Saint Ann’s Jalapeno Grits Recipe, Just in Time for Thanksgiving Menu Planning

So many people have asked me about the jalapeno grits I mentioned in yesterday’s First Take Review of the newly opened Saint Ann Restaurant in Uptown that I decided to reach out to them to see if they’d be willing to let us in on their secret. They not only obliged, but sent us the […]

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Restaurants & Retailers Pair Up for A Taste of Henderson by Candlelight This Wednesday

Chow down and shop it up on Henderson Ave. this Wednesday night from 6-9 pm when merchants and restaurants will pair up to host the 19th annual Candlelight Walk on Henderson. Stop by any of the participating retailers to enjoy complimentary finger foods and excellent pre-holiday deals. jump for the pairings…

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Oh, Come All Ye Hop Heads to Common Table on Sunday Nights for Brew Masters Viewing Parties

When the Discovery channel announced the development of Brew Masters, a new shadow-style reality show following the men behind the malt, specifically the brew-ventures of Dogfish Head Brewery’s brewer-founder Sam Calagione, we jumped for joy (or would have if we hadn’t had so much beer last night). We thought we couldn’t be happier as we […]

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Blue Ginger Malaysian Restaurant Opens in Plano

Here is something we have not seen for a long time: a new Malaysian restaurant! Blue Ginger Garden is situated in the southeast corner of Independence and Parker in central Plano.  Signs in the front proclaim: Malaysian Cuisine and Nyonya Delights. Those are clues that the people behind this establishment are aware of the multiple […]

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Dinner and a Show Made Easy Thanks to AT&T PAC and Downtown Restaurants

Package deals of old, designed to provide an attractive yet economical middle ground, have been badly in need of a facelift for some time. Thankfully, the folks in the Arts District cottoned on to the need for change and took it upon themselves to dream up some new ways to package dinner and a show […]

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The Low Down on Uptown’s Nodding Donkey

The saloon-inspired Nodding Donkey, brought to us by the folks behind State & Allen Lounge, rolled up its garage-door walls last weekend with a theme in place and a menu in development. With flat-screen TVs numbering in the teens, including the area’s first public 3D TV, and a dual-level, wrap-around patio, the Donkey drew sports […]

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Enough With the Hump Day Jokes. Let’s Do This!

Wednesday may not be your favorite day of the week, what with all of the hump-day jokes and empty DVR cache, but there’s hope. Here’s what you could be doing (and drinking): Hands-on: Option A: Pumpkin Carving at The Old Monk — Get drunk and messy (for a good cause this time). Plunk down a […]

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Sake To Me! Niigata Sake Debuts at Tei An

Yesterday afternoon, a contingent of Japan’s most notable sake makers from the Niigata province converged in Tei An in One Arts Plaza for a sake tasting and rice-wine education. Turns out there’s a lot more to sake than the hot bottle that appears in front of you at the neighborhood sushi bar. (In fact, of […]

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There’s MoMo’s … and Then There’s MoMo Italian Specialties

OK, Dallas. There’s something that needs clearing up: MoMo Italian Specialties on Forest (awesome) is not the same as MoMo’s Pasta on Knox. I know, I know, they have the same name (they used to be affiliated). However, after the split, MoMo Italian Specialties on Forest (a.k.a. the original) retained the on-site fresh pasta making […]

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The Nodding Donkey Soft-Soft Opens Tonight

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the corner of Thomas & Allen in Uptown no doubt you’ve watched The Nodding Donkey rise from the rubble and wondered when those doors will swing wide to welcome the Uptown hordes. Wait no more — tonight’s the night. This evening, TND is hosting a soft-soft opening in […]

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Oh, the (Lack of) Cruelty! at the Texas State Veggie Fair

Love the Fair but end up steering clear of the Midway on vegan principle? Your reunion with Frito Pie is in the offing. The first State of Texas Veggie Fair on Oct.16 (sponsored by DallasVegan.com) combines cruelty-free vegan food (think veggie corny dogs, Frito pie, and funnel cakes) with carnival games, fried food, and fire dancers. […]

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Taco Shops We Have Known – The Good, the Bad, and the Feh

I’d love to kick this off with a cliché like, “I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like,” but I’d be a big, fat liar. I’ve met a number of tacos that rubbed me the wrong way. (For the record, I’ve met an equal number that I don’t even remember because they made so faint […]

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Catching Up with Chef David Uygur at Lucia Restaurant in Dallas

The biggest buzz in the Dallas dining community is the opening of chef David Uygur’s Lucia in the Bishop Arts District. The exact date is unknown — beyond the fact that it will be this fall. However,  Uygur has a clear idea of the type of restaurant he wants Lucia to be. I caught up […]

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The Nodding Donkey to Open in Uptown

Jonathan Calabrese and Tony Winkler, owners of State & Allen, are adding The Nodding Donkey to the Uptown scene. The Nodding Donkey will be a “Texas Sports Saloon” and will open in the old 2900 building. Listen: The Nodding Donkey is going to have a huge indoor/outdoor bar with tons of seating and 16 TVs […]

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CuriousDish: Which Dallas Restaurant Would You Revive?

Let’s take a break from the restaurants still here and think about those that we miss. Imagine you had the power–a genie in a bottle of Chateau Latour Pomerol to grant you one wish. If you could rub her it and be granted the gift to bring one dead restaurant back to life, which one […]

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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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CuriousDish: Sexy Restaurants and Sexy Food in Dallas

Let forget about Restaurant Week for a few minutes. For once the masses have cleared, I head back to my favorite, small, intimate venues.  I look for spaces with hushed tones, unobtrusive service and memorable food that isn’t so heavy that the valet has to wheel you out.  (Tramontana in Preston Center and Sardines in […]

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