New Garland Taco Place Delivers Simple and Kicked-Up Eats

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

It’s all about a guy and a dream, and Peter To made it happen with his new taco restaurant Taco Bodega. When his friends started a taco place over in Richardson, he thought, “so can I!”

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Everything at Taco Bodega is simple, yet tasteful. You walk in, and it’s picnic tables and chairs and a large-screen TV to yell or scream at whichever game is on at the time.

But the food …!

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Exploring Grub Burger Bar’s Fanciful Sandwiches and Shakes

By Patrick St. Jean, Contributor

From the outside, Grub Burger Bar looks like a fairly typical fast-casual burger place, but the work put into the menu and the execution of the offerings are anything but typical.

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Grub’s Plano location (there’s one on Lower Greenville in Dallas) is nestled in a relatively new strip center on Preston Road just south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway. My companion Heather and I headed over to check it out on a recent evening, where, upon arrival, we met our host, Matt, who gave us a short tour of the joint. He told us that they bake their buns and grind their meat in-house. Ordering is like at many of the fast-casual type restaurants: queue up, place your order, grab a table and wait for your food to be delivered.

To start things off, Matt brought out a selection of adult beverages, including some sangria, a peach martini and a margarita.

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Exploring Urban South (and the Urban Jungle) with Infiniti QX30!

By Josue Alva, Contributor

“Mr. Alva, your car is ready.”

This was the call I received one brisk winter morning. As I walked outside, I was greeted by the Infiniti QX30 which is Infiniti’s first crossover vehicle. I was handed the keys to the Premium AWD version, which came with every bell you could want and a few whistles to boot. The exterior was appealing until you looked at the back.

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The profile view was sleek with aerodynamic creases. The grille had a determined glare, and its bottom lip jutted out as if to tell the other cars on the road that it shouldn’t be messed with. But then when you look at the back, all the tough talk goes out the window. This isn’t a jab at the QX30 alone; all these crossovers suffer from a smooshed-looking rear end. It looks like the guy who goes to the gym and skips leg day, every week.

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Bacon and Beer Fest Is Coming to Dallas!

Two of the best things to put in your face are joining forces and coming to Dallas in festival form: The Bacon and Beer Classic will arrive in Big D on Saturday, March 18, bringing with it samples of bacon dishes, endless bacon strips (!!!) and more than 50 regional craft beers to try. Think bacon strips, bacon on skewers, bacon on dessert … and some beer. Oh, man!

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While this festival has delighted visitors in other cities for years, this is the first time it’ll happen in Dallas. The Foundry in West Dallas (attached to Chicken Scratch) will host the salty-meaty-crunchy extravaganza, showcasing not just porky goodness and beer but giant Jenga, a photo booth, bacon- and suds-inspired faux tattoos and a bacon-eating contest, among other activities guest can dive into. Says Bacon and Beer Classic founder Kate Levenstien, “Dallas is a young, fun-loving city, and a dream destination for the Classic. I can’t wait to showcase the best bacon dishes and beers this city has to offer!”

Not quite hungry for this event yet? Check out the dishes that’ll be featured in Dallas …

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Coppell’s New Chicken Shack Would Make Grandma Proud

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

I had the opportunity to visit my grandma’s house a couple of weeks ago … no wait, it wasn’t Grandma’s house. It was Quincy’s Chicken Shack in Coppell!

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It just FELT like I was in Grandma’s house because of the atmosphere. I walked in and there were picnic benches with quilts covering haystacks for seats and bulk cans of beans with cute sayings on them. There was a huge, gorgeous chandelier, too, because Grandma has taste. In the far back was a bar that looks like a shack in Grandma’s yard that is perfect for spring and summer barbecue, but barbecue’s not the specialty here, it’s chicken.

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Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

Nerdlings, I have found a new place for you, called @nerdvana.food+spirits. It’s a fabulous gamer’s paradise/coffee shop/bar in Frisco across from the Toyota Stadium on Main Street, with craft beers and cocktails and, last but not least, upscale food. As they say, a place outside the norm.

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There are gaming booths to sit in and play pretty much whatever you want, but I went retro, played Mario Kart and sadly came in 8th place. So I consoled myself with some delicious cocktails. Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch | TheDallasDiva.com The Java Mana (right) has an energy drink and some mana, vodka, coffee and, according to the menu, a bit of sorcery. It’s a pretty strong drink, and I was wired for hours but, hey — it’s brunch! My guest had @nerdvana’s seasonal martini, a peppermint potion that tasted like Christmas; the restaurant changes the flavor of this drink every few months. In addition to these specialties, the restaurant offers brunch classics like mimosas and bloody Marys. You can sip and sit at the bar and play games on larger screens.

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