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The BEST Hot Diggy Dogs You Will Eat!

Cover Photo – Little Red Wasp Craft Chili Dog

In 1805, the creation of the hot dog is said to be created by the people of Vienna, Austria. The term “wiener” is name after the birthplace Vienna (Wien). As the story is told, the first master sausage chef received his early training in Frankfurt, Germany. He called the sausage the “ wiener- frankfurter.”

Hot dogs didn’t make its way into the USA until 1871 when, Charles Feltman, a German baker opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand. He sold more than three thousand sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business. I would call that, a HIT dog, right?!

Who doesn’t love a big phat succulent hot dog with all the fixings?

I sure do, I don’t just like them – I LOVE them.

I don’t care where the dog came from, all I know is I’ve loved hot dogs since I was a child. Not just regular hot dogs but all kinds of different dogs with ALL the fixings; mustard, chili, cheese, relish, red or white onion, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, brisket, even bacon.

Chefs nowadays days have taken hot dogs to the next level. That’s why I call some of them Craft Dogs. The most creative hot dogs are created to achieve that special flavor profile a chef is striving to achieve.

They’re using custom created buns, meats, sauces, special cheeses, delicious chilis, smoked Texas meats, and of course, fresh creative relishes. The flavor profiles are amazing and these dogs look beautifully picture perfect!

It’s hard for anyone to resist the temptation of a mesmerizing hot dog. Especially one that looks incredibly delicious, colorful, and carries a celebrity chef name.  I know I can’t resist one! I’m always all in on chowing down on a hot dog. I’m always like, Hot Diggy Dog let’s GO!

After eating hot dogs all over Texas, I decided to create a list of some of the best and delicious hot dogs everyone can enjoy. I want y’all to enjoy some of the deliciousness that I fell in love with.

Little Red Wasp

Fort Worth, Texas

Knife Burger Dog w/Extra Onions

The WASP is a cozy little cafe where you can get lots of knife and fork delights. “The Wasp Dog” hot dog was created by Chef Blaine Staniford. It’s prepared with a bakery fresh bun, a phat 44 Farms Weiner, house prepared chili, and dill relish, topped with fresh cheddar cheese and mustard. The flavor profile of this creative dog is one of my favorites. It really pops in your mouth. #FlavorRodeoBaby

Knife Burger

Dallas, Plano, & Fort Worth, Texas

“The Knife Dog “was created by Chef John Tesar and oh boy it is simply delicious. It’s prepared with a bakery fresh bun, a 44 Farms Phat Wiener, house prepared chili, with some cheese. You can add fresh red onion (which I always do. I love red onions). This dog while simple but packed with flavor. #WorthIt

Kincaid’s Hamburgers

DFW Area

“The Kincaid All Beef Chili Dog” starts with a fresh bun and a Nathan’s All Beef Hot Dog Frank. YUM. This is one of the best hot dog wieners in the USA. They add fresh Texas chili and cheddar cheese. You can add onions and relish, which I always do. This is a good ol’ Texas Chili dog packed with flavor. #HotDiggityDog

Degenhardt’s Brat Haus YUMMY!

Degenhardt’s Brat Haus

Legacy Hall in Plano, Texas

“Joshua Degenhardt, a German-born second-generation sausage-maker, has expertly crafted the perfect brat. Armed with over 30 years of secret family recipes, the Degenhardt’s brats are the real deal.”Made by hand to create a delicious flavor profile all it’s own.  I get the “SPICY WURST”. It’s a flavorful and spicy pork bratwurst created from a family recipe bratwurst, served on a European bun with grilled onions. I always add the fresh beer cheese and yes, I get two of the beer cheese. It makes my spicy wurst a cheesy spicy wurst. It’s a messy and delicious meal. #ExtraCheeseyGoodness

Hunky’s Old Fashion Hamburgers

Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas

I love this little old school colorful dinner. The hot dog I enjoy is the “Hunky Chili Dog.” Yeah, I said HUNKY lol! It’s listed on the Hot Diggy Dog menu. This is another good ol’ simple Texas chili dog prepared with a fresh bun, a beef dog, all fresh Texas beef chili, cheddar cheese, mustard, and crisp onion. It’s just simplicity at it’s best and delicious. #TexasDeliciouness

Nicky D’s

Crowley, Texas

Nikki D’s is an old little gas station joint in Crowley, Texas. Over there, you can find them slinging hot dog and hamburger deliciousness. Once you visit Nicky D’s you will have foodie dreams for days. They have “Nicky D’s BIG Dog”. I really enjoyed this Texas-sized dog. It was prepared with a fresh bun, and phat 1/2 lb All Angus Beef dog. You may add any builders you like to create your own custom dog. It will be guaranteed very delicious. #NDsHotDogHeaven

Nathan’s Franks THE BEST!

I’m sure your mouth is watering by this point. I have the perfect fix for that! Just visit these local establishments and have fun chowing dog on Trey’s Hot Dog Picks.

Aside from the great list of restaurants, I have to tell you about my favorite weiners to grill with at home.

They’re famous for flavor; Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. The Nathan’s tradition began nearly over 100 years ago at Coney Island, and now they’re delivering taste all over the world.  They’re juicy, delicious, and are perfect for a summer barbecue.

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Food Truck Championships of Texas-Delicious!

Howdy Chow Down Hounds!

What does someone do when they want to get some delicious food truck cuisine? They head over to Graham, Texas and chow down on some tasty food and listen to some magnificent music. We did just that!

Trey and his team took a ride out to Graham and visited with some Food Truck Chefs and chowed down on some great eats. The Food Truck Championship of Texas had FREE admission to everyone. It was an all-day battle of the best food trucks and creative cuisine in Texas.

Food trucks gathered from all across Texas, and Oklahoma, in the one place. America’s Largest Downtown Square in Graham, Texas was big enough to hold all the food, friends, and fun. The Food Truck Championship contestants competed for a grand prize of $10,000.

There was plenty of activities to entertain the entire family on the square from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities include; Possum Pedal Bike Ride, children’s activities, live music, artisan showcase, and of course A LOT of food! They Also had a concert that evening with the Randy Rogers Band.

Yum Pig created ( PiggieHeaven)

We walked, we chowed down, we drank some dranks, and we found some clear winners that had creative and delicious dishes that we really enjoyed.

The Urb Express – Chickasha, Oklahoma: S’ More Egg Roll #FlavorRodeoInYourMouth ( Cover Photo)

Bite My Biscuit – Fort Worth, Texas: The Contender Biscuit #Worthit

Doughboy Donuts – Fort Worth, Texas: The Cereal Killer Donut #DonutDeliciousness

Yum Pig – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Three Piggies #PiggieHeaven

The Food Truck Championships picked their winners too for 2019. Winner! Winner! WINNER! Here’s the list;

People’s Choice Award –Daddy Bob’s Smokewagon

Best Food Truck Spirit – Bite My Biscuit

Best Food Truck Theme/Design – YUM PIG OKC

Best International Dish – F&F Express

Dough Boy Donuts (Ceral Killer Donut)

Best American Cuisine – Bada Bing Wood Fired Pizza

Best BBQ – Catered Delight

Best Dessert – Of Grace Cakes

Most Unique Menu – Dough Boy Donuts

Best Signature Dish – SouthernXposures

Grand Champion – CAMO Hippie Chowhall

Taste Of Dallas-2019

Taste of Dallas, Dallas’ premier summertime food and drink festival, returns for its 33rd year at the new in door Dallas Market Hall location debuting a host of new food and beverage attractions. New beverage attractions for 2019 include:
WHISKIES OF THE WORLD
Whiskies of the World gathers over 200 of the most fascinating distilled spirits from around the globe, along with their makers and ambassadors, to give attendees an unforgettable experience. This attraction benefits Helping A Hero and allows attendees to discover The Art of Whisky in the company of connoisseurs and whisky ambassadors.
TASTE BEER GARDEN Presented by Texas Beer Bus
The Taste Beer Garden Presented by Texas Beer Bus will feature over a dozen delicious craft beers from great local breweries. You will be able to engage with the local breweries and learn about their beers.
TASTE WINE GARDEN
Take a stroll through the Taste Wine Garden located next to The Gallery which features dozens of delicious wines from Texas and around the world. Enjoy a variety of flavors and blends along with small plate pairings that complement the wines perfectly.
AND MORE
Interactive Sponsor Beverage Experiences throughout the event including Activations for Baileys, Bulleit, Don Julio, Kevita Kombucha, Johnnie Walker, and Ketel One.
Get your tickets TODAY: https://tasteofdallas.org/tickets/
Last years event was awesome! Please click to read Taste Of Dallas 2018:http://treyschowdown.com/chowing-down-taste-of-dallas-2018/

Wagyu Steak Cook Off & Texfest Event

Josh, & Craig with Blaine Stone Lodge & Trey

Trey’s Chow Down brands is proud to partner with the NEW Blaine Stone Lodge for this exciting premier event in Ellis County on June 15th 2019.

Blaine Stone Lodge is located 30 minutes south of both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth and is the newest catering and events center in Ellis County. The lodge sits on a scenic lake and is surrounded by 1,000 acres of a Texas outdoorsman’s paradise. 

At Blaine Stone Lodge, we are creating North Texas’ premier steak cookoff and Texfest.  We’ve partnered with Wagyu Excelente, one of the finest Texas Wagyu beef, to create a fine dining event paired with specialty beers, wines and liquors. 

This is a family-friendly event and will feature an off-road race in the morning, classic car and truck show, local and regional culinary delights, as well as several fun activities for adults and kids like a Floating Hole-in-One Competition, Tug-of-War, Cornhole Competition, and Balloon Launch!

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a Texas-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring military and first responder communities by keeping families together.

General Admission tickets (ages 15+) are $59.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as the chefs, access to side buffet, two (2) drink tickets, and one (1) voting voucher.

Child Admission tickets (ages 6-14) are $39.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as chefs, and access to side buffet.

One of the beautiful patio areas.

VIP tickets are $99.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as the chefs, three (3) drink tickets, one (1) voting voucher, guaranteed VIP seating near the entertainment stage, Texas Gulf Shrimp and Wagyu Prime Rib Dinner, and a VIP Goody Bag.  

All-Day Premium Bar Pass is $39.  Package includes full day access to Texas-centric premium drinks.

Cookoff

All teams must bring everything they need except for meat.

We are inviting twenty (20) of the top Beef Chefs in the DFW area to compete with two (2) cuts of Wagyu Excelente NY strip steaks.  Winner gets trophy/bragging rights, Chris Kyle trophy, special chef coat, four (4) night’s stay in a private home in Belize, and other prizes to be determined.  

An additional 50-100 teams, including military and first responder teams, will compete in cooking Wagyu Excelente New York strip steaks.  Entry fee for teams is $150 and can include up to four (4) people.

The party is waiting for you at Blaine Stone.

Each cookoff team will receive two (2) 14 oz Wagyu New York strip steaks and two (2) hours to cook.  Start time is at 11 am with presentation at 2 pm.  Teams should bring one (1) hot or cold signature side for guest sampling at their booth.  Guests will vote on Best Beef and Best Side. 

Quail entry $25 with presentation at 1 pm.    

The top fifteen (15) steaks chosen will then get two (2) more steaks to cook at 4 pm, for the Judging Panel, with presentation at 5:45 pm.  Teams are encouraged to create a signature side dish to accompany their steaks.  

The Judging Panel is comprised of beef professionals, chefs, and celebrity guests, referred by the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA), the sanctioning body that certifies steak cookoffs around the world.

Awards

Cash awards for 1st thru 10th place, along with a prize for 1st and 2nd for Best Beef and Best Side.  Top prize is $2,500, the same as the world championship prize!  Quail payout – winner takes all.  

Entertainment Activities

  • Clay Shoot
  • Car & Truck Show
  • Photo Booth
  • Meat Market & education
  • Gun Raffle
  • Cookoff Team Competition Tug-of-War
  • Floating Hole-in-One
  • Corn Hole Tournament 
  • Messina Hof Winery tent with tasting & retail
  • Food vendors:  Texas Quail, Beef Jerky, Texas Cheeses and Charcuterie

Giddy Up and we will see y’all at the world famous Blaine Stone Lodge.

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

Hershey’s BAR CHANGES After 125 Years!

Hershey’s changes it’s chocolate bar redesign after 125 years for the texting generation!

Can you believe this? I can’t, not at all!

For 125 years Hershey’s has been serving America with delicious chocolate treats. In this ever changing society we reside in they are leaving the Hershey’s comfort zone of old and entering a new EMOJI ZONE. All my life I’ve loved Hershey’s chocolate bars I can’t believe their leaving the comforting stability of a classic milk-chocolate bar for a new emoji design? In this ever changing world I’m not shocked Hershey’s is introducing a new design by adding emojis, the chocolate company’s new bar does have an edgy version but, I’m sure it will be extremely popular I’ll let you deciede.

PEI WEI Bento Box Deliciousness!

Trey w/Chef J Pei Wei

Trey’s Chow Down got invited to the roll out of the new PEI WEI Benton Boxes. I had time to visit with Chef J about Pei Wei’s new Bento Boxes and the new Clean-Label Initiative, The Wei Forward™ program. I was thrilled to hear about the program, and that Pei Wei has created some incredible new Benton Boxes packed with big bold flavors and freshness. I really enjoyed the NEW BENTO BOXES they where really delicious. I also loved the new Cauliflower Rice option which is now on the menu and it may be substituted in the Bento Boxes for rice. There are so many NEW options and everything is prepared fresh to order at each Pei Wei location.

Please read about the Bento Boxes and the Clean-Label Initiative, The Wei Forward™ program. 

Hello Bento. Hello Options. Longing for more variety? Don’t settle. Indulge in the variety you crave at a price you’ll love with Pei Wei’s new customizable Bento Box for just $9.99*.

Beginning April 17, Pei Wei Asian fast-causal brand started offering handcrafted variety with customizable Bento Boxes perfect for a fresh and delicious meal.

“We couldn’t be more excited to offer customizable Bento Boxes to guests that are as visually stimulating as they are delicious,” said Chef J. Sullivan, Pei Wei’s Director of Culinary Innovation. “We’ve brought Japanese tradition to the fast-casual space with Pan-Asian options and even cauliflower rice. The idea behind the Bento Box was that we wanted to highlight a variety of dishes that Pei Wei guests love and allow them to tailor their box to fit their own personal taste and preference.”

Craft Barbecue Heaven Ascending on Arlington!

This photo says it all-CRAFT BBQ!

 

The Wikipedia English definition of Barbecue:  Barbecue (or barbeque) is a cooking method, a style of food, a name for a meal, and a call for a gathering at which this type of food is cooked and served.

The average definition for BBQ doesn’t describe TEXAS CRAFT BBQ, so I enhanced my definition just a little over two years ago.

I started using the term “Craft BBQ” a few years ago because it signifies a special kind of barbecue for me. A Craft BBQ Pitmaster takes extra care when hand selecting only the best meats. rubs, spices, and prepares their BBQ with love and passion. In most cases they prepare their own rubs and custom spices. Some “Craft BBQ” Pitmasters only use salt and pepper for a rub because they believe using anything else is sac-religious.  They possess so much passion about their BBQ! They make sure every element is executed to perfection before the customer receives it and takes their first bite.

FREE CHEESEBURGERS ONE DAY ONLY!

Celebrate National Hamburger Month with FREE BurgerFi Cheeseburgers ALL DAY, May 1st at our Fort Worth location! 🍔🎉💚

*Offer valid on in-store purchases at BurgerFi Fort Worth. Includes one (1) BurgerFi Cheeseburger, double-patty only. One (1) redemption per customer. No purchase necessary. Offer only valid on 05/01/19. Cannot be combined with any other offer or special. No Substitutions. Offer not valid on online, in-app, phone or delivery orders. © 2019 BurgerFi International, LLC.

I visited a NEW BurgerFi last summer and really, loved it!
Trey’s Chow Down made a trip to Sarasota, Florida. We were out to investigate and review the amazing BurgerFi. My fellow foodies, trust me this was a fantastic place.

Saturday BRUNCH Deliciousness Button’s Restaurant

Button’s Soul Food is now a Fort Worth tradition and everyone should visit this soul food and music heaven!

Chef Keith Hicks is always slinging deliciousness and good times at Button’s. Trey’s Chow Down always loves a visit to Button’s it fills you full of energy, good times, and great food! Chef Hicks explains, Buttons is built around the idea the love of great food and music are universal, the idea that diversity is beautiful and that all people have much in common.

Dibs on Victory Park Plaza GRAND OPENING 26th & 27th

Dibs on Victory Park Makes Highly-Anticipated Debut

New refined concept is set to celebrate its grand opening on April 26-27

 – Dibs on Victory might have a familiar ring to it thanks to the fact that it has been named one of Dallas’ “Most Anticipated New Restaurants of 2017, 2018 and 2019.” But it’s now open and ready to rock and roll.

So, highly-anticipated is far from an understatement. This & That Co. – the folks that brought you neighborhood staples like High Fives, The Whippersnapper, Tiny Victories and Ferris Wheelers – are excited to bring its newest concept, Dibs, to Victory Park.

The new multi-level restaurant, located across from the W Hotel, will celebrate its official grand opening on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. Doors will open for dinner and drinks at 4 p.m. and the party starts at 10 p.m. with DJs playing until 2 a.m.

KAAB00 TEXAS May 10-12, 2019 A Culinary, Music, & Comedy Fest for EVERYONE!

Trey’s Chow Down alone with KAABOO Texas are excited to introduce you to the complete culinary lineup for KAABOO Texas May 10-12 2019 at ATT Stadium, Jerry World. We’ve been waiting all year for these amazing culinary and music experiences to began.

The Maker’s Mark PALATE Stage will feature demonstrations by world-famous chefs, including features Michelin star honorees, James Beard Award winners, Iron ChefTop Chef, and Chef’s Table contestants + judges, and creators of some of the tastiest dishes around.

Pei-Wei Launches “The Wei Forward” Fresh Food Program

DALLAS (March 29, 2018)  Pei Wei Asian Kitchen recently launched a revolutionary Clean-Label Initiative, The Wei Forward™, which embodies the brand’s belief that food should begin with wholesome, fresh ingredients that create bold flavor, and that transparency in ingredients and cooking methods is the best way to empower customers to make smart choices.

In conjunction with The Wei Forward, Pei Wei announced that, by 2020, all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives – dubbed its ‘No Wei List’ – will be removed from its entire menu.

Pei Wei is continuing its promise of cleaning up its entire menu with the release of ingredient statements for three new dishes, bringing the current total of Pei Wei clean-label dishes to six. The three added dishes include:

  • Fried Rice – Fresh, steamed white meat chicken, soy sauce, scallions, egg, red bell peppers, bean sprouts and carrots.
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice – Fresh, steamed white meat chicken, soy sauce, scallions, egg, red bell peppers, bean sprouts, carrots and house-made cauliflower rice.
  • Mongolian Steak – Fresh, grass-fed steak with wok-seared mushrooms, scallions and garlic in a rich and sweet soy sauce.