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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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Help Me Get SideDish on TV

In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:  D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it […]

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Restaurant Review: Monica’s Nueva Cocina & Mi Lounge in Dallas

My first thought: a hundred reasons and more than a dozen years would prevent me from reviewing Monica’s Nueva Cocina & Mi Lounge. I have known the owner, Monica Greene, since before I became a restaurant critic. Despite my closet full of disguises, I figured there was no way I could sneak in without being recognized. […]

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Hot Dog News! Get Your Hot Dog News! Takeru Kobayashi Joins the Hofmann Hot Dogs!

Who is Takeru Kobayashi? What are Hofmann Hot Dogs? Have you been living as a homosexual in a cave? Kobayashi, excuse me, Kobi (小林尊), is the “Japanese eating sensation” who has claimed “dozens of competitive eating titles, including downing a world record 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes in July 2011.” That is not a typo. […]

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Be Scared: Cupcakes ATMs are Coming to Dallas

It’s 1 a.m. and you have a massive cupcake craving that’s ruining your entire night. What do you do? Suck it up? Brave the night, albeit cupcakeless, as man was designed to do since the very beginning of time? No, because starting as early as fall, word has it that you can go to a […]

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Panera Bread and Chipotle Now Feature Sous-Vide Cooking

It seems like only yesterday we were all marveling at the new wave in techno cooking: the process of sous-vide. The circulators and gadgets looked fancy and complicated and the results were certainly impressive. Fast forward to the real yesterday and the story in the Huffington Post: How Sous Vide Went From Haute Cuisine To […]

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PizzaMania: “Like” Cane Rosso in Dallas on Facebook, Get $1 Pizza Tonight

Jay Jerrier is either the smartest restaurateur when it comes to using social media effectively or a total social media whore. The distinction doesn’t matter. He has 5,000 “likes” on his Facebook page and, to celebrate, he “doing $1 pizzas tonight at Cane Rosso from 6pm – 9pm.” His goal is to real 10,000 “likes” […]

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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 contact@bolsa.com. 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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Interesting Read: The Truth Behind Food Labels

Every once in a while, usually in a doctor’s office, I come across a magazine article that compels me to tear it out and save for future reference. Thankfully, this piece titled “The Truth Behind Food Labels” is not only in print, you can read it online. In the May-June issue of Audubon magazine, Gretel […]

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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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Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens Ride Again: Snack Opens in Dallas May 22

Whirling dervish chef Avner Samuel and his sidekick chef Jon Stevens are ready to open Snack, their “street-food-inspired-low price-points-small-plates-daily-chalkboard-special restaurant on Henderson in the space formerly known as Horne & Dekker. (Whew!) There will be three bar areas: one with cocktails, wine and beer; the second is a raw bar, but also includes a charcuterie […]

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Bailey’s Prime Plus Reveals New Menu

Ed Bailey certainly has a lot going on all around him. He is retooling the menu at Bailey’s Prime Plus with the help of Nosh Euro Bistro chefs Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens. He is also battling for control of The Chesterfield, his downtown cocktail lounge. I’m still waiting to hear Bailey’s side of The […]

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Spread Eagle Saloon Spreads its Wings Today

Krista Nightengale discovered breastaurant-ish Spread Eagle Saloon last August, and since then we’ve been eager to see how its marketing team would deal with such a, uh, wonderful name. Turns out today is owner Scott Scripps’ Grand Opening Party featuring $3 drinks and live entertainment starting at 8pm. I’d rewrite the rest of the press […]

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Occupy Nana: A Peaceful, Tell-Your-Nana-Love-Stories Protest to Keep it Alive

My plea: I can’t write it, sing it, dance it, or say any better than Neil Sedaka. You can help save Nana by writing your stories about your experiences at Nana. Put on your go-go boots and come-a come-a, down dooby do down, down to the comments.

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Jack in the Box Offers Bacon Milkshakes

The world is going pig-crazy. On Friday, I heard that Jack in the Box was offering a very limited number of bacon milkshakes as a secret menu item. Did anyone get a chance to try one? I almost dropped everything to go search for one, but then I remembered my sanity. Now I’m lying deep […]

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Bits and Bites: Restaurant News

I was away from my computer most of the day yesterday and when I finally got around to reading the food news, I realized I missed some significant action. Here, in no certain order, are a few things  I failed to report. Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins and Mike “Whole In One” Hiller tied in a race […]

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Frito Pie Pizza for Super Bowl Sunday: Pure Genius, or an Unholy Abomination?

I posted a piece over on FrontBurner earlier today about the contribution of Frito Pie, and its forbears, to the history of Western civilization. So, of course, a reader decided to share with me the above photo of her brother’s Frito Pie Pizza. She writes: I know it’s a Boboli crust and then I assume […]

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Restaurant Rant: Why I Continue to (Really) Hate Paula Deen

In August 2008, I traveled to Savannah, Georgia where I dined at Paula Deen’s restaurant Lady & Sons. We ran a post titled “Paula Deen Wants to Kill You.” I wrote: I can still smell the rancid butter that hit us in the face when we walked in the door. I’ve got to find the […]

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Let’s Talk Boxing Day in Dallas!

Hey, hosers! How’s it going, eh? What are your plans for Boxing Day? Betcha Yanks a toonie you didn’t know SideDish is freakin’ huge in Canada! Yep, it’s true, eh? Last time I was in Toronto (Toronnah) I spied some Canadian idiot sporting a toque (two-k) with a big red D on it! My brother-in-law […]

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