Goodfriend Will Soon Open for Lunch, Offer New Menu

First, full disclosure. I live within walking distance of Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House. Accordingly, I have become acquainted with the bearded jokers who own the joint, Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling. I am in the tank for them and have written previously about how their bar/restaurant has changed my neighborhood. I wrote that the “trinity of gustatory hipness in a building that not long ago housed a biker bar and a hair salon whose business model included selling drugs to customers who placed their orders from an adjacent carwash [was] the impetus for openings all along the territory that lies on the sleepier side of White Rock Lake.” So not only am I enamored of the place, but I just quoted myself. You should probably ignore the rest of this post. Unless you live in East Dallas and care about earth-shattering, life-changing news. To wit:

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‘Burbalicious: Dolce Cafe Bakery in Flower Mound

I say this with love: Flower Mound is a desert when it comes to good food. Very few non-chain restaurants are able to survive and thrive in this northern suburb, and places like Empress of China are your best bet along Justin Road. Lunchtime options, if you’re not into Subway and Chick-fil-A, are basically nonexistent. It’s a little sad.

But now, hope comes in the form of Dolce Cafe Bakery at 1913 Justin Road. When the small, independently owned place opened next to the Village Church, it came as a real shock. Here was a restaurant so different from all the other surrounding joints, it didn’t make sense. But then again, it did. Flower Mound people were starved for something cool, and after December 9, Dolce’s first day, they started trickling into this Italian bakery and restaurant, eager to try something new. Word spread quickly about the tasty house-made artisan breads, savory scones, and coffee.

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Cafeteria Under Construction: Highland Park Middle School Parents Not Happy

I meant to post this news last week but I forgot. The story, written by Dan “The Captain” Koller and published in Park Cities People, reports how some parents are pissed off  because the cafeteria at Highland Park Middle School is under construction and parents are responsible for providing lunches. I remembered I forgot the […]

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Pack Bento-Inspired Lunch Boxes For Your Kiddos This Year

It’s the first week of school, and every parent out there is clogging up my Facebook feed with cute photos of their adorable offsprings wearing their adorable backpacks. Thanks, moms and dads. My productivity level has gone way down. Thanks. Bento boxes, which have been trending for quite some time, are a pretty good way […]

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Woman Who Power Lunches Not Happy With Al Biernat

Alan Peppard wrote a story in yesterday’s DMN about a piece on power lunches in the current issue of Town and Country. The magazine sent one guy— a first timer and “a tightwad”– to four spots to see if he was treated like a regular power broker. The four restaurants were The Grill Room at the Four […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: A Look Inside Boxwood Tap & Grill

Look, I don’t have much time so this will have to be quick. Let’s just say I muttered the wrong version of a spell I learned from a half-rhinoceros demon that lives in a painting under the bridge, and now I only have 3 hours to reverse it or the city will be demolished. I’m […]

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Spoon is Starting Lunch on May 12, and We Have Pretty Photos to Prove It

Perhaps I made fun of John Tesar, chef-owner of Spoon, a little too much on my Top Chef recaps, because that sucker sat me and Matt Shelley closest to the kitchen during yesterday’s media lunch. To keep an eye on us, I suppose. Nah, I kid. (Or am I? I can’t decide.) Nancy wrote a […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The T Room in Uptown

I’ve only ever visited the T Room with a group of assertive women. They talk chic, and I occasionally interject with a mildly obscene joke to remind them of my presence. While I sit quietly, they gossip and complain about mundane details and dish on fashion, dating, and office drama. If the forks have spots, […]

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Phil Romano sues Hofmann Hots CEO Frank Zaccanelli For Misuse of Funds

Really?  Holy cow.  I just flipped over to EaterDallas and saw the headline: Hofmann’s CEO Gets Sued for Using Company Money as His Personal Slush Fund. Frank, I know you’re a tough guy but, dude, you don’t ever want to piss off Phil Romano. (Right Dotty?) Especially on his home court of Trinity Groves. Allegedly, Zaccanelli […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The House-Smoked Turkey Sandwich at Bolsa Mercado

Like a good whisker tickling your ear on a Wednesday night, Bolsa Mercado is that revelatory night when you weren’t planning on being out, but found yourself living more than you ever expected watching fireworks at a dancing parade with a beautiful woman you had no business touching. It’s close to noon and every lousy […]

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Buy Lunch at Stephan Pyles Next Week, Support Childhood Nutrition

With a third of America’s children overweight and one in four going hungry, Chef Stephan Pyles of Samar and  Stephan Pyles has decided to stand in the gap.  From Monday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 19, Pyles will host a Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser at his restaurant, Stephan Pyles, during lunchtime hours. Organized by […]

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Sissy’s New Lunch Menu Debuts Today

Starting today, Sissy’s is open for lunch from Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new lunch is something owner Lisa Garza, ex-execuchef Jeffery Hobbs and new execuchef Chris Ostlund have been working on together. Yesterday, at the media lunch I was invited to, Jeffery Hobbs was nowhere to be found. He’s officially […]

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First Day of School: Bento Boxes for Kids

I just stumbled upon the cutest blog ever made for mommies, BentoLunch.net. Since today is the first day of school for most kids in Dallas, this means all you parents out there are packing school lunches every morning for your offspring. (Handing your kid a Lunchable doesn’t really count as putting in effort.) If you’re […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Painkiller, a Drink That Cures All

Somehow I think after I lob this request out into cyberspace, it will be returned faster than an Andy Roddick ace to the deuce court. Advantage, bartenders: take your best shot. I’ve noticed readers’ questions have been posted on the SideDish blog before. My turn to be annoying. Ever since my husband and I vacationed in the […]

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Eating Lunch With Celebrity Chef David Rocco

Where do celebrity chefs eat when they are in Dallas? Meddlesome Moth. At least, that’s where I met David Rocco, Canadian-Italian celebrity chef, for lunch yesterday. Rocco was in town promoting his new book, Made In Italy, while juggling a half-dozen other responsibilities. We slipped into a quiet booth in the back, and the lunch […]

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Soups for a Cause: the 13th Annual Empty Bowls at the Meyerson

Editorial intern Michelle Saunders popped into the North Texas Food Bank’s yearly fundraiser last Friday. She files this report: When I headed over to the Meyerson Symphony Center Friday morning for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Since it was held on DSO’s turf, I assumed that it would […]

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