50 BEST Eateries & Eats in Fort Worth-Dallas 2019

I’m proud to write about the very BEST PLACES and DISHES I’ve eaten in the last twelve months and I’ve enjoyed my research time. I am passionate about what we do at Trey’s Chow Down and bringing the very best to you!

Food is an event itself and the chefs who prepare it are now celebrities themselves. It doesn’t matter what kind of food you’re talking about, whether it be a $1 dollar taco or a $250 steak dinner, it’s all taken the center stage in the last decade.

Any and all food can be prepared with a creative and colorful flair that’s packed with delicious flavors. Chefs have no boundaries in what they can create and deliver to anyone’s table. It can be at a food festival, a food truck, a taco shack, standing by a smoker in the middle of now where, in a restaurant with a white table cloth, or a food hall, it just doesn’t matter!

Great food creates bonds from friendships to business partnerships. We are being brought together over great meals more than ever. It is true, nothing brings us closer than a good meal. We have more fun, relax, and socialize when you have some food and drinks. It’s just a proven fact!

If you look back over the course of history, there are many photos of folks enjoying meals with big parties. Have you heard of the little thing called the Last Supper? I’m sure you’ve seen that photo. Also, kings and queens had big tables with extravagant parties for dinners. In the late 1800s to the early 1970s families would all sit down and eat dinner, breakfast and sometimes lunch.

Why would they do this? It was a way to form a place for communication. An event where you could discuss your day, work, family, and any issues one might have. Somehow for three or four decades we lost that. Food became a necessity. We just ate in most cases to stay alive and keep moving so we could make more of the oh mighty dollar. I guess one might say for a lack of a better term it was GREED that halted the family and friendly food gatherings. We just didn’t have time.

Not any more! It’s back in our life’s and society has said, “Bring it on, let’s eat! We LOVE a great dining experience with family and friends it’s all about the food and drink NOW!”

There’s been a progression in competition in the food and chef wars, and I’m in happy about it. I’m in love with food and always have been. I love all that food offers us from and friendships and bonds it creates. I’m passionate about the chefs that create it and the restaurants that house it. This is why I wanted to give my fellow foodies my award-winning restaurant picks for 2019.

I spent all of 2018 chowing down, visiting with chefs, and locating some of the best food creations you will ever eat. I’ve eaten at some amazing places and I’ve listed them all.

These are my top places to CHOW DOWN for great experiences with some incredibly creative and delicious foods. From trailers to restaurants, nothing is off limits when it comes to eating deliciousness. Let’s sit back,  relax, and enjoy some incredible eats and eateries.

#1 Knife

Dallas / Plano, Texas

Chef John Tesar

Knife is much more than a steakhouse because John Tesar is incredibly passionate about his customer’s experiences. It’s a place where you can dine, drink, and socialize. Its a guarantee you’ll be having a fantastic time with friends and family here. It’s not stuffy but it is a classy place with a wonderfully comfortable atmosphere. Knife has some of the best flavor profiles in Texas. The steaks are award winning 44 Farms cuts of beef. You can get amazing dry aged beef from Chef John’s cooler. The choices are endless! John desserts, simply put, are just ridiculously delicious. I’m also in love with his Blue Cheese Wedge salad.  The lettuce was chilled to the perfect temperature and the dressing was so good I wanted to drink it. Knife is an all-time favorite for me and I’ve chowed down all over the world. They offer brunch at the new Plano location too. #FlavorRodeo

#2 Clay Pigeon Food and Drink

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Marcus Paslay

Chef Bri Downey

Clay Pigeon could possibly be one of those places where you could eat and drink every night. Chef Marcus is passionate about his restaurants and everything that is created in his kitchens. They change the menu four to six times a year and they only use farm fresh vegetables and ingredients sourced locally where available. I’ve loved everything at Clay Pigeon. At most occasions, I have even licked my plate clean. They change the menu so much I’m not going to list any particular dish. I’ll just let you know, everything I’ve had has been riddled with flavor and is so delicious you can’t stop eating until it’s gone. #FlavorCentral

#3 Grace Restaurant & Bar

Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Blaine Staniford

Grace has been on my radar and in my food directory since the first time I dined there. Chef Blaine changes his menu seasonally and always has some of the most creative dishes in Texas. His creativity has no bounds and his flavor profiles are always on point. Since the menu changes regularly I’m not going to give you any one dish, I just want you to dine at Grace and try anything. I do love Blaine’s Steaks and unique creations like his one-of-kind escargot dish. The snails for this dish are only fed fresh basil. They also have a seven-course tasting dinner option that is truly amazing!  If you’re looking for an incredible dining experience prepared by one of the most creative chefs in Texas then head over to Grace and try the Seven Course Tasting Dinner. #WorthIt

#4 Petra and the Beast

Dallas, Texas

Chef Misti Norris

I’ve eaten Chef Misiti’s dishes and they’re incredibly colorful, creative, and just beautiful to the eyes. Misiti is so passionate about her cooking, being a chef and most of all taking her creativity to the next level. She’s always trying to stay one step ahead of everyone in the culinary world by consistently creating new flavorful creations that amaze food lovers and chefs. Petra and The Beast is a must visit for any food lover in Texas. I can promise you, it’s worth the drive and trip from anywhere in Texas to dine with Chef Misiti and enjoy her culinary delights. Check her website for hours of operations and menu details.

#5 Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

Downtown McKinney

McKinney, Texas

Located in an old historic building in downtown McKinney, Texas, Sugarbacon has some amazing and creative items that are worth the drive from anywhere in the DFW area. I’ve tried five different items in 2018 and this place has never let me down. I love the pork belly dish. The desserts are stupid delicious too! After research and discussions, we discovered everything is farm fresh and sourced locally when possible from the McKinney-Dallas area. They offer  “Tender Belly Farms ” Pork, “ Morgan Ranch” Beef, and “ Lewellen Farms” greens. Seriously, it is local and farms fresh vegetables and ingredients ONLY. What more do you need? #Worthit

#6 Asian Mint

Dallas, Texas

Chef Nikki Phinyawatana

The flavor profiles and creativeness that chef Nikki is slinging from her kitchens is just ridiculous! It’s billed as Asian Fushion but all I can say is it’s like you own little “Flavor Land” with every single bite you take. Everything I eat is just riddled with goodness that will make your head snap back in disbelief. It will leave you saying, “I just can’t get enough”. Just last week I tried something as simplistic as “bacon fried rice” and I went back three more times. I couldn’t stop eating it! If you haven’t tried the MINT then I would suggest you do, and soon! #Delish

#7 BBQ On The Brazos

Cresson, Texas

Chef/Pit Master John Sanford

This place is a cozy little Texas hang out. The menu is loaded with items that will send your taste buds to the flavor rodeo. I don’t care what you eat, whether it be the brisket with thick delicious bark, chili, the gobble gobble sandwich, it’s all just packed with deliciousness. Everything is cooked, smoked, or prepared by the creative BBQ team at BBQ on the Brazos. No wonder they made the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ joints on Texas! #SmokyGoodnessAlways

#8 Blackship Little Katana

Restaurants On Lamar

Dallas, Texas

It’s billed as a Japanese, Korean & American food meets Asian-inspired cocktails. The restaurant is a warm wood-lined space. I love chowing down here because they have so many delicious items. It’s hidden in downtown Dallas, just outside the Omni hotel. I was so surprised the first time I dined at Blackship. Everything tastes better with a story and the Blackship story behind the name is an amazing one. It’s so cozy, friendly, and inviting that you will fall in love with this place. The staff is super friendly and the dishes are creative. I love the “Wagyu Beef Hot Rock Appetizer” and any sushi they prepare fresh. If you love cozy little joints then you will enjoy Blackship and all it offers. #MustHaveWagyu

#9 Little Red Wasp

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Blaine Saniford

The Wasp, as locals call it, has something for everyone. It’s the brainchild of Celebrity Chef Blaine Saniford of GRACE who has created a little world full of magic bites for everyone. The service is incredible, the staff is friendly, and the drinks are strong. I love so many items from this place I’m just going to list a few. The Rebun and Chicken sandwiches, the amazing fresh Chili Dog, the Cheddar Cheese Fried Chicken Biscuit, and of course the pot stickers. Jet head over to Wasp and enjoy some delicious creations from Chef Blaines culinary team! #TasteLikeMore

#10 Kings Street Grill Food Truck

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Marcus

Chef Marcus from Kings Street Grill always impresses me with his dishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s something simple as a hamburger or some of his bacon wrapped jalapenos… his food is just crazy delicious! I think I ate six of his stuffed Jalapeño peppers one day and I still wanted more. Find this food truck and CHOW DOWN. #ICantEverGetEnough

#11 J2 Steakhouse

Lewisville, Texas

Chef Jonathan Pauley

J2 Steakhouse has one of the most amazing atmospheres to me. It was built and created in an 1880 grist mill. They used the old equipment, furnishings, and antique items found in the construction and restoration project inside and outside the restaurant. I can’t begin to explain the creativeness and atmosphere J2 has except to say it’s wonderful. Chef Pauley has done an amazing job with his menu items. They have dry age cooler, a pasta room, dessert room, and a cold preparation room. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating one of his delicious pattie melts, a dry aged steak, or house prepared Mac-N-Cheese because everything is stupid delicious, period! Make the drive to J2 in Lewisville. #WorthTheDrive

#12 Fred’s Texas Cafe’s

3 locations in Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Terry Chandler

Fred’s and Chef Terry Chandler a.k.a. the Original Outlaw Chef has been slinging deliciousness for THREE decades now and is still going strong. Terry’s menu items keep things fresh and new. He has some of the best comfort food you will ever eat. If you love live music, Fred’s has that covered too. They have a “Chicken Fried Steak – Queso” that is amazing. They have so many dishes I love at Fred’s, but the chili, hamburgers, and fried pickles are superb. If you’re looking for some comfort food, great music, and cold ass beer then head to Fred’s.

#13 Michaels Cuisine

Upper West 7th in Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Michael S. Thomson

Michael’s Cuisine has been around for so long that I consider it to be a Fort Worth staple. Chef M.T. aka Michael Thomson works hard to keep his menu offering different dishes depending on the season, and he gives back to the community in so many ways. This cozy restaurant is located on upper West 7th. It has fireplaces, Texas décor, and an old-school Fort Worth feel. I truly love everything Chef M.T. creates and slings out the kitchen. I especially adore his appetizer “Texas Quail Pops”, and for my favorite cut of meat… It would have to be the “Cowboy rib eye” because it is so delicious, tender and juicy. I always want to order an extra to take home with me! When you have time to check out Michael’s, tell’em Trey sent you!

#14 The Biscuit Bar

The Granite Boardwalk

Hwy 121 Plano, Texas

Yep, you read that correctly. A Biscuit Bar! I waited six months for this place to open last year and it was worth the wait. Nestled right off Hwy 121 in Plano, on a little man-made lake and a Board Walk, complete with water fountains and birds chirping. Boy, the atmosphere is perfect. Everything is prepared in-house from fresh ingredients to create big bold flavors of deliciousness. The El Jefe, The Fancy Chicken, and The Monte Cristo, all taste amazing. I’m in love with the fresh “Fully Loaded Tator Tots”. Just DAMN Delicious! They say everything tastes better on a biscuit and I completely agree. Check out The Biscuit Bar! #Yummy

#15 Cattleack BBQ

Dallas, Texas

Pit Master Todd David

Only open on Thursday, Friday, and every third Saturday! Cattle BBQ is a must visit! They have some of the best BBQ you will ever put in your mouth. Listed in the “Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas”,  you will be hard pressed to find a more fun place to eat BBQ. Standing in line is just part of it and it’s a real experience that you won’t forget. Chef Todd has a whole hog class you must attend and you have to try the burnt ends and big fat succulent beef ribs. The bark is amazing on those ribs! #BBQGreatness!

#16 Taco Heads

Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas

Chef/Owner Sara

Taco Heads… all I can say is YES, YES, YES! I never get tired of tacos and I love Taco Heads and everything they offer. It doesn’t matter if you dine at their locations, eat out of their food truck, or grab a taco at a DFW event, they’re always delicious and fresh. They proudly prepare each dish with farm fresh ingredients to achieve flavor profiles that will keep you coming back time and time again. Taco Heads: IT AINT YOUR MAMA’S TACOS! #TacoHeadsDeliciousness

#17 Abacus Restaurant

Dallas, Texas

Chef Chris Patrick

Creative deliciousness at it’s finest is on display at Abacus in Dallas. You can have an ordinary dining experience anywhere, just not at Abacus. For eighteen years they’ve been slinging deliciousness in Dallas and it hasn’t stopped yet. Chef Patrick and his team create delicious flavor profiles that will make your pallet dance with joy. They only use the freshest and finest ingredients sourced locally to create bold flavors that will leave you wanting more with each bite. There’s a reason they have kept a 5-star status for eighteen years. One thing I must tell you is the cooking class is incredible. The “Dirty Dozen Cooking School” at Abacus is a must-attend event for everyone and I consider it one of the best events in Dallas! I suggest you make plans to chow down at Abacus for lunch, dinner, or the cooking school TODAY! #AbacusIsTheBomb

#18 The “NEW” Joe Riscky’s BBQ

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef/Pit Master Joe Riscky’s

Chef and Pit Master Joe Riscky and his family have been slinging BBQ in Texas for decades. Joe’s new place is located at Wild Acre Brewery in Fort Worth on El Paso Street. Joe truly has some of the BEST BBQ and sides you will find in Texas or any place else for that matter. I love his Pork, his Pitmaster-Mac-N-Cheese, and his delicious flavor packed brisket. I’m a BARK man and the bark on Joe’s Brisket is truly amazing. The only way to actually describe the flavor profile is to tell you it’s like a slice of heaven in your mouth! That bark is the things naughty dreams are made of! #DeliciousCraftBBQ

#19 Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

Preston Hollow

Dallas, Texas

I discovered Matchbox by accident driving by (which is always the best way to discover the unknown). So off we went! I must say we were impressed and really enjoyed the atmosphere, service, staff, and creative menu items. They have a big open space with glass doors that open out to bring the inside outside. I truly love it. I could smell deliciousness when we walked in and sat down. We chowed down on “Pepperoni 3-cheese fritters, ” and the Texas-sized ginormous meatball served in a seasoned cast iron skillet. Those fritters were so cheesy, I was pulling them apart like I was stretching a rubber band, super delish. All I can say is MATCHBOX is the bomb! #MatchboxIsTheBomb

#20 Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen & Bar

Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas

Doc B’s has fresh, open spaces, with great patios, awesome service, and great chow. I love the colorful wide open spaces and bold flavor combinations on the menu. The “BIG Meat Ball” is my favorite and is served in a cast iron skillet. What an amazing presentation and awesome flavor profile. It’s knee slapping delish! The Meat Ball and Doc B’s Hamburger is a must try if you love food and friendly places.

#21 Cardona Foods

Old North Side of Fort Worth, Texas

Cardona Family

I love authentic Mexican food and brother let me tell ya, Cardona’s is the place. Located in the front of a tortilla factor, it will have you scratching your head when you drive by or pull-up. You’re not sure at first if it’s a factor or a restaurant but when you step out and smell the amazing aromas in the air your foodie senses will hit overdrive. When you walk in the front door and are greeted with a “Hello!”, you will feel at home. The fresh Chips, Salsa, and tortillas will be waiting for you when you sit down to chow down. Anything is fantastic to eat but I love the F.A.A. platter check them out and tell’em Big Trey sent you over.

#22 Tillman’s Road House

Bishops Arts District in Dallas, Texas

Chef Jeffrey Kollinger

Tillman’s has a cozy little atmosphere that will make you feel right at home when you walk in the door. They have two dishes I love. One is an amazing dish called the “Goat Fried Cheese Tater Tots”. They are crispy, cheesy, and packed with deliciousness. These tater tots will make your tongue slap your brains out telling you it wants more, so damn good! The “Dr. Pepper Chicken” is also incredibly flavorful and is one of my favorite chickens in the DFW area. #GoatTatorTotDeliciousness

#23 Brick House Burgers

Skillman Dallas, Texas

I’m going to tell you this honestly, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this new little burger joint in Dallas. We drove 50 minutes to try the burgers, sides, onion rings, and their amazing shakes. They make all of their sauces fresh in-house daily. The ranch dressing was so good we requested four to take home with us. The burgers were packed with flavor. The fries were hand cut fresh, and the onion rings were just stupid delicious! I’m a big burger and onion ring guy if you can’t tell already. I was so impressed with the texture and the breading, so we ordered two. The don’t crumble when you bite them and the flavor is TEXAS size. The shakes are made with real candy and flavors and are very colorful. This place is truly a hidden little gem and they are passionate about serving the customer something special. Brickhouse has some STUPID DELICIOUS chow, period! #StupidDelicious

#24 Horseshoe Hill

Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas

Chef Grady Spears

Horseshoe Hill is the brainchild of Celebrity Chef Grady Spears and has a lot of fantastic flavorful dishes. He’s famous for his cowboy cooking and comfort food that is riddled with flavor. I love his house prepared “Texas-sized Onion Rings” with his dipping sauce. Yes,  dipping sauce for onion rings! His chicken fried steak is one the best in the USA and he has plenty of them to chose from. I love the “The Cowboy Way” and “The Vaquero Way” chicken fried steaks they are so delicious you will have a flavor-gasum, I can guarantee that! #Flavorgasum

#25 The Latin Pig

Colony, Texas off Hwy 121

The Latin Pig has a fantastic colorful Latin vibe. I’ve always loved other cultures and 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

#26 Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

Fort Worth, Carrollton, and Denton, Texas

Chef Ito Takao

There are several key elements that make the perfect ramen dish. First is a quality noodle and the second is the ramen flavors. I’ve never tasted a better ramen dish than the ramen from Chef Ito Takao at Hanabi. I’ve eaten ramen all over the USA from California to Florida and Hanabi takes the prize every time for this foodie cowboy. They prepare the ramen favors with only farm fresh ingredients and use farm fresh vegetables for the dishes. You can try any flavor of ramen you wish. No matter which one you taste you will notice the dynamic contrast between Hanabi and the other ramen dishes you’ve tried. You will say, “GIVE ME SOME MORE”, with every bite! #MOREPLEASE

#27 Los Asaderos

Main Street Northside

Fort Worth, Texas

Just look for the BIG painted orange wall on the building located on North Main Street in Fort Worth. I love this little old school family run operation that is serving up house-made chips, salsa, and delicious fajitas. The salsa is some of the best you will ever taste if you like it HOT! I’m in LOVE with the salsa it is spicy and flavorful but you better love it spicy. The chips are always warm and oh so crispy perfect! The meat fajitas are served with grilled onions and warm delicious tortillas. If you’re chasing the flavor dragons you will find them at Los Asaderos front and center. #BestMexicanFood

#28 Mancuso’s Italian Restaurant

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Michael Mancuso

Mancuso’s has been around for decades in West Fort Worth. The keep slinging old school delicious Italian food that everyone loves. Chef Mancuso will tell you their gourmet meals come from family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. They offer pasta dishes, pizza, and so many flavorful dishes it’s hard to choose. I do love the house prepared Stuffed Cheese Ravioli, Italian Style Fish, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, and the delicious garlic bread with cheese. Just simply put, OLD SCHOOL DELICIOUSNESS served with a smile that will send your taste buds to a heavenly place and fill your tummy with joy! ” #OldSchoolDeliciousness

#29 Malai Kitchen

Fort Worth / Southlake Texas

The Shops At Clearfork

I like to call Malai Kitchen the “Flavor Palace” because every dish I eat here is loaded with tastiness. Every single bite I take of anything here puts a smile on my face and happiness in my heart. All the dishes are colorful, fresh, and creative! The service is always perfect and the staff is happy to help you. The atmosphere is upbeat, open, and very bright. I just can’t get enough of Malai Kitchen and my favorite dishes the “Vietnamese “Meatballs”, “Thai Tacos”, “Thai Coconut Soup”, and  “Drunken Noodles”. The coconut soup is just ridiculously flavorful I can smell it before they sat it down in front of me. The drunken noodles are the best I’ve ever tasted. I’ve even had delicious dreams about this dish! You need to head over to Malai Kitchen and for some deliciousness. #FlavorPalace

#30 H3 Steakhouse

The Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas

If you’re looking for an amazing place to get authentic Texas cuisine in a Texas atmosphere, then H3 Steakhouse is where you need to be. They have very unique flavor profiles that are always full of deliciousness and have a wide variety of choices on their menu. I enjoy everything they offer, but my favorite dishes are the “Pulled Pork Tacos”, the “Fried Catfish”,  and “Chicken Fried Steak”. My mouth is watering while I write this article. Everything is prepared fresh in house with Texas in mind. I just love H3! I can eat some of the H3 dishes with my hands and what food-loving Texas boy doesn’t like to eat with his hands? #TexasDeliciousness

#31 Salsa Limon

Fort Worth / Dallas, Texas

Farm fresh authentic tacos and Spanish cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salsa Limon just has some bad azz tacos and breakfast food. I’ve loved these guys since I took my very first bite. Everything is prepared in-house with passion and love. The team also creates and prepares all of their sauces and salsa in their kitchens. When you can create deliciousness there is no reason to ask for outside help and when you dine at Salsa Limon you’re getting what they prepare and it’s just damn delicious. #DamnDelicious

#32 Pink Magnolia

Bishops Art District in Dallas, Texas

Chef Blythe Beck

Pink Magnolia is a cozy fun dining experience that feels like home. The staff is super friendly and Chef Blythe is passionate about her guest having an amazing experience. They serve delicious creative dishes that are prepared in-house only using the freshest ingredients. I love her “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Bacon Meat Loaf”. She also has a killer “Chicken Fried Ribeye” on her brunch menu. This bad boy will send your pallet into deliciousville! Check out Pink Magnolia you will fall in love. #Deliciousville

#33 Tricky Fish

Fort Worth / Dallas, Texas

Tricky Fish was a total surprise to me. I was like, “Tricky Fish we will see about this place”. When we walked in the door we were greeted with a big smile and hellos. We ordered several items and then ordered a few more. We tried “Kitchen Sink Gumbo”, “Blue Cheese Chips”, “Fish & Chips” and the “Shrimp Mac-N-Cheese”. Everything was stupid delicious and prepared with fresh ingredients in-house. They get fresh seafood deliveries daily to ensure perfect quality. Get to Tricky Fish and you will fall in love. #FlavorLove

#34 Piattello Italian Restaurant

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Marcus Paslay

It’s a bright, cheery spot for seasonal, housemade pastas and pizzas. Also, espresso drinks and cocktails. Every single dish at Piattello will take your pallet to the flavor carnival. Chef Marcus and his culinary team use only fresh ingredients to create big bold flavors that will rock your pallet. The “Calimari” is the best I’ve ever eaten anywhere. It is just insanely flavorful. The service is always amazing and first class all the way. If you want an amazing experience and something different you need to Chow down at Piatello. #FlavorCarnival

#35 Cafe Herrera

Restaurants On Lamar in Dallas, Texas

In 1971, Momma Herrera opened her first restaurant with the familiar recipes she grew up within Mexico. The Herrera family continuing to showcase the authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine including classic enchiladas, street tacos, and signature margaritas. The cuisine’s authentic flavors make it hard for me to put my fork down. I’m in love with the Herrera’s brunch on the weekends. They have a Bloody Mary Bar that is out of this world, it even has four different kinds of bacon on the bloody Mary bar. Cafe Herra is a must try if you love authentic Mexican cuisine. #RiddledWithFlavors

#36 The 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! Be sure and add an order of house prepared French fries too. #Sandwichgreatness

#37 Ol’ South Pancake House 

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Owner Rex Benson

If you love a flavor packed old school delicious breakfast then Ol’ South is for you! Rex and his team at Ol’ South have been slinging delicious eats for decades from the old school wood paneled restaurant. Founded by late restaurateur David Benson, along with his sister Bette, Ol’ South Pancake House is where the entire family can enjoy southern home-style cooking at any time of the day or night. Signature dishes have kept their  guests coming back for more, with their most popular World Famous German Pancakes being served over 40 thousand times each year to our loyal customers. I love the German Pancakes but they have so many other fantastic favor packed creations. They’re open 24 hours so head over to chow down any time of day. Look for the NEW Ol’ South to open in Burleson, Texas end of this year.

  #38 407 BBQ

I-35 at exit 407 in Argyle, Texas

Chef/Pit Master Bryan Mclarty

Pit Master Bryan and his team are slinging delicious craft BBQ and sides that anyone will love. They have a NEW beautiful big  building and parking lot that makes them easy to find. They take extensive care in the preparation of their award winning BBQ. I love the flavor profile of their brisket and the bark in that brisket. Last summer I tried the 407 chili, OMG! I’m in love with the “407 Chili and the “Brisket Burger ” both of these are on point and amazing. They also have a fantastic “Keto Nacho” dish that replaces tortilla chips with freshly fried pork rinds. Chef Bryan and his team are passionate about you having an amazing experience each time you chow down at 407! #YUMMY

#39 Billy Oak Acres

Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, Texas

Chef/Pit Master Billy Woodrich

What can I say about big chef and pitmaster Billy Woodrich that hasn’t already been said at least 1000 times? This man and his team can make dreams come true with their BBQ, sides, and his signature “Billy Burger”. He has one of the BEST brisket dishes in Texas. I love his brisket, heck I even did a segment about it on Trey’s Chow Down T.V. episodes. Billy has been on multiple television shows, food shows, and in chef competitions. But what I want to discuss today is his “Billy’s Brisket Tacos”… O.M.G. you will visit the flavor gods at Billy’s and these tacos have it all. Also a forewarning… his old fashion hamburger is so good it will make you want to slap your mama. #SlapYoMamaBBQ

#40 Rollin-Stone Food Truck

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Kevin Stone

Rollin-Stone has some creative and delicious dishes that are prepared fresh when you order them. I smile every time I see the truck rolling down the road because that means nothing but ROLLING-DELICIOUSNESS! I LOVE the ‘Truck Tacos” and the “Street Corn” they offer. Sometimes they have some amazing nachos you can order and I try and get those when they’re offered. Kevin and his truck team work hard to sling out some delicious chef driven creations that are priced right. #Rollingdeliciousness

#41 Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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

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 those dreams and when that happens I head to Gus’s in Fort Worth. The chicken is light, crispy, and has some heat to it and a flavor profile that you will fall in love with. The legend goes someone asks Gus Vanderbilt of Gus’s World 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 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. #Chickendreams

#42 B & B Butchers

The Shops at Clearfork

Fort Worth and Houston, Texas

B & B Butchers is a fantastic cozy little Steakhouse that’s hidden inside The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth. It’s billed as a butcher shop, steakhouse, and socializing mecca. They are a chef-driven concept that has creative dishes prepared with farm fresh ingredients. You can pick the cuts of beef you like and stare at a Texas-size section of beef in the operational on-site butcher shop. They also have a fantastic brunch and plan a lot of events centered around B & B and they’re creativeness. They have several dishes I really enjoy but I’m in LOVE with Chef Tommy’s Bacon | crumbled blue cheese w/ truffle-infused honey dish. I’ve had dreams about this delicious dish and thick cut bacon. I’ve also tried the Butcher’s Butter, Snake River Farms Wagyu steak cut and it was packed with flavor. When you have a chance head over to B & B and enjoy some of Chef Tommy’s bacon. #NaughtyFoodDreams

#43 Water’s Seafood Restaurant

Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas

Dish- Crab Cake B.L.T.

When you open the door to Waters on Sundance Square you see it’s a classy and cozy place to be. You can relax while you enjoy some wonderful creative seafood dishes. They have four crab dishes I’m in love with but my favorite is the Crab Cake B.L.T. This sandwich (AKA burger dish) is really creative and pops with flavor. It has eye appeal that screams EAT ME and a flavor profile that will make your taste buds dance the jig with every bite. The fresh house crab cake is amazing. The house-cured bacon is off the hook. The bun and vegetables are so fresh you’ll think you’re sitting on a farm with a kitchen on one side and the ocean on the other. It is truly an amazing dish. #CrabcakeDreams

#44 Montgomery Street Cafe

Fort Worth, Texas

Claudette Finley

It is a Fort Worth staple and has been around for decades. They have won all kinds of awards and have been recognized by Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Magazine, and many others. “Trey’s Chow Down” did a T.V. episode there, and it was a big hit. It has a pleasant, cozy atmosphere with fantastic service and excellent biscuits and gravy. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu. Not only are they known for their fresh piping hot biscuits and gravy, but they have awesome chicken fried steaks too! I love the old school bar seating and vintage refrigerators they have. Take a friend because you will need someone to verify just how good the biscuits and gravy are when people ask you. #Oldschoolgreatness

#45 Melis Taqueria

West Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth, Texas

When I heard about this place everyone said, “It’s a shack, a taco shack you have to go”! When I pulled up and saw it really was a shack with no seating and tables under trees I was in love before I even got out of my truck. It’s changed a little now they’ve added a little indoor area and some concrete but it’s still an extremely cozy authentic taco shack. Their menu is pretty so simple it’s spray painted with stencils but ever taco I’ve tried has been packed with flavors. I’ve chowed down on a barbacoa, carnitas, and milaneza, tacos. Be sure you order a real COKE in the glass bottle it enhances the meal experience. This is the place, everyone! You get to eat tacos under the tree out front for a real authentic meal. #ExtremelyAuthentic

#46 Pecan Lodge

Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas

Every single time I enter Deep Ellum, I roll my windows down because I know I’m fixing to smell greatness in the Dallas air. True story: One day, I was taking some friends out for a Sunday funday in Dallas. I got about four blocks away from Pecan Lodge and I rolled the windows down. The first person said, “Trey, what is that delicious smell?!, Goodness man”. The other one said, “What is that? OMG, it smells so good I want to take a bite out of your seat”. I laughed and said, “Welcome to Pecan Lodge folks. Your BBQ dreams are about to come true.” Chef Justin and Diane say, “The secret to our success has been all smoke, no mirrors”. Everything they’re slinging out of their barbecue pits and kitchen is simply amazing. Everything is packed with insane flavor profiles. They’ve been on many television show segments and are also in the Texas Monthly “BBQ Top 50 Winners”. Now that you know the BBQ is incredibly delicious, I want to discuss two specific dishes I love. The “Hot Mess” and the “Pit Master Sandwich” both are just stupid delicious. Let me show you the menu description so you understand why; THE“HOT MESS” is a Jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter & green onions. THE “PITMASTER” has Brisket+Pulled pork+ Sausage, topped with slaw, bbq sauce & fresh sliced jalapeños. Make plans to visit the LODGE (but be prepared to wait in line, because it is that good).#bbqdeepellumdreams

#47 Deep Ellum Funkytown Fermatorium

West 7th Entertainment District in Fort Worth, Texas

Just opened but already a favorite place for us to stop in and visit. The Deep Ellum Brewery Team did a great job remodeling and creating the NEW Funkytown Fermatorium. The brewery is always hopping and the food is creative and delicious and a chef-driven menu. I love the “Deep Ellum Raspberry Beer”, the “Meat Balls”, the “Brussel Sprouts”, and the ” Classic Pizza” The food was super delicious and the service is awesome. If you love home town brews that serve up great food with friendly service, then head over to the new Funkytown Fermatorium. Tell’em big Trey sent you! #Hometownbrews

#48 Muddbones Restaurant

East, Texas area

Hwy 121, Bonham, Texas

They are an awesome back road discovery. If you love burgers in a cozy little side road burger joint you will love MUDDBONES. We tried the “Smokey DeLux Burger”. It was prepared with juicy beef patties, cheese, grilled onions, jalapeños, and smoky Jalapeño sauce. This burger was packed with smoky Texas flavor and juicy deliciousness. We also tried the “Rattle Snake Eggs” prepared with ground beef, onions, jalapeño peppers, cheddar cheese, spices, all wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and deep fried! YES DEEP FRIED! Oh my goodness it was amazing. Just a short drive from the DFW area in Bonham Texas Muddbones was featured on the TEXAS BUCKET LIST TV SHOW. #BurgerJointDeliciuos

#49 Billy Can Can

Victory Park Lane in Dallas, Texas

Billed as a vibrant saloon extraordinaire!  Billy’s Tale as stated by the restaurant: “Being that he was confident and enigmatic, Billy Can Can is an artful sensationalist a brooding bon vivant. Host, master of ceremonies, guru and social conductor, he keeps his distance from the action, while slyly orchestrating every happening”. The place simply put is freaking awesome! it’s everything they claim it to be and more. The staff is lively and the atmosphere is upbeat and wide open. It’s a saloon, it’s a restaurant, it’s a bar with creative cocktails, and a fun palace with creative delicious chow and creative drinks. I’ve tried several dishes but the best ones “SMOKED FISH DIP” and the “HOT FRIED QUAIL” both are packed with flavor and the presentation is awesome. If you want to have a great time at fun place head over to Billy Can Can! #SensationalDeliciouness

#50 Jonathon’s Oak Cliff

Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas

I was driving by one day full speed and saw this colorful little building out of the corner of my eye. It said Jonathon’s Oakcliff so I just had to go see what this cozy little joint was all about. I went for a delicious creative breakfast. I found something that most chowhounds will love. They call them “Devil Dogs”, and I also ordered the “Biscuits and Gravy”. I choose the pork sausage for the devil dogs but they also offer Turkey Sausage too. The biscuits and gravy was delicious but those deviled dogs were just stupid delicious. Check out Jonathan’s in Oak Cliff for breakfast or brunch and tell’em Big Trey sent you. #DevilDogDeliciousness

BONUS OF 2019:

#51 Texas Spice

Restaurants On Lamar in Dallas, Texas

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 casual dining experience. The rustic interior was designed with repurposed materials that include red brick walls, garage-door-style doors, and wood details. I’ve eaten here seven times in the last twelve months and each time has been wonderful. I LOVE the “Texas Spice Hot Dog” dish, sliders, the chili beans, and the brunch menu is fantastic. Texas Spice “Recently named a Diners’ Choice Winner by OpenTable.com.”

#52 Trinity Groves

Dallas, Texas

If you love to be entertained, drink, and CHOW DOWN then Trinity Groves is a spot you need to check out. They have a vast array of different cuisine including BBQ, Italian, Mexican Food, Sweets, Cakes, Cocktails this place is awesome. Trinity Groves is one of my favorite spots. Particularly, Luck At Trinity Groves and their Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Saint Rocco’s Italian Restaurant both have some fantastic incredibly delicious dishes. Saint Rocco’s has the “Lobster Ravioli”.  OMG, both these dishes are stupid delicious. If you like one-stop shops and you love experiences them head to the Grove for a fun time. #SocializingAwesomeness

New places to open in 2019:

WISHBONE & FLINT  will be located in Fort Worth and is a Chef Driven concept by the famous chef Stefon Rishel. Look for to open in summer 2019.

Bearded Lady will be located in the near southside in Fort Worth. They closed last year because they lost their lease. They are building a new place with a big patio and will reopen in 2019.

Seven Mile Cafe will be located in North Fort Worth and serve some delicious eats opened last month.

Heim BBQ will open a second location in Fort Worth at the RIVER District to sling some delicious BBQ and eats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Morning After Brunch A Real Chow Down!

Doc B’s Candy Bacon DFW

A few years ago I heard about this brunch event. After my diligent research, I found that it was centered on brunching. I was like, “One price for a bunch of chef-driven brunch dishes AND it includes cocktails too? Sign me up folks. I’m there.”

This event was forreal a fantastic brunch event filled with incredibly delicious brunch cuisine like powdered donuts, candied bacon, biscuits and gravy, maple and chocolate pancakes. I can go on forever. It is areal foodies dream come true.

Just A Brunch’in!

The events name is the “Dallas Observer – Morning After Brunch”, and it’s truly a Texas sized brunch that doesn’t compare to anything you’ve ever seen before. I’ve never seen so many mouth-watering, knee-slapping, chef-driven brunch dishes in one spot! There are so many, you couldn’t get to all of them. We only made about eighteen, or twenty, before we had to jump in a wheel barrel to roll ourselves out of the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

We had a bit of trouble trying to jump in the wheel barrel to make our exit with empty cocktail glasses in both hands, powered donuts in our jacket pockets, and four or five strips of Doc B’s delicious candied bacon stuffed in our shirts, but we managed to make it work. I felt like a food thief piglet at an all-you-can-eat late night buffet in Las Vegas. I was on a brunch high like no other!

When I tell you they had cocktails, I’m talking about serious cocktails. They didn’t just have a few selections of beer and wine they had it all; Deep Ellum Distillery Vodka, KORBEL Champagne, Wine, Jack Daniels whiskey, Bloody Mary’s, Creative cocktail mixes, much more. They offered custom Bloody Mary’s too! Oh it was a cocktail lovers dream. If you would have seen me with all that food and trying to hold cocktails in both hands, you might think I had a serious partying issue.

The truth of the matter was I was so excited about all that awesome food and drink I had a hard time controlling myself. Once I got it all under control, I had to figure out the best brunching items they had to offer at this once a year shindig. They offered some much FORTY-TWO different vendors we just tried what we could  after reviewing all the dishes and booths available. I tried fifteen different dishes!

I wanted to list my favorite dishes from this fantastic food event.

Try and make it to some of these places in the DFW area.

Taco Heads DFW

1. Taco Heads

Fort Worth & Dallas locations

Chef Sara, and her Taco team, made some delicious Chilicillias that were fresh, hot, and packed with authentic flavors. Each bite I took tasted like, “I need more”, because that’s all I wanted was more. #MorePlease

2. Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

Fort Worth & Dallas locations

I love Doc B’s and their creative menu. I loved their candied bacon! It was so delicious and tasty. We even went back three times for some more. #Worthit

3. The Mozzarella Company

Dallas locations

I just love fresh cheese and bread. Who doesn’t love cheese and bakery fresh bread with some succulent jams to put on them? #CheesePlease

4. Asian Mint

Dallas locations

Chef Nikki’s team offered bacon fried rice. Yes, you read that correctly; BACON FRIED RICE. This dish was incredible! Talk about going to the flavor rodeo. My taste buds where screaming #SimplyDelicious

5. Bongo Beaux’s

Dallas locations

Bongo Delicious Shrimp Dish

Bongo offered an amazing shrimp and rice dish. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. The rice was flavorful and cooked to perfection.#ShimpSurprize

We also tried a host of other dishes that we really enjoyed. Some of those dishes where from the Dallas Carmel Company, Go Loco Street Tacos and Burritos, House Of Blues, Fresh Art Foodie, Bellegreen, and some others. There truly wasn’t a bad dish at this amazing event.

You need to look up The Morning After Brunch and make plans to visit this event next year because Trey’s Chow Down and Drink With Trey will definitely be in the house for 2020. See you at the table or the bar!

Remember; “Food is an exploration of the pallet. Try something new. You just might like it!”

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Much love,

Trey Chow Down Chapman

#AMAZING DFW SANDWICHES

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

BBQ ON The Brazos

Cresson, Texas

Gobble Gobble on Good Day Fox 4

If you drive south of Fort Worth on Hwy 377 you will hit Cresson Texas. Cresson is home of BBQ On The Brazos and some award winning BBQ. Not only are they a Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Winner they also have other fresh and creative menu options. One of my favorite is the “Gobble Gobble” a delicious Turkey sandwich like you’ve never eaten before. It’s packed with Chef John’s slow smoked Turkey and fresh bakery bread. I like it this sandwich so much I featured it on Fox 4 Good Day during my BEST OF BBQ list episode. When you have time make the drive and EAT THIS! you will be saying Gobble Gobble all day long! #GobbleGobble

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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DFW BEST Bars & Super Bowl Watching Parties!

Trey Enjoying A Drink, lol!

Last year, our Drink With Trey “BEST BARS & NIGHTCLUBS LIST” received over 1000 re-shares and 121,000 reads! We just had to make a BEST LIST for 2019 for our Texas sports fans too.

It’s here! It’s time! Are you ready sports fans?

Every year the Super Bowl puts excitement in the air for sports lovers, partygoers, drinking buddies, and heck even folks who love to watch the super bowl just for the commercials.

If you follow Drink With Trey, Trey’s Chow Down, or Trey Chapman, then you know how much we love to have a good time. You can’t threaten us with a great party because in most cases we are the PARTY. We’ve been partying, watching sports, slinging back drinks, listening to live music, and chowing down all over Texas in 2018. We wanted to offer our suggestions for the BEST PICKS to watch the SUPER BOWL or any sporting event for that matter in the DFW area.

Our picks have a large number of TVs, great music, awesome chow, seductive bar bites, and great service folks that pride them selves on great customer service. It’s all about having a great experience with lots of fun. Buckle-up buttercup! It’s fix’in to get crazy!

Reservoir Bar & Kitchen

Fort Worth, Texas on West 7th

Rez as the locals like to call it has plenty of TV’s with a big menu and great chef-driven brunch items. I love the Texas-size patio and they have so many TVs! The only way to miss anything is to close your eyes. The NEW bunch menu is killer. It is just packed with great creations.  On Super Bowl Sunday they will have brunch until 3 PM and 2.00 Mimosa’s. The staff is friendly with big smiles and just love to sling those cocktails. So get there early and have some fun for Trey. Check out Reservoir’s new location at Texas Music Factory coming soon!

On Super Bowl Sunday they will have brunch until 3 PM and 2.00 Mimosa’s. Check out this video: Reservoir fun

Happiest Hour

Dallas, Texas in Hardwood District

Happiest Hour (Photo Credit: H.H.)

I love this place! My favorite spot is on the patio looking out at the beautiful buildings of Dallas. They have a wonderful bite menu and why not considering they’re the sister of Saint Ann’s Restaurant. The staff is always upbeat and friendly with big smiles. They are hosting a big watch party downstairs and on the front lawn. They have a VIP party upstairs. Not sure about the cost of VIP though. I do know, they will have $5 dollars off appetizers and beer tower specials. I dare you to try “Everything But The Kitchen Sink.” This dish is what I call A Spectacular Foodie Rock Star! If you love sundaes, then I double dog dare you to try this dish. Head on over to the Happiest Hour and turn it up like Trey!

They will have a VIP party, $5 dollars off appetizers and beer tower specials. Check out this video: Happiest Video

Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen

Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th area

TXR as the locals like to call it has one of the biggest TV screens in the DFW area, if not the biggest with incredible color. They have amazing sound throughout the club and a wonderful staff that is super friendly. They also have fantastic bathrooms, which is important if it’s crowded. They have an amazing menu that is chef-driven and the chef offers some award-winning items that you will love. Oh baby, the “Trash Can Nachos” are OMG… I just dare you to get this amazing dish. Tap this link and view video Make plans for TXR tell’em Trey sent you.

Deep Ellum Distillery

Dallas, Texas in Deep Ellum

What can I say about my boyz at Deep Ellum? It’s just an AWESOME place with fantastic one-of-a-kind cocktails created by professional mixologists. They have booths, tall tables, bar seats, and a Texas-size TV screen. They offer wonderful Deep Ellum Distillery products like Apple Cinnamon Vodka, Pickle Flavor Vodka, and of course the regular Deep Ellum Vodka. I dare you to try the “Apple Pie Drink” you CAN NOT have just one. I guarantee it or my name isn’t Drink With Trey!

D.E.D. special:  Happy hour all day on Sunday. $5 DED Vodka, $6 infusions, and $7 specialty cocktails. Head over to D.E.D. it’s just bad azz! D.E.D. Tasting Room Video.

Whiskey Garden

Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area

Whiskey, let’s say that again, WHISKEY. You see how that just rolls off your tongue? The locals call it Whiskey. I like to call it my fun house. Whiskey Garden has long been one of my favorite places for just about anything fun related. Awesome staff, award-winning tacos from Chef Tuck, great cocktails and of course tons of fun. Just stay out of the pool it’s cold as a well-diggers butt this time of year! Oh, and it’s covered, lol! Reservoir across the street is a sister club so feel free to walk back and forth.

Specials: Free buffet starting at 4 by Tailfeather’s Wing Truck. at Whiskey until they run out of food. We know they won’t run out of drinks. Love my W-H-I-S-K-E-Y staff!

The Owners Box

Dallas, Texas at Restaurants On Lamar/Omni Hotel

The Box! The Big Deal! The Beast in Dallas! This place is packed with TVs, pool tables, private suites, great staff, a big patio, and awesome food. Let’s just say The Owners Box is a destination, not a stop off. You have a chef-driven menu and 6 other restaurants on Lamar to choose from if you get hungry. They also have 2 other big patios if you just want to stroll around and get away for a few. Oh yeah, I forgot one of the most important factors. You can carry your drinks anywhere on Lamar. Just stroll around sipping, drinking, and laughing like you own the place. Like a BOSS! If you need a room, the Omni is there too. Heck, drinking at the Owners you’ve already won (even if your team didn’t). I love the pretzel and loaded fries just DELICIOUS! Head over to the Owners Box.

Texas Live

Arlington, Texas at Live Area

Texas Live-WOW! (Photo Credit T.L.)

What? What? What did you? That’s what folks normally say when you try and describe Texas Live to someone who has never been before. I like to call it an “Entertainment Mecca” everything you need for a real Texas party. T.L. has a complete and crazy line up of places to sling back drinks, watch the big game, or Chow down on some incredibly delicious food. It’s so big it needs it’s own zip code, lol! They are having great specials Super bowl Sunday look at this deal:

Sunday, February 3rd for the Big Game Bash and enter for a chance to WIN the ultimate tailgate package! Package includes a 65″ TV, tailgate tent, cooler, and two chairs. Enter herehttp://bit.ly/2SeAxG9

Head on over to Texas Live and have a Texas-size time like Drink With Trey does! Check out this video

Bottled Blonde

Dallas, Texas at Good Latimer Express

Bottle Blonde, or B.B. as I Iike to call it, has an awesome upstairs outdoor patio setting. The downstairs is killer too but I love the upstairs. The first time I was there I fell in love with the vibrant upbeat atmosphere upstairs. The cars flying by on the expressway makes for some fun games. They have a fantastic friendly staff and a wonderful menu full of great tasty creations and bites. They have lots of TVs and plenty of room for Super Bowl Sunday.

They will have two 24-foot projection wall TV’s which will be awesome to watch the big game. Head over to B.B. have a have a drink on the upstairs patio for Trey. Watch this video! 

Bar 2909

Fort Worth, Texas West 7th Area.

Varsity Tavern (Photo Credit V.T.)

Bar 2909 or just 2909 as the locals like to call it. I call it my outdoor headquarters for all that’s fun. 2909 has an amazing outdoor area with games, lots of seating, a fireplace, big heaters, and great sound. They have plenty of bar space so you can get your drinks easily without any issues. They have a wonderful Chef driven menu from Cork & Pig Tavern and it’s full of tasty creations. Its filled with great eats. They have one of my favorite sandwiches, the “French Dip”. This is so good you will order two one for later. Great cocktails, lots of room for lounging and having fun in the sun, or under a heater. Head over to Bar 2909 and have some good times. Watch this video! 

Varsity Tavern

Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area

V.T. is what I call it and it’s a great place for fun and debauchery of all types. They have two floors of greatness. Outdoor games of all types, great cocktails, and an awesome staff that loves to have fun. You can hang out upstairs and look down two different streets. Here you can take in the vibrant upbeat atmosphere. They have some big TV’s with a great sound all over V.T. I love the upstairs section outside in fresh Texas air. They have great seating areas with plenty of stand up and stretch room. V.T. as also been an all-time favorite of mine and is a great place to watch sporting events. Love me some V.T. baby! What this Video! 

End Zone

McKinney, Texas on Eldorado Pkwy

If you’re in the McKinney area for Super Bowl Sunday or any sporting event you need to head on over to the wonderful End Zone. The powerhouse of sports entertainment, or as I would say, the place for some bad azz fun with great staff. E.Z. has plenty of room with great bar food. They have some awesome cocktails too! They say, “It doesn’t matter if you like the classic, soulful, shaken, or stirred, you will get an amazing cocktail from E.Z.”. They’re having some great deals on Super Bowl Sunday.

The biggest game in all of the sports, free beer hour, free appetizer samplers, prizes, $200 being given away…I mean, what else do ya need!?!? Head on over to E.Z. and tell’em Big Trey sent you.

The Mad Hatter Pub (Photo Credit Sneaky Pete)

Mad Hatter Neighbor Pub

Fort Worth, Texas in West 7th Area

Here’s the deal. Mad Hatter isn’t a big sports club, a party palace, or a gigantic bar. It’s plain and simply one of the BEST little bars in Texas, PERIOD! When I tell you it’s the BEST because I truly mean it. The place reminds me of CHEERS. It just can’t get any better than the little Cozy Mad Hatter. The owner and staff are truly amazing and so friendly. They pride themselves on great customer service as well as serving perfect cocktails and cold beer. You get good times and plenty of conversation whether you want it or not. If you in the mood to try an award-winning cozy little joint in Fort Worth where everyone knows your name then head over to the wonderful Mad Hatter. Tell them Trey sent you. Mad Hatter still my NUMBER #1 VOTE of the BEST BARS in Texas, PERIOD!

Upper 90 On College 

Fort Worth, Texas Magnolia Area

Up 90 is a fantastic little sports bar located in the new hip area of Fort Worth in what I like to call the Magnolia Arts District. Known for friendly fun folks and a great staff you call see all your sports games and enjoy some great company. I think they enjoy every sport known to man at Upper 90 it’s a real sportsman paradise. Super bowl Sunday is no different it will be a Texas size day!

Party kicks off at 5PM Free Food, Drink Specials, Super Bowl Squares, Live Music and more. Head over to Upper 90 and enjoy the fantastic sports vibe and wonderful staff! Check out this video!

Please have an awesome time and remember to TIP your staff well! Be polite and don’t drive drunk. It never ends well for anyone especially you. 

Much Love,

Trey Drinking 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.

BEST BURGERS IN DFW East To West 2018

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 OLD FASHION Burger

–    BEST CRAFT Burger

–    BEST ALL AROUND Winner

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.

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.

BIERGARTEN

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.

BLACK SHIP LITTLE KATANA

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

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.

CAFE HERRERA

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.

COAL VINES

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

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

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

 

Grilled Cheese Heaven In TEXAS!

GOOD DAY CHOW HOUNDS,

The History of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, posted by “How Stuff Works”, will tell you some three-quarters of people who buy sliced cheese make at least one grilled cheese a month. Similar grilled cheese recipes are even mentioned Ancient Roman texts—and, let’s face it, the French have been making their famous croquet-monsieurs since the early 1900s. TODAY’S common notion of the grilled cheese is traced back to the 1920s. During this time, an Iowa man now considered “the father of sliced bread”, invented a bread slicer that made distributing white bread easy and affordable. Shortly before that, James L. Kraft had patented processed cheese — you recognize the name, of course! Kraft’s entrepreneurship pursuit revolutionized the pasteurizing process and ensured that cheese wouldn’t spoil, even when transported long distances. By 1914, J.L. Kraft & Bros. Company (the precursor to Kraft Foods) opened its first plant in Illinois. Factory cheese was disparagingly termed “rattrap cheese” or “rat cheese” by the fiercely proud English folks who were proud of their cheddars. It was not considered a delicacy. To them, it was simply a cheap, nutritious, and scalable product.