by Mark Graham
You taste, you sample, you play judge and vote for your favorite margarita. The best margaritas from the DFW area will be at one location. Savor won last year. Pie 314, Asador, Soleo, Whiskey Cake and Iron Cactus won previous years. You decide which margarita is the best at the Dallas Margarita Meltdown.
Competitors will concoct their finest margarita and offer samples during the competition from 4pm-7pm in the West End of Downtown Dallas, TX. The winner will be announced at 8pm. The event ends at 9pm. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There is nothing more popular at the moment that fried chicken. Besides poke bowls fried chicken might be what we crave most in Dallas today. There are certainly plenty of chef driven chicken joints to choose from, but sometimes we want it basic and simple, and that is when you will want to check in at Mike’s Chicken found in the most unlikely spots in Dallas. A DIY laundry located on Maple Avenue. Continue reading
Tucked inside the Decorative Center at the corner of Oak Lawn and Hi Line Drive, Sassetta joins Wheelhouse and soon to open Go Go within the newly constructed 10,000-square-foot complex designed by the renowned Seattle-based architectural firm Olson Kundig. Articulating the space is Center Court, a covered outdoor pavilion featuring the commissioned 18-foot sculpture Moving Figure by notable New York artist Daniel Arsham.
Open for dinner with breakfast and lunch forthcoming, Sassetta’s seasonal modern Italian menu features handcrafted pasta, house-cured meats, seafood and thin crust pizzas in a casual café atmosphere. Complementing the rustic fare is a robust selection of wines from various regions in Italy, along with amari and simple, straightforward Italian cocktails. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We are still in full swing soft shell crab season, and this is a good thing. Better restaurants and seafood hubs are flying in fresh, live soft shells ready for frying. Blue crabs are most common. The tender beasts shed their shells this time of year and make ready for a newer, larger shell leaving them vulnerable for my plate. Fortunately, the season can last as late as September.
If you find soft shells at one of your favorite fishmongers, and please avoid department stores which might offer a mealy previously frozen version, they should already be prepped for frying. Generally we enjoy a simple toss in seasoned flour and they are ready to be pan fried. Deep fried is acceptable but the pan version seems to carry more flavor. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We had a chance to chat with chef Graham Dodds recently who is taking a breather after closing Wayward Sons on Greenville. Dodds is taking this time to consult and do some fun pop-up dinners which can always be an exciting way for any chef to express themselves on the plate.
We wanted you to know about another fun event coming up at Urbano Cafe on their lovely space located outside in the back of the restaurant. Graham Dodds will serve his signature farm-to-table fare as our guest chef on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Continue reading
by Joey Stewart
While much of Dallas lies flat, the northeast Dallas collection of subdivisions known as Lake Highlands offers a unexpected setting of hills, valleys, woods and streams. Most of the area is served by the Richardson Independent School District, which makes it an enticing place to live for parents who are looking for an alternative to DISD or would rather not pay to send their little ones to private schools.
However, within the LH borders it can be a challenge to find restaurants offering the variety of choices of the surrounding areas. Sure, one can head a few miles west to Preston Hollow, south to Casa Linda, or directly north of 635 for a plethora of options, but for those who wish to stay within Lake Highlands “proper,” we’ve compiled a short list for you to enjoy. Some of you may already be in the know, but we bet there are a few here you have never thought to try. We will spotlight these a few at a time, and here are today’s picks. Click on the individual photos to expand. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
A fun hot spot that is a wee bit hidden on McMillan and Henderson is High Five. We gave them some love when they first opened and have continued to enjoy this tight atmosphere that is neither pretentious or self-indulgent.
June 8th High Fives celebrates two years on the grid and will feature live music and a DJ, a tot eating contest ($250 for the victor), a dunk tank and much more fun and high jinks. There will also be complimentary high fives given for those in need of positive affirmation.
To enter the contest please email Marc@highfivesdallas.com, this should be fun.