February 2005

Features

Who Might Make It Next Time

Feb 1, 2005 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

• Matthew Dowd, 43, and Mark McKinnon, 49, Austin The two Bush campaign veterans have returned to Texas, consultant Dowd to set up his own firm and media guru McKinnon to return to Public Strategies, his old stomping ground. Their political talent and impeccable credentials will have an impact…

Who’s Not On The List

Feb 1, 2005 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

• Rick Perry, 54, Austin He’s one of the best campaigners Texas has ever seen, but that’s all that can be said. Beyond the inherent powers of the office, the assets that earn a governor extra clout are an uplifting vision for the future, broad-based popular support, and the…

Directory

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

• Beso, – Closed • Cretia’s on McKinney, 4438 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 214-252-9300 • El Chile Cafe y Cantina, 1809 Manor Road, Austin, 512-457-9900 • Fireside Pies, 2820 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas, 214-370-3916 • George, – Closed • Hector’s on Henderson, 2929 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas, 214-821-0432 • Julia’s Bistro,…

Where to Eat Now 2005

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

What’s on the menu this year? Not the best new restaurants of all time, perhaps—but you’ll still love the veal shank at 17, the Texas quail at T’afia, the Guinness stout cake at George, and the fusion of French and Mexican cooking at Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana. And don’t forget to order the fish . . . everywhere.

The Best of the Rest

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

• Tell me if this idea is not totally Dallas: a restaurant with a conjoined clothing boutique. At Cretia’s on McKinney, both sexes can peruse trendy garb while the kitchen whips up their food. To be honest, I prefer lunches here because the damage to my pocketbook is less if…

Power

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

What it is and isn’t. Who has it and who doesn’t. Our 2005 list.

Columns

Reporter

15 More Original hits

Feb 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

Texas lost a founding father of tejano when Bishop native ISIDRO LOPEZ passed away last August. López, whose half-Apache blood earned him the nickname El Indio, was a born star; his chiseled good looks, seductively warm sax sound, and impossibly mellifluous voice destined him for fame. Starting on the saxophone…

The White League

Feb 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

In THOMAS ZIGAL’s sophisticated thriller THE WHITE LEAGUE (Toby Press), New Orleans coffee magnate Paul Blanchard peeks beneath the Mardi Gras masks of his fellow captains of industry and discovers a secret society still fighting for segregation long after its antecedent—the real-life White League—was believed disbanded in 1877. Blanchard, cut…

As Hot As It Was You Ought To Thank Me

Feb 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

Secrets are hard to keep in a small town like Pinetta, Florida, and a devastating hurricane further lays bare the private lives of Pinetta’s families in AS HOT AS IT WAS YOU OUGHT TO THANK ME (Back Bay Books), a jewel of a novel by Austinite NANCI KINCAID. Blossoming…

One Ranger

Feb 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

As a memoir, ONE RANGER (UT Press) is all over the map, but, oh, the places you’ll go in this collection of anecdotes from retired Texas Ranger H. JOAQUIN JACKSON, with DAVID MARION WILKINSON. Jackson serves as a folksy but savvy tour guide to a career that stretched from 1966…

Little Las Vegas

Feb 1, 2005 By felixgillette

Gambling, in case you were wondering, is still illegal in Texas. But for the past decade, elusive entrepreneurs from around the country have been slipping into towns like Kingsville and quietly setting up small-time casinos that combine the slots of Atlantic City with the decor of an OfficeMax and the convenience of a Circle K. Try your luck?

Send Me Home

Feb 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

Like the singer Gillian Welch, Austinite DAO STROM’s stark and lonesome music seems to hail from the Appalachians, though both she and Welch were raised in California. The similarities end there, however. Strom was born in Saigon (she fled the country in her mother’s arms) and is a graduate of…

Delirium Tremolos

Feb 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

When word arrived that Dallas-reared Redneck Mother RAY WYLIE HUBBARD was releasing an album made up almost entirely of covers, anticipation set in. Hearing artists break from their modus operandi to creatively interpret the works of others can be an unexpected treat. But to paraphrase Groucho Marx: I had a…

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Books That Cook

Feb 1, 2005 By Cameron Siewert

Some women depend on their little black book to cook up something spicy, but in Dallas another color takes the cake. The “Blue Book,” as resident chefs term The Dallas Junior League Cookbook, is now in its sixth printing, and its red-hot recipes are tastier than ever. First created in…

Split Personality

Feb 1, 2005 By Patricia McConnico

Executive editor S. C. Gwynne, who wrote this month’s cover story, talks about Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, his seemingly average-guy life in Midland, and his powerful persona in Austin.

Liquid Assests

Feb 1, 2005 By Patricia Sharpe

The Beat Goes On Steaming, cinnamony, sweet as your darling’s kiss, MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE might be the perfect twist on the traditional box of candy this Valentine’s. For each serving, heat a cup of water, milk, cream, or any combination thereof along with about a third of a tablet of…

Strip House

Feb 1, 2005 By Patricia Sharpe

Innuendo is definitely on the menu at the Strip House, a New York import that is Houston’s latest purveyor of prime beef. The red flocked wallpaper evokes a classy bordello, languorous French burlesque dancers gaze from vintage photos, and at least once a night, the sound system can be counted…

Miscellany

Marsha Sharp

Feb 1, 2005 By Evan Smith

“A lot of people are perfect fits for universities. I’m a perfect fit for Texas Tech. I understand West Texas. I am West Texas.”