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In Texas, Dallas Is The Place To Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Texas Monthly
The latest cover of Texas Monthly shows off the state's best new restaurants, including a few in North Texas.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: some of the best places to eat are in Big D; today is primary day; a very old map of Texas will be put up for auction; and more.

Did you know that some of Texas’ best new restaurants and bars are in Dallas? Texas Monthly has released its 13th edition of “Where to Eat Now” – and the best new restaurant is in Dallas: Spoon Bar and Kitchen. But two other new Dallas eateries made the top 10 list: Casa Rubia and CBD Provisions. But Fort Worth, don’t feel bad – Little Lilly is ranked No. 10. And two of the 10 best bars are in Dallas: CBD Provision and The Rustic. (Qui in Austin was ranked the best bar.) Reviews are here, but a subscription is required. The Dallas Morning News’ Leslie Brenner reviewed Spoon Bar and Kitchen, giving it four stars.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal to review the Farmers Branch immigration rental ordinance that would have forced renters to prove they were in the country legally in order to live in the city. The decision likely marks the end of an eight-year legal battle in which the city has spent millions of dollars in legal fees. The Storefront, an affiliate of the Bickel & Brewer law firm, has worked to oppose several versions of the ordinance since 2006. Lawyers were pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. “Our hope is that the city will close this unfortunate chapter in its history and begin to embrace the changing demographics of the community – as part of a more inclusive and dynamic future,” William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel & Brewer Storefront, said in a news release. Read more from KERA.

  • The Dallas International Film Festival has unveiled the first batch of movies it will show during this year’s event. Among the highlights: Words and Pictures (produced by Dallas-based Lascaux Films), Joe (which teams Nic Cage with Richardson native David Gordon Green) and Hellion from Austin director Kat Candler. The festival runs April 3-13; tickets go on sale March 17. “Approximately 150 films from all over the world will be screened during the 11-day festival and selecting the first 10 films is like completing the first mile in a marathon,” James Faust, the festival’s artistic director, said in a news release. KERA’s Stephen Becker has more on Art&Seek.

  • Meet a 100-year-old man who still drives. “The first car Clarence Griffith drove was a Model T Ford, which bounced and lurched along rutted roads south of Dallas, in what is now Waxahachie and Mansfield and Midlothian,” The Dallas Morning News reports. He turns 101 Wednesday. The News said: “In nearly 90 years on the road, the retired master electrician says he’s never had an accident or gotten a ticket — and a perfectly clean Texas Department of Public Safety driving record suggests he’s not exaggerating.” Griffith told The News as he drove his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis: “This driving stuff isn’t that complicated. All you have to do is keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.” Older drivers may not be as dangerous as you might think: Since 1997, older drivers have shown a greater reduction in fatalities than drivers between the ages of 35 and 54.
Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.