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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!

#1 Carshon’s Delicatessen

Fort Worth, Texas

Carshon’s Deli Old School

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

#2 Melted

Dallas, Texas

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

# 3 Cork & Pig Tavern

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  

Little Red Wasp #smackyomamagood

# 4 Little Red Wasp

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

#5 The Latin Pig

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

#6 Local Foods Kitchen

Fort Worth, Texas

Neiman Marcus #GiveMeSomeMore

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

#7 Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

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  

#8 Neiman Marcus

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

#9 Americano Italian Restaurant

Downtown Dallas, Texas            

Americano Dallas #GitTiHaveIt

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

#10 Jason’s Deli

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

Thanks for reading our article and trusting us for your chow down needs! I really appreciate the dedication and local support. We are passionate about food, drinks, the chefs that create it, and the restaurants that host everyone.

Remember, “Food is an exploration of the pallet try something new you might like it!”

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

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Texas Best Chili for Chilly Weather!

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.

#1) Fred’s Texas Cafe

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.

#2) BBQ On The Brazos

BBQ On The Brazos Chili

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!

#3) Billy Oak Acres BBQ

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.

#4) 407 BBQ

Argyle, Texas

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!

#5) The Barn Cafe

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!

Texas Spice Dallas

#6) Texas Spice

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! “

Much love,

Trey Chapman

Champagne, Burgers, & Caviar French Fries!

When I opened my message from Chef John Tesar it said,

Michael, Chef John, & Trey

“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.”

Trey Chapman


Passmore Ranch is a premium freshwater, sustainable fish ranch in California.

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!

The BEST Steaks & Steakhouses For 2018

Steakhouse Magic in Old Town Lewisville in DFW

J2 Large Dry Age Cooler #1

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.”

Well, friends, I should have made the trip to J2 Steakhouse much SOONER than later. I waited over three months before making the chow down trip to J2 in Lewisville.

Craft Cocktail from J2 Craft Master

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.


Trey’s Chow Down T.V. Best Burgers of 2018 Fox 4 Good Day with Lauren

This years list was crazy! We chowed down on 120 burgers and visited over a 100 different burger joints and restaurants to complete our list.

For the past five years at Trey’s Chow Down.Com we’ve researched and compiled a list of the best burgers I’ve eaten that year. The first year it started at Fort Worth Magazine with what I thought was the best burger I ate. As time went on, more and more folks would ask me what I thought about this burger or that burger. In 2017, I increased my dedication to research and the number of burgers for the list. I had to increase the list to the TOP 15 BURGERS in DFW because there are many places promoting and selling delicious burgers. I needed to be fair, accurate, and credible. Our “Best Burger List” has become so popular (251,000 views in 2017) that I’ve decided to make some changes for 2018 and for the future of our Trey’s Chow Down Best Burger Contest. I’ve created TWO NEW burger categories and a BEST ALL AROUND WINNER for 2018 and beyond.

The NEW categories will be as follows:


–    BEST CRAFT Burger


I truly love a delicious burger but the beef industry has changed so much in the last five decades. I felt I needed to make the decision to create the NEW categories for fair judging and a TRUE BEST BURGER LIST.

To me, a CRAFT burger is completely different in creation and flavor profile. They can be prepared with delicious creative toppings, a variety of expensive fresh meats, premium aged cheese, with a fancy bakery fresh bun. A craft burger can get expensive depending on how it is created. When it comes to craft burgers my flavor profile has a wide range. I will try anything to see what kind of burger deliciousness a chef has created to achieve the number one tasting burger in the burger wars. There are lots of crazy flavor profiles for craft burgers. Plenty of the craft burger creations have the ability to send your taste buds to the flavor rodeo and have you screaming giddy up with each bite.

Incredible Event: Chefs For Farmers 2018

Abacus Restaurant Beef

Trey’s Chow Down visits several events throughout the year. We travel around the DFW Metroplex, East Texas, and South Texas to seek out creative dishes. We search for delicious flavor profiles and the incredibly talented chefs that create them.

A large number of events we are invited to are charities held by chefs, restaurants, and local folks who believe in supporting great causes. It’s an honor to be a part of them! Truly, it’s amazing to see how much time, funding, dedication, and hard work is put forth during these events.

This year was Trey’s Chow Down first time to attend the Chefs For Farmers 2018 event in Dallas. Chefs For Farmers was created in 2010 by Dallas restaurateurs Iris Midler and Matt McCallister. Chefs For Farmers began as a long table dinner for 125 people at Eden’s Organic Farm in Balch Springs, Texas. The goal of the evening was to bring farmers and local chefs together to promote the benefits of working closely with their local/regional farmers. Over the years, Chefs For Farmers has evolved into a nationally recognized, multi-day festival with thousands in attendance. As part of its commitment to encouraging sustainable relationships between chefs and the farming community, Chefs For Farmers provides stipends to participating chefs and farms to create locally sourced dishes for the festival.

It is a four-day event that rivals anything you’ve ever attended in the food or drink world. Chefs For Farmers is masterfully planned and executed with perfection. The cuisine is unbelievably creative, colorful, with flavor profiles that will send your taste buds into foodie heaven.

Each chef and culinary team spends countless hours preparing these flawless dishes. The flavor profiles and combinations we tried at Chefs For Farmers blew me away. I can’t ever remember trying so many unusually complex dishes at one single event. Chefs For Farmers is an amazing concept. I really enjoyed attending this event with chefs and local farmers to help promote freshly sourced vegetables, proteins, and products.


Each booth, staging area members, and culinary team were full of class, energy, and were enthusiastically serving. There was not one single booth where everyone wasn’t smiling, laughing, and having a BIG ol’ Texas time. All the folks were so friendly and taking time to discuss their creations.

Talk about a well done prepared plan. The crowds at the event were evenly distributed. This way, the crowds never really bunch up and made you feel open to roam around throughout this event.

Hook Line and Sinker V.I.P. Feast

The V.I.P. area was TRULY a V.I.P. area! Everything it offered was spectacular. They had full bars, wine, music, and all kinds of delicious eats. There was plenty of seating and we felt like we were attending a kings feast. Hook Line and Sinker had an unbelievable all-you-can-eat fresh seafood area with king crab, shrimp, crawfish, sausage, and corn. Magdalena’s had an amazing dish that was visually beautiful Lobster Esquites and it tased like “MORE.” That’s what I wanted was more!  My mouth is watering just thinking about all the incredible food in the V.I.P. area again. V.I.P. at Chefs For Farmers should be renamed to (P.V.I.F.) for Platinum Very Important Foodies and that’s putting it mildly, folks.

This is definitely one of the best foodie events I have been to in the last decade.

I would love to list every single chef, restaurant, dish, farmer, and vendor involved but that would take a lot of pages. I’m going to list some highlights and the amazing dishes we fell in love with. I want everyone to know, and understand, that there wasn’t a bad dish at Chefs For Farmers. We loved them all.


When it came to deliciousness  at Chefs For Farmers 2018 these flavor profiles and dishes had everyone beat. I fell in love with the following dishes:

Petra and The Beast

Petra and The Beast

Chef Misti Norris created the dish with pork, grains, and greens. This dish had an amazing flavor profile and was visually stunning. I’ve been following her work for a few years now and I’ve been blown away with her creations. Chef Misti dedicates herself to creating one of kind unique dishes with fantastic visually appealing looks and flavor profiles. She’s dedicated to perfection!


Knife Dallas

Knife Dallas

Chef John Tesar created the dish: Beef BBQ Rib in Creamy Polenta Chimichurri Sauce. OMG where do I start? First off, I LOVE Chimichurri and I LOVE  beef. BOOM! This dish took my taste buds to the flavor Rodeo. The texture was perfect. It was visually sexy to my eyes, it just screamed, “Eat me”. I sneaked back for a second one because it was delicious. Chef John is not only dedicated to his craft, he’s in LOVE with the culinary world and creating magic from his kitchen. Each creative dish is packed with flavors that we love. Who doesn’t love BEEF and delicious creations? You know where to find them Knife Dallas and Plano.


Meat Church

Meat Church Deliciousness

The chef was Chef Matt Pitman and he prepared a few dishes; Smoked prime rib, Truffle horseradish Cream On Corn, and a Chorizo style smoked beef rib with salsa verde, chicharrones, and chili on corn.  All I could say was WOW! It was just STUPID DELICIOUS. The flavor profiles rocked my pallet and they were visually perfect. I hovered around the Meat Church booth like I hadn’t eaten in a month. Just smelling the aromas gave me a BBQ ADDICTION. The smells from the Meat Church booth should have been outlawed. Call the police there’s delicious smells lingering!

Abacus restaurant


The chef was Chef Christopher Patrick and the dish was Hickory Smoked Bar-N-Ranch Wagyu Cheesesteak Sliders prepared with caramelized onions and peppers, Brazos valley white cheddar cheese sauce, on grilled sourdough. When I saw that sign and the dish he had listed I was like, “The foodie gods must have visited Chef Patrick for this one”. Are you kidding me? LOOK at those ingredients. This dish just screams, “I’m freaking delicious, now shove me in your mouth”. Well let me tell you something right now foodie lovers…. Actually, I can’t tell you what I said when I took my first bite in this article but it rhymes with muck. I don’t know Chef Patrick, but I met him for the first time that day. I can tell you I will seek out more of his creative tasty dishes and see what he’s slinging next for me to chow down on. Take my advice get to Abacus and chow down on some deliciousness.




The Chef was Chef Juan Rodriguez and the dish was Lengua and Gnocchi, Braised beef Lengua with Parisian style Gnocchi, Salsa Macha, farm fresh herds and Cotija Cheese on a freshly-made tortilla. When I saw Chef Juan and I looked at his dish creation I started shaking my head. I knew this dish was going to be lip-smacking, mouth watering, and bronc ride to the flavor rodeo. I know Chef Juan, and he’s always slinging creative deliciousness with every single dish, large or small. I took one bite of this and my spidey senses took over. I’m not sure if I even chewed this dish, but I wanted another. Magdalena’s is one of my all time favorite places to dine and chow down. He’s a master at creating not only fantastic dishes, but also the perfect atmosphere to eat them. Chef Juan makes you feel like you’re truly in the country or region in which the dish was inspired. He will explain the dish so well with PASSION you feel special just to eat it. He’s truly a master at the foodie game!


Chef Joe Rojas

The Most Creative dish at C.F.F. 2018 

Chef Joe Rojas Booth Presentation

The chef was Chef Joe Rojas and his dish was carrot textures with short ribs. Prepared with farm fresh roasted carrot, compressed Carrot, dehydrated carrot, aerated carrot, and short rib. I don’t know Joe, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I saw the sign I thought this dish has lots of carrot flavor wonder what the flavor profile will be, carrot? I LOVED the presentation I could see it from the sidewalk as I looked over. The dish was visually incredible it looked like a piece of Picasso artwork hanging on a wall. The color really popped, the texture was unique, and it was packed with flavor. The carrots being chilled on the dish with short rib was really delicious and satisfying to my pallet. The only problem is I could have eaten about 10 of those! Wonder what Chef Joe would have done if I came back with a BIG tray and slid, about 10 more of those on the tray then walked off like a thief in the night! It crossed my mind. I need to eat more of Joe’s dishes soon!

There were so many more incredible dishes and chefs we met that it’s impossible to explain in this story. What I will tell you is this, you need to purchase your tickets and attend Chefs For Farmers in 2019. If you’re a farmer or a chef you need to be part of this! Last but not least, if you own a business you should consider being a sponsor and supporting. It’s an amazing event and one of the most incredible events you will ever attend.

Special Thanks to: Iris Midler, Matt McCallister, John Tesar, Dean Fearing, and everyone who played a part in this amazing event.

God Bless Everyone,

Trey Chapman

Let’s get fancy; The Quintessential TEXAS Dish!

Texas Official Day!

If you live in Texas, or have spent any time roaming around here, then you know what the most quintessential dish that Texans love to eat.

It’s big, tasty, light brown color, has a little crunch with each bite. In most cases it is smothered in creamy gravy. Yep! The delicious chicken fried steak! Born in Texas, and it is truly the quintessential state dish.

Texans love it so much we even declared an official day to celebrate it!

Chef Terry Chandler Quintessential Texas Cooking!

October 26th is the official Texas Chicken Fried Steak day! Let me walk you through on why, and where, to enjoy oneself on this awesome day.

There has to be hundreds, if not thousands, of places in Texas where you can eat chicken fried steak. Big cities, little Texas towns, back roads, breakfast cafes, deli spots, hamburger joints, expensive eateries, steak houses, and the list goes on. Really, you can go anywhere! Texans are proud of their chicken fried steak. Everyone who knows me can agree that I know where the best dishes are.

Chefs have their own idea on how to prepare their delicious dishes. They have perfected their own recipes for chicken fried steak. In the last decade, Texas chefs have gotten extra creative. Some use round steak/cubed steak, flat iron steak, rib eye, and if they’re going further in creativity they’re using dry aged rib eye. Each different cut achieves a different flavor profile. Whatever you prefer, you’ll surely savor it.

I’ve been eating chicken fried steak my entire life. The family restaurant and beef business is my pride but I know how to judge a chicken fried steak like no other!

I’ve compiled a list of places with outstanding chicken fried steak! Each place has uniqueness in flavor, service, and southern charm. Have fun CHOWING DOWN on the best chicken fried steak! Our last article was read over 100,000 times! I’m sure this one will trump that. Be sure to share this with your friends!

Horseshoe Hill Fort Worth Stock Yards

Celebrity cowboy Chef Grady Spears has, what I consider to be, the coziest little restaurant in Texas. He also has the biggest and best variety of chicken fried steak. The menu has six different styles. Yes. I said SIX different ways you can order chicken fried steak. Each dish is unbelievable and offers it’s own flavor profile. The Cowboy Way, the Farmer’s Way, and the Vaquero Way are my top three favorites. They are served with mashes tators and green onions. Horseshoe Hill is truly a must try if you love chicken fried steak. Chef Grady is a Texas legend. Bring ya boots and cowboy hat because you’ll be riding in the flavor stagecoach all night with each bite!

Celebration Restaurant Dallas

They’ve been cooking up deliciousness for decades! Their chicken fried steak is incredible. The cozy down home atmosphere adds an extra charm, creating the perfect southern restaurant. For a bold flavor, change the traditional cream gravy to Celebration’s house made jalapeño spicy gravy. It’s made with farm fresh ingredients and is oh so good. After their fifty years in the business, they have it down to perfection. Make sure you get your ticket punched because you’ll be boarding the flavor train when you order the Chicken Fired Steak!

Reatta Restaurant Sundance Square

Started in Alpine, Texas and made its way to Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Reatta is one of a kind with its western cowboy atmosphere, great service, awesome food, and a roof top bar. Chef James Gaines makes a mean Texas sized chicken fried steak, complete with authentic Texas flavor and topped with delectable cream gravy. Make sure to add the Reatta tamales for an appetizer for the perfect meal. Do me a favor and make sure to keep one arm free because you’ll be riding the flavor merry-go-round with this dish!

Pink Magnolia Dallas

Chef Beck’s Pink Magnolia Dallas!

Although I haven’t met her yet I have been to Chef Blythe Beck’s fabulous Pink Magnolia?… Inviting, colorful, cozy restaurant, and more. It’s always fun and the folks are great! The first time I took a bite of Chef Blythe’s chicken fried steak ribeye, I was like… Da da da DAMN. Trey, you better take another bite, son! So, I did take another and another until I lick the plate clean. No kidding, I picked the plate up off the table and licked it like a damn lollipop! What would do you? It was covered in house made bacon ribeye gravy! Pure deliciousness on a plate. Just remember, this is an incredible kaleidoscope of flavors and your taste buds will be dancing. Get to Pink Magnolia, and thank me later.

Billy Oak Acres BBQ Fort Worth

If you haven’t met pit master Chef Billy Woodrich, then your life isn’t complete. You wanna talk about character? My lort, I think the word character was invented for Bill Woodrich. A big man full of laughter, fun times, craziness, and can cook some of the best chicken fried steak west of the Mississippi. His restaurant defines the word cozy! It’s in a 100-year-old building with uneven floors, squeaky doors and floors. Chef Billy cooks a delicious flavor packed chicken fried steak with cream gravy, plus sides. It taste so good you will be in “hog heaven”, as my granddad used to say. You will be asking Billy for another. Check out Billy Oak Acres today, and be sure to get ready to ride in Billy’s Little Flavor Wagon.

The Barn Cafe Paris Texas

I’m telling you right now; if you want to experience a real country eatery then you better drive east to Chef Zane’s Barn Cafe in Paris, Texas. It’s called the Barn Cafe because it’s inside a big Texas sale barn. That’s correct. The Paris Live Stock Auction Barn! Friends, you haven’t lived until you eat at the Barn Café. You need to experience all the wonderful character, charm, and stories this place has to offer. Everything is house-made daily. The chicken fried steak is served with cream gravy and fresh house made rolls. Expect to be in a food coma. Each bite will have you wanting more. I’ve eaten 2 at one time and was so full that I couldn’t walk back to my truck. TAKE your boots, it is a sale barn. Make sure to check their hours before you head out there! Thank me later for the delicious cuisine and the pretty drive!

Fred’s Texas Cafe Fort Worth

A true Texas cowboy eatery! Chef Terry Chandler and his culinary team have created so many delicious southern eats, I can’t even do it justice with descriptions. The cafe is inviting and friendly. It’s hard to leave once you enter! The smell of delicious country cooking and live Texas music will put your senses on hyper drive. Chef Terry’s chicken fried steak served with cream gravy will have you asking… Where have you been all my life? Come here and get in my belly. It’s simply some of the best home country cooking you will find. So so so good for the soul. Check you bags when you enter! Until every bite is finished, Fred’s Texas Café will send you on the flavor town rocket!

Jonathan’s Restaurant Oak Cliff

H-3 Ranch Chicken Fried Steak!

Let’s talk about some delicious southern heavy goodness. I haven’t met Chef Jon yet, but I’ve eaten his delicious chicken fried steak with an egg on top for brunch My goodness. It’s packed with so much flavor it made my list! It was one of the best ever. Jonathon’s is very cozy, with friendly folks and a fantastic menu. The brunch is amazing and the atmosphere is not what you would expect in todays times. It’s inviting and down right home friendly. Check it out and be sure and take a bib because flavor will be dripping off your chin with each bite. Tell’em Big Trey sent you!


H-3 Steak House Stock Yards Fort Worth.

Giddy up boyz and girlz! It’s time to climb on your horse and mozy over to H-3 Steak House for a big fat juicy chicken fried steak. The famous Mr. Stephen Michie will be expecting you. If you don’t have a horse, an SUV or a car will do the trick! H-3 is one of the quintessential places in Texas to bring folks to dine, drink, and Chow Down. The chicken fried steak is Texas sized and packed with flavors. If you add the “Nine Miles Of Dirt Road Dirt” dip for an appetizer you will be in cowboy food heaven. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is pure Texan. Get there today! You can even sit on a saddle, which will take you to flavor merry-go-round! Giddy Up!!!


Hope you enjoy the list and make sure to re-share with your friends and your mama. Don’t forget, October 26th is TEXAS Chicken Fried Steak Day! See ya there!


Trey (Chow Down) Chapman III











Smoked BBQ Fest Ft Worth & Dallas

“Chicken Fried Burnt End”

Smoked BBQ Fest 2018 in Dallas and the Historic Fort Worth Stock Yards where some of the BEST events we attended in 2018. SMOKED brought the BEST BBQ from all over the Lone Star State to the heart of downtown Dallas and the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Eighteen BBQ joints from across Texas fired up their pits and served savory samples of smoked goodness: brisket, ribs, pork, sausage and other creative BBQ dishes. Texas live music filled the air and games entertained the Texas sized crowds. It was raining you say? That didn’t matter one bit! BBQ lovers came out by the hundreds to chow down on some of the Texas BEST BBQ dishes in the WORLD.

Trey’s Chow Down loved each and every dish that was offered and we tried them all. We did have some favorites that we want to share with each of you.

I found Foodie Heaven 8 Delicious Destinations, One Street!

 Hello fellow foodies and chowhounds,

Every once in a while folks will say, “You should see this place it’s amazing”. They sometimes say anything to get your attention about something new they’ve tired. Folks just want to share their happiness! This was exactly what I was told about Restaurants On Lamar at the Taste Of Dallas this year. I just had to see it!

Last month I was invited to tour the NEW Restaurants On Lamar at the Omni hotel in Dallas. I thought to myself, it must be some restaurants inside the Omni Hotel? If I’ve learned anything in my five decades on this earth in the food and drink business is that one should NEVER EVER have preconceived notions about anything. Especially when it comes to restaurants nowadays.  Making assumptions can sometimes lead ya to be wrong.

That’s exactly what happened to me when it came to Restaurants On Lamar. What I thought about it before seeing it was nothing like it actually was… not even close!

When I pulled up to the Omni I drove past a cluster of restaurants across from the Omni on Lamar Street. It was at this point I started to grasp what was happening. Restaurants On Lamar is an amazing new concept at the Omni Dallas. They have eight different restaurants, three different bars, each with beer, drinks, or creative cocktails. Each location falls under one blanket drinking permit so you can walk around with your drinks while you dine and socialize. It also includes one of the largest sports bars I’ve ever visited with private booths and VIP areas available. These restaurants are eight separate concepts complete with skilled chefs with creative farm-fresh chef-driven menus at each one. They have award-winning cuisine with impeccable customer service. They have creative and colorful cocktails that number in the hundreds tasting like heaven. To make this new concept even better they have FREE parking for customers. I’m talking about over 400 spaces plenty of parking NOT like you normally find in the DFW area these days where you’re hunting for a parking space or walking a mile after parking. FREE parking in downtown Dallas, WHAT? Well now! Free parking, eight different restaurant concepts, three bars, a sports bar, four patios one with a big outdoor fireplace, and a roof top patio and bar all in the same location? Boy, now you have my attention!

Think about the holidays, birthdays, parties, events, and anniversaries that can be celebrated at Restaurants in Lamar. I want you to stop and think just consider this fact for a minute… You have family in town, but it’s hard because so many folks like different cuisine and they just can’t decide where to dine. Well, at Restaurants on Lamar that is not an issue. You can visit several locations and enjoy different food cultures and food groups. Maybe you want to have a special anniversary you can eat in one spot, have dessert at another spot, and then have a few cocktails after that. You never have to leave Restaurants On Lamar.

Here is my favorite situation of all, the family trap. Honey our house isn’t big enough to have all your family members; I don’t want them all over here at the same time! What do we do? Well, Trey’s Chow Down just saved the day, your relationship, and your families combined over all happiness. Invite them all to meet you at Restaurants On Lamar for an evening or daytime packed with family fun and deliciousness. Heck, have them meet you at the Biergarten On Lamar first get them all to lighten up before you head out on your restaurant tour. If they’re coming from out of town they can book a room at Omni and BAM you meet them at Restaurants On Lamar a.k.a. a Trey’s Chow Down delicious destination.

Now that I have your attention I want to discuss each restaurant concept so you understand what we are talking about at this delicious destination.


An authentic, German-style beer garden greets guests with a selection of German beer and cuisine. Diners and drinkers can enjoy views of the skyline on a wrap-around patio and take in a delicious trip to Germany via bratwursts and schnitzel. Biergarten also serves up local Dallas brews for those wishing to stay close to home.


East and West collided in 1852, when Matthew Perry of the USA Steam Navy was assigned to open ports to the west trade. Saltwater stained his metal ships black as he made his way to Japan and therefore, the Japanese referred to them as ‘black ships’. The story is brought to life in traditional Japanese, Korean and American dishes.


Bob’s Steak & Chop House is a nationally renowned steak house specializing in the finest corn-fed, Midwestern prime beef. The menu formula at this Dallas culinary landmark is simple: incredible meat, gigantic shrimp, fabulous salads and decadent desserts. Classic steak house food prepared and presented in a manner that Bon Appétit calls “the kind of fare you’ll want to go back for again and again.”

Quality and service are two of the main ingredients that make up the culture, along with a quintessential Dallas dining experience. Because of the caliber of the product, servers exude a friendly confidence that charges the atmosphere and restaurant with vitality. Award-winning food, educated service, and warm, classic décor make dining at Bob’s Steak & Chop House an outstanding experience.


In 1971, Momma Herrera opened her first restaurant with the familiar recipes she grew up within Mexico. Fast forward to 2015 and the family tradition is carried to Omni Dallas’s Restaurants on Lamar with the Herrera family continuing to showcase the authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine including classic enchiladas, street tacos, and signature margaritas. Vibrant colors and fixtures complement the textures of Mexico the Herrera family grew up in and give guests a lively backdrop to a fun foodie adventure.


A casual, neighborhood restaurant, Coal Vines brings New York style pizza and traditional pasta dishes to life. Also featured is a wine list with something for everyone’s palette and budget so diners may take in fine vino without breaking the bank. Dine with the locals at Dallas’ favorite pizza destination or enjoy delivery to your room.

A cocktail from Pegasus Bar


Texas Spice, serving three meals daily, captures the true flavor of Texas with an emphasis on local ingredients and southern style offering a twist on hometown classics. The innovative farm-to-market concept incorporates the freshest ingredients to create great food and a casual dining experience. The rustic interior was designed with repurposed materials that include red brick walls, garage-door-style doors, and wood details. Whether dining in the main dining room, a private dining room or on the spacious outdoor patio, every guest is sure to feel connected to the history of Dallas while enjoying the comfort of a home-cooked meal.

Texas Spice “Recently named a Diners’ Choice Winner by OpenTable.com.”


The Owners Box at Omni Dallas Hotel is a sports lover’s dream with state-of-the-art features and the latest technology including a 16-foot screen for viewing the game. The full-service bar and authentic menu is just the start to an amazing sports bar. Never miss the game again with private game-watching tables that include sound isolating technology and interactive scheduling to fit your needs. Enjoy the big game from every angle on multiple LCD HDTVs, patio dining and oversized seating areas.

After 9:00 p.m., guests must be 21+ to enter The Owners Box. This time is subject to change due to special events; please contact the hotel with any questions.

Pegasus Bar Omni Hotel

Pegasus Bar is overlooking restaurants on Lamar and is Texas chic. Great drinks, cocktails, trendy décor and good vibes. You can see the big restored neon Pegasus Bar from the windows. They also have a big outdoor patio to enjoy with a big floor space if you so desire to move about.

See you at the table!

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman


Time to CHOW DOWN at the NEW Snooze Eatery!

Good Day Chow Fans,

I’m excited to about Fort Worth’s newest chow down spot in Cowtown: Snooze an AM Eatery. Snooze opened in Addison, Walnut Hill, and now will open to a big fan fair next month in Fort Worth on October 24, 2018. I stopped by the NEW location off 7th Street in the West Bank development and loved what I saw. Bright colors, the walls a vibrant orange, stylish furniture, and there will even be a big stockyards mural on the wall. I was very impressed with the decor, the friendly staff, and they also have a second story to even add more space for chowing down. They only believe in farm fresh products and locally sourced ingredients. They also encourage folks to create their own dishes with personal twists! You can’t beat that!

The company states on their website,

“Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born on April 2, 2006 in Denver, Colorado seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service.

Breakfast marks the beginning of a new day. At Snooze, we believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating. Our mantra: it only takes a moment to make a difference. From the day we were born, our people – Snoozers – have led the way serving creative twists on America’s favorite breakfast classics in a casual, friendly and vibrant atmosphere. The passion of our Snoozers is contagious. Over the past 8+ years it has inspired Snooze fans of all ages across the country.

TACO ‘BOUT IT At Bartaco

Lunch special: 3 tacos soup or salad 10 bucks.

Just when you think Fort Worth can’t possibly have another taco joint open SLAM BAM another one appears out of the blue. They kinda blindsided everyone in cowtown!

Here is how it went down.

I heard a beep on my phone and I looked down. It said the message was from Tino D. of Whiskey Garden I thought, Tino doesn’t message me very often… I better see what this is all about.

My first thought was, oh Trey what did you do? Why is Tino messaging you this morning? Lol!

I looked at the message and it read: “Trey, new taco place on University WestBend in Fort Worth. It’s called Bartaco and the place is legit. You gotta check it out bro, and quick!”