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Jimmy’s Italian Market

Jimmy'sHumbly billed as “Jimmy’s Food Store,” find a little bit of Italy right here in Dallas. As soon as you step in the door, the aromas begin to tell the story. This tiny grocery is dedicated to all things Italian, representing all the regions of the country. Take out sandwiches are served and they have a few tables, but don’t stop there. The shelves are lined with pastas, sauces, dressings, specialty home-style canned goods, and much more. The cheese and meat counters have waiting lines at all times. The freezer case is filled with unusual ice creams and cookie doughs and other items you can’t find anywhere else. Jimmy’s also has an extensive selection of wines, all from Italy, of course. Located right at the corner of Bryan and Fitzhugh in Dallas.

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December 10, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Edible | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Healthy Me

This cafe had a slow start, but it’s turned into a nice place for a bite to eat. The first time I went, it was just a market for take-out and they held classes, and you felt like if you weren’t already a member of the club, you didn’t belong. So I didn’t go back for a while. But my daughter worked nearby and picked up lunches there as they expanded their menu and she loved the food. So I recently braved Healthy Me again and found the market has been converted to a charming cafe with great menu selections, comfortable booths, and fun local art on the walls. The food is healthy and actually tasty and satisfying; you can eat in or take it home or to the office carefully packed for later. I understand they even deliver school lunches to participating schools and would love to see a review of how that works. My mother and I split a salad and a sandwich and it was yummy. With takeout cases and some gift items, Healthy Me Cafe has evolved into a very friendly place! 240 N. Denton Tap Road in Coppell.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible | , , , , , , , | 1 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

Record Grill

I’ve had a lot of suggestions of fine restaurants to write up lately. I hope to get to them soon. Not much time nor cash for scoping them out at the moment. SO today I shall feature Record Grill downtown. We’ll get to the fine dining another day… Record Grill is located right across from the little old cabin downtown. It’s the funny bright blue building sort of stuck on the side of another building. If you’re visiting the 6th Floor Museum area or the Old Red Museum or serving jury duty in the neighborhood, stop in for a good, inexpensive hamburger, plate special of the day, or quick breakfast. It’s just plain good food for not much money in this tiny, slightly out-of-place location on Elm at Record Street.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Edible | , , , | 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

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

Wild About Harry’s

The line is often out the door at Wild About Harry’s at 3113 Knox Street in Dallas.  You’ll know it by the giant hot dog outside the door.  An entire menu of hot dogs, many named for cities and states, and ice cream (family recipe custard) and shakes (try a “concrete” mixture of custard and toppings) – what more could you need?  They have espresso too, but I haven’t tried it.also at Wild About Harry's

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Knox Henderson | , , , | 3 Comments