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A Wok on the Moon at Moon Wok

Moon Wok-Rated 3 Stars Ten bucks. That’s the limit. I folded my little loot, bounced in Old Blue and met my pals at Moon Wok. Arriving a few minutes before them, I took a gander around this place. Not too shabby, but teetering closer to a hole in a wall than a palace. It’s about the food not the ambiance. A massive version of their menu covers one stretch of wall. I grabbed a seat at the booth right above the huge menu. Reading it, I grinned with glee. I tucked at the wrinkled bill in my coat and realized I had more than enough for a feast. Once my…
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Piefection at Emporium Pies

Emporium Pies- 5 stars TXmb When someone tells you there’s a pie shop somewhere, you pay attention. Not surprisingly I was all ears after being told about the Emporium Pies located in Bishop Arts. Emporium Pies has to be one of the MOST darling little places that ever existed. A house turned into a pie shop, the space is cozy and quaint with cutie pie waitress kindness to boot. Even the menus are printed on pretty glossy floral stock. It’s overwhelmingly wonderful. And the pie is sort of extraordinary. Changed seasonally, their confections contain no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes or corn syrup. A slice will run you 5 bucks, but if…
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Black Swan Saloon; the Birth of Cool

[dropcap color=”color-default” font=”arial” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-5em”]S[/dropcap]porting jeans, a baseball cap, and a black and white[dropcap color=”color-default” font=”arial” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-5em”][/dropcap] t-shirt reading FUCK WITH ME and inked arms, Gabriel Sanchez makes brisk movements through his establishment. He whacks away at pineapples, shedding the hulls and cubing chunks with such rhythmic swiftness it’s mesmerizing. “Honestly, people have done it before me and will continue to do it after me. It’s not something that I made up at all. But if you do it right, it’s difficult. You have to cut the fresh fruit every single week and drain it. There’s a lot of steps involved, but it’s good. ” Gabe explained. Once he’s…
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Campfire Coffee at Bolsa

Bolsa-4.5 Stars txMB Two chilly chickadees chasing warmth on a particularly brisk December day in Dallas decided to try their luck in the Bishop Arts District. Sick of seeking a fireplace for heat, they chose booze for the bones at Bolsa. Inside, it was inviting and endearing. They picked up their chatter about life, and all that it entails and ordered a few cozy cocktails. To their wonderful delight, they came out just right. Great Campfire Coffee, cleverly composed with , whipped cream, brown simple syrup, cayenne pepper, and a few shots of Irish Whiskey. Laughing and sipping away, they realized that this had been a wonderful and giddy December…
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What’s Pho Breakfast?

Vietnam Restaurant Bar and Grill- 4.5 stars  Teeny tiny shorts, my most awesomest UT sweatshirt, and shin splitting tennis shoes were my attire of choice for lightly jogging in 40 degree weather. Pushing little by little just to get through a couple of miles, I stared down at my freezing cold thighs and immediately craved something warm. It had been months, and the need was getting to be a bit much. Hustling through the two miles, I hoped in Old Blue, and headed down Bryan Street. When the rest of Dallas is pushing eggs and bacon to hungered breakfast goers at 9 AM, Vietnam is serving pho. You can imagine…
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Samad Cafe Makes Love in the Kitchen

Samad Cafe-Rated 4 stars TXmb Here’s the thing. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, then you will miss it. So folks, I’m telling you now, peel those eyes open a little more than normal if you’re planning on partaking in the tastiness that is Samad Café. Samad Café is the epitome of the term, ‘hole in the wall.’ This place doesn’t actually have a sign, and looks more like a house than a restaurant. The tight space is shared with an auto mechanic. Your only real way of knowing you’re at Samad Café is the tiny black lettering outside the brick establishment reading “Restaurant.” You can tell this…
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Making it Work at Work

Work. – 4 Stars Work has never been a word that makes me beam. It often puts me in a frenzy of phrases such as: Let’s just listen to Stevie Wonder and smile instead. Do I have too? That’s the worst idea there ever was. I don’t want to do that. Eventually, after a mental shake up, and acceptance I begin to work. Thankfully, none of what you just read applies to this story. Standing out like something that stands out, Work. caught my eye immediately. I think it was the backwards “R” in the title that made me wonder. Traipsing about Deep Ellum one fun filled buzzed weekend I…
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Smokey Goodness at J and B Barbecue

  J&B Barbecue-RATED 4 stars TXmb Barbecue is embedded in the DNA of all Texans. Knowing what ribs and brisket are by the age of 1 is a necessity. It’s a rite of passage to watch flames dance on an open grill, while sweet smelling smoke tickle your eyes and tempt your belly. For this reason, our smoke cured senses can easily detect the good stuff. Thankfully, J&B does NOT disappoint. The menu isn’t extensive, but who cares. This is barbeque. Each of J&B’s meats has an unmistakably savory smoked flavor that leaves you smacking your lips in satisfaction and licking extra sauce on your fingers. The ribs have an…
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Five Reasons To Eat Soup Dumplings From Monkey King Noodle Co. All The Time

Monkey King Noodle Company- 4.5 stars  No doubt everything at Monkey King Noodle Co. is wonderful. They have amazing and richly flavored, hand pulled noodle soup, and wontons with chili sauce that make your belly feel like happy, happy, joy, joy. And that’s just a tad of the delectable doosies. But even in all of that delicious glory, nothing compares to the SOUP DUMPLINGS. Shall we begin:   They are literal envelopes of heaven- Dough is remarkable in any form. But this dough, is soft beyond belief and just downright pleasant. Inside this dough is a magnificent feast waiting to enrapture your tongue and tummy.   They are technically a…
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Cheap Thrill? Look No Further than El Rey Del Grill

Lunch 15 rolled around, and my coworker and I got a hankering for something. Something meaty, something cheesy. Off we went, allowing our desires for meat and cheese to lead the way. We ended up at a tiny joint called El Rey Del Grill. The place is about as unassuming as they come. It’s not the prettiest domain about town, but ugliness has never come between me and my food. Pictures of various dishes lined the outside of the building, displaying for all to see what “comida” they had to offer. We entered. Inside we are greeted with more pictures of their offerings, along with prices. Looking over the walled…
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