Eat Me: DaLat’s Chili

dalatby Steven Doyle

Plenty can be written about Khanh Nguyen at DaLat. He is definitely the king of the late night menu, serving pho and plenty of other interesting Vietnamese items on into the night.  Arrive at 1:59 and you will be welcome to order, whereas any other establishment would be sweeping and shaking you off to find bad waffles for your 2am fix. Many of the late night patrons are waiters, bartenders and chefs. Others arrive directly from the bars that surround the neighborhood. All are welcomed with a steaming bowl of pho, or one of the many other items that will definitely sooth your soul.

And damn those delicious little DaLat shooters which are Vietnamese meatballs seared and sunk into a spicy broth of sake, coconut and cream. Toss your head back for a moment of bliss.    Continue reading

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Languid Brunch at Next Door in Uptown

next-door1by Steven Doyle

Located in what was previously the space for Pozo and Three Sheets, Next Door offers a unique experience both in dining and the latest party experience in Uptown Dallas. So you may enjoy the latest hot spot for bottle service in the upstairs party lounge,  then merely a few hours later be hitting a splendid and imaginative brunch. And in Dallas we take our brunch just as serious as some do their bottle service.  Continue reading

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Jake’s And Other Local East Dallas Businesses In Danger Of Closing

jakesby Steven Doyle

DISD is on a land grab in East Dallas, invoking eminent domain to purchase property along Skillman and Abrams where they plan to erect a new school. This action will displace small businesses including an automotive repair shop, Chevron, storage units, an antique mall and Jake’s Hamburgers. Ahh, you knew there would be a foodie twist to this madness.  Continue reading

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Pigs and Pinot Jan 15th at Filament

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Join Chef Matt McCallister and the Filament Team in their first ever Pigs and Pinot event.
Three Courses prepared by Chef Matt and the Filament kitchen, Pinot Noir selected by the talented Jeff Gregory ranging from Bubbles, Rose’, and Reds available for purchase during the event. The evening begins with a reception bubble served at Jade & Clover across from Filament.

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Rocking In The New Year – 80’s Style

img_6629by Trey Moran

While pondering the various places to spend New Years Eve this year one of the first places I thought of was Studio 80 in downtown Fort Worth.  I’m glad I called when I did because they were just about booked for reserved tables.  The table fee was extremely reasonable for 4 seats with party favors (hats, glasses, horns, etc.) and a full size bottle of champagne.  A good time was certain to be had by all.

Studio 80 previously existed in the Cultural District off of University Drive and shared a parking lot with The Grotto. After shutting down to remodel, a fire and landlord issues the club relocated to the spot previously occupied by Vee Lounge off Taylor Street downtown. The new club has much more square footage, better video screens, a better sound system and is actually two clubs in one.   Continue reading

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Cafe Herrera Serves Up Wild Game Menu

dsc00426by Steven Doyle

Cafe Herrera has been a Dallas institution for so many years as one of the proudest Tex Mex families, opening its first location in 1971 on Maple Avenue where you will find the iconic bar, The Grapevine. Since opening, the great grandmother and matriarch of operations retired (and since passed away) but not before issuing the various restaurants to family members.

Gil Bonifaz grew up at the knees of his great grandmother learning the restaurant business by washing dishes and eventually owning an incarnation of the family restaurant himself. It was Gil who was operating the location on Denton Drive that closed last year after losing his lease, but like a phoenix he made rise and now operates the gem of the family located at the downtown Dallas Omni Hotel.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: The Chicken Fried Steak at V-Eats

dsc00372by Steven Doyle

Troy Gardner is a clever man. You may remember chef Troy from his hotdoggin’ days when he owned Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs on Oak Lawn. Then he was putting out a terrific product, both for the omnivores as well as the vegans alike. Today he is running the helm at V-Eats Modern Vegan in Trinity Groves, a cozy little hot spot that is thriving selling only vegan dishes to pretty much anyone who loves food.   Continue reading

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