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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5 Crawfish Boils in Dallas, Frisco, Lewisville, and Plano

It’s definitely crawfish season again, and I know some of you have been looking for places to dig in with your clinchers. Here are five crawfish boils that I’ve found through rigorous Google searching. (You guys are lucky. There’s practically a boil happening every weekend from now until May.) Sunday, April 7 Aw Shucks is […]

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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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Marc Cassel Readies to Open 20 Feet Seafood Joint in East Dallas

Timmy was wandering around East Dallas last night and spied Chef Marc Cassel tinkering around in his soon-to-open restaurant, 20 Feet Seafood Joint. Cassel is waiting for his final CO which he expects soon. The 50-seat seafood joint, in a defunct hair salon at 1160 Peavy Road, will feature lobster rolls, oysters (hot trend), and clams […]

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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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Restaurant Review: Driftwood in Oak Cliff

Dallas is octopus crazy. It’s the exotic protein of the moment, popping up on menus all over the city. Chefs love it. Foodies brazenly order it, as if the photogenic cephalopod is some culinary badge of courage. But many local diners are still skeptical. At least that was my take when the waiter delivered my […]

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Chalk Talk: Pairing Red Fish With Cheese at Scardello Artisan Cheese

That was one of the combinations I tried the other night at an unusual Seafood and Cheese tasting at Scardello Artisan Cheese on Oak Lawn. The class was hosted by Scardello and TJ’s Seafood Market. The protagonist’s point of view, which they promoted with the finest techniques of crack marketing, was that seafood and cheese […]

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Tonight Only: Snapper Throats at Urbano Café in East Dallas

Wow, what a day for East Dallas in the race to be the hippest section of Dallas. The Kaufman’s of Urbano Café have teamed up with Captain Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood Market and together they have scored a batch of snapper throats. “Some say it’s the best white meat on the planet!, says chef […]

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More Details on the New TJ’s Seafood Market in the Shops at Highland Park

Man, you folks in the Highland Park/Oak Lawn area are in for a big treat once October 1 arrives. I know Nancy already reported earlier that Jon Alexis, the owner of TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market announced he’s opening a second location at 4212 Oak Lawn (which is right smack dab next to Julian Barsotti’s Italian market […]

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New Menu at Café Pacific. Executive Chef Bill Trevino Leaves For Austin.

Café Pacific owner Jack Knox hired Gang of Five chef  and consultant Anne Greer McCann to rework the menu at the tony seafood restaurant in Highland Park Village. Ms. McCann worked with executive chef Bill Trevino to update the seafood-centric menu. (I’ve acquired a copy of the work in progress below. Sorry Jack, I have […]

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Restaurant News: Bits and Bites

Pearl Cup Coffee will open a new location in Richardson in late August or early September. The shop will be in the II Creeks shopping center at 2701 Custer Pkwy near the Richardson Community Theater. Besides coffee creations, they will sell beer and wine. The North Texas Food Bank has formed The Round Table, a group […]

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‘Burbalicious: Where I Ate in Lewisville

To gear you guys up for July’s Best Suburbs issue, I’m traveling to ten different ‘burbs in the DFW area for a semi-weird cross-city food tour. I’ll be documenting all my finds in these ‘Burbalicious posts that’ll be peppered throughout June and July. If you feel like your suburb deserves a shot at some SideDish […]

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Why Icelandic Food Rocks My World

Georgia Fisher is a reporter for D’s sister publications Park Cities People, Preston Hollow People, and Oak Cliff People. In May, she tagged along on a group trip through Iceland’s capital and countryside. She rocked my world when she enlightened me about Quiznos’ Choose 2 menu. I figured a vacationing American couldn’t gain weight in Iceland, what with […]

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TJ’s Seafood Market to Open a Second Location in the Shops at Highland Park

TJ’s Seafood Market, the fish-and-more-and-beyond shop in Preston Forest, is adding a second location next door to Julian Barsotti’s recently opened Carbone’s in the Shops at Highland Park. Jon Alexis, the king salmon of the family-run business says there will be no changes to the original market which has been open since 1989. The new […]

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Copper River KING Salmon Arrive in Dallas Today

Many feel Copper River salmon is best wild salmon in the world. Others think it’s a fine fish with a fabulous marketing department.  Seafood snobs refer to it as Stupid River Salmon because they feel it is over-hyped and over-priced. Three years ago, SideDish conducted a blind tasting of salmon. Jammin With Wild Salmon took […]

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