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Catching up with Chef Eric Dreyer

by Alex Gonzalez

Over the years, Dallas-based chef Eric Dreyer has built a rather impressive resume. He’s worked for The Ritz-Carlton, Fearing’s, HALL Arts Hotel, and even had a brief stint as Oprah’s private chef. In his latest endeavor, Dreyer is working as the executive chef at Monarch in downtown Dallas.

The hotly anticipated Monarch opened last week on the 49th floor of The National Building. The restaurant’s high altitude allows for optimal views of Dallas. The menu boasts modern Italian plates of seafood and steaks imagined by two-Michelin star chef Danny Grant. Monarch also offers seven different kinds of pastas, all made in-house.

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Fazoli’s Enters North Texas Market

by Alex Gonzalez

A college-town favorite is making its way to Dallas-Fort Worth. Fazoli’s is set to open three locations in North Texas late next year.

The fast-casual Italian concept’s expansion to Dallas-Fort Worth comes as part of an area development agreement between Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard and Sajib Singha of Singha Group.  Singha owns several Captain D’s, Dairy Queen, Golden Chick, Papa John’s and Schlotzsky’s locations throughout Dallas Fort Worth.

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Oak’d Brings Cozy, Hearty Barbecue to Old Town Shopping Center

The hotly anticipated Oak’d BBQ is now open. The Central Texas-inspired barbecue joint offers indulgent delights like burnt ends, sausage, chicken and wagyu brisket in a cozy, home-like setting.

Oak’d was originally slated to open this spring, but was pushed back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They officially opened earlier this month, with radio personality Kellie Raspberry and husband Allen Evans as investors.

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Chicken Fried Steak Day at Norma’s Goes Virtual

By Alex Gonzalez photo by Katy Anderson

While we’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic, there is never a shortage of chicken fried steak in Texas. Times may be tough, but we still find comfort in this comfort food.

A chicken fried steak is a cut of tenderized that is battered and fried, crafted in a way to appear similar to a piece of fried chicken. It is a southern staple with a rich history in Texas. October 26th is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, and this year marks the sixth anniversary of the event.

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Perry’s Opens New Location Outside Klyde Warren

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After facing a temporary halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Perry’s Steakhouse has opened its new location right outside of Klyde Warren Park. Known for their pork chops, steaks and fine selection of wines, the new Perry’s is bigger and better than ever. Continue reading

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Why Your Next Family Outing Should Be at Saint Rocco’s

strocco2.jpgby Alex Gonzalez

Dallas’ is certainly not short on restaurants, especially ones that specialize in Italian fare. But very few specialize in family-style dining. At Saint Rocco’s, parties of four or more are encouraged to order from Saint Rocco’s family menu and sample the best of what the New York-style Italian restaurant has to offer.  Continue reading

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