Mercat: Patio Game Strong

Posted by on May 5, 2015 | No Comments »


Euro vibes, killer patio space, and Dallas weather. That’s my kind of triple threat.

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Mercat Bistro in Harwood District is working hard to check off all three boxes.

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If you’ve ever been to Spain you’ll understand the looks I got after my over excited squeal from seeing this hunk of meat hanging around.

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Because who doesn’t love teensy macaron surprises with their cappuccino?

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If you’ve been seriously lacking some Parisian sidewalk feels, order the Violet Fizz and sip away your woes.

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Braised Mushrooms with an egg on top. I wouldn’t mind a plate of these in my lunchbox everyday. These fresh fungi were packed with juicy, earthy flavors. Fried breadcrumbs should also be added to all mushrooms ever.

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Shishito Peppers are always fun when you want to play Russian roulette with your tongue. Because there’s no way to tell from appearance which peppers are going to light up your life, tread carefully amongst these salty sweethearts.

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Jamón ibérico is the delicious product of that ham leg I was drooling over earlier. Think prosciutto except quite a bit better. Much drier than its Italian cousin, jamón ibérico has a sweeter flavor imparted by the acorn fed hogs it’s harvested from. It’s still pretty difficult to find in the states, and is so worth the extra dollas – it will make you holla.

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Ricotta and Honey, this was Sara’s favorite dish of the evening. I can only describe it as the perfect summer afternoon snack after a long day of sitting on the porch reading your new book sipping on lemonade. Pretty sure orange zest has never hurt anything ever either.

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Sea Scallops with farro and mushrooms. This dish is crazy rich with deep mushroom flavors and fat, sweet scallops. Kind of like that pool full of gravy dream you won’t admit to having except way better.

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This spinach and mushroom quiche was SO QUICHE (@Ja’mie). The fluffiest filling pinched between golden brown crust, this ish is legit yall.

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We topped the night off with the dessert shooters – tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and lemon curd. The chocolate mousse was our overwhelming favorite, but probably because it tasted so delicious with the BOMB shaken espressos. Seriously. This drink is life changing.

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Harwood has lots of exciting openings in store for 2015 – check back with us in the fall to find out more about this up and coming Dallas hot spot! We know we’ll be making it our new home away from campus.

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Keep devouring dolls,

-A

 

Final Words from the Editors

Posted by on May 5, 2015 | 1 Comment »


*Cue Vitamin C’s Graduation Song*

It’s here. The day we have all dreaded… Schuyler and Shannon are spreading their wings and flying away. You may think we’re joking, but in all seriousness, we will all mourn the blog’s loss of the two people who have shaped it over the past four years.

With the help of our friends at Elements Boutique, it only seems fitting if we profile our editors, their time with SMUstyle, and hear their final thoughts one last time.

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Do you remember your first posts?

Sky: A DevouringDallas post DUH! HG supply when it first opened.

Shannon: A Christmas gift guide.

What was your favorite post? 

Sky: I love working with Elements. Their store is nothing short of amazing. Pulling the clothes and borrowing them for a day….highlight!

Shannon: I loved doing all of the different photoshoots, it’s so fun to dress up. Also, just doing posts on our blogger meetings. It’s something to look forward to every weekend, going to brunch and talking about things and goofing off.

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Where do you think the blog is going?

Sky: SMUstyle has a bright future. I could see it becoming a franchise and making it out of the SMU niche. There is so much passion, handwork and drive from the bloggers. It’s going viral kids.

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Where do you see yourself within the next five years?

Sky: In London…. peace out America

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Shannon: Schuyler and I are definitely leaving SMUstyle in good hands. I see it only growing from here, especially with further expanding readership from the SMU community to the Dallas community. Also, we’ve already heard of students at other schools reading the blog and I hope that we can influence these students to bring fashion blogs to other schools and universities.

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Where do you see yourself within the next five years?

Shannon: Hopefully in NYC working in the business side of fashion, whether that be in buying or PR. I’ve wanted to live in the city for as long as I can remember, so I know I’ll regret it if I don’t make the big move from the west (best) coast to the east coast.

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What soundtrack will you be playing while walking to get your diploma?

Sky: 

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Sky’s Final Words: SMUstyle has shaped my college experience. I am truly humbled and honored to have seen the blog succeed so much in just 4 years. It has given me a creative platform and the ability to establish myself. The bloggers are like family and we created our own little community. This is just the beginning #RushSMUstyle

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Shannon’s Final Words: I’m so grateful to have been apart of SMUstyle. Not only has it given me an outlet to share my love for fashion, but I have met some pretty awesome people along the way. It has also given me several opportunities to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the blog and has driven me to further explore Dallas. As excited and ready as I am to graduate (aka I’ve been counting down the days since September), I really am sad to leave our SMUstyle family behind. I can honestly say this blog is one of the top, if not the very best, experiences I’ve gained from SMU.

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-Clothes from Elements Boutique-

  We will miss you Sky and Shan!!!!

 

Music Monday: Finals Edition

Posted by on May 4, 2015 | No Comments »


If you’re like me, you’ve been dreading this week more than anything on this planet.

Not even the anticipation for a bikini wax compares to that of finals.Yep, it’s here- the week of all weeks that leaves us weak. To make your library sessions and your sleepless nights a little better, here are some solid tracks to keep you on track. 

Good luck to you all!

XX, n_bru

 

Not Fondren

Posted by on May 1, 2015 | No Comments »


Ah the last week of classes… This usually means that if you’re not already having long nights this week to catch up with all the lectures you slept through, projects you absolutely forgot about, and relentless teachers then you will be soon as finals are approaching. By next week if you’re not up in Fondy at the crack of dawn then good luck finding a spot that’s not too drafty or secluded. Instead of stressing for that prized table location in Cox, try out our six favorite great coffee, cool atmosphere, and fantastic study spots all around Dallas before you’re gone for the summer!

 

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Sip | Stir Cafe

3800 Mckinney Ave. #180
Dallas, TX 75204

weekdays: 7am – 9pm & weekends: 8am – 8pm

Order = Green Tea Latter

 

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The Wild Detectives

314 W Eighth St

Dallas, TX 75208

Monday: 2pm – 12am | Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30am – 12am | Sunday: 10am – 11pm

Order = Traditional Italian Macchiato

 

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Ascension

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. Suite A
Dallas, TX 75207

Monday: 7am – 7pm | Tuesday – Wednesday: 7am – 9pm | Thursday: 7am – 10pm

Friday: 7am – 10pm+ | Saturday: 8am – 10pm+ | Sunday: 8am – 6pm

Order = Cortado

 

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Mudsmith

2114 Greenville
Dallas, TX 75206

Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 11pm | Saturday: 7am – 11pm | Sunday: 7am – 10pm

Mudsmith = Iced Chai Latte

 

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Houndstooth

1900 N Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 7pm | Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 7pm

Order = Dirty Chai

 

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Magnolias – Sous Le Pont

2727 N. Harwood St. Suite P201,
Harwood, Dallas ,TX 75201

Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm | Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Order = The Shaken Espresso

 

Happy studying!

xx D

 

Finals [You Aren’t Alone]

Posted by on April 30, 2015 | No Comments »


It’s finals season again and summer break couldn’t come fast enough. I don’t know what happened this semester, but it seems like school just got INSANE somewhere after spring break. Nonetheless we’re soon to enter the hell-week that is finals, and I just wanted to let you all know that when you’re cracked out at 4 am in the library feeling like you just can’t do it anymore,  you’re not alone.

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Pause….It’s already May? 

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Starting Finals

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When you’re trying to get your shit together but it’s all over the place

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Walking Through Fondy

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Looking at the first chapters of the book

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“It’s All on the PowerPoints”

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I’m sure….

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Half way done with the essay, but surprise, single spaced

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EATING HEALTHY? 

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#ALREADY OVER IT

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You’ve been staring at the computer screen for too long

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Oh You Only Have 2 Finals?

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You Try Eating But You Just Can’t 

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You’ve slept 4 hours in the past 48 

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TBH, You’re Just Being Dramatic

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Graduation? 

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May The Odds Be In Your Favor

-Tay

 

smuSTYLE ICONS

Posted by on April 29, 2015 | No Comments »


We all have that someone who is a source of inspiration, ESPECIALLY when talking fashion. From Olivia Palermo to Iris Apfel, here are our style icons.. &  yes, we all wish we could be them for at least ONE day.

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xx,

AB

 

Crushin’ It

Posted by on April 29, 2015 | No Comments »


Drop that HBCB and wipe the Animal fries from your face: there’s a new late night spot in town and it’s kicking your fast food faves to the streets.

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Crushcraft is cooking up Thai street eats like nowhere else in the Metroplex. The surroundings are casual and authentic, decorated with cardboard boxes and license plates shipped straight from Bangkok. Oh, and they keep the kitchen going until 3 am on the weekends.

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Ask the crew for menu suggestions, they’ll help you navigate the options to make sure you’re not coughing up chilis if you hate spice, or help get your ears steaming if the heat is what you’re looking for.

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Speaking of the heat, Crushcraft has a fully stocked spice bar with 6 different options to spice up your life. If you enjoy unintentional tears during your meals, I recommend the chili oil. *cough*

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Now for the good stuff.

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#5 OG Phat Thai, an upgraded version of your pad thai go-to. Low on heat but high on flavor, this tamarind infused dish will feel like the home cooking of the Thai grandma you always wanted.

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#8 Suar Rong Hai, beware of the chili oil non-spicers, I think I’ve still got a hole burned in my throat from catching a stray flake. I managed to taste through the red hot haze and get to the balanced spice and tender meat of this grilled steak dish. Daniela and I agreed this was the best meat we tasted and we’d gladly go back for more.

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#3 Kra-Pao, can you say no to anything with a fried egg on top? Me either. Think of this as your Taco Bell upgrade, and by upgrade I mean completely different and a thousand times better but really you should not be going to Taco Bell at 2 am anymore and Crushcraft is open so just go there for your seasoned ground meat needs please.

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#7 Khao Soi, my favorite of the meal. This curry blasted chicken and noodle dish is my ultimate late night dream, sweet with a kick on the back end and crunchy wontons on top to switch up the texture. You might need a night at Avenu to numb up the spice sensors to get through the whole bowl, but it’s so very worth it.

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The Signature Green Papaya Salad will kick in you in the mouth and you will like it. If you’re not familiar with this citrusy, refreshing dish, you’re missing out on a fabulous meatless meal.

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Thai Fried Boiled Eggs, I was confused too. Basically, a boiled egg that is then fried on the outer layer only and smothered in a sweet tamarind sauce. A seemingly simple recipe, but the layers of textures and flavors are unexpected and thoroughly pleasing.

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Thai tea is already my favoritest ever and if you haven’t tried it I’m not sure we can be friends. The fruit waters were FAB and wonderfully refreshing. They send you straight into summer mode and would be perfect to help you cool off on a hot Dallas day.

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Plus a to go drink comes with the most adorable packaging straight from the streets of Thailand.

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Next time you’re piling into an uber and bribing the driver with a promise of chicken fries to drive thru some fast food dump, remember Crushcraft is way better and a damn good bang for your buck.

Keep Devouring Dolls,

-A

 

All the Jewelry Lovers in the House

Posted by on April 27, 2015 | No Comments »


Before I could even form complete sentences I wore Minnie Mouse clip on earrings all day every day, and in everyone of my soccer team pictures from the age of four I’m decked out in layers of pearls. Needless to say I’ve been jewelry obsessed forever, and along the way have learned a bit about what to buy and where to buy it. These are some of my most worn and favorite pieces, and I’ll tell you why! My number one rule should just be stated at the beginning of this post: always think of your jewelry be an extension of your personality…don’t follow trends. Or if you do wear them because you genuinely want to! Wear what you want to wear when you want to wear it. Also more is more. I dare you to wear 4 necklaces at once. I assure you its possible (my record is 13 if I remember correctly).Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.47.14 PM

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Statement earrings are something to be always on the lookout for–not just when you have a specific event. One thing I usually spend more money on are my statement earrings, but thats not to say that I’ve found some real gems at H&M and in shops in Chinatown. When scouring a cheapy store for some statement earrings, the one rule I would follow is to never buy the ones with the little coil at the top under neath the hook that goes through your ear…if you don’t know what I’m talking about then you will when you see one of these things. It makes them look significantly cheaper and less dressy in my opinion. Also, look a the back of the earrings, sometimes those are sketchy looking and are never attractive when your hair is up. Baublebar is a hit or miss but its always worth the shot to me, I’ve found some amazing things on there. My all time favorite place for quality pair at a fair price is J.Crew, especially those in their Lulu Frost collaborations they do each season.

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 Cuffs are definitely my preferred bracelet because you can dress them up or dress them down so much! It also makes getting dressed so much faster than sitting there and stacking a million bracelets. Two of these are by the brand River Island (I believe) that I got off of ASOS, they usually have great finds. Another cuff buying tip is to look for the ones that are sold in pairs. Even though wearing matching cuffs isn’t a huge trend anymore, it rocks to just have two in case you lose on or it gets super scratched or something! Usually the pairs cost about as much as buying a single cuff if you are buying them from somewhere inexpensive like Nasty Gal. I also have gotten way more use out of these blingly stacking bracelets as I would have thought. They look amazing layered with dressy gold and silver jewelry or with casual beaded and wrap bracelets. I love their vintage vibe and the neutral color palette of gold, white, and diamond (or shall I say cubic zerconia).Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.47.14 PM

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Vintage jewelry is a must!!! You can get incredible one of a kind pieces for unreal deals. I typically find that vintage jewelry is well made and pretty durable. Both of these pieces I have had for at least 5 years and have survived loads. The necklace was bought at an outdoor market in New York, and the earrings were from a vintage store in LA. But you don’t even need to be in a big city to score some great vintage bling– I’ve found stuff at Goodwill!! Also, ask relatives about any costume (or not!) jewelry that is in the family they would want to share with you. It is totally worth the hunt– you will feel très cool when someone asks you where you found such a ring and you tell them its vintage.Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.47.14 PM

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I’m such a sucker for rings. When I graduated high school I received four stacking rings in a combination of rose gold, yellow gold, and silver with diamonds and sapphires. They were the best present ever…I have seriously worn them everyday for two years. While I am more into dainty rings these days, statement rings will always reign supreme. I kid you not Juicy Couture was a statement ring mecca but alas is gone. Topshop and Kate Spade make my other favorite ones. I used to buy SO MANY rings from Forever 21, but the stones fall out and they tarnish so quickly that its just smarter to pay a little more in order to get some actual wear out of them. Stella & Dot makes great quality statement rings, and has styles that are both that are trendy and classic.Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.47.14 PM

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Even though I’ve been wearing way more earrings than necklaces these days, my necklaces will always be my number ones. Chokers are by far my favorite jewelry trend to happen in my lifetime, I can’t imagine my life without them now. The two shown are from Scoop and Free People. While I tend to be a gold jewelry person, I have a few silver necklaces that I get a ton of use out of and love pairing with my gold jewelry. While it is hard to find a well-made statement necklace, the silver Southwerstern-inspired one shown is from Forever 21. One tip for buying cheap statement necklaces is to pay attention to the chain…often times they spend all of their money making an beautiful design at the front and then just attach a cheap wimpy chain to carry it around.  Chains in general are something to be aware of in lower-priced jewelry. Turquoise jewelry, especially layering necklaces, I cannot speak highly enough of. They look good with almost any color– I can wear one with almost every article of clothing I own. Gold layering chains are also a must have. Henri Bendel makes my favorites, they look way more expensive than they are. Gorjana is my other favorite line for gold chains. Also…buy a body chain if you don’t already have one. I thought they were tacky and overtly sexy for a while but when you wear them just over your normal clothes they look so effortless but still glam. Another great necklace buying tip is to buy from local designers. You can really get a lot of bang for you buck, plus who would rather give you money to some store than to your friend?! I’ve also scored some of my favorite necklaces in non-clothing stores or jewelry stores, rather in interior design stores and at little gift shops. Always keep your eye out!Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.47.14 PM

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Last but not least…what I call my “sentimental jewelry” will always be my favorite. I wear most of these pieces every day and love thinking about every one who gave them to me or who they used to belong to when I’m wearing them. Always ask for jewelry.

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xx, SWM

 

The Grilled Cheese Gods Have Answered…..

Posted by on April 27, 2015 | No Comments »


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Everyone who knows me, knows that my #1 favorite food is grilled cheese. Being the self-proclaimed Grilled Cheese Queen, you could only imagine how stoked I was to hear that Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. (aka grilled cheese heaven where all your grilled cheese dreams will come true) was opening. Located in Bishop Arts, this awesome restaurant serves up a menu packed with many grilled cheese options (duh), grilled cheese inspired starters, and some great cocktail and beer options, like an alcoholic root beer float……. YUM.

Whether you are in the mood for a taste of childhood, or you’re like me and think a grilled cheese reigns supreme to any meal, head over to Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. and bring all your cheesey dreams to life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

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The Caprese: grilled sourdough with pesto, mozzarella, basil, and tomato aka a little taste of Italy

 

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Grilled PB & J: your ultimate childhood throwback

 

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The Buffalo Chicken: grilled sourdough, marinated chicken breast, Swiss cheese, and DGC wing sauce

 

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The Via Augusta: grilled rustic bread, dry-cured chorizo, fig jam, and Manchego

 

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Happy Monday!

xxSL

 

Lusch(ious) and Red Hot

Posted by on April 24, 2015 | No Comments »


Calling all hot dog enthusiasts: I’ve found your new favorite spot in town! Luscher’s Red Hots in Deep Ellum is serving up some seriously scrumptious sausages, and all without those pesky hormones and antibiotics that make you feel so *ick*. They didn’t do a bad job on the branding either.

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Seeking to link Chicago style dogs to Texas ingredients, Luscher’s is working hard to give you the best product available.

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Pasture raised, anti-biotic and hormone free meat is used in all dishes. And guys. It makes a HUGE difference. Flavor is favored people.

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If you, like me, have never heard of or tried Green River, pick up a cup of the lime green, Chicago-based brand to pair perfectly with your dog.

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Reclaimed wood fills the space with a ranchy feel, putting the restaurant right at home in the heart of Dallas.

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Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hot – fresh bread from a local bakery, in-house made-from-scratch relish and mustard, and a multi-layered flavoring of meat stuffed into all natural casing. Top wit with a jalapeño and you’ve got an Instagram-worthy and mouth watering lunch. The meat is rich and smoky, like you were sitting on the back porch of a ranch house in south Texas with the grill going. This is not a two buck hot dog, and that is a very, very good thing.

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I’ll just start this off with my assertion that these are the best onion rings I have ever tasted. That is not an exaggeration. I want them again right now just looking at them. And don’t they photograph beautifully? These are how you always want onion rings to taste: crispy, sweet, crunchy, and salty. There is no room for a soggy greasefest with these babies; just make sure you’re prepared to hate yourself a little for eating the entire order in under a minute and still wanting more when you’ve licked the last crumbs from your fingers.

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Crispy fries, again sans the guilt-inducing grease, and slaw made without mayonnaise let you enjoy that indulgent meal of carbs without the fast-food hangover after.

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“Eye-Talian” Beef sandwich – I could eat a bowl of this meat, plain, with nothing else. It’s that good. I didn’t mind it on the sandwich either. More fresh bread and in-house relish with spicy jalapeños. Where would it go wrong? It didn’t.

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BBQ Oak Roasted Fran’s Chicken -For all you poultry lovers out there, no worries, I’ve got you covered. This sandwich is the better version of the other chicken sandwiches you’ve had; familiar flavors, but better ingredients. Which as I’ve mentioned before, changes the game entirely. The bacon is oozing with flavor, the chicken is NOT I repeat NOT dry (hard to come by these days) and the skin is seasoned and cooked to a nice crispy golden brown, and then smothered in a sweet BBQ sauce.

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Luscher’s is doing it right. Good food is the future, and it’s well worth the couple extra dollars. I know I’ll be back soon for a potato sack full of onion rings and a gallon of Green River.

If you haven’t heard, Deep Ellum is the place to be for new, up and coming spots. Make a lunch event of it and wander around for a couple hours taking in the not-so-typical-Dallas-scene.

Keep Devouring Dolls,

-A