Around these parts, we call it Dallas drama: the stories Eater Dallas readers love to dip into are frequently ones about discord in the world, the hospitality industry, and around food. We don’t blame you. The gossip is hot, and we’ll take a plate if folks are serving it.
There were some bright spots in the city’s top reads this year, too, like chef Tiffany Derry landing a James Beard Award semifinalist spot, all the Major Food Group openings that couldn’t have been hotter, and the long-awaited opening of H-E-B.
Here are the stories Eater Dallas readers couldn’t get enough of in 2022.
This story started with a Dallas Morning News report on Casey La Rue allegedly putting unverified work experience at some of the country’s most prominent restaurants on his resume. It was followed by another report when his attorney issued a cease and desist letter to the paper, and La Rue pushed back on the allegations.
If you want to know why Tiffany Derry was picked as chef of the year in the 2022 Eater Dallas Awards, this is undoubtedly part of it. Derry would go on to get the furthest of any DFW person or place in this year’s competition, becoming a finalist. She’d also make one of our best plates of the year.
Why was dirty soda so darn popular as a concept? Maybe it was the TikToks, or perhaps we’re just underestimating how far some of y’all will drive to get a flavor-infused soda — cause this place was way off in Fairview.
We all love and cannot get enough of H-E-B. DFW has long been thirsty for more of these stores — and to eliminate the drive down to Waxahachie or Ennis just to shop at one. So when one finally opened in Frisco, followed quickly by a store in Plano, it was the talk of the town. Your Eater Dallas editor shared some fond H-E-B memories while waiting for the lines to die down.
After a TikTok video went viral of a former Texan turned Los Angelina shouting out Hillstone for selectively enforcing what he deemed to be a racist dress code, a conversation began about the institutional racism in ambiguous dress codes at restaurants.
A lot of opinions on our various social channels about this story. Some folks loved the idea and immediately made reservations at Caterina’s, while others thought it was one heck of an overstep. Either way, Love got everyone talking about his restaurant.
One of two openings for Major Food Group included Sadelle’s. It is as good as we were promised and will be on our brunch heatmap for the foreseeable future.
It would be a funny story if a locally-owned barbecue joint weren’t getting the wrong end of this misguided stick. The owner of Big Al’s in Dallas had to take to social media to let boycotters know they were targeting the wrong restaurant with their hate campaign and Yelp reviews.
If you’ve waited all year to get a reservation at Carbone Dallas, good news: enough folks finally got in that it’s not entirely impossible to land without knowing somebody. Is it worth the hype? Only you can judge.
And the top story of the year, coming in hot off of being published just this December, is speculation, fueled by a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report and some insight from chef Tim Love, that the Yellowstone universe might have purchased this classic steakhouse in the Stockyards. We’re looking forward to hearing a lot more about it in 2023.