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Amsterdam Bar Closes Tonight

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Amsterdam Bar, located at 831 Exposition near air Park will shutter after tonight. The much beloved bar featured Monday night jazz sessions and was listed a one of the top 200 beer bars in the U.S. by Draft Magazine. The1 8 year old bar leaves Dallas with one less venue that features jazz. Look for music by Bobby Sparks tonight blowing out the last hurrah.

Owner Mike Scheel will be venturing off to make cider.

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Restaurant Openings This Week

luscherby Steven Doyle

There are a few key restaurant openings this week that you should take note about. There are several.

Luscher’s Red Hots is located in Deep Ellum at 2653 Commerce, and will, of course, feature those amazing dogs hand crafted by Brian Luscher, owner of The Grape on Greenville. This long awaited hot spot also serves up shaved Wagyu beef Italian sandwiches (the latest rage in Dallas), Greek gyros, roasted pork and gairdinera sandwiches served with natural gravy, and the beloved “Uncle Jimmy” which is a creation of Luscher’s made with roasted pork and sweet and hot Italian sausage.    Continue reading

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North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls March 6

bowlby Jennifer Thomas

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is proud to announce a signature event, the 16th annual Empty Bowls, will be held on March 6, 2014 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Guests will enjoy a European-themed lunch featuring soup and other delicacies from 18 of North Texas’ finest restaurants. Attendees can select a handcrafted bowl featuring the talents of Texas artists and potters as a memento of the day. Continue reading

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Hot Pots, Shrimp Balls and Mary at Caravelle

by Steven Doyle

We drove through Chinatown in Richardson this week in search of something particular, but the restaurant we were looking for was a mob scene. So we carefully summoned past memories of all the many choices of restaurants in the plaza and decided on Caravelle which has a focus on Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.

You can certainly find a worthy bowl of pho on the menu, but was looking for something a bit different. For a soup we ordered a combination hot pot which would encompass many of the seafood items they offer, but we were being waited on by the most entertaining Mary, who is also a manager at the restaurant, and she directed us to the catfish hot pot.  She said it was much more authentic, and we are a sucker for that phrase.   Continue reading

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Seafood Shack For Lent

seafood-shack1by Steven Doyle

I am not Catholic or Lutheran so I do not fully grasp the whole Lent concept. I know from an outsider’s point of view that there is some fasting and penance going on, so that would pretty much leave me out of that whole business. There is also  something called Joyous Saturday, but aren’t all Saturdays joyous? Mine certainly are.

Then we have all these pre-Lenten activities which is an opportunity for excess. This makes the whole season seem much more appetizing for those of us on the outside of things. Mardi Gras could create converts, to be sure.

Catholics over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat and from food made with meat. With that, this is the busiest time of year for our local fishmongers.    Continue reading

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Scotch & Sausage Adding a Taqueria to the Mix

DSC06793by Steven Doyle

Soon you will be able to not only have scotch, sausages and some pretty terrific Scotch eggs at Scotch and Sausage, located on Oak Lawn in Dallas, but you will also have a selection of great tequilas and tacos. The owners of Scotch and Sausage invited some of the craveDFW staff in to sample what will be part of the new addition called S&S Taqueria which has taken over the front of the house at Scotch and Sausage.

The tacos will be made by Scotch and Sausage executive chef Joey Allette, sharing the same kitchen, but ordering is completely separate.  Continue reading

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10 Best Places In Dallas For Chili

terlingua2by Steven Doyle

A true bowl of Texas red is near and dear to me, and I am always willing to order a bowl if found on any menu I stumble across. I am pleased to report that there are more chili offerings this year than last, and many have upped the ante in developing a perfect bowl. With temperatures dipping into below freezing ranges in the coming days, what a perfect opportunity to go out and taste a bowl for yourself.  We have a list of some of the best in Dallas area to celebrate National Chili Day.

If you are curious how the chili cook off in Terlingua came to be, you might want to check out this link: The Colorful History of the Chili Cook Off.     Continue reading

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