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Keeping Tabs: Parker Barrows

Parker Barrows, a Bishop Arts bar and deli, is a quiet reference to the (usually mononymous) outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The black-and-white color scheme, compact space, solid booze and food offerings, and subtle Great Depression-era feel do well to uphold the understated theme. The result is a friendly, accessible bar that should become your new hangout.

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Bolsa Mercado to Change From Grocery Store to Grocerant

Bolsa Mercado is growing from a grocery store to a grocerant.Now customers can sip a glass of wine or drink a beer while shopping or dining in the market. The new designation also allows the space to host private parties and chef dinners. Will you miss your dinners for two?

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The Local Oak Makes Spam Sliders a Signature Comfort Food

At The Local Oak, a new neighborhood hangout, you can get Texas Surfers—these sliders made with grilled Spam, house-made pineapple relish, and slaw. It’s gutsy for a chef to bring Spam into Oak Cliff, but The Local Oak has some pros in the house. Chef Aaron Courtney just came from Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse, and […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Davis Street Espresso in Oak Cliff

The Bishop Arts District has adorned itself with yet another ornament of hip sophistication with the addition of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters’ Davis Street Espresso. Wow, that’s a lot of titles in a single sentence. At first, I was confused by what to call it—and I’m assuming most people will refer to it as Oak […]

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Bastille on Bishop 2013: Our Night in France

Wine, cigars, sausage, and long lines. Emphasis on the wine and long lines. That’s what you would’ve found if you attended Bastille on Bishop in the Bishop Arts District last night. The largest French festival in Dallas started at 6 p.m., but by the time I got there around 7:30 p.m., a couple food tents […]

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El Padrino, Kicked Out of Bishop Arts, Finds New Home in Southeast Dallas

I’ve been rooting for the little El Padrino taco stand in Bishop Arts since last November, ever since we found out the Lombardi group’s plans to takeover/(maybe) bulldoze the iconic red-and-white building that housed those famously nice taco ladies. For the last couple months, Juan Contreras, managing parter of El Padrino, has been trying his […]

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Oak Cliff Soup Co. Will Start Delivering in December

“You’re going to think I’m crazy, but we literally started this business on Wednesday,” said Dina Light-Mcneely. The professional chef-turned-marketing woman is going back to her roots and her love of cooking, and she already has a fan club. (Bradford Pearson and I are members.) Last week, Light-Mcneely started the Oak Cliff Soup Co., a […]

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Mesa’s New Fall Menu is Spectacular

Mesa needs more love. At the media dinner I was invited to last night, there wasn’t a single breathing soul in the restaurant besides the bloggers and writers tasting the new menu by Raul Reyes, owner and chef extraordinaire of Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine. Sure, it was a Wednesday evening, but it was still surprisingly […]

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Restaurant Scam Alert: Order Needed For Pick Up

I can’t believe anyone would fall for this, but I’m throwing it out there just in case someone is tempted to believe this is real. The email address is [email protected] I’m pretty sure those guys at Bolsa type better than this and they don’t know what Skype is. Hello how are you doing today,My Name […]

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Mesa is in Trouble

Folks, you wanted authentic regional Mexican food, but you aren’t eating it. So far you’ve dismissed Alma and Café San Miguel. Several other restaurants billed as regional Mexican are suffering and are reworking their menus to add more “familiar” items to attract the borderline adventurous eater. Chef Gabriel Leon lost his dream when he was […]

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