Rosalind Lynam, the pretty wife of Matt Pikar (chef-owner of Nora), just called to tell me that they’re expanding the family restaurant.
“Two nights ago, we broke through the walls. We’re expanding through the corner and going to have a private event space. There will be a rooftop as well.”
Nora, the Afghan restaurant on Greenville that I’m in love with, is about four weeks away from all these exciting things. Lynam also says private wine dinners are happening soon. She’s sending me the info as we speak.
Christina LaBarba of Fresh Point posted this photo on her Facebook page yesterday. This picture originally appeared on Raw for Beauty blog. We all know about the high sugar content in soft drinks, but this photo really spooked me. It should be in every classroom in America. Or wait, maybe in the office of every doctor and dentist in town.1 Comment »
Keep voting for your favorite food and drinks in Best of Big D until Sunday, March 31. Then the poll shuts down and you have to wait until next year. We’re on the last leg, voters. Keep chugging.
AllGood Cafe is now open later on Sundays. Instead of closing doors at 2 p.m., it’s serving breakfast until 3 p.m., and lunch/dinner will run until 7 p.m. WOOHOO. Oh, and the good news isn’t over yet. AllGood’s starting something cool called “Brainless Sundays” with Kelly Cutler. Basically, eat and listen to live music every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tim Love’s new steakhouse, Queenie’s, opens in Denton on April 4. The Denton-Record Chronicle has a great article about the upcoming steakhouse that Tim Love’s always envisioned for Denton’s Love Shack location. Looks like a hipster steakhouse to me.
Estilo Gaucho, another steakhouse, just opened in Frisco. It’s supposed to be “authentic Brazilian” and “serves 15 gourmet cuts of meat, 40 varieties of freshly made sides and vegetables on a salad bar, homemade desserts like Brazilian Flan and Papaya Cream and offers a selection of more than 1,300 wines.” Hey, I’m down with that.
From Cafe Brazil’s Facebook page:
Cafe Brazil’s Annual “Crepe Fest” is here!
FREE CREPES Tuesday, March 19th
*All Crepes…All locations…All Day
*from 6 am( or open) until 9 pm
*While supplies last
*Valid for dine-in ONLY
*One per customer
MUST purchase a drink
MUST show proof of fan status on any mobile device
Yesterday, Raya and I met with the ladies of Vim + Vigor, a new juice company based in Dallas. Owners Annie Portman and Liz Black told us they’ve been overwhelmed with orders ever since they launched last week. We taste-tested the juices that they brought us to try, and Raya has written the play-by-play on ShopTalk. (She has more details here, too.) If you’ve tried Vim + Vigor already, tell us what you think. We’re curious. Where’s your favorite juice place? Is it Le Jus? Roots? The Gem?1 Comment »
Dos Equis, the beer brand that did all those ads with “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” just launched its Mobile Academy – a fleet of seven food trucks in seven different cities. This means that Dallas, one of the lucky cities to experience this educational experience of the taste buds, gets a Dos Equis mobile truck of its own from September 12-22. The Nammi people helped Dos Equis create a menu featuring a choice of soy silkworms, jellyfish or crispy spiced quail on banh mi baguette rolls.1 Comment »
I’m not at all ashamed to profess my love for donuts. Some may label these decadent morsels of fried dough a “guilty pleasure,” but when I sink my eager teeth into the perfect donut, I feel no guilt at all, simply a euphoric rush of gustatory satisfaction which no other breakfast pastry can provide. Last year, I presented my list of the Best Donuts in Dallas, but since that time, we’ve seen some notable changes on the Dallas donut frontier. The beloved Hypnotic Donuts traded in their inconspicuous habitation of a pizza joint in North Dallas for a vibrant new shop in East Dallas. Other donut shops, such as Pookie’s Donuts on Lemmon Ave, who donut bombed D Magazine a few weeks ago, and Denton Square Donuts who I visited previously, are also getting in on the donut love currently wafting through the air around Dallas.
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This past weekend may have been rainy and overcast, but a beacon of sunshine poured down upon the Bishop Arts District, resting on a quaint little renovated house painted brightly with hues of violet and blue. Within these walls rested Dallas’ first “pop-up” pie shop, brought to us by the wonderful women at Emporium Pies, partners and co-owners, Mary Gauntt and Megan Wilkes. Wanting to test the waters a bit and see what kind of response the Dallas diners would have to a dedicated pie shop, they moved into the space at 314 N. Bishop Ave. over the weekend to provide this city with some of the finest pies it will ever see.
Walking inside, the space is small but cozy, with no more than a few chairs, a sales counter, a couple tiny tables with three stands displaying the day’s pie options. On one rests a French silk chocolate pie with a crunchy pretzel crust, another holds a bourbon pecan pie with shortbread crust, the last displaying a streusel topped banana pie. I ordered a slice of each, which were then all neatly packaged in small wicker baskets with a wooden fork and tied up with string (these are a few of my favorite things). The entire presentation is so insanely cute, it makes fluffy baby bunnies look like swamp trolls. I took a seat on the porch and dug in.
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There’s a new baby in the Central Market Family.
Renovators gutted in the inside of an old Borders to make room for the newest Central Market on Preston and Royal. Mayor Mike Rawlings, reps from the Dallas Public Library, North Dallas execs, loyal neighborhood friends, and random Central Market crazies were all invited to watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday on February 14.
Today the store officially opened to the public at 8 a.m.
Megan Wilkes and Mary Gauntt have a wish. They want to make Dallas a pie-friendly city. They have been testing pies, selling pies online, and creating a business plan for a real pie store called The Emporium. To get the feel for how their pies and plans will work, they to pop-up up this weekend in a century-old cottage at 314 N. Bishop. On Saturday (9AM-2PM) and Sunday (2PM-7PM), they will be selling pies: Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with shortbread crust), Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate in a crispy pretzel crust), and a secret-ingredient Mardi Gras concoction. You can buy a whole pie or a slice and pair it with Cultivar Coffee.
Go. Eat. Report. You can find them across from Hunkys Hamburgers on Bishop Ave. at 8th St.)
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I stalked TX Delizioso on Twitter all weekend until they confirmed @carol_shih: “Come see us in the Arts District this Tuesday!” There was no way I was going to miss the debut of Dallas’ first pizza truck, so I quickly grabbed photo intern Micah Nunley to take some snaps of Sydney Brown and Lauren Noblett’s newest set of wheels: a truck offering made-to-order pizza and other Italian entrees.
Here’s how my lunch went down.2 Comments »
Huh? Hasn’t this icky boneless mystery meat sandwich already had more comebacks than Donny and Marie? According to this, they’re rolling out the old queen on November 14. One interesting note in the story is that Germany is the only place where it’s always been available. WTF? Germany? McRib? Do you people eat this stuff? Food snobs speak up!8 Comments »
I asked SideDish’s FoodTruckologist, George Lewis, to send me his list of food truck in Dallas. He not only gave up his list, he included all contact information.
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OK, so I started writing this post because I found the Cara Parks’ article on Huffington Post—Chickens Outnumber People Three To One—salacious in a food-nerd sort of way. But now I’m finding the data a little horrifying.3 Comments »
I know, this little story I am about to tell you has nothing to do with Dallas other than the fact that I read DMN editor Bruce Tomaso’s post on Scoop.
According to Tomaso, whose witty reporting on the opening of In-N-Out Burger gave us the phrase “hot on fries,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 385 pounds of contraband bologna. (Which is a good name for a band.) Tomaso infers implies “some people who come to the United States from Mexico prefer the flavor of their native bologna to the comparatively bland varieties found in American supermarkets.”
Which begs the question: Do Mexican bologna manufacturers have a secret ingredient we need to know about? Maybe Maple & Motor needs to get the word out on their stellar baloney sandwich. Oh, I have a joke on the edge of my tongue but I can’t type it. Feel free to fill in the blank.
With our ferocious invasion of the In-N-Out‘s double-doubles under control, we turn to face our next assault: conjugated linoleic acid from Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker Street in New York City. No, we don’t need any rope, conjugated linoleic acid is a good thing. It is one of the healthy fats (love it!) found in cheese. There are many New Yorkers who think Murray’s Cheese shop is the best in New York. And, like so many New York businesses, Murray’s had humble ethnic start. From their website:
“Murray Greenberg was a Jewish Spanish civil war veteran and communist who opened a wholesale butter and egg shop a few doors up Cornelia street in 1940. The old timers tell me [current owner Rob Kaufelt] that even though he was an old leftie, he was still a street smart capitalist who used to buy cheese cheap and trim it and sell it. In the 70′s he sold the shop to his clerk Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant from Calabria.” Grab a Kleenex and continue here. (I’d cast Dustin Hoffman as Murray and Helen Mirren as Paula Lambert in the movie War of the Cheeses.)
Fast forward to May 17, 2011. Murray’s has two locations in New York where they sell a gazillion cheeses. They have a books, cured meat, crackers, dried fruit and nuts, and an olive and antipasto bar. Phew! And a serious online shopping site. However, you won’t need to order Murray’s cheese if you like Murray’s cheese because Murray’s cheese has made a deal with Kroger and soon their cheese will spread across North Texas. (They are already in Houston. What else would you expect from a communist cheese maker? No emails please.) It looks like a Kroger store in Irving (June-ish, not sure which location) will be the first outpost for Murray’s Cheese shop. I say shop because they are building little areas inside each Kroger to mimic the interior of the Greenwich Village store. (Twinwillow, I see a job opportunity in your future.) After that, it’s Katy bar the door– I hear the whole Upper East Side is relocating Frisco.
The first three shops to open in Dallas-Fort Worth are at the following Kroger locations:
-Irving 7505 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX 75063 (Opening Date: 5/25/11)
-Dallas 5665 E. Mockingbird Dallas, TX 75206 (Opening Date: 6/15/11)
-Fort Worth 3300 Texas Sage Trail Fort Worth, TX 76177 (Opening Date: 7/6/11)8 Comments »