Bygone Bites: A Review of Fish Sticks

Being raised by an Irish-Catholic mother back in the mid-20th century meant no meat on Fridays. That proved to be a challenge for mother. But coming to her rescue was a relatively new product — Gorton’s Fish Sticks. Why, it had even won the Parents Magazine Seal of Approval in 1953.

The sticks looked like flattened piano keys covered in crumbs. After spending time on a cookie sheet in an oven, they would emerge crispy on the outside. The interior was another story. Depending on our mother’s time-keeping, the fish fillets would either be overly done or borderline sushi encased in crumbs. Every now and then, they would turn out just right. But like hot dogs in need of mustard, the sticks required a dunking in either ketchup or tartar sauce. In our household, it was usually ketchup because tartar sauce required being made from scratch.

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SideDish By The Numbers: The Greatest Hits of 2013

Here are the most-popular posts on SideDish in 2013. It’s a surprising list.

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This Brisket Chart is Pretty Cool. Thanks, Barbecue Snob

Carol is a sucker for pizza charts. I heart a brisket chart. This Brisket 101 illustration was printed in the February 2010 “Best Barbecue in Dallas” issue of D Magazine. The author is Daniel Vaughn. Interesting to see how the barbecue culture in Dallas has morphed. Here is Daniel Vaughn’s take on everything you need […]

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Dallas Restaurants: What Do We Need? Ctd.

Last night, our food truck reporter, and all-around good guy, George Lewis sent me a link to a story I posted in October 2009. I posed the question:  The inside-the-loop-outside-the-loop foodie argument drives me nuts. There is great food all over this area if you are willing to drive. But if you had one restaurant wish, what […]

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An Ode to Okra: Those Ladyfingers Were the Highlight of Chad Houser’s Childhood Sunday Suppers

In the current issue of D Magazine, Café Momentum director, Chad Houser, wrote this essay on okra. The inspiration of his tale comes from his family’s tradition of Sunday suppers. We all know Chef Houser can cook, but who knew he was also a gifted writer. Pass the okra and enjoy. The first time I fell […]

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Which Dallas Restaurant Would You Revive?

I was just digging around in the archives and came across this post George Lewis put up almost three years ago. He writes: 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 […]

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Fans of Cuba Libre Gets Special Treat From Nick Badovinus

Last month, I received an email from Paul, a SideDish reader. He wrote in an email with a subject line “Missing Cuba Libre”: My wife and I were talking recently about how much we miss Cuba Libre, particularly a mixed basket of the plantain and tortillas chips with three sauces plus black-bean dip, the spinach salad with […]

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Marc Cassel’s Fish Story: Why it Took Him 25 Years to Open 20 Feet Seafood Joint

Tim “Pied Piper of Peavy” Rogers lives in East Dallas. He loves East Dallas. He is a frequent customer at Goodfriend. In this month’s D Magazine, Timmy writes a nice piece on Marc Cassel and the special camaraderie that exists between the chefs, cooks, beer folks, and restaurateurs of East Dallas. Some of the history goes way […]

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Nick and Kelli Barclay Visit Dallas. Will Nick Return to Cook?

Yesterday I lunched with Nick and Kelli Barclay, the dashing couple who once operated Barclay’s, the popular modern Euro-British restaurant in the once darling Victorian house on Fairmount Street. The house went on to house Van “Morrison” Roberts’  Lola, where David (Lucia) Uygur was a chef, and The Common Table. The Barclays left Dallas in 2000 […]

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Amazing Anniversary Story from The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

I just received an email from Ryan Harvey, the restaurant manager at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. I found the story charming. Last night in the Mansion Restaurant, we were surprised to learn that we were going to have two couples joining us in the dining room that were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. […]

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New Sign Shipped to Dallas: Guess the Restaurant

Check out this vintage sign that was shipped to Dallas. It’s currently getting hooked up inside a local restaurant. Guess the name of the place and you will win a Godiva Chocolate black-almond-truffle-scented candle.

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Matt’s Rancho Martinez To Reopen in Mid-July

I know many of you waiting for the reopening of Matt’s Rancho Martinez are anxious and getting antsy pants. I checked in with general manager Patrick Johnson and he says they are shooting for mid-July. You may remember Matt’s lease expired in February and the landlord chose to replace Matt’s with a Mi Cocina. (cue […]

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Trending: Rosé Wine is the New Pinot Noir. Rise No.1 Offers Proof With New Rosé Wine List

Thanks to Central Market’s Passport France and Rise No. 1’s new “Summer of Rosé” program, the pretty pink wine is the talk of the town. According to several employees at Central Market,  a record number of customers bought cases of Rosé during Passport France. (I think the Preston Royal store is putting them on sale […]

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