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Celebrate Cavalli Pizzeria

by Steven Doyle

The McKinney location of Cavalli Pizzeria recently celebrated their fifth anniversary, however their first location has been in business since 2008. They were the first restaurant in Texas to receive the Verace Pizza Napoletana certification, that is the akin to being blessed by the Pope in the pizza business. This weekend we happened to be out running around up north and thought to stop in for a bite and check out how the pizzeria was doing.

As it turns out Cavalli is doing quite well.

The Cavalli family are first generation Americans, and when they settled in the Dallas area they had a difficult time finding the type of pizza they are making today. Since their opening, more than a few others have joined the ranks and are now making Neapolitan pizza. Most notably Dough Pizzeria Napoletana in North Dallas, and Pizzeria Testa in Frisco. Continue reading

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Review: Bombay Sizzlers in Las Colinas

DSC07161by Steven Doyle

In our long journey to discover the ideal Indian-style restaurant in the Dallas area we were directed this week to yet another offering in the Las Colinas area. Irving and the surrounding region is a hot bed for delicious Desi cuisine. This week we ventured to one called Bombay Sizzlers, now located at 397 E. Las Colinas Blvd. We say now because they recently moved from a freestanding location nearby that was razed to make way for yet another service station. In speaking with the owners they seemed much more pleased with their new plush environment.

Oddly enough Bombay Sizzlers is a mere few blocks away from another top notch Indian restaurant, Underground. We were told that the owner there is a former Sizzlers employee which made us all smile as Underground does a pretty great job with creating the perfect dining experience. What we enjoyed a bit more about Bombay Sizzlers is that they produce their food much quicker, and have a full bar. But not really comparing the two as they both have a unique flavor, and very unique offerings.   Continue reading

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Bombay Chowpatty For A Delicious Chaat

DSC05766by Steven Doyle

You may have seen the word ‘chaat’ before, and if you are familiar with the Indian term, then you know you are blessed. Chaat refers to the little snacks often served roadside in stalls or food carts. Typically a vendor will specialize in one type of chaat, often starting with pieces of dough and vegetables. Almost all certainly vegetarian or vegan in nature. One of the more popular places in India to find chaat is along the boardwalk at Chowpatty beach in Mumbai, India. Here you will find many shrines to the Hindu gods, and is the place of one of the largest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. There are also plenty of chaat stalls to be found. Think of chaat as more of recreation and celebration than of fine dining.   Continue reading

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An Interesting Indian Restaurant Survives In Irving

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by Andrew Chalk

Irving is one of the two top destinations in the Dallas area for Indian food (the other being Plano). However, most establishments are content to survive on a combination of a lunchtime steam table and an à la carte evening menu constructed around stereotypical Indian dishes (much as hoards of Italian neighborhood restaurants turn out an endless repertoire of “me-too” red sauce dishes).

As much as I love the bargain that is the Indian lunch buffet and the favorites on the stereotypical Indian menu, my greatest excitement is engendered by the discovery of a restaurant doing something new, even bordering on ambitious.     Continue reading

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New Irving Spot, Table & Tavern, Combines Pub Feel with Music and Local Inspiration

IMG_4699Short rib at Table & Tavern is a big proposition

by Andrew Chalk

Sfuzzi’s has gone and the Irving location has become Table & Tavern, a conceptual mash-up of English pub and cozy club room restaurant. The “tavern” part is actually three bars and two patios serving up cocktails built around Texas spirits, craft beers from Peticolas, Deep Ellum, Franconia, Real Ale and Brooklyn Brewery, and a predominantly California wine list (just two Texas wines are listed among the 42 selections) priced at about 3x retail. Thrice weekly there is live music. Although the full menu is available in the bar, most bar patrons order from the separate bar menu consisting of snacks. Private dining rooms are available as well. All in, the 300-seat establishment creates a lot of possibilities.

The “table” part is the separate dining area, notable for its dark-paneled walls. It creates a clubby, cosy feel that almost harks back to an earlier era. I recommend the comfortable booths away from the trafficked routes if its privacy and comfort that you want.   Continue reading

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Getting Your Indian Fix At Chaat Cafe

by Steven Doyle

Chaat Café  is billed as a fresh and casual Indian fast food restaurant, but there is absolutely no resemblance to what you might consider fast food. The food is served in the same relative time as any other restaurant, and is hand-made to order with precision and care. The concept is a national chain, but each location has a local flair. Since Irving has a tremendous Indian population, it is very popular with the locals.

The menu at Chaat is fairly extensive with a full line of chaat, or Indian nibbles such as Pani Puri (crisp shells stuffed with potatoes and garbanzo beans) or a variety of Pakora and Samosas.

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Stroker’s Owners Opening Soda Fountain In Irving

DSC03378by Steven Doyle

A recent visit to Strokers on Harry Hines netted us a really good char-grilled burger, a pretty tasty Cuban sandwich (aptly named the Mark Cuban), and a tour through the nearly 2-acre facility. It was a searing hot Sunday afternoon when we met with Strokers owner Rick Fairless who guided us across the biker’s dream campus, taking us into the secret labyrinth’s where he has a crew at various stages of customizing insanely cool motorcycles. It was there he shared his plan to take over the Big State Drug, removing the apothecary portion of the historic 1948 building, and building around the 50’s era soda fountain.    Continue reading

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