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Eat This Now: Village Kitchen’s Lobster Thermidor with Mac and Cheese

As seen in the November 2013 issue. Mac and cheese | Elbow pasta is baked with Gruyere, smoked cheddar, and a Parmesan cream sauce. It’s topped with breadcrumbs and more Parmesan and browned. Lobster | Maine lobster is boiled for three minutes. The meat is removed from the shell and mixed with creme fraiche, roasted […]

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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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Malai Kitchen’s Thai Me Up Dinner Featured Fish Heads and Weasel Coffee

Thursday night’s Thai Me Up dinner was awesome. We sat on the patio at Malai Kitchen, which was wrapped in big plastic sheets to prevent entry from unwanted pests. Across the tables were giant banana leaves and little pools of candlelit petals. Wine glasses sat next to the eager guests, who were being chatted up […]

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People We Love: Chef David Anthony Temple

You’ve heard of Chef DAT. He’s the mysterious fella who sends out equally mysterious emails every Tuesday about underground dinners in weird, secretive places. Sometimes they rhyme, sometimes they make absolutely no sense at all. But more often than not, they’re entertaining, and people always have a ball-of-a-good-time at his dinners. This good ‘ole Southern […]

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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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Fourth of July Guide: 4 Dallas Chefs’ Favorite Cookout Recipes

This July 4, don’t settle for your usual hot-dog-and-hamburger routine. Four Dallas chefs are sharing their secrets and tips for the tastiest Independence Day cookout your neighborhood has ever seen. Step it up a notch with Lockhart’s spicy adobo sauce, Komali’s pineapple habanero ribs, TJ’s grilled salmon with cucumber dill sauce, and Chino’s teriyaki steak […]

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Photo Recap: Copper River Salmon with Alaskan Brewing Company

It’s Copper River salmon season and that means a couple of things. First of all, Copper River salmon families will be torn apart and tested to their core. The salmon families that inhabit the river will be ripped apart, made destitute, and turn some young, unassuming salmon teenagers to do unspeakable things. It also means […]

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Fish

It’s that special wild salmon season time of the year again, and three places (that I know of) are celebrating with fresh fish. Here’s where you can catch your favorite omega-3 source sources in Dallas this year. 1. Whiskey Cake From the marketing coordinator’s mouth: “This year, Whiskey Cake is going straight to the source […]

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Eat This Now: TJ’s Connecticut-Style Lobster Roll with Old Bay Potatoes

LOBSTER | A 1.25-pound fresh lobster is steamed and the meat is removed. It is then warmed in a pan with hot clarified butter, lemon zest, shallot, garlic, and fresh thyme. GARNISH | The sandwich is garnished with lemon zest, thyme, and julienned spring onions. BREAD | A La Spiga Bakery custom 8-inch challah bun […]

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Marc Cassel’s Fish Story: Why it Took Him 25 Years to Open 20 Feet Seafood Joint

Tim “Pied Piper of Peavy” Rogers lives in East Dallas. He loves East Dallas. He is a frequent customer at Goodfriend. In this month’s D Magazine, Timmy writes a nice piece on Marc Cassel and the special camaraderie that exists between the chefs, cooks, beer folks, and restaurateurs of East Dallas. Some of the history goes way […]

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What To Drink Now: Merriman Wines with TJ’s Seafood

Last night I had the opportunity to join the monthly wine dinner held at the new location of TJ’s Seafood Market featuring the wines of Dallasite, Mike Merriman. I was a guest of TJ’s owner, Jon Alexis, who firmly believes the best food to pair with wine is seafood, confirming he is in the right […]

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