Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, September 11-14

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Dallas Observer's Brewfest moves to the Farmers Market this year. Don't worry: We're bringing the beer with us.
We hear you, DFW. No more screaming, "WHAT'S HAPPENING? AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING HAPPENING, ARE THERE CHILDRENS' TICKETS?" into the void.

Starting this week, and every week forever after, we present you with a down-and-dirty schedule of food and drink-related events. You can always find more events at dallasobserver.com/calendar.

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Dallas Has Another New Farmers Market, and It's Got Promise

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Get ready for more of those cold-weather greens ... soon?
It might be hard to envision it today, but eventually cooler weather will descend upon the DFW area. When it does, local farmers markets will start to offer cool-season crops. This makes it good timing for the start of the new Vickery Meadow Local Market, which will have its inaugural market Sunday, September 21, outside Half Price Books on Northwest Highway.

There have been a number of smaller markets that have opened in the Dallas area recently, most notably the Little D Farmers Market, which opened in Trinity Groves back in June. Little D was one of the first markets in Dallas to open on Sunday, but it's relatively small compared to other markets, including the Dallas Farmers Market downtown.

See Also: The Little D Farmers Market Is Bringing Fresh Produce and Sunday Charm to West Dallas

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Observer Critic Scott Reitz Blows the Cost of a Loaded Honda CR-V at the Lakewood Landing

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Sara Kerens
You've never experienced a dive bar with this much excess.
Figure out how to blow $30,000 at a dive bar: That was the direction of my editor, as he instant-messaged me a link to Leslie Brenner's recent story in FD Luxe, headlined, "Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner blows the cost of a small Mercedes on the most expensive meal in Dallas."

"If FD Luxe can Goddamn afford it we can Goddamn afford it," my editor G-howled. I thought that was weird, since he'd recently sold my cubicle for scraps, but I Goddamn went for it.

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A Woman's View of Hooters

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The debutantes of the brestaurant world.
In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, Bikini's, Wild Pitch and, most recently, Redneck Heaven.

How can you do this series without a visit to Hooters? You can't. I won't. I didn't.

I don't care if you're bored by Hooters. Hooters girls still wear pantyhose. And after some of my experiences in recent weeks, this gives me peace, as I can enjoy my meal tonight with no few worries about hygiene.

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First Look at Proof + Pantry, the New Dallas Restaurant by Cocktail Wiz Michael Martensen

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Photos by Catherine Downes
Proof + Pantry, located in One Arts Plaza, in the space that once housed The Greek and before that The Commissary, is now open. The highly anticipated restaurant is the product of Michael Martensen, the barman previously behind The Cedars Social and Smyth, and his business partner Driftwood co-founder Sal Jafar II.

The food menu is limited, with dishes divided into four sections. "Bulk" offers family-style share plates, including a whole chicken with salsify (a root vegetable in the dandelion family), asparagus and mushrooms ($44). "Soil" is filled with vegetarian dishes like melon soup ($12), cauliflower with soft cheese and black truffles ($16) and heirloom tomato salad ($14). "By Land" offers bone marrow ($19) and a day-old duck egg with lamb belly and frisee ($16). And the final section, "By Sea," offers seafood. There's a shrimp cocktail with lemon gel and horseradish ($24), raclette tart with smoked salmon roe, honey creme fraiche and green onions ($16) and snapper crudo ($17).

See also: An Interview with Michael Martensen

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Urban Acres Has a New Chef, Some Killer Sandwiches, and Oh Those Cookies

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Urban Acre's Fig and Pig
Looking at the new menu at Urban Acres, it's hard not to scratch your head about a $12 deli sandwich. A lot is expected of any lunch that crosses the $10 mark, especially considering how much food you can get for $1.99 at most fast food places. But a closer look at the "Fig and Pig" served at Urban Acres and it's not hard to argue that it's a pretty decent value.

The pork is the same stuff Urban Acres sells to customers who come seeking responsible sourcing. The bread is baked locally, too, and it's pretty damn good. Factor in that sizable bowl of green bean salad on the side and you might think that Urban Acres is giving away the food. The tomatoes in that bowl were the nicest that have been served to me in a restaurant all year, and the green beans were fresh and snappy.

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A Woman's View of Redneck Heaven

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Redneck Heaven: It's ... something.
In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, Bikini's and Wild Pitch.

Redneck Heaven was solely responsible, in July of 2013, for changing the nudity laws in Lewisville, when it decided to have its waitresses prance around the parking lot in just pasties and body paint.

Flash forward: I round up some brave girlfriends to come along with me to see what's going on inside "the place that changed Lewisville naked stuff when it comes to food ... forever."

Friend 1: "Oh God, there's a bikini car wash out front."

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Vandals Tipped, Busted and Stole from Pecan Lodge's Iconic Cow Last Night

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Not cool
Terrible news in Deep Ellum, at the newly minted Pecan Lodge. Last night, a few youngsters thought they'd take up some bovine gymnastics before their antics quickly turned into a game of urban cow tipping. What may have initially been a harmless stunt became an act of vandalism, and now Huevos the bull needs to be put down.

Owner Justin Fourton says one of his morning employees was first to discover the damage. Fourton then examined the security tape and reconstructed the crime. Apparently the youngsters were walking along the fence that frames the patio, and one sneaked under the fence and mounted the bull. It was over in a matter of seconds.

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Whataburger Is Now Offering More of its Condiments for Squirting at Home

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Your refrigerator door can be complete now.
I half wanted to keep the news from you, if only for purposes of public protection. But when Whataburger announced a spicy ketchup contest, readers responded in resounding fashion. When the same condiment joined regular ketchup alongside mustard on Central Market and HEB shelves, readers freaked out about it. So the following news is obviously important to you. It's my duty to report.

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McDonald's is "Testing" Chorizo Burritos in Dallas. Spoiler Alert: They're Really Bad

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Nick Rallo
McDonald's is testing new Morning Heartburn Sticks in Dallas
The Dallas food map is studded with breakfast taco-burritos that will blow the socks clean off your feet. Some of them come with jalapeno ranch. Good 2 Go in White Rock has big hangar steak and egg tacos that will you make you cry hollandaise tears. They're good, cheap, and they can bust a hangover apart like a pinata.


See also
: Dallas Five Best Breakfast Tacos

To get in the breakfast taco game, McDonald's is testing chorizo breakfast sort-of burritos at Dallas-area McD's. The ad at the drive-thru window showed two chorizo burritos, just hanging out near some rope and horeshoes because that's what we do here in Texas. They come two for three bucks, and each one is about the size of tube of toothpaste.


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