Archive for August, 2010

Overburgered!

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I love burgers.  You love burgers.  Everyone loves burgers.  One would think Dallas could never have too many burger places.  But now that In-N-Out Burger plans to open several locations in the Metroplex, I’m starting to think we’re “over-burgered.”

 I know, I know.  Everyone who has been fortunate enough to travel to California and down an In-N-Out Burger nearly bursts with excitement at the thought of being able to get one right across the street.  After all, they are beloved by a mixture of Hollywood stars.  Jay Mohr, for example, was supposed to guest host The Jim Rome Show but ran late because the drive-thru at In-N-Out Burger was backed up.  John Mayer, Hank Azaria, Ashley Tisdale, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus have all twittered about it or been photographed by the paparazzi going through the drive through.  And now Zagat’s has named In-N-Out Burger the number two (behind Five Guys Burgers and Fries) burger in the country.

But I’m beginning to fear a severe beef shortage!  A quick search of YellowPages.com produced 1,312 burger places just within the city limits of Dallas.  And it’s not so much the fast food burgers that are filling space.  The latest droves of “fast casual” burger chains is enough to make the head spin:

  • Fatburger
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Mooyah Burgers and Fries
  • Jake’s
  • Scotty P’s
  • Fuddrucker’s
  • Cheddar’s
  • Smashburger
  • Red Robin
  • Steak N Shake

And the smaller chains including as the Village Burger Bar, Twisted Root, Goff’s, Chip’s, Burgeusa Burger finish off the list.

I, of course, will withhold judgment of In-N-Out Burger until I try one.  I did the same when Krystal Burger came to town.  Not too exciting.  Maybe it’s my White Castle upbringing that scews my opinion.

A Taste of Savor Dallas, You+Dallas Style

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Tonight, we are excited to bring together the talented chefs, owners & GMs who represent the featured restaurants of Savor Dallas 2010. These culinary masters make our dining experiences divinely decadent, and they deserve a celebration. They keep us coming back meal after meal (after steak after spring roll after tiramisu). Yes, we will be eating, socializing, and celebrating; but we’ll also be sharing with them You+Dallas’ helpful tips to further engage their customers (that means you) in video & social media efforts (it’s kind of our thing).

Foodie Couture is in the house catering tonight and they are currently setting up shop in our kitchen. It smells so good, it’s worthy of my learning how to spell hors d’oeuvres. I may or may not be sneaking pieces of pre-assembled ahi tuna. Shh.

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We have our Videopinion Winners!

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Trey Bowles, Cynthia Smoot, Jessica Elliott, and Jessica Crittenden, you guys sure can dine in style. So, just what are the details, your stomach asks? As follows: Now through the end of September, make a reservation at Al’s under your name and mention you are a winner of the You Plus Dallas (lookatchu, name droppin’) Videopinion question of the week. When you arrive at the restaurant, the seating host will take it from there.

Hungry for more? When you upload to www.youplusdallas.com a picture, comment, or video of you and your guest enjoying your custom appetizer at Al’s, you could be in the running to be the Videopinion Insider of the Month, and a chance to go with Gina Lynn on a Videopinion shoot! So break out those cameras and enjoy your custom appetizers, courtesy of Al Biernat’s.

Booked solid

Posted by    |    August 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Now that I’ve heard all of your picks for see and be seen restaurants, I’m pretty sure I have dinner reservations booked for the next three weeks. Thank you to all of our Videopinion respondents; you guys know how to eat out in style. WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! We will notify you on Monday, so get excited and start planning your outfits for our fabulous featured restaurant of the week, Al Biernat’s!

This Week’s Restaurant Videopinion: Hungry for Al Biernat’s?

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The week is just getting started, but if you’re like most Dallasites, I bet you’re already planning a weekend of enjoying great food at the best restaurants in town. Need a little inspiration? That’s where we come in. This week, You+Dallas is featuring Al Biernat’s, Gina Lynn’s “see and be seen” restaurant. Known for their prime beef selection and ritzy atmosphere, Al Biernat’s has hosted a wealth of celebrities (recent favs: Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angie Harmon). Now you can be seen there, too. Gina wants to know, what is your see and be seen restaurant? Be one of the first YPDinsiders to respond to Gina’s question by 2 PM this Friday and win a custom appetizer for you and a guest specially prepared by Executive Chef Michael Weinstein himself. Want to be seen this weekend? Get your answer on!

Pork Fetish Anyone?

Posted by    |    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am

Yep, I thought it was time I admitted it…I have an extreme pork fetish. I love all things pork — bacon, sausage, shanks, loin, belly, chicharrón — you name it, if it comes from a pig and is edible then I’m all over it. Now I’ve eaten a lot of pork dishes in Dallas, but recently I found my favorite: the crispy pork shank at Bolsa being served up this summer. I could talk about the bed of wonderful fresh local vegetables that the shank sat atop or the perfect sauce and seasonings…but alas, I want to focus for the moment on the pork.

It was a perfect piece of perfectly cooked pork (yes, I used ‘perfect’ twice; it is necessary redundancy!). Crispy, golden brown on the outside and fork-tender on the inside. I know in this day and age, talking about fatty anything is taboo but when you’re talking quality pork products, you’ve got to use the “f” word. This shank had the perfect amount of fat so that it crisped nicely and was oh so juicy. For aficionados, ‘lean’ and ‘pork’ are mutually exclusive.

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Obsessed with Yogurt

Posted by    |    August 19th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

If you are anything like me, the only thing that I have enjoyed about this 100 plus degree heat is using it as an excuse to enjoy yummy, creamy, COLD, yogurt.

And, with the new yogurt craze taking over DFW– the flavor, topping, cup, cone,smoothy possibilities are truly endless. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing a Pinkberry and Yumilicious sign (or, one of 10 new brands popping up) on every corner of Uptown and North Dallas; but, my question is…Do all good things like yogurt crazes have to come to an end? When we drape our Burberry scarves around our necks, and break out our skinny jeans and thigh high boots for the fall and winter weather…who will survive?

Well, lets find out. I want to hear, who are you getting your yogurt fix from? Why? What are your favorite yogurt and topping combos? I’ll test em out, and give you my two cents. Please be mindful when choosing flavors and toppings, I’ll also need to be able to button my jeans come October (Half kidding giggle).

I started my mission today at Pinkberry on Blackburn and McKinney Avenue. Chocolate (fat free and the lowest sugar count of all Pinkberry flavors, per my friendly Pinkberry server), topped with granola and raspberries. YUM. Your turn!

Another Example of Good Parenting

Posted by    |    August 1st, 2010 at 8:59 pm

The Hinson family, including son Sean and his buddy Mark, left the Bubble and headed down to Eno’s Pizza in Oak Cliff this evening.  We were celebrating Sean’s birthday a week early, and needed something truly indulgent and excessive to impress a teenage boy. Our answer: Eno’s Sundae Sack.

The menu description says it all:  tempered chocolate/blue bell homemade vanilla ice cream/marshmallow cream/ fresh berries/pecans/hot fudge/graham cracker/cinnamon & sugar/whipped cream.  We didn’t find any graham crackers but the other ingredients were well represented.  One of the “Sacks” fed five of us.  Teenager impressed. Score!