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Happy Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris Uptown

ruth1by Steven Doyle

Happy Hour might be our favorite time of day. All the good things that make us smile are available during a proper Happy Hour: fine cocktails, beer or wine, a good selection of affordable bites and fun people to share the experience with. This is what we found during the Thursday edition of Ruth’s Chris Happy Hour which runs until 7pm weekdays, but especially fun on Thursday.  Continue reading

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Jeng Chi Adds Full Service Bar

jc1by Steven Doyle  photos by Suzi Migdol

Opening in 1990 Jeng Chi has a flair for Chinese that is rarely found in Dallas. So many Chinese restaurants are geared towards the American sensibility and loses something in the translation, but Jeng Chi stays true and we profit from this ideal.

A recent visit found a new twist to the restaurant which is located in Richardson’s Little China on Greenville Avenue near Main. Jeng Chi is no stranger to change, first opening a few doors down from its current 8,300 square feet of dining room and kitchen. Originally guests had but a few seats to choose from. Now banquets are served handily, and large celebrations are enjoyed at Jeng Chi. The latest addition is their full service bar.   Continue reading

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Savor Dallas 2017 A Screaming Success

DSC00674by Steven Doyle

Another successful year with Savor Dallas, the areas largest food and wine festival as it introduced some amazing event locations, highlighted the area’s best chefs, slurpy good wines and cocktails and some of the best fellowship this city has to offer.

Each of the events laid out for the week replayed a version of Who’s Who of the hospitality industry which always makes it fun. Catching up on the latest restaurant news is certainly a great by-product of these types of events.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: Victor Tango’s Lamb Lollipops

vt lamb lollipopsby Steven Doyle

Victor Tango is located on Henderson Avenue, and has always been synonymous with amazing cocktails. Look no further than the gallon-sized punch bowl that feeds 5 to 10 of your closest friends. You will most likely want to chow on some very good bar bites, and what is better than a humongous plate of extremely meaty lamb lollipops. Set on a parsnip puree and drizzled with a yummy mustard balsamic, the plate is large enough to share, or to make a meal for one.    Continue reading

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Learning to Shake, Not Shimmy at Mudhen Meat and Greens

naf7by Nafeisa Shukair-Farley

Since I mastered the making of the Big Mac, the next logical assignment for this CraveDFW reporter is to learn how to make the Mudhen Meat and Greens signature cocktail, “Squeeze My Lemon.”  Why logical you ask?  Well, I don’t eat Big Macs (that is my son’s expertise) and I am not a drinker (all my friends love to partake of the spirits) so not only am I getting out of my comfort zone (I admit, am a bit nervous), I am learning the fine art of the shaking not stirring concept.  Note, I found out that bringing someone a bottle of beer does not count as making a cocktail.   Continue reading

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HIDE Bar Freshens Up Deep Ellum

img_0993by Rhonda Dutton

Tonight, January 27, HIDE Bar opens in Deep Ellum. This is not “just another bar,” however. The experience at HIDE is more an immersion into science and chemistry and molecular stuff bundled with all the fun and elation that imbibing brings. And for the OCD cocktail alums, the bar is perfectly organized, identical bottles all facing the same direction, super clean – just like a classy stylish science lab.

img_1004HIDE Has 11 House-Made Bitters

You may find yourself deep in discussion with your mixologist about the compounds of different ingredients resulting in epiphanies as to why your cocktail tastes/feels/looks/smells as good as it does. And their passion is obvious, you can tell that they care about the ingredients and technique used to create your sipper in the way they set up their implements, the way they look at the liquid during its creation, the way they squeeze the citrus rind “this way” across the glistening surface, the way they look at it with approval before presenting it to you.

img_0998-1Turbo Quaker: Steel Cut Oak Bourbon, Cinnamon, Crème Sherry, Orgeat, Milk-Washed Applejack Brandy, Walnut Bitters, Egg White

HIDE makes you want to understand the science behind the beautiful drink set before you. The knowledge that a centrifuge was used to clarify the lemon juice that is in your Upside Down, helps you to understand why the lemon you’re tasting isn’t like juice squeezed at home – it’s cleaner, elevated, brighter – and you’ll respect the whole process even more. And you’ll want to take your time appreciating every drop.

img_0991Upside Down: Fino Sherry, Chamomile Scotch, Aquavit, Clarified Lemon, Pineapple, Nutmeg

img_0996This is John. John makes an excellent Gin + Tonic, carbonated for you while you watch…

HIDE offers something for every taste and preference. With 30 signature and 15 classic cocktails, 9 different craft beers along with a cider, top shelf liquors, and wine on draft, HIDE has the prescription necessary to wind down from any life situation. And you will want to, often.

img_0994Snapdragon: Kummel, Pisco, Clarified Grapefruit, Maple, Cardamom Tincture

img_1003Corey (from FT33 in a past life) explains how they smoke a glass of brown…

Corey also has a degree in petroleum engineering and other stuff that my ADHD wouldn’t let me catch because I was focused on the lesson in smoking.

HIDE Bar opens tonight at 2816 Elm Street in Dallas.

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Cocktails For The Holidays

Laphroaig_GingerManby Steven Doyle

As the holiday season continues we plan on posting recipes for a variety of cool party cocktails to entertain your guests with, and to hone those bartending skills. Today we have several recipes, one from Basil Hayden and the other from one of our favorite scotch whiskeys, Laphroaig.

The Laphroaig distillery is arguably the most famous distillery on Islay. The island itself is famous for its pungent, peaty malts.

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