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betterBURGER Has A Good Burger, But Oh Those Fries

by Steven Doyle

When you title your restaurant betterBURGER you are tossing down a gauntlet in a city that is obsessed with their beef.  In the past year dozens of burger joints both gourmet and otherwise have opened their doors. It has been a fairly safe bet in the Dallas restaurant industry that burgers sell.

I met one of the owners, Vincent Vitalis, who was more than enthusiastic to chat up anyone who happened into his clean, tidy shop located on Lemmon just west of Inwood road. Vitalis is not necessarily new to the restaurant business.  He comes from a family of entrepreneurs that successfully run local stops such as the Original Market Diner on Harry Hines (think best breakfast and incredible pie) as well as Circle Grill in East Dallas (chicken fried steak and other home cooking fare).           Continue reading

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Dining at the Italian Club of Dallas

by Steven Doyle

For just over 30 years the Italian Club of Dallas  has celebrated the spirit and traditions of Italy.  Located in Addison at 14865 Inwood Road , the Italian Club is not necessarily exclusive to its members. There are several exciting nights where they open their doors to the public for dinner, and lunch is always available to anyone.

The Italian Club benefits several local charitable organizations and itself is a not-for-profit. You might enjoy the Bocce Ball tournament that benefit’s the Special Olympics held in September. They also partnership with the USO and volunteer for the Children’s Craniofacial Association.    Continue reading

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A Dozen Wonderful Pizzas in Dallas That Are Not Neapolitan

by Steven Doyle

We have been in search of the best pizza in Dallas but with a single hitch– not Neapolitan style. We have witnessed an onslaught of pizza being brought to the forefront and most of the new spots in Dallas are of the Neapolitan variety. There will be even more of this style of pizza coming, and that is fantastic. We love this, but what are some of the best non-Neapolitan pizzas in the Dallas area? Glad you asked.

Here is a list of a few of our favorites in no particular order. Peruse our list and offer your favorites. And for the best Neapolitan-style pizza? Stay tuned, we are dining out way through that scene as we write.     Continue reading

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2015 Crave Grill Guide and Reviews

by Steven Doyle

Grilling season is in full swing and it is time you thought about tossing out the old rusty model you have been clinging to for so many years. We have a little guidance in selecting a new model that will not only impress your neighbors, but ease you through many summers ahead. Unlike our pal Hank Hill, we prefer using real charcoal for a better tasting product. When using charcoal, we recommend natural lump charcoal and not briquettes which can be laced with undesirable ingredients. Lump charcoal burns hot, and with some brands your grill can reach over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for grilling steaks. You just can’t get this kind of heat out of briquettes. Plus there is very little waste cleanup with natural charcoal.          Continue reading

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Do Phony Restaurants Taste Better? (Contest)

by Steven Doyle

Time reminds us that restaurants have become ever more popular in television as in real life, so we decided to think of as many fake restaurants that we could come up with that have been featured on television or a movie.  For the older crowd maybe the first you can think of was when Aunt Bee pulled out $400 from savings to open Bee’s Restaurant on the Andy Griffith Show.  Or a few generations later perhaps Arnold’s Drive In run by the future Mr. Miyagi on Happy Days.

Whatever your age or proclivity for television, we can almost bet that there is a fake restaurant in the midst.  Are we right Jerry Seinfeld (Monk’s)? Continue reading

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Tsunami of Beer Kills Nine

by Steven Doyle

A few years back we discussed the tragic and curious Boston Molasses Flood  that killed 21 and injured over 150, demolishing buildings and drowning livestock, causing millions of dollars in damages. There was another industrial accident that wreaked havoc on a city, killing many and causing damage that is equally as curious.

Like all tragic stories such as these a certain element of hubris rides high, not too unlike the massive container of molasses that exploded in Boston all those years ago, or even the supposedly unsinkable Titanic.    Continue reading

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Taqueria Cristina Surprises The Hell Out Of Me

by Steven Doyle

I had to stop in Taqueria Cristina this week if for no other reason than to sample their black bean dip served with the complimentary chips and salsa. The chips are forgettable, but they are more than redeemed once you sample the very spicy and very smoky salsa; but oh that black bean dip. It is not thick or chunky, but instead smooth and velvety with a huge power punch of flavor.    Continue reading

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