Gina Miller is a mom, wife, sports anchor/ reporter (CBS News and TXA 21), television host (pre-and-post Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, and Ranger games), blogger, tweeter, Facebooker, YouTubette,Dallas native, nice person, and loyal reader of SideDish. Those of us who are lucky enough to know Gina refer to her as That Sports Girl, which is also her Twitter handle.
As soon as I posted my challenge to get SideDish on TV, the lovely sports anchor whipped out her laptop and, within minutes, came up with the following ideas. Imagine locking her in a room for an hour and getting her full attention. Here’s Gina:
Saw your SideDish TV post. There are SO many segments and entire 30-minute shows you can pitch. Here are a few topics that would make for really good TV(think VISUALLY compelling):
1. Where The Locals Eat – a neighborhood focused segment that profiles where, say, the Cliff Dwellers/Lakewood peeps/Parkies/North Dallasites love and are proud to call their own.
2. Where Local “Celebs” Eat – Polticos, athletes, actors, authors, newsies, etc.
3. Dives ofDallas- profiling the taquerias, Club Schmitzs, Korean Huts, etc.
4. The Most IconicDallasDishes
5. Where You Can get a Reservation – could be tough to translate to TV but NYMag (I believe) does a great feature, calling a popular spot at 5pm on a certain day to see if a party of 4 can get a table for that night.
6. Restaurants Worth Filling Up the Tank to Visit – out of town spots worth the drive.
7. Ballpark food – the good stuff (and bad) at JerryWorld, Ballpark, AAC,PizzaHutPark, etc.
8. The Next Big Thing – what place will be dying to get into next month?
9. Cocktail Hour – capitalizing on the whole mixology trend (is it over yet) and featuring the latest and greatest cocktail to hitDallas.
Thanks, That Sports Girl. I see a some good stuff. Too bad you can’t be That Food Girl! Anybody care to chime in?
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I am addicted to Shark Tank. And because I am too lazy to jump through the hoops to get on the show and present my idea, I’m using the power of my pudgy fingers to reach you. Let’s pick and roll:
I walk on the set of Shark Tank. “Daymond John, you are so out,” I say. “Barbara, if I wanted to sell my cellulite-reducing sous-vide hot dog you’d be my best friend, but I’m keeping it to myself. You’re out.”
I watch the other sharks glance around, really scared at this point, and go for the kill. “Kevin, don’t even open that ugly mouth. You’re out. Robert, you can buy me dinner after the show but, for now, you are dead to me.”
Cameras swing: Close-up of Cuban. Music swells.
Mark. We live in the same city. We love the same teams. More importantly, we eat in the same restaurants. Last night, our city’s finest chef, Bruno Davaillon of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, lost Best Chef in the Southwest at the James Beard Awards in New York City to a young chef in Austin who appeared on Top Chef. It has been 18 years since a Dallas chef won this title. We need a local version of Shark Tank geared towards Dallas restaurateurs. That way, you and I can work together to tighten up our game and turn it around. We have the talent, we need the exposure. And that exposure shouldn’t have to come from the Food Network or Bravo.
I propose we put together a panel of experts and ask restaurateurs to pitch their ideas BEFORE they decide to sink their life savings into an upscale seafood and sushi restaurant in a bad location. Let’s kick the steak house wannabes to Fort Worth. Mark, I’m asking you to invest whatever it takes to help us bring the talent of the Dallas restaurant community to the international scene. In exchange, I offer you fifty percent of my idea. Oh, and you can keep the Mavs.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Nancy12 Comments »
Shooters, home of “street and gourmet tacos, burgers, wings, salads, and other standard pub fare to go along with those delicious tacos,” opened on Saturday night. It’s located at AT&T Plaza in Victory Park directly across from the main entrance of the American Airlines Center. The two brains behind the business are Kenichi’s general partner Joshua Babb and Kenichi chef Bodhi Durant. Babb promises the “lowest prices in Victory Park ironically brought to you by the people who have the highest prices in Victory Park-ie, Kenichi.” Yow. Zah. That’s the kind of balls-to-the-walls spirit I like to see in Victory Park. Bring it on dudes.
If you are driving on the Tollway at I35 today take notice of the billboards around you. Patron makes a proud salute to the Mavericks and their NBA Championship win. Congratulations Dallas Mavs!!!
I’m on deadline today so I thought it would be the perfect time to spend an hour researching the questions sent in by a semi-loyal SideDish reader. She asks:
Nancy — could you please clarify the In-n-Out locations coming to Dallas?? There have been reports that one is going up on Midway and LBJ (mainly from the Preston Hollow blog) but that wouldn’t make sense if there is one going up at LBJ and Coit too — can you clarify on sidedish? Also- any update on Dough or the restaurant going up on the Popolos space?
I’m on it. I know Dough is delayed. I’ve seen In-N-Out signs at Beltline @Tollroad and Montfort @LBJ. Popolos space will be Italian. Be back soon with more. If you’ve seen In-N-Out signs, report below. If you have other questions, feel free to send them to me. (My editor, Timmy, will love reading this.)
UPITTY DATE: Well, welcome to the real-time world of restaurant reporting. I contacted every entity above more than 24 hours ago. After another round of calls, here is what I’ve got.
This note from In-N-Out:
Thank you for your email. Here are the sites that are currently under construction:
7940 N. Central Expressway.Dallas, TX 75206; 7909 LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX 75251; 2900 West 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76107; 1075 West I-20 Arlington, TX 76017; 6501 North MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX 75039. Thanks again for your interest in In-N-Out Burger.
She wouldn’t confirm sites with signs, only those under construction. Whatevs, growing weary of chasing burger joints.
Old Popolos Space: Rustic Italian with chef Kevin Ascolese to open the 3rd week of August. NO NAME YET. It will not be Ferre.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana: Will open in Preston Forest mid-July.19 Comments »
Okay @DSideDish TwEATers, are you lining up for the parade. Tweet details of food and drink, or any other details, to @DSideDish and we will retweet. Have fun.1 Comment »
I’m sure there are many local restaurants and bars throwing victory parties at their establishments. If you are a bar or restaurant throwing a party, feel free to post the particulars below.5 Comments »
They’ve been Dirked! Dallas is about to host a few fans from Miami Heat fans. Shall we tell them where to go eat?11 Comments »
Many times we have some interesting conversations in the glamorous open offices at D Magazine. None of us have any secrets because each time one of us takes a phone call or starts a conversation, any a co-worker within 40 yards can hear what you say. The other day a riveting conversation about douchey bars in Dallas started in one corner of the office and spread across the entire 21st floor.
I, once again, disregarded my mother’s advice, and decided to sink to a new low: I would like to start a list of douchey bars and restaurants in Dallas. Calling a place douchey– uninteresting, stale, preppy, mainstream, especially in a self-promoting way–swings both ways. Some people look for douchery while others avoid it. So, the term isn’t necessarily negative, it’s just an adjective. On your mark, get set, procrastinate below.83 Comments »
Yesterday, Raya Ramsey gave you her suggestions for the best places to watch last night’s Maverick’s and the Heat (dumb name). Sadly, the dumb name Heat beat the Mavericks 92-84 in Game 1 of the NBA finals. It’s time to change venues. Where did you watch last night and, more importantly, where will you be on Thursday night to watch game 2? (Please don’t say the Miami airport because it is the worst airport in the world.) GO.3 Comments »