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Eat Me: Shrimp and Grits at Hatties

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The dining room is the first to make an impact on a guest the first time they visit Hattie’s located in Bishop Arts. Hattie’s is the anchor that consistently draws guests in both day and night for fantastic low-country cuisine, dishes that not only are found in Louisiana but circumnavigate the map eastward and up through the Carolinas. These are rich hearty dishes that are familiar but lend themselves to an upscale atmosphere.  Continue reading

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The Ultimate DFW Neighborhood CFS List

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The big day is upon us and we are celebrating Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day in a large fashion this year. To prepare we visited the best diners and cafes throughout the state to bring you a special selection we found delicious. We have broken down our list by neighborhood so that you might find the very best in your area. But feel free to travel outside you zone and sample them all! Continue reading

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Gravy Up at Jonathon’s

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Separated by a small stretch of road Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac have set up their gravy kingdom in Oak Cliff where they reign as King and Queen of Gravy. Not a bad title if indeed you plan on selling plates of chicken fried steak and giant biscuits. And they do sell enough of these comforting dishes at both of their restaurants, Jonathon’s and Jonathon’s Diner. Continue reading

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The Delicious History Of TexMex (And Where To Find It In Dallas)

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From chili and nachos to fajitas and enchiladas, Tex-Mex could be called the ultimate comfort food. Despite its enormous popularity all over the United States, it’s an understatement to say that Tex-Mex has struggled to get respect as a regional cuisine in its own right, rather than a lower-quality, corrupted version of traditional Mexican food. But with deep roots in both Spanish and Native American culture, the history of Tex-Mex cuisine—and the stories behind some of its most famous dishes—is worth another look.

Native Americans lived in the area that is now Texas for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived in the early 1500s. For more than 300 years after that, Texas (like Mexico) was part of the Spanish colony known as New Spain, and Texas and Mexico remained linked after 1821, when the latter separated itself from Spain. Texas, of course, won its own independence 15 years later, and became part of the United States in 1845. Throughout this complicated history, and in the years since, a number of cultures—and culinary traditions—have been inextricably combined to produce what is known as Tex-Mex cuisine today. Continue reading

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Hunt For CFS: Lucky’s Cafe

home-img1.pngby Steven Doyle

Shuffling in and finding one of the few remaining seats at the bar, a popular spot for the regulars, you grab a menu and peruse knowing that you will order the chicken fried steak. But you scan the menu with the thought you may discover a new Texas favorite, but alas you do not. Nothing new has been invented in the past hundred years that might exceed the perfection of a slab of tasty beef pounded thick and hand breaded and deep fried. The craggy crisp layers are an exciting place for unctuous creamed gravy to lay rest in anticipation of your first bite. Continue reading

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The Grape Is Still Amazing After All These Years

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Courtney and Brian Luscher are this amazing husband and wife team that make The Grape the legendary restaurant it is today. Their restaurant is 46-years old this month but have been owners since 2007. At the time they purchased the restaurant for its original owners, Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker, the market crashed nearly the same day they signed papers of ownership.  Continue reading

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Velvet Taco Does Brunch

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Velvet Taco, the Dallas-based, funky, fast-casual restaurant known for creating tacos with international flavors, is rolling out a brand new brunch menu beginning Monday, September 24.

The four new items will be available all day, every day along with restaurant’s extensive menu of chicken, fish, beef, pork and vegetarian taco options. Continue reading

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