Eat Me: The Banh Xeu at Vietnam

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by Steven Doyle

Bánh Xèo is a Vietnamese dish that is a savory fried style of pancake made from rice flour, water, turmeric powder, then stuffed with slivers of  shrimp, pork, chicken and diced green onions and bean sprouts. They are typically served with a stack of lettuce and other greens which can be used to wrap slices of the crepe then dipped into a sweet and sour diluted fish sauce.   Continue reading

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Monkey King Noodle Company For A Quick Noodle Fix

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We checked out the Monkey King Noodle Company this week. Twice. The noodles are so soothing and delicious, and the fun part is you can watch them being hand stretched from the comfort of the sidewalk just off the Main Street location in Deep Ellum.

Serving up freshly pulled noodles masterfully prepared by Andrew Chen the Noodle Master is an inviting all day and all night spot that offers up a limited menu of beef or chicken noodle soup, plus a few dumplings such as our favorite xiao long bao (the fabled and revered soup dumpling).    Continue reading

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Lakewood Smokehouse Brings Great BBQ to East Dallas

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Lakewood Smokehouse opened this month at 1901 Abrams Rd, Dallas in the space recently left vacant by Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill.  Bringing Lakewood this new BBQ concept are Partners-Owner Operators, Jason Hall (who owns 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco), John Pantenburg, and Mike Mullen who have been friends and co-workers in the restaurant industry for 20 years.

Lakewood Smokehouse serves classic BBQ such as brisket, smoked turkey and sausages with an array of sides like macaroni and cheese, fried okra, green beans and potato salad. Patrons to Lakewood Smokehouse can expect the same quality and delicious BBQ that has made 3 Stacks a household name in Frisco, with a few exciting additions. Unlike the casual line-service most BBQ establishments employ, Lakewood Smokehouse is a full-service restaurant.  Continue reading

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Three New Bars Join West 7th Neighborhood in Funky Town

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Three new venues have opened in the West 7th area of Fort Worth. The first, Varsity Tavern, boasts 8,000 square feet on 2-stories on the corner of Norwood and Morton and will host a soft opening on New Year’s eve, the biggest night for bars in DFW.  The building, formerly an auto body shop, sat vacant for approximately 5 years before partners Josh Reagan, James Hoffman and Micah McDonald began construction in April of this year.

The vision for the $2 million redo is part sports bar, part rooftop tavern, allowing for a variety of events and musical acts to utilize the unique space.  The bottom floor, 5,000 square feet, incorporates a jumbotron with 90’’ flat screens, DJ booth and stage and its own set of sideline bleachers for the ultimate game night or an afternoon of people-watching.

The outdoor space, adjacent to the dance floor, is accessible through 13 feet tall garage doors and will play host to bar games including giant jenga, corn hole, ping pong and ladder golf.   Continue reading

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The Hospitality Sweet Second Location To Open March 2016

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The Hospitality Sweet, located inside the historic Post Office and Federal Building in Downtown Dallas, today announces that its second location is planned to open March 2016 inside Preston Center at 6135 Luther Lane in Dallas, Texas.

For owner, Meghan Adams, The Hospitality Sweet has been a labor of love since first envisioning the sweets-inspired business alongside her sister, Kristen, and their mother, Barbara. “Growing-up my sister and I developed a love of baking through our grandmother, Rose,” said Adams. “As a child we spent so many wonderful times in her kitchen and my love for baking grew quickly. To be doing what we love every day is a dream and to be opening a new, larger than ever location is incredible.”   Continue reading

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New Chef-Driven Burger Inspired by Mav’s Rookie Guard Justin Anderson Scores

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The Dallas Mavericks are the latest entry into the Dallas burger wars with their Just-In-Time Burger at the American Airlines Center. Mavericks rookie guard Justin Anderson and AAC executive chef Mark Mabry created the burger that is sold at the Grill Zones Sections 106 and 118 on the plaza level during the month of January at both Mavericks, Stars games, and concerts.

The 1/3-pound burger is topped with apple wood smoked bacon and deviled egg aioli, provolone cheese, vine ripened tomato and shredded lettuce on Old Bay butter Texas toast served with Sriracha cheese fries at a cost of $12.   Continue reading

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A Short Trip To Spain With Si Tapas

by Steven Doyle

We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.

Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become.    Continue reading

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