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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A Woman's View of Bikini's Sports Bar

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Courtesy of the restaurants
At some locales they apparently need three whole servers.
In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Tilted Kilt, Twin Peaks and Wild Pitch.

I have not been to one breastaurant™, despite my previous three dispatches. Nope. Not one of those places was an actual breastaurant™. There is only one in America. Just. One. Breastaurant™. And that's Bikini's Sports Bar & Grill: The CEO filed and received a registered trademark on the term in 2013. Maybe I should have mentioned that earlier?

It's a stormy Sunday afternoon and we make the drive through flooding streets and dumb Interstate 35 traffic to the one and only American breastaurant™. It's gonna be so worth it. I'm psyched. In the old "restaurant row" at Northwest Highway and I-35, we dodge rain pellets and go inside. We are at THE breastaurant™! In fact, it seems that we're the only ones at the breastaurant™. Nobody else is here.

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Samson's Hot Dogs "Wants You to Show Them You Weenie" (Sic) (Sick)

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Spelling is for chumps. Hot dogs are for dick jokes.
When you receive a press release that says, in all caps, "SAMSON'S WANTS YOU TO SHOW THEM YOU WEENIE," you simply cannot look away. It's not just the all caps, it's the "YOU WEENIE" part that really interests me. Was it the fear of using the wrong "your" in this piece that drove the artist to avoid it altogether and just go with "you?" Or is it a simple editorial oversight? If it is a simple oversight, what about the misspelling of the word "wiener" in the same art? Maybe we miss the "you"/"your" thing, but you'd think -- as a hot dog place-- we'd spell check for any hot dog euphemisms, especially the one we're using as the name of our contest, right? I dunno. Fuck me. Spelling is stupid.

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A Woman's View of Tilted Kilt

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The bras are pushy. The service is not.
In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks and Wild Pitch.

Here we are in our third week. We've seen some interesting things together. Some tame, some a little vulgar. What did you expect, waitresses braiding each other's hair and talking about knee socks in the girls' room?

Tonight I'm at Tilted Kilt in Frisco with a group of friends to celebrate some birthdays. Let me flash forward a bit. Two hours in, I will find myself in the girls' room. Talking to some waitresses about knee socks. While they braid each other's hair. This place is tame. Innocent. Maybe even ... sweet?

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Why You Should Be Excited That Buc-ee's Might Come to DFW

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Photo by Vivian Nguyen
It's probably surprising to everyone outside of Texas that people here get excited about a convenience store. But Buc-ee's isn't your average convenience store. Sure, other states have their truck stops and plain old gas stations, but Buc-ee's is like an oasis in the middle of otherwise desperately boring Texas highways. You've probably seen the billboards along I-35 in Dallas advertising the New Braunfels location, but only the most dedicated Beaver fans among us are willing to make that trek.

Now North Texas may be getting its own Buc-ee's. Officials in Corinth, just outside Lewisville, are moving forward with a proposal to consider allowing the chain to add a new location along new I-35 development. The decision isn't final yet, but city officials seem keen on having a ninety-six pump gas station in their city, and have offered tax incentives for the proposed new location. According to CBS DFW, Buc-ee's could start building in Corinth as soon as January 2015 if the measure is approved.

If Buc-ee's does end up in Dallas-Fort Worth, it can only mean one thing: access to Buc-ee's delicious and unique snack offerings. Aside from the gas pumps and always-clean stores, there is a dizzying array of Buc-ee's branded snacks to choose from. Here are six of the best.

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