In Oak Cliff, the Original and Humble El Padrino Lives on

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The tacos live on.
Taking a bite from a Cuban sandwich at ¡C. Señor!, it's easy to understand why the chatter about El Padrino had faded into the background. The crunch of pickles and the bite of mustard waking up fatty roasted pork and cheese requires one's full attention. And then there are those perfectly crisp yucca fries with spicy ketchup, and that ropa vieja with onions and Swiss cheese... Wait a minute, what was the name of that other restaurant?

El Padrino No. 2 served up tacos and tortas in this Bishop Arts locale for years before they were displaced, eventually by ¡C. Señor!, a new Cuban-inspired spot from the owners of Hattie's. But it wasn't El only Padrino.

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The Remedy Is Taking Shape on Greenville, with Two Star Chefs and Serious Soda

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Kevin Marple
The lead chefs at The Remedy.
Back in March, we learned that The Grape's Danyele McPherson had been tapped to open a new restaurant on Greenville Avenue. We knew the new spot, dubbed The Remedy, was coming from the same folks that brought HG Sply Co. to Lower Greenville, and we knew it would be modeled after an old-school soda fountain. But that's about all we knew when we talked to McPherson back in March.

Plans are coming together now, though, including an opening planned for before the end of the year and some clarifications to that soda fountain model. You know the 50s joints with the checkered floors, red vinyl seating, paper hats, Buddy Holly on the jukebox, and plenty of chrome? "That's exactly what we're not," McPherson says, when asked how the restaurant is shaping up.

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If You're a Woman Waiting Tables in Dallas You're Probably Getting Sexually Harassed

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Mark Graham
"It's an infinite loop of pressure to tolerate whatever bullshit so that you can make money," says author and former Dallas server Merritt Tierce.
Like any other job, being a server comes with its share of shittiness. Working all day on your feet is exhausting, patrons can be dicks, and you have to work really, really hard to earl that $2.13 an hour plus tips.

And on top of all of the usual stresses, a new report shows, women who wait tables in restaurants also have to deal with a significant amount of sexual harassment -- especially if their income is mostly tip-based. It's a problem Dallas servers say is plenty prevalent in area restaurants.

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

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Phoenix New Times
Thursday evenings are good for doing life stuff -- washing the car, balancing the check book, the sort of activities that lend themselves to the steady drumbeat of functional adulthood.

This Thursday, though, why not forgo those things in lieu of eating many foods and drinking much beer? Grace will pair five Revolver beers with five courses, including Thai style curried catfish with Sidewinder, house made guinea fowl wurst with High Brass and Blood and Honey with carrot cake. The cost is $85 per person (tip not included, unless you're Leslie Brenner.)

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Dearest Leslie Brenner: Here's How to Make Friends with Proof & Pantry

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Alice Laussade
I think you look like this, probably. Let's be friends.
Hey Leslie Brenner!

I don't know you. I'm Alice. I don't know what you look like, but lots of chefs in town tell me they know what you look like, and that you're never truly dining secretly in their restaurants. I imagine that you look like the above illustration that took me one hour to draw. You're smiley and pretty and fun. That's what I bet. We'd probably be good friends -- you bitching about servers, me saying, "Oh, Leslie."

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CBD Provisions Is Making Pretzels with Lye, and You're Going to Want One

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Oktoberfest the CBD way.
At the start of October, CBD Provisions announced it would offer the first version of what they say will become a monthly special. Every day from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m., you can slap $12 down on the bar and receive a Lakewood Till and Toil and a chubby weisswurst sausage, served with freshly made mustard and pretzels that are made with lye.

Yep: Lye.

If you've ever made soap, the thought of consuming lye might not seem appetizing. It's used to clean ovens and open unclogged drains, and it can cause chemical burns, permanent injuries, scarring and blindness. Thankfully for pretzel fans, though, lye's arch nemesis is the heat of an oven.

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If Proof + Pantry Really Wanted to Avoid a Morning News Review, its Plan Backfired

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Who could say anything bad about a plate of pasta like this?
Like everyone else in town, we've told you already about Leslie Brenner's recent visit to Proof + Pantry. The dining critic at the Dallas Morning News visited the restaurant last Thursday in preparation for a review, and the meal went as most meals do until owner Michael Martensen raised a stink rivaling the sulfurous odor of an over-boiled egg.

Martensen presented a check for $446, comped in its entirety, apparently under the assumption that refusing Brenner's payment would negate the paper's ability to print the review.

Nope.

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Proof + Pantry Refused to Take Leslie Brenner's Money, Really Doesn't Want to Be Reviewed

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Catherine Downes
The scene of last week's VERY DRAMATIC showdown.
Leslie Brenner, the Dallas Morning News' food critic, isn't the most popular journalist in town. In the past few months, she's taken fire from chefs and diners alike who say Brenner doesn't understand Dallas or its cuisine. Most famously, Knife and Spoon chef John Tesar joined the chorus of Brenner haters earlier this summer, when he tweeted "fuck you" at the critic and said he would ban her from his restaurants.

See also: Chef John Tesar Told the Dallas Morning News' Food Critic "Fuck You," and Life Is Good

Now, more prominent restaurateurs are joining the fray. Late Friday, D Magazine's own critic, Nancy Nichols, published a dramatic account of an encounter between Brenner and Michael Martensen, owner of One Arts Plaza newcomer Proof + Pantry. In the food world, there are few things more dramatic than an in-restaurant showdown between a food critic and a restaurateur. (In the real world, these people are considered extremely weird.)

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Chef Blythe Beck Started Cooking Her "Swanky Southern" Food Last Night at Kitchen LTO

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via Kitchen LTO
Look at this fucking waffle.
If it seems like we're always talking about Kitchen LTO, the Trinity groves "permanent pop-up" restaurant, it's because it's hard to ignore a restaurant that completely changes the concept every four months. Some chefs' short-lived tenures are more exciting than others, but no one's start have been as exciting as the concept's most recent winner, Blythe Beck, who debuted her menu at LTO last night.

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The New Dallas Farmers Market Is Getting Some Promising New Restaurants

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via Dallas Farmers Market
It's a market? It's a shed? It's a bunch of new restaurants, actually.
In the process of revamping the formerly-meh Dallas Farmers Market into something that at least marginally represents local growers, the private operators who bought the Market from the City of Dallas have made some serious changes, like kicking the parking spaces out of the produce sheds and tightening rules on vendors. For the most part, it seems as if the changes have worked, and a brighter, revitalized Dallas Farmers Market is slowly becoming a reality.

As part of this continued growth, DF Market LLC plans to add five brand new "anchor" restaurants to its offerings in a building called "The Market," formerly known as Shed 2 and, perhaps more memorably, the former home of Pecan Lodge. In addition to these concepts, restaurateur Shannon Wynne's Mudhen, a chef-driven, light-fare restaurant is scheduled to open at the Market in Spring of 2015.

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