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Controversial Restaurateur Michael Costa is Back in the Restaurant Business

An alert Disher sent me a link to a job posting on Craigslist. There is a new sports bar concept going up near Frankfort and the Tollway. Shocker, they are looking for “model type female servers and bar staff.” What’s the big deal? One of the contact names for the restaurant is Michael Costa. Yes, […]

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Mariano Martinez’s Margarita Machine Named One of the Top Ten Inventions of All Time

From the Department of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up“:  a press release from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Collections announcing the Top Ten Inventions from their collection. Tommy Edison’s light bulb? Check. Bell’s telephone? Check. The first camera? Check. Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez’s 1971 invention of the frozen margarita machine? Umm, check […]

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Dallas Has Too Many Restaurants Named Perry’s

Long before there was Houston-based Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill opened in Dallas, there was Perry’s Steakhouse. Now the two Perry’s are operating in Uptown about two blocks apart. You’d think Dallas diners would be smart enough to figure out which is which but apparently we aren’t. I’ve had several e-mails fro co-workers and readers who […]

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Mico Rodriguez’s Pinky-Chan: No Go in West Village

Pinky-chan is an Omoigawazakura and appears everywhere in Oyama. Remember the young gal at Foodie Couture who wrote this account of her business relationship with Mico Rodriguez along with details of Mico’s plan for a restaurant called Pinky Chan? She was so happy to be working with her mentor. Then last night, a teary post […]

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Pop-Tarts the New Cake Balls?

Pop-Tart World is a café in Times Square dedicated solely to exotic versions of the once (and still, IMO) lowly Pop-Tart. The “promoters” (love the emerging term to replace restaurateurs) of Pop-Tart World offer build-your own PTs, Fluffer Butter (marshmallow spread sandwiched between two Pop-Tarts frosted fudge pastries), Sticky Cinna Munchies (cinnamon rolls topped with […]

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Dallas is Hot: Food Trucks! Street Food! Clandestine Dining!

Well, the hottest topics in Dallas are food trucks and street food. We’ve got a column on the practicalities of mobile food in Dallas in our current issue. Last night, Channel 8 did a feature on the 10 pm news. (Murmur.) There are articles on the same topics coming from Canada! Today comes word that […]

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Funky Gourmet Food Trucks in Dallas: Probably Not Going to Happen

I spent a few months researching funky food trucks in other cities. Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Washington D.C., and New York all have a variety of mobile food units that either tweet their locations or rely on a regular schedule. The most successful food truck operation is Kogi Korean BBQ in Los Angeles. The chef, […]

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What’s Really in a Can of Whoopass at Horne & Dekker?

Blame it on the full moon. Blame it on the bossa nova. What. Ever. A few gals from the office went to dinner last Saturday at Horne & Dekker and one slipped part of a centerpiece into her purse. It wasn’t an elaborate candle or flower arrangement, the centerpieces at Horne & Dekker are a […]

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The Economics Behind Bottle Service in Dallas

Yesterday Thrillist reported the opening of Manhattan Lounge. The subhead reads: “Prime Uptown real estate for drinkers, dancers, and drink-then-dancers.” I read the full snippet three times and I am still confused. I have a couple of questions for those of you who party at high-end establishments like Manhattan Lounge. The first one is not […]

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Update: In-N-Out Burgers in Dallas

Double-doubles are coming to Garland, Texas. But not as soon as you thought. I called corporate headquarters for In-N-Out Burgers yesterday to check on the opening of their first Texas location in Garland. Tracking down the only guy who can speak on the record for this company, Carl Van Fleet Vice President of Planning and […]

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Monday Morning Rant: Server Drives Me Crazy

A few weeks ago I was having breakfast at Craft Dallas. There were only three customers in the restaurant which makes me nervous since I’d hate to see Dallas lose this place—the food is really special. However here is the transcript of a conversation I had with my waiter. I pretended to be from out […]

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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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Restaurant News: Bits and Bites

Central Market. Is throwing an awesome party this weekend. Thrill of the Grill. The PDF makes me HUNGRY! Market Street. International Food Expos. All area locations of Market Street will highlight unique cultures, products, and ethnic tastes from around the world. All the details are below. Loft 610. Come Experience Award Winning Spanish Eclectic Singer […]

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Let’s Kick a Dead Horse: Il Mulino in Dallas

Some of the comments under yesterday’s comments post about Leslie Brenner’s picks for Best French Restaurants went a little east of France. Like to Italy. At one point I wrote: “It took you a year of eating red-sauce Italian food and steak au poivre to come to the conclusion that the majority of Dallas diners […]

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Soap Opera Update: Avila’s Mexican Restaurant on Maple in Dallas

What Dallas Tex-Mex restaurant is on the verge of collapse? Yow. Zah. Looks like the pendulum of justice has swung to the other side of the Avila family. Last week when I spoke with Ricky/Ricardo Avila and his fiancée, Michelle, Ricky told me his 88-year old mother was suffering from the onset of dementia. He […]

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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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NBA All-Star Weekend: Celebrity Sightings

Diddy has to eat somewhere. If you spot a celebrity dining in a Dallas area restaurant, we want to hear about it. Servers, this is your time to spill more than the refried beans. We’ll be here all weekend. Go, eat, report. In the meantime, you can help Diddy. He’s looking for “the dopest strip […]

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