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Tesar Opening “Outer Reef” in California, Homage to Spoon

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Chef John Tesar, a four-time James Beard nominated chef, and a two-time contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef”, has signed a lease at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA to bring his renowned seafood reputation to the West Coast. The restaurant will be called Outer Reef and will feature Tesar’s interpretation of coastal seafood, using fresh California produce and seafood sourced exclusively from the West Coast, from Baja to Alaska. Continue reading

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Best Restaurants For Fried Chicken In Dallas

chickenby Steven Doyle

We love our fried chicken, and have been seeking out the very best Dallas has to offer. We scoured the streets and found some with an ethnic twist, others are straight forward crispy fried and juicy.

We had to eliminate a few that didn’t qualify as traditional, such as Bon Mua’s fried Cornish hen, which is still worth making the drive to Carrollton.  In making our list we were shocked at how many plates of fried chicken we had sampled over the past months. Col Sanders would have said he was too drunk to taste that chicken after just a few of these places.

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First Look: Pizzeria Testa Now Open On Greenville AVenue

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You recall Kirby’s steakhouse across from the Granada on Greenville Avenue, and more recently Wayward Sons the Graham Dodds resto which closed in February of 2017. It is a massive space yet the new tenant moved in a year after a major remodel and plans on being the best pizza inside the loop. I believe you will enjoy this Neapolitan pie. Some of you have tasted it year ago when we chatted about the Frisco location. It is good.

DFW has a smattering of pretty fantastic Neapolitan pizzerias including the the Frisco based  Pizzeria Testa Napoletana Restaurant which is owned by Rod Schaefer. Schaefer’s mother comes from a long line of Italian pizza makers. In fact the Testa family was once considered the royal pizza makers for the King of Naples.   Continue reading

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The New Luna’s Tortilla Factory and Restaurant Now Open For Business

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In a time when women were kept at home and away from the workplace Maria Luna, who at the rime was a single parent, rose from the kitchen to create her mark on Dallas history with Luna’s Tortilla Factory. A strong and devoted woman Luna gathered local women to crush her nixtamal , or corn that would become masa. Once gathered from Luna had the masa formed into tortillas and tamales which became a business that is now 94 years old and run by her son and grandson, both named Fernando.

Maria Luna ran her business, originally located on McKinney Avenue near downtown on a block that Luna purchased in 1938 for about $50,000 and shared with the original El Fenix. There the family worked, living above the tortilla factory. This meant dedication. Maria never turned away a stranger in need of fresh tortillas regardless of the hour. The building has since been remodeled to accommodate Meso Maya, and is considered a historical landmark.  Continue reading

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East Hampton Sandwich Co. Rolls Out New Seasonal Menu

DSC00233by Steven Doyle

Looking back to our first story on East Hampton Sandwich Company in 2012, and its founder the very young and witful Hunter Pond, you could sense that his sandwich shop was destined for greatness. You read about my first bite of his lobster roll, which is at the same moment affordable and delicious. All his sauces and proteins are house-made. The breads are beautiful and locally sourced, custom made to this 30-year olds specifications. It makes total sense that East Hampton has gained so much success.

Recently we sampled many of the new items offered on a rotation basis reflected on East Hampton’s seasonal menu. Continue reading

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2018 Best Dallas Hot Dogs

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Researching the history the hot dog is murkier than the water some are boiled in, but there is certainly no mistake that the weiner on a bun is a quintessential staple of ball games, circuses, amusement parks, and just about anywhere people are looking for an inexpensive and easy to eat meal.

Dallas saw an insurgence of great hot dogs a few years back but they did not seem as sustainable as the almighty burger, and many fantastic dog locations shuttered.

We do have a list of some terrific hot dogs found in and around Dallas, take head and enjoy! Continue reading

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Truck Yard and GAPCo Collaborate

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Two of Dallas’s favorite restaurants have joined forces for a collaboration that will rock the local food scene… or at least make people really full and happy. See, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company and the Truck Yard have been tinkering, and after many hours in the lab, they’re ready to share their experiment with the world. Continue reading

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