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A Look at Las Perlas in Austin

Las Perlas 5 Stars $-$$ Mezcal is not for everyone. It’s made for the brave. It’s made for those with tongues built for smoky rendezvous and bellies that burn with liquid fire. It is unique. But, the truth is you’re not always in the mood for a smoky tongue or a burning belly, which is why I was skeptical about visiting Las Perlas. Recently opened on 403 E. 7th Street in Austin, it’s the second Las Perlas location, and the first in Texas. The concept comes courtesy of the LA based 213 Hospitality, also the crafty creators of Half Step and Seven Grand Whiskey Bar. Las Perlas offers a uniquely…
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A Roll with Angry Egg Roll

Angry Egg Roll 4.5 Stars $ There are times that you just need more, and it’s just not big enough. Not only is it not big enough, but you just wish it would last longer. Those are typically my thoughts when eating an egg roll.  If you find yourself late in Austin and roaming 7th Street and Red River then go ahead and get your roll on a big way.  Though there are only two options on the food truck menu, Angry Egg Roll has that simplistic, greasy, crispy perfection egg rollovers appreciate. Choose from The Drunken Master, your classic “probably pork” Cantonese egg roll or go veggie with The…
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Inside Uptown Urban Market

Uptown Urban Market 4. 5 Stars $-$$ Got poke on the brain? Chicken tenders? Or how does an extra cheesy pepperoni pizza sound? If you’re indecisive or just incredibly hungry Uptown Urban Market has a little something for whatever your multiple appetite personality is seeking. The market is home to several different concepts including Chef Tiffany Derry’s, The Cupboard, Totto Yama and Fireside Pies. Uptown Urban Market is the first food hall of Dallas. Besides good grub you can rest your bones and partake in a few cocktails at ILL Minster Pub. The deep dark woody bar offers standard selections, like Old Fashions and Whiskey Sours, but you’ll definitely want…
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A Glimpse at Taziki’s

  Taziki’s 4 Stars Fried, frozen and microwaved. Those aren’t forms of cooking that you’ll be privy to tasting when visiting Taziki’s Café. With their latest franchise in Plano, the healthy Mediterranean eatery is serving up plenty of delicious healthy options. Most notable are the chicken roll ups, grilled shrimp with their tender taters, and the spicy pimento cheese. What to Order – The Grilled Shrimp Feast which is served with either delicious roasted new potatoes or basmati rice and Greek salad. The shrimp is seasoned and grilled with lemon juice, butter and just a touch of blackened seasoning. Promise not to skip out on the baklava. Where to find…
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Getting Saucy at Razzoos

    Sauce and more sauce. That’s the joy of visiting Razoos. Take a glimpse at a few of their dishes and sauces. Most notable sauce is the BBQ Ouch with grilled alligator. What to Order – Rat toes, aka jalapenos stuffed with crab meat and deep fried. Only get them if you can handle the heat. The Tchoupitoulas is also worth your time, particularly because of the Crawfish Lemon Butter Sauce. Where to find them – Various locations.  
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Brunch at Kenny’s Smokehouse

Kenny’s Smokehouse – 5 Stars $$ It seems that Kenny’s Restaurant Group has the monopoly on tasty restaurants. So, it should come as no surprise that brunch at Kenny’s Smoke House in Shops at Legacy is nothing short of down home deliciousness. Their new brunch menu combines smoky goodness with classic items, such as the Smoke House Benedict on a brioche bun topped with poached eggs, béarnaise sauce and your choice of pulled pork, brisket or smoked salmon. What to Order– You cannot truly experience brunch here until you’ve tried the Ross’s Famous Chicken Fried Brisket and Eggs. The brisket is smoky and tender then cooked in a seasoned, light…
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Good Times at The Brixton

The Brixton – 4.5 Stars $$ When visiting The Brixton, it’s not simply a restaurant, it’s an experience. With a Vegas style vibe, the new eatery and two-story nightclub is in a league of its own. The brothers of Harder Concepts and Chef Patrick Stark have created a rockin menu for the rock and roll vibe here. With most of the options served in shareable portions, this is a great spot to grub and dance with a few of your pals. What to Order – Bloody Mary Shrimp Shooters made with grilled herb brined shrimp. You’ll also want to try the Bacon Bites, made with smoked Nueske’s Bacon, fresh Granny…
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A Glimpse at Lover’s Seafood and Market

Lover’s Seafood and Market – 4 Stars  $$ Anytime the name Rathbun is associated with a place, you should automatically know that you’re in for a treat. Lovers Seafood and Market is the second concept created by Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing. Located on West Lovers Lane, this restaurant and fresh fish market is all about serving and selling quality seafood. Chef Aaron Staudenmeir takes taste buds on a deep sea dive one bite at a time. (Photos courtesy of Ariana Hajibashi) What to Order– Tasty Thai Style Mussels & Clams made with yellow tomato, ginger, lemongrass and garlic Where to find them– 5200 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209 Phone- (214)…
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A Glimpse at Heritage Pizza and Taproom

Heritage Pizza and Taproom – 5 Stars $$ There are some that will argue, pizza is pizza. And to those foolish folks, you’ll need to shut their pie hole by stuffing a delicious slice of The Heritage in it. Located in Plano, Heritage Pizza isn’t just serving your standard pizza pies. You’ll be introduced to pies like The Cowboy, a fantastic mixture of buffalo sauce, boneless wings, bacon, blue cheese, sharp cheddar, celery and their Summer Camp Ranch. It’s basically hot wings in the form of a pizza. Who could ask for more? And even if you’re not one to typically ride the veggie train, the Sante Fe crowned with…
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