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My Five Cents: Servers Who Interrupt Table Conversation

It’s been a little over a year since I decided to step down as the lead dining critic at D Magazine. I still write a few reviews, but, for the most part, my outings to restaurants now are social. I’ve never said anything to a server to alter their method of service. Would you mind telling me how you deal with these monsters?

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My Five Cents: Presenting the Check With Dessert

Servers who work in a fine dining restaurant have a hard job. Their task is especially difficult if they choose to perform their duties with poise. A seasoned server assesses each table of customers and controls the pace of the meal accordingly. There is not a one-size-fits-all formula for service. Some customers want detailed food […]

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Restaurant Review: Nosh Euro Bistro

I can’t help but feel sorry for independent restaurant owners who can’t depend on their service staff when they are out of the restaurant. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I write about my recent visit to Nosh. When owners Celeste and Avner Samuel are in the house, the service sings smoothly. On […]

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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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‘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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KRLD Restaurant Week 2012 Server of the Week: Peter Hemery of Stephan Pyles

Let’s raise our Baccarat Champagne flutes in a toast to Peter Hemery of Stephan Pyles. Peter is a server who was noted by two SideDish readers for providing stellar service during the madness of KRLD Restaurant Week. One writes: I would like to nominate Peter from Stephan Pyles for RW server of the week.Peter along with management team, […]

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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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