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

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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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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 20: The Smoked Salmon at Zen Sushi

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Scott Reitz
This isn't the smoked salmon sushi you've been used to.
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.

The smoked salmon you see pictured above demonstrates exactly why you should sit at the bar when you dine at a sushi restaurant: the position lets you pick at the chef for tailored recommendations. The first hurdle you might have to overcome is convincing the chef you're not a novice who prefers California rolls and spicy, mayonnaise-soaked tuna. You can try by ordering some mackerel, uni and squid for starters, and then ask for whatever looks best. From then on out, you'll be set.

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Franconia's Oktoberfest: So You Never Need to Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Categories: Beer

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Steven Harrell
Oktoberfest Beer: It's Beer, in September. And October.

While America begins to post about the return of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes on Facebook, craft brew enthusiasts turn their attentions to another autumn-heralding beverage -- Oktoberfests. 

Oktoberfest-style beers (more traditionally known as Marzen) are one of the most popular seasonal releases in the craft beer market.

See also: Five North Texas Beers to Drink This Fall

Oktoberfest is a German fall festival that, oddly enough, usually takes place in late September. Along with St. Patrick's Day, it's one of those wonderful holidays that can be celebrated worldwide without any regards to historical context or obligation to do anything beyond drink an excessive amount of beer. It probably celebrates the end of summer or a harvest, or maybe some hated Bavarian monarch being trampled by a stampede of drunk horses. It doesn't matter.


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Dallas Has Another New Farmers Market, and It's Got Promise

Categories: Food News

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Get ready for more of those cold-weather greens ... soon?
It might be hard to envision it today, but eventually cooler weather will descend upon the DFW area. When it does, local farmers markets will start to offer cool-season crops. This makes it good timing for the start of the new Vickery Meadow Local Market, which will have its inaugural market Sunday, September 21, outside Half Price Books on Northwest Highway.

There have been a number of smaller markets that have opened in the Dallas area recently, most notably the Little D Farmers Market, which opened in Trinity Groves back in June. Little D was one of the first markets in Dallas to open on Sunday, but it's relatively small compared to other markets, including the Dallas Farmers Market downtown.

See Also: The Little D Farmers Market Is Bringing Fresh Produce and Sunday Charm to West Dallas

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Five North Texas Beers to Drink This Fall

Categories: Beer


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B. Miers
Fall has never, ever looked like this in Dallas.

In today's highly saturated beer market, many breweries release seasonals to differentiate themselves, increase their exposure, or maybe because they're already bored of their two-year-old standard. Either way, here's a list of five seasonals to look for in Dallas-Fort Worth this Fall.


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Brian Luscher Will Open a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Restaurant in Deep Ellum This Fall

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It's been more than a year since news first came out that Grape chef-owner Brian Luscher planned to open an eponymous restaurant in East Dallas. In July of last year, Luscher announced that he'd signed a lease on a building that previously housed a corner store on Gaston Avenue. Luscher promised his own Post Oak Red Hots right across the street from the Elbow Room. People were freaking. Then the mustard hit the fan.

The parking restrictions that delayed the opening of La Banqueta on Carroll Avenue completely crippled Luscher's plans and the project folded in April of this year, with Luscher vowing to find a new spot. Luscher has been pensive about discussion a new timeline for time line for his hot dog joint. "I've had my heart broken a couple of times," he said.

See also: Dallas' Car Culture Kept Brian Luscher from Selling, and You from Eating, a Magic Kolache

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Sammy's Bar-B-Q Has a Great Location, a Great Patio and Great Sides, But ...

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Gavin Cleaver
The patio is just delightful, and completely unused.
Imagine somewhere in Uptown, right in between Oak Lawn and the Arts District, had a gigantic patio, shaded under greenery, full of tables, chairs, ephemera, and a huge covering. You would imagine that place would be absolutely rammed at lunchtime, that to get a table you'd have to know someone, or punch someone, or know someone who you could punch.

This is not the case at Sammy's Bar-B-Q. Sammy's Bar-B-Q, gorgeous patio and all, is the Marie Celeste of urban barbecue.

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The Dallas Half-Priced Food and Drink Calendar

Categories: Happy Hour

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Sara Kerens
Low prices and low calories at Company Cafe on Sundays.
Dallas loves its half-priced food and drink deals, which is why we built this calendar of half-price food and drink specials, listing the restaurant, special and time under each date.

We'll do our best to keep you up to date on a large chunk of weekly half-priced food and drink specials in town. As always, we'd love to hear from you, so feel free to share any information about your favorite half-price deals in the comment section below, or send them our way at cityofate@gmail.com.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 21: The Cuban at ¡C. Señor!

Bottom right: that's your sandwich.
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.

Have you checked out ¡C. Señor! yet? The tiny sandwich shop opened in the tiny stand-alone building that used to hold El Padrino on Davis Street. El Padrino moved a few blocks south to Jefferson Avenue near the Texas Theater, in case you're wondering, and now the red and white walk-up that's not much bigger than a food truck is filled with the makings for some excellent sandwiches.

I tried the ropa vieja alongside the Cuban when ¡C. Señor! first opened up, and more recently Nick dropped by and then gushed about their burger, except for his bun being stale. In short: this is a good place to grab some meat and melted cheese betwixt two pieces of bread. But today we'll discuss the Cuban.

See Also: ¡C. Señor! Has a Weird and Delicious Burger, Like Oak Cliff Needed Another One of Those

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Observer Critic Scott Reitz Blows the Cost of a Loaded Honda CR-V at the Lakewood Landing

Categories: Food News

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Sara Kerens
You've never experienced a dive bar with this much excess.
Figure out how to blow $30,000 at a dive bar: That was the direction of my editor, as he instant-messaged me a link to Leslie Brenner's recent story in FD Luxe, headlined, "Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner blows the cost of a small Mercedes on the most expensive meal in Dallas."

"If FD Luxe can Goddamn afford it we can Goddamn afford it," my editor G-howled. I thought that was weird, since he'd recently sold my cubicle for scraps, but I Goddamn went for it.

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