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DFW James Beard Semi-Finalists 2020


by Steven Doyle

The James Beard Semi-Finalists have been announced this year, and Dallas has a good amount of nominees that are genuinely deserving and exciting. If you study the list, all of Texas is well represented. Let’s look at our chefs Continue reading

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JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden to Open March 2nd at AT&T Discovery District

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JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden– the modern Texas inspired restaurant and beer garden will open to the public at AT&T Discovery District on March 2nd. Located at 311 S. Akard Street, will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

JAXON was created by Kevin Lillis, Adrian Verdin, chef David Gilbert, beverage director Alex Fletcher and their team at Hospitality Alliance, a nationally-acclaimed hospitality development and management firm headquartered in Dallas. The restaurant and bar will feature a large variety of Texas craft beers as well as a menu focusing on modern Texas dishes with influence from surrounding geographic neighbors including Mexico, Louisiana and New Mexico. The interior and expansive beer garden aim to offer a warm and inviting space for guests to enjoy elevated food and drink in a casual setting right in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Continue reading

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Chino Shuttered, Enter “Sum Dang Good Chinese”

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Upon first opening in 2014, Trinity Groves has been a culinary incubator for some of Dallas’s most exciting concepts. The original idea was for restaurants to take up temporary residence before moving on to other things. Chino Chinatown, which opened six years ago, has proven to be one of the incubator’s most successful concepts, but now it’s time to move on.

We broke the news that Chino was to close on our Facebook some weeks ago. For more up-to-date  restaurant information, please join us  in conversation at the CraveDFW Facebook page where we are often first in Dallas to give restaurant updates. Continue reading

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The 2020 Best Seafood Towers in Dallas

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The glorious  seafood tower is a dish of raw and cooked shellfish served cold on a platter, usually on a bed of ice. The serving platter is generally held above table level with a stand and sometimes can contain multiple, elaborate tiers. This is both for visual effect, and because the shellfish are often served in the shell, or on the half shell, which causes them to take up a large area while containing only a bite or two of meat.  

We found some very nice versions in Dallas. Although they are not particularly inexpensive, as would be expected when you start adding King Crab and elusive oysters, but typically you may order several levels to feed a varying amount of people you are dining with. However, one might make an entire meal of such platter along with a special bottle of wine.

Enjoy this bit of extravagance which is appropriate for any occasion. See our list, in no particular order. Prices listed, otherwise the tower is market-priced. Continue reading

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Great Gumbos For Mardi Gras Fun And Games

galat_gumbo.jpgby Steven Doyle

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.  

Let’s check in to some of our favorite places in Dallas that make a mean bowl of gumbo just in time for Fat Tuesday dining. Continue reading

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Tacodeli Take Over the JBH in April

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Beloved restaurant brand, Tacodeli with 4 Dallas-area locations, has more to celebrate than 20-years of honoring the humble taco. Tacodeli has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City on April 16, 2020.

Chef and Co-Founder Roberto Espinosa and his team will host a “Texas Taco Party” utilizing the quality ingredients that Tacodeli is known for. This invite to cook for the James Beard Foundation underscores the brand’s superior sourcing and focus on approachable, wholesome food that Tacodeli fans experience on daily basis. Continue reading


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Greenville Ave Pizza Co Celebrates National Pizza Day This Sunday


This Sunday, the day you’ve been waiting for all year finally arrives. No, not the Academy Awards. We’re talking, of course, about National Pizza Day. To celebrate this annual homage to the world’s greatest food, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company is offering half-price all slices from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continue reading

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