Dave Faries is Leaving The Dallas Observer

The Teegster has the Outburst. Dave Faries has the story: he is leaving his position as the Observer‘s dining critic and returning to the Old World. Faries was living in Prague when he took the job at the DO. He says, “Before leaving Prague I had promised to spend a year in a top 10 market, re-learning the joys of top level cuisine (something the Czechs were short of) and learning the art of blogging. I’ve exceeded that, loitering here for many months more. It’s just hard to shake…But, I have opportunities to pursue in the Old World–the life of a shabby expat, you know.”

Dotoho” Dave, we will miss you. Have a palacinka for me.  SO, here’s the big question: who will fill his post? Dallas Dude? Worzel Gummidge? Scott? You guys pick.


  • i nominate dallas dude.

    dave will be missed. super nice guy and knowledgeable in high (and low) cuisine here in town.

  • whatever

    I second the DallasDude rec! Love, love, love reading the “Dude”.

  • Scagnetti

    Scott is the truth and conscience of the Dallas food landscape.

  • Saef Harv

    I third the nomination for DallasDude. No one knows the local scene like the Dude!

  • whatever

    What would a blood sucking attorney know about truth or conscious?

  • Brad


    I’d expect that a doctor would know about conscious(ness). An attorney might bill you $350/hr to point out that conscience would be the correct use.

    Either way, I’ll take Scott. I’m not a fan of DallasDude.

    Or, how about the Teegster? It’s so hard to follow her stuff on PegNews – at least I’d have a viable bookmark to her work if she went to the Observer…

  • Worzel Gummidge

    @whatever: John Edwards is not a candidate.

  • whatever

    oops, meant conscience. lol, please excuse my typo and my poor multi-tasking.

  • Billusa99

    whatever… There you go again. Scott is not an attorney. He’s not a twit, either.

  • Kelly

    I have followed the Dallas Dude on many of the local blogs and enjoy his style and his recommendations that have put me and my husband in some great restaurants. Some high end some seedy but great. I think he already works at the Observer so it is not a stretch!

  • Credencefan

    Scagneti claims to be an attorney on several web sites including a sports blog he posted on at one time and a pizza blog and chowhounding

    I think that is what that guy is refering to. Scag is a dick most every where which is probably the source of hostility towards him/ her

  • whatever

    The attorney comment was at Scagnetti, and yes, he is a colossal a****** on every site he “contributes” to. I was not referring to Scott. Simmer down, Bill.

  • Knox Harrington

    It would have to be someone knowlegable about FOOD, not the Dallas dining scene.Not to knock the Observer, but the reviews are marginal at best in terms of having impact on a restaurants business, unlike say the DMN and D Mag.

  • luniz

    I hope whoever replaces Dave is similar to him. Somebody who writes well, knows a lot about food, and frankly, is male.

  • prettybib

    I like DallasDude. Is luniz on every blog in town? Maybe he should submit his curriculum vitae.

  • Luniz, you whole roasted pig! Why don’t you do it? You’d be great.

  • Worzel Gummidge

    “Luniz, you whole roasted pig! Why don’t you do it? You’d be great”

    Too far to drive?

  • Worzel, it’s a blog. You don’t have to drive. There is a 7-11 on every corner with Cheetos and Barefoot wine. Come on, Luniz.

  • DallasDude

    Since Dave hired me and is now gone, I would be happy just to be able to sweep up at night much less take over his old daunting task.

    Dave will always be considered a good friend and I will miss him at his post. He made the food blogging a fun read. I spoke to him earlier today at home and I think he was watching Oprah and sounding quite content. Not sure if he was eating Cheetos, maybe some knedliky.

  • DallasDude! You’re back in the saddle! Go for it! Are you going to continue your posts??

  • luniz

    No offense to DallasDude, but Dave is a better writer than both of us combined. I’d rather see them stick with somebody of his caliber. I’d be pretty disappointed if they hired somebody with no more experience than I have.

  • Mark G.

    Another vote for DallasDude who is being far too humble about his qualifications. Noone knows food like he does.

  • Mark G., I love Peter Noone. I didn’t realize he knew food too. Thanks for allowing me to get three songs on SideDish today. ENJOY

  • David Marsh

    Dallas Dude is EXTREMELY knowledgable and has first hand experience in the restaurant business. Dallas Observer would be foolish not to promote him.

  • Jamey

    @luniz – finally, a comment I can agree on. Dave was certainly a great person at heart – It will be interesting to see the direction of COA without his presence.

  • Kirk


  • …andthenisaid

    oh, kirk. you always know how to bring a smile to my face.