Chef Najat Kaanache is Staying at Private Social

Feisty executive chef Najat Kaanache is digging in her heels and staying in the kitchen of Private Social. Kaanache is in the process of putting together a new Awesome Texas Food menu which she will debut next week. I reached Kaanache this morning and we chatted about some of her ideas. This gal, who writes […]

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Katy Trail Ice House’s Noise is an “Absolute Nightmare,” Says Park Towers Resident

Looks like Katy Trail Ice House is creating quite a ruckus these days. The Dallas Business Journal has been covering the noisy fight between Park Towers resident Deborah Sanford, who “has called police to complain about the Ice House 20 to 30 times over the past two years,” and the popular Uptown bar. When city council […]

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Keller Resident, MiMi Johnson, to Compete on Bobby Flay’s Dinner Battle on Food Network

Another day, another new food show, another Dallas-area resident on TV. I don’t watch enough food shows to know but it seems like the producers pick plenty of contestants from North Texas. This morning comes word: Keller resident, MiMi Johnson, is competing on Bobby Flay’s new show, Dinner Battle on the Food Network. The show […]

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Keller Resident, MiMi Johnson, to Compete on Bobby Flay’s Dinner Battle on Food Network

Another day, another new food show, another Dallas-area resident on TV. I don’t watch enough food shows to know but it seems like the producers pick plenty of contestants from North Texas. This morning comes word: Keller resident, MiMi Johnson, is competing on Bobby Flay’s new show, Dinner Battle on the Food Network. The show […]

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Cane Rosso to Open in East Dallas. Begs the Question: Is East Dallas More Hip Than Oak Cliff

If I ever want to get a good sleep I have to turn my computer off. If I don’t, I run the risk of passing it in the middle of the night and noticing the little green light next to Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins’ name on gTalk. For while I am making a middle-of-the-night bathroom run, […]

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Pitmasters Announced for Second Annual Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout

Last year, Dallas Restaurant Group (Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, Dallas Fish Market) and Downtown Dallas Inc. teamed up to create the Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout. Basically it’s a barbecue competition between four pitmasters from Oklahoma and four from Texas. This year, the second event will take place downtown at Main Street Garden […]

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Deep Fried Jambalaya Wins “Best Taste” in 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards Competition

This morning at 9 a.m., the eight finalists in the 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards gathered at The Dock Restaurant in Fair Park for a little fried food showdown. Within an hour of tasting all the entries, the three judges (Rep. Eric Johnson, Andrea Rega, and Donovan Lewis) announced at the Eighth Annual Big Tex […]

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Nasty Feud Subsides: Matt’s Rancho Martinez in Lakewood Schedules Opening. Again

I just checked in with Brian Marsters, the Director of Operations of Matt’s Rancho Martinez. Marsters didn’t go into too many details but said the long-awaited opening of the restaurant in Lakewood is now scheduled for “September 11thish.” Matt’s has certainly had a wretched six months filled with delays from permits, parking, neighborhood associations, and […]

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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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Green Grocer to Open on Greenville Avenue in September 2012

East Dallas is going to get pretty crowded with grocery shoppers now that Green Grocer has announced its partnership with Artizone.com, an online shopping community that features a wide selection of local artisanal shops and food businesses. Cassie Green and Gary Stephens founded the first Green Grocer in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago (2008), […]

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Let’s Discuss: Do You Mind Paying Extra for Take-Out Containers?

Listen up all of you people who don’t mind recycling or rescuing, we’ve got a situation we need to discuss. A SideDish reader brings up the “green tax” charged for take-out containers at Velvet Taco. I had lunch at Velvet Taco for the first time today.  When we ordered, we noticed on the menu that […]

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Dallas Police on the Scene, Again, at The Chesterfield

Last Thursday, Ed Bailey, majority owner of The Chesterfield, called the police and attempted to have one of his minority owners, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, removed from the premises. The operation failed. According to Campbell, Gary Van Gundy, president of Edward C. Bailey Enterprises, showed up with an attorney a little before 3PM today and the […]

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Pink Slime, I’m Going to Miss You

Poor Pink Slime. The frappéed beef scraps and connective tissues doused in ammonia used in food production has been called to the front of the class for being gross in a room full of politically correct food experts. What took you people so long to get all worked up about Pink Slime? Did you miss […]

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Public Hearing Notice: The Future of the Dallas Farmers Market Will Be Discussed This Thursday

The efforts to privatize the Dallas Farmers Market have been futile and the city of Dallas’ efforts to energize the DFM have been quagmired in chaos. I’d love to see someone swoop in and make the DFM a destination for residents, framers, and visitors. However, the emergence of Phil Romano’s Trinity Groves project in West […]

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Occupy Nana: A Peaceful, Tell-Your-Nana-Love-Stories Protest to Keep it Alive

My plea: I can’t write it, sing it, dance it, or say any better than Neil Sedaka. You can help save Nana by writing your stories about your experiences at Nana. Put on your go-go boots and come-a come-a, down dooby do down, down to the comments.

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Attention Dallas Restaurant Industry: Judges Needed for GDRA Competition

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association will be hosting its annual TX ProStart Regional Competition for over 25 high school teams from our area that utilize our ProStart curriculum. What is ProStart? I’m glad you asked. ProStart is a two-year program that provides training and certification in both culinary and management. Over […]

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