Dallas, consider this press release my Monday morning gift to you. You’re welcome.
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“Dallas, don’t be surprised if you see a Moose driving down the highway or floating in the sky. Dallas will have its share of “Moose sightings” this month due to the Grand Opening of Dallas’ first Smiling Moose Deli location in West Plano at Hebron Parkway/Park Boulevard, one block west of Midway. The Colorado based company will be one of Dallas’ hippest new delis providing patrons with breakfast, lunch and dinner selections, hearty portions and fresh ingredients far superior than their competitors…all served in a warm, (sic) décor with hints of both Colorado and Texas, as seen by (sic) their ski, snowboard and professional sports collections.
Grand Opening Day is this Thursday, September 15th from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. Festivities will begin when Mo the Moose (the official mascot of Smiling Moose Deli) arrives as Dallas’ newest resident by air in a giant 6 story tall hot air balloon.
But wait, there’s more…
A commenter in another post pointed out he showed up to eat at Burger Girl and found it closed. I understand the once building that once housed Chez Gerard and Cubanita has already been leased by another restaurant group and will be making an announcement on a new concept early next week. Until the, we’ll wait. Unless you want to guess.12 Comments »
In light of Mother Nature’s recent brutality, it’s no wonder that everyone we know is using these recent cooler days as an excuse to run to their favorite outdoor patio. I, myself, spent a good 30 minutes this morning in the backyard throwing the tennis ball with the new dog, soaking up the breezy 72 degree air, and making plans for which patios I’m going to hit throughout this noticeably cooler (and shorter) week. I’m liking the idea of Ginger Man, and the outdoor tables at NorthPark make me very happy for a little post-movie chit-chat. Then, of course, there’s BarBelmont, the upstairs and downstairs patios at Alma, the outdoor tables at The Old Monk, etc, etc. I could go on for weeks.
How about you? When the breeze kicks up and lunchtime, happy hour, or dinnertime calls, where would your friends be most likely to find you?
This just in from a very creative disher. Talk about throwing down the gauntlet:
I liked your post about Labor Day-themed cocktails yesterday and was wondering if anyone had ideas. I have come up with some names, but feel at a loss when it comes to actually concocting an interesting drink. Anyone want to come up with a drink to match the following names?
Grover Cleavland’s Compromise
The Pullman Strike
The Haymarket Affair
End of Summer Swizzler
Samuel Gompers Dream
The New Deal
White Shoe Sayonara
Jimmy Hoffa Locator
C’mon people. It’s the Friday before a long weekend. Let’s procrastinate by designing some drinks in the comments section! I will personally concoct the best of the best and detail the expereince in words (and pictures if possible) on Tuesday.1 Comment »
Despite the heat, I’m seeing an uptick in the number of restaurants advertising their dog friendly patios. In mid-2008 the City of Dallas amended their ordinance allowing dogs on restaurant patios under certain conditions, such as no outside food prep, entering only through an outdoor entrance, leashed only, and not allowed to sit on tables, chairs, or counter tops.
I might take some heat for it here on SideDish, but I’m just not a fan of dogs on a restaurant patio. While 90% of dogs (and their owners) are well-behaved, that leaves 1 out of 10 that are not. When I lived in Europe, it was very common to have dogs on the patios and inside of the restaurants, roaming at will and sitting on chairs. I’ve had my fill of dogs sniffing around my table.
So let’s just throw this open for discussion. Are you a fan of dog friendly patios? Have you had any problems?
Bark.34 Comments »
Men’s Health, the magazine I refer to as Abs! Abs!Abs! just launched a “Manliest Restaurant in America” contest. There are 45 restaurants on the list and two of them are from Dallas. Read all about it:
Maple & Motors and Bob’s Steakhouse are included among our 45 nominated restaurants in nine regions across the country. I thought you might want to encourage your readers to visit and vote for their favorite Southwest restaurant.
M&M is nominated cuz: “Packs of guys and families alike gather inside a nondescript little building in Dallas so short and squat it looks like it has a flat-top haircut, kicking it to the jukebox and chomping thick jalapeno-cheddar burgers and brisket sandwiches.” And Bob’s?: “It’s a classic steak joint where rich men with outsized egos feast upon hunks of prime beef with beautiful women of almost unfair proportions. It’s Texas, in every sense of the word.”
Well, down here we all know “rich men with outsized egos” is redundant. And “packs of guys”? The collective noun I would have chosen would have been “a rout of guys.” Why? Because the dudes at M & M tend to howl. So is it not “manly” to eat at a breastaurant? I’m so confused.
On Sept. 15, Quesa-D-Ya’s will open a new location in on Sandy Lake in Coppell serving the 75019 zip code. This Dallas-based eatery riffs on the pizza delivery theme by delivering quesadillas, which they market as a fast, healthy alternative to pizza. Menu items range from the Smokey Mountain D-Ya to the garden fresh Bruschetta D-Ya. Salsa is made fresh, in-store each day.
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“Quesa-D-Ya’s was born from the frustration that is pizza delivery. We were convinced that delivery could be done fresher, faster, more innovative & exciting. All in all, we thought it could be done BETTER,” explains Paul Oltmann, co-founder of Quesa-D-Ya’s.
‘Scuse me while I saddle up my high horse. Am I the only woman who is concerned about the sudden surge in Breastaurants. I mean really 35 additional Twin Peaks? A bar opening in downtown called The Spread Eagle? Seriously boys? How would you like to take your daughter into one of the restaurant’s the gals in our office just conceptualized. We call them Peteries.
Hunky Town, Twin Pricks, Tooter’s, Pecker’s Hot Italian Sausage, Tube Steak Junction, Cake Balls to the Walls, Nuts and Butts, Quickies, Long Dong Silver, Tally Whacker’s, Love Mussels, Wee Willie’s, Twig and Berries.
Ladies, the floor is open.53 Comments »
Like I said, it’s a slow news day. But I was gTalking with a friend of mine and she and I were fantasizing about what we would eat if we could eat anything we wanted right now. I’m still looking for a Hatch chile cheeseburger. She’s jonsing for mojito sorbet. You?25 Comments »
In the early 1970s, Julia Child, that awkward, unlikely figurehead from the front of the mid-century culinary ship, had me at bonjour. Like many of you, I spent many formative (pre-cable) hours following Julia on PBS, enchanted by her stilted speech, her soap-and-water directness, and her unapologetic rapture in the kitchen.
Years later, in 1988, my college boyfriend and I drove to Virginia so that I could meet his grandmother, Maimie, for the first time. During our visit, she flooded me with stories of her college roommate at Smith, who just happened to be Julia McWilliams (pre-Child). According to the birdlike Maimie, they called each other by the nicknames “Skinny” and “Fatty.” Maimie was the latter. And Julia—or Skinny—was a domestic lost-cause.
But I digress.
Julia would have been 99 this week, and in honor of her royal rightness, HuffPost compiled nine of their favorite episodes of The French Chef, Julia Child & Company and Julia & Jacques: Cooking at Home. The omelette episode, especially, takes me back to that vinyl couch in our sunroom, where I spent many a Saturday afternoon glued to the set (and the vinyl) as Julia stumbled through sentences and tried to find something to do with her hands when they weren’t actively engaged in pinching dough and swinging a cleaver. Revisiting those clips today feels like opening a window on a breezy fall day. Join me in enjoying them.
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My favorite tweet of the morning comes from Garden Cafe:
Any of our fans own laying hens? What’s your experience with them? Should we try it out?
The idea of backyard chickens always makes me think of Martha Stewart and her fancy birds. Regardless, urban livestock is cool, and I’m sure Garden Cafe would love to hear from you poultry-philes in the comments section.
Last night John Tesar played a 53-year old geezer chef on a thrilling episode of Food Network’s Extreme Chef. He faced two younger chefs: Joe, a douchey New York dude who was once a private chef for Donald Trump; and Greg, a Portland chef who couldn’t cut it in medical school so he quit and went to the CIA.
Tesar was confident from the start. “I run 10 miles a day,” Tesar gloated. After that, he works all day and night. The competition took place on a 60-acre farm in Malibu Canyon and the premise had the chefs running all over the place to source ingredients.
HEARTY BREAKFAST was the segment. To obtain eggs, the chefs had to conquer a “crop-stical course” made of bales of hay formed into various tunnels and towers. Tesar, a virtual Jack LaLane, was first to the eggs (he picked duck!) and he won the first competition soundly with his ginger and duck egg French toast. (I think there was a fruit salad and some whiskey involved, but I can’t read my notes, and I refuse to rerun the show.) It only matters that when the Simon Cowell wannabe (and lookalike) host announced Tesar as the winner, Tesar took a modest Zen-like bow. Tesar is now the master of “the unconventional use of an egg.”
No, it’s not over. There are still 45 minutes left in the show. Here we go.11 Comments »
Our fab food photographer Kevin Marple is out and about today. He just made a brilliant observation. He says Hooters, Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, and Redneck Heaven are all within 1 mile of each other on I-35 in Lewisville. Breastaurant Row!6 Comments »
The Tesar is on The TV tonight. He will appear on The Food Network’s EXtreme Chef at 9PM. I believe The Tesar is hosting The Watching Party with specials on wine. Tonight’s episode “Survive The Farm” sounds exciting. Listen:
Three chefs travel to a farm to dig for their own ingredients, but a powerful dust storm stops them in their tracks. And one chef almost quits after a cow he’s milking goes mad.
Tune in to see which chef goes mad with the cow. Spoiler alert: It couldn’t be The Tesar. He’s already mad.
The full press release is below the fold. I haven’t read it, I just looked at the pictures. Twin Peaks, a Dallas-based breasteraurant, that features attractive waitresses, excuse me, Twin Peak Girls. I guess they had a contest because they have picked a winner. You can read the press release below.
Here is my question: Brittany is a lovely girl but don’t you think the winner of Miss Twin Peaks would, how do I say this, have significant peaks? Okay, sorry. I’m a big fat procrastinator promoting sexism.7 Comments »
I know, I know, it’s a slow news day (and I’m feeling lethargic after lunch), but I thought I’d throw this debate out there anyway:
IKEA is having their annual Kräftskiva (or all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish party) on August 19. $9.99 for adults/$2.49 for kids under 12.
My question: Is this something you’d attend?
Before you jump to answer, here are some points to consider:
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This just in from a perplexed reader:
Help! My 76 year-old mother is coming to visit next week and she doesn’t like spicy food. I mean REALLY doesn’t like it. At all. She won’t eat salsa—she even thinks sausage on pizza is too spicy—but she loves to go out to eat. We’ve tried taking her to our favorite Indian or Mexican restaurants and asking them to prepare the food mild, but it never comes out truly mild. It’s harder than I thought to come up with non-spicy food that’s not bland or generic. I need suggestions of where to take her. Please don’t say burgers or Applebee’s; there’s got to be something better out there. Something not spicy, but not lowbrow either.
Dishers? Dish!26 Comments »