100 Favorite Dishes, No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions

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Catherine Downes
The crispy pig's face is a must order at CBD Provisions, provided you have enough friends to help you finish it.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

A handful of plates leaving the kitchen at CBD Provisions will turn the heads of diners, but none as much as this crispy head on a plank of wood. It's hard not to notice, with that gnarled ear jutting outward, that crunchy nose curling upward and oh my God is that a tooth?

Scraping the face off an animal will quickly remind you that meat requires certain sacrifices, but just beneath that crispy skin are glistening lumps of meat that will remind you that yes, this is in fact food: absolutely delicious pork carnitas that will rival the best carnicerias in Dallas.

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In Most Addison Move Ever, TGI Friday's to Open Across the Street from TGI Friday's

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The two sides of TGI Friday's. Stripy, and squares and triangles and stuff. New concept? Perhaps.
Look, when it comes to a much-mocked place like Addison, you don't always want to deal in stereotypes. But sometimes these jokes write themselves.

In what is presumably an attempt to catch people who accidentally drove past the first Addison TGI Friday's, a second one is opening a block away. Crucially, this one will be on the north side of Belt Line, rather than south. Here are some photos we stumbled on of the supposed renovation work of the former Champps location.

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A Guide to Drinking (OK, and Eating) in Uptown

Categories: Eat This

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Sara Kerens
Uptown can be a minefield, but there are plenty of good finds, too.
Uptown may be one of Dallas' most recognizable neighborhoods. It's also got a reputation for being a bit of a minefield, filled with towering heels, excess hair product and a slew of mediocre or downright terrible restaurants and bars. Despite the reputation, though, there are some great finds along and around McKinney Avenue, and if you've got great weather, everything is within walking distance with each other or that rickety trolly that connects it all. You can make a very fuzzy day of it.

When in Uptown, we drink, and The Common Table (pictured above) is probably the best place to explore beer. Local brews are well represented, but other taps pour beers from around the world. There's a great front porch and patio and a pretty solid Reuben. You could spend your whole Uptown-themed day here and not feel like you've missed much, but there are plenty of other places to drink, too.

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The Green Door Public House, Once a Bank and Long a Bar, Is Now Open in Downtown Dallas

Categories: First Look

Kathryn DeBruler
The Liberty Bank building has quite the provenance. It has been four saloons, one bank and now, over a century after it was built, the building is home to Green Door Public House.

Architect Craig Melde relocated the building from its original site at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Elm Street to South Harwood Street, near the Dallas Farmers Market. And now Bryan and Kathy Crelly, the duo behind Deep Ellum's Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop, have turned the first floor of the building into their latest foray into Dallas' bar and dining scene.

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The Best Ice Cream in DFW

Categories: Best Of Dallas

Carnival Barker's: Dallas' best.
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Carnival Barker's
You can actually stop looking for ice cream now. All you really need to know is that Carnival Barker's, creator Aaron Barker's ice cream shop at Truck Yard (it doesn't roll away), is serving the flavor Nutella Vodka. Actually, that's not all you need to know. They have banana pudding -- there are real chunks in there, man -- rum raisin, and something called Fat Elvis with sweet peanut butter with chocolate-covered chips. It's simple ingredients and huge flavor. Easily one of the best.

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

Categories: Food News

Catherine Downes
Not pictured: Tesar's knife.
This week, John Tesar's new steakhouse, Knife, was reviewed by Leslie Brenner, the longtime critic at The Dallas Morning News. Brenner awarded three stars, an assessment that translates to "very good: a destination restaurant for this type of dining," according to the paper's review and listing policy. You might think an accomplished chef would be happy with such a rating, but Tesar let the entire Twitterverse know otherwise in a tweet that has food blogs across the country talking:

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There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

Categories: Eat This

Amy McCarthy
Meat + Pie = Obviously
Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way.

Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has worked with Chef Marcus Cutler to create a smoked meat sanctuary in the suburbs that rivals Dallas' best barbecue spots, especially when you factor in an extensive and well-curated selection of craft beers from Texas and beyond.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa

Emoladas at Mesa in Oak Cliff
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

I could argue that if Mesa is good enough for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, we all should be flocking to Oak Cliff, but we've been singing the praises of the Veracruz-style Mexican restaurant at the Observer for more than three years now. There have been changes since Mesa first opened, including a new gorgeous patio out back, so if you haven't been in a while you owe Raul and Olga Reyes a hello.

Don't let everything change, though, including an order of enmoladas, which is mandatory with every visit. Even if you're planning on ordering the duck mole as your entree, at least get an order of these for your table and share them.

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How to Eat at the American Girl Cafe without Blowing Your Dignity, Savings, Brains

Categories: Cheap Bastard

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"Keep that ketchup away or we'll shoot."
Editor's note: For several years until about 2012, Alice Laussade, the Observer's James Beard Award-winning (and twice nominated) food writer, traversed Dallas in search of sub-$10 lunches that didn't suck. She eventually shut her foul mouth to focus on other writing and her hugely successful fundraiser, Meat Fight. Now, after a two-year hiatus, the Cheap Bastard is back. She'll appear in print and here every Thursday.

American Girl Dolls getting their hair done in the American Girl Doll Salon count: 3

Uncomfortable Dad count: 19.5

When your daughter reaches a certain age, you will find yourself in the café at the American Girl store. You won't know exactly how you got there. Were you drugged? Probably. All you know is your waitress just upsold you a "Pink lemonady-lemonade!" and every person in here thinks it's a sane move to eat lunch with a doll in a high chair attached to their table.

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Stock & Barrel's Toffee Croissant Bread Pudding: A Dessert You Won't Want to Share

Categories: Happy Endings

Heaven is: toffee croissant bread pudding at Stock & Barrel
In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them.

Lately, so many new restaurants and bars have popped up around town that it's hard to keep up. Many of these places seem to have similar, generic, forgettable, industrial-sounding names like Barter, Bowen House, Craft & Growler, CBD Provisions, AF+B and, in the Bishop Arts District, Stock & Barrel. I can't keep 'em straight for the life of me.

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