Friday, August 12, 2005

Grannie’s Soul Food Kitchen

Not Bishop Arts*, this is downtown Dallas, honey: Grannie’s Soul Food Kitchen, kinda behind Neiman Marcus, in a location that’s seen its share of comers and goers (who remembers Snappy’s Seafood? How bout Obie’s Sandwich Shop? Anyone? Anyone?). Grannie’s usedta be in Pleasant Grove 'til that location burned down, whereupon owner Dorothy Davis took it to the CBD. It's lunch-only, sigh. Her bestsellers are chicken tetrazini and smothered pork chops. Thursdays, she does chicken & dumplings. Peach cobbler and banana pudding are homemade.

1702 Commerce st. #A 214-647-0994

*Sorry, Bishop Arts Week decided to take Friday off.

46 Comments:

At August 12, 2005 12:01 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

tg: unless grannie actually makes the cookies at home rather than at the restaurant, they should be described as HOUSEMADE

 
At August 12, 2005 12:02 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

excuse me, i should have said puddings and cobblers. the link to the "homemade cookies" also used the wrong adjective.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:04 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Bishop Arts never takes a day off. It's going on all the time, 24-7. If you lived HERE you'd experience it for yourself and become flush with vigor and self-confidence.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:11 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Speaking of pudding, where's the best Bread Pudding in town?

 
At August 12, 2005 12:14 PM, Blogger TG said...

paula, one of the pleasures of no longer being an indentured servant at a shitty-ass daily newspaper means that i can 1. use two commas in a series of three (such as this, this, and this); and 2. use words like "homemade" instead of the bullshit "housemade" if i damn well feel like it. my use of "homemade" here was not just deliberate, but downright gleeful. but hey, thanks for your input. i look forward to reading "housemade" in your very-fine restaurant reviews in the future, and will silently issue a nod of compassion.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:15 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Actually, even MW describes the terms as synonymous these days. And both require that the site be a residence. Homemade is, of course, the colloquial favorite, because it conveys a sense of warmth and happiness that some people actually associate with their families and transfer upon baked goods, however inane that might be. why not ovenmade? or handmade? or keeblerelfmade?

 
At August 12, 2005 12:19 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

God help us if El Rock ever really writes a restaurant review.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:22 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

to twisted: who or what is MW?

 
At August 12, 2005 12:24 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Merriam-Webster, the ridiculously limited dictionary that media hacks are forced to use.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:48 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

i still beg to differ, even with MW. a restaurant is often referred to as a house, as in "it's on the house," but it very seldom is someone's home. and TG, i don't envy you the restaurant reviews. we in the grammar police earn enough to eat out without having to write for our dinner.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:50 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

handmade doesn't sound all that sanitary when you are talking about puddings.

 
At August 12, 2005 12:51 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

is vern's still open? they do some of the best soul food in dallas in my humble opinion

 
At August 12, 2005 12:55 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I've read about Vern's! But never been.

 
At August 12, 2005 1:00 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

There's a place in Fort Worth that really IS a house. It's called Santos (I think) and a lot of the prominent types go there. You get whatever it is they feel like cooking that day.

Of course I've not been as I'll thow a tantrum if my scallop's cold. (Cold, frozen, whatever).

 
At August 12, 2005 1:02 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Sorry, Rock, but even a former VP with no real skills has to play by the rules. And the rules say the first definition is the prefered definition. Here the first def says house and home are the same thing. House, meaning a biz, is waaaaaay down the list. No. 7, in fact.

 
At August 12, 2005 1:03 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i once took The Rock to rosemarie's, the sibling of gennie's bishop grill, not knowing that she didn't eat ANYTHING that had a speck of oil or fat in it. think she had a small iceberg salad, no dressing.

 
At August 12, 2005 1:07 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

the people that run that italian restaurant on richmond between greenville and matilda live over the restaurant. someone will think of the name; starts with a p, i think

 
At August 12, 2005 1:08 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

ms.ery: i remember that lunch. why do you think your raise was so small that year?

 
At August 12, 2005 1:10 PM, Anonymous soofsayer said...

jess, do you mean the one behind the 7-11 across from whole foods? is it possibly "pietro's"?

 
At August 12, 2005 1:12 PM, Anonymous snoozer said...

what is life without oil and fat

 
At August 12, 2005 1:14 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Or at Tony Bourdain say's "without stinky cheese and pork fat."

 
At August 12, 2005 1:18 PM, Blogger TG said...

i do think "homemade" implies more than simply "someone made it in a home."

in any case, if any restaurant could say it has "homemade" items, it would surely be a place such as "grannie's soul food kitchen."

i reviewed a similar place last yr down by the DART Rail station at 8th and corinth called faye's kitchen - again, lunch-only, and very tiny. her food's "homemade" too!

 
At August 12, 2005 1:30 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

soofsayer is correct. it is pietro's. knew someone would know it.

 
At August 12, 2005 1:32 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

So is Pietro's any good? As TG knows, I know nothing about Italian food.

 
At August 12, 2005 1:42 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

That Pietro's guy got shot and killed, didn't he?

 
At August 12, 2005 1:49 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Twisted: why do you want to know? (haha)

 
At August 12, 2005 2:43 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Homemade in the sense that it tastes like the dumplin's my mama used to make, works for me.

 
At August 12, 2005 3:08 PM, Anonymous P Daddy said...

Yo! twisted!

da craigs ad says to please drive by the building before making an appointment.

what kind of drive by are ya lookin for? we can do all kinds ya know.

 
At August 12, 2005 3:14 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Do whatever feels safe to you.

m.b., one good measure of an italian restaurant is the number of wiseguys who've been killed there. unfortunaely, pietro jr. was stabbed (not shot. lame) in East Dallas.

 
At August 12, 2005 3:18 PM, Blogger BK said...

Pietro's is VERY good - we eat there frequently. Very reasonable Chianti plonk too.

Pietro the dad started it in the early 60's and used to do his green grocer shopping at a grocer that is now the space the Hurricane Grill is in - a buddy of mine was a bag boy there as a kid. Then his son took it over - he's in his 50/60's now. It's *his* son that was killed.

 
At August 12, 2005 3:34 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Captain, that new picture makes you look like the illegitimate love child of Janet Reno and Bill Gates.

 
At August 13, 2005 8:09 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

from-scratch is better than homemade; too many moms use pudding mixes and cream of mushroom soup.

 
At August 14, 2005 7:34 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

dean: illegitimate love child is redundant.

 
At August 15, 2005 9:17 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

No, because he could have been legitimated by marriage. And seeing as how Bill is married to Melinda and Janet is well, urm, not married, he remains illegitimate.

 
At August 15, 2005 9:56 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Charlotte Ruse makes a good point, but she also begs the question; what exactly is “from scratch”? I mean, at what point do we stop cooking and become merely assemblers of prepared ingredients? The answer depends largely on exactly what are we “creating.”

For example, if we make a casserole and use store bought chicken, cream of mushroom soup, canned vegetables and store bought herbs and spices, have we really created anything “from scratch”? That’s just one example, but following that logic, would it not then be true that no matter where we cook, whether it’s in the smallest shoebox efficiency or the finest restaurant kitchen, cooking is nothing more than an exercise in integration and assembly? It’s just the degree that varies. Sure, with unlimited time and unlimited resources, we would all grow our own wheat and corn, milk our own cows, churn our own butter, tend to our chickens and farm our own eggs. But the reality is, only a handful of people actually do that.

What then, about the rest of us? Well, I’ll leave you with this illustrative distinction between “home made” and “from scratch.” Take slice and bake cookies as an instance in point. These may well be “home made,” but are never made “from scratch” regardless of whose home they happened to have been baked in, because everything you needed to complete that dish was pre-prepared.

Maybe Sandra Lee’s right. Maybe everything really is better semi home-made.

There endeth today's lesson.

 
At August 15, 2005 10:13 AM, Anonymous paula rock said...

dean: haven't checked webster's, but i don't believe legimated is a word. and love child doesn't just mean borne out of love, as you apparently think, but has the further meaning of born outside marriage

 
At August 15, 2005 11:02 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Paula: I said "legitimated." It's a word. Look it up.

An illegitimate child may be legitimated by its parents' subsequent marriage.

 
At August 15, 2005 11:18 AM, Blogger TG said...

Hey, the estimable kirk did some legwork for us by visiting Hermosa Bakery & Pupuseria (NYCE's Aug. 6 item). here's his report

 
At August 15, 2005 11:29 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

It is indeed a word and that is me circa 1981. Now as far as I know Bill G isn't my Daddy but my Mom was in Washington St. in the early 70's so if he wanted to claim me he certainly could. I would prefer to be adopted by Steve Jobs though. It would make getting my dream job at Pixar easier to achieve.

 
At August 15, 2005 11:54 AM, Blogger Ron said...

And if the little bastards are conceived in a moment of passion at either of the parties' abodes, could we venture further that the love children are homemade?

 
At August 15, 2005 11:55 AM, Blogger TG said...

oh ron, you are just the most delicious item on the menu

today's NYCE item is running a little late, pls. forgive, coming soon, swear to god etc

 
At August 15, 2005 12:47 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Nice one Ron. Now, TG, you were saying . . .?

 
At August 15, 2005 1:39 PM, Anonymous paula rock said...

dean: i stand corrected (a position i am seldom in) on legitimated. there is indeed such a word. but it is still REDUNDANT to say illegitimate love child. that is like saying illegitimate illegitimate. you could say a legitimated love child, to show the bastard's illegitimate status had been legally changed, however.

 
At August 15, 2005 1:50 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I hate to ever agree with la rock, but she's correct here. since neither of the two parties ever married each other, the phrase in this case is redundant.

What is this lame pseudo-philosophic soliloquy on made from scratch? Try to be entertaining, Dean, if you can't be smart.

 
At August 15, 2005 2:30 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Well seeing as there was nothing new (hint, hint) to post on, I just kinda went with the flow.

 
At August 15, 2005 4:08 PM, Blogger TG said...

oh dean how you torment me. i am done with my deadlines; is it too late to post an item? maybe i can do a cheezy throwaway item on, say, starbucks or sumfin

 

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