Bar 828–A Fleeting Speakeasy in Oak Cliff

Arti Sharma, D Magazine intern and a grant writer for Promise House  the nonprofit that receives a portion of the proceeds from Bar 828, visited the popular pop-up bar last weekend and files this report. Feel free to play some theme music. Driving along the 800 block on the west side Davis Street, you may notice something […]

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First Dallas, er Oak Cliff, Guerrilla Bar to Open on Thursday

The highly motivate mixologist team of Michael Martensen and Ed “Lucky” Campbell are spearheading Bar 828, a guerrilla bar that will open at 828 Davis this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (6PM) and continue on the same days for the next three weeks. The final evening will be October 29.  Yes, these guys are busy putting […]

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Oak Cliff Restaurateurs Keep Secrets About New Restaurants

So, I’m avoiding real work and searching for the scoop on Sissy’s Fried Chicken on Henderson. We all know the general rules of posting CO permits:  The name on the permit in the former Hector on Henderson spot could be the real name of a home cooking or “place holder” for a gay bar. We […]

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New Downtown Cocktail Bar: Michael Martensen and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell Apply for Liquor Permit

So the permit sign in the window at 1404 Main Street reads “The Garden Bar,” but that’s not the real name. However, the address is the site of the soon-to-open bar manned by mixologists Michael Martensen and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell. The dynamic duo have held the space vacated by Dr. Bell’s BBQ for some time, […]

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Somebody Chime In With Gin…or Vodka…or Rum Recipes

This just in from a very creative disher. Talk about throwing down the gauntlet: I liked your post about Labor Day-themed cocktails yesterday and was wondering if anyone had ideas. I have come up with some names, but feel at a loss when it comes to actually concocting an interesting drink. Anyone want to come […]

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Hotter Than Hell Margarita Meltdown—Now That’s What I Call Community Spirit

Alma‘s execuchef Anastacia Quinones tipped us off to an event that she (rightly) assumed would be right up our alley. On Sept. 4, from 6 to 10 pm, the Bishop Arts District plays host to the Hotter than Hell Margarita Meltdown, a block-party-style competition for bragging rights to the best margarita in Dallas. Restaurants from […]

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SideDish Word Ban: YUM!

Beginning today, July 15, 2011, I am banning the use of the word YUM from any post on SideDish. You can YUM away all you want in the comments, but I will do my best to keep it from appearing in an official report. I do my best to stay away from “foodie,” but have […]

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How To Smoke a Cocktail, Courtesy of Four Lounge’s Keith LaBonte

Recently, we sent ace intern James Bright out to Four Lounge to chat with Keith LaBonte about the current state of cocktails. What he returned with is both instructional and inspirational. Take it away, James… For almost two weeks I’ve been waiting to try a peanut butter and jelly martini. I talked to virtually every […]

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Sweating Prohibition-Era Bullets At The Cedars Social

In her June review of The Cedars Social, Nancy described house mixologist Michael Martensen as someone who, “has spent the last eight years redefining cocktails as a culinary art, and his thoughtful, exhaustive drink menu at The Cedars Social celebrates almost 100 years of drinking… ‘It’s a cocktail den. It’s all about imbibing. We don’t […]

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Bailey’s Barmen Turn Out a Summer Drink Menu That’s As Entertaining to the Palate as it is to the Eyes

Yesterday, new D intern James Bright visited with the barmen at Bailey’s Prime Plus to learn about their new summer bar menu. Take it away, James: Even in this time of the cult of mixologists, tracking down a well-mixed, moderately priced cocktail is, let’s just say it, hard. Either the drink is decent, but is […]

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Douchey Bars in Dallas

Many times we have some interesting conversations in the glamorous open offices at D Magazine. None of us have any secrets because each time one of us takes a phone call or starts a conversation, any a co-worker within 40 yards can hear what you say. The other day a riveting conversation about douchey bars […]

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Ice Didn’t Stop John Tesar From Cooking at Cedars Social in Dallas

I must say I am impressed by the intrepid foodies who risked their lives last night to eat The Tesar’s cooking at Cedars Social. The Brad was there. And so was The Steven, as in Steven Doyle. Here is his report. As Snowmageddon 2011 continues and we etch ever closer to Sunday’s Super hoopla, I’m […]

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Former Bolsa Mixologist Shakes Things Up in Plano at Zanata

Walter “Dub” Davis has made a few cocktails in Dallas. He has worked at the Loon, Obar, Steel, and Bolsa. For two years he worked alongside Eddie “Lucky” Campbell and Michael Martensen. Recently he took his talents to Zanata in Plano. Since, he has morphed from bartender to mixologist. “I was already looking to maybe […]

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