Archive for May, 2005

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

But if you work downtown, near the West End, there is a damn cheap lunch for just $3.95.

It’s called the Record Grill at 605 Elm Street, that’s Elm and Market Streets.

Now this joint comes with a bunch of caveats: It’s a dive. The health inspector doesn’t know it exists. The owners can’t spell ambiance. The cooks don’t know what Atkins or South Beach are. Your best bet is taking it to go. And if you just love nearby Corner Bakery or Chipotle, don’t bother giving it a test drive.

If however, you want a good, home cooked, down and dirty, daily lunch special or a decadent diner breakfast to go, this is the place. Daily lunch specials are usually broiled chicken, green beans and salad. Or meatloaf, mashed potatos and carrots. Or chicken fried steak, fries and greens. And it’s always just $3.95 including tax.

It’s not for everyone and you certainly can’t do it every day. But it’s the best lunch at the cheapest prices within blocks. And lastly, it’s so nice to eat in Dallas at someplace that isn’t a chain.

Trader Vic’s Will Return!

Ahhh. The venerable Trader Vic’s will make its triumphant return to Dallas next year, at the new Hotel Palomar at Mockingbird and Central. Trader Vic’s, the home of the original mai tai, was at the same location for years, back when the old Hilton was in its heyday and Bob Hope had a penthouse suite there. So now, the only questions left are: what sort of food will Trader Vic’s have and will it be worth the hassle of getting there after this intersection gets even more clogged with traffic?

Mark Your Calendar

The countdown has begun…Ikea, Frisco. The Ikea-Powers-That-Be have released the official date that cheap furniture bedlam will commence: August 3rd. They are hiring 400 people to provide crowd control staff the store.

The store is said to have four complete model homes, more demo rooms than you can possibly want to walk through, and a Swedish restaurant – because the Swedes are known for their cuisine.

Does this count as a Dallas event?

Well, it’s been to Deep Ellum, then Fort Worth, now it comes to Addison (one of the best parts of Dallas.) ARTFEST in Addison Circle will be held this Memorial Day weekend.

The details are at

More and more people seem to be staying home on these long weekends when I-35 is packed, the lakes are jammed with unsober boaters and we begin to hunker down for another long hot scorcher.

Someone in Addison needs to be canonized for the park that was built up there. It’s now the host venue to everything from Taste of Addison to Pepsi KidAround. It’s wonderful.

If you go, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is there are air conditioned indoor potties. The bad news is that all three cash machines in Addison Circle are permanently out of money. Hit the 7-Eleven before you get there.

Gosh I Hope This Works

The Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth is sponsoring a Heart Gallery. The gallery shows photos of children currently in the foster care system. Each child is searching to find an adoption family. Maybe your family.

Today!! Saturday, May 14th, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thomas Kinkade Galleries, 302 Main Street, Fort Worth

Exciting as Watching Grass Grow

Has anyone ever actually purchased a ticket to the Byron Nelson golf tournament? Or is every single person who goes attending on the largesse of some vendor, pharmaceutical rep, or business associate? A quick survey of my friends revealed that no one has actually paid for a ticket.

In a related question, do people watch golf at the Byron? Or is everyone just enjoying the libations in the hospitality tents?

Mambo Italiano: A Review

It’s been a stage hit in Canada for years and even made into a somewhat weak film in 2003. The Uptown Players current rendition is a wonderful production of this great peek into Italian-Canadian (or is it Canadian-Italian?) culture with great performances, many laughs and more than a few moments of introspection.

What’s it like to grow up gay and Italian, with a hard-nosed, loud-mouthed Mama along with a father who thinks if he had pushed his son to play hockey as a child, he might have turned out straight? That’s just the beginning of this plot after we see that the son in question, Angelo, is living with his hunky Italian childhood friend Nino, and they’re more than roommates. Wait until Nino’s Mama finds out! That’s just the start of the fireworks cooked up by these dysfunctional families, along with a bimbo named Pina and Angelo’s sister who’s very close to being an alcoholic and pill-popper.

The acting performances were superb and the lighting and overall production were magnifico!

Mambo Italiano is playing through May 22nd at the Trinity River Arts Center, located at Stemmons Freeway and Motor.

Hurry! Tickets are going fast.

Wright Is Wrong


Southwest Airlines has a new website calling for the repeal of the Wright Amendment.

As Moses said: Set My People Free! Let competition flourish and Dallasites have a choice.

Rock For Choice

Here’s your chance to Rock for Choice! NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and the Texas Equal Access Fund are having a benefit concert at Dan Silverleaf in Denton on Saturday, May 7th. There’s a great musical lineup with KRISTY KRUEGER, BAGG, and THINKING ROOM, plus cool merchandise and a pro-choice crowd! Enjoy a great evening of entertainment while supporting Texas women’s reproductive rights. Cover charge $5. All proceeds benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and the Texas Equal Access Fund.

PLEASE forward this announcement to your friends and acquaintainces. We want this to be a ROCKING event — let’s make it loud and clear that Texas is full of people who are pro-choice!!

Directions from Dallas to Dan Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton: Head north to Denton on I-35. Exit Ft. Worth Dr./Carroll Dr./Hwy 377 and take a right. Head north into the center of town to Hickory St. and take a right. Proceed through the square. Once you have passed the square take a right on Industrial and you are there. There’s a map on the website at

Shopping for the Good Stuff

If you’re the outdoors type and live in the North Dallas and nosebleed suburbs, get ready for the grand opening of REI Plano this Friday, May 6th. The first 300 people ages 12 and over get a water bottle (woo hoo) and gift cards valued between $5 and $100. The store is located at the NE corner of Preston and Park in Preston Towne Crossing, 2424 Preston Rd. The phone is 972-985-2241. Doors open at 10am. More info at their website.

My favorite outdoor place to shop for outdoor and travel stuff is Whole Earth Provision Company, located across from Mockingbird Station, but that’s just because it’s more convenient.

Shop on!

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