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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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One90 and Tacos Mariachi Perfect the Brisket Taco

A little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of good. Eateries Tacos Mariachi and One90 Smoked Meats have joined forces to create the ultimate brisket taco. Avocado mousse, jalapeno glaze, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and unforgettably tender, perfectly smokedbrisket from One90 come together inside a wonderfully buttery slightly crisp flour taco shell. You’re likely to get full after one, but, you’re also likely going to give in to the gluttony and just order a few more. I did. Get your brisket taco at either location. Sold on Wednesdays only at both locations, tacos are $5.75 each. One90 Smoked Meats  10240 Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75238 Tacos Mariachi 602 Singleton Blvd…
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Sixty Vines Comes to the Crescent

Crispy zucchini and wine on tap has just gotten a little closer. Sixty Vines just opened its doors at the Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown Dallas. With the opening of its second location, Sixty Vines continues to appease appetites with their pizzas, pastas and that infamous Short Rib Sourdough Melt, made with red wine braised short rib, basil pesto aioli, tomato and fresh mozzarella. Uptown has yet another place to get their frose fix. What to Order – Anything, it’s all good. Where to find them– 500 Crescent Ct suite 160, Dallas, TX 75201 Phone – (214) 814-8463 That whole parking thing – Underground or valet parking are your best options.
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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 Look at Between the Buns

  Burger lovers slid into slider heaven during the first ever, Dallas Observer Between the Buns event. Held at Dallas Farmers Market, some of the best sliders in town came out and showed out. Including favorites like Cook Hall, Chop House Burger, Haystack and my very beloved, Hutchins BBQ. While chowing down on sliders, cocktails and brews flowed at the cash bar and live music kept you shaking off the calories. After it was all said and done, if you weren’t waddling when walking out, you did something absolutely wrong. Here’s a glimpse at the goodness. PS, you may want to start saving room right now for next year’s Between…
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The Revamp at 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House

Where flatbread covered in tender smoked brisket happen, you can ensure that you have found a good place. The Smokehouse Flatbread is just one of the latest items on the revamped menu at 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House. Buttermilk and Bacon Hushpuppies are a crispy love letter to Texans rolled up in deep fried cornmeal, served with queso and jalapeno jam to boot. Another sharable plate worth trying out are the fried green tomatoes topped with charred corn salsa. If you order the ribs here, get a side of the garlic mashed potatoes. They’re lush and smooth and just divine. Wash it all down with one of their craft…
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