The 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists in Emojis

It’s 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards time, y’all! Third year’s the charm. Or have we all completely run out of creative things to fry? Not yet! Not today, Satan!

Oh emojis. So full of emotion. Let’s deep fry ’em like we do everything in Texas, shall we?

Presenting: The 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists IN EMOJIS!

Here we go!




Best Taste – Savory”

Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions

“Best Taste – Sweet”

Arroz con Leche (or Sweet Crispy Rice) by the Garza Family


And everyone’s favorite, “Most Creative” (AKA most likely to rake in the big bucks):


🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 DRUMROLL EMOJI 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 


Cotton Candy Taco by Justin & Rudy Martinez


Mazel tov to all the winners. Personally, I will most likely taste maybe one of these, and instead opt for a classic Bird Dog with mustard and some Texas Twister potatoes, but bless those who do with good health and a strong constitution. Including my good friend The Gator, who does an excellent rundown each year.


See y’all on The Star! 🎡

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This is me: a foodbitch x Pier 1 Collab

This is me: a foodbitch x Pier 1 Collab

Pier 1 home, photo by foodbitch

When the folks at Pier 1 came to me wanting to collaborate, I was excited because: A) I love shopping, and B) I enjoy a challenge, and C) a collaboration with a lifestyle brand feels pretty big-time for a blogger.

But when I saw their new ad campaign, as a former ad agency full-timer, I got chills. I loved the visuals, the bold copy (I mean, what copywriter doesn’t love that?) and just the aspirational tone of it all.

This is me.
It’s like a prompt for an essay where the topic is your home, and the words are all the things you fill it with.

I’m reminded of the philosophy called KonMari. The idea is that you only have things in your home that spark joy. Well, as a mom of twins, I’d say that philosophy is pretty difficult to put into practice, but, I will also say that it’s a good idea to keep in mind while shopping for non-necessities for your home. If every time you see the item, it sparks joy, you’ve made a good choice. (I suppose that’s why I’ll keep my children around.)

When I made my shopping trip to Pier 1, I gravitated toward the Magnolia Home collection, because of its bold black-and-white colors and clean design. Kids can create so much clutter just in their existence (sorry, it’s true), that I tend to choose simple decor for myself and my home. Clean, white walls, natural woods, and mixed metals. I was looking to create a placesetting or tablescape, because as a food blogger I spend a lot of my time and energy on food. But damn if I didn’t want all the rugs and pillows! I had to focus.

After playing with some llamas and tassels and pompoms (because it was almost Cinco de Mayo and how could I not?), and toying with the idea of a marble print bowl and plate set, I settled on these black-and-white plaid print bowls and plates from Magnolia, big magnolia flower napkin rings, black-and-white checked napkins, a matte black water pitcher and a large, creamy white porcelain platter. This is me, after all. Pretty classic, with a bit of fun thrown in.


Looks pretty good huh? I’m a big online shopper, personally. But I really enjoyed browsing around in-store in Highland Park at the store on Lovers Lane and in Lakewood at the Medallion Center store. Visit a Pier 1 near you to experience a “This is me” moment yourself. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pier 1. I was paid to share this original content with you all, and I was given a gift card to purchase items from my Pier 1 store. That said, I really enjoyed this project and love that the Pier 1 brand is headquartered here in the Dallas area! This post also includes affiliate links.





Stay tuned y’all…

Watch this space…

I know its been a while. Maybe if you just read this blog (who are you?) you thought I was dead. But I’m not! I am just working to make things better for me and especially for YOU.

Basically, new things are coming to this here blog! I’m redesigning, trying a new CMS (content management system, nerd alert) and it will be worth the wait!

I figured I’d give a little update though!

I’ve been doing foodbitch for ten years (WHAT.) and as more and more new foodies, bloggers and instabloggers show up on the scene in Dallas and everywhere else, I’m like “come on in, y’all! There’s plenty of food for us all to share.” I keep on keeping on, because of you guys, and because I get great feedback every day from folks who use my blog or Instagram page to inspire their next meal. It’s as simple as that!

So thank you.

And thanks for your patience.

Watch this space! I will definitely let you know when there’s more and better content to see.

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10 Dallas Date Night Classics

If you haven’t been here, then you don’t know Dallas.

So, to be completely honest, this list is pulling some double duty right now. I wrote a longer list for the folks at Central Track, but this, more curated list is just for you darlings, so you can keep the creme of the crop for yourselves. These are my favorites; The Greatest: 10 Dallas Date Night Classics. Consider date night done.

The sign outside Abacus in Dallas

Classic Dallas Date Night #1: Abacus

Heard of it? Because it’s kind of a big deal. Classic Dallas and Classy AF. Or at least as classy as you can be while taking a shot of chicken-fried lobster dunked in creamy curry sauce. Taking your BAE to Abacus is pulling-out-the-big-guns date night material.

Classic Dallas Date Night #2: The Grape

Yes, everyone talks about the burger. And yes, that’s because the burger is seriously awesome. But the thing I’ve noticed about The Grape – aside from the fact that nearly every chef I interview names it among their go-to restaurants – is the consistent service and chill atmosphere you are rewarded with each time you make a reservation there. Oh, and it’s delicious AF. The Luschers and chef Snow have something truly special over on Greenville Avenue.

Classic Dallas Date Night #3: Parigi

A meal at Parigi is like a visit to France. The place is at once quitessentially Dallas, and yet unlike anything else we have in the city. Chef Janice Provost (a badass female business owner btw), has been kicking ass in the kitchen for 30 years, watching businesses around her come and go.

via Bob's on Instagram
via Bob’s on Instagram

Classic Dallas Date Night #4: Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Come hungry for some of the best steak Dallas has to offer when you roll up to the original Bob’s on Lemmon Avenue in Oaklawn. If that giant carrot doesn’t intimidate you, you’re in for a good night. Prepare for folks on expense accounts, groups cheersing “Happy Birthday” and couples celebrating anniversaries. It’s all good at Bob’s.

Classic Dallas Date Night #5: Rafa’s Cafe Mexicano

Classic? Yes. Dallas? Yes. Date night? Why the hell not! Romantic? Sure, if you love queso as much as I do. Besides, I’m willing to bet couples who fajita together, stay together. Just a theory I’m working on.

Classic Dallas Date Night #6: Celebration Restaurant

This spot is so classically Dallas that people may have forgotten it’s there. Out by Love Field, this family restaurant has home cooking on lock, though. From pot roast to pudding and everything in between, let date night be casual AF and bring your stretchy pants, because at Celebration, seconds are on the house.

Photo via The French Room
Photo via The French Room

Classic Dallas Date Night #7: The French Room

Newly renovated and reintroduced to the world like a girl at her debutante ball, The French Room is freshly painted and ready to dance. It’s a classic Dallas restaurant wrapped in a classic Dallas hotel, both of which have reinvented themselves beautifully. Get in there and be part of the photo opp.signage outside Local in Deep Ellum

Classic Dallas Date Night #8: Local

After fifteen years in Deep Ellum, chef-owner Tracy Miller’s Local is still the elegant, candlelit restaurant that always feels like home and tastes like a dream come true. Everything on the menu is a hit, and the tasting menu is never a bad idea. You literally cannot lose at date night if you play the Local card.

Classic Dallas Date Night #9: Javier’s

You want sparks? Javier’s will give you sparks. They fly out of the lit cinnamon sticks on the flaming coffee made tableside all over the dining room every night. Cigars are a nice touch, too. Oh, and Javier’s just happens to serve my personal favorite chips and salsa in all of Dallas. That’s kind of a big deal.

Classic Dallas Date Night #10: Pappas Steakhouse

It took me quite a while to try Pappas for myself. One reason was its location. Its proximity to tittie bars is brow-furrowing. The other is that it’s a part of a big chain that owns Pappasito’s, Pappadeaux, Pappas Bros. BBQ and more. I’m not a chain girl; y’all know this. So it wasn’t on my to-eat list. But a little birdie turned me on to Pappas (pronounced PAHP like the smear, unfortunately), and I now count it among the city’s best steakhouses, hands down. Go try it. You won’t regret a bite.

Updated to include 2017: The Foodbitch 100





What are The foodbitch 100? Well I’m glad you asked, m’lady. Or sir.

They’re my favorite things to eat in Dallas, narrowed down, of course, to only a hundred. This venture was very much inspired by my girl Oh Hey Dallas’ list of her Top 100 Things to Consume in Dallas. I’ve felt compelled for quite some time now to give everyone my top 100, too. Some of these second her list; that only means they’re doubly recommended.

There are so very many delicious things to eat in Dallas. But if I had just 100 days to live, here’s what I’d eat, assuming of course that I could only eat one thing per day. Perhaps I have a rare disease that only allows me one meal per day until I die in exactly a hundred days. Or maybe the backstory doesn’t matter. Consider this a checklist of awesome Dallas eats. And consider it a challenge, folks.

Bonus: I’ve ‘grammed a hell of a lot of food in this town. Scary lots. So there are links below to some of my instagram photos of these bites. Enjoy the food porn with my compliments.

Another bonus: I’ve included some links to my friends at, so you can make a reservation right from this here page. The OpenTable iPhone app in particular is really, really great for making reservations. I’m a bit addicted to it, actually. I’ve also included some Zomato links for you if the spot isn’t a reservation-type place.

Without further ado, organized by part of town but otherwise in no particular order, here is The foodbitch 100: best Dallas bites:


1. The deviled egg flight at Overeasy at The Statler
2. Salted caramel butterscotch pudding at Stampede 66
3. The white seaweed salad at Tei An
4. A bagel with everything cream cheese at The Commissary
5. Churros con cajeta at La Ventana
6. Mushroom toast at City Hall Bistro
7. Toro sashimi at Five Sixty
8. The roasted salmon at Savor
9. The panqueque at Corrientes348
10. A latte at Weekend Coffee
12. A black magic cone from What’s Da Scoop?
13. The Baby Bella from Easy Slider


14. A scoop of peppermint custard at Wild About Harry’s
15. Jalapeño ranch from Chuy’s
16. Carpaccio of the Day at Tei Tei Robata Bar
17. The Cookie Monster at Trailercakes
18. Beef pepperoni pizza at Zalat
19. Some foie gras at Abacus
20. The pappardelle bolognese at Pie Tap Kitchen + Bar
21. The eclair cake at LEKKA Henderson
22. Beef tartare at Gemma
23. The Ahi Poke at Velvet Taco
24. The goat cheese tarte at Toulouse Cafe & Bar


25. The Amy chicken biscuit at Hypnotic Donuts
26. The Here burger at Lounge Here
27.  The Cheese Burger at Goodfriend
28. The chicken dumplings at Hello Dumpling
29. The Adam Bomb at White Rock Coffee
30. Beer biscuits from Barbecs
31. Chicken pho at Mot Hai Ba
32. The Lester at Taco Joint
33. Cinnamon swirl bundtlet at Nothing Bundt Cakes
34. The chicken fried ribeye at Lounge Here
35. A donut ice cream sandwich at Hypnotic Emporium
36. The prom cake at The Heights
37. The Atlantic salmon sandwich at Benny’s Bagels


38. The hot pretzel with Texas fondue at Bowl & Barrel
39. The Big Dog shake at Pokey O’s
40. Bigeye Tuna & Foie Gras Torchon at Knife
41. Pad Thai at PakPao
42. The seared tuna wrap at DIVE
43. A Bavarian cream donut from Top Pot
44. The primetime at Hopdoddy
45. A giant chocolate chip cookie from Susiecakes bakery
46. Beef tartare at Montlake Cut
47. The oreo milkshake at Hopdoddy
48. The cole slaw at Hillstone
49. The salted caramel ice cream at Sprinkles Ice Cream


50. Spicy chicken karaage at Top Knot
51. The tortilla soup at Fearing’s
52. The chili cheese fries at Shake Shack
53. Ahi tuna tacos at Del Frisco’s Grille
54. The iron pot green curry chicken at Malai Kitchen
55. The Bonito Aioli tuna poké at Malibu Poké
56. House-made burrata from Carbone’s
57. The deconstructed California roll at Parigi
58. The Machi Cure at Uchi
59. The cojito at Urban Taco
60. Angolotti at Sassetta
61. Lemon Avenue cheesecake at Val’s Cheesecakes
62. Peanut butter pie at The Rustic
63. The Fried Chicken + Jack Sandwich at East Hampton Sandwich Co.
64. The Madagacar bourbon vanilla pop from Pop Star Popsicles


65. Enmoleadas at Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine
66. The horchata cocktail at Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine
67. Deviled eggs at Lockhart Smokehouse
68. The dark chocolate tart at Boulevardier
69. The Smooth Operator (or any slice really) at Emporium Pies
70. Spicy pressed sushi at Sushi Bayashi
71. Toffee croissant bread pudding at Stock and Barrel
72. Risotto at Lucia
73. The cabrito at SMOKE
74. The Stock Cheese at Off-Site Kitchen
75. Patatas Bravas at Casa Rubia
76. A champagne truffle from Kate Weiser Chocolate
77. The short rib drunken noodles at Chino Chinatown


78. The ribeye carpaccio at Rapscallion
79. The cheeseburger at The Grape
80. A slice of chocolate croissant loaf from Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.
81. The dry garlic noodles  at Wabi House
82. The pastrami sandwich at Feed Company Eatery
83. A coconut pop from Steel City Pops
84. Tom Kha Gai hot pot at Bangkok City
85. White coffee gelato at Botolino
86. The Big “D” Benedict at Halcyon


87. The Regina margherita at Cane Rosso
88. Fried chicken at Brick & Bones
89. Beef belly at Niwa Japanese BBQ
90. The burnt ends at Pecan Lodge
91. Spicy peanut noodles from Monkey King Noodle Co.
92. El Corazon donut from Glazed Donut Works
93. Lamb mac ‘n cheese from Zåtar


94.The challah french toast sandwich at Coffee House Cafe
95. Cinnamon Toast Crunch soft serve at Sweet Daze
96. The Vines Burger at Sixty Vines
97. The creme brûlée donut at Jaram’s
98. The traditional NY Pie at Zoli’s
99. The Super B.A.D. at Super Chix
100. The #1 at Cindy’s Deli

Did I miss something? Of course I did. Let me know what you think should have made this list in the comments below, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. If I haven’t tried it, I probably will.





FEAST Portland 2017: The Wrap-up


I came, I saw, I feasted: FEAST Portland 2017


FEAST Portland is a festival I look forward to all year. It has a spirit about it that’s just different from all the other food festivals I’ve visited. The air, the makers, the wine, the food. You’ve got to go experience it for yourself. But if you couldn’t get there this year, here’s my 2017 wrap-up.

Wheels down in Portland, first stop? Snap a ‘gram of that famously green PDX carpet. “I’m here.” Time for coffee at Stumptown and a bagel with lox spread from Kenny & Zuke’s. Now I could relax. Time to get the car.

Toyota RAV 4

The car!

HUGE thank you to my friends at Toyota who really came through for me with a zippy little RAV4 that got me safely from Bull Mountain up in Tigard down to Feast’s downtown events every day. That’s about 30 min each way, so I was super lucky to have a sweet ride with tush warmers, sport seats, XM radio so I could rock out to my fave 90’s hits and really useful safety features. If you’re in the market for an SUV, definitely check out the RAV 4; it had even more safety features than my Volvo and it was super cute inside.

Thursday’s first stop was to grab my media credentials at the media lounge, which was blessedly centrally located inside the beautiful Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. There, members of the media and bloggers could grab wine, food, coffee (Stumptown was always in the fridge), cocktails and various other treats and surprises whenever they need to recharge their literal or figurative batteries.

From there, a former prison transport bus-turned party bus took us to the Sandwich Invitational, AKA a huge area full of teams from restaurants churning out sample-sized sandwiches to the masses (like 1000 masses), hoping to win People’s Choice or the whole darn thing. Who ended up with the prize? Lardo, with their Nashville Hot situation. People’s choice came from Pastrami Zombie (but they’ll always have the #1 best name in my heart).

After parties are a big deal during Feast. They’re sponsored and themed out and are full of samplings – almost as much as the daytime events. You don’t pay to get in, but you have to be on the list. The first night I went to Bar Casa Vale, where a Ham and Eggs-theme sponsored by Portland Monthly Magazine felt very Miami Vice-meets-Hawaii 5-0.

Goodnight! Time to digest for Day 2. We have a long weekend ahead.


Friday started early and strong at the gorgeous Hotel deLuxe with an elegant media buffet breakfast welcoming us to Feast and introducing us to a few key sponsors like VerTerra (those chic recycled plates we’re eating on – made from fallen trees!). We also heard from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, the beneficiary of Feast’s fundraising! Definitely take a look at the great work they do when you get a chance.

After breakfast we were treated to a fascinating crash course in Kambucha from the experts at Health-Ade Kambucha. I recommend Health-Ade because they are small batch, keep their brews in glass (no plastic seepage), and the owner/creator is totes adorbs. Next, we scooted over to Smith Teamaker for a tea and dumpling class that was both beautiful and interesting. If you make it to Portland, definitely go visit the tearoom at Smith.

After tea, came lunch, even though normally it’s the other way around. Normally I don’t spend three hours at lunch and drink six different kinds of wine either, but when at Feast, we fuckin’ FEAST, don’t we?

This lunch was generously sponsored by Washington State Wines and I love them for it. Thanks to Jackrabbit for hosting. Also, the profiteroles pictured above are LIFE.

Later that evening, after a quick pitstop at the media lounge for snacks, coffee and/or a margarita (because why not?), it was time for some party hopping of sorts. First, a trip to the Night Market event followed by a ticketed multi-course dinner.

First, Night Market:

Then I jetted off to a steak dinner of sorts. This one was exciting: Surf & Turf featuring Dallas’ own Chef John Tesar.

These types of dinners are always a treat because I get to hang with wine producers, out-of-towners and local couples who just wanted to splurge on something cool for date night. It’s a welcome change from hanging out with foodies and VIPs 24/7.


Day 3 Started strong with a Polish brunch

Our friends at Little Green Pickle and the folks at Smokehouse PDX treated us to a beautiful, delicious boozy brunch at Smokehouse. And it wasn’t just any brunch, but it was a special Polish brunch celebrating chef BJ Smith’s heritage. From cocktails and coffee to borscht, caviar, perogies and more, this was a brunch not to be missed. Take a peek:

Note: The passion fruit cocktail at this brunch was hands down the best cocktail I had all fest long. I’ll be back for that one.

Next stop: it was off to a quick tasting of the visiting Souvla one-day-only pop-up at Wiz Bang Bar where we happily sampled greek yogurt soft serve topped with the likes sour cherry, olive oil, baklava crumbles and something called “choc-la-va & magic shell.”

Get your butt to Wiz Bang Bar ASAP, from the Salt & Straw folks, and I’ll be visiting Souvla next time I’m in San Fran.

Next stop: The Grand Tasting! The Main Event!! There’s just so much to taste, see and learn about, you’ve got to go for yourself, but my photos can give you a sample of what you’ll find, should you find yourself at Feast.

SO much wine. Such pretty weather. But no time to dwell or even digest, because it was time to get our punch on.

IMBIBE showed us how to make punch for a group. Genius, right? These little classes are so fun and so informative. Plus, cocktails!

Time to get SMOKED!!

SMOKED last year was a muddy, amazing mess.

This year, the rain held off but it was just as meaty. Think tomahawk steaks in piles and Big Green Eggs for days. What even is life?

After SMOKED! we partied with Eater (thanks!) and the next morning I double booked myself at a fun-size brunch and Brunch Village. Both were awesome but I really loved the smaller event, as the food was better and we got to really hang with the small business owners (like Ellen Marie Bennet of Hedley and Bennett aprons who is LOVELY).

Check out a few pics from brunch:


After that, Feast was basically through. It was more delicious than ever and I so appreciate my time in the Pacific Northwest with its food, people, weather and views. Thank you, Feast Portland, for a wonderful trip. Thanks to Toyota, for the RAV 4 that got me where I needed to go in sporty style, and thanks to my Food Bastard, who let me experience it all while he took care of our Food Babies without so much as a complaint. He’s incredible.

Until next year, PDX!

Celebrating 25k with 25 Days of Giveaways!

Get ready to get lucky all month long, y’all.

Baby, it might be cold outside but December is comin’ in HOT. About 600 followers ago I hit a major milestone: 25k – that’s twenty-five THOUSAND – Instagram followers! That’s insane! I’m humbled and excited and thankful AF to be able to share my snark, my art, my photos and my food porn with you every day. And some of y’all even LIKE IT.

Here’s the great part. Last time I hit a major milestone, I gave everybody some badass perks.

But 25k is a big effing deal. So I needed to kick it up a notch or two.

This time I’m doing a giveaway a day, every day, from December 1 through December 25. I’m like your Jewish foodie Santa Claus or something. And you guys, the restaurants, bakeries, organizations, salons and more that are involved in these giveaways are super duper fabulous and they’ve been unbelievably generous. So y’all are gonna want to watch this space, because every dang day you’re gonna have an opportunity to get lucky.

THE Sponsors (AKA a big HINT HINT as to the types of badass shit I’m giving away):

Bisous Bisous Patisserie
Asian Mint
Artist Uprising
The Granada Theater
Corrientes 348
Start Restaurant
The Dallas Observer
Harwood District
Art Co
BAM: Blowouts and Makeup
The Keeper Seafood
Mexican Sugar
Ferris Wheelers
Mohler Recovery
Session Pilates
‘Lette Macarons
Uchi Dallas
Cane Rosso
Zoli’s Pizza
Knife Dallas
Local Restaurant
Five Sixty
Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz Carlton

Each time I post a giveaway, you’re going to want to tag some friends because each comment with a tag is an entry. There will be requirements i.e.: you have to follow each giveaway’s sponsor, but mostly it’s pretty easy to enter. There’s something for everyone and all these prizes are fab, so I can’t wait for y’all to win all the things! Thank you for supporting this bitchy blog for all these years. xo

Botolino Gelato: AKA Italy on Greenville Avenue

Botolino Gelato by foodbitch

Paciugo should be shaking in its knock-off Italian boots.

Botolino Gelato just opened last week on Greenville Avenue, and since its owners won’t talk shit about the competition and the differences between them, I will. After all, that’s basically my job, right?

It’s not really even talking shit. Because Paciugo is super tasty. They offer tons of variety, and if you’d never had gelato made by a real gelatiere, or like, actual Italian gelato maker, you might totally think it’s the best. While in contrast, Botolino Gelato, owned by local Tusc-Texan (yeah I just made that up), is a third generation gelatiere with an incredible passion for creating quality gelato that will quite simply ruin you for everything you think you liked before. Sorry, Paciugo.

Anyway, I wrote about Botolino over on Eater Dallas while they were still waiting on their new machine to come in, and then this week after the shop finally opened I wrote about it for Central Track. I went in last night, got a half-chocolate, half-white coffee and promptly died and went to gelato heaven. Gelato heaven is gorgeous by the way, all white and with beautiful brushed gold knobs, smooth Italian marble countertops and designer gelato storage, which I didn’t even know were a thing. You should go there, but be warned that Paciugo will taste like the McDonald’s of gelato to you after this stuff.


interior of botolino gelato by foodbitch



Botolino Gelato Artigianale // 2116 Greenville Avenue //

Prepare to Feast: One Week till Feast Portland 2017

Foodbitch for The Daily Meal re: feast

This content was originally posted on The Daily Meal. I’m reposting it here so you can read up and follow along as I Feast!

Prepare to Feast: an out-of-towner’s guide to where to stay, play and eat while in town Feast Portland 2017 AKA the most delicious festival in the Pacific Northwest

Feast Portland 2017 a week away! If you haven’t already, grab those passes right now. And consider padding your stay on one or both ends so you can enjoy the bounty of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Here’s an out-of-towner’s guide to where to stay, play and eat in Portland.


Home rentals
As a #twinmom, I will say that hotel life is not the best life when traveling with kids. We have to book two adjoining rooms, and the amenities that are nice-to-haves with kids (like fridges and free breakfast) tend to limit our choices to –ahem—less luxurious accommodations. Enter home rentals. Whether you choose Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway, just be sure to consider location, costs (including extra person and cleaning fees and the like) and the type of traveler you are when searching.

Downtown hotels
Several boutique-style hotels in Downtown Portland stand out. Hotel DeLuxe is one of them, as is the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland. The Sentinel and the Ace Hotel Portland are also excellent choices for the discerning traveler.


Portland is a city filled with and surrounded by natural beauty. Waterfalls, forests, mountains and greenery aplenty are everywhere you look. I recommend taking an extra day or two before or after Feast to explore Oregon. Here are a few favorites:

Portland Farmers Market, photo credit Amy Nieto

Portland Farmers Market
Check the official site for locations and events, or just stumble across one of the more than 40 markets in the Portland metro area for a taste of nature’s most delicious creations.

Mt. Hood
On a clear day, you might catch Mt. Hood peeking out as you fly into Oregon. Look out for the snowy-capped mountain and then recognize with awe.

Multnomah Falls
Probably the most famous of the Portland-area waterfalls, Multnomah is not one to be missed. There’s easy access to these via a parking area and a bridge you can walk across for capturing the falls’ beauty. Hashtag waterfall selfie.

Trillium Lake
Ethereal photographs of this lake tell quite a true story. Visit Trillium for a taste of tranquility. Or a patronus.

portland from the sky photo by foodbithFruit Loop: Apple Picking
Mention the words “Fruit Loop” to a Portlander and you’ll realize we’re not talking about the sugary, colorful cereal. The Hood River Fruit Loop is an area around the Columbia River Gorge that offers self-guided and group tours of the nation’s largest pear growing region. Touring the area, you can witness growing, producing, harvesting and enjoying fruit and wine. Check out U-pick Honey Crisp at Draper Girls Country Farm.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a fabulous place for kids and adults alike to explore. Especially if the weather is less than ideal outside (which is often, to be honest), it can be fun to escape indoors and just learn for a few hours. Pro tip: if you have a science museum membership where you live, check to see if they offer reciprocal entry so you can get into OMSI for free.


Last, but not even close to least, if there’s still room inside you for more food after all that Feasting (of course there is; you came to eat, right?), here are a few must-try spots to get a good taste of what the incredible Portland food scene has to offer for an out-of-towner. Consider it a to-do list of sorts.

Blue Star Donuts, photo by foodbitch

Blue Star Donuts
Sure, they’re not covered sprinkles or cookie crumbles or bacon, but when it comes to taste, these have everybody else beat. Flavors like Cointreau crème brulee and blueberry bourbon basil don’t hurt either. Honorable mention: Pip’s Doughnuts.

Pizza Jerk
After sampling more than a few spots for pizza in PDX, Pizza Jerk came out on top. Try the chicken parm pie.

Bollywood Theater
Now for something completely different: Indian street food in a setting that transports you somewhere far more exotic.

Salt and Straw foie gras ice cream by foodbitch

Salt & Straw
Don’t you worry; the line moves fast. And there’s pretty much always a line at the four Portland locations of Salt & Straw ice cream (not to mention the shops in L.A. and San Francisco). The best part about Salt & Straw (besides the totally non-judgmental sampling) is the partnerships the parlor makes with local purveyors of ingredients like Oregon Honey or Portland restaurants like Ox to create unique flavors you’ll never taste anywhere else.

Speaking of which, before dessert, you might want to have dinner. At Ox, “Argentinian-style Portland food” means lots of grilled meats, garden vegetables served with rich flavors you won’t soon forget.

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen
Deli might not be what you came to Portland for, but you won’t be disappointed if you walk into Kenny & Zuke’s. Have a hankering for a Reuben? The house-cured meats and fish, house-made bagels and pickles will knock you on your tuchus.

broder soder pancakes by foodbitchBröder Söder
If you’re in need of a little break after all the craziness of Feast Portland, escape to Bröder Söder, a beautiful Scandinavian oasis that just happens to serve delicious food. Soder, as well as sister (or should we say “broder”) locations Café Broder, Broder Nord, and Broder Ost serve “approachable, traditional Swedish cuisine” like Æbleskiver (Danish pancakes served with housemade lemon curd and lingonberry jam) and the Söderbord, a sharable sampler of treats like smoked salmon, cheese, soup, yogurt, deviled egg and something sweet.

Stumptown Coffee
Lastly, and quite possibly daily, coffee is in order. I recommend you discover a new spot for Portland coffee every day, but on the way out make sure you stop at Stumptown Coffee in the very well-appointed PDX airport. Portland is a big coffee city, and there are countless shops that celebrate the humble bean, so don’t waste time, get started right now.

If you don’t make it to all these places during this visit and this Feast, don’t fret. Portland and its fabulous food, quirky culture and gorgeous natural beauty will be there for you next year.

If you’ll be at Feast Portland, hit me up! I’d love to meet you.


Disclaimer: I wrote this content originally for The Daily Meal. The team at Feast Portland has invited me to attend the festival and other various events as a guest of the fest. I will be traveling to Portland on my own dime (no Alaskan Airlines partnership just yet, but luckily I have a lot of American Airlines miles) and staying with family, but squeezing every delicious drop out of Feast so I can share it with you folks who are tuning in at home. Be sure to watch my insta stories to follow along with my eating adventures. I’ll be using the hashtag #BitchInPDX like I usually do when I’m traveling in Portland. Thank you again for the media pass, Feast PR Team!

Beats & Eats at the Granada Continues with Kirk Thurmond and Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood

Beats & Eats is coming!

This Savor Dallas event takes place at The Granada Theater and puts together culinary and musical talent for an unforgettable evening. Get your tickets now.

The first Beats & Eats featured Chef Oliver Sitrin of The Blind Butcher with music by Tomar and the FCs. Hopefully you didn’t miss it. But if you did, there are still two more chances to catch those beats and those eats.

Next up, on Thursday, September 14: Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill/Malibu Poke with music by Kirk Thurmond


I asked Alexis a few questions for you. Here goes.

FB: So you like music, huh? What types of music do you like to cook to?
JA: I’m a jazz nerd while cooking and eating. Been listening to a lot of Ray Brown, Christian McBride and Red Mitchell lately.
FB: What was it about Beats & Eats that drew you in and made you want to take part?
JA: Music and food excite the same parts of my brain. It’s the fascinating intersection of experiences: intellectual, sensual, physical and emotional. The Granada is one of the happiest places in Dallas and we hope to bring a little new joy in there.
FB: Any menu items you can share in advance? What inspired those choices?
JA: Soul music is one of America’s greatest creations. Kirk’s music is a fresh take on that tradition and we tried to do the same with this menu. Fresh takes on classic seafood soul dishes. We were inspired by Stax and Muscle Shoals and the food cultures from the cradles of American soul music.
FB: Give folks a little taste of Malibu Poke: what are you most excited about on the upcoming menu?
JA: We’re most excited about Dallas diners being able to order a poké bowl with the same quality seafood they’d get at TJ’s. Currently that option doesn’t exist. 
Heck yes.

Don’t forget: next month’s Beats & Eats features Chef Daniel Pittman of LUCK at Trinity Groves with music by Aaron Stephens on October 19.



Date Me in Deep Ellum: Idle Rye

Date me in Deep Ellum: Idle Rye

My series continues with yet another killer spot for food and cocktails in Deep Ellum: Idle Rye. Extremely knowledgeable servers, a subtle, not trying-too-hard atmosphere and excellent drinks set the stage for awesome food to shine. I’d describe it as a modern gastropub, but with some worldly flavors thrown in to keep things interesting. Take a look, then take out your best girl or guy.

Start with cocktails. You won’t be disappointed. If you don’t know which to choose, ask for a recommendation from your server.

Perogies. Do it.


A BLT of sorts, with beef belly as the bacon. The flavors were fabulous, from top to bottom. Acid, peppery greens, chewy bread, salty, meaty beef bacon and a savory sauce.

Arrancini. Yes.


Truly great cocktails. It was tough to choose a favorite here. I think the Green Leaves Martini was it though.

And dessert, if there’s room. No room? Make some. This is a martini glass full of strawberry shortcake.

Thank you, Idle Rye!

Idle Rye // 2826 Elm Street //


DISCLAIMER: As I was invited in to try the restaurant in advance and share my experience on the blog, this dinner was comped by Idle Rye. As usual, a comped meal does not guarantee a positive review. In this case, Idle Rye deserves much praise for seriously everything the kitchen churned out. 


Shhhhh… a Peek Inside Don’t Tell Supper Club

What did you do last Saturday night?

Because unless you helped a magician swallow a sword, watched a hipster juggler juggle knives, drank badass cocktails with friends, ate apps, mains and zerts studded with gilded sculptures and was genuinely surprised by how much fun it all was, I had a better Saturday night than you did.

It’s a bit difficult to take photos inside because of the dark and sexy, mood-lit nature of this place, so my apologies for the poor quality of these photos. But do take a peek…

Inside Don’t Tell…

Hello, ladies…

​​This nice lady was clearly having a good night.


Drinks like this one, each with a fun gimmick, made getting tipsy extra entertaining. This cocktail, The Don’t Tell, included a special flavor-altering berry for you to eat after a few sips, to change the way your mouth feels and the drink tastes.


This Most Unusual Tea, was the most delicious cocktail, to me. It featured dry ice and was perfectly balanced.

This crudo dish, like all the appetizers we tried, was excellent. The prices at Don’t Tell are a bit spendy, but for a menu designed by celebrity chef Tre Wilcox, and a venue like this place, the pricing doesn’t seem out of context.


Don’t Tell Supper Club // 2626 Commerce Street //



Disclaimer: I was invited to dinner and a show at Don’t Tell Supper Club for the purposes of sharing my experience here on this blog. Thus, the meal and drinks were comped. But remember, money doesn’t buy anything from me. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect at Don’t Tell and I was a bit scared, but in the end I was surprised in a good way. I had a great time (drinks helped), and we were very much entertained the whole time. Our server was lovely and the food was good too. I’d go back, like for a special occasion like a birthday, bachelorette party or going away party.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis!

I’m doing it again. Because it’s fun. Presenting…

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists … IN EMOJIS!

Sure, I could have woken up at 4 in the morning to go check out these ridiculous deep-fried monstrocities in person and taken photos for you to see, OR… you can go see those photos on other sites and I can just make fun of the ridiculousness here on mine.

Want to try them all in real life? Go to the fair!

OR, pay $100 to hit up the 13th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. in Fair Park to be among the first to taste them all. (If that price seems steep, note that all the proceeds from ticket sales go to the State Fair Youth Scholarship Fund.)


Here we go!


The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

The Tamale Donut by Justin Martinez (SAVORY)

Take a traditional tamale and turn it into a not-so-traditional donut! Our “Classic Pork” Tamale Donut starts with slow-cooked pork carnitas, blended with authentic “made-from-scratch” masa. Each dish is hand-formed into the donut shape and fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The “Classic Pork” Tamale Donut is finished off with a drizzle of homemade creamy jalapeno salsa.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Texas Fajita Fries by Nick Bert (SAVORY)

Tenderly breaded deep-fried beef fajita strips are seasoned with a sriracha spice mix and served in a bread cone. Presented on a bed of Texas toothpicks (fried onions and jalapeños) with a side of pico de gallo and a cool, yet spicy, sour cream guacamole hot sauce. Texas fajita fries can be enjoyed as a sandwich or individually like French fries.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat by Melissa & David Harrison (SAVORY)

Succulent lobster meat is marinated in lemon herb butter and partnered with seasoned steak that is grilled to perfection. Both are topped with cheddar and romano cheeses after being stuffed into a piping-hot baked potato with roasted garlic butter melted inside. It is topped off with a single empress cut lobster claw and a side of lemon butter for dipping.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Pinot Noir Popcorn by The Parish Family (SWEET)

It’s a blend of Santa Monica Kettle Corn generously dusted with a Pinot Noir burgundy wine powder. The wine-flavored popcorn is paired with savory cheddar cheese flavors to give you the perfect balance of sweet and savory. A perfect pair for a poppin’ snack!


The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Gulf Coast Fish Bowl by Clint Probst (SWEET)

A whimsical beverage featuring all the flavors of your favorite tropical coast, with a kick! Your drinkable aquarium begins with Nerds® candy gravel. Next, the drink is iced and filled with a specially-formulated blue alcoholic punch. Swedish Fish® swim through the ice while a pineapple slice serves as the lid! Each sip brings a stream of crunchy candy and tropical punch up the straw causing a flavor explosion that transports you beachside with every sip!

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger by Tom Grace & Edna Sutton (SAVORY)

Begin with two funnel cakes that are fried to a golden crunch (aka “buns”). The first funnel bun is topped with a juicy, freshly-grilled burger patty, a heaping helping of crispy bacon, and gooey queso!! It is completed with another funnel bun and generously dusted with powdered sugar.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Fernie’s Fried Texas Sheet Cake by Winter Family Concessions (SWEET)

Start with a Texas-sized slice of fudgy chocolate brownie cake generously coated in ground cocoa puffs, panko, and cinnamon sugar. The coated brownie is fried, giving it an ooey-gooey molten center with a crunch outside. The delicious fresh-from-the-fryer brownie is then glazed with a rich, dark icing made with Dr. Pepper®. The chocolatey glaze soaks into the warm brownie while cascading down the sides. The cake is served with chopped Texas pecans, a dollop of whipped cream, and garnished with a fresh strawberry carved to mimic a Lady Bird Johnson rose.

The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Fat Smooth by Tami Nevins-Mayes (SWEET)

Three delicious Belgium mini cream puffs on a skewer are dipped in a Café Du Monde® beignet batter. They are then fried until golden brown, dusted in powdered sugar, and drizzled with a chocolate and caramel sauce. The perfect combination to create bring-you-to-your-knees goodness.


The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Deep Fried Froot Loops® by Gracie & Milton Whitley (SWEET)

A classic cereal with a State Fair twist! Sweetened Froot Loops® are folded into whipped marshmallow, dipped in a creamy batter, fried to a golden brown, and then topped with a drizzle of glaze and powdered sugar. Breakfast cereal just got better!


The 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists In Emojis By Foodbitch

Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick by Sherry & Chris Howard (SAVORY)

Homestyle, perfectly spiced chicken noodle soup is deep fried and served on a stick. Each bite size ball will have an indention for a spoonful of savory broth sauce to complete the harmony of the best chicken noodle soup you’ve ever had, and certainly the first on a stick! Each dish is served with a side of crackers.


Foodbitch Travel Playbook: Operation Staycation, Family Edition at the Hilton Anatole

Foodbitch Travel Playbook: Operation Staycation, Family Edition at the Hilton Anatole & JadeWaters Resort

Last summer, I was lucky enough to be among the first to experience the lovely oasis that is the newly resort-ized Hilton Anatole & JadeWaters. Currently my fave spot to staycate, the Anatole has everything a family needs to have tons of summer fun without leaving the city. Sure, you could go somewhere like Great Wolf Lodge, or visit a water park and then go back home, but the luxurious, Asian-themed, cavernous Anatole with its new JadeWaters resort pools and waterpark are everything you could ever want, without droves of annoying kids or log cabin-themed rooms. It’s essentially perfect for families (or couples, or groups, for that matter!).

Ready to staycate: a warm welcome at the Anatole

I mean, check out the view.

Hilton Anatole & JadeWaters by foodbitch

Whether with or without kids in tow, The Hilton Anatole was made for staycations.

First stop: SĒR Steak + Spirits

Stash the kids in the room or better yet, with a babysitter for the night and head up to the top floor for a seriously (or SĒRiously?) delicious dinner at SĒR Steak + Spirits. The chef is doing some really creative things in the kitchen that are absolutely working, while still producing some seriously succulent cuts of meat. At our table, after a selection of tasty cocktails and appetizers, we enjoyed a filet (my Food Bastard’s choice) and a cowboy ribeye (my steak of choice). Both were outstanding but the ribeye won the night. Another shining moment was the fun that was clearly had creating the Caesar salad, featuring a sphere filled with dressing. Oh, and some outstanding sushi, new to the menu. Also unique was a gazpacho featuring pickled cantaloupe. Amazing. Our server was also able to pair truly excellent wines with our courses (as if we didn’t have enough to drink what with our cocktails and tequila tastings), and if you’re into technology, you can flick through your drink selections on an iPad. Swipe right! All I can say is I’m glad we didn’t have very far to go to get to bed that night.


Resort Life 101

Hilton Anatole & JadeWaters by foodbitch

Let’s talk about why The Hilton Anatole is one of the best places in Dallas for a family staycation, or any staycation for that matter. The resort amenities. All you have to do is book a room at the extremely well-appointed Hilton Anatole and you have the opportunity to enjoy these amenities for just $25 per room, per day (plus tax). Notice I said “per room” and not per person. Because these amenities are solid.

You get:

free parking (which alone could run you $25 at a hotel, mind you)

Wi-fi for up to three devices (no nickel and diming for that shiz)

Gym & Spa access (AKA The Verandah Club & Fitness Center)

15% discount on V-Spa services

FREE dinner for kids under 12 for each adult entree purchased at CounterOffer and Media

Two coffees per day at the Starbucks inside CounterOffer

Local and 1-800 calls (those 1-900 calls are gonna cost you though)

JadeWaters for up to six people per room (This is where it gets GOOD)



So! How good is JadeWaters anyway?

Oh, it’s good. Like, you could get on a plane and fly all the way to Mexico and deal with immigration and get in a shared van or taxi and ride out to a resort and drink some drinks that make your head hurt after two sips for a few days before you have to get back in that hot taxi or van and go back to that airport to fly back home.


You could drive your own car over to The Anatole, check in, go upstairs and drop off your stuff, slather on that sunscreen, head right back downstairs to JadeWaters and ahhhhhh–drink some really great cocktails like a frosé or a Low Tide. Plus, two 180-ft. water slides, a lazy river, an adult pool with a 23-seat swim-up bar, a kids’ splash area and lots of pool boys and girls to keep you hydrated and fed all day long. Oh, and there are cabanas! Because what resort would be complete without them?

What’s new since last year?

Lots of family-friendly programming. All day, if your kids are into games, s’mores, winning prizes, dancing, splashing and scavenger hunting, there’s plenty to do. And some nights, they show movies on the big screen like “Moana” and “Finding Dory.” How cute is that?


Overall, I can’t say enough about The Hilton Anatole and its JadeWaters resort.

A few pro tips:

The busiest days at JadeWaters are Fridays and Saturdays, especially Saturdays, so a Saturday, Sunday or even a weeknight stay isn’t a bad idea if you can swing it. The resort is Hilton Anatole & JadeWaters by foodbitchrestricted to hotel guests, but it can still get crowded (and the pool can get a tad warm) on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a big, big hotel and it’s the most full on the weekends. Note that JadeWaters is only open through Labor Day so get over there quick!

The best food in the hotel is definitely found at SĒR, and nobody will judge you for bellying up to the bar and ordering some soup or sushi to go because you don’t feel like getting all dolled up and springing for a steak. You can still enjoy the musical stylings of a killer pianist and the steakhouse’s lovely staff. But also, get a dang bone-in ribeye steak, cooked medium rare because amazing.

Don’t forget to walk around the gorgeous, cavernous Anatole itself. From its stained glass ceiling in the lobby to the giant elephants to the amazing hanging sculpture that changes colors in the atrium, there’s a lot to see without even leaving the hotel.

Take in a marionette show. Yup. There is a basement marionette show and it’s crazy old school and amazing. Look it up.


That’s all for now; stay tuned to see where I turn up next time on my tour de Dallas Staycations. The Foodbitch Travel Playbook is open for business.


The Hilton Anatole // 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway //



Disclaimer: My family’s hotel stay and our food and beverage bill was comped by the Hilton Anatole for the purposes of publicity on social media and so I could review my stay on this blog. That being said, I was completely honest in my opinions above (as I always am), and I continue to recommend that folks stay at the Anatole all. The. Time. 

The Foodbitch Guide to DFW Restaurant Week 2017


Reservations are already coming in for the DFW Restaurant Week 2017. So you know what that means. Time to make some of your own.

First things first…

Here’s a lil recap of the DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Night in One Arts Plaza. Last year the Restaurant Week festivities kicked off with a weekend food fest, but this year they trimmed it down to one night of tastings, spirits, beer and wine samplings and commemorative glassware. 

Speaking of… back to what matters. Food. Let’s talk about THE LISTS and what’s worth your time and money this year, shall we? Get out your Open Table app and/or cell phones and let’s make some effing reservations.

Read also:

The Foodbitch Guide to DFW Restaurant Week 2016

Restaurant Week is Here! What Else is New?

KRLD Restaurant Week According to Me: 2014 Edition

Restaurant Week Download: Lunch at Charlie Palmer

The original RW shitlist: My post about Al Biernat’s

NOTE: This year there’s a new major sponsor!

Calloway’s Nursery is the new big sponsor of DFW Restaurant Week, replacing Central Market after who knows how many years! That sounds like a shakeup to me! Personally, I’d love to visit Calloway’s for some advice on how to not kill everything I plant ever, so I’ll probably be hopping over there to pick up some tips sometime soon.  But the point is, shopping at Calloway’s is now the only way to earn those precious DFW Restaurant Week Fourth Course Certificates – Spend $25 at any local Calloway’s Nursery and request a certificate for a FREE additional dinner course at participating restaurants! One certificate required for each diner.

Dates to know:

  • Preview Weekend – August 4-6 – Advance “Preview” dining at select restaurants
  • DFW Restaurant Week  – August 7-26 – 20 Days of Restaurant Week
    • Main Week August 7-13, with most restaurants extending through Aug. 20 or Aug. 26


Let’s not forget that Restaurant Week is FOR CHARITY. Yes, you get a meal and yes, you pay for it, but money from every single meal is donated to either the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope, and the participating restaurants do not have to participate. It’s hard work for the restaurants and their staff, and at the same time there are lots of diners who are spending their hard-earned money and rare nights out during these weeks. Let’s not lose perspective.

But yeah, I’m still going to rank their asses.

DFW Restaurant Week logo


The following are in somewhat alphabetical order, scored completely unapologetically.


Meaning, if there are reservations left, open up that Open Table app and SNAG, BABY, SNAG! 

Adelmo’s Ristorante
Barley & Board
Five Sixty
Front Room Tavern (Always something new and interesting there)
Junction Craft + Kitchen
Lonesome Dove (If you’re into that whole Fort Worth thing)
The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Niwa Japanese BBQ (Great opportunity to try one of my newest favorites)
Nonna (One of the city’s best)
Pappas Bros. (One of the top steaks in Dallas can be had here.)
Proof + Pantry
Stampede 66


I recommend these restaurants for the $20 Cadillac lunch option rather than dinner, due to value mostly.

Capital Grille(s)
Cook Hall
Del Frisco’s Grille(s) (Because fancy lunch is totes fun)
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Dallas & Plano
DISH Preston Hollow (Seriously, this would be a good time to grab that lunch reservation)
Front Room Tavern (Yup, another likely solid lunch option)
Lavendou (Never been! Gasp!)
The Mansion on Turtle Creek (Yes, lunch too!)
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Pyramid Restaurant
Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
Table 13


These restaurants will do for any old date night. Perhaps if you haven’t been in, Restaurant Week may be a good opportunity to try them out.

III Forks (so old school. You’ve got to go at least once!)
Cafe Pacific
Cedar Grove
Clay Pidgeon
Dallas Chop House
Dallas Fish Market
Dolce Riviera (gorgeous place with great people-watching opps, but the food and service need to step it up)
Eddie V’s
iL Calabrese (house-made pasta in Southlake? If you’re in the area… check it out and tell me what you think!)
Jasper’s Richardson
Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse (Been before for RW… it was just okay…)
Ocean Prime
Origin (Maybe, but probably not)
Paul Martin’s American Grill
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill (because Pork chops)
Pink Magnolia (I love PM but I don’t love it $45 worth)
Pyramid (menu looks solid)
Salum (saYUM)
Savor Gastropub
Silver Fox (I know nothing of these foxes but they sound like they have money and want to buy me drinks…)
Trinity at the Tower Club
Waters FW
Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar (Love Zatar but it’s their first RW so beware)


These places just aren’t blowing my bitchy little skirt up.

Apollonia’s Italian Kitchen (Haven’t been yet so I’ll need to try it out before recommending it for RW)
Arthur’s Prime Steaks & Sea Food (Sea Food? Two words? Is Arthur making jokes?)
Bistro 31
Cadot (I thought it closed…)
Canary by Gorji (This guy is the most persistent chef in town.)
Dragonfly (Over it.)
Eclair Bistro (looks interesting…)
Grace (I saw them firsthand size down RW desserts over regular diners’. BOO and HISS.)
Kenny’s (Not for $45, dudes.)
Next Bistro (Colleyville might as well be the moon, sorry)
Nobu Dallas (Do you like prom? You will feel like you’re about to go to prom, while you’re at Nobu. Not in a good way.)
Prime Farm to Table (Flower Mound folk, report back. The menu looks promising.)
Saint Ann ($45? Noooooo thanks.)
Sugarbacon in McKinney (not RW worthy)
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro (I’m not impressed by this place’s oldness.)
Tavolo Italia (Friscooooooh no)
Texas de Brazil (Saves a bit of change, but I’d go for the new Fogo first.)
Tillman’s Roadhouse (maybe with the newest changes to the kitchen?)
Urban South (Say whaaa? Sounds like a clothing store in the Galleria.)
Wildflower Patio & Grill (Nachos on the menu means no to RW)
YO Ranch Steakhouse (not for $49)


These spots are not special enough, too far away (sorry, Roanoake), not a good value at $35, maybe even laughable at $45, or just not up to snuff, period.

Al Biernat’s (Let’s just say we have a history)
Bistecca (Highland Village you are Oklahoma)
Bonnie Ruth’s
Carso Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
Carvao Prime Brazillian Steakhouse (a Flower Mound-bound Fogo)
The Classic at Roanoake (Because Roanoake and also I think their logo is cilantro)
Ferrari’s (I think that’s Italian for “nope!”)
Houlihan’s (absolutely NOT an appropriate restaurant for RW)
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar (Weird location for RW but good for them for wanting to participate and donate!)
Ivy Kitchen (winner for most boring RW menu ever, btw)
Kirby’s (What’s that Southlake? I can’t hear you all the way over here in Dallas.)
Mac’s on Main (See above, replace Southlake with Grapevine.)
Matchbox (Mostly for value’s sake, but also because it’s not a RW restaurant at all. Too big, too loud, too I-eat-there-on-the-regular-with-my-kids.)
Max’s Wine Dive(s) (Sorry, it’s purely a value prop issue)
The Melting Pot (What year is it???!)
Mercat Bistro (Again, nothing against Mercat, but it’s just not going to make sense, especially for $49 PremiumWHAAA?)
Mercury Chop House (Too far for somewhere I’ve never heard of.)
Meso Maya (Love you bunches but not a value.)
Michael’s Cuisine
Nola Grill
One2One (Way too far and the name sounds like a boy band. Not appetizing.)
Piccolo Mondo
Public School 214 (It’s a value thang, babydoll.)
Rafain (Refrain)
Randy’s (Who? Like, your uncle?)
Restaurant 506
Roy’s (Like, my dad?)
Ruth’s Chris (Restaurant Week ain’t prom, y’all. Leave your boutonniere at home.)
Sambuca (…is for cougars. That’s all.)
Seasons 52 (Value issues, also Restaurant Week does not happen in a mall. Sorry, Theodore.)
State & Allen (What the F is a bar doing on this list?)
Steve Fields
Stratos (Sorry but that’s got to be a joke, yes? I love me some Stratos but Restaurant Week-worthy it is not.)
Twelve Stones (It might cost me $45 for the gas just to get to Flower Mound and back…)
Winewood Grill (same answer)
Woodlands (not high-end enough…)
Yellow Rose Steak and Chophouse


Final words.

So these are my real opinions, independent of any PR schmoozing, who I know and don’t know, where I’ve had a comped meal or where I’ve paid my own way. It’s pretty black-and-white, but if you have questions I’m always available to discuss.

You came here for my opinion, yes? For a little guidance? Well, there you have it. I’m happy to have you leave yours in the comments. I promise to read each and every one.


#VIPeek: Q Tacos at Machos Cantina is a mouthful and I’m okay with it

Q Tacos at Machos Cantina

Why limit your taco nights to Taco Tuesday? Around here, every day can be a taco kind of day, with the wealth of taco spots that grace our city streets. This one’s a good one (as well as a mouthful): Q Tacos at Machos Cantina. The restaurant formerly known as Quesa MX has a new team and decor. Both are working out fabulously. Q Tacos at Machos Cantina has been open for a bit, but here’s a look at the #VIPeek I got back in April. Feast your eyes:

Some of what’s great about Q Tacos (I’m gonna call it that for short) is the color. The place looks great, is full of color, great design choices, badass art, natural wood, exposed brick and modern touches. Those cues tell the diner that even though the fare is simple tacos, they should expect a modern take on them.

Cocktails are fresh and vibrant too…

Tacos on tacos on tacos

More of a lounge setting, Q Tacos is a great place to meet friends for drinks and tacos after work.

Beautiful Bevs

Miami Vice Menus

An approachable menu price-wise doesn’t hurt either.

Tacos are $3.85 each.

Don’t skip the sauce. These little bottles are full of goodness and they are pretty unique! I suggest you try them all, Squirt.

Huge (belated) thanks to the team at Q Tacos at Machos for inviting me to their pre-opening feast back in April. I need to catch up on some taco eating. Who wants to come with?


Q Tacos at Machos Cantina // 3900 Cedar Springs //




Disclaimer: As with all media tastings, my typical disclaimer applies. The food and drinks pictured above were part of a comped tasting for media and myself and the other members of the Dallas Food Mafia (I mean Media) present did not pay for what we enjoyed. That said, my opinions cannot be bought with tacos, margs or anything, really.

Eat, Drink and Lounge Here

Real talk: I’m kind of freaking out about Lounge Here.

Lounge Here in East Dallas is my new favorite. Like, it’s so good. So, so good. It’s like foreplay. It’s my love language. Take me someplace really pretty, get me kinda tipsy, feed me a chicken fried ribeye (hey, this is my fantasy, remember.) and take me home full and happy.

Behold, the burger Here.

The chicken fried ribeye Here:


The mac and cheese Here:

Ooh baby:

Juicy Brussels sprouts Here:

Get me drunk Here:

There are real people Here:

And if you’re looking for me, odds are you can find me Here.



Lounge Here // 9028 Garland Road //

Date Me in Deep Ellum: Niwa Japanese BBQ

Date me in Deep Ellum! Take me to Niwa Japanese BBQ. Puh-lease!

This is going to be a new series. Because it needs to happen. Here’s why.

It’s not news that Deep Ellum is like, a THING now. It’s full of awesome stuff. Places to eat and drink and walls to take photos in front of surrounded by even more places to eat and drink. It’s experienced such a rebirth. It’s the perfect part of town to go if you’re looking for a place to take somebody on a date. And the fact that I happen to live like ten minutes from there is exciting and overwhelming all at once. There’s so many new spots to try yet so many places are becoming my faves. And on Saturday night I met a new one to add to the faves list: Niwa Japanese BBQ.

#datemeindeepellum @niwabbq

Would you look at this hamachi crudo? Gorgeous. And the cocktails, Japanese whiskeys and sakes are off the chain. The staff there can guide you toward the perfect drink for you.

But the apps are only the beginning. They start your meal off right so you can practice a tiny bit of patience (or at least concentrate when you’re being told how long to leave your meats) on the grill.

Things started out saucy with these super-tasty edamame tossed in a delicious garlicky sauce.

These cocktails are gorgeous and so, so good. Get recommendations from your server like we did, and you won’t regret it.

My fave karaage is still at Top Knot, but these pickles and that garlicky aioli didn’t go unappreciated.

Now bring on the meats!

Short rib goodness.

Beef belly (beef bacon) is super thin so it cooks very quickly and tastes amazing.

A Wagyu sampler platter of sorts. $15-$47 depending on the cow/farm it came from.

This A-5 Japanese Wagyu Ny Strip is the seriously pricey stuff. It was one of the specials (along with the other meats on that platter above), and to be quite honest it wasn’t my absolute favorite. This surprised me because I tend to have expensive taste. But my favorite was the Colorado Wagyu eye of ribeye. Because I suppose I’m a ribeye gal now. There you have it!

Desserts are elegant and playful at Niwa. Raspberries and sugar laced with matcha decorate a pannacotta.

A semifreddo made from cheesecake is surrounded by graham crackers, lime curd and more. So refreshing!

It was a good night. Thanks to the folks at Niwa for taking such good care of us and feeding us all the meats and drinks.

And take note: Sake Sunday is happening certain Sundays (peep Niwa’s Facebook page for details) from 6:00-8:00, with sake tastings, food pairings and more for just $25.

Have a suggestion for a night out in Deep Ellum? Keep ’em coming.


Niwa Japanese BBQ // 2939 Main Street //


Disclaimer: I was invited in to experience all that is Niwa Japanese BBQ, and thus our meal was comped. That being said, the opinions shared here, as always, are my own. I’ll definitely be back on my own dime, though, because it was damn good and also fun AF.


Meat Your Friends at Corrientes 348: A #VIPeek

Meat your friends at Corrientes 348

South Americans just seem to know how to make friends easily. Well, Corrientes 348 just opened up downtown and now I think I know their secret. It’s food. Lots and lots of grilled meats and vegetables served family style in a festive setting. Corrientes 348 brought that spirit stateside with their first U.S. outpost, and it’s right here in Downtown Dallas.

How to get your meat on at Corrientes 348: a step-by-step guide…

Bring friends.

As in, the more the merrier, because you’re going to want to try most of this menu, and the more people at your table, the more you can try. Honestly, it also makes sense cost-wise, too, because these big meaty dishes (and large veggie dishes) are best shared. The more people you bring, the less you’ll pay per person for a good amount of feasting. It’s called food math.

Consider a lyft or a DD.

Bottles of wine can and should flow here and the Caiperinhas are strong. Be safe. Need a lyft code? I gotchu: RACHEL312358.



Prepare yourself.

It’s going to be good. Might loosen up that belt in preparation.

Start at the beginning.

With appetizers. The empanadas (especially the creamy vegetarian version) are made in-house and are so, so good.

Don’t skip salad.

The Juliana was a favorite, and the caprese comes topped with big slices of prosciutto.


Order liberally.

These dishes are made to be shared and savored. Order enough to go around.

Keep eating.

“The lamb and sirloin were both excellent with good smoke, while the redfish had nice seasoning but was overcooked.” — A Friend Who Loves Meat and Chocolate Cake


This was one of my favorites. Cooked rare, the Lomito Light combined sweet chunks of grilled pineapple (because, really, how underrated is grilled pineapple?) with velvety filets.

“I see the world through vegetarian-colored glasses, but I still love a good steak restaurant because SIDES. Specifically carbs. And 348 did not disappoint. And dessert. OMG dessert.” — My Vegetarian Friend

The redfish was a welcome pause from all the meats, light and liberally coated in garlic.

All the potatoes. If you like potatoes, these guys will have something for you. Or like five things.


“I loved everything! The sirloin was perfect. The vegetables were cooked perfectly, and the service was top notch. That strawberry drink I had was looooovely. The only thing that needed work was the fish, but it had excellent flavor. I was really impressed!” — Another Happy Friend

Crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside, and topped with salty Parmesan cheese, the polenta is not to be missed.

“The flavors def. live up to the intoxicating aroma of grilled meat you’re greeted with upon walking into 348. Try the lamb!” — My Foodie Friend


Of course, you should douse everything in a spoonful or five of chimichurri. When in Rome, er, Brazil, er, Argentina!

The Arroz 348 is green (so technically a vegetable?), and wasn’t my favorite.

Feel good.

This plate is what reminded me of Thanksgiving. I couldn’t wait to dig in and then get seconds.

Show off.

Oh, hello Tommy. That’s what I named the big Tomahawk steak they brought us. Tommy tastes good. Tommy is also like $75, and comes rolled out on his own cart with his own special carving man. Just saying. Hashtag flashy.

dessert at corrientes 348 by foodbitch

Order Dessert.

There are several crepes and other various sweets at the end of the menu at Corrientes 348. We ordered a few of them, but I recommend this one: the Panqueque De Banana. Crispy with burnt sugar, cinnamon and bananas and topped with creamy ice cream. It’s basically perfect.

As another friend said, “Corrientes 348 is a great option if you like family-style cuisine, the smell of smoke and an interior style like that of an upgraded Denny’s. In the end though, it doesn’t matter how the place looks as long as the meats are great, and they were—especially the lamb.”

Well then. If you don’t have time or enough friends to do dinner like  above, there’s also a lunch option that’s pretty badass and involves a choice of starter and salad, some meats and dessert for like $45. Do that if an expense account and/or an afternoon nap is available to you. All told, Corrientes 348 is unlike any other steakhouse experience in town. It’s definitely worth a try.


Corrientes 348  //  1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 200 //


Disclaimer: This #VIPeek is courtesy of the folks at Corrientes 348, who invited us to dine and then graciously and generously comped our bill (exclusive of beverages and gratuity). The combined value of all comped food totaled almost $500 for the 8 of us. Again, it would have been a good value for the volume of food we enjoyed. Anyway, all opinions are my own (and my friends’, who are quoted above).

Lekka Means Good: a #VIPeek at the New Henderson Location

Lekka Means Good

Last week my Food Bastard and I got to do drinks and dinner together thanks to a couple of really nice grandparents who were willing to take care of our crazy Food Babies while we hit the town. But where to go for dinner? It might be a humblebrag, but it’s also true: this bitch receives a LOT of invitations to “come in and try our new menu/restaurant/hamburger pretty please” so it can be tough to narrow down the choices for a rare actual dinner date with the Food Bastard. Except this time. This time it was “Oh, we’re going to Lekka.” No hesitation. Here’s why.

Lekka Nostalgia

Being from Dallas, both of us grew up in and around North Dallas, near the area where the original Lekka location stands on Preston. It’s an eclectic place, with a cool patio and lots of outdoor and home goods for sale to make things interesting. I remember the food I had probably ten years ago the last time I ate at Lekka on Preston: stuffed olives (I don’t care for olives and yet I remember finding these impossible to resist), thick house-made potato chips with blue cheese and ECLAIR CAKE. More on that later.

the inside of Lekka on henderson, image by foodbitch

This case is where they keep the goods. The goods = that there eclair cake, bottom left.

Lekka Decor

The place is cute. It used to be The Gin Mill, then Swig, but now Lekka has taken it in a rustic-cave-chic direction and it somehow looks like it’s always been that way. A gorgeous cement tiled wall on the far wall keeps things modern, and big sprigs of baby’s breath keeps it fresh. I don’t know why I’m surprised; Lekka was eclectic before eclectic was even a thing. Yadda, yadda, yadda, they sell chimineas if you need one.

Lekka Food

Let’s talk about what you came for. The food. We started with samosas because TBH it was the most South African thing on the menu and “When in Rome!” But it turns out, the food at Lekka Henderson isn’t all that South African, it’s much more eclectic. It’s indulgent and crave-worthy. Keep scrolling…


Reuben spring rolls. These were exactly as good as they looked. Steaming hot with comfort food written all over them. Done! Lynn, the owner, wouldn’t have let us out of there without trying them. You should too.

I mean. Right? Hello!

Lekka Drinks

On to cocktails! After already having a few prior to dinner, it was time to have just one more. This one featured Blue Bottle coffee so of course I was down. The drinks on their menu are named for slang and common phrases in Afrikaans so that’s super fun. Oh, and the bartender does some good work, having come from Whistle Britches up north.

When there’s something called “The Sandwich” on a menu, order it. It’s a good life lesson. This one was damn tasty. I think you can easily see that.

I immediately gravitated toward this sushi salad because apparently I am a basic asian food-loving bitch. Apparently it’s the most popular. That ginger dressing though! It’s the perfect plate of sushi rice and crunchy vegetables topped with seared ahi tuna and avocado. Sold.

Lekka Dessert

This is what I came for. It sure isn’t pretty, but it’s beautiful …to me. The eclair cake is just one of a whole selection of house-made cakes and pies, all of which sound incredible, but I’m not sure I could ever order bring myself to anything else. Someone would have to force me or they’d have to be out of this cake. It’s light and fluffy and the chocolate on top is basically chocolate glazed donut icing. Heaven is an ugly piece of eclair cake at Lekka. Sorry not sorry.

Lynn! Thank you for a lekka meal! I’m so happy you’re here. Y’all, go try Lekka for your next date night, lunch meeting, birthday dinner (there’s a great big table perfect for such a thing), happy hour or whatever! And be sure to think of me when you’re eating that eclair cake…you’re welcome!


Lekka // 1921 N. Henderson //


Disclaimer: As I mentioned, Lynn from Lekka invited us in to dine at Lekka on the house. That being said, the opinions expressed throughout this post are my own and would be the same had I paid my own bill because I’m foodbitch. xo

Social School: The Cedars Social Introduces Social Hours

The Cedars Social:

A good-looking bar with quality food and drinks. Perfect for when you’re wanting something a little bit different, but definitely classy. And the new happy hour makes it easy to try something new when everything is just $6 or less. Who needs $14 cocktails anyway?! Reality. Check. Please!

The other night, we got a media #VIPeek at The Cedars Social’s new Social Hour and late night menus and was pretty lit.

We’re talkin’ $6 cocktails (El Diablo was my personal favorite), $5 wine, $2 beer. The Jack Rose (pictured above) is delicious and features Laird’s Applejack, house grenadine and lemon.

El Diablo: Tequila, Creme de Casis, lime and ginger beer.

And then there’s the late night menu. Deviled eggs in classic preparation, a calamari salad, meatballs, esquites, some tacos, chicken wings and flatbread. Plenty to keep your belly primed for more delicious cocktail drinking.


And then there’s this. Muahahahahahah!

Not on the new Social Hour menu, but this spooky amaretto sour has added activated charcoal for that black-as-your-heart color. As far as I know, nobody got pregnant from drinking this cocktail.

The Cedars Social Social Hour details:

Happy Hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Late Night is Sunday through Thursday 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.,  and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The Cedars Social // 1326 S Lamar St. //


Disclaimer: In general, all food and drink at media/#VIPeek events are comped. Unless I do something super angelic like buy my Food Bastard a round of dessert for the road or something, which I have been known to do.

SNOWBABY. Shaved Ice + Awesome is Coming to Lakewood

via the snowbaby instagram

Image via Snowbaby’s Instagram page


And it’s coming soon to Lakewood.

Perhaps you’ve had shaved ice, water ice, or even a sno cone with a house-made, organic flavors poured on top. But you probably haven’t had anything like Snowbaby. Let’s start with the inspiration behind it. Creator Chrissy Kuo was working in the corporate world at IBM, but her innate entrepreneurial spirit was itching to get out; so she began looking for the right opportunity to spring into action. That’s when she came across Taiwanese shaved ice. It’s essentially a block of ice that a custom machine shaves into impossibly thin sheets of silky cold shaved ice. But Kuo took one look at the ingredients list and knew what she had to do. The actual product the ice block is made out of is “kind of gross.”

Ew. No thanks.

We’re talking artificial-this and can’t-pronounce-that. And being a mom, Kuo wanted to keep that type of stuff out of what her kids eat. So she fixed it. She started from scratch and worked to develop a cleaner version of the original Taiwanese shaved ice. And, not symbolically at all, nine months later she came up with her recipe for Snowbaby: milk, cream, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and other clean, natural, locally sourced ingredients to make her simply snowy flavors. Kuo describes Snowbaby as “ice cream and a sno cone having a baby.” It comes out with a texture of “flaky, light, freshly fallen snow.” Then she tops each bowl with toppings like strawberries, mangoes, and pineapples from the Dallas Farmers Market, local granola and more. There’s even a White Rock Coffee cold brew-flavored version, and a dairy-free coconut flavor.

Sign us up.

Kuo is currently in the process of signing a lease somewhere in the Lakewood area of East Dallas, with plans to open for business by October of this year. In the meantime, folks have two options for getting their tongues on the Snowbaby goods: at monthly popups in the Lakewood area or at private parties where Snowbaby is the featured frozen treat. The next Snowbaby popup is happening Saturday, June 24 at The Lot from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Snowbaby // location TBD //

Out-of-this-world donuts, soft serve and more at Sweet Daze in Richardson 

Hey, at least it’s not a unicorn.

(They have those too)

Sweet Daze has Instagram culture on lock. I felt a little basic instagramming my donut up against the neon sign that says “sweet daze ahead” until I remembered that’s what every other person there was doing too. The actual donuts are just glazed and they come in daily from a nearby shop, so they’re nothing super special tastewise, it’s the icing magicians at Sweet Daze that make them out-of-this-world gorgeous. And you’re doing it for the ‘gram anyway so what do you care what it tastes like?

To me, the real star of the Sweet Daze show is the soft serve. In a rainbow of colors (lilac, blue, pink and gray) and flavored  with real ingredients the team works hard to make — like peeling tons of purple yams — this is the stuff worthy of the gram and actual taste enjoyment.

The Black Velvet flavor, made gray with uber-trendy activated charcoal, tastes like red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. It’s lovely.

For the boba lovers, there’s also plenty of tapioca balls in tons of flavors and alllllll the Asian drinks you can want, from milk tea to matcha. Go crazy.

Finally, for your viewing pleasure, here’s my insta story from yesterday’s visit:

Sweet Daze Dessert Bar // 581 W. Campbell Road //