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A Look at Quesa on Cedar Springs

First things first, Quesa is not a Tex-Mex restaurant. “Our food has nothing to do with Tex-Mex,” owner Patricia Cabrera explained to me, “In Mexico, if you order a taco, they don’t give you rice and beans with it,” and the same rule applies to the tacos that are served at the new Cedar Springs restaurant.

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Eat With Your Eyes: North Texas Hot Brown

I ventured over to Trinity Groves this past weekend to photograph newly-opened DiDi’s Tamale Diner. Somewhere between inquiring about their mezcal selection and photographing the most tantalizing torta I’ve ever seen, an insatiable craving for a dark, frothy stout kicked in. Once finished working, I walked over to LUCK, pulled up a stool at the bar and ordered a Community Legion Russian Imperial Stout. It’s a seriously delicious beer. Halfway through my glass I realized that it was 1 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten breakfast, so I ordered the most breakfast-y thing on their menu, the North Texas Hot Brown.

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Look What I Made: Cinnamon Baked Apples

Baked apples are both versatile and delicious. They can be eaten late at night alongside a scoop (or three) of vanilla ice cream, or at the crack of dawn with your morning cup of coffee. They’re the perfect addition to any holiday spread, and while dinner guests may “ooh” and “aww” at each succulent apple, heaping with toasted nuts and warm fruit, they’re relatively easy to make.

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Eat With Your Eyes: Goodfriend’s JCBC

The JCBC is one of several new additions to the revamped menu at Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. It’s chicken stuffed with freshly diced jalapeños and cheddar cheese that is then wrapped in bacon and deep fried. It comes with house-made ranch dressing, but I recommend asking for the ghost chili ranch instead. Sure, it’s not the healthiest snack, but it’s fun. Like gorging at the State Fair. Or binge-watching reality TV.

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The Fall Desserts of Dallas

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived in Dallas. Time to swap that crop-top for your favorite oversized cashmere sweater, and glass of kale juice for a slice of butter pecan pie. Nothing beats curling up next to a fireplace — or space heater — on a frosty day, with a bowl of something sticky and sweet. Desserts just taste better in the fall. Area restaurants are celebrating the cold front with new, seasonal confections. So, change into your stretchy pants and take a look at what they’re plating up.

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Restaurant Review: The Standard Pour in Dallas

Technically, The Standard Pour is located on the corner of McKinney & Allen but, if you live in Uptown Dallas, you might as well consider it Main & Main. Center of the Universe. With the closing of Sfuzzi Uptown, TSP has formally established dominance as the perennial powerhouse for all things haute-cocktails and gourmet fare.

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What to Drink Now: Truffle Hunt with Gonzalez Byass in Spain (part 1)

Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]

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At the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, There’s Lots to Love

Restaurateurs, craft breweries, distilleries, and food artisans showcased their most savory treats to Fort Worth Food and Wine festival-goers this past weekend, bringing flavors of both Fort Worth and Dallas to the masses. I was lucky enough to attend two of the many events the festival had to offer, including the Grand Tasting and Sip & Savor events at the Renaissance Worthington. With enough food and drinks to go around, I can tell you I will not be eating for another week. But I will probably be hitting up one of the restaurants I sampled at the festival.

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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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Dallas Restaurateurs Produce a Local CBS Show Called Local Fare

Restaurateurs Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz of FreeRange Concepts are at it again. But this time it’s not a bowling alley/restaurant, canine-friendly cantina, or lounge restoration. Instead, they want us to watch amateur critics (i.e. viewers like you) discuss favorite neighborhood eateries on the new series Local Fare. Alas, self-acclaimed foodies are no longer restricted […]

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