Bird Cafe to Close May 22

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Bird Café bids adieu to Sundance Square Plaza next Friday, May 22, while supplies last.

“With the shutdown caused by Covid-19, we found it impossible to operate economically and have elected to close permanently. We invite all of our loyal patrons to join us at 25% capacity or on the patio for one last hurrah before then, while our inventory lasts,” says Shannon Wynne, designer and operating partner. Wynne’s concepts have occupied the same building for the past twenty-five years. Continue reading

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TJ’s Seafood Market is Open with Limited Seating

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TJ’s Seafood Market, the well-loved neighborhood seafood spot is reopening their dining room at the Preston/Royal location at limited capacity on Friday and Saturday nights for seated wine dinners beginning this Friday, May 15. To ensure the utmost safety of TJ’s staff and guests, Jon Alexis, owner of TJ’s, had all staff tested for COVID-19 through his new company, Safework. Continue reading

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Best Chef Burgers in Dallas

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Dallas  has no shortage of the delicacy that is a burger.  What makes a perfect burger is the flavor of the beef, and freshness of the bun, and toppings. A burger should develop a nice sear to trap all the juices inside. Pressing a burger releases all of its flavor and makes the burger dry and ends up crumbling. The toppings are just as important as the cooking process. Using fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions help bring a crisp texture and flavor depth that makes your burger scream fresh. To add more depth a spread or sauce needs to compliment the other toppings without making the burger too messy or all you have is a excessive use of napkins. Innovative burger toppings just makes the flavor depth more interesting you just need to keep them in check because there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Continue reading

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2020 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 wiener 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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Fantastic Fish Tacos in Dallas

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Baja seems to be the best place to tag the origins of the fish taco. All my research points there, at least as far as North Americans are concerned. The true fact is somewhat murkier and no doubt flies back to the times of the original tortilla. You place between the fold with whatever you my have on hand. If that is a shard of beef, then it is a beef taco. For our early fishermen, it was the fish taco. Simple enough.

These special tacos are served at beach shacks as well as posh dining establishments, and the recipe continues to evolve. With choices ranging from grilled mahi mahi with tomatillo salsa to boiled lobster with chipotle lime butter, there really is something for everyone. The one thing that we all might agree on is that the best fish tacos are the ones eaten hot as you drip dry in the sun waiting for the next swell. Continue reading

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Dallas Enchilada All Star Line Up

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Growing up in Dallas it would be difficult to avoid the enchilada. The Tex-Mex beauties delicately filled, rolled and sauced for your dining pleasure. And what great memories most Texans have as children growing up noshing on the humble enchilada each Wednesday in our public schools, the same day that El Fenix  offers their inexpensive deal on enchiladas. Perhaps some lay in puddles of grease, but we know how to sop that up with a tortillas for an extra side-car treat.

This past week we craved enchiladas and sought them out with vengeance. This began as our five favorites, but as we started in on them the list grew. Enjoy these enchiladas are in no particular order because Cinco de Mayo and all.

By the way, the list does not include marvelous Mexican restaurants such as Jose. We certainly do not consider them in the same category as Tex Mex.

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Dishing Out Relief Auction Provides Grants to Texas Restaurant

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, The Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund was established through the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the education and development of Texas’ restaurant industry workforce. The mission of the Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund is to provide immediate financial relief to Texas’ independent restaurateurs with funds designed to save employee jobs.

The Texas Restaurant Association has announced the “Dishing Out Relief” auction. It’s how Texans (big and small) are working together to provide emergency relief to independent restaurants. This not only breaks our hearts from a personal standpoint, but also changes the dining culture in our state.

The objective is to provide immediate relief by getting the money to restaurants quickly.

“It is critical that people from all across Texas come together in solidarity to help in this time of crisis,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. “It is not only crucial for the economy in our great state, but for our culture. The funds we raise from this auction will make a significant impact on saving the restaurant industry in Texas, and by doing so, will be saving our culture and unique traditions.”

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