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Languid Brunch at Next Door in Uptown

next-door1by Steven Doyle

Located in what was previously the space for Pozo and Three Sheets, Next Door offers a unique experience both in dining and the latest party experience in Uptown Dallas. So you may enjoy the latest hot spot for bottle service in the upstairs party lounge,  then merely a few hours later be hitting a splendid and imaginative brunch. And in Dallas we take our brunch just as serious as some do their bottle service.  Continue reading

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Cafe Herrera Serves Up Wild Game Menu

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Cafe Herrera has been a Dallas institution for so many years as one of the proudest Tex Mex families, opening its first location in 1971 on Maple Avenue where you will find the iconic bar, The Grapevine. Since opening, the great grandmother and matriarch of operations retired (and since passed away) but not before issuing the various restaurants to family members.

Gil Bonifaz grew up at the knees of his great grandmother learning the restaurant business by washing dishes and eventually owning an incarnation of the family restaurant himself. It was Gil who was operating the location on Denton Drive that closed last year after losing his lease, but like a phoenix he made rise and now operates the gem of the family located at the downtown Dallas Omni Hotel.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: The Chicken Fried Steak at V-Eats

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Troy Gardner is a clever man. You may remember chef Troy from his hotdoggin’ days when he owned Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs on Oak Lawn. Then he was putting out a terrific product, both for the omnivores as well as the vegans alike. Today he is running the helm at V-Eats Modern Vegan in Trinity Groves, a cozy little hot spot that is thriving selling only vegan dishes to pretty much anyone who loves food.   Continue reading

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Wined and Dined at Urbano Cafe

DSC03491by Steven Doyle

There is plenty of love to be found on Fitzhugh near Bryan Street. That is where you will discover Jimmy’s Food Store, home of the Italian sausage kings and the largest hoard of Italian wines in the state. You will also stumble onto a duo of spaces that hosts a fantastic little restaurant we hear so very little about in the media, but is first on the lips of oneophiles both near and far, Urbano Cafe.

Owned by Kristen and Mitch Kauffman, the tiny restaurant, and its sister room Urbano Too, is always filled with lively conversation and terrific wines supplemented by a short list of dishes that will please all palates.  A recent visit netted a beautiful display of appetizers such as their Caprese S’Mores, a tantalizing meze of  mozzarella between toasted crostini with tomato and balsamic syrup, and a salmon avocado poke ceviche with taro chips, green onions and ponzu drizzle. Sheer happiness as the conversation elevates with a second pour of the BYOB wine you supplied. You may now purchase by the glass or bottle next door. Continue reading

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The Lodge For Dinner? Why Not!

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by Steven Doyle

First allow me a moment to inform our readers that I love my job. I enjoy writing and rarely get any sort of block, I enjoy the feedback from everyone who enjoys the reports I file on the food and entertainment scene in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, and I especially enjoy the research that goes into the stories published here.  With that stated, you should know that I dispense the assignments for the handful of contributors you find on craveDFW. This is why when the thought of going to The Lodge, one of Dallas’ premier gentleman’s clubs, I was quick to allow myself the story.

When I go out to dine and take photographs I generally take people with me so we might order more dishes for a larger perspective of a menu. We were on our way to The Lodge last week when I asked my friend if he had ever been to the club and he said no. It was a few minutes later that he realized we were on our way to a men’s club. This made for interesting conversation to say the least.    Continue reading

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Five Dallas Dishes I Want Today

executive-chefby Steven Doyle

The playing field for delicious dining in Dallas is an ever increasing venture. This is a good thing for all of us who appreciate both fine dining or simply anything that makes us squeal with delight. Today I woke up particularly hungry for a few items, and I want to share those with you.   Continue reading

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Limoncello Time

by Steven Doyle

Popular in the citrus-growing regions along Italy’s Amalfi coast for more than a century, the digestif Limoncello makes for the perfect holiday gift. The liqueur is second in popularity only to Campari in Italy, and is a refined and genteel way to end a great meal.

Now is the time to make the elixir.  It is so simple to make, pretty much anyone of drinking age can pull this off.

You will thank us for this.  Best way to say thanks?  A bottle of Limoncello.    Continue reading

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