BBQ Snob Daniel Vaughn Takes a Break From Full Custom Gospel BBQ

Oh, no. I hate it when this happens. The best food blog in Dallas just announced a break in the action. Daniel Vaughn, the leader of Full Custom BBQ is taking some time off to perhaps pen a book.  It’s called “Carrots Have Soul.” Not really. I remember meeting Daniel when he first got the […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Boy: Unidentified Parisian Treat

Two things about boys: they don’t ask for directions when they are lost and they don’t bother to find out the name of what they are eating until they want it again. Listen to this one: I first encountered this tasty treat while walking past a street vendor in Paris. It is a custard tart […]

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Texas State Fair Food: Fun or Foul?

I was talking with a friend of mine who loves the fried food madness of the Texas State Fair. Obviously many other people share her passion for fried strawberry waffles, fried margaritas, fried butter, and fried bubblegum. The recent “winners” for this year’s State Fair were announced Wednesday and the local blogs comment boxes have […]

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Former Dallas Observer Dining Critic Hanna Raskin is Off Her Rocker

Earlier this morning, I received a link to a Seattle Weekly blog post written by former Dallas Observer “critic” Hanna “Sudafed” Raskin  and planned to write a rebuttal. Eater “Up at Dawn” Dallas beat me to the punch. However, I would like to throw a few more. Her post– “Professional Food Critics Not Needed in […]

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Company Café Says “No Comment” to Second Location

Late yesterday afternoon Steven “ubiquitous” Doyle sent me a link to a post he wrote about Company Café. He wanted me to link to it. Here’s a clip: We spoke to Stephen White today, owner of Company Café, the relatively new restaurant on lower Greenville Avenue that brings to its clientele fresh, gluten free food […]

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Customers at Maple & Motor Confront Woman Who Left Dogs in the Car While She Dined

An animal-loving Disher files this report: Nancy, here’s a terrible experience last night [Saturday] at Maple & Motor. It turned out okay but could have been much different: A rather disheveled woman driving a green Mazda (with Wisconsin license plates) was at Maple & Motor around 7:30pm. It was 103. She left her dogs in […]

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Tesar Says He’ll Reopen The Table Under A New Name: One Art

Last night, John Tesar appeared on Extreme Chef and emerged victorious (and with $10,ooo prize money to show for it). This morning, however, Steven Doyle reported this even more interesting (and par for the course) quote from the wild life of Mr. T: “We closed The Table but we are about to open it back […]

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Anthony Bourdain Eats An Endangered Bird Under A Hooded Cloak To Hide His Gluttony From God

OK, so technically he just recounted doing so on The Colbert Report, but his description of biting into a fatted, endangered bird is one for the vault: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Anthony Bourdain www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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The Free Man Soft Opens With Some Semantics Issues

John Jay Myers has swung the doors wide on The Free Man, his new Cajun cafe & lounge in Deep Ellum. His mission:  combining a bit of Bourbon Street with a nightly live-music venue. Menu items: etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, boudin, alligator, and more. Sounds great to us, but the Cajun vs. Creole distinction seems to […]

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Yelp Versus the Restaurateur—Read and Discuss

In an article on TheFoodChannel.com, Kay Logsdon updated us on the Yelp vs. the restaurateur debate—specifically whether online reviews via Yelp (and, eh-hem, other sources) are a good or a bad thing? The following is the opening excerpt from her article: It was the food fight of the year. The tall, wavy-haired young marketing genius […]

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SideDish Word Ban: YUM!

Beginning today, July 15, 2011, I am banning the use of the word YUM from any post on SideDish. You can YUM away all you want in the comments, but I will do my best to keep it from appearing in an official report. I do my best to stay away from “foodie,” but have […]

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Toddlers and Toques: Should Fine Dining Restaurants in Dallas Ban Children?

Lots of chinwagging taking place in the webosphere. Fine dining restaurants, such as this place in Pennsylvania, are banning children under six years of age. I tend to dine early and have witnessed children who squeal and squirm while their parents sip wine and attempt to enjoy a fine meal. I believe it is a […]

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Hector’s on Henderson is Closing

A loyal Disher sends this sad news: I’m a regular reader of the Side Dish blog, and I wanted to let you know that I got word today that Hector’s on Henderson is closed. My wife’s birthday is next weekend, and we had a party scheduled for approximately 18 people, but I got a call from […]

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