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Brunch Notes: Mesero

mes1.jpgby Steven Doyle

It is time we make the rounds for brunch once again and there are so many options in Dallas which seems to be the brunch capital of our nation. We certainly take those long, leisurely hours sipping mimosas and bloody marys very serious in our city. It is a fine way to catch up with friends, however socially distanced, shake of the revelry from the previous evening, and push the reset button from the previous week. Continue reading

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Parigi For A Joyous Burger and Brunch

par3.jpgby Steven Doyle

Parigi has one of the very best burgers in town. Only sold at lunch and brunch, the burger is an ever revolving plate of joy. Let’s just begin with the word joy and see where that takes us today.

Sitting at brunch for a burger was a bit difficult for me since I am aware of the menu and know of items that are certain “must have’s” such as the deviled eggs. These tiny beasts are always a correct choice with each visit and is another revolving dish that is created by a different staff member each day. I have never tested this claim, but assume if I dined at Parigi 365 times in a row (gasp, another joy), I would sample 365 different recipes  for deviled eggs. Worthy of attempt to be sure. Continue reading

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The Second Floor at The Exchange Offers Sunday Brunch Beginning February 14

The Second Floor at The Exchange,a newly-opened restaurant featuring two concepts – Ichi Ni San by Chef Peja Krstic and Ounce by Chef Brian Zenner, will offer brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning February 14.  Guests can select from both the Ichi Ni San menu featuring Japanese-inspired brunch items and the Ounce menu featuring European and Mediterranean inspired brunch dishes. A robust beverage program will be available including an at-the-table mimosa bar and hand-crafted cocktails. 

Guests will enjoy menu items from Ichi Ni San such as the Milk Bun & Chicken Karaage– soft pillowy milk buns filled with tender fried chicken, kewpie mayo, Tonkotsu sauce and sunamono; Japanese Breakfast Plate – steamed rice, salmon or tuna, tsukemono, tamago, miso soup, soba seaweed salad, steamed vegetables; Japanese Pancakes– fluffy soufflé pancakes drizzled with maple-umeboshi syrup, ginger-citrus whipped cream and season fruit; and Okonomiyaki – Osaka style pancake with cabbage, potato, squash, green onions and pork belly topped with kewpie mayo, Tonkotsu sauce and katsuobushi.

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Sweets For Your Dallas Valentine

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Steven Doyle

When we think of Valentine’s Day we tend to think of chocolate, love, and presents, yet most of us don’t know that Valentine’s Day has its roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. It was a festival celebrating early spring, fertility, the ancestors, and love. The ancient priests would sacrifice a goat and then make their way around the perimeter of the city of Rome, lightly tapping women on the way with strips of the blood-soaked goat’s skin. No one thought this was strange, as this was an invitation for the spirits of the ancestors to re-incarnate through the cycle of rebirth and ensure fertility. At the end of the day single girls would write their names and place them into an urn. Each bachelor would pick a name out of the urn and would spend the year with her — thus ensuring fertility for the community. Continue reading

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Uchi and Uchiba announce Valentine’s Day Omakases and the continuation of their Uncommon Ramen Series

Uchi , the award winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, and its sister restaurant , Uchibā  

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14, 2021 

5:00pm – 11:00pm 

In-restaurant reservations can be made at (214) 855-5454. A credit card will be 

required to reserve. All tables will be available for advance reservations only. 

Curbside pick-up orders for Uchi can be placed up to three days in advance of pickup through Aloha. 

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Dining Solo For Valentine’s Day Is OK! We Have Ten Hot Spots To Enjoy Yourself

home_4by Steven Doyle                               Gemma Bar

Valentine’s Day is one where we thinking about hooking up for a grand date, and Dallas has plenty of choices for prix fixe meals and specials for the night for that special someone in your life. But what if we are playing solo for the big night? Don’t play into the hype and feel you need to hunt a date, we have you covered for a perfectly acceptable night on the town with no regrets. Don’t stay at home, get out there and enjoy. It is always fun to people watch, especially the couple who just met for the first time from Match.com.

Reservations of tables for one are up 62 percent nationally over the past two years, according to OpenTable’s analysis of its online reservations. That makes it the fastest-growing party size, if one person could indeed be considered a party, the company said.  Continue reading

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