Posts Tagged ‘Restaurants’

Rock and Roll Tacos — Deep Ellum

Posted by    |    August 14th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I adore Tacos. I have tried tacos in Thailand, NYC, LA, Dallas, Austin, North Dakota (not the best) and numerous other cities. One of the aspects of the taco place is its culture and the vibe of the joint. In the heart of Deep Ellum, Rock and Roll Tacos serves up some incredible tacos with an atmosphere in the Rock and Roll spirit of Deep Ellum. With a wide range of tacos and other tasty dishes, there is something for everyone.

I was instantly drawn in by the vinyl on the walls of old musicians. The restaurant is adorned with art from local Deep Ellum artists, adding a pleasant Austin feel. In addition, there is a wonderful Salsa bar served in back of a converted pick up truck.

Described as an unofficial partnership with music venue La Grange, both share a bar and have direct access to one another. The back patio is a great place to hang (maybe when it cools down) with tons of space for parties. At night when concerts are in full force, they serve much needed tacos to hungry concert-goers.

Be sure to check out the menu — I tried the Barbacoa and the Tijuana tacos…delicious. They are not too big so I would recommend at least two or three.

Click to view La Grange video.


Dallas Tradition Keeps Serving Up Greatness

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Dallas is arguably one of the best places to find Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande, and nothing says classic Tex-Mex quite like the century-old Dallas tradition, El Fenix. Since it first opened at its Downtown location in 1918, the restaurant has become a city staple with 17 locations throughout the Metroplex. When it comes time for me to satisfy my fix for Mexican food, particularly after I’ve spent four straight months on the other side of the Mississippi River, El Fenix is the first and only place I turn to.

The best thing about El Fenix is that it achieves amazing taste through simplicity. Unlike so many restaurants that overload their dishes with superfluous spices and sauces which often overpower the dish beyond edibility, El Fenix serves their signature plates in a home cooked style that never ceases to disappoint. After nearly two decades of eating at the one closest to my house, I’ve probably sat at every table at least once and have eaten enough of their extremely addictive corn chips to fill a moving truck.

Outside of its food, however, one of the things that keeps customers coming back time and again, and perhaps a statement of its continuing popularity, is the fact that you’re almost guaranteed to run into somebody you haven’t seen in ages.

With good food, good community, and plenty of locations, El Fenix remains one of the best places to take friends from out of town to, celebrate a special occasion, or have a casual night out. Do you have any memories from eating at El Fenix, or have you yet to make a visit? Post your stories or favorite dishes below!

July Is National Hot Dog Month – I’m Celebrating At Wild About Harry’s

Posted by    |    July 12th, 2012 at 1:10 am

In my quest for a fun way to celebrate National Hot Dog Month, I found Wild About Harry’s on Knox Street. What caught my attention? The giant smiling hot dog statue outside, hot pink tables on the patio, and the glowing neon lights lining the windows. There’s even an endearing hand-crafted sign near the door that says, “Y’all come in!”

Now, I don’t eat hot dogs often – we all know what the average hot dog is made from (or do we?) – but what I found when I walked into Wild About Harry’s is that their hot dogs are made from 100 percent lean beef brisket. And just because they’re high-quality doesn’t mean they’re pricey! The average price of a hot dog from Wild About Harry’s is around $4.50 – not bad, considering the amount of wonderful toppings you get. The menu also offers the option of upgrading to a jumbo dog, veggie dog, or polish sausage for only $0.80. After evaluating all these wonderful options, I decided on the “Dallas” Dog – a promising classic at Harry’s topped with mustard, relish, onions and cheese – plus a side of fries and a refreshing fountain drink, of course.

When I sat down to wait on my order, I took some time to bask in the relaxed, eclectic atmosphere of the place. At one table, a group of cops were taking their lunch break together. Some tables were occupied by families with young children, and at other tables, single businesspeople clicked away on their laptops, enjoying delicious hot dogs while they worked. The restaurant is simultaneously laid back and kid-friendly. The inside is just as magical as the outside: walls and tables bursting with color, cool memorabilia all over the place, and… what’s this? They serve custard! (more…)

Easter Dining at Highland Park Cafeteria

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Celebrate Easter at Highland Park Cafeteria Sunday, April 8 from 10:45 a.m. – 8 p.m. Highland Park Cafeteria features the choice plate which includes a multitude of entrée selections including carved ham with two vegetables and homemade bread for $8.99, excluding tax and beverage. Select entrees include grilled salmon and prime rib. As always, live piano music!

Highland Park Cafeteria catering features a spring-themed a-la-carte holiday menu with Easter favorites including carved ham, prime rib, Waldorf salad, deviled eggs, squash casserole and over two dozen freshly prepared desserts such as carrot cake, buttermilk pie, lemon icebox pie and much, much more.

Bread Winners Debuts a new Summer Salad Menu

Posted by    |    April 2nd, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Bread Winners debuts a NEW Summer Salad Menu TODAY. Once the heat arrives there is nothing better than a cool, crisp salad, especially when it is packed with flavor. Swimsuit season is just around the corner so looking trim and staying healthy is a MUST! Choose from items like the Hawaiian Sesame Crusted Shrimp Salad or the Fresh Berry Salad! Who knew eating healthy could taste so good!?

Summer Salads 2012
Entree size $10.99 | Lunch (small) size $ 8.49

Monday: Fresh Berry Salad*
spring mix, assorted fresh berries, grilled chicken breast, red onion, feta cheese, strawberry balsamic vinaigrette

Tuesday: Hawaiian Sesame Crusted Shrimp Salad*
greens, grilled sesame shrimp, pineapple, mandarin oranges, toasted coconut, tomato, red onions, almonds, poppy seed dressing

Wednesday: Roasted Artichoke and Mozzarella Salad*
greens, fresh mozzarella, roasted artichokes, red onion, tomato, kalamata olives, herb vinaigrette

Thursday: Mesa Chicken Salad
crispy tortilla shell, greens, grilled chicken, red onion, tomato, bell pepers, avocado, salsa ranch

Friday: Fresh Fruit Club and Chicken Salad
Banana bread with cream cheese with strawberries, apricots and raspberries triple stacked sandwich. Served with a scoop of our Herb Chicken Salad and sliced tomatoes.

*Small sizes and combo sizes (when you order the 1/2-sandwich and soup or salad combo) are available only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Urban Taco Launches New Weekend Brunch Menu

Posted by    |    March 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Urban Taco introduces a new weekend brunch menu on Saturday, March 31 at its Uptown location. At the heart of every Urban Taco menu is the dedication to serving fresh, authentic ingredients with everything made from scratch. Know for their modern Mexican cuisine and inspired selection of tacos, the new brunch menu features a selection of Mexican brunch favorites including Chilaquiles Rojas and Verdes, Huevos Rancheros, Egg Benedicto and Egg & Steak Torta Ahogada.

Guests will also find Urban Taco’s signature taqueria options, including Eggxcellent Breakfast Tacos with a selection of Roasted Honey Ham, Carnitas, Tinga, Barbacoa and Buenos Dias, all available a la carte or as a pair with choice of two sides that include Jalapeno Potato Hash, Yogurt con Granola, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Frijoles Borrachos or Black Beans.

The menu also features a build your own El Ommellete in addition to their La Jolla French Toast made with freshly baked sourdough bread, cajeta caramel warm maple syrup, banana souffle, strawberries and guajillo candied pecan served with a side of Mexican butter.

Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6-Course Beer Dinner at Campo on April 2

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Campo Modern Country Bistro and World Beer Co. pair-up for a unique 6-course, beer paired dinner on Monday, April 2.  Bar opens at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.

Cost is $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.

“Cook For A Cause” Guest Chef Night

Posted by    |    March 21st, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Mockingbird Station and food expert Steven Doyle, of, a lifestyle site covering the latest about food and entertainment in DFW, cordially invite you to treat your taste buds to our “Cook For A Cause” guest chef night, featuring Central 214 Executive Chef Graham Dodds, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Trinity Hall Irish Pub, Suite 250.

This unique evening will feature a special three-course dinner prepared by chef Dodds, tasty spirits courtesy of Trinity Hall and gift bags full of delicious goodies. The event will benefit the Texas Honeybee Guild, a nonprofit organization of local beekeepers that provides education and honeybee rescue efforts in DFW.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and can be purchased at

New Dinner Menu For Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery

Posted by    |    March 18th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

If you think you know Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery from their breakfast or brunch menu, then you need to discover a whole new side of them. Bread Winners is debuting a new dinner menu, which dishes up an artisan approach on your favorite comfort foods.

For 18 years, Bread Winners has offered Dallas diners the perfect combination of upscale dining and casual, friendly atmosphere during breakfast, lunch, dinner and their famous weekend brunch. Walk into any of their 3 locations and you are greeted with a tempting array of fresh baked breads, pastries and desserts. They have won awards from practically every publication in town for their amazing food and warm atmosphere.

Firecracker Chicken

Fried Green Tomatoes

Chicken and Waffles

Dallas Restaurants Welcome Tillamook Cheese

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2012 at 9:47 am

To honor one of the most loved American dishes –the cheeseburger – Tillamook Cheese’s Loaf Love Tour has partnered with five Dallas restaurants for Tillamook Burger Week. During Burger Week, which runs from March 17 – March 24, each spot will offer a unique burger special featuring award-winning Tillamook Cheese.

Starting today, fans who snap a picture of themselves enjoying their favorite cheeseburger and post to Tillamook’s Facebook page or tweet @TillamookCheese with the hashtag #BurgerWeek, will be entered to win a $25 gift card to one of the participating restaurants. Submit your entry before midnight on Saturday, March 24 to win.

Participating Restaurants:

Twisted Root Burger Company – Deep Ellum and SMU locations
Winner of the 2011 Dallas Observer and D Magazine Reader’s Choice for Best Burger, chefs Jason Boso and Quincy Hart introduce the Tillamook Horseradish Pimiento Burger. Made with Twisted Root Horseradish Mustard, Cayenne Pepper and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. ($7.99)

Photo by Twisted Root