Find a back issue

Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs

Welcome to Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs. Lots of news with an attitude.

Full Story

Alinea’s Grant Achatz Considers a Baby Ban, Sparks National Debate

Back in September, Nancy wrote about Battuto, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in North Dallas, taking to Facebook when a family of four had a fussy kid. Y’all left your (mostly) pleasant thoughts in the comments.

Today, one of the biggest restaurant stories circulating the web is also focused kids. Well, actually babies. On Saturday, a couple brought their 8-month-old to Alinea, a fine-dining establishment in Chicago with three Michelin stars. Three. Not exactly a neighborhood restaurant where dining next to a noisy kid is a little more understandable.

Full Story

What’s the Big Fuss About Oishii?

Before you guys start raising your pitchforks, hear me out. Like all of you Oishii fans, I’ve been rooting for this restaurant’s comeback. The owner, Thanh Nguyen, is an Asian-American like me. His Pan-Asian sushi restaurant suffered through a fire on December 30, 2012, and it’s taken him almost 10 months to re-open. Nguyen deserves a […]

Full Story

First Look: Tanoshii Ramen in Deep Ellum

Tanoshii, Tanoshii, Tanoshii. It’s all that’s on everybody’s lips these days. Okay, maybe just mine. But you have to admit that Dallas’ first ramen shop is a pretty exciting event. Pizza (meh), burgers (meh), but a brand new place for noodles? Yeahhh. Yesterday, as soon as the clock hit 4:30 p.m., I raced out of […]

Full Story

It’s Raining Restaurants!

Every time I blink there’s a new restaurant getting ready to open. It’s getting so hectic I can barely keep track of anything. You too, right?? Organization is key. Here’s a snapshot of this week in restaurant openings so we’re all in this together. Pound it. Tuesday, September 24 Savor - Klyde Warren Park’s first restaurant. […]

Full Story

Kitchen LTO Delays Opening to Wednesday, September 11

I’ve already typed out all the details for Kitchen LTO here, so I don’t feel the need to talk your ears off again. (Short version: Norman Grimms is the chef, Coeval Studios designed the space.) This modern French/American restaurant will only last four months until a new chef and designer team takes over Kitchen LTO, […]

Full Story

Najat Kaanache Partners with Yaser Khalaf. Souk at Trinity Groves is Their First Project

Former Private Socal (PS) chef Najat Kaanache has joined forces with Yaser Khalaf, owner of Baboush, Farnatchi, Ketchup, and former partner at Medina, to create Azurite Restaurant Concepts. For those of you who don’t watch Jeopardy!, azurite is a deep blue mineral common in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Kaanache, also known as The Pilgrim […]

Full Story

The Best Chicken Fried Steak in Dallas

When did life get so freaking crazy? Everybody is running around in a panic. Food trucks are invading Pecan Lodge. A hysterical reader emailed me this morning. She went to Peggy Sue Barbecue last night and they were closed. She thought forever. She said, “Say it ain’t so.” “It ain’t so.” It was Labor Day […]

Full Story

The Battle for Pecan Lodge: DF Market Holding Sends in Tanks, I Mean a Food Truck

Café Momentum’s Chad Houser tweeted a picture of the Katy Trail Ice House food truck parked outside of Pecan Lodge on Saturday with the message: “Hey @RobertWilonsky and @NancyNichols, look what’s parked outside Pecan Lodge today. Pretty classless.” ‘Natch Big Bob was “@viva_chato Hunh. Good thing I was l already headed that way to check in […]

Full Story

Rusty Taco at Main Street Garden to Close on September 14. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen Will Take Over

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is working on Labor Day Weekend. This morning they confirmed the rumor we posted earlier this week and announced Joe Groves and Chef Russell Mertz, of Ellen’s Southern Kitchen in the West End, as the new operators at Main Street Garden. Rusty Taco, the current vendor, is expected to close on September 14.  A yet unnamed café will expand […]

Full Story

Eat This Now: Filet Mignon Pizza at Battuto Italian Kitchen in North Dallas

The other night I popped into Battuto Italian Kitchen in North Dallas. This casual restaurant is owned by radio personalities Gene & Julie Gates. The menu boasts handmade pastas, pizzas, clean vegetable puree soups, and fresh seafood and Italian specialites. They are devoted to  fresh, local, and seasonal products and offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. […]

Full Story