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Exclusive Special Report: Jamie Benn Follows SideDish

The captain of the Dallas Stars, Jamie Benn, reads SideDish. And he’s not at the top of SideDish’s Most Influential Followers list. Check out this scientific study that reveals the real power players behind our popular food blog.

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Weather Food and Wine Pairing: McFarland Signature Cuisine in Dallas

Look outside your windows. See that Tiffany blue sky? It’s about to disappear and turn evil. Let’s plan a McFarland Signature Cuisine menu for the weekend.

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Nature Break: Fine Food and Feathered Friends at TRAC on Saturday

Disclaimer: I am a birder and a member of the Trinity River Audubon Center. Today, I shamelessly plug an event at TRAC and post some of my bird photography below the jump. (Can you tell I am on deadline?) The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas (GLFD), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equality and […]

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I Am Still Sick of the Word: Foodie

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins posted a funny item yesterday: 12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution. Gubbshoe claims “ Dallas has two kinds of foodies”—old and new–and follows her thesis with a list that distinguishes them. Funny stuff. Except for one thing: her use of the term foodie. Wait, make that two: if one is old, they can’t […]

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Angelo’s in Lakewood Closed. Owners Claim Landlord Locked Them Out.

The key business in Dallas is certainly booming. A few weeks ago, Mi Piaci’s North Dallas landlord locked the 23-year old restaurant out of the building. On August 9, Angelo’s Italian Grill, the popular 21-year old restaurant in Lakewood was also locked out. Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins reports the closure was sudden.  She writes As recently […]

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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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News Briefs: A Pizzaiolo, A Birthday, A Brazilian Steakhouse, a Trip to France, and Tex-Mex

Frisky Frisco Pizzaiolo! Pizzeria Testa in Frisco has permanently hired Master Pizzaiolo, Michele D’ Amelio, who was recently crowned World Champion in the Italian Style Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.  Before the completion, Amelio couldn’t commit to a full-time gig at Testa because of visa complications. Once he became a […]

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Last Chance to Book Valentine’s Day Dinners in Dallas

Stay Home and Cook Print out our Happy Hostess’ handy dandy recipe pdf. Impress your guest of honor with Lesley’s chocolate-hazelnut cake and tagliatelle. Eat Out I’ve updated the list of restaurants hosting special Valentine’s Day menus. Check it out. I’d hurry and call, if I were you. Give Her a Gift Our ShopTalk editor, […]

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My Five Cents: Scenes From Exhibition Kitchens

Dear Restaurateur, If you design your kitchen so customers can watch your chef do their thing you’d better be sure they are on their best behavior at all times. Here are just a few incidents I have witnessed in the last month. Busboy in u-shaped bar with customers all around him takes a plastic ice […]

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Restaurant 101: How to Deal With Demanding Customers

Imagine you are the owner of a restaurant. Feel the hot sweats? Yeah, it’s a scary business. There are many pleasures such as pleasing customers with great food and service. But there are many potholes. Some of which you don’t see coming until you hit them head on. Utensils get swiped, servers get stiffed, and […]

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Nothing to do With Food: The Pooper Scooper

I’m not posting this because the author sits beside me in the office, I am posting it because it occurred to me that many of you may not read our print product, D Magazine. This month, Krista Nightengale wrote a story about the PooPrints program. What is the PooPrints program? I’m glad you asked. The […]

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Hot Dogs! Getcha Hot Dogs! Brian Luscher Launches Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots

We called it here: Hot dogs are the new hamburger. It’s raining wieners all over Dallas. Phil Romano and  Zaccanelli Food Group are readying to roll out Hofmann hot dogs. Today we learn Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape is throwing his dogs in the fight. On August 11, “Da Lusch” will debut Luscher’s Post Oak […]

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Suddenly Silent: John Tesar Has Disappeared From Dallas

I’ve cruised past the construction site of John Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon in Preston Center, several times this month and noticed zero activity. The permits were not on the windows and there was no construction taking place. Yesterday I checked Tesar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, then texted and called him, and nothing. Last night I […]

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Campo and Oak Owners Team Up For New Restaurant in Old Lumi Space on McKinney. They Need Us to Name the Restaurant!

Dallas is a city full of buddy-buddy chefs and owners. For the most part, these talented folks leave their knives in the kitchen. (We, the media, have a different set of weapons but that is another story.) This morning comes word from Teresa Gubbshoe Gubbins:  “A new restaurant will open in the old Lumi Empanada […]

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Guess the Name of This Dallas Restaurant

We had so much fun the first time we played this game. Let’s play it again. Can you guess the name of this restaurant?

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Open Letter to Mark Cuban: Shark Tank for Dallas Restaurateurs? I’d Watch it!

Dear Mark, I am addicted to Shark Tank. And because I am too lazy to jump through the hoops to get on the show and present my idea, I’m using the power of my pudgy fingers to reach you. Let’s pick and roll: I walk on the set of Shark Tank. “Daymond John, you are […]

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