Arnold Wayne Jones is one of the most outspoken and well-known journalists in North Texas. He’s interviewed some of the most influential people in television, stage, film, food, and politics.

I ask him how he makes his coffee.

Arnold met me at Buzzbrews on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas for breakfast. We talk about his careers (law and journalism), food, media, funny stories, and cheese.

“I’ve had a couple of experiences where local actors told me they were thinking about leaving the profession of acting. And they read a review I had written about them and that gave them (kind of like) the strength to go on. Which I take as a great compliment.”



Arnold plays a game where he inserts a word he invented into a list of other words he didn’t invent. He challenges people to guess which word is his. (I failed the challenge.)

“I’ve always wanted to open a fromagerie called: What A Friend We Have in Cheeses.”

After a coffee refill, we talked for another :30 minutes about difficult people in his industry, managing controversy, and the Supreme Court.

“I don’t want anyone to dislike me. But, I would far prefer they respect me, to like me.”


Written by Ron Thompson
My passion is exploring this crossover culture of food and stage — the people who create it, love it, revel in it, and use it to make where we live a better place to be. Find Chef & Song on Facebook