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 […]

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 […]

Peep the Menu at the NEW Kitchen LTO in Deep Ellum

Kitchen LTO in Deep Ellum (re)opens Tuesday, October 25. Kitchen LTO, Dallas’ permanent pop-up has restored its permanent status with a new location in Deep Ellum. Here’s what you need to know.   Chef: Josh Harmon Chef Harmon has a lovely resume, y’all. Good names on this thing. Here’s a little somethin-somethin’ about him, from […]

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 […]

Now Open: A First Look at Texas Scratch Kitchen

Texas Scratch Kitchen is Now Open There’s a new kitchen in town, and yes I’m talking about a renovation, but not the home renovation kind, though the before/after is quite shocking. In a space that used to house Coconuts Island Grill in Pavilion Center near Inwood Village, full of fun, colorful, fishy flavor, stands the wooded, […]

Kitchen LTO 6.0 Featuring Chef NICK AMORIELLO Reopens

A chef with a killer pedigree (did anybody else really have a chance?) and photos of dished to drool over. I’m here to tell you that Kitchen LTO, round 6 began tonight, brunch starts this weekend, and lunch service starts next Monday. Chef Amoriello’s resume includes Nobu, Driftwood, Central 214, So & So’s and Rapscallion. So yeah, […]

Madrina on a Monday…

I was invited to Madrina to sample some of the menu and ended up chatting with owner Michael Martensen for quite a while as we ate. And you know what? Even after all the dang drama it’s clear he’s a nice guy. And not only that, Madrina is a beautiful, beautiful place with great food and […]

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 […]

Peep the Uchi Dallas menu right here, right now!

There’s good sushi, there’s bad sushi, and there’s sushi that’s just okay. Then there’s Uchi. Uchi is something entirely different. It’s another category. It’s an experience. Uchi celebrates the product, the purity and quality and perfection of sushi, but it also is about creating dishes (see Kamo Nabe with duck, mushroom and chili, pictured left) that you haven’t seen […]

@CityofAte #CROSSPOST: Sushi Bayashi is Open in Trinity Groves

The following is a repost of my First Look at Sushi Bayashi in Trinity Groves that appeared yesterday on The Dallas Observer’s City of Ate food blog.       Do you speak Trinity Groves? If you do, then you’re well versed in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, southern American dialects, sweet nothings and … beer. Well, […]

@CityofAte #CROSSPOST: Café Momentum Breaks Bread, Comes Home to Downtown Dallas

This is a reposting of my article on the Dallas Observer’s City of Ate blog from this morning. As food writers, critics, bloggers, instagrammers and otherwise overly food-obsessed folk, it’s often easy to get wrapped up in the idea that food is somehow more important than it is. Yes, food nourishes our bodies. Food can […]

My #Sponsored Steakcation at The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Have I mentioned lately that I’m a lucky bitch? Well, perhaps I haven’t satisfied my mentions quota for 2014, then. Since the year is winding down, let’s go ahead and toss another one on the pile. I am one lucky bitch. This time, it’s because the lovely people at Curio, a collection by Hilton, gave […]

Say Hola to San Salvaje by Chef Stephan Pyles

Hello and welcome, all you wild saints out there. How do you know if you’re a wild saint? Well, are you up for new experiences? For trying something new? For a little egg white in your cocktail? Maybe start there and the bravery for the rest of it is sure to come. At San Salvaje […]

Stonedeck Pizza Pub hits the ground running in Deep Ellum

My first visit to Stonedeck Pizza Pub on Elm Street was more of a happy accident than a planned excursion. Thwarted by circumstances beyond our control, my food bastard and I spent our 7th anniversary dinner there. But what a happy accident it was, because as it turned out, Stonedeck was exactly what our laid-back […]

Anchors Away: A Brand New TJ’s (Interview & Photos) #VIPeek

In the interest of full disclosure, I consider Jon and Natalie Alexis, owners of TJ’s two locations, to be friends of mine. That being said, I’m pretty sure I’d be a big fan of TJ’s even if I’d never met them and realized how awesome they are. In celebration of the opening of the new […]

@CityofAte #CROSSPOST: Sushi on McKinney: A Love Story

For those of you who didn’t know, I was in a relationship… with Sushi on McKinney. It was “my place.” Everyone has a sushi place, right? The one they feel at home inside. The place with decent prices and great quality and perfect rice. When you eat sushi at other spots, you wish you were […]

A #VIPeek at Chef John Tesar’s Knife

Let’s talk about meat.   Why have a 240-day-white-mold-aged Niman Ranch steak on the menu that costs $100 per inch and tastes of “popcorn, truffle and blue cheese?” “Because I’m John Tesar; I wanna be different.” Yep. Sounds about right. The first thing you see to your right when you walk into Knife is Chef […]

The tease: a taste of Tesar’s new lunch

As I’ve mentioned, lunch service (as well as Sunday Brunch) at Chef John Tesar’s Spoon restaurant began last week. I was invited in to check out the new menu. It contains some items from the dinner menu, some new, lunchy items plus the dessert offerings of new pastry chef David Collier. Here’s just a taste. […]

A YMCAVIPeek at The LOT in East Dallas

In case you don’t know, I moved to East Dallas just over a year ago. Because I plan to live in the area for many happy years, I become overwhelmingly ecstatic when something awesome happens there. Cases in point: White Rock Marathon reroutes so I can escape to brunch, Cane Rosso White Rock OMG, badass […]

@cityofate #CROSSPOST: 5 Beefs with Twin Peaks

I know Mockingbird Station is not going to like me for this. But I’m sorry. The economy is turning up, isn’t it? We don’t need to resort to this to get someone to pay rent in a busy shopping area, do we? We are not happy. Sorry, but I am not sorry. So yeah, I […]

@CityofAte #CROSSPOST: Belly & Trumpet is Open!

Sound the alarm, y’all. Belly & Trumpet is now open on McKinney Avenue, replacing The Bowery, which is reportedly on the move. This! This is one sexy new hotspot. It’s my favorite type of new restaurant: one that’s fucking delicious. And you’ll want to take a look at the post, featuring alluring photography by the […]

*UPDATED* New Food News: More to Love at Goodfriend

Oh happy day! Just when you thought Goodfriend couldn’t get any gooder, here comes chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare with some new drool-worthy menu items to try. And they sound really, really good. And just in time for Valentine’s Day. Goodfriend, let’s be more than friends. New & Notable:  Fez Mezze: hummus with escalavida, goat […]