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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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Eat Me: Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ at Pho Pasteur

cornishby Steven Doyle

There are so many wonderful dishes to be found at the Richardson pho staple restaurant, Pho Pasteur. You will certainly enjoy the bun mang vit, duck soup to you and me, or the grilled pork chop adorned with a fried egg. But today we wish to order the Cơm Gà Xối Mỡ, or simply a Cornish hen and rice.

The tiny hen is plump with juicy meat, and a deliciously crisped outer layer that quickly relents with each bite. This dish pairs perfectly with the fresh spring rolls.   Continue reading

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Patina Green on Historic McKinney Square Adds Dinner Options

PG Dinner -5by Mandy Davis

After nearly 5 years in the lunch business, 2015 brings exciting changes to Patina Green Home and Market as they introduce a dinner menu on Friday and Saturday evenings each week, lunch on Sunday, and wine and beer offerings.

Moving beyond the sandwich in the evening hours, Patina Green offers refined food and beverage in an intentionally designed, relaxed space that compliments the uniqueness of the menu. The dining room has been remodeled to accommodate more seating and create unique gathering spaces that elevate and complete the individual dining experience while simultaneously fostering a sense of community in shared spaces.   Continue reading

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Texas Rangers Offering Giant Taco And More

tanacoby Steven Doyle

A recent visit to the Ranger’s stadium netted a few new hot items that have been added to the menu of absurd. The first is the Tanaco, a giant 24 inch taco made fresh at the ballpark, and filled with one foot of seasoned ground beef and another foot of seasoned chicken. The whole monstrosity is then topped with shredded lettuce, nacho cheese, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeños and sour cream.    Continue reading

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! We Have 9 Ways To Celebrate In Style

by Steven Doyle

Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a splash of tequila.

On this special day thoughts may wander to the very first margarita machine that was invented in Dallas by restaurant owner Mariano Martinez in 1971. The Smithsonian was so thirsty they nabbed  the machine and is on view at the DC museum.

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