Here's What You Need to Know about Tomorrow's Dallas Observer Brewfest

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Don't worry lost sheep. We are here to guide you.
Tomorrow, the Dallas Observer Brewfest will take over the Dallas Farmers Market, blanketing the area in six inches of beer foam, countless wobbly bodies and, most importantly, tiny pretzels strung together into delicious necklaces. If you have already purchased tickets, great. Feel free to skip ahead. If you haven't, follow this link and get on your tickets fast. You have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to take advantage of a $10 discount. Do not delay. VIP tickets have already sold out.

With your tickets secured, you may have a few questions about how to get the most out of your Brewfest experience. Below you'll find out responses to a few frequently asked questions. Please read them carefully. Your Brewfest enjoyment hangs in the balance.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 18: Steak and Eggs at Meddlesome Moth

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It's time to revisit this breakfast classic.
To prepare for this fall's Best of DallasĀ® 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.

Steak and eggs are a throwback plate. The kind you'd order before smoking half a pack of cigarettes at your desk at the office before lunch. At lunch, you'd nibble on olives and slug bask two or three gin martinis thinking you were living a life of balance. Nobody remembers what happens after that.

Then heart attacks happened, and now you have a bran muffin. And those vintage breakfasts are looking pretty stale. Two eggs alongside a beat up strip steak sliced a half-an-inch thick and cooked till it's leather. You're fondly calling A1 right now, aren't you? Stop.

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Scotch & Sausage Won't Serve Deep Ellum Beers, and the Brewery Is Fighting Back

Categories: Food News

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More controversy for DEBC, but not the kind you think.
The exact words exchanged between Deep Ellum Brewing sales rep John Wiewel and Dylan Elchami, who owns Oak Lawn's Scotch & Sausage, will likely never be agreed upon. Wiewel made a sales call to the restaurant recently, and then accused Elchami -- on Facebook -- of illegal practices with regards to the procurement of beer. Elchami denies those allegations, and now TABC is taking a closer look at what initially started as an Internet flame-throwing event.

Scotch & Sausage, which opened less than two months ago, serves a large amount of local beer from its 21 taps. Peticolas, Lakewood, Four Corners, Revolver, Rabbit Hole, Community and others are all currently represented, or have been represented in the past. Deep Ellum Brewery's beers, however, have never been served at the restaurant.

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The Beignets at Toulouse Belong in Your Face

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Kellie Reynolds
Worth the calories, but easy to burn off, too.
In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them.

When I invited my runner friend out for dessert at Toulouse, I never should have mentioned that the cafe is a frites-length away from the Katy Trail. Once he caught wind of this, our date became contingent on a pre-dessert jog. Obviously I tried to cancel. I was suddenly very "busy." I feigned sniffles.

He wasn't having it.

See also: Searching for a Happy Ending with the Whiskey Cake at Plano's Whiskey Cake

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

Categories: Events, Food News

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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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I Don't Know What's Happening at So & So's, but the Burger Is Amazing

Categories: Burgers

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Nick Rallo
It comes with bacon shallot aioli, which is the best three words
A few feet behind the bar at So and So's is a deer wearing a bright red t-shirt. Playing cards are stuck to the wall like they were sprayed on, and nearby a S&S logo has a single, sheathed knife below it. Also behind the bar: A tiny giraffe is sitting on keys of a piano that looks like it was found in Titanic wreckage. Like the Gap-clothed deer, the giraffe looks deep in thought sitting on the rotten keys.

I have no idea what the hell is going on at So & So's, but it is good. Cocktails, like a Pimm's Cup, are on draft. Chicken and dumplings come with Parmesan gnocchi, there's a boat load of pizzas (including a breakfast pizza with sausage gravy?!?), and a painting on the Easterly wall of two Colonial-style boats chasing each other in shafts of sunlight. It's like someone plucked bits of restaurants around the globe, shook them up in a wooden barrel and dumped them into Uptown.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 19: The Ham Sandwich at Vagabond

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Melted cheese in the middle, and liquid cheese everywhere else.
To prepare for this fall's Best of DallasĀ® 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.

The recipe for a classic Mornay sauce calls for a measure of butter and flour, stirred together over low heat until lightly browned. Milk is then whisked into the mixture along with other seasonings, and for the finish, an absurd amount of cheese is stirred in until it's melted completely. This is how most macaroni and cheese recipes that are worth their weight commence. It's also a major component in Vagabond's ham and cheese sandwich.

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Small Brewpub Is Coming to Oak Cliff

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A shot from Small's minimalist website
Aaron Garcia hasn't always been a commercial beer brewer. Not long ago, he owned part of a company that handled web design, making his company's tools accessible to their users. The money was good, but Garcia didn't have much passion for CSS and HTML.

In his downtime, he'd tinker with home brewing systems, honing his skills in craft beer. He always planned to turn his love into a profession and an early retirement. He just had no idea how early it would happen.

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Haystack Burgers: Good Enough to Make You Forget How Far You Went to Eat Them

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Alice Laussade
Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks.

Milkmaid HJ count: 0
Beer "fuck yeah" count: 3

Should you find your cheap self traveling to The Great North, aka The Nearly Oklahoma, aka Richardson, stop at Haystack Burgers & Barley (100 S. Central Expressway). They opened recently, and they're located in the same shopping center as Alamo Drafthouse.


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An Interview with Dee Lincoln Chef Andrew Powers, Who Makes Steak in Steaktown, USA

Categories: Interviews

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Claire McCormack
Chef Andrew Powers

Ask anyone who's involved in the Dallas food scene what our signature dish is, and they'll pretty unanimously come up with one answer: steak. Even though Dallas restaurants have been throttling toward lighter, more produce-focused offerings, beef is still king. Or maybe, in the case of Dee Lincoln's Steak Bar, queen.

Dee Lincoln has been the long established "queen of steaks" in Dallas for decades. After co-founding Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Lincoln is now building a new breed of steakhouse in Dee Lincoln's Steak Bar. In the process, she's brought along Chef Andrew Powers for the ride. Powers' background in some of the country's best fine dining establishment may seem like an odd fit, but he's been beautifully executing her prime steaks and burgers since the Plano location opened in April. I sat down with Powers to talk working with Dee Lincoln, adapting to the clientele in the suburbs, and transitioning from haute fine dining to casual.


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