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Buli Café an ideal lunch spot on Cedar Springs

My favorite mocha came from behind the counter of the Mercantile Coffee House. With its sudden closing, the hunt was on for one that could at least meet it halfway in Dallas. The ideal result came much more quickly than I expected, and I even found a meal to go along with it.

Buli Café offers the Oak Lawn area enough for its visitors to indulge in: Aside from an impeccable mocha or black coffee, there are also sandwiches, cakes and assorted baked goods.

The Oak Lawn pastrami sandwich is made up of turkey pastrami, cheddar and Muenster cheeses, tomato, romain and lots of mayonnaise. Photos by TAYLOR ADAMS

Unless there’s a quick crowd, you’ll most likely be welcomed by whoever is behind the counter. You might be a bit rushed to make a decision as you look at the boards above him, but as he gives you time with the menu, you can narrow your choices, which should be centered on the sandwiches.

These sandwiches can’t be missed. What guarantees that your lunch will be good is the Panini bread that is almost crisp on the outside and savory and soft on the inside.

The sandwiches come presented alongside a bag of chips and a sliced pickle, all packed into a metal lunch box.

A bag of chips, a paper-wrapped pickle slice and the hand-held meal is all arranged into an old-fashioned tin. (At least, they seem old-fashioned: There may be a current pop band on the pink box, but I would bet there’s a chance of tetanus if you were to cut your finger on it.)

When my eyes scanned the menu, they immediately went to the two pastrami options: the New York or the Oak Lawn. I narrowed it down by skipping the sauerkraut on the New York and went for the Oak Lawn variation.

I let myself order the sandwich, despite the meat being pink turkey pastrami. But the melted Muenster and cheddar cheeses around it helped fight my stereotype of the meat significantly.

This sandwich would have disappeared from its paper-lined box had it been without the tomato, less-than-crisp romaine and copious amount of mayonnaise.

My friend had the cream-o-chicken, which had grilled chicken breast, cream cheese, bacon, baby spinach, basil, tomato and apricot-habanero chutney. A bit much is going on in this sandwich, but it plays it safe by having cream cheese and bacon in the mix.

We both opted for the iced tea, which proved to be the perfect choice for anyone feeling that she’s dying of thirst–you can get about three glasses’ worth in the serving.

For dessert, there are cased cakes that are delivered from Massimo’s Italian Bakery. Don’t let the poor lighting in the case fool you—this cake is moist enough that it almost fails to support the frosting. What may be a glob of a mess on your plate is nevertheless a delicious one.

The iced tea is a healthy serving at Buli.

Whether you go in for breakfast or skip the cake and lunch, the staff here makes a good mocha, chocolaty enough to be indulgent, but it doesn’t drown the all-so-important caffeine. Of course, the iced tea is a safe choice if you’re the type who refuses to drink a hot drink on a sweltering day.

The service that brews and serves here is some of the best I’ve seen at a walk-up order. They’re so friendly, it’s worth the drive over there for me to order a water and have their attitudes brighten my day.

Buli Cafe
Location: 3908 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, 75219, 214-528-5410
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Price: $
Ambiance: Clean, small dining
Alcohol: none served


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New York Subs a Dallas standard

In Philadelphia, it’s a hoagie. In Boston, a grinder; in Chicago, a sub; and in some parts of New York, it’s a wedge.

While growing up, my mother would always call it simply a sandwich; it quickly became known as a sub to me.

My brother and I didn’t grow up in Chicago, but we did live near New York Sub in University Park.

It was a favorite destination for bike rides with friends, but even when going to school at SMU, it remained a convenient and desired lunch spot.

It is the kind of ordering line where you have to know what you’re getting. Don’t go up to the person behind the high counter and waste time, asking what kind of cheese is available. It’s best to pick your favorite and hope they have it (and they probably do, as long as it’s nothing too daring.)

A sandwich of ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, oregano and oil from New York Sub. (Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS)

The best option here is to go with the cold cuts. The thinly sliced meat is perfectly folded underneath the shredded lettuce. Even more importantly, on top of the lettuce is the adequate amount of oregano and oil.

The pastrami is a good slice of meat, though it’s not the best “hot” sandwich to get here. Though the bread is warm and soft, your selected cheese won’t be.

A simple pastrami and Swiss with mustard is easily achieved at the Eastern U.S. chain D’Angelo’s, where the pastrami is appropriately griddled with fresh slices of Swiss on top.

A pastrami and Swiss sandwich with mustard at New York Sub. (Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS)

In Dallas, even, there are probably better choices for this. The bread is fine, but not worthy of saving this sandwich.

Go with the cold cuts and oil (on white bread, of course) and you’re golden.

New York Sub

Location: 3411 Asbury St., Dallas, 214-522-1070
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ambiance: Casual, worn booths filling the dining space for those who don’t take their sandwiches to go
Payment information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: none served

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Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop’s hand-held meals continue to impress

“Uber” is on my uncreated list of words not to use. But I’ll let that slide for two restaurant owners who use the adjective to describe their impressive sandwiches being served in Deep Ellum.

Shaved ribeye sandwich with hand-cut fries at Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop. (Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS)

Bryan and Kathy Crelly opened up Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop last September, graciously providing much-needed, decadent sandwiches within walking distance of downtown-dwellers.

The menu has a variety of meals in a bun, including some bahn mi options and a hamburger (which Bryan says is “amazing;” I’ve yet to try it, but it looks like he might be right). My first visit had me choosing what is still my favorite: the shaved ribeye sandwich.

While it’s not a common order for me, the ribeye is a favorite cut of mine. I didn’t know I would still love it when it was thinly sliced and placed in a warm baguette, one that could be a delicious starch-filled meal of its own. The grilled red onions are a necessary combination with the lightly-seasoned meat. The romaine and tomato don’t take your mouth’s attention with the blue cheese crumbles that  meld with the roasted-garlic mayo.

The Smokin’ Turkey. (Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS)

The smokin’ turkey sandwich may sound healthier with the lack of fatty red meat, but it does prove to be satisfactory with overly buttered sourdough takes care of holding the turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato for you. It’s a basic sandwich, with turkey slices that keep their juices. Of course, anything basic is made superb when the bread around it had a copious amount of butter on the griddle.

The grilled cheese may hit your limit for saturated fat, though. The heavily buttered bread (thankfully) takes on this sandwich that has provolone melting with red peppers and garlic mayo. The peppers add a kick that’s almost enough to make the grilled cheese a particularly special one. The mayonnaise, while it’s a good, homemade concoction, takes over the sandwich, making it feel like every bit melts and drips down your throat.

The grilled cheese with red peppers and garlic mayo. (Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS)

An order of their hand-cut fries can break up that feeling, though. These salty potatoes are worth getting for the table. They’re the somewhat floppy kind–as opposed to the thin and crispy or wide and dense–keeping hold of their flavor (and grease).

It’s a good lunch spot that found its place among the dining establishments on the east side of Central. The couple, who lives in Uptown, aren’t new to the restaurant business or Deep Ellum: this is their fourth restaurant to own and second one located at 2713 Commerce St.

Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop
Location: 2713 Commerce St., 75226,214-653-8237
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $
Ambiance:  Clean, casual, busy lunch crowd
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer

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Dallas food trucks to pull up to Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday

Ten of Dallas’ food trucks will park their wheels at Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday for lunch. They won’t take over the school’s field because it’s nice parking space, but because some of the school’s parents had the idea to raise money for the Stonewall Gardens.

Katie Brown (left) and Jeanne Ferguson organized the Food Truck Field Day at Stonewall Jackson Elementary March 31. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

Katie Brown and Jeanne Ferguson, both parents of Stonewall students, had the idea among a group trying to pick out a fundraiser. Going with the rising food truck trend in Dallas, they, and food truck owners, are expecting a good turnout for the event. Many of the people who operate the participating food trucks said that having such a gathering at a school is new–in Dallas, at least.

Read the whole story that ran in neighborsgo.

So is the cause worth going to the event? The garden is funded by donations and support of the community, plus, there’s a good lineup for lunch. Here’s who’s driving to East Dallas for the event.

The Butcher’s Son–Serving up Johnsonville sausage in every gourmet way they can think of
Cajun Tailgators–Cajun deliciousness on wheels
Dos Paisanos–This truck has both Salvadorian and Mexican cuisine
Easy Slider–It’s hard to believe there was a time before mobile sliders
Enticed Shaved Ice–The high tomorrow is 85 degrees: perfect for a gourmet snow cone
Gennarino’s–Three brothers from Naples run this Neopolitan-style friggitoria
Nammi Truck–Preparing Vietnamese favorites, banh mi
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe–Get a grilled cheese any way you want it
Ssham BBQ–Korean barbecue tacos? Yes, please.
Trailercakes–Two trends collide with cupcakes and a food truck

Want to go?
Stop by Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 E. Mockingbird Lane, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Trucks are planned to be on the field behind the school. Admission is $5 and food is purchased separately from vendors.

Easy Slider is one truck coming to the food truck field day that benefits Stonewall Gardens. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

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Pho is for Lovers adds some delicious culture to Upper Greenville

I’m no expert on Vietnamese food, but I can say that I found some that serves up a delicious lunch for $6. In my recent article for neighborsgo, I wrote on Pho is for Lovers and its owner Diana Tang, who’s lucky enough to have her mom leading the cooking in the back.

Grilled pork banh mi at Pho is for Lovers. Photo: Taylor Adams

I had the grilled pork banh mi sandwich for a recent lunch. Tang relates this to a french baguette, which is probably valid with the soft roll of bread. It veers from French with the fillings, though. The pork was crisp on the outside with a surprising burst of flavor when you bite in. This sandwich is really worth dissecting and having the meat to itself, but the vegetables complement it quite perfectly. Cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and some weak jalapenos may make you keep the sandwich in tact.

Beef pho at Pho is for Lovers./Photo: Taylor Adams

Rusty Fenton, owner of Rusty Taco, tells me the Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk is a must-try; but various teas and a Vietnamese jelly drink also grace the beverage list and Tang says bubble tea may come later on. The menu is fairly simple, says Tang, who might incorporate different dishes as weekend specials later on. For now, the banh mi sandwiches and pho are big sellers.

The menu at Pho is for Lovers was created to be simple and easy for anyone to order, according to owner Diana Tang.

Diana Tang with her mother, Ha Le, at the restaurant./Photo: Taylor Adams

Pho is for Lovers
Location: 5521 Greenville Ave., Ste. 105, Dallas, 972-708-1028
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $
Service: Friendly. Walk-up order, to-go orders available.
Ambiance: Clean, modern feel.
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None served
Seating: Indoor

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A cannoli that’s worth it (in Dallas!)

I’m writing from New Jersey today, but last night inspired me to write about a small spot in Dallas. We went into Philadelphia yesterday, where I had one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had in the U.S. after stopping by a small bakery near the Italian market that had an assortment of Italian sweets, and of course, an amazing cannoli.

Turns out our restaurant, Villa Di Roma, gets their cannois from this bakery, known as Isgro Pasticceria. So lucky me, I got to have two amazing cannolis in one day. The pastry was flaky, but dense and crisp enough to encase the fluffy, rich ricotta filling. It doesn’t exactly cheer me up, knowing that I’ll soon be over 1,000 miles from this Italian delicacy.

A muffuletta and cannoli to go from Jimmy’s Food Store/Photo: Michael Danser

Fortunately, Jimmy’s has proven to be an acceptable go-to for my cravings of Italian market goods, sandwiches, and even desserts in Dallas. The muffuletta is massive and delicious, just as it should be, with fresh cut cheese and deli meat with olives that try to overwhelm each bite.

More importantly, this is the only place in Dallas where I bite into a cannoli and think, “yes,” rather than, “why is there a Texan messing up a Sicilian dessert?” The traditional ricotta filling is smooth and on the verge of being dense. The pastry is crisp with a few small air bubbles. The cannoli isn’t a sweet dessert, which is why places offer it with chocolate chips or pistachios. Get a traditional or chocolate (for 75 cents more), but really you shouldn’t bother choosing; just split both with a friend to make sure you don’t miss out.

This Italian food store also has isles of Italian wine, some of which have been praised by local publications, along with fresh, uncooked pasta to go, olives and other necessities that may go with your Italian cooking. I still need to go back to try the meatball sandwich, but for now, I can’t walk in without getting a cannoli.

Jimmy’s Food Store
Location: 4901 Bryan St., Dallas, 214-823-6180
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Service: They’re friendly when you order quickly
Ambiance: The market has a few small tables, each a perfect spot for an afternoon sandwich (or cannoli)
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: All major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Wine (If you buy a bottle and eat lunch there, they’ll open the bottle for you.)
Seating: Indoor and outdoor (sidewalk in front of the market)

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Jersey Mike’s gives free subs to help Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer for a second year

Logo provided by Jersey Mike's Subs.

Among Jimmy Johns and New York Subs, Jersey Mike’s Subs is a popular sandwich go-to for many SMU students. And through this weekend, students choosing Mike’s over Jimmy’s will be helping children wipe out cancer.

For a second year in a row, Jersey Mike’s has dedicated the month of March to contribute to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) for each sub it sells. From Feb. 28, the sub shop has been giving 25 cents of every regular-sized sub and 50 cents of every giant sub sold to the organization.

Go in to any of the 14 Jersey Mike’s in DFW on Monday, March 28 and donate at least a buck to WOKC, and you’ll be handed a free regular sub as part of “WOKC Day.”

While all of this is consistent with last year’s campaign (that raised over $50,000), this year  SMU students and faculty get a WOKC day of their own Friday, March 25 at the Greenville Avenue location. Just bring your SMU ID and at least $1 to donate.

The money raised last year provided funding for four pediatric cancer research trials in 2011 at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center Fort Worth: so skipping the savory pastrami at New York Subs for an Italian sub at Jersey Mike’s this month may be worth it.

Jersey Mike’s Subs
Location: 5521 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 75206, 214-692-6985
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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