its […]

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Eatzi’s Market and Bakery to Open Fourth Store in Plano

Phil Romano, the man who, among other ventures, founded Eatzi’s in 1996. The gourmet grocery store with “chef-crafted meals,” encompasses the old-world charm of a European market with modern-day cuisine crafted by master chefs. The bakery produces 200 varieties of artisan breads and pastries;  the kitchen creates at least 350 varieties of food (including sushi!), […]

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The Best Chicken Fried Steak in Dallas

When did life get so freaking crazy? Everybody is running around in a panic. Food trucks are invading Pecan Lodge. A hysterical reader emailed me this morning. She went to Peggy Sue Barbecue last night and they were closed. She thought forever. She said, “Say it ain’t so.” “It ain’t so.” It was Labor Day […]

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The Best Fried Chicken in Dallas

A good friend of mine called yesterday with a suggestion for a story. “Hey, why don’t you rate the best fried chicken in Dallas?” As many of you who actually read D Magazine already know, our cover story for the September issue is “The 53 Best Homestyle Restaurants in Dallas” with a banner that reads: […]

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