East Dallas Havana Cafe Expanding

DSC08355by Steven Doyle

Dallas is a bit light on Cuban fare, but Ernesto Velez is doing what he can to change that fact. He is the former owner of Havana Social Club on Victory Plaza which specializes in mojitos and cigars, and for the past two and a half years Velez has been feeding the small masses that line up for lunch and dinner at  Havana Café at 1152 Buckner Blvd. in the Casa Linda Plaza.

At Havana Café you will find authentic Cuban cuisine such as Ropa Vieja, a shredded flank steak simmered in special Havana’s criollo sauce, or Lechon Asado, a marinated pork leg with a Cuban mojo.  And, of course, one of the finest examples of a Cuban Sandwich around made with roast pork leg, Swiss cheese and Serrano ham.  Continue reading

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Greenville Avenue Pizza Company Celebrates National Hot Dog Day In High Fashion

Plate Lunch Special

We are gearing up for National Hot Dog Day, and about to release our annual list of our top dogs in the Dallas area. In anticipation of this auspicious day we found an unusual pizza that might grab your attention. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company is celebrating the dog holiday with a throwback to school lunches and a nod to the Plate Lunch Special, that daily set-menu cafeteria tray of well-meaning foods that comprised a balanced meal of meat, starch and veggies.   Continue reading

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Riscky’s Rib Challenge July 25th

Riscky's BBQ

In honor of the National Day of the American Cowboy, Riscky’s Barbeque is hosting the 9th annual rib eating contest at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to coincide with events hosted by the Fort Worth Stockyards and Stockyards Station.

Riscky’s Barbeque, a Fort Worth BBQ legend since 1927, along with Stockyards Station, has challenged 20 barbecue enthusiasts to eat as many Riscky’s beef ribs as possible in 20 minutes. The top two qualifiers will then go head-to-head for the $500 grand prize.  Continue reading

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The Free Man is Now Serving Weekend Brunch

DSC08233by Steven Doyle

When you think of the Free Man in Deep Ellum images of some of the very best in Cajun fare come to mind including their gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee. The music is pretty top notch as well, with multiple bands playing each night with absolutely zero cover charge. That leaves more  spending cash for the food and sturdy cocktails.

Last week the Free Man introduced a brunch which is a delightful change of pace from your average Dallas brunch fare.   Continue reading

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Pints and Quarts Open for Business Today

IMG_05591by Steven Doyle

From the same owners of Mudsmith, Barcadia, and It’ll Do, Pints and Quarts opened their doors today. The kitschy burger joint is located on the south west corner of Ross and Greenville Avenue. The restaurant focuses on burgers and dogs, but also features a full bar with plenty of beer taps and cool cocktails.   Continue reading

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Carnival Barker Goes Mobile

barkerby Steven Doyle

We shared the very sad news that Carnival Barkers lost their lease at the Truck Yard and will cease operations there in September. Read all about that here. But in the same story owner Aaron Barker stated that he had plans to go mobile with a push cart and will be wielding his way through the eastern section of Dallas. That idea has come to fruition.

Look for Carnival Barkers to make their way through Deep Ellum this weekend with the city approved food cart. For those near Oak Cliff, Barker has his new flagship shop located at  345 West Jefferson. You can still find the tiny shop at the entrance of the Truck Yard still serving until September 14th. It will be a scorching hot weekend and hand churned ice cream awaits!

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Garden Restaurant in Garland Offers A Fantastic Dim Sum

DSC08151by Steven Doyle

You are most likely familiar with a handful of wonderful spots in Dallas to eek out decent dim sum. You can read about those here.  We recently stumbled upon an additional find that until now has gone under our massive radar, and this restaurant is a wonderful find. You will want to make plans to visit Garden Restaurant located in Garland.

If you were familiar with Arc-en-Ceil, one of the best dim sum restaurants that existed in Dallas (and Arlington), this is the same building in Garland. At Garden you will find a whole host of delicious Asian cuisine that varies from both Chinese and Vietnamese. The dim sum menu is good all day and night, but cart service flows only during luncheon hours. All other times you order off the menu and get the items you choose freshly made from the kitchen. This can actually be a good thing as the dim sum list is vast and always fresh.    Continue reading

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