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My Top 10 Cheap Bites of 2013 in Dallas-Fort Worth

Everyone who knows me (especially D Magazine people who observe my snacking habits like a zoo animal. Ahem.) know that I’m not a fine-dining person. I love fine-dining, sure. But in my element, I am a cheap eater. I was born on a budget, I live on a budget, and I like to save money like it’s nobody’s business. Some may even describe it as a fault.

A good meal under $10 can make me the happiest person alive.

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Eat This Now: CBD Provisions’ Red Chili With Cornbread

As seen in the December 2013 issue. Executive Chef Michael Sindoni of CBD Provisions makes this red chili with grass-fed beef, farm egg, and cornbread. CORNBREAD | A batter of cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and butter is poured into a hot buttered cast-iron pan and baked in the oven. CHILI | Ground and diced […]

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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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Eat This Now: Scrambled Eggs With White Truffles at Nonna

I apologize for the poor picture of chef Julian Barsotti’s delicious soft scrambled eggs served on fonduta valdostana and topped with white truffles. It wasn’t much to look at and the texture resembled baby food, but the earthy, buttery, and nutty combination of flavors left me feeling giddy. Please call ahead to make sure it is […]

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The Village Kitchen Has Donut Croissants

Given how obsessed with cronuts as I am, it is my pleasure to report a discovery of immeasurable greatness. Friends, family, and enemies: There are DONUT CROISSANTS at the Village Kitchen. (In case you missed it, this restaurant opened a little over two months ago inside Highland Park Village, with Chef Andre Natera acting as […]

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Eat This Now: Village Kitchen’s Lobster Thermidor with Mac and Cheese

As seen in the November 2013 issue. Mac and cheese | Elbow pasta is baked with Gruyere, smoked cheddar, and a Parmesan cream sauce. It’s topped with breadcrumbs and more Parmesan and browned. Lobster | Maine lobster is boiled for three minutes. The meat is removed from the shell and mixed with creme fraiche, roasted […]

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Eat This Now: Sassy Popcorn’s Dill-Flavored Popcorn

The other day, my deskmate Raya Ramsey brought this dill-flavored popcorn to the office, and I went pretty crockadoodle crazy over it. There’s something so addicting about this dill, pickle-y flavor, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Once you start, you can’t stop. Maybe it’s just the kind of thing you like as […]

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Forget Cronuts! Dallas, We Have the Churrnut.

As all of you may be well aware, I’ve been obsessed with cronuts. Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about them. Markus Pineyro, owner of Urban Taco, says he was inspired by the croissant-donut-hybrid and spent many a night churning a new idea in his brain. After countless hours, he came up […]

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Eat This Now: Meddlesome Moth’s ‘Badass’ Bacon Waffles

As seen in our October 2013 issue. Waffles | Vanilla extract and chopped bacon are added to the waffle batter (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, milk, and butter), which is then cooked in a waffle iron. Waffles are quartered and lined up on the plate. The waffles are topped with bacon, compote, fondue, and […]

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Happy National Cheeseburger Day! Now Go Get One.

Gosh. I’m not going to lie. My favorite meal in the whole world used to be a McDonald’s cheeseburger Happy Meal. You don’t know how many of those I bought just to get a Ty Teenie Beanie Baby. Pretty shameful. We used to buy four Happy Meals at one time. What can I say. I […]

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Eat This Now: The Festive Kitchen’s Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich

Now that we’re starting to sniff pumpkin-everything at the tips of our noses, it only makes sense to make as much of summer as we can. End summer 2013 with a bang. You know, eat an ice cream sandwich or two. Or three. Or four. The Festive Kitchen is this amazing little shop in Snider […]

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Carnival Barker’s Ice Cream Shop Might Open Tomorrow at the Truck Yard

SideDishers, it’s happening. It’s finally happening. I won’t have another melt down over the lack of Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams in this city anymore, because THEY ARE OPENING THEIR STOREFRONT (MAYBE) TOMORROW. Two hours ago, on the CB Facebook page, the owners posted: It seems no matter how many times we posts this someone asks […]

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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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Special Taste Report: The Eight Fried Finalists at the 2013 Big Texas Choice Awards

Yesterday morning, the eight finalists in the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards gathered at The Dock to compete for two prizes: “Best Taste” and “Most Creative.” In the end, Isaac Rousso took home the award for “Best Taste” with his deep-fried Cuban roll. Duo Justin and Rudy Martinez nabbed “Most Creative” with their fried Thanksgiving […]

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Eat This Now: Pakpao Thai’s Mou Pa Lorw (Braised Pork Belly)

As seen in the August 2013 issue. PORK BELLY | Niman Ranch pork belly marinates for 48 hours in a reduction of soy, garlic, cilantro, and a five-spice blend (star anise, cinnamon, coriander seed, black pepper, and dehydrated orange). It is then braised for 12 hours before serving. SAUCE | The dish is sauced with […]

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