The Best Gumbo in Dallas 2017 Edition

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Today is National Gumbo Day so we are celebrating as we only know how, with a giant list of fantastic places to enjoy your favorite bowl of goodness.

Gumbo is that delicious pot of stew that starts off with a roux, that chocolate brown thickener that gives gumbo its distinctive hue and rich flavor. In New Orleans a meat-based gumbo may consist of chicken, turtle, duck, squirrel, rabbit or alligator. Seafood-based gumbo generally has shrimp, crab, and sometimes oysters. Most varieties of gumbo are seasoned with a special mirepoix consisting of onions, bell pepper, and celery, or what they call the Holy Trinity. Today, most people are familiar with seafood gumbo and chicken and sausage gumbo.   Continue reading

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Celebrating a $5 Lunch And So Much More

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A $5 lunch is difficult at best to come by unless you are thinking fast food, and even then you would be hard pressed to find much at all. The good people at Lovers Seafood have come to the rescue today. Let’s take a look.

In celebration of National Gumbo Day Lovers Seafood is serving up their delicious gumbo for a mere five bucks – all day. That is a bargain, but is there more? Continue reading

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Empire Baking Company Celebrates 25 Years

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This month, Empire Baking Company is celebrating 25 years of business baking bread and baked goods for the Dallas community. During the weekend of October 26, they’ll “Throw It Bake” to their inaugural year, offering product favorites and pricing circa 1992.

Over the past 25 years, Empire Baking Company has become a household name for sweet treats, homemade breads and holiday confections. However, when Empire first opened, there were few alternatives for buying fresh-baked bread in Dallas.  Continue reading

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Corral Corrientes 348

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In a city where meat is king and steakhouses are landing faster than the Bugatti Veyron, it is refreshing to find something a bit out of the ordinary. Meet Corrientes 348, the new Argentinian steakhouse located in the former Stephan Pyles vast location on Ross Avenue.

Argentinians have a fondness for meat, or rather an “asado” or “parrillada.” Meats are cooked on a parilla (grill) while attendees enjoy socializing and drinking wine, typically a Malbec. Parrilla culture is largely about patience and enjoying the company they keep. Staying true to their roots, the restaurant will have a dramatic open flame parilla (custom-made in South America) anchoring the main dining room with 20 seats surrounding it.  Continue reading

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Jen Kirkman at Kessler Oct 21st

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Jen Kirkman is back on tour this year – with all new material.  Stories and jokes you haven’t seen on her Netflix specials.  Don’t worry.  It’s not all about Drumpf – why talk about him when Jen can talk about herself and her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture.

Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her 2015 Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was named one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.  Her most recent Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?” is streaming worldwide as of January 3rd, 2017. Continue reading

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Tacodeli Expands in Dallas Area

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Tacodeli, Austin-born and cult favorite taqueria by chef/founder Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson announce two leases have been signed in the Plano area: Parkwood Village at Parkwood Boulevard and Highway 121 near Stonebriar Centre and Legacy West (slated for opening 1st quarter 2018) and Preston Road and W. Park Boulevard in the heart of Plano near Whole Foods (slated for opening 2nd quarter 2018).

The fast-casual neighborhood restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, offering a menu of more than 40 made-from-scratch tacos with fresh ingredients – many of which are organic and locally sourced. Sourcing top-notch ingredients has been at the core of the brand since the beginning. Continue reading

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Cooler Weather Means Warmer Food: A Soup Exposé

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We have made plenty of lists in the past, and certainly soup has been a big draw for the cold, wintery months such as we are experiencing. One of our favorite soups comes from King’s Noodles (read about that place here). There are plenty of mainstays in Dallas such as the mushroom soup at The Grape, a recipe that will not, and should not ever leave that menu. Other perennials include the marshmallow soup at Rise No. 1 which is actually a rich tomato soup with pillows of roasted goat cheese.

Make a better soup and the world will beat down your door, especially when it is 25 degrees in Dallas.

Today we offer a list of some recent favorites. You will want to check these out in your travels about town this week.    Continue reading

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