Former DMN Restaurant Critic Waltrina Stovall Died on Tuesday

Teresa Gubbins reports Waltrina Stovall, former restaurant critic for the Dallas Morning News, died on Tuesday at Baylor Medical Center. She was 71. Waltrina’s voice in the food-writing community will be missed–she was straightforward and never shy to tell you how she really felt. Teresa was a long-time colleague and friend of Waltrina’s. For more, read Teresa’s story.


  • Rawlins Gilliland

    Dallas is a city that daily eats it’s own weight in foodie critique. But it is also a place that often as not lets someone who was a quiet contributor to its (media et al) culture pass virtually unnoticed. That Ms. Stoval’s death is not such a case. And to see on Christmas Eve, no less, her passing respectfully noted across the media town….is a nice thing to see and sense.

    Frankly, I would have read anything anyone with a name like Waltrina wrote. And I’m better (and fatter) for it. A slice of Pecan pie to all concerned. Merry Christmas.

  • publicnewssense

    She was a great editor, too, thus a great writer with an understanding of the value of words. Her kind is vanishing from what’s left of actual journalism.

  • Anne McKinney-Page

    Waltrina was a neighbor for many years. She lived just a few doors down from the bus stop, and she was often a fixture on her front porch. We shared many moments there, reflecting on politics, food, and our weird, weird neighbors.

    There were three things Waltrina loved above all: Her family, her pets… and good food… either discussing it, cooking it, or eating it.

    Since moving from the neighborhood, I only saw her a few times after that… but was always greeted with a smile, and a kind word.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your daughter, and your family.

    And when I make my famous Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie later, I will think of you, and smile.

    We’ll miss you, Waltrina.