A few notes to aid your enjoyment of this week’s episode of EarBurner, in which Feargal McKinney, proprietor of the Old Monk, Idle Rich Pub, and Blackfriar talks about his plans for a new Henderson Avenue joint — The Skellig — in the old J. Black’s spot:Read More
They just finished up at St. Andrews. A check of the leaderboard shows that Dustin Johnson lead at 10 under. Not a fan. Our guy, Jordan Spieth, had a tough time with the wind and rain. He shot even par today and is tied for 15, at 5 under. Luckily Johnson has shown he’s a choker, and we all know that Spieth is made of Kevlar and military grade titanium.
In other news, our Nancy Nichols is in St. Andrews (as you know, if you’ve been following along). That’s her in the pic above, at the 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge, on the 18th fairway. She reports that she is right now trying to talk her way into the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to get a drink. If she’s successful, I wouldn’t be surprised.Read More
Yesterday over on SideDish, we told you about Kent Rathbun’s new joint, Hickory. Somehow our reporter failed to bring us the exciting news that Rathbun is serving cactus juice. An alert FrontBurnervian who paid the restaurant a visit sent along the above photo. Clearly Rathbun has crafted his menu to appeal to Sandra Crenshaw, the former Dallas City Council member. For those unfamiliar with the cactus juice meme, hop in your time machine and take a look at what was going down on FrontBurner back in 2008.Read More
You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
I am of two minds about the forthcoming holiday. On the one hand, it was that lousy crook Abe Lincoln — father of the federal income tax, a progressive income tax — who instituted the Day of Thanks Giving as a late November national mandate instead of letting each state handle its own business like the Good Lord and the Founders intended. Maybe Texans don’t like being limited to a single Thanksgiving each year. Maybe we’d rather not do it in the fall. Maybe we’d prefer it on some Sunday morning in May when we might celebrate with a light brunch. The federal jackboots force turkey and gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce down our gullets and call it freedom? No sir. Not on my watch. Not until I’ve at least been given the option of a mimosa with a small plate of cantaloupe on the side.
On the other hand: pumpkin pie. It’s what the Creator himself eats for dessert.
Now to the business at hand.Read More
As Tim wrote Tuesday morning after the Cowboys loss to the Redskins, there’s no reason to freak out about a 6-2 start to the season. But at least one Cowboys fan couldn’t control his emotions after Monday’s loss. Actually, he basically tore apart his entire apartment (including ripping a kitchen counter clean off the cabinets) in a display of pure fan anguish that is surely fueled by alcohol and, frankly, kind of depressing to watch. Imagine what this guy would have done after Game Six if he was as big a Rangers fan as he is a (drunken) Cowboys fan. Deadspin has the (language NSFW) video.Read More
Saturday night, after dropping a friend at her swanky Main Street pad, I decided to head over to Highland Park Village for a bit of merry-making. This would require cash. Luckily, a strip shopping center with plenty of free parking (and, most importantly, an ATM) was right on the way, located at the corner of Pearl and McKinney.
As I whipped in to the parking space in front of the bank, I observed three bewildered-looking, well-dressed middle-aged men standing in front. A rough transcript of our conversation follows.Read More
Have you heard anyone refer to the Stoneleigh Hotel on Maple Avenue as Le Méridien Dallas? I haven’t, thankfully. Just like when the Melrose Hotel on Oak Lawn was rechristened with a corporate name — in that case, the Warwick — local tradition has remained important enough that ownership had to maintain the historic moniker.
I understand why these hotel operators feel the need to place established brands on their acquisitions. They want to reassure out-of-town visitors who’ve stayed at their other properties, but who are unfamiliar with Dallas, that they will receive the same quality of experience they’ve had in other cities. It’s the same reason that McDonald’s continues to do big business — familiarity counts for a lot with consumers. Why risk eating at a mom-and-pop burger joint that may not be any good when McDonald’s is right down the street and you know precisely what you’re going to get, as mediocre as it might be?
So there’s financial sense in enticing guests to book a room at Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh (the property’s mouthful of an official name). But I don’t have to like it, and neither should you. It dilutes and degrades the sense of place that the hotel built over the decades — even after its major renovation in the mid-Aughts — to paint it as just another link in a chain. Good for business, bad for the soul.
I feel this loss even more painfully after re-reading A.C. Greene’s November 1977 story about the prevalence of recently separated and divorced men living at the Stoneleigh. It’s one of the 40 greatest stories ever published in D Magazine.Read More
A good time was had by all, I believe, at last night’s Best of Big D party at the Rustic. DJ Sober and Sam Lao were great. The drinks flowed freely. Much food went into many mouths. And so on and so forth. But I will tell you this: before the front moved through, it was a little steamy. The meteorological conditions occasioned my favorite moment of the night:Read More
1. You’ll get a sneak peek at some of this year’s winners in our annual Best of Big D issue.
2. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and same menu items from some of the best bars and restaurants in town.
3. DJ Sober and singer Sam Lao will perform.
4. The Rustic is a swell place to spend an evening eating and imbibing outdoors.
5. There’s a Jackopierce concert right after the party.
6. You can get 20% off an UBER ride to and from the event with the promo code ‘BOBDAL.’
7. Tickets are only $50
8. Tickets are only $65 if you want to attend the Jackopierce show too.
10. You know you don’t have any better plans for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.
So get your ticket now. While they’re still available.Read More
On Monday night, Sir Richard Branson dropped into town to address the latest front on the airline war, Virgin America vs. EveryoneElseThatWantsThoseGatesAtLoveField. The airline hosted a party at The Rustic in Uptown Three of us—me, Cristina Daglas, and Glenn Hunter—attended. Each of our individual thoughts follow. One common thread between all of our thoughts: tequila. There was a lot of tequila.Read More
A friend of a friend was at the game last night in Chicago, where the temperature was 8 degrees. He set his beer down for a bit, and this is what happened to it.Read More
Did you watch the premiere episode of Courtney Loves Dallas last night? Neither did I. But I did DVR it. Here is my recap.Read More
On one side of the wager: Cristina Daglas, noted Chicago native and devoted Bears fan (aka the interloper who stole my job away from me). On the other side of the wager: me, noted wagerer and wearer of old Marion Barber Cowboys jersey on game day because it gets me 10 percent off my grocery […]Read More
If you’re paying attention, you probably know the name Richard Patterson. He’s a Dallas-based British painter of some renown. Periodically his words wind up in our pages and on our sites. Here’s something he wrote about seeing a priest in Fort Worth climb into a Jaguar. Here’s something he wrote about Jim Schutze’s “culture mob,” […]Read More