BBQ on the Brazosat the Texaco Gas Station in Cresson, Texas has been open now for about five years. I can’t beleive it’s been 5 years since I pulled in there, threw the door open and screamed, ” Where is my BBQ boys I’m hungry?”
Pit Master Chef John Sanford has won many awards since opening the place. They even won a spot in the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Restaurants last year. Nothing can stop this BBQ dream team except for one thing… a NEW business lease. Not only have they won all those awards but they’ve also been featured on Fox 4 and some other T.V. stations.
At the end of June, I had missed a call from John Sanford. I also had a missed call from Karthyn Sanford. I thought to myself this can’t be good. I was very busy getting ready for my once a year month-long adventure chowing and drinking around Florida.
After I reached out back to John and Kathryn I learned the fate of BBQ on the Brazos. They were not able to come to terms on future lease options. It wasn’t feasible for them to operate the restaurant.
John and Kathryn have worked extremely hard at building their business and serving all the BBQ lovin’
customers that come to see them. THANKFULLY they are not gone but going about their service in a food truck. They will keep on smoking BBQ out of their new BIG BBQ RIG SMOKING TRAILER to make chow hounds happy all over Texas.
They are still in the BBQ game and can’t wait to get back to slinging BBQ for all to enjoy very soon.
On the phone, John sounded disheartened a little about what has happened… but with a positive tone he said, “We will move on to bigger and better things”. He mentioned a few other catchy phrases that I’m not going to discuss, lol!
They are taking some time to clean up the old location and get situated in their mobile operation. I’ve known John and Kathryn for a while now and I love their optimism and strength to keep on blowing smoke and slinging that Q!
You can hit there Facebook page or stay posted here folks, and I’ll keep y’all updated on them! Keep your nose up in the air for the smell of that DELICIOUS BBQ on the Brazos. I can promise you will be able to smell it for blocks, no matter where you are!
“Taste of Dallas, Dallas’ premier summertime food and drink festival, returns for its 32nd year serving up three fun-filled days of great food and music featuring over 50 restaurants and food trucks, Backyard Bites presented by Coleman Backyards, Latin Flavors presented by Jose Cuervo, dozens of engaging and interactive sponsor and exhibitor activations as well as The Foodie Experience with its all-inclusive food and beverage sampling format on Friday night.
Taste of Dallas Music – Presented by Dallas Observer, features over 40 music acts on 4 stages throughout the weekend with all concerts and performances included in the price of admission”
Trey’s Chow Down was glad to be a part of this fantastic foodie celebration. The entire weekend was full of fun, deliciousness, music, creative food presentations, and the foodie panel presented by Tik:Talk Marketing. For all 3 days, we were surrounded by great music and incredible smells, keeping our senses on high. I was always looking for my next snack!
There were so many food options. It would be difficult to try them all but Trey’s Chow Down made a mad dash for every dish we could find. Some of the culinary creations smelled so good and looked so delicious there was no way we were going to pass them by as we strolled around. Our noses were in the air trying to inhale all the fantastic aromas floating around. While we enjoyed all the dishes from this event there where definitely some clear winners in our opinion.
Here are the places you need to visit when out and about in Dallas area…
Chef Jeffrey Kollinger from Tillman’s Roadhouse had a fantastic and flavorful dish “waffle creation” early Thursday AM for the Taste Of Dallas Kick Off at Victory Park with News 8 Daybreak #IAMUP. Friday evening he had an amazing farm fresh “braised pork” dish. It was juicy, packed with flavor, and smelled so delicious it hypnotized you as you walked by. Tillman’s Roadhouse has been a long time favorite of Trey’s Chow Down. Chef Kollinger’s Team does an amazing job slinging deliciousness at Tillman’s in the wonderful Bishop Art’s District. If you want a cocktail, they will fix you a fresh Texas cocktail so you can socialize and relieve your stress. Make sure you stop into Tillman’s Roadhouse and enjoy some creative culinary delights. Your pallet will tingle with happiness. Tell’em Trey sent you to Chow Down!
The cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic Richardson is what I would like to call “devilishly delicious.” I can’t even begin to describe the amazing flavor profiles and the way your mouth will feel with each bite. Believe you me, I tried 3 different Cinnaholic cinnamon rolls… and 2 of them twice because I just couldn’t get enough from these little sweet treats. The staff was amazing, knowledgeable, and passionate about their “devilishly delicious” treats. The rolls are so fantastic. I truly think one could fall in love with this product and become addicted to chowing down on them daily. Cinnaholic says they’re a California-born concept that makes the housemade cinnamon rolls with a variety of decadent frostings and toppings. More than two dozen are on hand at low-key storefronts featuring a counter and casual seating in the Dallas suburbs. I’m just going to say y’all need to make sure you drive, fly, run or walk to Cinnoholic and try these treats. First, there are 4 things you must do when you get ready to chow down: Wash your hands before you chow down, you will want to use them to shovel that roll in your mouth. Then make a bib with a napkin and tuck it in your collar covering the front of your shirt, trust me! Do NOT share. I will repeat DO NOT share or you will be mad and be standing back at the counter ordering more and furious you even considered sharing. When you finish the last bite of that roll REPEAT and start over. Be sure and tell’em Trey sent you to chow down.
Oh how I love Chef Blythe Beck from Pink Magnolia she had a delicious and flavorful dish on Friday evening. It was a “fried chicken deviled egg” yes I said it, a “fried chicken deviled egg” OMG! Pink Magnolia is located in the wonderful Bishop’s Art District and has some creative culinary delights and an amazing cocktail menu that changes with the seasons. The new cocktail menu has some fantastic and refreshing drinks you can enjoy for the Texas summer. Some have fun names like “The Blanche,” “The Rose”, “The Dorothy,” and “The Sophia”. Chef Beck has an amazing “Chicken Fried Ribeye Stack” on her brunch menu that we are in love with. You need to make plans to stop by Pink Magnolia and try some of Chef Blythe’s culinary creations. I would head over for brunch because you will make it a SUNDAY FUNDAY for sure.
Chef David Hollister from Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grillhas a creative, and delicious, sandwich he named “Smoked Creole Beef on Weck”. This sandwich is packed with flavors, juicy goodness, and had a fantastic flavor profile. It’s made with creole rubbed and oak smoked akaushi flank steak. Trey’s Chow Down visits Gas Monkey often, and we love to try Chef Hollister wonderful creations. Make time to stop by Gas Monkey to chow down and have a cocktail. You can always find some creative culinary creations from Chef Hollister. Throw the door open and tell’em Big Trey sent you! The photo of Chef Hollister’s creation was taken by Hollister Photography and is displayed for a cover photo.
Fresh Art Foodie had an amazing “mac-n-cheese dish” that was packed full of cheesy deliciousness. Trust me, you’re gonna love this dish. All that cheese was creamy, yummy, lip-smacking and left me wanting more. In fact, it should be named, “MORE” because that’s what you will be saying I want “MORE” until you POP. The culinary team consists of 3 chefs at Fresh Art Foodie: Chef Adrienne Hernandez, Chef Joey Allette, and Chef Alex Line. Fresh Art foodie says, “They passionately believe… Food is art, food is fresh, food is fun. From the carnivore to the vegan, the athlete to the couch surfer, we have a menu sure to please the eye, palate, and soul.” Trey’s Chow Down truly believes they’re slinging the best creative delicious at Fresh Art Foodie. Check them out and visit their site for catering and foodie needs!
Texas Spice at the Omni Hotel with Lamar Street Restaurants project in Dallas, Texas:
What we loved from Texas Spicewas the “House Smoked Brisket Beef Patty Slider”. This little slider was layered with flavors, all stacked between a fresh “Cranberry Brioche Bun.” It was prepared with “Pimento Smear, Millionaire Bacon, Swiss chard & Kale Slaw, and topped with crispy Onions.” This lil Texas slider took my taste buds to the flavor rodeo. Giddy up and let’s chow down at Texas Spice!
The mention of the word donut always sends everyones mind into overdrive. I swear when I saw the name “Hypnotic Donut” on my information sheet it was like someone said “Squirrel…squirrel! Where? Over there! Where?”. I’m A.D.D., so you can imagine that my mind was in overload. I walked up to their table grabbed 2 donuts and sped off to shove them in my mouth. Those donuts were flavorful, colorful, and tasted perfect! The colors did seem to be HYPNOTIC but the flavor was like Ka-BOOM on my tongue. I loved these donuts, and what made it even better was the staff was all smiles. You can order via email too, which is a big plus. Who doesn’t love donuts? Try them out today and tell’em Big Trey sent you!
At first, I was so busy on Sunday and was truly in a food coma after three days of chowing down. I walked by Willie’s both several times and didn’t stop. I was shoving the Texas Spice burger in my mouth and noticed his booth. I went to give Willie a card and he handed me a jar of his homemade salsa. I was looking at the bottle driving home and thinking about Willie sitting there discussing his salsa. Soon as we got home I cracked that jar open and got me some fresh chips to try his salsa. When I cracked that lid open I could smell the heavenly flavor and couldn’t wait to scoop up some of that salsa. I started eating Willie’s Salsa and fell in love with the fresh deliciousness. It’s not too salty. Lots of salsa nowadays are too salty, and you lose the flavor to all that saltiness. Willie’s is truly homemade and made just the way you like it. I tried the mild and it was super delicious. In fact, I ate the entire jar in less than 24 hours! Please click on the link and visit Willie’s website to try his salsa because it will make you smile. Don’t order just one bottle, get several, or a case! I’m telling you, it will make you mad if you don’t have enough. I’m mad mine is all gone as I write this article…
I was at Cinnaholic munching on a cinnamon bun and I saw these dip containers out of the corner of my eye. I love my cheese dips, so we walked over and I saw it was the Amazing Dip Company from Dallas. They had all kinds of flavors displayed and where giving away free samples. We tried the “Garlic and Herd Dip” and it was superb. The company was started in 2016 by SMU grad, Marcus Wentrcek. They have all kinds of delicious dip flavors like: Green Goddess, Cameron’s Spicy, Cameron’s Garlic, Cameron’s Smoked Gouda and many others. Their dips are prepared with farm fresh products and are homegrown in Dallas. Marcus explains his dip this way, ” Amazing Dip Company is a small local business that sells gourmet smoked gouda cheese dips. Cameron’s Smoked Gouda Cheese Dips are aged to perfection, then beautifully paired with locally grown vegetables and crisp bacon to create a mouthwatering sensation!”
This dip now comes in 5 delicious varieties and is extremely versatile. It can be used in limitless recipes or simply eaten with a cracker. The dips are named after the owner’s 5-year-old son, Cameron! How can you pass up tasting and purchasing dip from a locally sourced food? With farm fresh ingredients, you can’t! Trey’s Chow Down LOVED THIS DIP AND THE STORY. Find some time to try and purchase this dip you will be glad you did.
The foodie panel was hosted by Chef Blythe Beck and featured some of Dallas’s biggest food bloggers and foodies. The panel had discussions with Brandon Baker from @BrandonDoesDallas, Leah Fraizer @TheLeahFraizer, Kristiahna Clark @KristiahnaClark, and myself, Trey Chapman with TreysChowDown.com. Our discussions consisted of the best breakfast, burgers, patios, drinks, and the Dallas foodie trends and videos happening today. If you want to have your finger on the pulse of Dallas foodie happenings follow all these folks on Instagram today. If you’re not already following the famous Chef Blythe Beck, then I just can’t help you.
All in all, the Taste Of Dallas 2018 was an amazing event. We tried some fantastic foods, met some incredible chefs, and were introduced to some amazing new products.
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About six months ago I heard details of a new restaurant PERCH that was going to open on top of the new Frost Bank Tower in downtown Fort Worth. I thought what a wonderful idea. A brand new high-rise building with a brand new restaurant where the sky would be the limit.
My family has been in the restaurant business for over 100 years. All my life has been in the restaurant industry, and I follow a personal policy… don’t visit a new place until they’ve been operating for a month or two. I’ll go to openings, review parties, and media presentations, but I don’t review for at least a month or 60 days. Too many procedures can change when a new place opens. The staff, menu items, kitchen operations, and even the front of the house is trying to find their groove. You have to be fair and give them time so everyone and everything flows operationally perfect for a review visit.
We visited the new high-rise cafe Perchfor the first time this evening. I believe they’ve been open about eight weeks now, so you know I was ready.
When you research the word PERCH the definition from dictionary. com, the result is; a pole or rod, usually horizontal, serving as a roost for birds. any place or object, as a sill, fence, branch, or twig, for a bird, animal, or person to alight or rest upon. a high or elevated position, resting place, or the like.
My writings, blogs, travel post, ranch happenings, and delicious food posts don’t include negativity or negative connotations. I’m always upbeat and I tell jokes. I live, laugh, love, eat, drink, and travel to the best of life. However, I felt it necessary to write about a dark topic; suicide, death, my mother, and Anthony Bourdain.
This subject is close to my heart. The day I saw the news about Anthony Bourdain taking his own life, it had me thinking deeply.
When I read Bourdain took his own life I hopefully believed it was “fake news” or a prank. I spent an hour researching the event and came to the
realization that is was true… and I just couldn’t believe it.
I have never met him, and I do not know him on a personal level. I watched his shows and loved the level of honesty about travels, cooking, people, kitchens, and political views. Throughout my research about Bourdain’s life, I found that he has stated his suicidal thoughts before, and has wrestled with demons his entire life. I felt an empty space in my heart for the way he must have felt for years.
There are a lot of parallels between Bourdain and my wonderful mom, Carol.
My mother Carol Cartwright Chapman was lively and an honest woman with a compassionate heart the size of Texas. She was so lovely that people would stop just to stare at her beauty and talk to the incredible woman with the big smile. I know folks say this all the time but it was true EVERYONE LOVED her, and if you didn’t, it’s because you never had a chance to talk with her.
Carol loved to help people, in fact, I think she wore a permanent candy striper uniform because she volunteered at the children’s hospital so often. Traveling made her so happy. She adored to tell stories, have great grand meals, loved cocktails, and enjoyed parties.
I believe it is important to be transparent about these issues because someone else out there might be able to relate.
Just like Bourdain, she had demons that ate her up daily. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think she drank and did drugs for the same reasons Bourdain did the same things. He has been honest about these issues in interviews. My mother Carol would regularly say to me, “Trey, if something happens to me don’t spend all the money and take care of yourself!” I would always say, “Mom WTF are you talking about? You’re incredibly beautiful, everyone loves you, and you live a charmed life. Nothing will happen to you, ever!” She would smile and tell me, “You just never know Trey.”
Today, and every day, I say to myself, what the f@#k was I thinking? Why did I not see the signs? They were there all along every time she told me that. After her death, I found out she tried to commit suicide two times before and she wasn’t successful. She had been taken to the hospital and no one told me. You don’t think I didn’t feel like someone hit me in the head with a steel pipe?
At first, you go through the angry stage, the “Why?” stage, then the forgiving stage, then back to the “Why” stage. You end up staying at this stage. It’s something that will eat at your daily thoughts because you want to know the answer to the questions; Why did she do it? Why didn’t she ask for help? The same thoughts came up when I heard that Bourdain had committed suicide.
The answer to that question is… they don’t even know what’s wrong. I’m pretty confident that no one really knows why they do it, and especially the ones committing suicide!
I am sure people never thought Anthony Bourdain would do this. He seemed happy, he was successful, rich. He was traveling and eating around the world on an extremely successful television show and won some of the biggest awards and worldwide accolades.
When I was a boy, I remember riding in the backseat and driving by Angelo’s BBQ in Fort Worth, Texas. You could smell BBQ two blocks up the road before even getting there. That was over forty-five years ago, back when the DFW area had only a few barbeque joints. The usual order was limited to ribs, brisket, or chopped beef. There wasn’t nearly as much selection of BBQ as we have today.
Boy… have times changed. Change is good, and delicious. The BBQ market has gone crazy with all kinds of creative dishes and innovative ideas. We have old ol’ fashion BBQ, craft BBQ and some BBQ that I’m not even sure how to classify it. Pitmasters and chefs will stop at nothing to create mouth-watering deliciousness to send our foodie senses into overdrive. Everyone is competing for the next incredible dish and smoking up Texas with the best BBQ chow downs.
The competitiveness for the best barbeque has resulted in techniques that perfectly yield insanely good flavors on the finest meats. Foodies around the world have fallen in LOVE with Texas BBQ time after time. Chefs are replicating and doing it up Texas style. The bigger the better, just like everything in Texas. The best restaurants have chef driven menus, farm fresh house prepared sauces, and create bold BBQ flavors. Trust me, I’ll show you the best of the best places to chow down on barbecue.
Sometimes, you just stumble into a truly fantastic place. Maybe you even had dreams about the perfect place and wished someone would just create it. Then…all the sudden…out of the clear blue you hear about someone opening your dream concept.
Well my friends, I can’t tell you how many times my dad, and others, have discussed a place that serves great biscuits with lots of fixings. Growing up in four generations of family restaurant business, you learn to love all kinds of concepts. Gatherings have us sitting around discussing great foodie ideas.
A while back I heard about 2 biscuit bar concepts, but it was still in the works. They were going to open one in Plano and call it “The Biscuit Bar”. I thought to myself, sure they are we will see about that. I figured it was probably all talk.
I stopped by the NEW ChopShop in Los Colinas last week for the grand opening and it was fantastic. I loved the open floor plan concept and all the colors that are displayed for all to see. I tried several items but loved the “Grilled Protein Bowl” with chicken. Everything I tired including the “Nitro Cold Brew” was farm fresh and delicious.
ABOUT ORIGINAL CHOPSHOP:
The Original ChopShop is a neighborhood eatery crafting ‘Just Feel Good Food’ from whole ingredients. Since the first restaurant opened in Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2013, Original ChopShop has provided a warm, welcoming place where guests can come as they are and fuel their well-being with wholesome, flavorful food. Protein bowls are a core focus of the menu, providing guests with three key essentials: greens, grains and proteins. The menu also offers salads, sandwiches, acai and pitaya superfruit bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, and protein shakes, all made from scratch on-site with real, quality ingredients. The team at Original ChopShop is proud to offer customizable food for
One of my favorite things in this world is eating biscuits. Any type of biscuits, in any dish, in any form! I’ve been pondering on the idea of writing a story on biscuits because they are so delicious. After TWO whole years of research, I finally decided to let all my fellow foodies know where the best biscuits are located. I waited for TWO years because new eateries kept opening. Here we go everyone hop on the biscuit train!
Dictionary.com defines biscuits as…Any of various hard or crisp dry baked products: such as
(1) British : cracker (2) British : cookie
b : a small quick bread made from dough that has been rolled out and cut or dropped from a spoon. They’re just so much more than this.
When I read this, I laughed and thought we need to have a good ol’ Texas version of a definition for what biscuit means. So here it is…
Trey’s Chow Down defines biscuit as: a delicious lil flour-based treat cooked until golden brown perfection. It is fluffy, flaky, soft and should be covered with gravy or slathered in butter and jelly. It can be used for a sandwich, breakfast, or brunch treat.
I’ve been looking all over DFW for the best of the best biscuits. I’ve found some really delicious ones along with spreads to top them with. I hope you enjoy these lil bites of goodness as much as I enjoyed eating them. Head over to any of these places and let me know what you think! Be sure and tell ’em who sent you!
The rock rolls again folks! Some years back in Keller, Texas, a place opened for business named Bronson Rock. Over the years they’ve added space, live full band performance shows, and good food. They’ve seen some hard times with a business partnership, but not any more. Those times are LONG GONE!
The new owner Sam Dalton is no stranger to the restaurant and bar business he’s been very successful with other ventures. Sam and the new Operations Director Dan Carr are excited about the new management, new staff, new delicious menu, and new operations. I’ve visited several times since the new owners took over and the rock is rolling full steam ahead.
Dan Carr prides him self on excellent customer service and strives to make each experience perfect at Bronson Rock. In a recent interview with VoyageDallas.com, Dann said this about his career choice in the restaurant business.
“One day ten years ago, I was honest with myself and acknowledged that although I never planned to make a career in the restaurant industry, there was no denying it; I loved it. As of now I have been in the service industry 25 years. I have worked almost every position that this industry has to offer. Through that I feel it has given me a great understanding and respect for this business. I have a genuine love for guest satisfaction. Nothing pleases me more than hearing about what a wonderful experience someone has in my establishment. When I was a bartender, I always strove to be the best, fastest, and friendliest bartender each customer had ever met. As a manager and now co-owner of an establishment, I love the fact that I carry on my shoulders the responsibility for the entire customer experience.”
One could say that being smoky would be a bad thing, but one could also say being smoky is an excellent thing! I’m telling you right now in this case… smoky is an awesome thing.
I heard about this place in Dallas a few months ago called the Smoky Rose. Some chef that goes by the name of Chef Spoon was slinging smoky deliciousness and creating good vibes with his flavorful chefy sides. So I headed over to check it out, and stake my claim.
I knew I would enjoy this place as soon as I pulled up and saw the overall coziness, the incredible outdoor patio, the fire pits and large couches. If you follow my food adventures then you know I’m a sucker for cozy friendly atmospheres where one can eat, drink, laugh and socialize for hours.
The Easter weekend is close so“Trey’s Chow Down” and “Drink With Trey” wanted to give everyone some suggestions for Easter weekend brunch. Our suggestions are some of the best in the DFW area. The suggestions are below, so please enjoy. We’ve visited each of these restaurants and love everything they have to offer. Just click on the name and it will send you to the restaurant site. Happy Easter everyone~!
Oh my! Trey’s Chow Down can’t say enough about how much we enjoy this fabulous restaurant. Souk is a Mediterranean Restaurant · Lebanese Restaurant · Moroccan Restaurant serving deliciousness. Souk explains, At “Souk” we’ve transported a Mediterranean Bistro and Bar directly from the Atlas Mountains to Dallas’ newest dining and entertainment destination, Trinity Groves. The famous street food flavors of Morocco evolved over centuries with cultural influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Western Europe and we are so excited to weave them into the fabric of Dallas vibrant dining scene! Join us for Easter Brunch this Sunday April 1st! Enjoy a specially prepared seafood 4 course brunch for $35. Call (469) 458-2233 to book your table!
Treat yourself to brunch this Easter weekend and enjoy favorites like our Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad and Red Velvet Belgian Waffles. Oneof the best downtown restaurants, Del Frisco’s Grille is the perfect spot to enjoy a fantastic night in one Texas’ finest cities. Nestled in Sundance Square, this restaurant is next to amazing entertainment, nightlife and luxury hotels, making for a night out you won’t soon forget. Enjoy new American fare and plenty of southern hospitality at this bustling Fort Worth watering hole. Reservations are accepted for indoor dining only. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
I’ve had a love for food since I was a young buck…maybe a buckling. I love many different types of foods, but one of my favorite types involves Asian cuisine. When you throw “street prepared foods” into the mix, my senses really go into full tilt boogie.
Wikipedia’s definition of street foods is, “food that brings together various offerings of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, fruits and drinks sold by hawkers or vendors at food stalls or food carts on the street side.”
Street food is always fresh and prepared by local cooks and prepared with their own flare and flavor profiles. They always remain true to their culture and put a twist in most cases. That’s exactly what I found at this new hidden jewel in Euless, Texas.
I had a follower of Trey’s Chow Down send me tip about this wonderful place in Euless. Immediately, I knew I needed to try it. I receive a lot of tips and it’s hard to visit to each and every location or recommendation. BUT when the name says “street food”… well then that goes to top of my list ASAP.
When I was trying to find the location of“Trinty Street Foods” I was shocked at how hidden the location was. It reminded me of an old spy movie where they tell someone to travel down the back streets, turn at the water fall, turn at the big statue, then look for the gold eye in the dragon and go around back, lol!