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Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Café Pacific Out of Highland Park Village?

The multi-tasking Gina Miller. Yesterday my favorite sports chick, Gina Miller, twittered this tweet: “another legend leaving: cafe pacific is losing lease @ highland park village & the mercury is going in its spot. major bummer.” I called Café Pacific owner Jack Knox. Dang, no answer. So I called the Pope of Highland Park Village, […]

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In-N-Out Burger in Dallas Debate: The Sequel

While the In-N-Out Burger rumors burn out of control, a loyal Disher suggests we open a different can of worms. Hear him out. So, an interesting corollary to this In-N-Out debate would be “well, what other restaurant institutions in Dallas are over-rated”? I’d throw the sacred Campisi’s on that burning altar.  Why do they consistently […]

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In-N-Out Burger in Dallas: Let’s Talk About It

Animal style double double in Long Beach. My good friend Evan and I like to go to In-N-Out Burger. On a slow news day Evan half-heartedly encourages me to “throw up a post” on In-N-Out to get SideDish moving. It’s a hot topic and it keeps Twinwillow busy. Rumors about In-N-Out Burger coming to Dallas […]

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In-N-Out Reportedly Has Locations Under Contract Around Dallas

I wasn’t going to say anything about this  semi-official word on the street but The Advocate posted a note about it yesterday. They are reporting In-N-Out has six locations under contract. (No word on the commissary property.) The commercial real estate dude I had dinner with last week who is “in on the deal” said […]

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Nothing to Do With Dallas: Trader Joe’s

These people only look happy. In a post below, Andrew Chalk reports on the opening of ALDI market in Frisco. As usual, the conversation in the comments section steered off course and ended up with several readers obsessing about Trader Joe’s. The ubiquitous Twinwillow says, “Ahh, if only we got a few Trader Joe’s, I’d […]

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Restaurant Soap Operas: Popolos

My inbox is filling with messages from former employees of Popolos, the popular restaurant owned by Steve Hammond that closed on January 30. Of course, they are screaming one side of the story—they got screwed out of a job. However, there is one common thread to their tales—apparently a long-time customer was in the house […]

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Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Mexican Revolution at Avila’s on Maple in Dallas

Has Ricky Avila has been overthrown by his brother, Octavio? This is a weird coincidence. Yesterday, I wrote the post below about Peter Tarantino and scheduled it to run at 9 this morning. Before it was live, I got a phone call from a well-place source informing me that  “there was  a real Mexican revolution […]

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Dave Faries Leaves the Observer: Is Dallas Dude the New Dave? Do Chicks Make Better Dining Critics?

I was just catching up on the Dave-less City of Ate and found this line in Dallas Dude’s latest Toque To Toque report. My health insurance at the Observer hasn’t kicked in yet. And I ate a lot of burgers. Am I the only one who is curious about Dave’s departure? He was there on […]

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How Did I Miss This? Matt Antonovich to Open a Restaurant in Dallas?

Yow. Zah. The boomerang has come back. Or will be coming back according to Mike “Scalp ‘Em” Hiller over on Escapehatch.com. On December 16, Hiller reported Mathew Antonovich, the chef behind III Forks, Sipango, and Antonovich’s Tuscan Grill in Far-North-maybe-Plano Dallas is returning to our city to open a spot called Tie Restaurant and Tie […]

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Inside the Life of a Restaurant Critic

So, you all know Leslie Brenner is on a diet, right. She is on one she very cleverly invented called The Restaurant Critic’s Diet. Good stuff. She has lost 9 pounds without sacrificing her dedication to her job as a dining critic. In an article written by Teresa Gubbins, the skinny bitch over at PegNews, […]

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Things I Overheard Over the Weekend

Moving the Four Seasons European-style market in Garland indoors was a bust for several vendors. “The building was too far away from the action,” said one vendor who threatened my dog’s life if I revealed his/her name. “The food people did okay, but there were some unhappy sellers.” I guess Dallas is not indoor European-style, […]

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Posting Reader Complaints: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Yesterday I posted a Disher’s complaint about Zorba’s. Several commenters disagreed with the anonymous complainant and the owner, Pavlos Guiatas, posted a rebuttal. I thought, in the end, it was a discussion that provoked interest in Zorba’s. I hate to say that I’m smart, but I receive a lot of e-mails from people trying to […]

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