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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John Tesar Talks Untethered Veal to Wall Street Journal, Plans to Open a Steak Restaurant in Dallas

John Tesar is talking about opening a steak restaurant in Dallas. He’s got it all planned. It will be different. It will be chef-driven. I will be located centrally in the 214.

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Caprock Services Signs Binding Letter Of Intent To Sell Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas

CapRock Services, a Dallas-based financial services company which provides working capital and business solutions to hospitality clients across the United States, has signed a binding Letter of Intent to sell Spoon Bar and Kitchen in Dallas, Texas, to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.

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Teiichi Sakurai Will Open a Ramen Shop in Sylvan|Thirty Called ‘Ten’

Ages ago—too long ago for most of y’all to remember—I wrote that Teiichi Sakurai would be opening a fish market at Sylvan|Thirty, the mixed-use development in West Dallas/North Oak Cliff. (It’s currently being erected as I type this.) Well, forget what I said earlier about the fish market. That’s not happening anymore. Sakurai has switched […]

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Casa Rubia Opens Today at Trinity Groves

Who is ready for the comeback of paella? Starting tonight at 5pm you can get a taste chef Omar Flores’ version at Casa Rubia. The Spanish tapas restaurant in Trinity Groves is a collaboration of Jonn Baudoin and Flores, the team behind the successful Driftwood in Oak Cliff. The menu will focus on their “spin […]

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Another Bill McCrorey Restaurant Bites the Dust: Rare in The Shops at Park Lane is Closed

I was contacted by a man who stopped into Rare Restaurant and Lounge Tuesday and found owner Bill McCrorey and crew closing down. The opulent, two-story restaurant has been in financial trouble since they opened, and a former employee has filed a lawsuit to recover unpaid compensation and health care insurance. The source says they were […]

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Bowen’s Café Expresso is Now Peak Restaurant in Dallas

There has been another change in the space formerly known as Café Expresso. Original owner Dieter Paul, perhaps one of the most charming restaurateurs ever in Dallas, relinquished ownership of Café Express in early 2012. The name changed to Bowen’s Café Expresso and Paul showed up from time to time to cook and greet his […]

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Dallas 1963: The Family Who Sold Tex-Mex to America

Anyone who was a kid in the early ’60s remembers the opening of Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The 212-acre amusement park, built by local real estate developer Angus G. Wynne Jr. and opened on August 5, 1961, changed the way Dallas played. Families, dates, and packs of kids roamed the streets that wove […]

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LUCK in Trinity Groves Opens Tonight for Dinner

Trinity Groves just got a little bit LUCKier with the opening of its new craft beer-inspired restaurant, LUCK. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Three friends—Jeff Dietzman, Daniel Pitman, and Ned Steel—are behind this laid-back concept. You can’t tell by looking at them, but Dietzman and Pitman are actually cousins; their grandmothers were sisters. Dietzman and Steel, […]

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After a Fire and Lots of Remodeling, Oishii (the Sushi Restaurant You’ve All Been Waiting for), is Finally Opening on Monday, Oct. 21

It’s happening, it’s happening. It’s really happening!!! Pinch yourself to make sure it’s true, because Oishii—the pan-Asian restaurant that always could—is finally back and ready for business on Monday, October 21. After a fire destroyed it last year, Oishii at 2525 Wycliff Avenue had to undergo heavy remodeling. Owner Thanh Nguyen, a great sport, has […]

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SOUK Opens in Trinity Groves Today, Menu Features Chef Najat Kaanache’s Cronuts™

As you all know, SOUK opens its pretty Moroccan doors for dinner service today inside Trinity Groves. And, yes, there are cronuts (aka “creative donuts”) on the menu. But we’ll get to that later. Yaser Khalaf (Baboush, Farnatchi), chef Najat Kaanache (who made a splash at the now-defunct Private Social), and Charles Accivatti have teamed […]

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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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Eat This Now: Fried Pickles at Shady’s Burger Joint in Richardson

The fast-casual restaurant business in Richardson is en fuego. The aging Richardson Heights Shopping Center has been renovated and is now home to the groovy Alamo Drafthouse. Haystack Burgers & Barley opened next door and, just across 75 in Richardson’s Chinatown, Jeng Chi has expanded to host 300 diners. Just north of Richardson Heights, you’ll […]

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My Five Cents: Presenting the Check With Dessert

Servers who work in a fine dining restaurant have a hard job. Their task is especially difficult if they choose to perform their duties with poise. A seasoned server assesses each table of customers and controls the pace of the meal accordingly. There is not a one-size-fits-all formula for service. Some customers want detailed food […]

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Restaurateur Yaser Khalaf and Chef Najat Kaanache Open SOUK in Trinity Groves FRIDAY

Chef Najat Kaanache would like you all to know this: “It is very important to me that you know it was my amazing literary agent (also Phil Romano’s, Arnold Schwartzennegar, Dr Phil and Joel Osteen’s agent) Jan Miller and NOT Stephan Pyles that brought me to Dallas. I just met Stephan while I was having dinner […]

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Start Restaurant Hopes to Open Second Location in Oak Lawn

Erin McKool, co-owner of Start Restaurant, is planning to open a second location of Start, the healthy fast food restaurant she opened on Greenville Avenue in August 2012. She’s found a location (4023 Lemmon Avenue between Knight and Throckmorton) which is now a vacant lot just beyond My Fit Foods (the old car has been […]

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Katie and George Brown Return to Catering: Experimental Table

 Katie and George Brown closed their catering company in February 2011 to“find a better balance between work and meaningful time with our triplets.” You might remember: the couple opened a fancy, George, restaurant on Inwood and Lovers in 2004, where Fireside Pies now sits, and just after they got rolling, Katie got pregnant. Like, really pregnant. […]

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