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DFW Restaurant Week 2013: Servers of the Week From The Grape, Hibiscus, and MesoMaya

Thanks to three SideDish readers we have three servers who worked their butts off last week during DFW Restaurant Week 2013. Give them a hand and a big tip. From JP: Ashley Preuss, Hibiscus She jumped through hoops for us Saturday night at Hibiscus and it didn’t start that way. Our dinner companions weren’t in […]

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DFW Restaurant Week 2013: Server of the Week is Connie Frances Forbin of the French Room

We had some technical issues on Friday that prohibited me from announcing the Server of the Week for the first stretch of DFW Restaurant Week. SideDish reader and tweeter, T.J. Griffin, sends a photo (Below) of his experience at the French Room. Connie is no stranger to this award. She’s been serving at the French […]

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‘Excuse Me, Waiter, How Much is Your Restaurant’s Mouse-Spotting Discount?’

Last weekend I was dining in a nice, popular restaurant in Grapevine. My companions and I were enjoying our meal, and I was in the midst of telling another of my famously captivating anecdotes when my wife dared to interrupt me to point out there was a (non-human) animal crawling around the floor just behind […]

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Sneak Peek: John Tesar’s Spoon Bar and Kitchen Opens Today

John Tesar is having the best week of his life. Wednesday, he rocked Tom Colicchio’s kitchen on the first episode of Top Chef: Seattle; and yesterday, he softly opened his new seafood concept, Spoon Kitchen + Bar in Preston Center. It’s right across Westchester Drive from Hopdoddy and Texas Family Fitness, which makes dinner more fun […]

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Excuse Me, Waiter! I Mean, Server? How Shall I Refer to You?

The great Glenn Mitchell, host of KERA’s The Glenn Mitchell Show, once asked me if people who make a living waiting on tables prefer to be called waiters/waitresses or servers. I replied servers. I was a guest on his show at the time and the phone lines lit up with servers who demanded to be […]

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Restaurant Review: Kenny’s Italian Kitchen in North Dallas

You’d be surprised to learn how hard it can be for dining critics to find volunteers to join them on a review. So imagine my joy when, after inviting friends and family to join me at Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, I was flooded with gushing replies. “Oh, please,” my sister-in-law said. “I’m dying to go there.” […]

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Social 121 in Plano is Riding on the Struggle Bus

Oh, shoot. Teresa Gubbins has word that Social 121 in Plano discharged its kitchen staff, including recent hire Christopher Short, manager Abe Aguirre, and chef Jason Skinner. The staff was dismissed in early March, shortly after our contributor Andrew Chalk revisited the bar/restaurant for a second tasting and declared, “Almost one year after its opening, […]

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Spring Menu Released at Pyramid Restaurant in Dallas

The Pyramid Restaurant and Bar at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas hosted a media dinner to showcase their spring menu. Chef André Natera is using more than just seasonal ingredients to create special dishes. His inspiration comes from Spring, a time of renewal,  warmer temperatures, and growth. The rooftop garden at the hotel is starting […]

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Restaurant Review: The Commissary at One Arts Plaza in Dallas

In the October issue of D Magazine, Teresa Gubbins tells us what she thinks about The Commissary. In a profession loaded with bad boys, chef John Tesar stands out. Mercurial, dismissive, he’s a hyperactive hothead with a self-destructive streak so legendary that his old pal Anthony Bourdain has written about it. Tesar is so good […]

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Point CounterPoint: Should Dallas Restaurants Have a Time Limit?

[Ed. note: George poses this, in my opinion, stupid question. I am challenging him with, in my opinion, a smarter one.] George: A couple of weeks ago, a Zagat survey reported that 60% of dinners in New York supported a time limit which allows the restaurant to boot you from your table so they can […]

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I Wish To No Longer Be Called “Beautiful Lady.” Is That Too Much To Ask?

Last night, after yet another painful waiter experience that started with, “Hello, beautiful lady,” and ended with “Would the lovely ladies like dessert?” I have decided that it’s time to say enough! Enough with the obsequiousness. Enough with the platitudes. Enough! Nancy called attention to the issue of false fawning in her recent review of […]

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Week Two: 2011 KRLD Restaurant Week Server of the Week is Connie Frances Forbin of The French Room

Thanks to all who took the time to recognize their server this week during KRLD Restaurant Week. This week I’m happy to see Connie Frances Forbin rise to the top. No surprise, Connie has been at The French Room for at least 20 years. She is charming, warm, and professional. Connie received several votes but […]

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Table Tales: Hector Garcia Reports Customers From Hell

Last night I received Hector Garcia’s weekly newsletter. In it was this little gem of a story. I thought I’d share. “We are foodies!” These words scare most waiters, but not because they are afraid of foodies. People who ARE foodies, show themselves by what they order, what they drink, and how they act in a […]

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An Unbiased, Around-Town Mini Tasting With Chef and Simply Suppers Author Jennifer Chandler

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my old friend, chef/cookbook author/radio & TV host Jennifer Chandler (in town from Memphis to sign copies of her latest book, Simply Suppers). I don’t deny that I sweated the restaurant choices a little; after all we only had one day and Jennifer did earn […]

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Opening Night at La Fiorentina. Bistecca + Napoleon = Una Buona Serata

When La Fiorentina Tuscan Steakhouse opened its doors to the public on Dec. 1, we were first in line. Follow the link for some awesome pictures and to find out what Alberto Lombardi has up his sleeve with his new Tuscan steakhouse. Click here to go to the full review…

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Best Server of KRLD Restaurant Week Number Two: Brandon Smoot, Come on Down!

We asked you to pay attention to servers who went above and beyond the call of duty to make your KRLD Restaurant Week memorable. Last week, Amber Zuniga and Johan Mand of Charlie Palmer shared the honor as Best Servers of KRLD Restaurant Week Number One. The winner for week number two is Brandon Smoot […]

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SideDish Contest: Best Servers of KRLD Restaurant Week Number Two

Congrats to the winners of last week’s contest. Now, let’s get busy and vote for the server who will take honors next Monday. If you have a server who goes above and beyond the call of RW duty, take a picture and get their name. E-mail details to me (nancyn@dmagazine.com)

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