Weather Food and Wine Pairing: McFarland Signature Cuisine in Dallas

Look outside your windows. See that Tiffany blue sky? It’s about to disappear and turn evil. Let’s plan a McFarland Signature Cuisine menu for the weekend.

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The Best Fried Chicken in Dallas

A good friend of mine called yesterday with a suggestion for a story. “Hey, why don’t you rate the best fried chicken in Dallas?” As many of you who actually read D Magazine already know, our cover story for the September issue is “The 53 Best Homestyle Restaurants in Dallas” with a banner that reads: […]

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John Tesar Disses Former Dallas Employers

In an interview posted yesterday on a New York-based blog called The Braiser, John “Spoon” Tesar  throws a few knives at several of his former business relationships in Dallas. Here are the money quotes from the post titled “Zen And The Art Of The Comeback: John Tesar’s Not Crying Anymore.” . “I met these guys […]

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Slow Bone Co-owner Jack Perkins Ticketed for Assault

A delivery driver for a local food company called the police and claimed he was physically assaulted by Jack Perkins, the owner of The Slow Bone barbecue restaurant on Irving Boulevard. Perkins also owns Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer. The driver says he ordered a chopped beef sandwich at the counter and was asked […]

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The Wicked World of Food Blogs: Read This and Weep

If you write or read food blogs or food-news-driven sites, Josh Ozersky’s article “Blog-Tied: How a Hunger for Clicks Drives New York’s Brutally Fickle Food Scene” is a must read. Ozersky did time as a writer on Grub Street and he lived to write about it.  Here’s the money pull quote: “I was the first editor […]

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Join Us: 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas Party at 3015 at Trinity Groves

T-minus 57 hours and counting. At 6PM on Wednesday, May 22, the pre-release date editions of the June issue of D Magazine will be delivered to Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 at Trinity Groves. And we are throwing a party from 6-8PM to celebrate the cover story: 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. At 7PM, we will […]

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Join Us: 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas Party at 3015 Trinity Groves

I have just completed D Magazine’s  June 2013 cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Bachelorette Party in Dallas

Bachelorette parties still exist? I guess so. Listen to this gal. She’s looking for trouble. I am planning my sister’s bachelorette party and need some good after-party spots in Dallas. Most of the girls (15 in all) are still in school so are poor, so preferably places with cheap drinks and cheap/no cover. Is there […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Hangover Cure in Dallas

Incoming request from a gal who partied like it was Cinco de Mayo. Oh, it was. When she woke up this mornin’, she coulda sworn it was judgment day. Give her hope. I haven’t done this since I graduated college (83). I went out with friends for brunch and we had a few drinks and […]

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Celebrate D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas on May 22 at Trinity Groves

I have just completed D Magazine‘s  June cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) […]

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Matrice Kirk Dined at Stephan Pyles in Dallas Last Night

Last night, Stephan Pyles  personally cooked for  for First Lady Michelle Obama and the Former First Lady of Dallas, Matrice Kirk. First, the ladies split a Caesar salad with polenta crouton.  Mrs. Obama’s entree was a seared halibut with a crabmeat-tamale tart. She also downed four bites of  a cowboy rib-eye with red chile onion […]

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Hey, Five Sixty, Answer Your Dang Phone and Other Aggravations

I’m a lot crabby today. It started last night when I arranged to meet a colleague for drinks at The Establishment, the new craft cocktail lounge on Travis. The place opened a week or so ago and is owned by Brian Williams and Michael Martensen the boys behind Cedars Social. I arrived at 5:45PM and […]

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SideDish Exclusive: D Magazine Owner Wick Allison Exposed as a Closet Foodie!

I’ve known Wick Allison, the editor in chief and owner of D Magazine, since 1974AD. He’s an intelligent man in so many ways. However he doesn’t know bupkis about bagels, baba ganoush, or Bordeaux. He is a culinary ignoramus. Wick’s idea of a perfect meal is a tuna sandwich with extra mayonnaise on toast, served with fries. […]

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Help Me Get SideDish on TV

In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:  D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it […]

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My Five Cents: Scenes From Exhibition Kitchens

Dear Restaurateur, If you design your kitchen so customers can watch your chef do their thing you’d better be sure they are on their best behavior at all times. Here are just a few incidents I have witnessed in the last month. Busboy in u-shaped bar with customers all around him takes a plastic ice […]

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The Top Twelve Bites I Put in My Mouth in 2012

There’s a common sentiment among restaurant critics: We eat a lot of poor quality and mediocre food before we taste something memorable. But, oh baby, when that over-the-top bite hits your mouth, you know you’ve found it. Something about the drink, dish, or dessert pushes it above the hundreds of thousands of other bites you’ve taken over […]

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