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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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Tuesday Margarita Delight at E Bar

E-Bar Tex Mex- 3.5 Stars TxMb Tuesday after the gruel of the grind, it’s time to unwind. Or perhaps you fancy yourself a hooky player and decided to call “the man” while fictitiously harking up a lung. Whatever your story, you still deserve a margarita. E Bar is a wonderful place to be on a tipsy Tuesday. All day long they are serving up $3 margaritas. It’s actually a lovely good thing because they don’t skimp on the tequila and they are open until 2am. Yes. You can go frozen or get really crazy and get it on the rocks. Oh, and by the way, E Bar is also a…
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Fifth Chase is a Charm; How One Teen is Creating Her Very Own Saucy Goodness

How many 14- year -old’s do you know that have a recipe for barbecue sauce? Here’s an easier one. How many 14 -year- old’s do you know that can cook…at all? Chase Bruckner, a freshman in high school, might be an all around living and breathing Super Girl. This tiny little lady is not only an awesome cook, but a multiple award winning gymnast and a pretty cool kid in general. After sampling a little dab of her sauce on a spoon I was immediately intrigued. The sauce was different than any other barbecue sauce I’d ever encountered and there were hints of garlic and a nice ending of heat.…
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Finding Zen at Zenna

  Zenna – 3 Stars  “I found this little sushi spot that supposedly has 50 cent beers, I think we should go there for happy hour tonight girlie.” “OK girl, let’s meet up around 4:30 at the place, it’s called Zenna and it’s somewhere downtown, I think the happy hour is from like 3 till 7, it’s on Law’s street.” “OK cool, I’ll see you at 4:30.” And so the rest of the work hours passed, and two drinking pals came together from their respectable work locations, in desperate need of good elixir and good food. Happy hour menus already aligned the table as the pair stared down in utter disbelief.…
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Benny’s Bagels has Lox of Love to Give

Benny’s Bagels- 5 Stars TXmb When a girl is denied the glory of bagels and lox in her life something awful happens. She becomes obsessive. Searching high and low, she attempts to satisfy the cravings with not so great versions of a classic. Led by discontent, she finds herself booking the next flight to NYC. It is clear the plight for bagels and lox is real. Saturday morning came and went like it always does. Once the afternoon rolled around my stomach and brain initiated a conversation on bagels and lox. Together they shouted in dramatic dismay. The only real solution was Einstein Bros. A chain. They’d let me down…
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