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First Look: Stephan Pyles San Salvaje

DSC01316by Steven Doyle

The Peruvian dish, tacu-tacu is this amazing staple that was brought to South America via African slaves. It is a humbled dish that has survived generations and is made of rice and beans prepared with a side of fried plantains, or fried eggs. At the new Stephan Pyles restaurant, San Salvaje, tacu-tacu is served with a caramelized banana and a thick slab of seared foie gras. It is earthy, supple and delicious, all at once.

San Salvaje replaces the beautiful but tiny Samar at 2100 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, and celebrates cuisine found anywhere south of Harligen, according to Pyles. This could mean most anything, from Mexico, across to Cuba, and definitely Peru where you could find tacu-tacu on any plate on any given day.   Continue reading

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Mico Rodriguez To Headline Oral Fixation For Cinco de Mayo

Mico-Rodriguezby Steven Doyle

Two weeks from tonight, on Cinco de Mayo, Dallas’ live storytelling series Oral Fixation will complete its overwhelmingly popular 3rd season at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre with a dynamic and diverse evening of outrageously juicy true tales on the theme “The Whole Enchilada.”  It’s been an amazing season and they plan on going out with a bang.
The biggest catch of this cast is undoubtedly Mico Rodriguez of “Mr Mesero” (and of course founder of Mi Cocina) fame who will come out of the shadows to share his fascinating tale of success and struggle in the Tex Mex biz.  Mico is this fantastic storyteller, who often conjures these intricate back stories for his restaurants. Also noteworthy are a Dallas Observer writer’s raunchy play-by-play at a recent enchilada-eating contest and a woman’s remarkable journey through evangelism and sexuality conversion therapy to accepting herself as she is.

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TJ’s Seafood Market Moving Forest Location To Preston Royal

TJs_JonAlexis_349_3by Steven Doyle

TJ’s Seafood Market is one of our favorite spots in Dallas to find fresh seafood. Th location at Preston and Forest has been servicing Dallas for 25 years, and has been a fantastic spot for unusual species of seafood with exemplary quality. We also enjoy the location on Oak Lawn that allows us to select our seafood fresh from the cold case and dine on location. Today we learned that TJ’s will be moving their flagship store at Preston-Forest to a new location at Preston and Royal in the North East shopping center, the former Purple Cow restaurant.   Continue reading

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Brew Review: Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie-Artisan-Ales-logoby Brian Wall

To our north rests an upcoming brewery that is nestled in Krebs, Oklahoma just outside of OKC. Started by a couple of brothers, Prairie Artisan Ales is making a national name for itself with the beer selections and quality. The farmhouse ales are a superb example of category and the imperial stouts are often sought after across the country for the flavors that are produced. In this go instance, the newest offering is a collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing from Brooklyn, New York and aptly named Bible Belt. While this beer was available in limited quantities at the Big Texas Beer Fest, it was released in the DFW area by bottle this past week. Most stores that sold this brew sold out quickly or had stock limiting patrons to one or two bottles only. Reports from beer traders confirmed that this is a strongly desired beer as distribution is limited to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.    Continue reading

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Some Good News From Goodfriend

stephanieby Steven Doyle

It has been nearly two years since Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin (Goodfriend, Blind Butcher) announced that they would open a package store across the street from Goodfriend. The new store would carry cool beers, and offer prepared food. The nameless shop would be located in the laundromat.

The few months it would take to open obviously took much longer due to the City of Dallas, and a large reel of red tape.    Continue reading

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Community Cooks At Paul Quinn College

DSC01283by Steven Doyle

A Community Cooks is an annual fundraiser to benefit the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College, a student-run organic farm dedicated to improving the well being of its surrounding Highland Hills community and other communities in the Southern sector of Dallas by providing hands-on educational experiences and fresh, healthy affordable food options.

Last night guests from the community converged on the remnants of a football field that is now the bulk of the farm on the Paul Quinn campus. Each year since converting the field into farmland we notice new improvements, and the ever sense of success. Pride reels across the faces of the students as they take a firmer ownership of the yield. Continue reading

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