Truck Yard Is Hosting a White Trash Christmas Party

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Catherine Downes
They'll hardly have to decorate.
If you think about it, the holidays are at least a little trashy. Unless you grew up in some fancy household where Christmas dinner is actually served on China and you're expected to wear non-stretchy pants, you're probably going to be spending the time leading up to December 25 fighting with your relatives and eating lots of things covered in Velveeta cheese. What could be more white trash than that?

Maybe you'll find a trashier scene than your Aunt Betty's trailer at Truck Yard's first-annual White Trash Christmas Party. Hosted at everyone's favorite "adult playground" on December 13, the party will include all of the essential elements of a white trash Christmas, most notably lots and lots of booze.

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

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Not this kind of tea party.
Unleash your inner Dowager Countess of Grantham at The Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is hosting a special three-course holiday tea every day from now through January 4. Guests will enjoy a first course of roasted chestnut soup with cheese wafer, a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a dessert course. To attend the tea, you must be 13 years or older (because nothing spoils a good tea like a small child.) Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511.

What it be: Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum

When it do: Now through January 4 - tea times are twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where dat is: Restaurant DeGolyer (in the Aboretum) 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas

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Peticolas and Other Craft Brewers Are Suing Texas Over Distribution Laws

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Mark Graham
Is the state of Texas standing in the way of craft breweries? Michael Peticolas thinks so.
The craft brewery explosion across the country is the unlikeliest of events, especially in Texas. Ten years ago, no one would have thought that the entire state of Texas -- least of all Dallas-Fort Worth -- would be home to some of the country's finest craft brewers, but here we are. Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature decided to strangle the growth of these up-and-coming small businesses with a provision in SB 639, known as the "Sale Restriction."

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission governs the sale of booze in Texas with a pretty complicated set of laws, defined as the "three-tier" system. In this system, businesses that are involved in the production of beer are divided into three tiers: brewers, distributors and retailers. State law further stipulates that these three types of entities are legally required to remain separate.

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My Worst Food Photos of 2014

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Ever wonder what was inside those tiny tacos you can buy at 7-Eleven for 25 cents each? Now you know.
It's that time again. Every year since taking this gig, I've engaged in the self-effacing act of examining my photography skills over the previous 12 months. This is of note because I am one of the worst food photographers that has ever graced media digital or otherwise, ever.

In my defense, I do my best to dine in restaurants anonymously, so pulling out an SLR with a wide angle lens and lighting would most likely blow my cover. I'm working with an iPhone here, and I'm working fast.

Still, there is no excuse for some of these atrocities you're about to witness, so I'll stop making them. Here are the worst food photos of 2014.

See also: My Worst Dallas Food Photos of 2013


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Dallas City Hall Cracks Down on Monkey King's Roof Deck, Which Has Been Open Over a Year

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Catherine Downes
Seriously, getting up those stairs with a tray like this one required some steady hands -- and some balls.
The Monkey King's Andrew Chen must have been beyond confused when the fire marshal showed up on Friday night to conduct a safety inspection. Inspection officials typically work something closer to a 9 to 5, he thought, and suddenly this one was handing him a notice stating his roof deck was to be shut down immediately. To make sure customers didn't continue to use the structure, the furniture was to be dismantled as well.

The fire marshal was right; the spiral staircase that leads to the roof deck might as well be a stairway to heaven, provided the stairwell user confesses regularly. It's two inches narrower than the minimum width mandated by city code, and it's so steep it feels precarious, especially when you're holding a tray filled with noodles and dumplings.

See also: All Hail The Monkey King

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Stephan Pyles Is Planning an Asian Restaurant for Downtown, a Road He's Been Down Before

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Chef Stephan Pyles, the king of Downtown Dallas
If you thought celebrated Dallas chef Stephan Pyles was losing his touch after over two decades of success, he blew your mind with the opening of his popular and critically praised South American restaurant San Salvaje. Now, Pyles looks to the other hemisphere of the planet for inspiration for his next restaurant.

Last week, SideDish reported something we heard awhile back: that Pyles was planning his new restaurant in the Dallas Arts District's Crow Collection of Asian Art. According to SideDish, the yet-unnamed spot, Pyles' fourth Downtown, will open in the museum's Snuff Bottle Court.

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The Design District's Food and Drink Scene Is Going to Boom in 2015

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Scott Reitz
A spicy burger from Rodeo Goat: coming to a Design District near you.
Last week, Richard and Tiffanee Ellman and John Paul Valverde, the folks behind Apheleia Restaurant Group (Pakpao, Oak), announced they were going for a threefer with El Bolero, a Mexican restaurant to be helmed by Hugo Galvan.

The announcement is the latest in a string of releases about planned restaurants in the Design District, a neighborhood that's only gaining momentum. In fact, I'm hearing about Design District openings more than I am the ultimate proving ground for restaurant development, Trinity Groves.

Look at all these places.

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A First Look at Fresh Market, a New Grocery Store for East Dallas Foodies (and Stoners!)

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Fresh Market opened recently in East Dallas, confusing new customers with strange weird cart/basket contraptions, and wowing them with fresh flowers and lots of candy. Customers could be heard all over the store, asking questions like "where was this sausage made," and "what ingredients are in that freshly baked cupcake?"

It's a beautiful store. Most of the shelving is kept low, giving the space an open feeling. While I walked through (nibbling samples of pound cake, Gruyere cheese, tiramisu, glazed lamb and more) the sound system filled the aisles with a fanfare of trumpets. All the products on shelves were neatly faced and the employees were eager to help. It was pleasant.

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Lower Greenville's Makeover Continues With 504, an Upscale Bar and Grill From Dodie's

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Dodie's food, but fancier.
Finding good Cajun food in Dallas isn't exactly easy, but Charlie McGuinness and the folks behind Greenville Avenue institution Dodie's have always been known for serving reliably solid Cajun dishes, especially those of the deep-fried variety. Now, though, McGuinness has set his sights on a more upscale clientele with his forthcoming sports bar, 504 Bar and Grill.

Named for the area code that covers much of New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana, 504 Bar and Grill will take over the space formerly occupied by New Big Wong, just a few doors down from the original Dodie's. Both spaces sit on a prime piece of real estate. As McGuinness told CultureMap, the spot is one of the only restaurants on Greenville Avenue that has a dedicated parking lot.

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"Nobody Is Willing to Nut Up": The Effort to Shun Leslie Brenner Is Failing

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Catherine Downes
Have a look at the three star digs at Proof + Pantry.
We told you yesterday about the latest chapter in the Dallas restaurant scene's epic struggle against Evil Critic Leslie Brenner: An organized effort, first reported by The Washington Post, to thwart The Dallas Morning News' critic by banding together to refuse to accept her money, boxing her into an ethical corner.

Leading the charge is restaurateur Michael Martensen. While tension has been building between the two for years, the struggle reached a tipping point back in November, when the Proof + Pantry owner refused Brenner's payment for edibles rendered. Martensen hoped his move would stymie her review efforts in protest of the paper's star system, since critics aren't permitted to accept freebies.

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