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Lab-Grown Meat? Less Sci-Fi and Far More Relevant to the Texas Economy Than You Might Imagine

I listen to a lot of public radio. A couple months ago, my home girl Terri Gross broadcast an interview on Fresh Air that focused on the logistical and ethical questions at play regarding growing meat from stem cells in a laboratory setting. Before you jump to conclusions about real vs. lab-created meat, science writer […]

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Del Frisco’s Hosts Silver Oak Tasting in Dallas

Classic combinations: steak and eggs, ham and cheese, steak and Cabernet. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas matched the cooking of executive chef David Holben with the iconic California Cabernet Sauvignons from Silver Oak Cellars. I was a guest at the dinner which also included other Silver Oak wines, and wines from Silver […]

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Vongeertsem Butcher Shop in Dallas is Closed

According to editor-in-chief, Wick Allison, Vongeertsem Butcher Shop in Oak Lawn is closed.  I’m not sure if they are still working with Artizone, the groovy online grocery store. (Have you tried it?) Anywhoo, I feel guilty for not shopping there and supporting the efforts of owner Greg Geerts. It’s a loss for the local independent […]

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Bob Sambol Leaves Bob’s Steak & Chop House for MCrowd’s Mercury Grill in Dallas

Exclusive! Breaking! Must credit SideDish!! Minutes ago, Bob Sambol told his staff and investors that he is decamping the legendary Bob’s Steak & Chop House to take a job at MCrowd. Come Monday, diners at the Mercury Grill will find Sambol waiting to greet them at the front door. He’ll run that operation and will […]

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Opening Night at La Fiorentina. Bistecca + Napoleon = Una Buona Serata

When La Fiorentina Tuscan Steakhouse opened its doors to the public on Dec. 1, we were first in line. Follow the link for some awesome pictures and to find out what Alberto Lombardi has up his sleeve with his new Tuscan steakhouse. Click here to go to the full review…

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Nick & Sam’s in Dallas Adds a Private Label Wine to Their List

No, they haven’t shut the steakhouse and morphed into a winery. Rather, they have created a private-label wine for sale solely to their restaurant patrons. This is not your average house wine which is usually the least expensive and least explained wine on the list. Nick & Sam’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is an […]

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As the Restaurants Turn: Rumor About Bob Sambol is Not True

Will Bob Sambol have a steak in Mike Modano’s Hully & Mo? Who knows. (Thanks SI for the photo) As the economy continues to kill restaurants, it also fuels the fires beneath the ever-burning rumor mill. One reason why so many stories are flying all over town is simple economics–as restaurants close, the supply of […]

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Harvey Gough Wants You to Feed The United States Army

In 2002, I accompanied Harvey “Goff” Gough, former Goff’s Hamburgers owner and certainly one Dallas’ most “colorful” restaurateurs, to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Our mission was to cook 2,000 steak dinners for the soldiers who had just been deployed to the area. It was quite an experience. Since then, Harvey and his band of loyalists have […]

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New Owners of Bob’s Steak and Chop House Can Legally Call it Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Once upon a time, Bob Sambol’s partner was Bill Lenox. Together they built a powerhouse of a restaurant on Lemmon Avenue. Bill and Bob continued their excellent adventure and planted locations in Denver, Plano, and San Francisco. Then Bob and Bill parted ways. For a while, Bill teamed up with Steve (Cool River, Bob’s Grapevine) […]

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Why Do We Celebrate With Steak?

Why does one bite of steak close a business deal or encourage sex? I dropped by Ocean Prime last night. The place was packed. The mood was festive and celebratory. Over a dry-aged rib-eye and blackened snapper, we attempted to answer the question of why people in Dallas pick fancy steak houses to celebrate a […]

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Bob Sambol’s Bob’s Steak & Chop House Gets New Owners

Bob Sambol likes carrots and his new business partners. Today, Bob Sambol is one happy restaurateur. His current state of bliss comes from the fact that a, for now, secret group of investors stepped up to the auction house plate and outbid Del Frisco’s and BSCH Management, owned by Sambol’s former partner Bill Lenox and […]

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Ocean Prime To Open Thursday on Cedar Springs in Dallas

Guess what, gang? Here comes Ocean Prime, a swanky seafood and steaks restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor patio with a fireplace, a cocktail lounge and piano bar, and private dining rooms. OP is an import. The concept comes from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants which is based in Columbus Ohio. The company operates 17 restaurants with under […]

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Prime Steakhouse Meat Now Available At Retail Markets In Dallas

There is an interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about USDA Prime beef. Costco and Wal-Mart shoppers are finding USDA Prime cuts of tenderloin, porterhouse, and rib-eyes in the meat department. Also, prices for Prime at high-end stores such as Whole Foods are dropping. Why? Business is down in big dollar steak restaurants? Sure, […]

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I Had Lunch With Harvey Gough and All I Got Was Another Black Eye

Seriously. Earlier this morning I walked into Buzzbrews on Lemmon and as I approached the table where sat one Harvey Gough, he reeled his hand back and threw a frozen steak at me. AGAIN. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in a cargo container on an isolated Air Force base in Uzbekistan with […]

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