It’s not quite HOT yet, so I had to dip over to C Señor to catch a Cuban and some Yucca fries. They have a couple other things on their menu, but the keep it simple. There’s no inside seating at this place, but it’s fast and delicious. Go check it out over in Bishop Arts District.
Have you been to AllGood Cafe lately? They’re still kicking ass. Just like always. I was a good boy and got a salad, but I really wanted the Chicken Fried Steak. It’s got a big menu, with a little something for everyone. Go check em out soon down in Deep Ellum. Tell Mike we sent ya.
One of my favorite burgers in town is at Burger House, more commonly called “Jack’s”. It’s not the biggest burger on the block, but they’ll stack it 25×25 if you ask! Their special seasoning salt is what makes me dream about it. Located on Hillcrest, between Lovers and Mockingbird, this quick counter service spot is always half full of sweaty neighborhood kids and businessmen with their ties toffee over their shoulder. Come as you are, but leave happy.
A couple days ago when it was frigid, I swung by The Commissary to warm up and grab an early lunch. I thought it was just a coffee shop, but their food is pretty damn tasty as well.
The French Dip was almost a banh mi, and was excellent. With a clean and tidy interior and friendly staff, this is a great place to check out when you’re downtown looking for a cup of coffee or a quick bite.
Soufflé party! The folks over at Rise No 1 are about to celebrate ten years of French cuisine. Tucked in the shopping center at Inwood and Lovers, Rise has dialed in the production of both sweet or savory soufflés. Escargot, Duck L’Orange, Jambon & Chèvre were the highlights on the savory side, and the Grand Mariner and Chocolate soufflés made for excellent deserts.
Their cheese board involved a cart and presentation of all the available cheeses and then you make your selections table side. A few cheeses were on a girolle slicer that curls a soft cheese spiral rather than a block, and made for a fun and unique addition.
With two available reservation times of 5:30 and 7:30, they take walk ins all night long. I’d strongly recommend a reservation as this place has frequent regulars.
I love Six Flags. I love amusement parks in general, but my love stems from Six Flags I’d say. As some of you may know, there’s a chance it could just be in my blood. My Grandfather, Angus Gilchrist Wynne Jr, opened the gates on Six Flags Over Texas on August 1st, 1961. A friend on Facebook William Joseph Gabriel shared:
“On this day in history in 1961, Texans head for the thrills at Six Flags. Amusement park lovers “head for the thrills” as Six Flags Over Texas, the first park in the Six Flags chain, opens. Located on 212 acres in Arlington, Texas, the park was the first to feature log flume and mine train rides and later, the first 360-degree looping roller coaster, modern parachute drop and man-made river rapids ride. The park also pioneered the concept of all-inclusive admission price; until then, separate entrance fees and individual ride tickets were the standard. During its opening year, a day at Six Flags cost $2.75 for an adult and $2.25 for a child. A hamburger sold for 50 cents and a soda set the buyer back a dime. The park, which took a year and $10 million to build, was the brainchild of Texas real estate developer and oilman Angus Wynne Jr., who viewed it as a short-term way to make a buck from some vacant land before turning it into an industrial complex. Wynne reportedly recouped his personal investment of $3.5 million within 18 months and changed his mind about the park’s temporary status. With 17.5 million visitors in its first 10 years, the park became the Lone Star State’s top for-profit tourist attraction. Today, average annual attendance at the park is over 3 million.
One of Six Flags’ unique aspects was that it wasn’t just a random collection of rides; it was developed around a theme: the history of Texas. The park’s name was a nod to the six flags that had flown over the state at various times–France, Spain, Mexico, the Confederacy, Texas and the United States. The park’s rides and attractions were grouped into six themed sections that represented the cultures of these governments and enabled visitors to experience everything from cowboy culture to Southern belles and pirates. Originally, the park was to be called Texas Under Six Flags, before it was decided that Texas should never be under anything. “
I can’t summarize the history any better than that, so I’ll just leave it there. It’s been amazing to watch it change over the years. It’s also fun for me to see the commitment to history, and see the juxtaposition of the new Gotham rides right next to mini mine train and the sombrero ride. I’m saddened that the Flashback is no longer there, and I certainly miss setting a penny on my knee and watching it float up as the Cliffhanger gave way beneath us.
Melissa and I bought season passes this year, and have had fun trips alone as well as with our friends Jeff and Alecia and their 2 and 4 year olds. Apparently there’s a parent swap rule they just learned about, for all you folks with kids too small to ride. Originally we planned out trips trying to find the slower days, but after this last visit I’m starting to think they are all slower days.
A few rides like Batman here had literally zero line, and were able to ride a couple times in a row. If you haven’t been in a while, I suggest you check it out. They shortened their hours recently, even shorter than they had posted they would be open a few weeks ago, so I’m afraid they aren’t doing well. For the record, my family is not longer involved in the company, so I don’t really know. However, if you like rides, I suggest you think about making a visit. The weather is cooling off, and during the fall they are only open on the weekends, but still have Fright Fest and other cool events like that coming up. Summer hours are over, but Mel and I were able to go after work, get there by 6:30pm and feel fulfilled leaving before the park closed at 10. If you have any cool old pictures of Six Flags or even fond memories, I’d love to hear about it. I definitely think that having a killer theme park within a half hours drive is a big part of why Dallas Kicks Ass.
Dallas definitely Kicks Ass at eating out at restaurants. Hell, half of us will probably try to insist that we have the most restaurants per capita. As far as I can tell that’s comparable to the claims of the average wind speeds in Chicago (That Windy City thing is about politicians) I’m not here to confirm or deny that restaurant claim. I’m here to talk about the important stuff. Sometimes I want to eat a kick ass salad, but still at least have the opportunity get kinda tipsy. I’m going to focus on places that: a) are full service restaurants b) has a beer/wine or liquor license c) don’t typically hang their hat on their salad making abilities amd most importantly d) these salads have to be filling and keep you full. Anyone can make a salad, but it takes a special salad to keep you pleasantly full until the next meal time.
1: Chicken Cobb at The Common Table
The Common Table is a great spot on Fairmount St off Cedar Springs in Uptown. They boast a top tier craft beer selection, and a deep whiskey shelf to match. Their Fried Chicken Cobb is so good they look at me funny when I order anything else. And I’m a fat guy. It’s got a blue cheese dressing, with just enough funk and it never comes overdressed. It has a nice lettuce blend, sundried tomatoes, hard boiled egg, that Gorgonzola dressing and fried chicken. If you’re trying to go lean, you can switch to grilled chicken and it’s still Kick Ass.
2: Market Fish Salad at BrainDead Brewing
Two things I want to get out of the way. Number one. Yes, it’s a shitty picture. I was so excited to eat this thing again I just dove right in. Two, I also own BrainDead Brewing, so maybe I’m a little biased. But I didn’t click on this link, you did, so let’s get to the goods. I call this OG Market Fish Salad because Chef David went and took it away from the world for a little while. But it’s back. Jicama, roasted corn, and crispy tortilla strips make this salad a texture party. Radicchio, cotija cheese, and a lime vinaigrette are in there too. BrainDead Market Fish selections rotate with the catches and the freshness, but it’s always something good like Red Snapper or Golden Tile. BrainDead has house brewed beer, as well as guest taps from the locals and beyond, as well as wine and cider.
3: Summer Salad at Hopdoddy add Tuna Patty.
The Hopdoddy I’m judging off is the Preston Center location. Also, I specify Summer because it’s all about the watermelon, and other times of the year they put squash and stuff in it. I add the seared tuna patty from the tuna burger they have and that’s what makes it astounding. Other times of the year, I’ll order it too and it’s always good, but the watermelon and the the tuna sing like The Beach Boys. It just feels so right. Maybe the squash goes well a turkey patty. I’ll try that next time they deny me watermelon. If you’re not into the spicier greens like arugula, this one might not be for you. But it’s delicious. There are some white cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds, and a light vinaigrette, and you can still hang out with your friends that want to have a burger. And maybe they’ll even share their queso.
4: St Pete’s Dancing Marlin
St Pete’s has been holding down Commerce for as long as I can remember and Pete himself still holds down the bar service on Monday nights. Clearly a fisherman, this place is adorned with sailfish and cool old funk that can’t be faked. Ask around, and while most will point you towards the tuna sandwich, others swear by the lasagna, and others the cheesfries. But we’re talking salads, and this one is great. My lady goes Tuna Caesar, but both are great and on Monday it comes with an extra side of friendly conversation.
I’ve got a few Honorable mentions that stand out. Number one goes to Dot’s Hophouse. That Kale Caesar is a pretty killer side Salad. I haven’t added protein and usually eat it alongside their excellent burger, so I can’t really vouch for it on its own. Soon though. I hear people say adding shrimp is the way to go. I’ll find out soon.
Meddlesome Moth killed it recently with their summer pea and tuna salad. But I’ve only had it once, so I’ll leave it down here.
Also, I gotta give the BrainDead Drunken Steak a shout out too. I love that thing, it’s just I didn’t feel right giving Chef David two salads on this short list and I’m trying to stay somewhat impartial, but I’ll put it down here with an asterisk.
Articles that I looked at while forming my opinion on Dallas’s claim to having the most restaurants per capita.