A Guided Tour of Addison Oktoberfest 2014

Categories: Beer

Videographer Kathy Tran is your guide through the beer and bratwursts of Addison's yearly Oktoberfest. Many, many beers are contained within.

Where Kitchen LTO's New Chef Blythe Beck Loves Eating in Dallas

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Unlike the last chef at Kitchen LTO who was brand new to Dallas, Blythe Beck is intimately familiar with the food scene. Which is not surprising, considering that she worked in some of the city's best restaurants before moving away for a few years to pursue consulting opportunities. Now that she's back, she's ready to indulge in some of her favorite Dallas restaurants once her stint and LTO starts and her schedule slows down.

When I asked Beck about her favorite Dallas restaurants, a look of slight shame crept over her face. "No! That's not a fair question," she said. "I eat at some places that are pretty embarrassing. It's not like when not seen at Kitchen LTO, Chef Blythe Beck is dining on the veranda at the Mansion in my fur coat." Embarrassing or not, these five Dallas joints are where you're likely to catch the "Naughty Chef" when she's not in the kitchen.

Vietnam (above)

This East Dallas Vietnamese joint doesn't get the same fanfare that more upscale places like Dalat and Miss Chi's Vietnamese do, but it's probably still one of the best places in Dallas to find a cheap, authentically Vietnamese lunch. Beck didn't dish on what she ordered, but the usual Viet combination of pho, spring rolls, and maybe a freshly made boba tea are always a good choice at Vietnam.

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The Meat Fight Meat Scavenger Hunt Starts ... Now

Catherine Downes for Meat Fight
Go do something meaty and photograph it. It'll be fun.
Last year, tickets to Meat Fight (my barbecue competition that benefits the National MS Society) sold out in a flash.

So, this year, we decided to have a meat scavenger hunt so that one lucky bastard could have easy access to our meat tickets before any other bastard. This is good for us for two reasons: 1) If anyone participates, it means that an actual meat fight occurred in the streets of Dallas because we demanded it, and 2) (see 1).

It's good for you because the winner receives the opportunity to purchase Meat Fight tickets without having to endure the possible scramble that could happen on October 1 when tickets go on sale to the general public. Also, you now have an excuse to fight a pig or cow in public. You're welcome.

Behold: the rules of the 2014 Meat Scramble.

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5 Awesome Food Events in Dallas this Weekend, September 25-28

Categories: Events, Food News

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Come rub shoulders with the man who loves to rub shoulders (usually pork, but sometimes human) this Thursday evening. John Tesar will step down from his meaty throne for Foodiepalooza, a benefit to raise money for the East Dallas Boys and Girls Club. Tesar will be on hand in order to promote his donations to the cause, including a six-person "meat tasting extravaganza" at Spoon. Participants can also mingle with pastry chef Katie Kennedy and chef Grant Morgan of The Ranch at Las Colinas as they nosh on everything from smoked chicken hash sliders to brisket quesadillas. Tickets start at $65 and sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. Possible verbal tirade from Tesar: priceless.

What it be: Foodiepalooza

When it do: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, September 25

Where dat is: Times Ten Cellars 6324 Prospect Ave.

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The Cheap Bastard's Guide to the 2014 State Fair of Texas

We sent Alice, our resident State Fair of Texas expert, to sample the eight finalists at this year's Big Tex Choice Awards. Well, actually, that's a lie. We didn't send her. She was going no matter what. In fact, God help the poor soul who stands between Alice and a pile of battered, fried, greasy weirdness, particularly if it's ball-shaped. Not that we're making any judgments. She did, though, and here they are:

Before we begin, let's sum up the basic rules of eating things at the State Fair for those of you too damn lazy to read all these words. They are:

• If it's a ball, eat it.
• If it's on a stick, eat it.
• If it's fried, eat it.
• If it's all of the above, praise the Fried Lord, you've found a fried heaven three-fer, SHUT UP AND EAT IT.
• Anyone who says the following words at any time during the fairgoing gets punched in the tit: calories, Paleo, CrossFit, expensive, cardiologist.

Want more details? Keep reading ...

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Your State Fair of Texas Bingo Card

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Dan Zettwoch

Ever wanted to make your State Fair trip a little... competitive? Yeah, we got you. Right here at the top of this post you can find your very own State Fair bingo card, and clicking on the little words below it will pump it up to size. Print several, hand out to friends and family, and let the games begin. Maybe the winner gets to eat something that's not deep-fried? We just can't say. We'll let you decide.

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 10: Fish Reuben at Rex's

This is like no Reuben you've ever sampled.
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'll get straight to the point: This ain't no Reuben sandwich. The bread isn't toasted in butter, there's no corned beef, sauerkraut or Russian dressing, and a New Yorker wouldn't think it was good enough to even throw at a cab. Is that clear?

Good, because semantics aside, what's served under the Reuben moniker at Rex's Seafood is actually a damn fine sandwich. And since the protein is grilled fish instead of corned beef brisket you could almost argue that this sandwich is good for you.


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Dallas' 10 Best Bowls of Ramen

Categories: Best Of Dallas

Thanks to a seemingly unstoppable food trend, ramen is no longer those disgusting packets you subsisted on in college. Iterations of the Japanese staple dish have been showing up on menus across Dallas for the past few years, especially as chefs like David Chang drove the dish to national prominence. Now there are entire restaurants in Dallas that are dedicated to crafting the city's best bowl of ramen noodles.

Whether you're looking for a straightforward ramen house or a menu with a little more variety, these 10 bowls of ramen are perfect for curing a hangover or the common cold, especially as we head into the cooler months of the year. Some of these bowls are less traditional than others, but they're all delicious.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 11: Bun Bo Hue at Don Que

Catherine Downes
Plenty of iron in this bowl.
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.

Bun bo hue is a brash and angry angry bowl of soup. Filled with a murky, brown-colored broth that smells of funk and shrimp paste, it hides hunks of pork blood pudding, a meaty pig's knuckle with bones and connective tissue and slippery tapioca noodles that require advanced chopsticks skills.

If you're used to eating pho, the polite soup that says please and thank you, bun bo hue is a soup that shows up unannounced and downs your favorite bottle of booze before parking on your couch for a slobbery nap.

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Drink Beer Without Feeling (Quite as) Bad About It

Categories: Beer

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These assholes should feel bad about their drinking. You, on the other hand, should not.

Beer is one of those paradoxical liquids that can make one feel both supremely good and devastatingly bad. In our never-ending effort to help them imbibers of Dallas maximize their good vibes and justify their wrongdoing, we've compiled this list of local craft beer companies that make a point of giving away a portion of their profits to charity. So, the next Sunday morning your hung-over ass is pondering all the bad decisions that led to you feeling miserable, be comforted by the knowledge that your purchase did some good to balance out your debauchery.

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