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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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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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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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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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