Old Chicago Is Bringing Beer and Gut-Busting Pies to Mockingbird Station

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One pizza, two decks, all the 'roni.
I'm sure you've had that experience: You're looking at someone's face and thinking, "I know I've seen this guy before," but his name eludes you. I just had the same thing happen to me while I was looking at the logo for a restaurant. An Old Chicago is moving into Mockingbird Station, and while I was looking at pictures of pizza and pepperoni bread knots I kept having this weird sensation of gut-bomb déjà vu.

Ah, that Old Chicago. It's all coming back to me now.

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Morning News Critic Leslie Brenner Dressed Like a Mummy to Sneak into Proof + Pantry

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This person reviewed a restaurant while dressed up like a mummy.
The saga is finally over. After the owners of Proof + Pantry refused to allow The Dallas Morning News' food critic to pay for a meal that she was planning on reviewing, Leslie Brenner has finally published her thoughts on the One Arts Plaza restaurant and dropped a cute little bombshell in the process.

After Brenner's controversial initial visit to Proof + Pantry, she had to dine at the restaurant at least one more time in order to meet the News' requirements for food reviews. Knowing that Martensen and Jafar would try to comp her again, Brenner dressed up in costume and visited the restaurant with a group of guests on Halloween night.

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Eight Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, November 14-16

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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, these all-you-can-eat pancakes sure are tasty. But you know what would make them even better? A cash bar, art by over 50 emerging artists and live body painting demonstrations." Yeah, I didn't think so. But some weirdo genius did, and they turned that thought into reality. The Pancake & Booze Art Show is billed as "Dallas largest underground art show." We haven't checked the figures on that claim, but we're pretty sure it's the biggest underground art show that predominately features breakfast food. Event is 21 and over only - $5 cover at the door.

What it be: Pancake & Booze Art Show

When it do: Friday, Nov. 14 8:00 p.m. - Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 a.m.

Where dat is: The Quixotic World Theatre House 2824 Main St Dallas, TX 75226


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Jack Perkins' Slow Bone Will Serve a Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving

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Catherine Downes
The Slow Bone's Jack Perkins.
Jack Perkins may have a reputation as the occasionally confrontational curmudgeon of the Dallas food scene, but there's no disputing that the owner of The Slow Bone and Maple & Motor has a heart two sizes too big and yet-unclogged from all that red meat. Along with the many charity events that Perkins participates in, including this weekend's Meat Fight, he's also announced plans to serve a free Thanksgiving dinner to people who are in need of a place to spend the holiday.

Yesterday, Perkins announced that his much-lauded barbecue joint The Slow Bone would offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal to people who visit the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Though The Slow Bone notes that the idea is to provide dinner to families in financial need, all are welcome to enjoy what will likely be a delicious turkey or ham and all the usual sides and fixins.

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Now John Tesar Is Dry-Aging Foie Gras

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Catherine Downes
If you've been to Knife, the much-loved steakhouse from chef John Tesar, you know Tesar is really interested in serving diners his kitchen's old meat. That doesn't mean he's dragging out whatever steaks have been languishing in the walk-in. Tesar's restaurant is equipped with a state-of-the-art dry-aging room that's used to age the restaurant's grass-fed steaks, and Tesar has found a way to add one of everybody's favorite rich, French ingredients into the mix.

Dry-aged foie gras isn't something you'd find in an old-school French cookbook, but Tesar imagines that it's much like a classic torchon. A foie gras torchon is made by rubbing the fattened duck liver with sugar and salt, rolling into a charcuterie-style log, and allowing it to cure for a few days in the walk-in refrigerator. Tesar's got the technique down -- he has a similar foie gras component on the menu at Spoon -- but he's curious about how age will impact the flavor and texture of the rich and fatty foie gras.

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Murray Street Coffee, a Deep Ellum Staple, Was Saved by its Customers, but for How Long?

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And you can keep on tipping.
Last week, Doug and Liz Davis posted a message to their Facebook feed. Their landlord had come to collect on debts the Davises had owed for years, and the time line was short. If the Davises didn't write up a check for more than $10,000, their beloved coffee shop, Murray Street Coffee, would be permanently shuttered the following Monday.

The post pleaded to longtime customers and anyone willing to listen, and set out to raise the funds through donations. There was a Tilt campaign set up by friends and customers could purchase of gift cards for coffee. It only took three days and they hit their goal -- Murray Street will live. But what lies ahead for the small Deep Ellum Coffee shop recently delivered from financial woes?

See also: Murray Street Coffee Could Close if the Owners Can't Raise $10,000

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An Ode to Sul Lung Tang, Pho's Unsung Cousin

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It's a bit like ramen broth, and just as delicious in its own way.
With the coming cold weather, it's time to get serious about winter warmers. Soups, stews, braises -- basically anything meaty and preferably scalding hot. We've covered pho a decent amount here on CoA, and everyone with a blogging platform has beaten ramen to death, so it seems like a good time to take a look at the Korean ox bone soup called Sul Lung Tang.

The Cheap Bastard visited La Hanbat a few years ago, and while I agree with her assessment that sul lung tang is delicious, I disagree that it's not photogenic. You don't have to get your bowl filled with intestines and tongues; there are other versions with flank and brisket that are more appropriate for the timid. Just don't let Alice's use of the phrase "junk juice" deter you from a great bowl of soup.

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Murray Street Coffee Could Close if the Owners Can't Raise $10,000

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No. Seriously.

It's 9 a.m. on a Friday and the energy at Murray Street Coffee is a little more buzzy than usual, and the nervous energy has nothing to do with caffeine. Earlier this week, landlords for the space delivered a letter informing owners Elizabeth and Doug Davis that they were behind on their rent and fees in the amount of $10,000. To further stoke the urgency, the balance was due in full by the end of the day that Saturday.

The debt -- a mixture of water bills, insurance premiums and taxes -- had slowly accrued over the last four to five years, according to Elizabeth. "I knew I owed them money," she said. She just never thought her landlords would try to collect it all in one day.


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Skip The Gross Turkey This Year And Let Pecan Lodge Smoke Your Thanksgiving Dinner

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Robert Strickland
Want your turkey smoked in this?

In theory, Thanksgiving is the time of the year when you get together with your family to be grateful, watch football, and eat yourself into a coma. Unfortunately, though, this holiday often ends up being more about listening to your racist Aunt Edna rant about ebola and Obama, and worse, eating Grandma's desert-dry stuffing and those weird sweet potatoes with the marshmallows on top.


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Dentists Offer To Buy Back Candy From Holiday Gluttons

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This is just awful for you
Just looking at this bowl of Halloween candy has my stomach in knots. There was a time when I could be found traipsing around my neighborhood collecting candy like a pro. Screw that lame plastic pumpkin pail, I rolled with a pillow case over my shoulder and I was out to collect as much of the stuff as I could. I remember coming home, upending the bag and sorting out the premium sweets from the garbage, eating every other piece as I went. Now I'd have a hard time making it through a king-sized candy bar.

The reality was I didn't need any of that candy back then, and surplus bounties are surely plaguing American families everywhere now. Now five days after Halloween night, kids might be through their Baby Ruth bars and peanut butter cups, but there's surely still a lot of sugary excess laying abound.

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