This Spring, Trinity Groves' Restaurants Are Really Blossoming

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Despite cold weather, LUCK and other Trinity Groves restaurants were doing steady business.
Last night the sky above Dallas was draped with thick, dark clouds and the air was cool if not cold. It didn't rain, but it looked like it might at any second. In short, the weather wasn't exactly inspiring for an evening of dinner and drinks, though you'd never know that if you visited Trinity Groves.

At least two nights this week, the majority of the restaurants at the new West Dallas development were packed despite lackluster weather, hinting that the coming warmer weather will cause the place to be absolutely mobbed.

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Off-Site Kitchen In the Trinity Groves Could Open this Fall With Very Extended Hours

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Catherine Downes
Off-Site Kitchen opened in its first tiny home on Irving Boulevard on Valentine's Day in 2012, and only then did we know that Cupid was real and his cute girth was because he loves smashed cheeseburgers. With a renewed belief in angelic archers, we dove into this new relationship fearlessly. Two years later, we still love owner Nick Badovinus' burgers. A lot.

See Also: Proving Off-Site Kitchen Is Amazing with Actual Real (Sort of) Science

Recently while researching the smashed burger science that explains why OSK keeps calling us back, I found myself with an insane need for a stock cheeseburger. But that wasn't happening anytime soon because at the time I couldn't make the lunch-only hours. The pain. I realize love hurts, but cruelty is unnecessary.

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Club Schmitz Is Dead

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So long, farewell, and what a bummer.
The Scoop Blog reported moments ago that Club Schmitz, the beloved Dallas dive bar located on Old Denton Road, will close its doors forever on the last day of May. The news will undoubtedly sadden countless barflies and Dallas-style-burger fanatics.

Of course, news of the closing does not come as a surprise. One month ago today news broke that the neighboring RaceTrac gas station had its eye on the land where Club Schmitz has stood for the past 68 years. At that time the RaceTrac folks were conducting a feasibility study and only planned on making an offer for the land if the numbers came out right. Apparently, the numbers came out right, so it's goodbye dive bar and hello extra parking and gasoline pumps.


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Making Music With Sichuan Peppercorns

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Buzzzzz...
It's been almost three years since I brought a bag of Sichuan peppercorns into the office, and doled them out to an unsuspecting editorial staff. As everyone let the papery husks sit on their tongue they experienced a citrusy electric sensation -- almost a buzzing. "That's disturbing," said one writer, likely because Sichuan peppercorns produce touch perceptions as much as they do taste. It's very unique.

We've known for a long time that compounds called sanshools present in the peppercorns cause the numbing, tingling sensation that electrify the mouth. What's been unknown until recently is how those sanshools work, and NPR has a story about the scientist who discovered just that.

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Stock and Barrel Inches Closer to Late Spring Opening

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I'm obsessed with this series of YouTube videos titled Build It With Bruce. They feature Bruce Russo, whose design company B.Russo Designs is charged with the build out of Jon Steven's anticipated Bishop Arts restaurant Stock and Barrel.

The last time we checked in, Russo was walking us through the process they used to raise the roof a few feet to open up the space. He also mentioned they were saving as much lumber from the old glass building as possible, but he didn't say much about how they'd use it. This latest video shows what they're up to.

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Gemma Serves Some of the Best Desserts and Tea You Can Find

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The pine nut tart with tea service at Gemma.
Photos by Catherine Downes
In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the sixth in an occasional series.

In a few of these Happy Ending columns, I've talked about restaurants whose sweet offerings are so good they are worthy of dessert destination status -- places you'd visit for their confections alone, regardless of whether you've planned on having dinner. Gemma, without a doubt, is worth visiting just for a sugary nightcap. The Henderson Avenue restaurant opened late last year, and if you're interested in learning about the rest of their dinner service you should check out this week's review, but first focus on that pine nut tart pictured above.

See also: Gemma Is Making Beautiful Food, from Sea to Briny Sea

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Bocce the Restaurant to Open in Oak Cliff; Bocce the Sport to Take Over Dallas

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Bocce ball in Klyde Warren Park
I think it was about a year ago that I played some bocce ball in Klyde Warren Park, setting off a wave of nostalgia for what I think is the greatest drinking sport known to man. In another life, in another city, I was involved in a league and regularly drank myself into a stupor while lobbing heavy resin balls at my friends. I wondered why there weren't more bocce happenings here in Dallas. I even briefly toyed with the idea of starting my own league here, before I realized I had absolutely no time to devote to the effort. Little did I know a league was just getting started in Oak Cliff.

Bocce is taking off, not just in leagues but in the restaurants that host the sport. When the Vagabond recently opened its doors, it offered a bocce court out back. Bryan Street Tavern and Outpost host regular league play, and when Stephan Pyles' San Salavaje opens later this year, it will be flanked by a bocce court. If that's not enough, a new restaurant is opening in Oak Cliff very soon, and it's even named after the sport.

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Domino's Fried Chicken Crust + KFC Fried Chicken Corsage = Fried End of World

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Domino's new not-pizza
What a week for omens.

At this point, the only way we'd top the amount of doomy metaphors is if Nostradamus was resurrected onto a 100 tortillas and the tortillas all rolled, upright like tires, to Stonehenge and burst into flame under a gaggle of crows.

Here's a quick snapshot of the past month in The-Ol'-Apocalypse-is-Coming Omens-o-Meter:

1. Blood moon following lunar eclipse
2. A plant from space grew startlingly fast on Earth
3. That last episode of Game of Thrones
4. Tax day
5. KFC's new chicken corsage
6. Domino's new pizza with fried chicken as the crust

All of these things are totally 100 percent scientific and real, and the final two are the subject of today's end-is-nigh concerns. Let's talk about them.


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Cane Rosso White Rock Looks To Incite Hysteria this Tuesday with $1 Pizza Night

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Every now and then Cane Rosso owner Jay Jerrier likes to throw a cog in the wheel. Sometimes by coming out against ranch dressing, other times it's throwing an anniversary party where his certified Neapolitan pizza costs just one little dollar.

There will be crazy. Promise.

Jerrier has done this before. For the past several years he has offered dollar pizza at his original Deep Ellum spot and the lines have snaked down the sidewalk. Expect a similar scene tonight, Tax Man Night, as they celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Cane Rosso White Rock location.

See Also: Cane Rosso Earns Another VPN Certification, Making Texas a Neapolitan Pie Mecca


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Malai Attempts Craft Brewing Alongside Their West Village Asian Cooking

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Craft brewer is the new hipster.
What to get some attention for your restaurant? Try brewing your own beer. Malai Kitchen announced they'd be serving their own house-brewed beer on tap at the restaurant and within two weeks they've gotten a mention in almost every food blog in Dallas. The Huffington Post even checked in on owners Braden and Yasmin Wages, who recently took their cooking to New York City for a special event.

The craft beer movement has been exploding recently, but restaurants for the most part have stayed out of the brew-pub game, electing to purchase any local beer they want to serve from the from craft breweries. The Wages, however, wanted to serve a brew that emulated one of their favorite beverages served in Vietnam, and bia hoi, the light lager brewed with rice, isn't made anywhere in Dallas.

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