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From The Dining Critic's Notebook


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Best Lists

The 10 Best Things Our Dining Critic Ate in Dallas in 2021

Let us look back on some of the most thrilling bites this year offered.
Celebrity Chefs

First Bite: Nick Badovinus’ East Quarter National Anthem

The food is all over the map, so just find your specific bliss. (Ours is the Reuben.)
Behind the Review

Behind the Review: Small But Mighty, Shoyo Is a Meditation on Craft

On Greenville Avenue find a tiny omakase operation where, under the surface, lies a world of skill.


Behind the Review

Behind the Review: Carte Blanche Exalts Wild Game

At the Lower Greenville restaurant and bakery, chefs Casey and Amy La Rue proffer wild-hunted meat on the plate and in pastries.
Homemade malai is infused with delicate lavender syrup.
From the Dining Critic's Notebook

A Dining Critic Reflects on the Return to Writing Reviews

Reviews are—thankfully, gloriously—back, Dallas. After the year-plus that we've had, especially in the restaurant industry, what will reviews really mean moving forward?
Image of Carlo Gattini, gelato maker and owner of Botolino, inside his Lower Greenville scoop shop.
From the Dining Critic's Notebook

In Gelato Man, Dallas Director Captures Botolino’s Impassioned Gelato Maker

Local filmmaker Sawyer Skipper focuses his lens on gelatiere Carlo Gattini in a not-yet-released, nine-minute movie.
habanero-brined chicken breast, crinkle-cut pickles, and fuku mayo, all in between a Martin's potato roll.
Celebrity Chefs

The Much-Hyped Fuku Comes to Dallas

The story behind—and the amazing hunt for—a fried chicken sandwich from chef David Chang of Momofuku fame.
Caramelized onion kanelboller served with: French culture butter marbled with pickled blueberry powder, whipped nduja with wood roasted tomatoes and marinated anchovies with sugar rush peppers and Chardonnay vinegar.

Meridian at The Village Dallas Readies Its Debut

Here’s what you should know about the vast culinary gem led by executive chef Junior Borges. Besides the fact that it's opening on May 11.