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Eat Me: Lump Crab Fritters at Stock and Barrel

DSC07077by Steven Doyle

In the world of appetizers it takes quite a bit to excite me. Beyond the typical fare you might see on the top side of the menu such as calamari, deviled eggs and a plethora of hackneyed charcuterie plates, I am always happy to set sites on a fantastic bit of foie torchon after having actually attempted to create my own in the past. I can appreciate the labor intensive subtleties of a great torchon and will go out of my way to order one when spotted.

That said, it is difficult to find an exemplary set of appetizers on a menu. This is not a blanket indictment of every menu found in Dallas, just a slight generalization. You see, it is often times I am not in for a full meal deal, but rather a glass of beer or wine and a few starters while perched at a restaurant’s bar. So you can imagine my happiness when I first gazed upon Jon Stevens’ menu at Stock and Barrel in the Bishop Arts District for the first time. There was a bit of elation, actually.  Continue reading

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Book Report: Chop Suey, USA

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Before fast food and home delivery, there was chop suey and red leather booths. American Chinese food was a precursor to ubiquitous chain restaurants, democratizing the once-exclusive dining-out experience for working-class whites, African Americans and Jews.

The influence of Chinese cuisine throughout the 20th century and beyond is told in Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America, by UC Irvine history professor Yong Chen. The new book opens with a question: Why is Chinese food so popular in the United States?   Continue reading

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FnG Hosts a Wine Dinner and a “Communal Gathering” Jan 20th

dsc01375by Jennifer Thomas

Our favorite restaurant in Keller is by far FnG Eats, owned by chef Bob Stephenson. The menu is varied and caters well to the community, and is fun and imaginative. Take a visit and you will soon experience the same. Today we learned that chefs Carlos Arevalo & Bob Stephenson are hosting a wine dinner and “communal gathering” January 20th at 7pm. And may this be the first time I say or write 2016. Priced at a bargain rate of $55, you will want to be part of this event. Call 817.741.5200 to reserve.

Our editor wrote a first look on this restaurant when they opened in  2012, check that out here to learn more about the restaurant. When you are there you may ask Bob to do a poetry slam just for fun. He is quite good at this.

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India Palace Enjoys an Upgrade of Decor and Flavors

lamb1by Steven Doyle

Serving Dallas since 1985, India Palace has been a mainstay for freshly prepared Indian cuisine. The dishes offered at India Palace are a combination of subtle tastes with flavors as varied as India’s climate and as exotic as India’s people. Fragrant, zesty, and warm spices India are delicately blended. Fresh and natural ingredients are used and the menu includes many gluten-free and vegan selections.

The restaurant has recently undergone a spiffy upgrade in decor as well as the menu. On our most recent visit we enjoyed the freshly updated dining which is as bright as some of the new offerings. We tackled a good portion of the menu including a variety of kabobs and a sampling of flavored naans which included the Palace Naan infused with raisins and nuts, an eye opening Habanero Naan stuffed with onions and spices, and Keema which has lamb. We absolutely loved the variety of Parathas, a buttery whole wheat bread.   Continue reading


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Review: Five Creeks Tavern

20151203_190614by Steven Doyle

Five Creeks Tavern in Highland Park Village is located in a space which has had past identity troubles. Those troubles seem to have magically vanished in light of this new Italian hot spot that caters evenly to local families and  single adults alike. The menu is decidedly red checkered table cloth Italian replete with one of the better examples of VPN Neapolitan pizza made in an imported wood burning oven, a slew of pasta dishes where guests can easily mix and match sauces and pasta varieties.   Continue reading


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Shuttered: Sfuzzi Dallas and Le Taco

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Sfuzzi in Uptown and Le Taco are both closed.

Sfuzzi seemed to have a difficult time reinventing itself and blew through a handful of chefs quickly, including Avner Samuels. Le Taco, which was once Scotch and Sausage, also had an identity crisis. Oddly enough  Scotch and Sausage was a fantastic concept and put out a great product, as did Le Taco.  No doubt it was a matter of finding its audience that took down the taco restaurant.  Continue reading

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Take Flight to El Tesoro del Inca

by Steven Doyle

Peru is the epicenter for much that we enjoy today. The simple potato has its origins to the Andes and nearly every potato found worldwide can be traced back to Peru. The humble peanut made its way to Africa via the Spaniards, and vast variety of corn stems from the region. One variety of corn is an inedible purple kernel that the natives to Peru make into a sweet drink called chicha morada which can be found at a local restaurant, El Tesoro del Inca.

We stopped into El Tesoro recently after being tipped off to its whereabouts. It sounds so secretive, but when you check the restaurant out you will see what we mean. It is a bit hidden in a small shopping center off Beltline in Irving. If you are not paying much attention you will miss the spot altogether.       Continue reading

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