Dallas Police Want More Bait Cars

Apr 30, 2014 By Dan Solomon

The use of bait cars—or cars planted by police to lure potential car thieves—is a controversial practice. But Dallas Police intend to use them to get their arrest numbers up. 

Answering the Call

Apr 11, 2014 By Skip Hollandsworth

How did Robert Jeffress turn Dallas’s once-declining First Baptist Church into a vibrant megachurch? Certainly not by pussyfooting around.

Greener Pastures

Mar 6, 2014 By Jordan Breal

With its craft beers, kale smoothies, and vintage LPs, Dallas’s Lower Greenville stakes its claim as one of the state’s newest hip neighborhoods.

St. Vincent Bares All

Feb 12, 2014 By Andy Beta

Dallas's Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) on her new album, the “weird high harmonics" of the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and the there's-nothing-in-the-world-quite-like-it quality of a Texas sky.

How Much for the Biggest Mansion in Texas?

Feb 6, 2014 By Dan Solomon

It's got a veranda with seating for 450 people, a two-story closet, and a bowling alley. It's on 25 acres and the mansion itself is 48,000 square feet. And nobody really knows what it's worth. 

Gas Monkey Bar and Grill

Jan 28, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

At four month old Gas Monkey Bar and Grill, I thought I was walking into a made for T.V. joke where barbecue was going to be the punch line. Muscle car makeover maestro Richard Ray Rawlings started in the business world with an advertising and printing firm in Dallas. He…

Smoked in Texas: Smoked Sturgeon Headcheese

Jan 6, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

In the video above, chef John Tesar of Spoon in Dallas raises the smoked-filled glass dome to reveal one of his signature dishes. It’s a headcheese made of apple wood smoked sturgeon. The presentation is dramatic, but the that’s only the beginning. The smokiness of the fish is deep.

Cattleack BBQ

Nov 19, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Along Alpha Road you’ll pass a few furniture stores, a discount mattress outlet and a block or two of banal single-story retail buildings. When you turn north on Gamma Road you’ll think for sure that you’re in the wrong neighborhood, but look for the sidewalk signs advertising BBQ. There will…

Big Al’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Nov 12, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Big Al’s Smokehouse Barbecue has been smoking meats in Dallas for forty years. I recently sat down with owner Al Plaskoff to discuss a little Dallas barbecue history, and to learn where Big Al’s fits into the local story. It’s quite a legacy. There aren’t many restaurants of…

Robert L. Wood’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

November 22, 1963 Mrs. John F. KennedyWHITE HOUSEWashington, D.C. My dear Mrs. Kennedy: I have never before written to a Congressman, President or any type of Statesman. In fact, in my thirty some years of living I have never DONE MUCH OF ANYTHING, except vote, toward being an…

Mary McMillen’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I am a Catholic also, I go to Saint Georges School. I can remember Nov. 21, the day before you came. We go to mass every day, then we go to lunch. This day was different, after mass our pastor told us to sit down. I wondered…

Jane Dryden’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

January 18, 1964 4201 LullwoodAustin Texas Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I know that you hate the whole state of Texas. I do to. I wish I lived in Washington, D.C. where maybe I could maybe see you standing on your porch. I am determined to move there as soon as…

Interview: Al Plaskoff of Big Al’s Smokehouse

Oct 23, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Al, Lauran and Scott Owner: Big Al’s Smokehouse, Opened 1973 Age: 69 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie Wood: Hickory I sat down with Al and his daughter Lauran Weiner to talk about the history of Big Al’s, the Plaskoff family and a little Dallas barbecue history. Al Plaskoff fell into the barbecue business. He…

Monroe Young’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

December 1, 1963in 1962 September 23, Some mean man killed my dady too- Here in Dallas-my dady was a soldrer Sanda Clause diden get my letter i hope he will get my letter i wont a bicycle— When you write him- tell him my name. Monroe Young Jr. III…

David Blair McClain’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

Nov. 22 1963 Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I was at school when I heard about the President. I cried for two or three minuts. My mother also cried, and so did my teacher Mrs. Mansir. I was very sad for President Kennedy. He was my friend even though he didn’t know…

J.E.Y. Russell’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

906 ParkviewDallas, Texas Dec. 1 – 1963 Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady in our hearts. I live in Dallas, a city bowed in sorrow, and shame. I am 76 years old and live on a social security check I must pour out my heart to you if my feeble…

Marie Tippit’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff


Claudine Skeat’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

Mrs. John F. KennedyWhite HouseWashington, D.C.  Dear Mrs. Kennedy, You and President Kenney were in my office a week ago yesterday. I am secretary to General Bedwell at Brooks Air Force Base, and I will forever be haunted by how handsome and healthy and happy you two looked…

Tommy Smith’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

Dear Mrs. Kennedy: I know the grief you bear. I bear that same grief. I am a Dallasite. I saw you yesterday. I hope to see you again. I saw Mr. Kennedy yesterday. I’ll never see him again. I’m very disturbed because I saw him a mere 2…

Suzan Lane’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

Dec. 6, 1963Houston, Texas Dear Mrs. Kennedy, I am ten years old. When I saw them moving President Kennedy’s rocking chairs out of the White House, a great sadness entered my heart. You made such a beautiful collection of treasures from other Presidents of the United States. Do you…

Marcy Wentworth’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

Oct 23, 2013 By Texas Monthly Staff

5509 Dalwood DriveAustin, Texas 78723November 25, 1963 Dear Mrs. Kennedy, There are no words in any language to express truly our grief and the sympathy we wish to extend to you and your family on the death of your husband, the President – our President. We Texans pride…

Spun City

Oct 21, 2013 By Michael Ennis

For half a century the world has regarded the Dallas of 1963 as a city of hate. But as JFK knew when he got there, that wasn’t the whole story.

Interview: Mr. Bewley of A. N. Bewley Fabricators

Aug 14, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo by Jeff Bergus This is an extended version of an interview with Mr. Bewley that ran in the New York Times on August 4th. I visited with Mr. Bewley in his house along with his daughter Rhonda and her husband Larry Lewis who now runs…

Raymond’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Aug 13, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Update: This joint is permanently CLOSED. 2013: A meat cutter stood next to a cutting block loaded with smoked meat. It was all illuminated by a heat lamp. This was where the cafeteria line commenced. A plate was stacked with sliced brisket, pork ribs and warm, buttered Texas toast. I…

Smoked in Texas: Mozzarella Company Smoked Mozzarella

Aug 12, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Paula Lambert has been making cheese at the Mozzarella Company in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas since 1982. The store/factory produces a wide variety of cheeses, but mozzarella is the flagship as the name suggests. After mastering fresh mozzarella Paula started smoking it. The smoked…