by Steven Doyle
Tacos still lead the way as the quintessential Dallas food, standing proudly next to smoked brisket and the ever popular burger. We have waved through the many varieties in the area, including those filled with smoky and crispy bugs and larvae, but the best tacos seem to come off the trompo. The tacos al pastor de trompo is the conical-shaped meat stack that is most likely constructed in the back room of the restaurant by layering thin slices of marinated pork.
The meat used to contruct the trompo is often leg meat or pork butt, marinated in achiote, chili peppers, garlic, onion and pineapple juice for several days. The trompo is made with layers of the seasoned pork on a large vertical skewer which looks much like a child’s spinning top (thus the name trompo) and placed on a vertical skewer as p char the outer layers of the meat very much like a Greek gyro. The trompo more than likely has Lebanese roots, as there is a large population of Lebanese-Hispanics in Mexico. The trompo is thought to have actual ties to another food, the shawarma. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery is celebrating 20-years of serving Dallas and is giving four lucky customers free food for a year. Each of Bread Winners four locations will take turns over four weeks to host a special giveaway promotion: Guests will receive a free birthday cake cake ball (while supplies last) when they purchase an entrée. One lucky winner in each location will find a golden coin inside that will entitle them to free Bread Winners food for a Year.
* (1 entrée per week for 52 weeks) Each winner will receive a VIP card good for 52 free entrees. Only one entree per visit, but guests could choose to dine every day until the 52 entrees are gone or use one per week for a year – the VIP card will expire on August 31, 2015 and is good for an entrée only. Continue reading
by Susan Migdol
We sent Susan out with her trusty camera to check in at the Taste of Dallas in Fair Park this past weekend. She said it was amazing fun. Here are some of what she saw (and tasted). Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Rev those reservation fingers, Restaurant Week is once again upon us. Use the handy guide which holds all the details to find that perfect prix fixe meal on the cheap. Some great deals are to be found on the list, and this is a terrific way to check out some restaurants you haven’t been to yet for whatever reason. As in the past, you will find $35 and $45 3-course meals, and lunches for $25 each, all benefiting the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, and the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Continue reading
by Mike Marrero
This week’s installment of Date Night in Dallas is casual, and starts around 5pm.
Your first stop will be Dallas Contemporary art museum for a free exhibit featuring Richard Phillips. A 40-foot high Playboy bunny logo that had upset some residents of the West Texas town of Marfa is now on display at Dallas Contemporary along with many of his other works. The Playboy piece will be one of several three-dimensional art works displayed along with paintings and drawings. His subject matter ranges between political figures like George Bush and pop culture icons like Justin Timberlake and Dakota Fanning.
Richard’s first solo museum exhibition ends August 10th, so go visit before you run out of time. Dallas Contemporary is located is the Design District at 161 Glass Street in Dallas and open until 6pm. Your next stop Bowlounge is only a few blocks away. Continue reading
by Jon Daniel
Built in 1946, The Granada Theater is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in Dallas. The current configuration as a music venue provides patrons with excellent sight lines to the raised stage. In August of 2014, owner Mike Schoder will celebrate ten years of bringing music to Dallas from every part of the world. Mike has presided over a continuous upgrading of the sound, lighting and other facilities to make The Granada a great place to see any type of music. Continue reading