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Brunch and Other Good Things at Thirsty Lion

  A damn good fried potato aka French fry will always be a spot of weakness for me. Pair that with a well-seasoned spicy crispy chicken sandwich, and I’m ready to commit.  While I am not particularly crazy about a lot of chain eateries, when a place does things right, you’ve got to give props. And, without a doubt Thirsty Lion deserves quite a few props. Late last year Thirsty Lion joined multiple other eateries opening their doors at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. With their founding roots in Portland, and knowing the delightful things I know about the grub in Portland, expectations were HIGH to say the least.…
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7 Reason’s Eating at Edith’s French Cafe is Essential

  Sauce, mimosas and I’ll go ahead and take ALL of the croissants. Edith’s French Café just gets me. Here are 7 reasons why I can’t no longer live without nearly everything on their menu. P.S., this list could have been much longer.   It’s Beautiful Sunlight simply pours inside this space, which is ironic considering it was once the pretty dark and mediocre seafood restaurant, Rockfish. It’s bright and happy here, which immediately makes you smile and want to gobble down everything. Breakfast is Served all DAY LONG Forking down Ricotta Pancakes with blueberry sausage, berry compote and honey butter at 7 PM on a Wednesday is a thing…
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Satiating Spring at State & Allen Kitchen and Bar

State & Allen Kitchen and Bar 5 Stars Pork belly is quite the finicky food. If not prepared just right, particularly braised or fried, it simply does not work. Because of this I lead into every pork belly situation with caution. I extended this same fork first caution when trying out the new Crispy Pork Belly Tostadas at State & Allen Kitchen and Bar. After one bite it was clear my need for caution was absolutely unnecessary. The popular uptown neighborhood eatery recently launched a mouthwatering Spring menu that features 12 new bites and 17 signature new booze concoctions. This leads us back to their Crispy Pork Belly Tostadas. Topped…
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Grab Your Shaker for Nico Martini’s Texas Cocktails

When it comes to Texans, one thing is certain, we love our booze. Recently cocktail expert, Nico Martini decided to put this love into his latest book, Texas Cocktails, a five star cocktail guide for the long star state. Released this month, Texas Cocktails is more than just a cocktail book, Nico has written a love letter with a collection of over 100 of the best cocktails from Texas. Complete with food pairings and Texas hotspots, Martini gives us all another reason to be proud of the Lone Star State. First, I’d like to congratulate you on the release of your book and your recent TEDx Talk. Those are two amazing…
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Grimaldi’s Enter’s Toyota Music Factory

Grimaldi’s is a pizza chain worth visiting. This is coming from a local restaurant and bar infatuated millennial. Recently the eatery made its way to Irving’s new Toyota Music Factory, giving us yet another reason to salivate over this space.  Before my visit, I’d never eaten at Grimaldi’s before, so I was pleasantly surprised by their wine selection. It’s not massive, but they do have a few of my favorites including the popular red blend 19 Crimes and the sexy If You See Kay from Lazio, Italy. My pal Mo Barrow and I decided to go with the highly recommended cabernet, Educated Guess. The flavor is fairly robust, earthy and dry.…
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Devouring Denton: The Foodies Takeover

Getting out of town doesn’t always mean hoping on a plane. Sometimes you just need a getaway that feels far away without the matching price tag. So grab a few friends and make your way to a little town called Denton. Primarily known for cheap shots and college kids sporting Mean Green attire, one could easily dismiss Denton as being a party town for students. And while that’s true, this place still has more to offer than just Jell-O shots and freshman angst. To that avail, a few foodie pals and myself decided to descend upon the town and grub and sip our way through it. Before beginning our rendezvous…
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A Peak at Big Beat Dallas

  In a couple of weeks you will have the option of eating true Texan style brisket 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That includes after a late night of boozing and Bankhead Bouncing. The moment you flap your eyes open on any given day at any given time, tender, smoky brisket will be possible. Let that sink in for a second. Or better yet, get up and get yourself some brisket at this very moment, just because you can. Specializing in “Old Stove” recipes, Texas Jam House isn’t just dishing out brisket 24 hours a day, they’ve got a variety of classic Texas dishes. Including a meatloaf…
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Pinstack Let’s You Fall in Love at First Flight

  Just because Valentine’s Day is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate the love in your life. Grab a toast with the one you appreciate the most at Pinstack. Now throughout the end of February, all Pinstack locations across DFW are offering a wine lovers dream with Love at First Flight. For only $20 you will both partake in two matching wine flights with three tastings for each of you and an extra special dessert. And, if you really want to find out if you and your sugarfoot compatible, take the test. Choose your favorite wine from the flight then mark the combination which most accurately describes your relationship. Are you…
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Sushi Marquee is an Edible Love Letter to the 80s

  Sushi Marquee 4 Stars The best things that ever happened, happened in the 80s and early 90s. From the creepily joyful delight of Teddy Ruxpin to a few not so well matched high schoolers dancing across their library on a Saturday morning during detention. And let us never forget the iconic throaty laughter of a comedian named Eddie Murphy whose timely humor and bs behavior could be seen in a variety of action packed hits during the era. Combine all of those fuzzy feelings from the 80s and early 90s with sake and chopsticks plus a patio that’s like totally rad and you’ve entered Sushi Marquee. Located inside Jerry…
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1991 Makes a Comeback at Sambuca’s Uptown

In 1991 clothes were extra loud and colorful. Robert De Niro was an incensed villain in the remake of Cape Fear. And, a cute little place called Sambuca’s that married jazz with delicious food was making its debut. Nearly 30 years later, this not so little restaurant is still drawing people in and celebrating like its 1991 with $19.91 specials. Throughout January the original Sambuca’s in Uptown Dallas is drawing folks in for a taste of what makes them special. The restaurant is serving a three course meal with your choice of salad, entrée and dessert for the price of $19.91. Start your trip back to the 90s with the…
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