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Colleyville: Something’s Cooking Here, And It’s Not Barbecue

oysterby Judy Chamberlain        photos by Travis Baugh

Condos and consignment stores dot the stretch of Highway 26 that swings into Colleyville, a bucolic town not far from DFW Airport, where cows graze in pastures in front of houses both grand and modest. I know Highway 26 well, especially on the side where it winds into Southlake Boulevard. Long before I moved to Dallas, I shopped by phone at Neiman Marcus Last Call in Grapevine Mills, the best location in the chain. I love, love, love that store and all the folks who work there.

To get to Colleyville from the Bass Pro Rd. exit on 635, one cuts across in Southlake at Kimball. The construction near the airport is nerve-wracking.    Continue reading

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Balcony Club Celebrates 25th Anniversary

balconyby Judy Chamberlain

More than two decades ago, Dallas resident Tommy Stanco, an avid gourmet cook and former professional children’s entertainer, combined his love of hospitality and music to create an aura that would transform Lakewood’s Balcony Club from a simple piano bar to a haven for live music and Texas-sized camaraderie featuring as many as 70 bands each month.

Stanco – who went to work at The Balcony Club as a bartender on Valentine’s Day 1990 and bought the place from original owners Burke and Jo Barr – has been its sole owner for over twenty years. Recently, he added his own band to the roster of regulars on the club’s calendar. Continue reading

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Still Celebrities After All These Years

By Judy Chamberlain

Southlake’s ladies-who-lunch, take note: Bill and Barbara Harris have opened Silver Spoon Cafe and Bakery in Southlake. It’s located just off Southlake Boulevard near Timarron Country Club; look for the hot pink awnings and hot pink umbrellas. Bill and Barbara, who were the founders and original owners of the Celebrity Cafe mini-chain (there’s one in Highland Park Village), have created an inviting space.

The cafe does not offer table service, so you have to get in line to order, then help yourself utensils, napkins and the beverages you’ve purchased. The food, which can take a while to arrive, will be brought to your table. Breakfast service begins at 8 a.m., and the rest of the menu is lunch-oriented. Continue reading

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On the Plaza in Carrollton

By Judy Chamberlain
The tuna salad at Joseph and Leticia Cuellar’s cute little Broadway Bistro Cafe in Old Town Carrollton is very unusual, and I crave it constantly. Chef Joseph poaches fresh tuna for the salad, which I like to customize by requesting it on a couple of slices of wheat toast, with the addition of red onions and tomatoes. We are talking delicious here, folks. The Bistro’s menu has recently expanded to include entree specials. Continue reading

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Bolsa Mercado: To Market, To Market With Love

by Judy Chamberlain   photos by April Gourley

Friday night “Meet and Eat” dinners at the Oak Cliff’s Bolsa Mercado showcase the playful nature of Executive Chef Jeff Harris and his Executive Sous, Matt Blake. Hospitality abounds in this humble retreat from all things cookie-cutter ordinary.  Wine pairings with each course, outrageous talent in the kitchen, community seating and a general feeling of joie de vivre make these dinners both festive and delicious.

It’s fun to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that, explore flavor combinations pretty well dreamed up a la minute or shortly before “show time,” depending upon the offerings of the marketplace – and enjoy the company of a jolly bunch of like-minded food buddies both old and new.            Continue reading

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ABC’s Carla Hall: Today’s Martha Stewart

by Judy Chamberlain             photos by Robert Bostick

Carla Hall is the new Martha Stewart. The Top Chef All Star and co-host of ABC’s wildly successful  The Chew, has been – like Stewart – a model and finance professional. Stewart was a stockbroker; Hall was an accountant. Both traded careers in business for food and media situations. As beautiful inside as she is to look at, Hall takes America’s love affair with food and chefs over the top.     Continue reading

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Meatballs On A Roll

by Judy Chamberlain               photos by Carsten Howitz

I had some wonderful homemade meatballs between two hunks of bread at Kenny’s Italian Kitchen in Addison several weeks ago and have not been able to top them yet, although I have tried and am still trying.
 
I take meatballs on bread very seriously, and have been disappointed for years encountering various incarnations of frozen meatballs out of a package in lots of places that should be serving something better. Oh, and most of these places call the thing a “sub,” or a “sandwich.”               Continue reading

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