Restaurant Review: Lark on the Park in Dallas

It seems rather small-town to boast about having an “urban experience” at any Dallas restaurant, let alone one perched on the edge of downtown. Certainly, ennui-swathed Manhattan crowds never coo over that heady feeling one gets when cars buzz by a packed street-side patio as glowing skyscrapers set an enchanted backdrop. No, citizens of world-class […]

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Restaurant Review: Peak & Elm Cocina y Bar in Dallas

There was a lot of buzz when this 50-seat American/Mexican joint opened in February in New East Dallas. Most of the excitement came from the fact that Peak & Elm is owned by the Moreno family, operators of two outposts of La Popular Tamale House. We arrived at 1 pm hoping to miss the lunch […]

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Restaurant Review: St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin in Dallas

It has been too many years since I last visited St. Pete’s. Seconds after I bellied up to the bar, I scolded myself for not having this popular restaurant/bar on my short list. I’d forgotten the welcoming spirit of the interior: large marlins appear to dance across the brick walls; bartenders pull tap handles while […]

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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. […]

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Restaurant Review: Carbone’s Fine Food & Wine in Dallas

Julian Barsotti’s decision to open Carbone’s was inspired by his great-grandfather, Angelo Pasquale “James” Carbone, who was born in Naples and immigrated to the United States in 1898 when he was 8 years old. In the late 1920s, Carbone was a waiter at Gallagher’s Steakhouse, in Manhattan, the restaurant and speakeasy frequented by gamblers, show […]

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Restaurant Review: Chicken Scratch

As seen in our July 2013 issue. As chef and co-owner Tim Byres explains it, ditching Chicken Scratch’s bone-in fried chicken breasts for fried chicken biscuit sandwiches was a reaction to customer demand, making the hip home-cooking spot and its next-door sibling bar The Foundry a cohesive experience. It’s not that the previous menu was […]

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Restaurant Review: The Slow Bone in Dallas

Jack Perkins, co-owner of The Slow Bone and Maple and Motor, seems to attract more press than the food he serves. However, today I’d present a review of his barbecue joint, The Slow Bone. The meat, other than the pork, was excellent. The pea salad stole my heart. Jack Perkins has mastered the art of […]

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Restaurant Review: Belly and Trumpet in Dallas

It took Brian Zenner 10 years to achieve his goal of running a kitchen geared to his “soulful global” approach to cooking. His big break came a little more than a year and a half ago, when he was plucked from the kitchen of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek by first-time restaurateurs Tiffanee and […]

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My Five Cents: Should Dining Critics Send Back Food?

I just read Leslie Brenner’s review of Kenny’s Smoke House (subscription required). In it she writes “It wasn’t until she [server] delivered everyone else’s main courses that she told me she’d been mistaken: It was Cajun-spiced and blackened. Go ahead and bring it, I said, not wanting to wait. But like the chicken, it looked […]

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Restaurant Review: Dough Pizzeria in Dallas

We were a party of two adults and two children. We ordered two glasses of wine, two salads, and three pizzas. We paid $127.01. I probably wouldn’t have gasped so loud when the bill came if the food had been better. The kitchen uses high-quality ingredients; they deserve to be cooked and served properly. It […]

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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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Eat This Now: Murgh Vindaloo at Mughlai Restaurant in Dallas

This Indian restaurant, owned by Sonia and Javeed Khan, specializes in the cuisine of Northern India and includes traditional and modern preparations of hearty dishes from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Goa. If you are a fearful fan of Indian food, you will find familiar items such as chicken tikka masala and saag paneer. If you are […]

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Restaurant Review: Dish in Dallas

While several high-profile local chefs have been hogging the headlines, chef Garreth Dickey has quietly created one of the finest menus in town. Dickey—whose résumé includes stints at Star Canyon, the original Green Room, Jeroboam, The Porch, and Hibiscus—now deserves his turn in the spotlight. Between the Caesar salad, scallops, and New York strip on […]

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Restaurant Review: Start Restaurant in Dallas

If you are a seasoned chauffeur of children, the idea of adding a drive-through window to a restaurant won’t seem like a novel one. You have already spent years of your life shouting food orders into clown faces, dropping the change from a cashier’s hand, and picking cold fries out of car seats. But what […]

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Restaurant Review: Rosemont in Deep Ellum

I’ve dined at Rosemont four or five times and it has never been crowded. I’d love to see this restaurant, and more like it, succeed in Deep Ellum. Go. Eat. Report. Chef/owner Tracy Miller has spent the last nine years creating refined and stylish American food at Local, her dinner-only restaurant in the BoydHotel. At Rosemont, she […]

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