Archive for July, 2010

Al Biernat’s: My See and Be Seen Spot

Posted by    |    July 29th, 2010 at 11:56 am

The You+Dallas videopinion crew took their show on the road yesterday to talk about “See and Be Seen” Restaurants, Bars and Patios. We landed on the patio at Al Biernat’s, my fave See and Be Seen spot, and had a little fun with Victor and the gang before calling it a wrap.

Be sure to weigh in on your favorite city or neighborhood See and Be Seen Spot on the Restaurant Network next Thursday under Featured Videopinions on the Restaurant Network!

Do Monkeys Make Bread?

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Cinnamon Monkey Bread from Tillman's Roadhouse

Probably not, but Tillman’s Roadhouse sure does! Since becoming a fan of the Bishop Arts District, I finally had the pleasure of experiencing “blunch” (as they call it) at Tillman’s one Sunday morning. “Kim’s Cinnamon Monkey Bread” immediately caught my eye on the menu. This is, hands down, at the very top of my “I gotta have it” list of the most delicious things my mouth has ever enjoyed!

These warm, gooey, cinnamon balls are served in an old fashion, hot iron skillet. They are covered in caramel sauce and topped with a huge gob of cream cheese icing that melts all over this dish of heavenly perfection.

Yes, I think I am in love with the Monkey Bread at Tillman’s Roadhouse! Be warned that this is a blunch appetizer made for sharing with more than just one other person. Don’t let the Monkey defeat you and definitely don’t let it go to waste! Enjoy!

Flex Your Mussels: Bastille on Bishop

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Go Oak Cliff, and some great local businesses, are hosting the First Annual Bastille on Bishop, a three round mussel competition and block party in celebration of  the French Holiday, Bastille Day.

 Although I am not French, I am a fan of fun foodie events. So, I am grabbing my baret and heading to the Bishop Arts District, where Marc Cassel of Park, Tim Byers of Smoke, and Graham Dodds of Bolsa are three of nine really talented chefs flexing their mussels (is it getting old yet?), and competing for victoire!

There will be a wine stroll, crepe stands; and, of course, yummy mussel dishes a la the competing chefs. All proceeds go to The Alliance Francaise, a non-profit French cultural and learning center. Tonight, 6-10 pm, Bishop Arts District (N. Bishop Avenue, between 7th and 8th).

Best Foodie Restaurant Value in Dallas?

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Well, I finally got to Urbano Café after hearing about it for awhile and having made several attempts to snag a reservation … this place fills up fast! Urbano is located on Fitzhugh between Ross and Bryan, snugly between Tom Spicer’s great local produce storefront and Jimmy’s Italian Foods both of which provide additional reasons to pay a visit. It’s open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Thursday.

So ardent was my desire to try Urbano Cafe that I actually took a 5:30 p.m. reservation on a Saturday. Rave reviews from several foodie friends set my expectations high. Would it live up to the hype? Or fizzle like a hot summer movie with a great trailer but no real cinematic value? Keep reading!

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One Arts Plaza News: Dali Wine Bar has Closed

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

 As reported by Brad Murano, Dali Wine Bar & Cellar in One Arts Plaza has closed its doors.

A fellow You Plus’er tells me he saw construction going on in the space. Anyone know what’s opening? 

There’s some uber talent in that plaza. Why’s a place like Dali closing?

…Do you dine at One Arts? Why or why not?

Now Open: Rusty Taco

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Can what was once a Just Breaks become an Upper Greenville staple?

The Rusty Taco is ready to give it a whirl.

Have you been? What do you think? Dish with me.

There’s a New Breakfast Sheriff in Grapevine

Posted by    |    July 1st, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Restaurant critic Luke with his "Dutch Baby"

We tend to be a fairly skeptical family when it comes to most claims — “Best Dry Cleaner,” “Best Service,” “Biggest Selection” — we hear it all the time. So, when we ventured over to the new Original Pancake House in Grapevine, we were skeptical of claims that their pancakes would be truly remarkable.

Their location is a little hard to find, having moved into the former Denny’s location on William D. Tate (close to Hooters and Bone Daddy’s if that helps)  Upon arrival, we were greeted by everyone, including the owners, and the whole staff exuded enthusiasm including our server who wanted to know all our names (and remembered them through the whole meal).

In addition to a wide variety of pancakes, they boast two signature items: the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar; and the “Dutch Baby.”

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