“Nothing-NOT a conversation, NOT a handshake or even a hug establishes friendship so forcefully as eating together!”

Jonathan Safran Foer

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!

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!”

Sonic Drive In Sells Out! Let’s Eat Some Wings & Tacos!

Good Day,

Buffalo Wild Wings Brand

Being in the restaurant business all my life and owning burger chains this deal is baffling to me. My guess is Inspire Brands wants to acquire the Sonic chain to increase the value of Arby’s and Rusty Taco. They plan to sell a limited number of Arby’s products in all Sonic locations. “Inspire Brands” owns Rusty Taco, Buffalo Wild Wings, and now Sonic.

The parent company of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings aka “Inspire Brands” is acquiring burger chain Sonic in a deal valued at $2.3 billion, the companies announced Tuesday.

Sonic shareholders will receive $43.50 per share in cash, which is a 19 percent premium to Sonic’s Monday close.The company’s stock rose more than 18 percent Tuesday, hitting an all-time high of $44.87 per share.

Trey’s Best Hamburgers 2017

Fred’s Diablo Burger

I just love hamburgers. My family has been involved with burgers ever since I can remember. We’ve sold them in basically every restaurant concept we’ve owned and operated for the past 100 years. We’ve created new burger profiles for our restaurant concepts, and helped with the creation and implementation for others too. My granddad started “Quality Meat and Provision Company” in 1930 in which we produced, boxed, sold and delivered our family hamburger patties to restaurants all over Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

As a boy, I not only worked in our restaurants, but I also worked at our meat company helping make and box hamburgers too. I’ve had so much experience with hamburgers that if there were Masters Degrees for hamburger knowledge, I would have to have had three of them by now at the very least.

Swiss Pastry Killer Bee

Having so much history with hamburgers, I’ve always wondered when and where the hamburger was created. According to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the hamburger- a ground meat patty between two slices of bread, was first created in America in the 1900’s by Louis Lassen, a Danish immigrant and owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. Louis Lunch is still in operation today and is a wonderful place with a cozy-looking atmosphere.
There are several different versions of stories of when the hamburger was invented- one version is that of German cook, Otto Kuasw- who created a very popular “sailors’ sandwich” made of a fillet of beef fried in butter, served with a fried egg, between two toasted buns in 1891, Hamburg, Germany!

Rapscallion Burger Dallas

Truth be told, it doesn’t really matter to me where it was created, I’m just glad it was! What does matter is bringing you, my Trey’s Chow Down loyal Fans, the best burgers I tasted in 2016.

I urge you try some of them, and share my list with the world for everyone to enjoy!

Burgers are in no certain order. They each are amazing and incredibly flavorful! Please enjoy my list of the best of the most delicious and juicy burgers that I’ve eaten in 2016.

Fred’s TCU Queso Burger

1. Fred’s Queso Burger at Fred’s
TCU,  Fort Worth

2. Fred’s Diablo Burger at Fred’s
7th Street Location, Fort Worth

3. Fred’s Slider Burgers at Fred’s
North location, Fort Worth

4. Swiss Pastry Shop Killer Bee Burger,
Fort Worth

5.  Chef Blythe’s Southern Kitchen Mac-Bacon-Cheese Burger,
North Richland Hills

6. Dutch’s Burger at Dutch’s TCU,
Fort Worth

7. The Independent Burger at
The Independent Bar & Kitchen in
Deep Ellum, Dallas

8. Press Cafe Burger at Press Cafe,
 Fort Worth

Maple & Motor Dallas

9. Maple & Motor Cheese Burger with
Bacon, Jalapeño, and Pepper Jack Cheese. At Maple and Motor,

10. The Burger Tower at
From Accoss The Pond Restaurant,
North Richland Hills

11. Cowtown Burger with Bacon at
Kincades, Fort Worth

12. Red’s Texas Special w/Bacon
Red’s Burger House, Azle

13. Roy Pope Custom Burger
Roy Rope Grocery, Fort Worth

14. Rapscallion Burger w/Bacon
Rapscallion, Dallas

15. The Cork & Pig Burger
At Cork & Pig, Fort Worth

16. The El JEFE Burger/Gas Monkey Dallas

17. The Grease Monkey
Black & Bleu Burger w/Bacon, Arlington

18. Boulevardier Burger/Boulevardier Dallas                                                                                             

19. Del Frisco’s Grill Burger in
Fort Worth or Dallas areas

20. Pints & Quarts Burger
At Pints & Quarts in Dallas

21. Adair’s Burger /Adair’s Saloon, Dallas 

Thank you so much for your dedication and support. Try these burgers and tell’em you “Chow With Trey.” 
God Bless,
Trey Chapman

2017 DFW Best Dining, Socializing, & Drinking Patios!

Good Day Drinking, and Socializing Buddies,

Grace Bar Patio downtown For Worth.

If you’re like me I feel it is hard to beat a FANTASTIC patio to kick it on while you enjoy a cocktail, eat or socialize with friends. If you look up the word patio on Wikipedia, it defines it as: (an outdoor space used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved). That may be the Wikipedia definition, but truthfully patios are so much more than this.

In today’s times’ people search high and low, far and wide, and go to endless lengths to create amazing patios. Patios in most cases are an extension of how one perceives socializing, cooking, partying, or spending time with family and friends to look.

Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and event venues are no exception to this rule. They know if they can create a fantastic outdoor atmosphere that it will attract people who love the outdoor way of life. When you are in the sunshine or under the moonlight, everything is always fresh, and vibrant! To me, drinks and food always taste better outside. It just feels a lot better, and you do not feel confined. Being outside has a freshness to it that can’t be emulated any other way than being outside.

In the last year, I have spent much time outside looking for great patios that you can have some have fun, eat, socialize, play games, listen to music, drink, and feel alive. I wanted to share these favorite places with you in hopes you will have as much fun as I have had kicking it and slinging the good times. My choices may not have the word “patio” in their name, but if they are on this list, it has a patio for sure.

BBQ, Whiskey, & Beer, Oh My!

Trey & Appetizer Platter.

Way back in the day long before we had BBQ joints we had a little thing called prohibition. Do you remember this little government debacle? What prohibition did do was generate a greater need for more alcohol. We had all kinds of hidden illegal “speak easy’s” bars and clubs. It was a massive failure for the government.

Back then every joint was cozy, off the beaten path, and had lots of drank for the dranking. So when I heard that a place called Barrel & Bones was coming to cowtown and it was influenced by prohibition, well I got all kinds of excited. Then, when I found out the name and they had smoked meats, BBQ, cool cocktails, and had a vast collection of specialty whiskey & craft beers… Well, let’s just say I was happier than a cow with a fresh salt lick.

Already open in The Colony I couldn’t wait for them to open the NEW location in Fort Worth so I could see what it was all about.

They have a variety of fine cuts of beef, chicken, and pork as well as smoked sausages for you to choose from. The dishes are masterfully crafted by Chef Eric O’Connor.

Texas Bourbon Beans, Mac-N-Cheese, Loaded Bake Potato Salad.

Barrel & Bones has an unbelievable amount of whiskey and delicious food available. They have whiskey from Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Scotland, Kansas, Oregon, Japan, and Colorado just to name a few. If you where to count the number of states or countries they have whiskey from it would be around 30. The flavor profiles are creative and scream TEXAS. I’m in love with their appetizer menu. I don’t care if you get the onion ring tower, The Texas Bourbon Beans, Mac-N-Cheese, Loaded Bake Potato Salad or the big phat smoked chicken wings because ALL are delish. They have these fresh fried ” Pablano Corn Fritters” that are just stupid good! Where talking the “Flavor Rodeo” baby!

The BBQ smoked meats are packed with flavor and they have a Texas-sized selection. They have names like “Texas Brisket”, “Texas Jalapeno Sausage”, “Carolina Pulled Pork” or “American Kobe Beef Spare Ribs.” They even have fresh house made sauces for you to try. I saw 8 different sauces just waiting to be lapped up. They have names like ” Texas Traditional”, “Texas Sweet and Spicy”, “Carolina”, “Memphis”, “Asian Sweet Chili”, “Alabama”, “Buffalo”, and of course the one sauce that bares their name sake the “B-N-B Special.

The atmosphere is cozy, inviting, and comes along with great service. This place is a down-home Texas feel. You can sit at the bar and look at the vast array of whiskey and beer while chowing down on some delicious BBQ or those stupid good “Pablano Corn Fritters.” If you are sitting with someone and they want you to try your fritters, you tell them, “Trey said ‘No sir, not today my friend not today. You get your own!”

Barrel & Bones is a fantastic concept with something for everyone. You don’t have to be a drinker to enjoy the delicious menu options. You can just make the trip to chow down. You better take a wheelbarrow with you cause if you’re anything like me you’ll eat till you can’t walk. Be prepared because you will need a ride out of there.

Barrel & Bones Craft Bar and Smokehouse is a Trey’s Chow Down approved deliciousness destination that is not to be missed. If you love BBQ, Whiskey, Craft Beers, and smoked meats you have what I like to call the quadfecta. Just get to Barrel & Bones and tell’em Trey sent you.

See you at the “Flavor Rodeo” chow hounds!

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman


Nothing tricky about TRICKY FISH

Good Day,

I had several messages from folks asking me if I’ve heard of “Tricky Fish” in Fort Worth. I replied: Tricky what? I always herd of ol’ “Tricky Dick” who was President Richard Nixon back in the day, but I’ve never herd of a fish being tricky? One person said, “You have to go try Tricky Fish at Waterside in Fort Worth. You just have to go I’ve been two times and it’s super delicious, Trey!” Do tell, oh do tell, my friend.

“Grilled Shrimp Mac-N-Cheese”

After I figured out there was really a place named Tricky Fish I had to ride over and check it out. You know, put the Trey’s Chow Down evil eye on the establishment, my sensitive taste buds, and my pallet to the test.

When we pulled up I saw a greeter at the front door. Well heck yes! A friendly Texas hello is always nice. In my opinion, that’s always BEST way to make the customer feel special from the first impression, greeting them with a smile. They did that extremely well. The greater was friendly and explained to us what Tricky Fish was all about and if we wanted table service or counter service. I loved this idea; give the customer a choice. What a novel idea lol!

We chose to sit and bar as I always do. If you know me, and are aware of my restaurant operations background, I love sitting at the bar. I can access everything by watching the operations of a restaurant from the bar and I can ask the bar keep questions. I generally raddle off questions like a machine gun in battle.

The bartender was extremely knowledgeable. He and the manager had an answer for every question! They were really friendly and had big smiles. I loved how knowledgeable the entire staff was.

Creative Chicken: The Best Chuck’In Dishes in DFW!

Good day foodie friends,
As seen on Good Day Fox 4 W/Lauren

If there’s one thing I like to do it’s eating. Sometimes, I even chew my food more than once. Ever since I was a little boy I’ve loved me some chicken. I like it fried, roasted, baked, grilled, dry roasted, rotisserie cooked, and even cooked on a trash can lid. Yes, you read that correctly, cooked on a trash can lid. Let me explain!

Ruth’s Stuffed Chicken

I was traveling through Jamaica just chowing down on everything I could find (like I’ve done many times before). I was riding in a van and we passed this guy cooking right off the other side of the road. I couldn’t see what he was cooking, but I could smell it. Man… did it smell delicious. Now you have to understand he was cooking roadside in a hut style that was anything but normal looking. It was basically falling down! The food was on top of two trashcans cooking. I could smell and see the smoke. I yelled at the driver, “Hey man what’s that dude cooking and why is he roadside?” The driver yelled back, “Man, that’s Jamaican jerk chicken he’s cooking and he’s selling it”! I told the driver I want to stop when we come back and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. The driver yelled back, “Yea Man, gotcha!”

We did make our stop and I’ll never forget how incredibly delicious that authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken tasted coming off that trash can lid. I’ve never tasted that flavor again. I purchased three more of those farm fresh trashcan chicken dishes for the road, and off we went.

After speaking with Fox Good Day I decided to investigate and locate some delicious chicken dishes for everyone to enjoy back home. I’ve been on the hunt for some delicious chicken dishes in the DFW area and I believe we have some clear winners in the world of cooked cluck cluck. You will find each of these dishes different in their cooking process and each one has a different flavor profile that you will love.


1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House:

DFW Metroplex & Austin, Texas

Now before you say “What? Ruth’s Chris is known for fancy steaks”? Yes, they are, but I can promise you the chicken is sleeper on Ruth’s Menu. I’ve been eating this chicken dish for years and I can honestly say it’s in the top of any chicken dish I’ve ever eaten anywhere in the world. I say with confidence, you will be blown away, by the way, its presented; hot, crackling, and bubbling with butter and a beautiful golden brown crisp skin. The aroma of this dish as they set it down in front of you is head turning. I swear, when I order this, folks around me will ask, “What in the world is that”? I always say with a grin, “Why, it’s STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST. It’s prepared with a double-breasted chicken that’s been oven roasted, stuffed with garlic herb cheese and topped with lemon butter”. Trust me and go try this succulent, cheesy, layered with flavor dish at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

2. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Magnolia Ave. in the Arts District of Fort Worth, Texas

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

They say it’s simply the best fried chicken on the planet…but you won’t know what we mean until you try a piece or two yourself! I’m telling you, this spicy crispy fried chicken will make you have chicken dreams when you sleep. I have them and that’s when I head to Gus’s in Fort Worth. The chicken is light, crispy, and has some heat and a flavor profile that you will fall in love with. The legend goes someone asks Gus Vanderbilt of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken for his fried chicken recipe and he simply replied: “I ain’t telling”. They marinate it overnight, put a little of this on it, with a dash of that, and then toss it in the fryer. By the time we get the finished cluck cluck, it’s fresh, hot, a little spicy, with a delicious crunchy skin. I can’t ever stop eating the stuff. All I know is Ol’ Gus knows what the hell he’s doing. I’m sure he won’t ever turn loose of his legendary chicken recipe. Fortunate for us, you can eat as much as you can buy. You better take a bib, some wipes, and get some chicken to go while you’re at it.

3. Roots Chicken Shak (Cover Photo)

Legacy Food Hall in Plano, Texas 

Don’t tempt me with a name like “Roots Chicken Shak”, because that’s got down-home southern food written all over it folks. The fact is Chef Tiffany Derry loves her southern roots and loves to cook southern deliciousness like her mama. Chef Tiffany is master at creating delicious flavor profiles, so when I heard the new restaurant was open I ran over to chow down faster than Emit Smith would carry the football on a touch down run. Ok, maybe not that fast… but I’m going to tell you it was FAST. Her chicken sandwich which goes by the name of THE Roots fried “Spicy Bird” amazed me. It’s prepared with a farm fresh Kale salad, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, kimchi, and pickle mayo served on a fresh sweet potato bun. It was insanely good. The texture was perfect, the chicken had a slight crispy crunch, the kale was flavorful and fresh, and the bun was so soft! I’m also in love with the kimchi and pickle mayo. What a simply awesome sandwich. Everyone need,  NEEDS to try the “Spicy Bird”. You better get ready it will take your taste buds to the flavor rodeo, yee haw chowhounds!

4. Tillman’s Roadhouse

Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas

I love me some Tillman’s and the *NEW* Tillman’s Roadhouse is where deliciousness meets art. Owner and culinary master chef Jeffrey Kollinger believes in locally sourced vegetables and ingredients with the preparation of each dish. The menu is creative, colorful, and full of goodness. I fell in love, and I mean in LOVE, with the Tillman’s Roadhouse “Beer Can Chicken”. Yeah, beer can folks! It’s served with golden brown skin and has an awesome Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce on it. Wait, what the what? Beer, can, chicken, and now Dr. Pepper too? Yee haw! I’m telling you it is juicy, moist, and packed with flavor. This chicken is freaking delicious folks. I was eating with my fingers and I found myself sucking the ends like a two-year-old. It’s stupid good! It’s served with; roasted baby potatoes and house prepared maple apple slaw. Can you feel that after reading about this delicious dish? I bet you do. That’s your mouth watering!  Now get over to Tillman’s and order that “Beer Can Chicken” you will know you’ve found foodie heaven.

5. Buttons Soul Food & Music

Button’s Chicken & Waffles

Hwy I-30 at Hulen in Fort Worth, Texas

My man and soul food legend Chef Keith Button Hicks… When I think about soul food of any type, Chef Hicks is always the first to pop in my head. I’ve known him for over a decade now and everything his kitchen is slinging is purely delicious. I will tell you, Chef Hicks has a “Chicken and Waffle” dish that is truly amazing. Anyone who eats this dish will fall victim to Chef Keith’s cooking spell. There are rumors that folks start babbling all kinds of soul food phrases after they eat his chicken and waffles like, “That was the best I’ve ever had”, “Man, that cat can really cook”, “That food was groovy baby”, “I found my soul food happy place with Chef Hicks”! Buttons’ Famous Chicken & Waffles is prepared with special seasoned fried chicken and a homemade Belgium waffle with blueberry infused butter. Served with sweet potato pommel frites and their signature collard greens. Oh man, you need this in your life (and it’s only 15 bucks). Get to Buttons and enjoy the comfort soul food. Life is groovy, baby.

6. The Biscuit Bar

The Board Walk Plano TX

I know that you’re thinking folks, a biscuit bar for chicken? That’s what I said, Biscuit Bar on a boardwalk in Plano, YEP! It’s a spot featuring a vast array of all-day biscuit sandwiches, plus a full bar & patio overlooking a little lake with fountain and located on a boardwalk. It’s super cozy, friendly, and bright with a colorful atmosphere. I want to talk about two chicken and biscuit items that are so delicious you might just tear up with joy. They are the “Chicken & Not-A-Waffle”; southern fried chicken and biscuit French toast. Oh my gosh, it is packed with flavor and you will love it. The second one is the “Fancy Chicken Biscuit”; it’s southern fried chicken, dill pickles, and house-made fancy sauce. Get off the bus and shut the door folks because you just entered flavor town. All the dishes are super delicious with a fantastic flavor profile. You need to take a trip to the Biscuit Bar in Plano. I’m sure you will want to send me a thank you card.

7. Rapscallion 

Lemon Ave. in Dallas, Texas

Red Wasp Chicken-N-Biscuit

The name says it all folks. Rapscallion is defined as “a mischievous person”. All I can say is the first time I saw the name I told myself, this place better be good, it can’t be average, it has to be at the top, and on point. After my first visit to eat with Chef Tate at Rapscallion, I fell in love with everything he’s slinging out of his kitchen. The restaurant is cozy, has a creative cuisine selection with changing menus, farm fresh vegetables and ingredients. He has a chicken dish I live to eat. It goes by the name “Spicy Chicken Biscuit” and is prepared with a house made buttermilk biscuit, a crispy chicken thigh, honey Mala sauce, and a shaved pickle.  Perfect texture. An amazing flavor profile. Deliciousness with capital D! This chicken biscuit will have you hooked from the first bite as you fall in love with Rapscallion.

8. Little Red Wasp 

Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas

Little Red Wasp Kitchen and Bar is nestled in downtown Fort Worth between two steak houses. When they were first building the Wasp I asked myself, what is this??? I thought, this better be good. Let me tell you, it is better then good… it’s amazing. This restaurant is chef driven, knife and fork sandwich concept by Chef Blaine Staniford and Adam Jones. I love the Wasp “Nashville Fried Chicken”. So dang delicious. I have to focus on the brunch, because this what I want to discuss. Chef Blaine’s “Fried Chicken and Biscuit” is prepared with a cheddar cheese biscuit, house prepared black pepper gravy, and an awesome big fat n’ juicy fried chicken breast. You have to have a knife and fork to eat this beast of dish. It’s packed with flavor and you will be sopping up the gravy with your little fingers and licking them all up. I promise you that.

9. Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen

West 7th District Fort Worth TX

 In order to find great food one must eat everywhere. Truly, that is the only way you will know. You find some of the BEST dishes in the most unexpected places. One special dish you can find is the “Trash Can Nachos with Chicken” at Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen in Fort Worth just off 7th Street. Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen is a very large club, complete with outdoor patio games, big T.V. screens, and a chef-driven menu with farm fresh items prepared and created by Chef Clint. They have a huge menu selection with everything from burgers to sides. Trust me, everything is delicious. The “Trash Can Nachos with Chicken” is actually one my favorites of all time. It is packed with flavor, color and looks so good your eyes will think its food porn. Prepared with house-made chips, two kinds of cheeses, fresh flavorful chicken, and scallions. This dish will have you saying, “MORE PLEASE”.

Well, I hope you enjoy my delicious chicken destinations. Have fun chowing down, and I’ll see you at the table!

Trey Chapman

A Lively & DELICIOUS Cuban Destination In Texas.

Good Day,

If you follow me, then you know how much I love to eat, and I don’t mean just EAT. I CHOW DOWN. Most of the time after I finish my meal, I leave behind what looks like someone has been in a food fight. It was no different last week when I stopped in to review the NEW LATIN PIG restaurant in The Colony, Texas.

I’ve always been intrigued with the Latin culture. They have food with fantastic flavor profiles, great music, wonderful colors, amazing countryside views, and beautiful people. We can even discuss how sexy their language sounds.

The Latin Pig Bar Area.

I heard about this place called The Latin Pig. I said to myself, Trey, two great things in the name Latin and the word Pig. I smiled and said I need to check this place out.

As soon as I drove up I noticed the colors on the sign and the beautiful building. I couldn’t wait to get inside and try some deliciousness.

When I walked in and heard the music and immediately wanted to start dancing. I refrained because when I dance I look like a sick one-legged chicken. I didn’t want to scare all the staff. I noticed the art deco booths and the big glass chandeliers hanging over the bar. Loved the atmosphere. It’s perfect!