March 2003

Features

Bard of the Border

Mar 1, 2003 By Cecilia Ballí

The most promising young fiction writer in Texas is Oscar Casares, whose tales of life in Brownsville have put him and his hometown on the literary map.

Where to Eat Now

Mar 1, 2003 By Patricia Sharpe

In our annual roundup of the restaurants everyone's talking about, you'll find a bare-bones taquería, a bastion of cowboy chic, a snazzy deconsecrated church—and dishes that range from soup (squash blossom) to nuts (toasted cashews with chocolate-swirled bread pudding). Not to mention a little French place in San Antonio that's the best of the best.

Chasing Shadows

Mar 1, 2003 By John Spong

Why is James Evans so good at photographing the mavericks and renegades who make Big Bend one of the most interesting places on earth? Because he is one himself.

Houston

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Aries 4315 Montrose Boulevard 713-526-4404 A Taste of Portugal 11650 Jones Road 281-469-8691 Azuma Sushi and Robata Bar 5600 Kirby Drive 713-432-9649 Boulevard Bistrot 4319 Montrose Boulevard 713-524-6922 Cafe Annie 1728 Post Oak Boulevard 713-840-1111…

San Antonio

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Azuca 713 S. Alamo 210-225-5550 Biga on the Banks 203 S. St. Mary’s 210-225-0722 Bistro Vatel 218 E. Olmos Avenue 210-828-3141 Bob’s Smokehouse 1506 S. St. Mary’s 210-532-5711 Boudro’s on the Riverwalk 421 E. Commerce 210-224-8484…

Fort Worth

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Angeluna 215 E. Fourth 817-334-0080 Café Modern Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell 817-840-2157 Chisholm Club Renaissance Worthington Hotel 222 Main 817-210-2222 Lonesome Dove Western Bistro 2406 N. Main 817-740-8810 Railhead Smokehouse…

Austin

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Ararat Middle Eastern Restaurant 111 E. North Loop Boulevard 512-419-1692 Asti Trattoria 408 E. Forty-third 512-451-1218 Chez Nous 510 Neches 512-473-2413 Eddie V’s Edgewater Grill 301 E. Fifth 512-472-1860 El Mesón Taquería 5808 Burleson Road…

Dallas

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Abacus 4511 McKinney Avenue 214-559-3111 Bistro Latino 6112 Luther Lane 214-360-0922 Bob’s Steak and Chop House 4300 Lemmon Avenue 214-528-9446 Ciudad D.F. 3888 Oak Lawn Avenue 214-219-3141 Dragonfly Hotel ZaZa 2332 Leonard 214-550-9500 Green…

Genius

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

By now we've heard plenty about how smart senior presidential adviser Karl Rove is, and how he's the most powerful political consultant of all time, and how he delights Republicans and bedevils Democrats. But how did the man who made George W. Bush famous get to be famous—and infamous—himself?

Web

On the Road

Mar 1, 2003 By Eileen Schwartz

THIS BUG’S FOR YOU Thanks to plenty of rain last summer, Cajun country should be crawling with crawfish this year. The good news for Texans is that we don’t have to go all the way to Louisiana to get our fix of mudbugs. There are plenty of Cajun-oriented restaurants in…

Sports Fan

Mar 1, 2003 By Jordan Breal

Writer Skip Bayless talks about the Dallas Cowboys, Bill Parcells, and his pick for next year's Super Bowl winner.

What’s In Store

Mar 1, 2003 By Patricia Sharpe

BOTTOMS UP It’s a good thing no one ever convinced Hamilton Rousseau that soft drinks would ruin his appetite, rot his teeth, and nuke his health. Otherwise, the cigar-chomping owner of Ifs Ands & Butts might be selling insurance or cell phones instead of the largest variety of exotic, hard-to-find…

Museum-Quality Chocolate Pudding

Mar 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

1/2 pound dark chocolate chips or pieces (Café Modern uses Valrhona brand) 5 cups milk, divided 1 cup cornstarch 1/4 pound butter, diced 4 eggs 4 egg yolks 1/2 tablespoon salt 3/4 cup chocolate powder, such as Valrhona or the European-style chocolate powder…

Café Modern

Mar 1, 2003 By Patricia Sharpe

EDIBLE ART I had braced myself for crowds the Sunday I visited the new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. But, no—I breezed through the galleries, only to come to an abrupt halt outside Café Modern, the museum’s spacious, sunlight-filled restaurant. Joining the fast-moving queue, I soon found myself sitting…

Grand Dames

Mar 1, 2003 By Chester Rosson

International opera divas Susan Graham and Laura Claycomb haven't forgotten their Texas roots. They came back to star in two productions by the Houston Grand Opera.

Happy Trails

Mar 1, 2003 By Eileen Schwartz

On a recent trip to the Huntsville area, I came across a wonderful new museum, some great barbecue, and the perfect campsite.

Columns

Prodigal Son

Mar 1, 2003 By John Morthland

After years of ignoring Woody Guthrie's time in Pampa, residents of the tiny Panhandle community are finally singing "This Land Is His Land."

Brands That I Love

Mar 1, 2003 By Anne Dingus

When I was a kid, my grandmother was partial to Imperial sugar and other products made in Texas. You know what? I'm still sweet on them.

Back to the Future

Mar 1, 2003 By Suzy Banks

Lured by the lucre of tourism, many small towns can't resist quainting themselves to death—which is why true-to-itself Fayetteville is such a pleasant place to visit.

Miscellany

Reporter

Facing the Music

Mar 1, 2003 By Skip Hollandsworth

Michael Morales' guilty plea doesn't answer the most interesting question about his attempted extortion of Tony Sanchez: Who else knew about his cockamamy plot, and when did they know it?

Around the State

Lecture

Mar 1, 2003 By Eileen Schwartz

POLITICAL PARTY Ready for a break from television news-talk shows? This month, instead of tuning in to Face the Nation, you can get out and listen face-to-face—without interruptions from the talking heads—to several distinguished public figures who will speak around the state on everything from the economy and the military…

Straight Talk

Mar 1, 2003 By Michael Hall

HIGH FIDELITY Daniel Lanois was born in Hull, Quebec, Canada, in 1951 to French-speaking and musical parents. In addition to being an acclaimed solo artist, he is one of the top record producers in the business, working on albums with U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson, among others.

A Great Weekend

Mar 1, 2003 By Katy Vine

THREE-DAY PASS This month the “most promising weekend” award belongs to Dallas March 21 through 23. On Friday, stop by the sixteenth annual Dallas Video Festival, which, over the course of the weekend, will premiere playwright Octavio Solis’ Prospect Avenue, showcase a juried compilation of short films and videos by…

Weather

Mar 1, 2003 By Chester Rosson

CLIMATE CONTROL In other parts of the world, March may enter as a lion and exit as a lamb. Here, the weather can be lamb-gentle in Dallas and positively leonine in Lubbock—all on the same day. To the uninitiated—and especially children—the vagaries of Texas weather can be scary. But never…