Thursday, July 21, 2011
Eater Dallas goes live Thursday, July 21
Local editor is Andrea Grimes, formerly of the Dallas Observer.
Based in New York, Eater.com covers restaurants, bars, and nightlife -- mostly by linking to other sources such as news sites and blogs. It has a national site, plus a dozen regional sites in major cities. The same day that Dallas Eater arrives, so will Eater sites in Houston and Atlanta. Eater already launched an Austin site last year.
The editor for Dallas is Andrea Grimes, who previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and most recently was freelancing on women's issues and gender justice.
Grimes said that she'll focus on insider news and scoops as well as rounding up news from local blogs. Her experience in food writing is limited, although she did name the now-closed Green Room "Best New Restaurant of 2010" for the Dallas Observer.
"I'm not in any way, shape, or form a traditional food writer, but Eater doesn't ask their editors to do food writing, and I do eat food every day," Grimes said.
One thing she does have is attitude, which is essential for Eater; one example is her amusing "twitter-stalking" of new Dallas Observer dining critic Scott Reitz. The site's list of "Where to Eat" is an accurate snapshot of what's hot today: Wild Salsa, Pho Is For Lovers, Il Cane Rosso, Alma, and Lockhart Smokehouse.
She began populating the Dallas site with stories on July 6, collating from all your likely local suspects -- Eats, SideDish, Pegasus News, DFW.com, City of Ate, Escape Hatch Dallas, CraveDFW -- but also Details and any other publication that mentions Texas. She said she'll focus mostly on Dallas but will also include Fort Worth and the random Denton item, as well.