by Steven Doyle
For many years Primo’s Tex Mex was the quintessential hot spot for hanging out late night to enjoy a good amount of enchiladas and even more tequila. The McKinney Avenue haunt stocked plenty of tequila brands for those searching for a way to wash down baskets of chips and guacamole. This was the heyday for the brand until owner Eddie Cervantes eventually sold, and it soon closed after 28 years of solid service. Cervantes went on to open E Bar on Haskell and that hot spot on McKinney became So&So’s which is enjoying plenty of hot action of their own.
Dallas had lost a legend until more recently when twin brothers Mark and Dirk Kelcher revived the restaurant in the Dallas Design District. The brothers are talented operators who come with plenty of experience including Metro Grill, and even more recently part of the new ownership at Cedars Social. Their roots rival that of the original Primo’s and as caretakers of the name they have honored the tradition backed by slurpy good drinks and the same enchiladas once served to the many patrons on the McKinney Avenue location. Continue reading
by Maria Mejia
We were excited to attend Untapped Fest’s first foray into Fair Park November 5th – a beautiful fall day perfectly suited for festival fun. The location was ample enough to comfortably host over a hundred breweries and the throngs of “hoppy” attendees!
With over 200 beer choices we were pleased to find the Metroplex well represented by more than 20 local breweries. In addition there were delicious food options from the likes of Common Table, Meddlesome Moth, and the particularly popular Urban Crust. Continue reading
Urbano Cafe in East Dallas (at 1410 N. Fitzhugh) is now serving beer and wine, though also BYOB as well. Nothing changes for those who want to bring their wine, but Urbabo will also have craft and local beers on tap, plus a great, well-priced list of wines. There is a PDF of the list below.
Urbano is kicking off their new list this week, and holding a Merry Edwards wine tasting next Monday, Nov. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, and light bites will be provided. Below is a list of the wines they’ll be sampling, and bottles will be available for purchase. RSVP at 214-823-8550. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Monte Cristo is the kissing cousin of the sandwich called the Croque Monsieur. The Monsieur is made up of a grilled Gruyere cheese loaded with thin slices of ham and fried in clarified butter. You can find both sandwiches served in and around Dallas with no finer example of the Cristo served at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. It is a serious sandwich.
The sandwich claims roots dating back to a depression-era dinner staple called a cheese dream and the deep-fried grilled cheeses called “Frenchees” native to Nebraska. Both are deep fried cheese sandwiches, the latter is sometimes dipped in an egg wash then rolled in Corn Flakes. The beautiful sandwich rose to fame in 1966 when it appeared on the menu at Disney’s Cajun restaurant Blue Bayou, adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And certainly we all recall the menu at Bennigan’s where they proudly served up the deep fried sandwich filled with turkey and ham. Continue reading
Two of North Texas’s favorite breweries, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company of Fort Worth and Lakewood Brewing Company of Garland, have joined together again to create a special, limited edition beer that combines their unique styles and reflects their joint dedication to local craft brewing.
Coming after their successful partnership last year, the breweries have again created DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries. This year’s all-new version is a rum oak-aged cherry Baltic Porter with an ABV of 9.5 percent timed to celebrate North Texas Beer Week (November 6 – November 15). DFW will be available on draft at area taps and will be sold at local retailers in 22 oz. bottles beginning the week of November 2. Continue reading
Bird Café is hosting Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of the award-winning Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO for The Avery Experience. On Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30pm. Avery will lead a guided beer experience featuring nine unique brews expertly paired with five courses crafted by Chef David McMillan.Cost is $85 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For more information go to their website. Bird Café is located at 155 E. 4th and Commerce with complimentary valet parking available on Commerce between 3rd and 4th. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11am-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 10am-10pm.
Check out the menu for the evening: Continue reading
Beginning with kick off keg taps Friday, Nov. 6, and concluding with a recovery brunch on Sunday, Nov. 15, North Texans will have hundreds of opportunities to toast North Texas (NTX) Beer Week at craft beer-loving venues across the region. NTX Beer Week also coincides with Untapped Music and Beer Festival Nov. 7 and the second annual Brewer’s Ball, Nov. 13.
“Whether you’re contemplating venturing outside of your light beer comfort zone, or you’re the guy that already knows the nuances of every beer style, NTX Beer Week is a place for any beer fan to expand their knowledge and palette for craft beer,” said Matt Dixon, the newly appointed Executive Director of NTX Beer Week. “North Texas’ brew scene is growing exponentially, and NTX Beer Week is here to showcase our nationally-recognized talent.” Continue reading