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Royal Blue Grocery to Open Late September in Highland Park Village

 

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Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village will open its doors late September or early October 2015 at 1 Highland Park Village in Dallas, Texas. Locally owned and operated by Dallas residents Zac Porter, Emily Ray-Porter and Cullen Potts, the 6,000 square foot two-story urban market will serve as the shopping center’s new flagship grocer while also offering breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

Originally founded in Austin of 2006, each Royal Blue Grocery carries a different variety of food, beverage and household needs tailored to the surrounding neighborhood and people it serves.  This new store (the largest in the Royal Blue Grocery family) will feature mainstay grocery departments such as produce, bakery, butcher shop, deli, floral, beer, wine and more with the added bonus of catering, a café, patio seating, and a Stumptown coffee bar. With seating for 70-plus in the café, on the mezzanine level and on the outside patio, it will also serve as a charming gathering spot for the grab-and-go breakfast, lunch or dinner menu options. Wine selections can be purchased at retail prices to enjoy onsite.   Continue reading

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Eclair Bistro on Historic McKinney Square is a True Gem

Chef_Aaron_Thomas-eclair_bistroby Steven Doyle

First opened in the Cedar Hill area for about five years, French inspired Eclair Bistro moved just off the square in McKinney about six months ago. The restaurant owned by chef Aaron Thomas and his family are excited to be in the area, and are now closer to their family. The new location also gives chef Thomas a fresh perspective on his cooking, and enjoys a new audience for his special brand of plating.

“This is a family run business, and my mother, who is retired, is helping in the kitchen. She is a pitbull of sorts, but does a tremendous job helping with the pastries and such” said Thomas.   Continue reading

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The State Fair of Texas Announces Finalists for the 2015 Big Tex Choice Awards

Big-Texby Steven Doyle

Food has been at the heart of the State Fair of Texas since the gates first opened in 1886. Since 2005, each year State Fair concessionaires cook up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards.

A group of contestants presented their creations to the State Fair of Texas in August. The field has been narrowed to eight. A panel of judges will pick winners in the two categories – Best Tasting & Most Creative. Here are this year’s finalists in the Big Tex Choice Awards who will compete for the titles of Best Tasting and Most Creative.  Continue reading

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Behind The Scenes At Fogo de Chao

by Steven Doyle

Perhaps you have been to a churrascari or a Brazilian steakhouse and sampled the flurry of meats that is served by the gauchos. If you have chances are you have been to Fogo de Chao, which started with 9 locations in Brazil before expanding to the United States, with Dallas as its first domestic location.        Continue reading

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First Look: Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

DSC08376by Steven Doyle

Restaurant veteran Johnny Carros (most recently general manager of Kent Rathbun’s Jasper’s restaurant) and chef Jon Thompson (most recently executive chef for Samar and Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles) have partnered to create Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen. Located at 216 W. Virginia Street in McKinney’s historic downtown, this casual yet sophisticated restaurant serves lunch and dinner with weekend brunch service following later this summer.

Carros and Thompson explain the concept as upscale casual with fresh, flavorful, uncomplicated food. “The philosophy behind our menu is that simple ingredients, when sourced well, can be elevated by an experienced chef to an unbelievable level of flavor. We are staying away from complex sauces and layers and instead allowing the food itself to shine. The smoked Berkshire pork chop with green chile hominy casserole is a soon-to-be-favorite that signifies this New American menu with Texas undertones,” says Thompson who has worked as a chef in the kitchens of Stephan Pyles and Bradley Ogden.   Continue reading

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Al’s Italian Beef For a Taste of Chicago

als1by Nancy Boyce

The long waited tastes from back home of Chicago has arrived this year with Al’s Italian Beef in Dallas and the newly opened Gino’s East pizzeria in Arlington. I was the very first customer at Al’s Italian Beef when it opened in February. First bite of the true Chicago dreams to get that taste in their mouths again from back home right in their backyards here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Al’s Italian beef proved to Texas how many Chicagoans miss their favorites when they ran out of food the very first week in February. Folks coming in from all over the metroplex and buying everything they could, cooked or not, I was told. They just bought all the tamales right from the freezer.   Continue reading

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Meet Garrett Marrero from Maui Brewing Company

by Steven Doyle

We recently caught up with brewer and general happiest guy we ever met and asked him a few questions.  Please meet Garrett Marrero from Maui Brewing Company.  We recently caught up with the brewer which offers beer made in Hawaii and shipped to the mainland.  There are a few confusing brands out there that claim to be shipped from Hawaii and Garrett will attempt to clear that up for us.  Continue reading

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