Taco Drama: Taco Republic in Richardson Will Not Close or Move

Yesterday I reported Taco Republic in Richardson would close at the end of the year and reopen in early 2013 on Maple Avenue. Earlier this morning, our man on the trail of tacos, José Ralat-Maldonado, said Taco Republic was going to close for good on December 27. Then a few minutes ago José sent an update:  Owner Ron […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Electric Meat Slicer

A loyal Disher with early gift-giving friends risks a friendship by asking the following: I received an Waring Pro FS155 electric meat slicer as an early Christmas present and am considering returning it.  But first, I thought I’d check with the SideDishers to see if anyone has any good uses for it other than the obvious. […]

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The Refrigerator Challenge: Top Chef Season 10 Contestant Danyele McPherson

The premiere of Top Chef’s tenth season airs  Wednesday night on Bravo at 9PM. Dallas has three (out of 21) contestants on the show: Danyele McPherson (The Grape), John Tesar (Spoon), and Joshua Valentine (FT 33). I’ve asked all three chefs to send me photos of their refrigerators and answer a questionnaire about their food-storing […]

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Chefs: Put Down Your Squeeze Bottles

All of your senses should be aroused when a plate of food is set in front of you. Before you take one bite, you’ve already eaten the dish with your eyes. The presentation of a dish is important. My eyes shut, my shoulders slump, and I breathe a heavy sigh each time I spy a dessert, entrée, […]

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Trader Joe’s in Plano Will Open on September 7

The culinarily curious only have to wait until September 7, just one week from today. That’s the date set for the grand opening on Trader Joe’s in Plano. If you want to do more than shop at Trader Joe’s, you can click here and apply for a job.(They offer full benefits and 10% off store […]

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Free, Yes Free, Pupcakes at Three Dog Bakery in Plano and Southlake

I’m going to file this one under “I Wish I’d Thought of That.” Am I the last person on the planet to learn about Three Dog Bakery in Plano and Southlake? Well I knew nada until this little puppy of a press release sat up and begged me to read it. It all happens Saturday, August […]

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The Stand on McKinney Will Deliver Beer and Cigarettes With Your Order

Vices! Getcha vices! Vices all with one call! The Stand, the upscale concession style restaurant on McKinney Avenue is now offering cigarettes and beer with your delivery order. They claim: “Date night just got more convenient and safer.” I’m asking: “How long do I have to wait for a Mac Daddy Dog, carton of Camels, […]

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The Shark Bar & Grill to Open in Willow Bend

Remember the fish-themed spot Wyland’s Ocean Blue in Willow Bend? No? It was open for at least six months. When they closed, we all wondered what would happen to all of the under-the-sea décor and fixtures. Today we’re worrying no more. We hear The Shark Bar, a sports bar and restaurant, is filling the space […]

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Suddenly Silent: John Tesar Has Disappeared From Dallas

I’ve cruised past the construction site of John Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon in Preston Center, several times this month and noticed zero activity. The permits were not on the windows and there was no construction taking place. Yesterday I checked Tesar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, then texted and called him, and nothing. Last night I […]

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Hot Dog News! Get Your Hot Dog News! Takeru Kobayashi Joins the Hofmann Hot Dogs!

Who is Takeru Kobayashi? What are Hofmann Hot Dogs? Have you been living as a homosexual in a cave? Kobayashi, excuse me, Kobi (小林尊), is the “Japanese eating sensation” who has claimed “dozens of competitive eating titles, including downing a world record 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes in July 2011.” That is not a typo. […]

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Coming Soon: Bolsa Food Market in Arlington?

Both Christophers, Zielke and Jeffers, of Bolsa Mercado confirm the shop opening up in Arlington has nothing to do with Bolsa Mercado in Bishop Arts. So, there you have it. Call anyway and ask them if it is true:  214-367-9367.

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Ghostbar Has Vanished? Where is Wade Randolph Hampton?

Today we learned Ghostbar, once the highest grossing club in Dallas, is closing. According to one employee, most of the club’s workers found out they were jobless by reading about it on blogs. Ouch, that’s cold. Our first concern was for Wade Randolph Hampton, the dude behind the vibe at Ghostbar. “What will happen to […]

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New Menu at Café Pacific. Executive Chef Bill Trevino Leaves For Austin.

Café Pacific owner Jack Knox hired Gang of Five chef  and consultant Anne Greer McCann to rework the menu at the tony seafood restaurant in Highland Park Village. Ms. McCann worked with executive chef Bill Trevino to update the seafood-centric menu. (I’ve acquired a copy of the work in progress below. Sorry Jack, I have […]

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Breastaurants Are Busting Out All Over

According to msnbc.com, diners can look forward to an increase in sports-themed restaurants featuring scantily clad servers. Those servers would be women. In fact, the article refers to breastaurants as “part of a booming niche in the beleaguered restaurant industry.” Associated Press Reporter Candice Choi writes: Instead of relying on lust alone, the new crop of […]

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Campo and Oak Owners Team Up For New Restaurant in Old Lumi Space on McKinney. They Need Us to Name the Restaurant!

Dallas is a city full of buddy-buddy chefs and owners. For the most part, these talented folks leave their knives in the kitchen. (We, the media, have a different set of weapons but that is another story.) This morning comes word from Teresa Gubbshoe Gubbins:  “A new restaurant will open in the old Lumi Empanada […]

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RaceTrac Announces Chef-Driven Gas Station in Little Elm

See the picture of the nice man? His name is Bob Derian and he is a chef. His official title is Director of Food & Beverage Innovation at RaceTrac Petroleum. His job is to create a delightful food experience in a gas station convenience store. We love good food in gas stations, especially tacos. But […]

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Guess the Name of This Dallas Restaurant

We had so much fun the first time we played this game. Let’s play it again. Can you guess the name of this restaurant?

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Tom Spicer Picks Baby Artichokes

Note from Spiceman: I made fresh country gumbo if you want to know what gumbo should taste like, get yourself down here fast. South Louisiana tomatoes are here, fresh goose and chicken eggs too. Radishes and baby mixed color arrots are beginning to po in the garden out back. Fresh shrooms landing this afternoon along with stinging […]

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