Botolino Gelato: AKA Italy on Greenville Avenue

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

All the delicious Mediterranean food at Roti Modern Mediterranean 

Falafel balls, steak, chicken, salmon and spicy lamb meatballs! Rice, flatbread pizzas, hummus, veggies, salads, wraps, pita, sauces and more. It’s all good at @rotimodernmed. This Chi-town chain isn’t afraid of flavor. Opening tomorrow at @mckinneyandolive next to @dfgrille. Good call donating soft open proceeds to worthy cause @cafemomentum, too. #eatdrinkchangelives #foodthatlovesyouback (at Roti Modern […]

POKÉ ALL DAY: A #VIPeek at Pokébop in Oaklawn

Poke All Day: A #VIPeek at Pokébop in Oaklawn ​​ As I type this, another poké spot has likely opened its doors. I’m not mad at it; I love the fresh, light, healthy, Asian flavors of a poké bowl. On any given day I am likely craving such a thing, in fact. So I’m happy […]

Lovers Seafood is for Lovers (of Seafood) #VIPeek

Do you love fish? I do. Last week, the team at Lovers Seafood & Market invited a group of media and influencers (including Yours Truly) to a #VIPeek at the newly renovated spot before it opened to the public. Reborn from a former seafood market (Rex’s), and with the feel of another seafood market (TJ’s), it’s not […]

Hey There Nikkei

Hey There Nikkei… The newest hot spot in Uptown had only been open a few nights when I snuck in for a peek and a few choice sips. Nikkei, which is named for the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine (yes, it’s a thing, lucky us), is a sexy little spot that will leave you […]

A #VIPeek at Water Grill, Now Open on McKinney Avenue 

WATER GRILL DALLAS, I see you wavin’ Here in Dallas, we have a lot of restaurants. Like, too many. Far too many. That’s why so many good ones fail, in fact. But despite the plethora of choices, the number of quality seafood restaurants is actually quite small. I can count on one hand the seafood […]

Tortaco: a Lot of Smoke, and Also Tacos

Tortaco: Smoke and Tacos, Tacos and Smoke Downtown on Ross, in a space that used to house two failed (yet delicious) Stephan Pyles restaurants, is Tortaco, a reasonably priced Mexican restaurant that is obsessed with Mezcal. If you’ve had Mezcal, you know it. It’s a smoky liquor related to tequila but, well, just super smoky. […]

Sneak VIPeek: Uptown Urban Market 

Food halls. They’re a new trend in the restaurant biz and one is finally poised to open in Dallas. The Uptown Urban Market, in the former Sfuzzi space (formerly the NAAN/weird-ass burger space), is almost ready. I happened to drive by at just the right moment to catch Jonathan Tobolosky, one of the partners and a friend of […]

Sneak #VIPeek: Toasted Coffee + Kitchen

Toasted Coffee + Kitchen is finally ready to open its doors on Lower Greenville, and it’s about to do just that on Monday. Coffee, wine on tap, beer, and of course toast on house-baked breads will be available to all who enter. The whole place is a custom job, design-wise, and it’s pretty cool. There […]

5 Reasons to Get Excited for #Dallas’ First @ShakeShack, Opening September 1

DALLAS’ FIRST @SHAKESHACK, OPENS TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 1 AT THE CRESCENT IN UPTOWN! (above images by Joy Zhang) Dallas’ First Shake Shack is coming to the Crescent (and not to Frisco, as was first reported, thank sweet Cheeseburger Jesus). I got a little #VIPeek action this afternoon, so here’s what you should be most excited about… Our […]

Fajitas in the Burbs: Check Out Cuellar’s Fajita Ranch

Cuellar’s Fajita Ranch If you want to hear about the history of the fajita, nay, the history of Tex-Mex in Dallas, you’re going to want to talk to the Cuellars. They are certainly a huge part of what makes Tex-Mex what it is today. Ever heard of a little place called El Chico? Yeah I think […]

J is for Juice: Featuring I am the Juice Place in Downtown Dallas

J is for juice: featuring I Am The Juice Place Here’s a fun fact: dragonfruit makes for the most beautiful smoothies in the whole world! Another fun fact? I Am The Juice Place, the newest little adorable juice bar in downtown is also a gift shop and stellar place to hang out and grab a […]

Five Things to Know About SusieCakes

  1. SUSIECAKES IS FROM CALIFORNIA. This is the very first location outside of California, in fact. Why do all these Denver, California and otherwise stated businesses keep coming to Dallas? Because we’re nice, welcoming and we like to eat. A lot. 2. SUSIECAKES IS ALL ABOUT BEING ALL NATURAL. As in butter, flour, eggs, […]

First Look: The Dream Café is OPEN in East Dallas

A while back, I came across some good news for people who hate shitty tacos. Fuzzy’s at the corner of Mockingbird and Abrams in East Dallas was closing and being replaced by Dream Café. Finally, this week, the newest addition to the family-friendly restaurant scene in East Dallas is (softly) open. Dream Café is planning […]

Eating Brunch and Lunch at Four-star Filament in Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is so hot right now you guys. Tell me something I didn’t already know, right?   Well, Filament makes a KILLER brunch. Did you know that? Because everybody seems to know about Matt & Cody’s four big, badass stars. But, that’s mostly about dinner. I’m talking about grits, eggs, house-made doughnuts and bloody Marys that […]

Sneak Peek // Go Go to Hash House a Go Go: It Opens This Friday in Plano

Ever been to a Hash House a Go Go? If you had, you’d remember. I’ve been to one in Las Vegas, and damn. Here are some things to know about HHGG (which is what I’ll be calling it): 1) Huge portions is pretty much the first two words that come to mind when trying to […]

NOW SWIRLING: Cow Tipping Creamery in East Dallas #FirstLook #VIPeek

Welp, things are happening and they are sweet, delicious things that are very, very bad for my waistline. First, Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream opened up next to Hypnotic Donuts. Emporium Pies is coming to Deep Ellum. And now this: Cow Tipping Creamery, a mecca of soft serve heaven, is open in East Dallas — right inside […]

Now Open: Matchbox is Heating up Preston Hollow Village

Media dinners are always fun. Flowing drinks, free food and a chance to catch up with food-centric friends who don’t care how many photos you take before you eat something. But what can be much better than a media dinner, is when a restaurant decides to do something different with their soft opening. Matchbox decided to […]

Sneak Peek Q&A: A Chat with Top Knot’s Chef Angela Hernandez

Prior to its exciting opening next Wednesday night, I sat down with chef Angela Hernandez to ask her a few questions about Top Knot. It’s one of my favorite interviews of late. Head to the Dallas Observer’s Food and Drink blog to read what she had to say in my Top Knot sneak peek.   […]

A First Look at Lakewood Smokehouse #Comped

I’m just going to start by saying it would take a lot to make me forget about Ali Baba. That’s the Mediterranean-flavored deliciousness that used to reside at the end of my street in Lakewood. But I have to admit the folks who also own Three Stacks BBQ in Frisco have done a pretty sweet redecorating […]

Kin Kin is Gone Gone; Now Bite by Eddy T is Open on Oak Lawn Avenue #VIPeek

The restaurant formerly known as Kin Kin but now known as Bite, which was a restaurant in Fort Worth that closed, but not the Kin Kin in Fort Worth, because that one’s still kickin’, is open… as Bite now… on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. And there may or may not be more Kins or […]