D Magazine’s 40 Greatest Stories: Gene Street in Vietnam

By his own account — writing in D Magazine in 2010 — Gene Street only ever had one great idea. He rode the chicken-fried steak and the casual dining pioneer it spawned (The Black-Eyed Pea) to making a fortune with a restaurant empire (Consolidated Restaurant Operations, owners of Cantina Laredo, Good Eats, and III Forks, among others).

So of course it makes sense that when he trekked to Vietnam years later he’d barge into kitchens in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, frying whatever meat he found. The chicken-fried monkey was OK. The dog came out better.

Street wrote about his Asian adventures in the November 2002 issue of D. It’s one of the 40 greatest we’ve ever published.

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Help Wanted: Online Assistant Dining Editor

It’s a sad day for SideDish. Our Carol Shih will soon be abandoning us to move to the San Francisco Bay area. She plans to prospect gold or develop an app that points you to the location of the closest freely available snack or something.

Anyway, her departure — a true loss for us — opens up an opportunity. See the details below, and start spreading the news.

D Magazine.com seeks an editor to keep our online food and dining content the best in Dallas. Responsibilities include continual management and enhancement of the thousands of listings in our restaurant directory, keeping up with the latest openings and closings, and ensuring that the information we provide our readers is the most accurate and helpful in the city. This editor should be the sort of person who would wake up in night sweats realizing that he or she accidentally marked a restaurant’s closing time on Thursdays as 10 p.m. when it should have been 11 p.m. Also required of the position are regular contributions to our SideDish blog, including first looks at new restaurants before any other outlets in town, and voicing opinions to spur a lively daily discussion of the Dallas dining scene. We don’t want one-sided rewrites of press releases. This editor must have a competitive nature that causes him or her to become extremely irritated at, and to swear revenge upon, any blog or publication that might beat us to reporting an important piece of local industry news. But the job isn’t all eating and writing. The editor must be comfortable working with an online CMS and not break into hives when confronted with a massive spreadsheet full of data that must be manually entered (like typing a phonebook), often for hours at a stretch. If you’re interested, please don’t apply merely by emphasizing your “passion” for the subject matter. Tell us instead about the knowledge and skills that make you the absolute best fit for our needs. To do so, email a cover letter and resume to jason.heid@dmagazine.com.

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Inside D Magazine’s April 2014 Issue

When Zac Crain set out to profile Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, the goal was to humanize the man with what could be the hardest job in Dallas. We’d seen his very public flops and read about the troubled district over and over and, yes, over again. But Miles was a bit of a mystery. Who is he? And why is he here while his family is back in Colorado? Oh, and does he have a shot at doing anything productive with DISD? Frankly, a cursory glance of local media, including D Magazine, would have you believe Miles was a lost cause. That disdain, in fact, has already surfaced in the comments of “Who’s Out to Get Mike Miles?

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D Magazine’s 40 Greatest Stories: Tall Tales of a Legendary (By His Own Account) Newspaperman

I find myself craving chili and rice, specifically the chili and rice served by Shanghai Jimmy, who ran a hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Live Oak Street downtown in the 1950s and ’60s. It was an era when men were men and reporters were unashamed of making up the news if they couldn’t find any, if a fellow named Jack Proctor is to be believed. Which, based on Blackie Sherrod’s October 1975 D Magazine article (one of our 40 greatest stories ever), he almost certainly is not.

Sherrod writes with great affection for Proctor, his fellow newspaperman, press box regular, and chili-and-rice aficionado. Proctor invented his own vocabulary — a tattoo was a “too-tat,” a jail was a “gowhoose” — and sometimes interviews. Sherrod writes of the time in the 1930s that Proctor wanted to visit a girlfriend down in San Antonio and so he convinced his editor he’d landed an exclusive with Clyde Barrow. Trouble is, at the time Proctor was supposedly meeting with Barrow, the notorious criminal was positively identified having shot a highway patrolman (a “highway petroleum” in Proctor’s parlance). And so the reporter was asked to move on to some other newsroom to find employment, which he did.

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Angie Harmon Introduces Conan O’Brien to Mi Cocina’s Mambo Taxis

As we’ve mentioned, Conan O’Brien is coming to Dallas at the end of this month to tape a week’s worth of his TBS talk show ahead of the Final Four being played at Cowboys Stadium.

Last night Angie Harmon was among his guests at his usual studio in Burbank, Calif. The actress and Highland Park native offered O’Brien her advice on the first thing he needs to do upon arriving in Dallas: head to Mi Cocina at Highland Park Village for a Mambo Taxi.

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Leading Off (1/17/13)

Harold Simmons’ Secret Will. The widow of the recently deceased Dallas billionaire/evil genius has asked that all documents related to his probate case be sealed. Presumably this is because his heir is a journeyman minor-league ballplayer who’ll have 30 days to spend $30 million before he can inherit the bulk of the fortune. So everybody plan to vote “None of the Above” in this year’s gubernatorial election.

Judge in Munoz Case Recuses Herself. State district judge Melody Wilkinson didn’t explain why she doesn’t believe she should hear the case of the family who have filed suit against JPS Health Network for the right to take pregnant and brain-dead Marlise Muñoz off life support.

Cupcake ATM Gets an Upgrade. The ability to buy a cupcake 24 hours a day wasn’t, apparently, good enough for the people of Dallas. Sprinkles’ new technology will better meet our insatiable appetites, dispensing up to four cupcakes in a single transaction.

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The Best of D Magazine Bests, 2013

Look, you can act all superior if you want. You can harumph and wear that superior smirk on your face as you insist you’re far above such shallow concerns as caring which restaurants make it onto a magazine’s best list. You claim that the only publication you read regularly is The New Yorker, and that you read it cover to cover every week, so you’ve not got the time to bother with such silliness of finding out who lives in the city’s most expensive home. You can do all of that sure, but we know you’re lying.

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D Magazine’s Most Popular Stories in 2013

When I started putting together this rundown of the feature articles from D Magazine that got the most attention online in 2013, I was expecting to come out of it feeling like 2013 was such a bummer of a year. Unfortunately there were too many tragedies that demanded the attention of our writers.

They aren’t all downers, though. There are stories of colorful characters who help make our great city what it is (not to mention one cute dog.) And there are stories of heroic acts.

OK, enough with the intro already, here they are.

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The Texas Rangers Have Waffles and Pancakes

Has anyone tried these things?  USA Today offers comment: From the boxes, it’s not clear what the waffles have to do with the Texas Rangers, and vice versa. Do the waffles have Rangers logos on them? Doesn’t look like it. Are they the only waffle that Yu Darvish will eat? Possibly; he’s a man of distinguishing […]

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