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Deal for New Herrera’s Location on Maple Avenue Falls Through

Oh, holy horrors. Herrera’s Cafe has backed out of a deal for a new location on Maple Avenue. They can’t afford to stay. Crow Holdings? Are you listening? We don’t like this.

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History of Dallas Food: How the Dallas Farmers Market Came to Life, Part 1

A few years ago, Amy Severson, co-owner of Sevy’s, reformed blogger, and all-around smart person, and I decided to write a series of posts on the history of Dallas food. We began collecting bits and pieces of information and interviewed grandchildren of long-lost Dallas restaurants and food businesses. What we have found is unique and amazing and over the years we have published several almost-lost stories. Today we talk about the birth of the Dallas Farmers Market.

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New York Subs Celebrates Four Decades Next to SMU

Remember earlier this month, when I asked all you smart readers of SideDish if there were any Dallas restaurants with a long, stable history?

Dan Koller of People Newspapers gathered the data and went to work. It helped him write this sweet article about New York Subs’ owner Ken Harkness, who has owned the same sub shop in the same spot (next to SMU) for the last 40 years. Incredible.

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Dallas 1963: The Family Who Sold Tex-Mex to America

Anyone who was a kid in the early ’60s remembers the opening of Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The 212-acre amusement park, built by local real estate developer Angus G. Wynne Jr. and opened on August 5, 1961, changed the way Dallas played. Families, dates, and packs of kids roamed the streets that wove […]

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Urban Orchard Market, a Downtown Dallas Grocery Store, is Opening on September 26

Get all your shopping carts ready, ’cause downtown Dallas is about to get a little more vegetable friendly. Starting next week, Urban Orchard Market (the grocery store that will carry mostly organic foods) is opening to the public at 1500 Jackson Street. At least, that’s what its Facebook page told me. There’s also going to be […]

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El Corazon’s Tex-Mex Fare Captures the Hearts of Oak Cliff Residents

Someone’s been tinkering with classic Tex-Mex. No need to panic, though; it’s the Cuellars. After all, their role in defining the cuisine began when a young couple named Macario and Adelaida Cuellar emigrated to the cotton farms of North Texas from Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1893. The couple had 12 children and—after opening a few cafes […]

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Scott Jones Entertains the Idea of Opening Cafe Italia in Dallas Again

Scott Jones is a busy man. First and foremost – as the owner of Jack’s Southern Comfort – he’s been looking for a new spot that’ll solve the bad parking situation his restaurant is facing on lower Greenville. His priority is to get Jack’s reestablished in a better location. “We’re negotiating a couple different spots right […]

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New Book Out on Prohibition in Dallas

Local freelance writer, Rita Cook, teamed up with Jeffrey Yarbrough, the CEO at bigInk and a former restaurateur and club owner, to write a book about the backroom booze business in Dallas. “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” reveals the history of how folks in Dallas found a drink […]

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Sad News: Rusty Fenton of Rusty Taco Died This Morning

We heard through the grapevine that Rusty Fenton, the man who founded Uncle Julio’s and Rusty Taco, passed away this morning from cancer.  The veteran restaurateur opened his first taqueria along Greenville Avenue in 2010, and his successful mechanic-shop-turned-taco-shop even made our list of “The Best Tacos in Dallas.” Joe Fenton, Rusty’s brother, posted this […]

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Judy Dunston Kissel is Forced Out of Partnership at Dunston’s on Lovers Lane in Dallas

I wasn’t going to post anything on this news until I sat down with Judy Dunston Kissel tomorrow, but I’ve received several emails from readers who are hearing different reports. All I can tell you at this point is that Judy, who has been working at Dunston’s Prime Steakhouse Lovers Lane for 40 years,  and her […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Attend “A Community Cooks” at Paul Quinn College on April 11

Every year, the football field-turned-We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College puts on a fundraiser that I mark into my calendar with a bright pink highlighter. Not even two free tickets to the Dallas Symphony’s April 11 concert (featuring Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, by the way) can sway me from my commitment to […]

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Marc Cassel’s Fish Story: Why it Took Him 25 Years to Open 20 Feet Seafood Joint

Tim “Pied Piper of Peavy” Rogers lives in East Dallas. He loves East Dallas. He is a frequent customer at Goodfriend. In this month’s D Magazine, Timmy writes a nice piece on Marc Cassel and the special camaraderie that exists between the chefs, cooks, beer folks, and restaurateurs of East Dallas. Some of the history goes way […]

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Gina’s Organic Kitchen Delivers Healthy Food Right to Your Door

About nine years ago, Gina Paterno Villalobos was diagnosed with high-risk breast cancer. To combat the disease, she completely changed her diet and turned to organic whole foods. She witnessed amazing results. After training at the Kushi Institute Center for Natural Healing and getting certified at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food & Health, Villalobos is […]

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Giveaway: 4 Pairs of Tickets to Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s First Anniversary Blowout

The ninjas over at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. have been making some amazing beer since the brewery launched in November of last year. For the DEBC’s first birthday, there’s going to be a huge birthday bash for friends and family on Saturday, November 17 from noon to 3 p.m.. Tickets are now sold out. However, […]

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Love Letters from Dallas Food Trucks to the Arts District’s Veletta Lill

On September 19th, a collective “oh, nooooooo” went up from the many food truck owner/operators who have parked in the Dallas Arts District.  On that date, it was announced that their leader, their protector, their mentor, Veletta Forsythe Lill, the Executive Director of the Arts District would leave after her post. Lill spent the last […]

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Get Those Grocery Lists Ready: Trader Joe’s Opens in Plano Today

There is rarely a time when it is common to see a group of people congregated outside of a grocery store at the brink of dawn…that is unless a Trader Joe’s is opening in your neighborhood. Actually, it doesn’t necessarily even have to be in your neighborhood, as residents from Duncanville, Denison, Ellis, and Allen […]

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Happy Birthday Cafe Pacific

Yesterday Café Pacific turned 32-years old. But, according to owner Jack “Knucklehead” Knox, the storied restaurant’s real birthday is today. He says: It has been thirty two years since we quietly unlocked the front door to Cafe Pacific for what we hoped would be an unannounced soft opening. Nothing worked. The servers couldn’t serve, the […]

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