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Lockhart Smokehouse

Are you ready for some great barbecue? Check out Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff. They’ll start with a thoroughly blackened brisket, slice it with such ease that you can already tell how tender it will be, and serve it to you wrapped in paper. Ask for sauce and utensils and you’ll learn that this meat melts in your mouth with flavor that makes sauce unnecessary. The sides are terrific as well, and the guys behind the counter will help you choose with tempting descriptions. They obviously take pride in what they do, and it’s well-deserved. We didn’t even stay for the live music, but we understand the line’s out the door in the evenings. It’s at 400 W. Davis, right at Bishop Ave. in the Bishop Arts District.

July 2, 2011 Posted by | Bishop Arts District, Edible, Oak Cliff | , , | Leave a comment

Love and War in Texas

It’s summertime and time to cover a kitschy tourist spot. While Love and War in Texas is definitely for tourists, locals will enjoy food like their Mom and grandmother used to make. The menu features six regions of Texas, from the Gulf Coast (seafood like Habanero Fish Tacos) to the West Texas Plains (all kinds of steaks) to the Border (brisket enchiladas and more). East Texas features catfish, chicken fried steak, and the Athens Original Hamburger (Athens claims to have originated the hamburger). The dessert list reads like a family reunion potluck with peach cobbler, pecan pie, and more. The food is Texas grown and the recipes are local as well. Texas beers and wines are served and, of course, Dublin Dr. Pepper. Live Texas music is scheduled, usually with a cover charge. Love and War currently has 2 locations, by Grapevine Mills Mall and on Plano Pkwy. just east of I-75. Another is coming soon in Arlington.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Edible | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rainbow Grill

Continuing with the hamburger theme, check out Sid’s Rainbow Grill on the Carrollton Square near Belt Line and 35E. With DART rail coming to the neighborhood soon more people will discover this place, but they do a brisk business now. (In fact parking can be a challenge.) The menu has other kinds of sandwiches, but the burgers are the best. The jalapeno burger is my favorite because they use just the right kind of peppers (equal parts flavor and heat) and they’re generous with them. Don’t miss the potato chips. House made with a mix of white and sweet potatoes – worth the trip all by themselves. For a summer treat, take the kids to Rainbow for ice cream or a soda. The bar has old-fashioned spinning stools so take the time to enjoy it there. A fun and nostalgic stop; the square is also charming and has several shops and restaurants that are worth a visit.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible, Historic | , , , , | Leave a comment

Goff’s

When I ask people about their favorite Dallas institutions, it’s amazing how many answers involve hamburgers. You can get them on pretty much any corner, but good hamburgers are not so common. Goff’s has been in Dallas since 1950. They only have 2 locations left, but check it out when you’re hungry. The #2 Hickory Smoke Sauce is my favorite since childhood. You can even buy the sauce in a jar and it’s better than any barbecue sauce on the market. Hot dogs, good onion rings, and real milk shakes will satisfy your cravings. Indulge in a fresh fried pie if you have room. Goff’s is located on Hillcrest right across from SMU and also at Preston and LBJ (southwest corner). The Hillcrest location is great if you’re attending a program at SMU. You can arrive early enough to get a parking place, have a good and inexpensive dinner, and go on to your event!

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Historic, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Junkadoodle’s Spring Flea Market

Saturday will be the day to head to Lovers Lane and watch for the balloons!  Junkadoodle is sponsoring their second annual Spring Flea Market and ten other area shops will join in the fun.  Participating shops will be flying balloons.  Look for “Old Furniture, Used Furniture, Assemblage Art, Big Art, Folk Art and lots of Cool Junk. Old Friends, New Friends and great acquaintances” at places like Arteriors Too, Ditto Boutique, Eliza’s Little Shop on Lovers and more!  Get inspired at Pigment School of the Arts, offering classes in drawing, pastel, painting, sculpture and ceramics for all ages.  Check out their summer schedule for the kids!  May 15 from 9:00am to 6:00pm, west of Inwood on West Lovers Lane.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Edible, Lovers Lane | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Eno’s Pizza Tavern

Check out Eno’s Pizza for a drink or a great bite to eat while you’re in Oak Cliff.  I tried their original pizza.  It’s a thin, almost crispy crust and great combination of toppings.  They offer live music on Fridays and first Thursdays.  A large bar and quiet booths make visiting easy, and the service is good.  407 N. Bishop Ave.  (If you can’t get to Oak Cliff, at least pay a visit to their creative website.)

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Bishop Arts District, Edible | , , | Leave a comment

Celebration

My favorite restaurant since high school dates is Celebration Restaurant on Lovers Lane.  Delicious meals are served family-style in a sprawling old house which is still divided into rooms.  It’s easy to talk with your companions as each room has a limited number of tables, some cozy booths, and you’re not in a noisy and cavernous room like many restaurants.  They can also accommodate private party or lunch meeting rooms of various sizes – we held my 5-0 at Celebration with family and friends.  My all-time favorite dish is their pot roast, but I’ve never had anything that wasn’t great.  They start you on a basket of breads.  Try the house-made Thousand Island dressing on your salad.  The desserts sound great by description, but I’ve never had room to order one.  Their wine-pairing suggestions work.  Not the most posh restaurant in town, but definitely the most consistently comfortable and tasty.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Lovers Lane | , , , | Leave a comment