Pop-Up Ramen Shops, Oscar-Watching Parties, and Other Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 22-24

Fun Friday Fact Time: On Wednesday, some crazy winemakers dropped four cases of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into Charleston Harbor. No big deal. They’re just trying to replicate the taste of wine that’s been found from shipwrecks. FRIDAY Ramen, ramen, ramen! After I read about these pop-up ramen shops on craveDFW, my instinct was to hide […]

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Sneak Peek: Tried and True by Nick Badovinus

Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: […]

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Report From TexSom 2012: Ryan Tedder of FT33 Named Texas’ Best Sommelier

The Texas Sommelier Association’s 8th annual international wine conference at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas ended last night. The closing ceremonies included the announcement that Ryan Tedder of FT33 Restaurant in Dallas is Texas’ Best Sommelier. The Texas’ Best Sommelier Competitions is run behind the scenes  during the two-day conference organized […]

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, August 10-12

It’s Friday and you’ve started to rely on my posts to get you through the weekend. This is good. This is very good. Lucky for you, I’ve picked out the best ways you can waste your time actually doing something. Friday Late  Night at Scardello is exactly where you want to be tonight. If you […]

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Stoney’s Wine Lounge Opens in East Dallas

Score another win for East Dallas. This just in from Diane Savage of Stoney’s Wine Shop: We are offering wine by the glass and by the bottle, cheese, charcuterie, and antipasto in a warm, contemporary, comfortable ambiance. Our new décor enhances the dynamic architectural elements of this historic wine venue (which began as Grailey’s by Lee […]

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Suddenly Silent: John Tesar Has Disappeared From Dallas

I’ve cruised past the construction site of John Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon in Preston Center, several times this month and noticed zero activity. The permits were not on the windows and there was no construction taking place. Yesterday I checked Tesar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, then texted and called him, and nothing. Last night I […]

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Two Restaurants to Open at Klyde Warren Park. Lark is One

The developers of Klyde Warren Park (The Park) have been busy building the 5-acre green space that covers Woodall Rogers Freeway. The area will connect the Arts District and downtown with Uptown. The $110 million dollar attraction will feature fountains, a botanical garden, a performance stage, a children’s garden, real trees and grasses, and a […]

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Monica Greene is Making Some Changes: She’s Leaving Monica’s Aca Y Alla to Open Monica’s Nueva Cocina and ME Lounge

Monica Greene has never been afraid of change. Moments ago she told me she is leaving the business of Monica’s Aca Y Alla in Deep Ellum to her partners who will close the restaurant at 2914 Main Street, remodel the space, and reopen as a yet-to-be-named Mexican restaurant. Monica is moving all of her energy […]

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Open Letter to Mark Cuban: Shark Tank for Dallas Restaurateurs? I’d Watch it!

Dear Mark, I am addicted to Shark Tank. And because I am too lazy to jump through the hoops to get on the show and present my idea, I’m using the power of my pudgy fingers to reach you. Let’s pick and roll: I walk on the set of Shark Tank. “Daymond John, you are […]

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John Tesar to Open Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Preston Center, Take Two

John Tesar will not be stopped. The former (fill-in-the-blank) chef has inked a deal to take over the former La Tramontana space on Westchester in Preston Center. In January, Tesar announced he would be opening Spoon Bar & Kitchen in another space. However, the landlord killed the deal and Tesar moved his operation down the […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Off-Site Kitchen in Dallas is Open for Business

Nick Badovinus and chef Dan Riley have been hunkered down for over a year developing the menu and creating all kinds of delicious roasted meats for Off-Site Kitchen. Today he is finally opening the doors! Now, hold your horses. The dining room is tiny. Off-Site Kitchen is basically a take-out restaurant with a few stools […]

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Sneak Peek at New Pop-Up Bar in Deep Ellum: Hid In 2612

I dropped in to get a quick look at Hid In 2612, Michael Martensen’s newest pop-up bar in Deep Ellum. It’s gorgeous and fun and full of groovy people. The space is divided into four or five differently decorated spaces and some of Dallas’ finest bartenders are taking shifts at the bar. Food is available […]

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Desiree + Camera: Photo Essay of Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas

SideDish photographer Desiree Espada roams the roads with her camera looking for good things to eat and shoot. Check out her photo essay of Bolsa Mercado. Then feast your eyes on what to expect when the Jerry Garcia of donut making, James St. Peter, opens Hypnotic Donuts on Sunday, January 29. Glory be to the […]

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Chicken Scratch and The Foundry to Open in Oak Cliff

How long before Oak Cliff secedes from Dallas county to form their own little republic? Think how cool that would be for the business folk: the restaurateurs and funky food shops could make their own rules, they could charge a toll to enter and exit, and fine customers not wearing flannel. Obviously either Tim Byres, […]

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Lisa Garza Names Jeffery Hobbs “Leader of the Kitchen” at Sissy’s Fried Chicken

At this moment, Lisa Garza is doing a walk through of her new space on Henderson Ave. The former Hector’s on Henderson will soon be transformed into Sissy’s Fried Chicken. La Garza’s idea is to serve “low-country” food in honor of her Southern roots in a “Billy Reid” dining room. Tea-infused vodkas (trending!) and specialty […]

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Restaurant Update: Off-Site Kitchen by Nick Badovinus

Well folks, it has been a year since Nick Badovinus leased the former Danny’s Chicken spot at Wycliff and Irving Blvd. for Off-Site Kitchen, a mostly take-out spot featuring “light industrial food” inspired by “what line cooks eat.” Basically the menu is simple sandwiches, breakfast burritos, quality roasted meats by the pound. Badovinus went silent […]

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Sylvan | Thirty to Open “Culinary Incubator” With Chef Sharon Hage as Culinary Curator

Oh my, what a great idea and perfect timing. Today comes word that an unnamed “culinary incubator,” a space to help start-up food entrepreneurs launch their own businesses, will open when Sylvan | Thirty opens next year. Local chef Sharon Hage will be the Culinary Curator. She is, in my book, the Earth Mother. What […]

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Confession: I am Guilty of a Heinous Wine Crime

Forgive me Master Sommeliers and wine collectors around the world, I have sinned. I am here to confess my deepest darkest wine secret: I improperly stored four bottles of fabulous wine. For nearly 35 years. Look at the photos and weep with (for?) me. I recently uncovered these bottles in a box buried beneath a […]

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An Open Letter to Chef DAT

Dear Chef DAT, Who are you? I’ve been getting press releases from you for a long time but for the life of me I can’t remember meeting you. I do understand that you live underground and you cook a lot there as well, but do you ever actually come out during the day? You talk […]

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My Sugar Box Can Beat Up Your Velvet Taco

In what feels like a dessert response to all of the overtly suggestive taco joint names we’ve seen in the last year, Sugar Box officially opens tomorrow night in Uptown at the Mondrian. The grand opening fete runs from 5 to 9 pm and features freebie selections from the new dessert bar’s palate of cupcakes, […]

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