by Steven Doyle
Considered one of the best sandwiches in America, the Italian Beef is certainly hard to beat. The sandwich is made up of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll. The bread itself is often dipped into the juices the meat is cooked in, and topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera (called “hot”) or sauteed, green Italian sweet peppers (called “sweet”). The origins of the sandwich date back to 1938 when Al Fererri conjured it up to serve at weddings in Chicago. Meat was scarce, and the thin slices went a long way.
Over the years the Chicago family moved a tiny stand through out Little Italy, and settled at its current location, 1078 West Taylor. Al’s Italian Beef is legendary in those parts and across the states where Chicago expats compare interloping sandwich makers to their beloved original. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Restaurant America seems to be pulling up roots in Dallas. The Chicago based restaurant group came to Dallas in a storm opening up restaurants across the city with promise of even more. The first casualty was the Mockingbird Taproom, which we found a bit sterile. That restaurant closed just months of opening and was located in Mockingbird Station.
Local food blog Side Dish reported last Friday that the Townhouse Kitchen + Bar in the Galleria was locked out for an apparent non-payment of rent. Then a flood of reports came to us about the very new Boca Chica closing. We actually had a report that was to run on Boca this week. Continue reading
by Mary Szefcyk
I stepped out of DFW for a roundabout to Chicago this past weekend. Bummed I was missing the Cinco De Mayo early action in my hometown but I got the urge to partake in a CitySwarm Margarita Crawl pre-fix margaritas and dinner (Good time for a Texan). I am learning how much the South West is sure to impress. The evening kicked off at a cozy, trendy spot “D’Noche” serving up some Latin cuisine and damn good margaritas. Viewing a live demonstration from freshly made margarita, I felt home away from home.
The Trolley filled up with plenty of locals stocked with BYOB cases of beer. On board we had an interesting quiz (yes our team won) Come on I live minutes from Esparza’s “The Margarita Capital of Texas”, us Texans bleed Margaritas. The questions that was simplistic for me but stooped others, “when was the frozen margarita machine invented”? Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez put Dallas on the map when he invented the World’s first frozen margarita machine on May 11th 1971. Continue reading