Grocery Stores Consider the Groceraunt

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Move over grocery store bar. We're hungry.
If you've been enjoying the bar at your local Whole Foods, you might be interested to know that it could be getting bigger. In a move to diversify their offerings, some grocery stores have been enticing customers to linger a while before they buy their milk and cereal. The move has been working, and now stores are looking to grow the concept, taking things as far as offering full-blown restaurants.

The push to diversify is aimed to counter a long-term shrinking of market share for grocery businesses as other businesses add food sales in their own an attempts to diversify. Smaller boutique markets, convenience stores, farmers markets and other stores have all been chipping away at grocery store sales, and Target recently announced they'll be expanding their own grocery sales, too. The changing topography has traditional grocery stores scrambling.

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Malai's Braden and Yasmin Wages to Open Second Location

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Scott Reitz
More chicken wings for everyone.
As if we needed any conformation that Malai's Braden and Yasmin Wages were doing well with their Asian restaurant, the couple announced recently that they would be opening a second. Southlake residents are about to enjoy the culinary success the couple has been building for around four years now.

This is great for Southlake. They'll soon get to enjoy one of the better happy hours available in Dallas, and some of the best chicken wings that have ever been served here. They'll also get to enjoy Braden's house-brewed beer. Actually all of us will get to enjoy more of Braden's brews.

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Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 9-12

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Long gone are the days when food trucks meant anonymous white vans and mystery burritos. Nowadays, food trucks are stalked with the aid of social media, with devotees willing to pay handsomely for dishes prepared on four wheels. This Thursday, Denton will be inundated by the likes of The Waffle Wagon and The Pickled Carrot during their annual food truck fest. The trucks will occupy three venues -- East Side Denton, Oak St. Drafthouse and Austin St. Truck Stop -- in order to maximize the street to food truck ratio.

What it be: Denton's Annual Food Truck Fest

When it do: Thursday, April 9 from 3-11 p.m.

Where dat is: Multiple locations

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Teddy's Bigger Burgers Says Aloha to DFW

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Teddy's Bigger Burgers

The second I saw Teddy's Bigger Burger was coming to Dallas, the movie Pulp Fiction popped into my head for obvious reasons. Yes, Samuel L Jackson was munching on Brad's Big Kahuna Burger (Mmmmmmm! This is a tasty burger!), but both burger places have a Hawaiian slant, even if one is completely fictitious.

Teddy's Bigger Burger brands itself as a bigger burger maker instead of a better one. Hopdoddy, Grub and other burger purveyors riding the current better burger wave have been hanging their hats on custom blends of meat ground right on site. Teddy's offers a custom blend of beef ground from 100 percent steer parts -- their website promises "no bull."

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The 5 Best Places to Get a Sausage in Dallas When You Can't Get to the Ballpark

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Scott Reitz
Hot dogs always taste better at the stadium
Baseball season is upon us, which means you have 81 chances to eat as many of those foil-wrapped gut bombs as you can. Whether you take yours with mustard, ketchup (shudder), onions or jalapeños, hot dogs are iconic American summer fare.

The only problem is getting to the stadium. Drive without the proper designee and you risk a DUI in Arlington on your way home at night. And then there's parking. Uber is a possibility, but you could likely afford box seats with what you'll spend on surge pricing. Maybe you're better off exploring other hot dog alternatives.

Here are some of our favorites.

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Herman Marshall Rye Wins Gold as Texas' Craft-Booze Industry Booms

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Scott Reitz
Herman Marshall, award-winning and all of the delicious.
Dallas' craft beer scene has been exploding for a few years, but less talked about are the locally crafted spirits that are also cropping up in our drinking scene. Duckworth Distillery is winning awards for their super-smooth vodkas, and local whiskey distillery Herman Marshall recently took home a prestigious gold medal at the American Distilling Institute's annual Craft Spirits Competition hosted in Louisville, Kentucky.

You've probably seen Herman Marshall Rye, distilled in Garland, on more and more menus lately, and for good reason. It's a smooth-drinking rye that even the whiskey-averse can enjoy mixed into an Old Fashioned or straight up after a long day. Now, as more and more distributors and drinkers start to take notice, Herman Marshall Whiskey has plans to start taking over Texas and beyond with their locally made booze.

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Where Cafe Momentum Chef Eric Shelton Dines Out in Dallas

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Catherine Downes
20 Feet, home of bangin' ass mussels. And ramen.
Most chefs will lie to you and tell you that they never go out to dinner. Maybe they're telling the truth, and they really do spend too much time cooking for other people to go out to dinner from time to time. When they do, they're always at some fancy-ass restaurant that you can't afford, probably because their chef friends hook them up with free food. It's an unfair fact of life, but there have to be some benefits to spending twelve hours in a kitchen every day with a bunch of sweaty dudes and meat.

For Chef Eric Shelton, getting out doesn't happen that often, and he definitely isn't going to Taco Bell. When he does dine out, he heads to these five Dallas establishments, all of which are (mostly) affordable.

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 3-5

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Rather than show up to your family's Easter Sunday shindig with the same old hot cross buns, why not bring some cookies, chocolates or other goodies you picked up The Bake Sale? The Bake Sale is a collaborative effort between Lily Hanson, of Hotel Zaza, Bolsa and Urbano Café fame, and Skye McDaniel, formerly of Village Baking Co. and currently at Murray Street Coffee Shop. These two will have a host of scratch made, sweet treats that you can either eat-in or takeaway.

What it be: The Bake Sale

When it do: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where dat is: 1410 North Fitzhugh Ave. (by Jimmy's and Urbano Cafe)

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Old-School Sevy's Grill Hired Up-and-Coming Chef Nick Amoriello, and We're Intrigued

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Nick Amoriello...at Sevy's? HUH?
Occasionally, a weird, almost unbelievable piece of food news crosses our desk at this here food blog. Usually, it involves John Tesar. This time, though, it involves an old-school steakhouse in North Dallas and a flashy young chef making a name for himself in Uptown. Usually these twain shall never meet (meat?), but now that Chef Nick Amoriello is making his way to the kitchen at Sevy's Grill, we're not exactly sure which direction is up anymore.

SideDish first reported the news of Amoriello's move to Sevy's, and we had to check our calendars to make sure that it wasn't already April Fools Day. My first thought was "THAT Sevy's?" The very same Sevy's that unironically serves an iceberg wedge salad with bleu cheese and bacon and fried calamari? Sure enough, we were not being pranked. This is actually happening.

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CBD Provisions Has a New Chef

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Catherine Downes
Now, a new guy will be putting this pig face on your place. Or at least telling a guy to do it.
In Dallas, it seems like we're always playing a really long game of musical chairs when it comes to the chefs that staff the restaurants. There are a few who settle into roles and stay there a while, but mostly, they're hopping from restaurant to restaurant in search of their culinary holy grail. That may not be a great thing for our city's restaurant scene, but it does make for some interesting food news.

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