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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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Another Bill McCrorey Restaurant Bites the Dust: Rare in The Shops at Park Lane is Closed

I was contacted by a man who stopped into Rare Restaurant and Lounge Tuesday and found owner Bill McCrorey and crew closing down. The opulent, two-story restaurant has been in financial trouble since they opened, and a former employee has filed a lawsuit to recover unpaid compensation and health care insurance. The source says they were […]

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I Am Still Sick of the Word: Foodie

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins posted a funny item yesterday: 12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution. Gubbshoe claims “ Dallas has two kinds of foodies”—old and new–and follows her thesis with a list that distinguishes them. Funny stuff. Except for one thing: her use of the term foodie. Wait, make that two: if one is old, they can’t […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas Restaurateur Bill McCrorey and Thomas McMurray of Rare Restaurant in The Shops at Park Lane

Ever since I wrote The Saga Of Las Colinas Prime in June 2009, and several other reports detailing the shady shenanigans of restaurant operators Michael Costa and Bill McCrorey, I have been contacted by disgruntled employees, vendors, landlords, customers, and former partners. Most recently, complaints and concerns about Bill McCrorey resurfaced after a deal he made […]

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Patrizio in Fort Worth Location Shutters. Staff Removes Valuables After Closing.

Earlier today, I received an email from an anonymous source. The person is obviously on the inside of Ed Bailey’s business at Patrizo. He/she writes: “As I am sure you are aware, the Fort Worth location has officially closed.  On Thursday late night; Cristy Rather, Ryan Carbery  and others emptied the store of any and all objects […]

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Private Social in Dallas Chef Najat Kaanache Claims: ‘I Invented The Cronut!’

Look out Dominique Ansel, Dallas chef Najat Kaanache claims she invented the cronut and she has proof the item was on the menu at Private Social on March 22, 2013. Yesterday Carol posted the screen shot of tweets from Kaanache to Eater Dallas editor Whitney Falloon who posted a item on the cronut crazies in New […]

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SideDish Pie Lover Gets a Surprise at Cindi’s Deli

One of our most loyal and lovely SideDish readers popped into Cindi’s Deli to buy a lemon meringue pie. When she got home, she tore off the Cindi’s wrapper and found another: Chef Pierre, a division of Sara Lee. The menu promotes “Fresh Baked Goods Daily” but it doesn’t claim the pie is homemade. A […]

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SideDish Exclusive: D Magazine Owner Wick Allison Exposed as a Closet Foodie!

I’ve known Wick Allison, the editor in chief and owner of D Magazine, since 1974AD. He’s an intelligent man in so many ways. However he doesn’t know bupkis about bagels, baba ganoush, or Bordeaux. He is a culinary ignoramus. Wick’s idea of a perfect meal is a tuna sandwich with extra mayonnaise on toast, served with fries. […]

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Help Me Get SideDish on TV

In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:  D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it […]

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Bloggers v Journalists: Strauss Marketing First Local PR Company to Request “Numbers” From Bloggers

Thanks to all of you who participated in the two SideDish discussions (Bloggers v Journalists and Restaurants Beware of Food Writers who Expect Freebies). I thought the two posts brought up some great points and readers conducted an intelligent discussion. Apparently the restaurant industry and PR agencies took note. And I think we’re about to see […]

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Don’t Eat This Now: Drunk Bread at Max’s Wine Dive

I was excited to try Max’s Wine Dine. I love Champagne and fried chicken. Been pairing them together since college. Monday night I unofficially dined at Max’s with some dear friends. Good News: The Henri Billiot Brut Rose Champagne was a lovely way to end a day. Bad News: The pan borracho (“drunk bread) is […]

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Restaurant 101: Waiters Provide Their Own Stemware Because Owner Won’t

A Disher with a lot of initials after his last name writes with a tale I’ve never been told. He wants to know if anyone else has had the same experience at other restaurants. He asked me to delete the name of the place but he doesn’t mind if you guess. Dined at [redacted] yesterday.  Ordered […]

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Nasty Feud in Lakewood: Area Homeowners and Landlord are Holding Matt’s Rancho Martinez Hostage

Brian Marsters, Director of Operations for Matt’s Rancho Martinez, has saved 5,000 emails from customers asking when the new Lakewood location of this popular Tex-Mex restaurant will open. “I would like those 5,000 supporter to contact (Dallas City Councilmember) Angela Hunt and ask her the same question.” Marsters and co-owner Estella Martinez are befuddled by […]

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Villa-O Had a Fire Last Weekend and Now It’s Closed for Renovations

Our photographer Elizabeth Lavin just happened to be in the neighborhood on Saturday when she caught this fire at Villa-O on her iPhone. After trying to reach someone at Villa-O over the weekend, someone from corporate finally told us there was a (supposedly) teeny tiny fire over the weekend, and Villa-O will be closed for […]

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Nana’s Last Supper: Five Former Chefs Share Fond Memories

Oh, Nana. ‘Tis hard to bid thee farewell. You served Dallas well for all these years, and now we must finally say goodbye, because you are converting into a pretty little steakhouse called Sēr. On Friday night, when Nana’s past Execuchefs gathered together for one last hurrah at the Hilton Anatole, there was plenty of happy […]

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Restaurant Scam Alert: Order Needed For Pick Up

I can’t believe anyone would fall for this, but I’m throwing it out there just in case someone is tempted to believe this is real. The email address is contact@bolsa.com. I’m pretty sure those guys at Bolsa type better than this and they don’t know what Skype is. Hello how are you doing today,My Name […]

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