A few years ago I heard about this brunch event. After my diligent research, I found that it was centered on brunching. I was like, “One price for a bunch of chef-driven brunch dishes AND it includes cocktails too? Sign me up folks. I’m there.”
This event was forreal a fantastic brunch event filled with incredibly delicious brunch cuisine like powdered donuts, candied bacon, biscuits and gravy, maple and chocolate pancakes. I can go on forever. It is areal foodies dream come true.
The events name is the “Dallas Observer – Morning After Brunch”, and it’s truly a Texas sized brunch that doesn’t compare to anything you’ve ever seen before. I’ve never seen so many mouth-watering, knee-slapping, chef-driven brunch dishes in one spot! There are so many, you couldn’t get to all of them. We only made about eighteen, or twenty, before we had to jump in a wheel barrel to roll ourselves out of the Dallas Farmer’s Market.
We had a bit of trouble trying to jump in the wheel barrel to make our exit with empty cocktail glasses in both hands, powered donuts in our jacket pockets, and four or five strips of Doc B’s delicious candied bacon stuffed in our shirts, but we managed to make it work. I felt like a food thief piglet at an all-you-can-eat late night buffet in Las Vegas. I was on a brunch high like no other!
When I tell you they had cocktails, I’m talking about serious cocktails. They didn’t just have a few selections of beer and wine they had it all; Deep Ellum Distillery Vodka, KORBEL Champagne, Wine, Jack Daniels whiskey, Bloody Mary’s, Creative cocktail mixes, much more. They offered custom Bloody Mary’s too! Oh it was a cocktail lovers dream. If you would have seen me with all that food and trying to hold cocktails in both hands, you might think I had a serious partying issue.
The truth of the matter was I was so excited about all that awesome food and drink I had a hard time controlling myself. Once I got it all under control, I had to figure out the best brunching items they had to offer at this once a year shindig. They offered some much FORTY-TWO different vendors we just tried what we could after reviewing all the dishes and booths available. I tried fifteen different dishes!
I wanted to list my favorite dishes from this fantastic food event.
Try and make it to some of these places in the DFW area.
Fort Worth & Dallas locations
Chef Sara, and her Taco team, made some delicious Chilicillias that were fresh, hot, and packed with authentic flavors. Each bite I took tasted like, “I need more”, because that’s all I wanted was more. #MorePlease
Fort Worth & Dallas locations
I love Doc B’s and their creative menu. I loved their candied bacon! It was so delicious and tasty. We even went back three times for some more. #Worthit
I just love fresh cheese and bread. Who doesn’t love cheese and bakery fresh bread with some succulent jams to put on them? #CheesePlease
Chef Nikki’s team offered bacon fried rice. Yes, you read that correctly; BACON FRIED RICE. This dish was incredible! Talk about going to the flavor rodeo. My taste buds where screaming #SimplyDelicious
5. Bongo Beaux’s
Bongo offered an amazing shrimp and rice dish. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. The rice was flavorful and cooked to perfection.#ShimpSurprize
We also tried a host of other dishes that we really enjoyed. Some of those dishes where from the Dallas Carmel Company, Go Loco Street Tacos and Burritos, House Of Blues, Fresh Art Foodie, Bellegreen, and some others. There truly wasn’t a bad dish at this amazing event.
You need to look up The Morning After Brunch and make plans to visit this event next year because Trey’s Chow Down and Drink With Trey will definitely be in the house for 2020. See you at the table or the bar!
Remember; “Food is an exploration of the pallet. Try something new. You just might like it!”
With all of Trey’s Chow Down BEST OF lists getting so much attention, and thousands of re-shares, we just had to seek out the BEST SANDWICHES for our fellow Texas foodies!
One of my favorite things to do is eat a delicious farm fresh flavor-packed sandwich! They are delicious at any time of day, or night, when prepared with farm fresh vegetables and ingredients, stacked between two bakery fresh buns.
The story of how the sandwiches were created is a funny one. I laugh every time I read it or discuss it with someone. A man, for no other reason than convenience, created it. LOL. Sounds just about right.
The bread-enclosed convenient food known as the “sandwich” is attributed to John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), a British statesman and notorious gambler. He invented the sandwich so he could sit and gamble without getting up to eat. All I can say is… Men haven’t changed much at all in 300-something years. Most still don’t want to get up when gambling, watching sports, movies, or one of the many social media sites we visit daily. I don’t really care who invented it, where they invented it, or what the reason was! I’m just happy that we have them and I can CHOW DOWN on them when I feel like it.
I’ve been chowing down on sandwiches the last 12 months and now it’s time to let everyone know where the best sandwiches in DFW are located. It wasn’t easy making these picks, but someone has to do it!
So here we go, Giddy up folks!
Fort Worth, Texas
Carshon’s is an old school deli that makes some of the best sandwiches you will ever eat. It’s been around since 1928 and is the oldest deli in Fort Worth. I feel at home every time I walk in the doors. They just have that old school deli magic. I love the “Rufferford” and the “Rebecca” sandwiches. They’re both so delicious and they just can’t be duplicated. Packed with flavors and always fresh, they will leave you mumbling hashtag flavor rodeo. #YouKnowWhatImSayin
Melted is pretty new to the Dallas scene, but has made big waves in the foodie world. Great atmosphere and upbeat vibes while serving deliciousness with everything you order. You will say, “How did I miss this deliciousness?”, with every bite you take. For some fantastic lip-smacking deliciousness, I recommend ordering “The Beach” and “Mozzarella Melts “. Those Mozzarella Melts will put a smile on your face and happiness in your hearts. #Delish
Fort Worth and Los Colinas, Texas
Cork & Pig originated in west Texas, and then moved to the West 7th area in Fort Worth. They recently added a third location in Los Colinas. They have a sandwich that I’ve been in love with since the first bite. The “French Dip” is the VERY BEST I’ve ever eaten. I grab it, dip it in the house prepared au jus, take a bite, and let the sauce drip down my chin. You won’t find a better one, in my opinion, period! #Flavorgasm
Downtown Fort Worth, Texas
Little Red Wasp has been in Fort Worth for about four years and they are opening a new one in Southlake soon. The Wasp, as locals call it, has amazing bites and sandwiches that will make your taste buds sing. If you really want to try something that will blow your mind try the “Reuben.” That is a Chef Blaine special sandwich that has a four-day preparation time marinating the meat. They only use freshly baked bread. It is just stupid delicious. #SmackYaMommaGood
The Colony, Texas
The Latin Pig has a fantastic colorful Latin vibe. I’ve always loved other cultures and the Latin culture especially. The Latin Pig menu has a treasure chest of delicious creative cuisines. My favorite sandwich is the “ROPA VIEJA”, made with tender shredded Latin-flavored brisket. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it! #SucculentBlitz
Fort Worth, Texas
The Local Foods Kitchen is a fantastic little joint I like to call a little slice of heaven. Everything they sling out of the kitchen is packed with fresh flavors. They only use farm fresh vegetables and ingredients to prepare daily deliciousness. I’m in love with the “Jalapeno Turkey Crunch “ served on warm cheese bread. Yes, I said warm cheese bread! The sandwich Gods live at Local Foods Kitchen. #HeavenSentSandwich
Dallas, Texas in Bishops Arts & Mocking Bird Station
Dallas Grilled Cheese Company has two locations in Dallas now. I couldn’t believe how delicious a grilled cheese or any sandwich was from these folks. I have had three different sandwiches from D.G.C.C. and each one is super delicious. But if you want to have a #Flavorgasm then try the “Grilled Cheese Cheese Burger. ” Yes the Grill Cheese Cheese Burger, WHAT? But seriously I’ve liked them all, so any sandwich will have you saying #SuperCheesySandwichDeliciousness
Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas
I love the cafes at Neiman Marcus. They have some delicious bites. Of course, I love the N.M. broth you can sip on before your meal. Let me tell you how in love I am with the “Grilled Cheese” and of course, I add the French fries on the side. The grilled cheese is always cheesy and delicious. The fries are always crispy perfection. Don’t forget a delicious turnover either! You will be saying #GiveMeSomeMore
Downtown Dallas, Texas
I love the downtown vibe at the Americano in the Joule Hotel lobby. I fell in love the minute I walked in and saw the big open space with all the windows looking outside. I also liked the long bar and the neon signs. The place just screams let’s have some fun! I enjoyed two items when I chowed down. I loved the “Fried Olives”, stuffed with Cambrian chili sausage. They were amazing and really popped in my mouth. I Also tried the “Roasted Chicken Panini”, which was loaded with delicious melted mozzarella cheese. The Panini was cooked to perfection and the bread was perfect. You will love Americano #GotToHaveIt
Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas
I’ve been eating and chowing down at Jason’s Deli since 1976. My dad and I used to visit Jason’s Deli for weekly lunches back when we owned our restaurants. I truly enjoy everything Jason’s offers, but I especially cherish the “Beef Eater” and the “California Club”. Both of these may be very different but are incredibly delicious. Packed with flavors and always prepared fresh! They’re hard to beat. Jason’s Deli will leave you saying #INeedMorePlease
If you drive south of Fort Worth on Hwy 377 you will hit Cresson Texas. Cresson is home of BBQ On The Brazos and some award winning BBQ. Not only are they a Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Winner they also have other fresh and creative menu options. One of my favorite is the “Gobble Gobble” a delicious Turkey sandwich like you’ve never eaten before. It’s packed with Chef John’s slow smoked Turkey and fresh bakery bread. I like it this sandwich so much I featured it on Fox 4 Good Day during my BEST OF BBQ list episode. When you have time make the drive and EAT THIS! you will be saying Gobble Gobble all day long! #GobbleGobble
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Last year, our Drink With Trey “BEST BARS & NIGHTCLUBS LIST” received over 1000 re-shares and 121,000 reads! We just had to make a BEST LIST for 2019 for our Texas sports fans too.
It’s here! It’s time! Are you ready sports fans?
Every year the Super Bowl puts excitement in the air for sports lovers, partygoers, drinking buddies, and heck even folks who love to watch the super bowl just for the commercials.
If you follow Drink With Trey, Trey’s Chow Down, or Trey Chapman, then you know how much we love to have a good time. You can’t threaten us with a great party because in most cases we are the PARTY. We’ve been partying, watching sports, slinging back drinks, listening to live music, and chowing down all over Texas in 2018. We wanted to offer our suggestions for the BEST PICKS to watch the SUPER BOWL or any sporting event for that matter in the DFW area.
Our picks have a large number of TVs, great music, awesome chow, seductive bar bites, and great service folks that pride them selves on great customer service. It’s all about having a great experience with lots of fun. Buckle-up buttercup! It’s fix’in to get crazy!
Fort Worth, Texas on West 7th
Rez as the locals like to call it has plenty of TV’s with a big menu and great chef-driven brunch items. I love the Texas-size patio and they have so many TVs! The only way to miss anything is to close your eyes. The NEW bunch menu is killer. It is just packed with great creations. On Super Bowl Sunday they will have brunch until 3 PM and 2.00 Mimosa’s. The staff is friendly with big smiles and just love to sling those cocktails. So get there early and have some fun for Trey. Check out Reservoir’s new location at Texas Music Factory coming soon!
On Super Bowl Sunday they will have brunch until 3 PM and 2.00 Mimosa’s. Check out this video: Reservoir fun
Dallas, Texas in Hardwood District
I love this place! My favorite spot is on the patio looking out at the beautiful buildings of Dallas. They have a wonderful bite menu and why not considering they’re the sister of Saint Ann’s Restaurant. The staff is always upbeat and friendly with big smiles. They are hosting a big watch party downstairs and on the front lawn. They have a VIP party upstairs. Not sure about the cost of VIP though. I do know, they will have $5 dollars off appetizers and beer tower specials. I dare you to try “Everything But The Kitchen Sink.” This dish is what I call A Spectacular Foodie Rock Star! If you love sundaes, then I double dog dare you to try this dish. Head on over to the Happiest Hour and turn it up like Trey!
They will have a VIP party, $5 dollars off appetizers and beer tower specials. Check out this video: Happiest Video
Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th area
TXR as the locals like to call it has one of the biggest TV screens in the DFW area, if not the biggest with incredible color. They have amazing sound throughout the club and a wonderful staff that is super friendly. They also have fantastic bathrooms, which is important if it’s crowded. They have an amazing menu that is chef-driven and the chef offers some award-winning items that you will love. Oh baby, the “Trash Can Nachos” are OMG… I just dare you to get this amazing dish. Tap this link and view video Make plans for TXR tell’em Trey sent you.
Dallas, Texas in Deep Ellum
What can I say about my boyz at Deep Ellum? It’s just an AWESOME place with fantastic one-of-a-kind cocktails created by professional mixologists. They have booths, tall tables, bar seats, and a Texas-size TV screen. They offer wonderful Deep Ellum Distillery products like Apple Cinnamon Vodka, Pickle Flavor Vodka, and of course the regular Deep Ellum Vodka. I dare you to try the “Apple Pie Drink” you CAN NOT have just one. I guarantee it or my name isn’t Drink With Trey!
D.E.D. special: Happy hour all day on Sunday. $5 DED Vodka, $6 infusions, and $7 specialty cocktails. Head over to D.E.D. it’s just bad azz! D.E.D. Tasting Room Video.
Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area
Whiskey, let’s say that again, WHISKEY. You see how that just rolls off your tongue? The locals call it Whiskey. I like to call it my fun house. Whiskey Garden has long been one of my favorite places for just about anything fun related. Awesome staff, award-winning tacos from Chef Tuck, great cocktails and of course tons of fun. Just stay out of the pool it’s cold as a well-diggers butt this time of year! Oh, and it’s covered, lol! Reservoir across the street is a sister club so feel free to walk back and forth.
Specials: Free buffet starting at 4 by Tailfeather’s Wing Truck. at Whiskey until they run out of food. We know they won’t run out of drinks. Love my W-H-I-S-K-E-Y staff!
Dallas, Texas at Restaurants On Lamar/Omni Hotel
The Box! The Big Deal! The Beast in Dallas! This place is packed with TVs, pool tables, private suites, great staff, a big patio, and awesome food. Let’s just say The Owners Box is a destination, not a stop off. You have a chef-driven menu and 6 other restaurants on Lamar to choose from if you get hungry. They also have 2 other big patios if you just want to stroll around and get away for a few. Oh yeah, I forgot one of the most important factors. You can carry your drinks anywhere on Lamar. Just stroll around sipping, drinking, and laughing like you own the place. Like a BOSS! If you need a room, the Omni is there too. Heck, drinking at the Owners you’ve already won (even if your team didn’t). I love the pretzel and loaded fries just DELICIOUS! Head over to the Owners Box.
Arlington, Texas at Live Area
What? What? What did you? That’s what folks normally say when you try and describe Texas Live to someone who has never been before. I like to call it an “Entertainment Mecca” everything you need for a real Texas party. T.L. has a complete and crazy line up of places to sling back drinks, watch the big game, or Chow down on some incredibly delicious food. It’s so big it needs it’s own zip code, lol! They are having great specials Super bowl Sunday look at this deal:
Sunday, February 3rd for the Big Game Bash and enter for a chance to WIN the ultimate tailgate package! Package includes a 65″ TV, tailgate tent, cooler, and two chairs. Enter here → http://bit.ly/2SeAxG9
Head on over to Texas Live and have a Texas-size time like Drink With Trey does! Check out this video
Dallas, Texas at Good Latimer Express
Bottle Blonde, or B.B. as I Iike to call it, has an awesome upstairs outdoor patio setting. The downstairs is killer too but I love the upstairs. The first time I was there I fell in love with the vibrant upbeat atmosphere upstairs. The cars flying by on the expressway makes for some fun games. They have a fantastic friendly staff and a wonderful menu full of great tasty creations and bites. They have lots of TVs and plenty of room for Super Bowl Sunday.
They will have two 24-foot projection wall TV’s which will be awesome to watch the big game. Head over to B.B. have a have a drink on the upstairs patio for Trey. Watch this video!
Fort Worth, Texas West 7th Area.
Bar 2909 or just 2909 as the locals like to call it. I call it my outdoor headquarters for all that’s fun. 2909 has an amazing outdoor area with games, lots of seating, a fireplace, big heaters, and great sound. They have plenty of bar space so you can get your drinks easily without any issues. They have a wonderful Chef driven menu from Cork & Pig Tavern and it’s full of tasty creations. Its filled with great eats. They have one of my favorite sandwiches, the “French Dip”. This is so good you will order two one for later. Great cocktails, lots of room for lounging and having fun in the sun, or under a heater. Head over to Bar 2909 and have some good times. Watch this video!
Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area
V.T. is what I call it and it’s a great place for fun and debauchery of all types. They have two floors of greatness. Outdoor games of all types, great cocktails, and an awesome staff that loves to have fun. You can hang out upstairs and look down two different streets. Here you can take in the vibrant upbeat atmosphere. They have some big TV’s with a great sound all over V.T. I love the upstairs section outside in fresh Texas air. They have great seating areas with plenty of stand up and stretch room. V.T. as also been an all-time favorite of mine and is a great place to watch sporting events. Love me some V.T. baby! What this Video!
McKinney, Texas on Eldorado Pkwy
If you’re in the McKinney area for Super Bowl Sunday or any sporting event you need to head on over to the wonderful End Zone. The powerhouse of sports entertainment, or as I would say, the place for some bad azz fun with great staff. E.Z. has plenty of room with great bar food. They have some awesome cocktails too! They say, “It doesn’t matter if you like the classic, soulful, shaken, or stirred, you will get an amazing cocktail from E.Z.”. They’re having some great deals on Super Bowl Sunday.
The biggest game in all of the sports, free beer hour, free appetizer samplers, prizes, $200 being given away…I mean, what else do ya need!?!? Head on over to E.Z. and tell’em Big Trey sent you.
Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area
Here’s the deal. Mad Hatter isn’t a big sports club, a party palace, or a gigantic bar. It’s plain and simply one of the BEST little bars in Texas, PERIOD! When I tell you it’s the BEST because I truly mean it. The place reminds me of CHEERS. It just can’t get any better than the little Cozy Mad Hatter. The owner and staff are truly amazing and so friendly. They pride themselves on great customer service as well as serving perfect cocktails and cold beer. You get good times and plenty of conversation whether you want it or not. If you in the mood to try an award-winning cozy little joint in Fort Worth where everyone knows your name then head over to the wonderful Mad Hatter. Tell them Trey sent you. Mad Hatter still my NUMBER #1 VOTE of the BEST BARS in Texas, PERIOD!
Fort Worth, Texas Magnolia Area
Up 90 is a fantastic little sports bar located in the new hip area of Fort Worth in what I like to call the Magnolia Arts District. Known for friendly fun folks and a great staff you call see all your sports games and enjoy some great company. I think they enjoy every sport known to man at Upper 90 it’s a real sportsman paradise. Super bowl Sunday is no different it will be a Texas size day!
Party kicks off at 5PM Free Food, Drink Specials, Super Bowl Squares, Live Music and more. Head over to Upper 90 and enjoy the fantastic sports vibe and wonderful staff! Check out this video!
Please have an awesome time and remember to TIP your staff well! Be polite and don’t drive drunk. It never ends well for anyone especially you.
It’s getting cold so that means it’s chili time in Texas, my friends. Who doesn’t love a bowl of delicious warm tasty chili layered with your favorite cheese and fixings? EVERYONE DOES.
I love chili. All my life being from Texas, I’ve tried so many bowls of chili, they have to number in thousands. Every year I judge at least 10 to 15 chili contests, and boy is that always a shocker. Just when I think I’ve tried every combination known to man, a new chili cook creates something crazy new. As a seasoned chili expert, it always surprises me. On the positive side, it’s fantastic that we have all these chefs and home cooks wanting to create some new delicious chili recipe for everyone to enjoy.
Quick Story! About two years ago I was judging a contest (I’m not going to state any names because I want to protect the integrity of the food-judging scene). At this contest, one of my good buddies was sitting next to me. I could tell by looking at his facial expressions if something was bad, good, and really tasty. Everyone started passing the chili around and we were about 7 chili bowls deep into the 20-something chili contest. I hear this gaging sound and little snicker. I look up and it’s my buddy looking like he’s about to puke all over the table. You know that look, lol! After a second he passed it to me and shook his head as if to say DO TRY THAT CHILI, DUDE. I figured he was acting or at best just exaggerating to get one over on me. When I put that big spoon full of chili in my mouth it didn’t take two seconds before I almost spit it out. It tasted like someone had put an entire container of salt and hot sauce and nothing else in this chili. That was just crazy. After the contest was over we tried to figure out what happened but we just assumed they screwed up on the mix. One would think they would try the chili before they serve it? Who knows? That’s just part of judging and one contest I’ll never forget.
On a good note, I’ve eaten lots of great chili this year and I wanted to share my great chili picks with each of you. That way you can enjoy some delicious chili in the chilly Texas weather.
My number one pick for 2019 has been around a while and knows a thing or two about some delicious Texas cooking.
Fort Worth, Texas (3 locations)
Fred’s TCU, Fred’s Texas North, and Fred’s West 7th Street
What can I say about Cowboy Chef Terry Chandler and his wonderful Texas flavor creations? Terry is a true outdoor cowboy chuck wagon cook that brings those wonderful western flavors to life in his Fred’s Texas Cafe’s creations. The chili at Fred’s is awesome! It will send your taste buds to the FLAVOR Rodeo and everyone needs to try some while the weather is chili-right.
Cresson, Texas on Hwy 377
BBQ On The Brazos or as I like to call them, “The Smoke Flavor Rodeo Kings” has an amazing flavorful chili. Pit Master John Sanford has been working on his chili recipe since man was created. Probably not, but it sounds good anyway. Their chili is flavor-packed, delicious, slap yo mama, and leg twitching awesome. When you get a chance head out and try some of John’s chili in Cresson, Texas!
Fort Worth, Texas on Camp Bowie West
Oh yea, my boy blue Chef and Pit Master Billy Woodrich has been slinging deliciousness for a while now at his place in west Fort Worth. His chili is always fresh, hot, and full of bold western flavors. It’s so good you might pray to the chili Gods, thanking them for great chili deliciousness at Billy Oak Acres BBQ. You need to head over and try that chili today.
Yee haw and giddy up is what I say about the chili goodness from 407 BBQ. Pit master Bryan takes no prisoners when he creates his little chili bowl greatness. The chili is prepared fresh and is served until they run out. Bryan’s chili has a western flavor that is unique to him and his 407 BBQ. Last year when I tried his chili the first time we were at a festival. I returned two times to refill my little chili bowl because it was so damn good. Check out 407 BBQ today!
Paris, Texas on Hwy 82
Drive one hour and a half East from Dallas and you will find The Barn Cafe located in the sale barn in Paris, Texas. Chef Zane has all kinds of farm-fresh house prepared dishes in a cozy western setting. Her chili is amazing and tastes like more be because that’s all you want is more chili after each bite. Her chili is lip-licking delicious. Make the drive and try her chili!
Dallas, Texas at Restaurants On Lamar
Texas Spice has lots of fantastic flavorful dishes made from scratch every day. They have an innovative approach to chili. They serve the bean/chili medley in a small hot cast iron bowl and it’s some kind of delicious. It’s fresh, colorful, and flavor-packed for all to enjoy. When you get a chance head over to Texas Spice to try it out!
Remember: ” Food is an exploration of the pallet try something new you might it! “
When I opened my message from Chef John Tesar it said,
“Trey… Caviar, Burgers & Champagne. My buddy, Michael Passmore, is back home here in Dallas for a few events. He’s the founder of Passmore Ranch in California, where he farms fish, makes damn good caviar, and serves guys like us all over the country. He asked me who he should go see in Dallas. I told him if he brought the caviar, I’d supply the burgers and champagne for lunch at Knife (at The Highland Hotel). Easy going lunch, some champagne, a bunch of caviar, and chat with Michael.”
After I read the message I re-read it again just to make sure I understood. We were going to eat some of the finest caviar in the world, paired with some of John Tesar’s award-winning world famous burgers. Then we’re going to wash it down with champagne and discuss various types of delicious caviar from the man who farms it? Is this a joke? Am I dreaming? Then I remembered John is too busy to type all that out for a joke. I didn’t even have to think about it. I replied YES right away. I couldn’t wait for this day to come.
If you don’t know John, I’m just going to give you a free quick education about an amazing Chef. John gets his thrills on perfection, creativity, and hard work. He has an unwavering dedication to the culinary arts, his peers, and various charity organizations. He lives to make sure every single customer has a happy and positive dining experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 6-dollar burger, or a 200-dollar steak, John accepts nothing but perfection. His culinary pedigree is so extensive and has so much detail I’m not going to list all of it for you. I will tell you in the simplest terms; John is just a BADASS at what he does. Period! I respect the hell out of the guy.
So now you know why I was so excited when John told me we’re going to discuss caviar over burgers. I was ecstatic! I’m so passionate about food, drink, the chefs that create it, and the farmers and ranchers that help bring it all together. I couldn’t say no. I love being able to write about different foodie experiences so everyone can enjoy them and learn about the creative chefs and farmers that make it happen.
We pulled up to the Highland Hotel. It was a windy day. I’m always early and of course, my love Jana was driving me so I could work on social media and emails on the trip to meet John and Michael for our caviar outing. I must’ve asked Jana what time it is, at least a dozen times because I do not want to be late. I always want to be early. I consider it disrespectful to be late. Everyone’s time is valuable and especially a Celebrity Chef, and Michael’s time since he flew out from California.
We walked in and I saw John talking with some folks. So, we introduced ourselves to the famous Michael Passmore of Passmore Ranch. We sat down and immediately I started firing off questions about all the fresh caviar I saw on the table. If I remember correctly, we had 10 beautiful sexy jars of caviar setting on ice. I say “sexy” because that Passmore fresh caviar was colorful and oh so sexy just sitting there sparking under the lights. John finished, brought some champagne over, and we started discussing the various types of caviar and the attributes that each offered. Each had it’s own name and number and were easy to identify. We talked, laughed for a bit, and then when the burgers arrived Micheal said, “My two favorite words… Let’s eat”! In fact, he told John we need to have a caviar burger on the menu at Knife Dallas lol! But he was serious. We started testing the Passmore fresh caviar and for the first time in my life, I loved every single one I tried. I was shocked but very happy, I had finally found a ranch that produced great caviar and caviar expert that knew what he was talking about. He discussed in detail how caviar was produced, harvested, tested, and shipped. Michael is so passionate about his customers, his caviar, and fish that he tries every batch personally to ensure the highest standards are kept.
What happened next could be a scene out of a major motion picture or a scene from Ballers. Where snacking on burgers, caviar, and champagne when I hear John and Michael discuss French fries. I thought to myself French fries with champagne, caviar, and burgers. They have to be kidding? All the sudden plates of French fries appear. I’m thinking to myself HELL YEA! Cheese burgers, Passmore Ranch-Fresh Caviar, Champagne, and now French fries. You’ve got to be kidding me?
Then Michael says my favorite words again “Let’s eat some French fries and caviar!” To which I said, “Michael what do you mean put the caviar on the French fries?” Then his response was classic, “Hell no, Trey! We’re going to dip these French fries in my delicious caviar and wash it down with champagne”! I thought this is freaking awesomeness. Here we are sitting at Knife, eating award-winning Knife burgers, caviar, drinking champagne, and now dipping French-fries in farm-fresh caviar like we’re dipping chicken nuggets at a damn Chic-Fil-A. All I could do is keep eating drinking, talking, and laughing.
I looked up and John was down at the end of the table working. He wasn’t eating anymore. I said, “What are you doing”? To which he replied, “I’m working, signing my books for some folks who bought them”! He said he has personally signed over 16,000 books each with a message. He wants to sign each one individually with a message to make it personal for each person purchasing one of his books. That my friends, is just one more reason why I call John a badass. It shows you the dedication and respect John Tesar has for his customers and his craft.
After our burgers, fries, caviar, and champagne, we said our goodbyes. It was truly an amazing experience with John Tesars and Michael Passmore.
If you’re a chef, a foodie, or a person who just loves to eat, please look up Passmore Ranch. Go to their website Passmore Ranch and educate yourself on what they offer. They will ship you some of the world’s best fish and caviar right to your front door, back door, or kitchen door overnight. You will fall in love with Passmore Ranch products and Michael PASSMORE’S attention to detail. I promise.
Until next time my foodie friends remember. ” Food is an exploration of the pallet. Try something new, you might just like it.”
We started by selling live fish at Northern California farmers’ markets, and our quality and service quickly made us a premier purveyor for top restaurants and Michelin-starred chefs throughout the state and the country.
Michael and Vandy Passmore moved to the ranch just outside Sacramento in 2005 because they fell in love with the rolling hills and lush grasslands on the edge of the Sierra foothills. They got big help launching the fish ranch from a neighbor – an aquaculture pioneer who would become Michael’s great friend and mentor.
Today, our ranch is 86 acres with our fish being raised in 80 million gallons of fresh water pumped up from the pristine Cosumnes aquifer. We have a variety of open lakes and massive tanks used to increase the variety of sustainable fish we grow. Our ranch also houses a hatchery for sustainable spawning, and will soon have a state-of-the art processing facility so we can deliver fish precisely to order from live to filleted.
We offer the freshest fish, aged, sized and delivered to order, almost as if chefs were pointing and saying, “I’ll take that one.” We continue to build new partnerships with some of the country’s best chefs, including renowned restaurateur Rick Moonen, three-starred Michelin chef Christopher Kostow, Napa pioneer Cindy Pawlcyn, and Dallas chef John Tesar.
How We Do It
Passmore Ranch’s philosophy is clear: Cut no corners. We grow, source, and produce the finest fish and caviar for our chefs, and deliver directly to them. Both in the fish we rear, and those we source through partner farms, the standards are the same – adherence to sustainable methods coupled with outstanding waters, food, and handling from the water, right to your kitchen!
It’s that time again foodies, chowhounds and beef lovers! I’ve been on the hunt all year for a delicious steak dinner and boy… Have I found some great places this year. I’m back with some of my old favorites along with some new places where you can find the BEST STEAKS. We are in our 3rd year now of Trey’s Chow Down Best Steak Articles and this year is better than ever. Last year, 2017 our Best Steaks article had 49,000 reads so we are full of excitement about this year’s NEW list. I couldn’t make all the steakhouses but I sure tried. Sit back, turn off your television, radio, and any background noise, because you need to retain everything you’re about to read in my BEST STEAKS OF 2018 article. You better grab a bib and put it on before you start reading this article. If you’re anything like me you might have saliva dripping from your mouth while you read this article of deliciousness.
You’re going to learn about some of my family history, steaks, delicious appetizers, and where you need to eat some superior beef this upcoming year.
Over the course of our foodie history, steaks have changed so much. The type of beef restaurants and chefs are using today is truly remarkable. Being in the ranching and beef business all my life, I would have never thought three decades ago we would have so many fresh meat choices to choose from today. We have chefs using a wide range of different types of fresh meats and cuts. There seem to be no bounds when it comes to creating the perfect steak. Some of the popular beef and cuts being used are Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Kobe, American Style Wagyu Kobe, American Kobe, Japanese Wagyu, Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Kansas City Strip, Ribeye, T-bone, Flat Iron, and the big bad Tomahawk. We could go on for days about cuts, thickness, and types of beef.
Dry aged has made a big return to the marketplace too. Dry aging is a unique process in which unwrapped cuts of beef are stored in a room where there is consistent monitoring of temperature, humidity, air circulation, and bacteria level. Whether you choose dry-aged, or wet-aged, has actually become quite a debate these days among chefs and foodies alike. Dry aging has centuries of tradition on its side. My granddad had his own massive dry age cooler at our meat company and sold plenty of them. Wet-aging is really the new kid on the block and it’s being tested by many. Time will tell how it works out in the marketplace.
I always say, “Food tastes much better with a good story”. So, sit back and enjoy!
When I was a boy, my granddad would eat steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He was in the ranching, restaurant, and meat business so he loved to eat. His cuisine of choice was BEEF! My dad was the same way! When I was younger we would cook steaks for breakfast, or if I was at Quality Meat & Provision Company our meat business I would cook myself a steak or a hamburger in the early a.m.. Being from Texas and growing up in the restaurant and ranching business I don’t think I had much choice. Back in those days if you ate chicken they looked at you funny, and you might even get a lecture. Beef, beef, beef is what was for dinner.
I really enjoyed working on the ranch and at the family meat company. I took pride in unloading the big sides of beef off the trucks and hanging them on the rail. After I hung them, I would push them down the rail into the cooler meat processing area. I was always fixed on the butchers cutting, slinging, and deboning those big sides of beef. I would ask all kinds of questions about the beef and cuts. I’d watch them sling those knives around like a NINJAS. It was intriguing and awesome to watch those men work. They were dressed in all white pristine uniforms and long white thick aprons. They had plastic shields around their waste over the aprons and they wore steel mesh gloves and mesh guards all the way up their arms. These men were seriously dedicated, and they could really cut some beef! It was a skill that was truly amazing to watch them perform duties, cutting, chopping, and slicing. I grew up to learn a lot of discipline through their hard work. After they would finish with the beef sides, we would seal the steaks, box them, and move them in the cooler so we could deliver them to restaurants and customers. One really cool thing about my granddad was he sold meat to all the casinos back in the day. He dealt with many gangsters that owned those casinos along Old Jacksbro Hwy. History is what our world is built on, and I love our family beef history.
When I got older, my dad requested that I get a job in other restaurants to gain experience about operations and about working outside the family business. Of course, I wanted to work with the family, but dad insisted, so I did. I worked for Steak & Ale Company, The Balcony Restaurant, The Carriage House Restaurant, and a few others. I learned a lot about steaks and cuts working for those folks. Later on, I worked in management and was a trainer for Whataburger, Wendy’s International, Jack-In-Box, Pizza Hut, and Little Cesar’s Pizza Company. I lived in Kansas, then Texas, and then California while working for other corporations. In all, my combined work experience with other restaurant corporations totaled 16 years before returning the Chapman Restaurants, Chapman Fast Foods, and Dairy Queens of west Texas.
What I learned about the food business, operations, training, front and back of the house, and bar service I will never forget. It added to my skills and knowledge in the restaurant industry. It was truly valuable and gave me the tools necessary to create Trey’s Chow Down Brands and my foodie website.
Traveling and eating steaks sounds like a dream come true to most folks. Truth is, it’s a job that requires me to go out report and review on chefs, restaurants, and cuisine. I am dedicated and passionate to be the best for my audience. When I decided to create my BEST LIST for Hamburgers, Steaks, Breakfast, and now pizza, I wanted my choices to be the BEST of the BEST no excuses. I really had no idea the amount of work and research it would take when I decided to create these lists. That’s why I spend a full 12 months locating new restaurants, finding chefs that love to cook. I eat everything on my lists. If someone tells me how delicious something is, I always try it myself before the dish makes it on our food site or social media.
So here we go, buckle buttercup! Let’s learn about some delicious appetizers and steaks.
FIRST…. Let’s talk about appetizers that matter before we get to the delicious steaks.
You can find some amazing appetizers at these steak restaurants listed below. I like to call them pre-steak eats! Enjoy, folks!
BEST pre-steak eats for 2018
B&B Butchers & Restaurant Fort Worth & Houston: B&B Butchers & Restaurant Fort Worth & Houston: has a bacon appetizer I’m in LOVE with. It’s called “Chef Tommy’s Bacon”. You have to try it! Tommy’s Bacon is prepared with Roquefort blue cheese and truffle infused honey. This dish will send your taste buds to the FLAVOR RODEO and fill your belly with delight. I truly wish I could convey through my writing how delicious this dish taste, but I don’t have the words. Saddle up for the flavor rodeo with each bite! Tell’em Big Trey sent you!
Grace Restaurant: Located in Sundance Square. They have an appetizer that I love because it involves tartare. It is Beef Tenderloin Tartare – 2 year aged cheddar, tomato aioli, puffed grains, and pine nuts. So delicious you will want another and Chef Blaine won’t let you leave hungry I promise.
Knife Steak House in Dallas & Plano: has a “Bacon Sampler Platter” that will impress any bacon lover. It is a bacon tasting feast consisting of 5 varieties of bacon that will melt in your mouth. I could smell the bacon as they sat it on our table. My mouth was watering before I took the first bite. It’s watering as I write about it! Chef John is dedicated to his craft and loves slinging deliciousness.
Michael’s Cuisine on Upper West 7th: has a fantastic appetizer that is made to order and prepared with fresh Texas quail. They’re called “Quail Pops”! They’re delicious and packed with flavor. Chef M.T. loves this dish and you will too.
J2 Steakhouse in Lewisville: has a creative appetizer that was packed with flavor. Foie gras 3 ways -seared, torch on, mousse. It’s served with some fresh baked bread too and the presentation is incredible. Truly delicious! Chef Pauley loves his creation and it shows.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: has a one-pound bacon appetizer that goes by the name “Thick-cut Nueske’s bacon au Poivre”. Topped with a Bourbon Molasses Glaze and farm fresh peppers. Superb!
Capital Grille Steak Houses: has an amazing pre-steak appetizer that goes by the name of “Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella”, with farm fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and delicious house bread! This dish is so yummy that you will want to slap everyone. Your mama, your grandmamma, your granddaddy and maybe even some folks you don’t even know. Chef Derek knows when I walk in because I always order 2 of these dishes. Yes, it is that delicious. If you don’t believe me, TRY IT!
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: The Beverly Hills California location has an appetizer that I love. It is farm fresh, house-made mozzarella, Texas size beefsteak tomatoes. Served with your choice of dressing; house vinaigrette, Russian or Roquefort. This dish was so fresh and flavorful. It might be the beautiful Beverly Hills fresh air and the sites and sounds of California but this dish is banging.
Horse Shoe Hill Steak House: Located in the Fort Worth Stock Yards! This place has several great appetizers packed with flavors. The “Texana Deviled Eggs”, “The Bob Armstrong dip” with house-made chips, and “Calf Fries” are few of my favorites. Chef Grady has some fantastic dishes that just scream southern and cowboy flavors.
NOW let’s differentiate the types of steaks!
This particular steak is actually two-in-one. Many consider it to be the “king” of steaks. On one side you have a New York strip and on the other is filet mignon. This is thicker cut steak. It has much more of the tenderloin compared to the loin portion. It can be grilled, sautéed, broiled or pan-fried.
This steak is named after its T-shaped bone. It’s similar in appearance to the porterhouse, but with a smaller portion of the filet mignon side. T-bone steaks are cut closer to the front and contain a smaller section of tenderloin. They are best grilled or broiled to medium-rare temperature. The meat near the bone tends to cook more slowly than other parts of the steak.
New York Strip
This is a classic at any quality steakhouse. It has an excellent amount of marbling, is tender and flavorful. Many people prefer this cut cooked rare, or blue, showcasing the delicate flavor and naturally tender texture. Internationally it is called a “club” steak. In the United States and Canada, it is known as New York strip, strip loin, shell steak, or Kansas City strip steak. The New York strip steak is ideal for grilling.
This is the most tender cut off the cow. It’s not the most flavorful steak since it does not have a bone attached, but it can be wrapped in bacon or served with your favorite sauces and spices. In France, this cut is called filet de boeuf, which translates to beef filet. It can be broiled or grilled, but remember to cook this cut quickly to seal in all the goodness.
The rib-eye has long been a favorite of steak lovers worldwide due to its luscious marbling, which allows the meat to be very tender and juicy. The rib-eye is a boneless cut. When the bone is attached it is called a rib steak. These steaks should be cooked quickly by grilling or broiling.
is a cut of beef ribeye that has five or more inches of extra rib bone for presentation purposes. It’s called a “tomahawk” cut because the steak with the long bone resembles a single-handed axe.
Dry aging is a process whereby beef carcasses, primals, and/or subprimals are stored – without protective packaging – at refrigeration temperatures for long periods of time to allow the natural enzymatic and biochemical processes that result in improved tenderness and the development of the unique flavors.
PLATINUM WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018:
Dallas & Plano, Texas
Chef John Tesar has done a masterful job at creating a steakhouse that exceeds all expectations of what a steak dinner experience should be. He offers a Texas-sized variety of meats and cuts where a true steak connoisseur will feel like a kid in a candy store. His “Bacon Sampler” appetizer melts in your mouth with each bite. They have custom-crafted desserts, cocktails, and appetizers that will make your mouth water and your pallet dance. One of the BEST offerings at Knife is a dry age cooler. It is mesmerizing. You can stand at the window slobbering while you glare at the meats dry aging second by second. John’s dry aged beef has a different flavor profile compared to what I’ve tasted. Their dry age process makes for a very intense flavor, creating hints of blue cheese, truffle & popcorn butter. In my opinion, John’s flavor profile created at Knife is different and it’s addicting.
If you ask John about his dry age meat locker, this is how it’s explained;
“By dry aging our prime steaks instead of wet aging we are able to create a more flavorful dining experience. The process involves placing the steaks on racks in our temperature controlled display case, which is held at a constant temperature of 36 degrees and 40% humidity. This causes a crust to form on the outside of the meat, sealing in the steak juices. The natural juices of the meat contain an enzyme that breaks down the tissue resulting in a tenderer piece of steak. At the end of the aging process, our on-site butcher cuts away the crust formed by the dry aging process leaving only the bright red and very flavorful meat that we then cut into the portions we serve. The process makes for a very intense flavor with hints of blue cheese, truffle & popcorn butter. Aging on the property and butchering the meat ourselves along with the personal relationships we have built with the local farms have given us an incredible amount of control over the product.”
I truly enjoyed the flavor profile and John’s dedication to the culinary experience you will receive when you dine at Knife. The flavor profiles are simple to explain in 2 words… STUPID DELICIOUS! That’s the simplest way to explain a John Tesar steak or his signature burger, Stupid Delicious! We tried a few different cuts but loved the DRY AGE steak flavor profile. I dare anyone to eat one of his steaks and come up with a better term.
GOLD WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018
Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas
I’ve written two articles in the last few years about Grace and Chef Blaine because everything this place offers is creative and packed with flavor. I use the word “creative” a lot, but there really isn’t any other way to express what they provide! The atmosphere is incredible, rich, and classy. Grace has one of the best patios in town. The service is first class and always on point. One of my first culinary experiences with Chef Blaine was about 5 years ago. I was told he had some amazing “escargot” that he was very proud of. Now listen, I’m not a big snail eating kinda guy. I tend to stick with other culinary delights! I went to see Blaine and I ask him about this amazing “escargot.” Before I could finish inquiring about the dish Chef Blaine said, ” HANG ON. WE WILL BRING SOME RIGHT OUT FOR YOU”! Well, I had to try it. I couldn’t refuse something he was so proud of, could I? The escargot was AMAZING. We ate two orders that evening. From this moment on, I was forever hooked on Grace and Chef Blaine’s culinary creativeness. If you ask Adam Jones he will tell you “GRACE delivers a dining experience like no other in Fort Worth.” Their wedsite states, “Adam, is known as the city’s host for the unparalleled level of hospitality and service in his restaurants, invites you to enjoy Modern American Classic fare, created by award winning Chef Blaine Staniford. In a comfortable modern setting that embodies the city’s energy, guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace on Main Street and a spectacular bar featuring house made seasonal cocktails with a separate menu for bar snacks. Glass-enclosed temperature controlled wine cellars house a selection of Old and New World wines.” Grace offers different cuts of meat and creative sides. Any cut you choose, or type of beef, will be perfect. It’s a tough decision, but my favorite cut of meat is the 20 oz prime dry aged bone-in ribeye or the 44 Farms filet. If you haven’t tried Grace, you’re missing out! Be sure and have a cocktail on that wonderful patio.
SILVER WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018
Old Downtown in Lewisville, Texas
If you’re a steak LOVER, do I have a place for you! Here’s some deliciousness served with a historical background you will surely enjoy. J2 was created in an OLD 1886 Grist Mill building. The atmosphere here is cozy and fantastic. Chef Polly took me on a kitchen tour and I loved what I saw. They have a new beautiful kitchen, complete with a separate pasta and dessert creating room. The side area has a row of three coolers. One cooler is full of only locally sourced fresh vegetables. The second cooler is a dry age cooler, which is full of delicious dry aging meat. The third has a variety of deliciousness. There’s a meat cutting cooler area where a young man was preparing and wrapping some Beef Wellington. Being the restaurant business all my life, I was impressed with the cleanliness, organization, and how fresh everything looks in the coolers. When we sat down to eat they offered us several menus to view for dinner. They also have some custom house prepared craft cocktails that looked amazing. The website states, “After operating for 124 straight years, the Lewisville Feed Mill at 119 E. Main St had seen its fair share of history & reinvention. There is something special about what the Polser family created back in 1886, that lends itself to preservation. It’s rare to find a restaurant that feels so comfortable in its own right and place- so written into the lore and landscape of a neighborhood and it seems it has always been at that address. Today, J2 Steakhouse serves elevated Texas fare with a selection of dry aged beef, aged in-house, in the heart of downtown Lewisville. It is kept up by a staff who strives to maintain an unobtrusive sense of hospitality & service.” I love this history! We tried so many dishes I thought I was going to need a dolly to wheel myself outside. They steaks were juicy and delicious. We ordered the 60-Day Dry-aged Tomahawk Ribeye and Wet-Aged NY Strip with 7-chili demi glacé and bone marrow butter. It was superb! The historical factor in the Old 1886 Grist Mill building combined with the tremendous amount of old artifacts creates an alluring atmosphere that makes it hard to leave. Chef Pauley and the team at J2 have created true Steakhouse MAGIC not be missed by any steak lover.
The BEST Steak House Winners For 2018
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Chef Tommy Elbashary
Fort Worth & Houston
Chef Marcus Paslay
Fort Worth, Texas
What can you say about Clay Pigeon?.. Everything is farm fresh and creative. It’s everything you want and more! You’ll enjoy every single bite of steak. Clay Pigeon offers a variety of different cuts. Just ask the server for help or review the menu before heading over. They change the menu seasonally, so get ready for something incredible to eat. The atmosphere is wonderful, cozy and Texas friendly. They pride themselves on wowing the customer. The dining room has a date-friendly vibe and a wine cellar for a fine dine night. I truly love everything I eat at Clay Pigeon. My favorite cut of meat is the prime Angus steak 8oz. eye of ribeye. Also, the CP Burger is one of the best you will ever have! The roasted garlic aioli is WOW. I fell in love with this burger two years ago and can’t stop thinking about it!
Red River, New Mexico
Texas Reds has been a favorite of mine going on thirty plus years! I do miss the original two-story old time building, but the food is still as excellent as always. It has a cozy fresh mountain feel to it. I’ve always loved their steaks and baked potatoes. They’re packed with flavor and cooked to perfection. At first, I thought my love for this restaurant was purely for the vibes they gave. Over time I realized it wasn’t only that but also the great steaks and friendly service. Deliciousness in every bite. My favorite cut if the special New York steak cut THICK. When you’re in New Mexico, make plans to try Texas Reds. It’s a must!
Chef Derek Venutolo / Fort Worth
Located all over the U.S.A.
Capital Grille a wonderful and very friendly bar area. Overall, this has a has a very rich and cozy feel. It is like it’s own little cozy tavern BUT with award-winning food, wine and spirits. There is an awesome wine display to marvel over. It has a Texas-sized inventory. The dining room has a certain southern charm feel to it. This makes you want to stay for a while. The service is phenomenal and they love the customers to death. Capital Grille, or as I like to call it CAPITAL, is truly a place to be. Walk in, grab a glass of wine and socialize. Then dine on a delicious meal. Maybe enjoy it all out on the patio and enjoy this wonderful life. My favorite cuts of eat from CAPITAL are the 8oz filet mignon and the 14oz bone-in dry aged New York strip.
Miami & West Palm Beach Florida
The Butcher Shop always has farm fresh cuts of meat. They pride themselves on the quality cuts of meat and prepare them to perfection. You can enjoy the fresh Miami air while you dine on deliciousness. The beer garden is always fun and exciting. Service is perfect and you can catch everyone enjoying his or her time there. My favorite cut of meat from here is the bone-in rib eye. When you’re in Miami stop in here and chow down.
Dallas & Houston, Texas
I’ve dined at both locations Dallas and Houston. Pappas Bros Steak House is best described as deliciousness! They opened in 1998, and honestly, I’ve been going ever since then! Back in my NASCAR days, we would take a helicopter to Pappas, eat then fly out to Texas Motor Speed Way for the races. This place is perfect. They have a large selection of beef and cuts. If you’re looking to impress someone, close a deal or make something happen then take them to Pappas. They will have an incredible time. My favorite cut of meat at Pappas is really anything, but I do love the three peppercorn steak. MY MOUTH IS WATERING NOW!
Chef M.T. Michael
Fort Worth, Texas
Michael’s Cuisine has been around for so long that I consider it to be a Fort Worth staple. Chef M.T. aka Michael Thomson works hard to keep his menu offering different dishes depending on the season, and he gives back to the community in so many ways. This cozy restaurant is located on upper West 7th. It has fireplaces, Texas décor, and an old-school Fort Worth feel. I truly love everything Chef M.T. creates and slings out the kitchen. I especially adore his appetizer “Texas Quail Pops”, and for my favorite cut of meat… It would have to be the “Cowboy rib eye” because it is so delicious, tender and juicy. I always want to order an extra to take home with me! When you have time to check out Michael’s, tell’em Trey sent you!
Chef Jon Bonnell
Fort Worth, Texas
Bonnell’s…where do I start with the famous Bonnell’s? I can tell you Bonnell’s has been one of the driving forces in the great Fort Worth steak and exotic cuisine business for years. The dishes that roll out of the kitchen at Bonnell’s are always incredible (to put it mildly). Everything on the menu is packed with flavor, farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients! I love dinning with Chef Bonnell because he has a true passion for Texas. One of my favorite appetizers he offers is ANYTHING, and I mean that sincerely. My favorite cut of meat would be the Wagyu rib eye from rosewood beef in Ennis, Texas. This particular cut is aged in house for 35 days. The flavor really pops in your mouth and will have your taste buds dancing the Texas two-step. Check out Bonnell’s and tell ’em Big Trey sent you!
Chef Troy Guard
I truly love this place in downtown Denver. Named after the chef’s daughter, Grace Troy Guard, as created magic in Denver. This steak house has an amazing display of its award-winning interior, big fire grills, oyster bar, spaciousness and a wide selection of beef. It is truly a masterpiece. The cuisine is creative, the steaks are farm fresh and packed with deliciousness. My favorite cut of meat is the 18oz. dry aged bone-in NY strip. The service is first class, and even worth a round flight trip to Denver just to dine here for the evening. Guard and Grace is always on point.
Located all over the U.S.A.
I’ve always loved the cozy atmosphere at Ruth’s. Over the years, I’ve dined at their Florida, Texas, Nevada, Louisiana and California location. An 1800-degree broiler cooks the steaks, creating a flavorful sizzling steak. I love this cooking process. My favorite cut of steak from Ruth’s is the juicy 8oz tenderloin. If you’re not in the mood for steak, then you’re in luck because Ruth’s has one of the best chicken dishes in the U.S.A. I highly recommend the stuffed chicken breast with oozing cheese.
Located all over the WORLD
While they have multiple locations in the USA and abroad I’ve only eaten at the Beverly Hills location two times. It has a very cozy atmosphere with some fantastic lighting and doors that open up to the street. Both times I’ve enjoyed my dinner all the doors have been open bringing the wonderful California evening inside, and creating a fantastic dinning experience. I always love the fresh air and the street sounds when dinning in Beverly Hills. If you view the website it will state that after 4 decades of experience, it is fair to say that Wolfgang Zwiener learned his craft well. Taking the core principles from his years as Peter Luger’s head waiter, Wolfgang didn’t just duplicate an exceptional steakhouse; he improved upon it making Wolfgang’s Steakhouse extraordinary. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is serving lunch and dinner seven days a week including all major holidays. I enjoyed the Porterhouse and some amazing wine from the nice glass wine cellar. I would make plans to join a Wolfgang’s for dinner they have plenty of locations and you will enjoy every bite.
Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas
Mercury Chop House is a cozy steak house with dim lights, soft live music, great steaks, friendly service, and a down-homey atmosphere. I’ve always loved Mercury and all it offers. My favorite cut of meat is peppered steak served with mashed potatoes and the vegetable medley. The restaurant located in Arlington is high a top in a building with wide windows and great views. If you haven’t been to Mercury, make sure you make plans today.
Located all over the U.S.A.
Del’s is always at the top of everyone’s list for great steaks and a classy rich atmosphere. They offer incredible service, creative menu items, great cocktails and lots of delicious beef options. I love the big thick bacon appetizer, thick-cut Nueske’s bacon au poivre with a bourbon molasses glaze. It is super delish. My favorite cut of meat at Del Frisco’s is the 14oz. boneless akaushi wagyu ribeye. Check out Del’s today and start living the dream.
Las Vegas, Nevada and Park City,Utah
I really love the Edge Steakhouse for it’s extremely cozy and contemporary feel with bright interior colors. The menu is first class, creative, and the beef cuts are melt-in-your-mouth DELICIOUS. The staff is very friendly and the service is perfect. I eat at Edge Steakhouse every time I’m in Las Vegas. It’s a must! My favorite cut of meat is the 14oz. wagyu beef New York strip. So good… you will be in steak heaven.
The Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas
H3 is truly a one-of-a-kind steak house with it’s own special flare. The historic stockyards of Fort Worth set the perfect cowboy atmosphere for this cozy restaurant. It has one of the best steak house cocktail bars in the U.S.A. You can sit on saddles while you drink Buffalo Butt Beer and socialize with some real cowboys. The beef cuisine is fire-grilled with wood, which produces a fantastic and unmistakable H3 flavor. The aroma floats around H3 of the live hickory wood fried grill. It is simply awesome. My favorite cut of beef is any steak they offer cooked on their hickory wood grill. Don’t forget the “9-Miles Of Dirt Road Dip”! Oh my gosh it’s so delicious, it is what dreams are made of.
Chef Grady Spears
Fort Worth, Texas
My, my, my… Horseshoe Hill. Where EVERYTHING is so delicious you will think you’re dreaming. You will need to ask someone to pinch you, smack you or step on your foot because you will not believe how flavorful your meal is! This is a cozy, quaint little steakhouse and eatery. Even though it is charming, it will blow your mind away. My favorite cut of meat from the Hill is anything they offer. If you’re not in the mood for steak, the try the award-winning chicken fried steak. The experience from Horseshoe Hill will last a lifetime. You’ll be telling all your friends and returning for a second, third, and fourth time forsure!
The Barn Cafe is truly a down-home country-cooking cafe. Not only do they offer delicious hand-cut steaks, they have a variety of house-made cuisine by country Chef Zane. Chicken fried steaks, delicious chicken, pork chops… and their hand-cut steaks on Friday and Saturday nights are truly amazing. The service is casual, friendly and served with a smile. The steaks are big and packed with flavor! The house-made desserts are always excellent and ready to please. Check out the Barn Cafe in Paris, Texas. It’s worth the drive if you wanna see some beautiful country outside the DFW area!
DFW Area and Stephenville, Texas
When you enter Hard Eight you can see all the cooking areas and smokers rolling with beef cooking. They have a separate cowboy grill area where you can watch your steak cooking over an open fire. You choose the meat and they will cut it fresh and throw it on their grill. You can watch out the cook or be seated at your table and they will bring it to you when it’s ready. It’s very hard to walk past all the other deliciousness foodie offerings at Hard Eight before you are seated. I would suggest getting some old horse blinders and strap them on so you can walk to your table without filling your plate full of smoked meats and sweet treats.
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If you’re a steak LOVER, do I have a story for you! Here’s some deliciousness with a historical background you will surely enjoy.
About three months ago, I heard about this new steakhouse in Lewisville, Texas that was opened in an OLD 1886 FEED MILL. A Chef I met Chef Johnathan Pauley was extremely passionate about his baby J2 Steakhouse as he explained in detail about the new restaurant venture. Being in the food business, I hear a lot about the openings of new restaurants. You get all the information about the new restaurant buzz but sometimes you miss out on the NEW CONCEPTS in the Texas market. You say to your self, “I’ll get there when I can. It’s a steak restaurant in Texas. That’s nothing out of the ordinary in the Texas restaurant market.”
Chef Johnathan and J2 state on their website, “J2 Steakhouse is a new restaurant in a familiar space. Opened in the Spring of 2018 by a family who was just as fond of great food as they were of preserving the past. After operating since 1886, the Lewisville Feed Mill at 119 E. Main St had seen its fair share of history and reinvention. There is something special about what the Polser family created over 100 years ago that lends itself to preservation. It’s rare to find a restaurant that feels so comfortable in its own right and place – so written into the lore and landscape of a neighborhood and it seems it has always been at that address.
Today, J2 Steakhouse serves elevated Texas fare with a wonderful selection of dry aged beef in the heart of downtown Lewisville. It is kept up by a staff who strives to maintain an unobtrusive sense of hospitality & service.”
When I pulled up to J2 I saw the historic building and old machinery displayed around the building. I started to get excited! I love Texas history, especially farming and ranching history. The building was originally constructed in 1886 as a feed mill. It’s a very large building with lots of character and charm. When they purchased the building it had been locked down for decades. What they found inside was a large number of Texas treasures. They found old machinery, bottles, cans, and all kinds of historic items. Simply said, what they found was amazing.