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St. Paddy’s Day is Over, But the Memory of Cook Hall’s Irish Beer Dinner Lives On

The Emerald Isle isn’t historically known for its culinary prowess, but rather a land blessed with bounties of cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, all of which are traditionally prepared with minimal transformation. Before we move on, let’s address a couple of things for those that don’t know me personally: Yours truly is a proud ginger who happens to appreciate cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, and does not relish, nor require, unnecessary fiddling with quality ingredients! Okay. Now that we’re friends (and that you trust my judgment), I feel that I can assuredly state that I sincerely enjoyed the authentic Irish pairings offered at Cook Halls’ pre-Paddy’s Day beer dinner last Friday.

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Dining for Dummies: The Oak Edition

Oak’s winter menu is definitely way smarter than I am. Loads of questions popped up when I took a peek at the current menu. What, exactly, is gastrique? Farro? Harissa? For those who didn’t, or don’t, have a clue, but couldn’t bring themselves to admit their lack of gastro-knowledge, that’s why we’re here. Let’s get started.

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Chef Nico Sanchez Boldens and Revamps Meso Maya’s Menu

Utilizing culinary techniques steeped in Mexican and Mayan culture, Meso Maya is known for flavors that are fresh, bold and robust. From the hand-crafted tortillas to the chocolate mole sauce, everything is made in-house, ground by hand, and finalized with care. Recently, executive chef Nico Sanchez expanded the restaurant’s menu with new traditional dishes, and further refined its current offerings. The result is astounding flavor, and a window to a culinary experience that many never knew existed.

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Blind Butcher on Greenville Avenue

The Blind Butcher quietly opened in early January. The owners are the same dudes behind one of Dallas’ favorite watering holes, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. This neatly oiled man-den has a finely trimmed beard, a hand-stitched leather, gazelle-skin chic attitude, and lots of black. An exposed brick wall gives a rustic embrace to the clean darkness of the bar, tables, and pretty much everything else donned in darkness. With all the masculine, refined sleekness, the stylish skills of the owners is hard to miss. If Eustace Conway became a bar, this would be it.

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Where to Book Valentine’s Day Dinner in Dallas 2014

Alright. It’s that time of the year again—when flowers, hearts, chocolates, and all that other ooey-gooey stuff that grinches like me try to pretend don’t exist. But it does.

So, without further ado, I’m presenting you the list of places to book your V-Day dinner. More menus will flood my inbox soon, so fret not. You’ll have plenty of options within the next two weeks. Start booking those places now, though. I hear The Mansion is already almost full. Dang. Better get on it. Lock it down, boys. Lock it down.

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Mexican Sugar Opens in The Shops at Legacy Early Next Week

Plano, apparently, is the place to be these days. With several hotter-than-hot restaurants opening their second locations above 635 (Lockhart Smokehouse and East Hampton Sandwich Co. included), it looks like happy suburb life isn’t just the stuff of dreams anymore. Mexican Sugar, described as a Mexican hacienda-meets-tequila lab, is a feels-like-it-should-be-in-Dallas restaurant opening inside The […]

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Cook Hall’s New Executive Chef, Douglas Wagenhauser, Shows His Chops with His Fall Menu

In October 2012, Cook Hall unveiled itself to Dallas as a nouveau-American upscale gastropub, meticulously situated within the W Dallas Victory hotel. The contract with Tom Colicchio’s Craft had run its course and the hotel, encouraged by the vast majority of Dallasites, opted for a strategic change. Indeed, a lot of changes have occurred during Cook […]

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Max’s Wine Dive Brings a Taste of Fall to its Menu

Chef Patrick Russell at Max’s Wine Dive is really cool. The dude is crazy passionate about his food and daring in his creativity. The staff exudes his same excitement, giving the place a nice electricity to its atmosphere and menu. Because the chef is unleashing his new fall menu, he invited some of us from […]

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FreshPoint Dallas Hosts Annual Culinary Showcase in Conjunction with the Texas Chefs Association

What most people who claim to be “foodies” or “victualizers” or “glutonians” don’t know is that much of the produce you’ll find at Dallas restaurants is distributed by a company called FreshPoint. It acts as the middleman between local vendors and local restaurants. On Wednesday, a sea of chef coats congregated at the FreshPoint facility for […]

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Tanoshii Ramen Opens Tuesday, September 24 in Deep Ellum

Good morning, ramen lovers! In exactly one week, Dallas will have its first dedicated ramen shop. This is history-in-the-making. The establishment of Tanoshii’s presence in Deep Ellum is like watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Sort of. Yeahhh, not really. But you know what I mean. Dallas is turning more and more Asian by […]

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Fork Fight at Trinity Groves Starts Tomorrow. Buy Your Tickets Pronto.

Trinity Groves is a gray area of town for me. I know what’s there, but I don’t really know what’s there. Ya dig? Here’s your chance to get familiar with the West Dallas development. Fork Fight starts tomorrow. Don’t ask me why it’s called “Fork Fight,” because no one is really fighting with their utensils. […]

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First Look: Waldron Lodge in Bishop Arts

Waldron Lodge, the newest restaurant in Bishop Arts, screams meat, meat, and more meat. About a week and a half ago, Rick Lopez reported its opening and told us about the 1930s residence-turned-restaurant that looks like the inside of a hunting cabin. It’s all wooden floors, wooden tables, wooden bar (made from what looks like […]

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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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Peak & Elm Cocina and Bar Hosts a Preview Tasting

The incredibly charming, precious, kind, devoted, and talented owner/chef of Peak & Elm Cocina and Bar, Jesse Moreno,  hosted a small gathering to preview some of their gourmet offerings on Friday evening. Peak & Elm Cocina is the family owned Mexican restaurant that has taken an old trolley street car stop and converted it into […]

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