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Miss Chi Vietnamese Brings Home-Cooked Asian Cuisine to Preston Center

Prolific restaurateurs Joey and Chi Le are at it, again. A little over a month ago, they opened Dallas’ first dedicated ramen shop, Tanoshii, in Deep Ellum. In mid-August, they shut down their second location of Wicked Po’ Boys in Preston Center and decided to re-concept the whole shebang. Now signage is up for Miss Chi […]

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Restaurant Review: Pera Turkish Kitchen in Dallas

In Dallas, until recently, a Mediterranean restaurant meant a Greek restaurant. Hungry Turcophiles subsisted under a Hellenic hegemony—with its imprecise renditions of Turkish dishes, and the Greek names to boot. But in the last few years, a handful of Turkish restaurants have planted the flag. The newest and best is Pera. Our waiter was a […]

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SOUK Opens in Trinity Groves Today, Menu Features Chef Najat Kaanache’s Cronuts™

As you all know, SOUK opens its pretty Moroccan doors for dinner service today inside Trinity Groves. And, yes, there are cronuts (aka “creative donuts”) on the menu. But we’ll get to that later. Yaser Khalaf (Baboush, Farnatchi), chef Najat Kaanache (who made a splash at the now-defunct Private Social), and Charles Accivatti have teamed […]

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Restaurateur Yaser Khalaf and Chef Najat Kaanache Open SOUK in Trinity Groves FRIDAY

Chef Najat Kaanache would like you all to know this: “It is very important to me that you know it was my amazing literary agent (also Phil Romano’s, Arnold Schwartzennegar, Dr Phil and Joel Osteen’s agent) Jan Miller and NOT Stephan Pyles that brought me to Dallas. I just met Stephan while I was having dinner […]

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Toko V Opens in Highland Park Village on Thursday, October 3

Toko V, the upstairs component above Village Kitchen at 33 Highland Park Village, is opening on Thursday. Marquee Grill has officially transformed into a two-part restaurant, with American food downstairs (at Village Kitchen) and “new Asian” cuisine on the top floor (at Toko V). Execuchef Andre Natera is in charge of both floors, but sushi […]

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First Look: Tanoshii Ramen in Deep Ellum

Tanoshii, Tanoshii, Tanoshii. It’s all that’s on everybody’s lips these days. Okay, maybe just mine. But you have to admit that Dallas’ first ramen shop is a pretty exciting event. Pizza (meh), burgers (meh), but a brand new place for noodles? Yeahhh. Yesterday, as soon as the clock hit 4:30 p.m., I raced out of […]

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The Dallas Pho Invasion

Five minutes ago, Nancy called and screamed through my iPhone, “We’re being invaded by Vietnam! It’s like they’re getting us back with bad pho!” (To her credit, she says she had a lot of coffee this morning.) Nancy’s on the road and doesn’t have the hands to post this, so I get to play Hermes […]

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Malai Kitchen’s Thai Me Up Dinner Featured Fish Heads and Weasel Coffee

Thursday night’s Thai Me Up dinner was awesome. We sat on the patio at Malai Kitchen, which was wrapped in big plastic sheets to prevent entry from unwanted pests. Across the tables were giant banana leaves and little pools of candlelit petals. Wine glasses sat next to the eager guests, who were being chatted up […]

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Monkey King Noodle Co. is Bringing Asian Street Food to Deep Ellum

While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the birth of Dallas’ first dedicated ramen shop, Tanoshii, something equally juicy has been brewing in Deep Ellum. Three friends—Andrew Chen, Michelle Midyette, and Michael Wang—have stripped the old Santiago’s Taco Loco shop (3014 Main Street) of all its bright orange paint to modernize the standalone building. In a […]

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Najat Kaanache Partners with Yaser Khalaf. Souk at Trinity Groves is Their First Project

Former Private Socal (PS) chef Najat Kaanache has joined forces with Yaser Khalaf, owner of Baboush, Farnatchi, Ketchup, and former partner at Medina, to create Azurite Restaurant Concepts. For those of you who don’t watch Jeopardy!, azurite is a deep blue mineral common in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Kaanache, also known as The Pilgrim […]

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New Seat Cushions at Mot Hai Ba in Dallas

Have you been to Mot Hai Ba, the Vietnamese restaurant brought to you by Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare? The Good 2 Go Taco gals are turning out some fine food inspired by their trips to North Vietnam. The intimate restaurant is designed like a typical roadside restaurant: low communal tables and backless stools. Until […]

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Masala Wok to Open in Preston Center

Masala Wok, the casual Asian/Indian food restaurant, is opening a location in the southwest quadrant of Preston Center. Currently, the mini-chain operates restaurants in Richardson, Plano,and Irving. You can also eat their korma masala in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and 2 cities in Virginia. The  2,465-square-foot space is scheduled to open in October. Jason Puig with SRS […]

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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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Sneak Peek: Pakpao Thai Opens, Brings Affordable Asian Cuisine to the Design District

At 3 p.m. yesterday, owners Richard and Tiffany Ellman (Oak, Belly & Trumpet) hustled to get their newest Design District restaurant ready for dinner service. I’m happy to report that Pakpao Thai – the Asian restaurant we’ve all been waiting for – is finally open. All of you can go crazy now. Merry Christmas, happy […]

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Fire at Luna’s Tortilla Factory on Harry Hines Blvd.

Hawk-eyed SideDisher, Brad Twitty, just informed us that Luna’s Tortillas has just battled with a large-scale fire. Looks like the roof is pretty much gone. A Dunston’s Steakhouse employee, working across the street, confirms that the fire happened within the last hour. Luna’s Tortillas on 8524 Harry Hines Blvd. was founded in 1924 by Maria Luna. […]

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Sneak Peek: Le Bilboquet, a French Neighborhood Bistro, Opens on Travis Street

First things, first. Co-owner Laurent Lesort wants everyone to know: “We [Le Bilboquet] are not a franchise. We are not a big company.” The reason he’s saying this, in case you’re not familiar with Le Bilboquet history, is because there’s another French bistro in New York City with the exact same name and similar white-table-cloth […]

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Chiladas Fresh Mex Grill Opens in Dallas Today

Chiladas, a family owned company, officially opens its second location today on Lovers Ln. The first is located in Plano at 6145 Windhaven Pkwy. Owners Night Keyes (with Williamson Family Investments) and Katie Day greeted customers and media members at a preview yesterday, and encouraged them to try everything on the menu as they stepped […]

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