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First Look: Monta Ramen

IMG_1637by Timothy Pham

Yet another ramen location has open up recently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The latest rendition to come to our fair city is Monta Ramen that originated from Las Vegas, NV. Their newest location is located in Richardson, in the Promenade North center. The menu is made up of six different flavoring of ramen ranging from the normal tonkotsu and miso to a spicy tonkotsu and kuro ramen. While there I ordered takana fried rice, some takoyaki, and the kuro ramen.

The wait staff told me that the takana fried rice would be a little salty due to the fact that takana is a pickled mustard leaf. Personally, I thought it was delicious and with the right amount of saltiness. The rice was soft and fluffy with just enough bite, and it was complimented with enough chashu pork to make this a meal in itself if not an appetizer to share. The takoyaki, a snack made with octopus chunks and batter was crispy on the outside, spongy and piping hot on the inside was a delight to eat. It was a typical flavoring of takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, which isn’t to say that it was if anything normal.  Continue reading

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Richard Graff Named Exec Chef at Meddlesome Moth

Chef Richard Graff

Meddlesome Moth has named Richard Graff the Executive Chef of the New American gastropub located in Dallas’ Design District. Graff most recently held the position of executive sous chef at Gemma which garnered multiple accolades during his tenure from its inception in 2013.

Following culinary school, Graff worked at George Restaurant before moving to Craft at the W Hotel where he advanced from chef de partie to sous chef and ultimately catering chef. Graff accepted the position of chef de cuisine at Cook Hall in 2012.   Continue reading

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The Definitive 2015 List of the Best Hot Dogs in Dallas

hot dogby Steven Doyle

It has been a year since we revised our best hot dog list, and the list changed dramatically. Today we have bigger and better options when it comes to the reliable tube steak. Check out our list of favorites and enjoy all these dogs during National Hot Dog Month:

Luscher’s Red Hots:  You might know Brian Luscher; chef, charcuterie maven, owner of The Grape. A few years back he moved into a new arena when he devised the Post Oak Red Hot. This snappy and delicious rendition is part of a full line up of dog related bites that includes an oak smoked hot dog made with locally raised meats. Just months ago the chef opened Luscher’s Red Hots in Deep Ellum where you not only can find this delicious example of a hot dog, but also one of the best burgers in Dallas, along with a few other treats that include sausages. Luscher also has a line of hand-made accouterments  to devise your own Chi Dog at home including sport peppers, spicy brown mustard and sweet and hot cucumbers.   Continue reading


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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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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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