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Big Tex Choice Awards Winners Announced for Texas State Fair 2014: Fried Shrimp Boil and Funnel Cake Ale

This morning the eight finalists of the Big Tex Choice Awards went before the judges. Which fried monstrosities will be the featured food of the great Texas State Fair? You’re gonna have to click for the winner.

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Deal for New Herrera’s Location on Maple Avenue Falls Through

Oh, holy horrors. Herrera’s Cafe has backed out of a deal for a new location on Maple Avenue. They can’t afford to stay. Crow Holdings? Are you listening? We don’t like this.

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My Five Cents: Food Criticism, F-Bombs, and Firing the Messenger

When John Tesar attacked Leslie Brenner in a public forum, he started a fire that still burns. For many of us who work in the restaurant business — I include food journalists, critics, and bloggers in this lot — the last week has been tumultuous. I’m going to try and make some sense out of it.

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Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs

Today’s edition of Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs includes sad bar news, how to spell doughnut, and insight into the next hipster Asian food trend.

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Restaurant News: Tristan Simon and Tim Headington Splitsville?

I can hear the ground rumbling under the Hotel Joule. Word from the underground says Tristan Simon and Tim Headington are breaking up and dividing the assets. Simon will take Hibiscus and Fireside Pies. Headington will take the rest. Press release could come any minute or I could have egg on my face and apologies to make by nightfall.

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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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Find Out What Your Fridge Says About Your Dating Life. I Did.

John Stonehill is a refrigerator dating expert. Since I’m a single girl with a refrigerator and a blank dance card, I decided to make an appointment with Stonehill. How many chances does one get to located a man who, like me, has gin and live meal worms in his fridge?

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A Response to Leslie Brenner’s Post About the Truck Yard

Three days ago, the Dallas Morning News’ Leslie Brenner put up a blog post that dissed the new Truck Yard in many ways. She’s taken a beating in the comments, so I thought I would provide a little clarity and review where she got it right, where she might have been a little less than […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas Restaurateur Bill McCrorey and Thomas McMurray of Rare Restaurant in The Shops at Park Lane

Ever since I wrote The Saga Of Las Colinas Prime in June 2009, and several other reports detailing the shady shenanigans of restaurant operators Michael Costa and Bill McCrorey, I have been contacted by disgruntled employees, vendors, landlords, customers, and former partners. Most recently, complaints and concerns about Bill McCrorey resurfaced after a deal he made […]

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Chobani Recalls Moldy Yogurt

Sometimes, food companies like Chobani make mistakes. At least this one hasn’t killed anyone…. yet. Just kidding. I don’t think that’ll happen. On August 31, Chobani released a statement on its website about complaints from customers who’ve experienced some tummy issues after eating their yogurt products. Uh oh. We’ve been diligently working with our retail […]

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Several Cities Vie for Pecan Lodge’s Business. Dallas is Not One.

Yesterday, Carol posted a recap of what is going on with Pecan Lodge and the Dallas Farmers Market. In a pecan shell, Carol writes: City Hall has sold the Dallas Farmers Market to DF Market Holdings for $3.2 million dollars. Earlier this week, though, the transaction became official. Changes and renovations might start as early […]

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‘Le Bilboquet Made Us Leave an Empty Restaurant!’

Friday evening, D Magazine’s lifestyle editor, Raya Ramsey, and D: The Broadcast’s Courtney Kerr headed over to Le Biboquet for cocktails. The restaurant opened last week and Carol filed a report on the French bistro in the former L’Ancestral space at Travis Walk. Here’s Ramsey’s report: Courtney and I decided to pop in (no reservations) at 5 […]

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Slow Bone Co-owner Jack Perkins Ticketed for Assault

A delivery driver for a local food company called the police and claimed he was physically assaulted by Jack Perkins, the owner of The Slow Bone barbecue restaurant on Irving Boulevard. Perkins also owns Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer. The driver says he ordered a chopped beef sandwich at the counter and was asked […]

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The Wicked World of Food Blogs: Read This and Weep

If you write or read food blogs or food-news-driven sites, Josh Ozersky’s article “Blog-Tied: How a Hunger for Clicks Drives New York’s Brutally Fickle Food Scene” is a must read. Ozersky did time as a writer on Grub Street and he lived to write about it.  Here’s the money pull quote: “I was the first editor […]

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Nancy Nichols Shows Up in a Piggy Suit on D: The Broadcast

People ask me what Nancy looks like all the time. Usually I make sh*t up and hem and haw my way past that question until we start talking about the weather. Well, the truth is Nancy has pink skin, hooves for hands, and big cartoonish eyes. She’s got a tail that wags when she’s happy […]

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Chef Najat Kaanache is Staying at Private Social

Feisty executive chef Najat Kaanache is digging in her heels and staying in the kitchen of Private Social. Kaanache is in the process of putting together a new Awesome Texas Food menu which she will debut next week. I reached Kaanache this morning and we chatted about some of her ideas. This gal, who writes […]

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Why I Hate the DMN’s Star Ratings: Reason Number 6,432

I’ve expressed my opinion on the DMN‘s star rating system too many times to count. In case you care: You can find one here and another here.  I’ve even suggested a reasonably quick fix to making the system more meaningful. I read Leslie Brenner’s reviews. Sometimes my skin crawls and my eyes burn after I […]

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Hey, Five Sixty, Answer Your Dang Phone and Other Aggravations

I’m a lot crabby today. It started last night when I arranged to meet a colleague for drinks at The Establishment, the new craft cocktail lounge on Travis. The place opened a week or so ago and is owned by Brian Williams and Michael Martensen the boys behind Cedars Social. I arrived at 5:45PM and […]

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SideDish Pie Lover Gets a Surprise at Cindi’s Deli

One of our most loyal and lovely SideDish readers popped into Cindi’s Deli to buy a lemon meringue pie. When she got home, she tore off the Cindi’s wrapper and found another: Chef Pierre, a division of Sara Lee. The menu promotes “Fresh Baked Goods Daily” but it doesn’t claim the pie is homemade. A […]

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Over 600 Million Chickens Die so You Can Eat Them During The Super Bowl

I have never understood the popularity of chicken wings. The majority of the ones I have tried are just masses of fried dough swimming in a hot or sweet sauce. Sometimes there is even a wad of what looks like chicken meat on the inside. This Sunday, Super Bowl watchers will consume 1.25 BILLION chicken […]

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