“Brunch makes Sunday morning BINGE drinking feel so civilized, what more could you want from a Sunday?”

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

Bacon Dishes that Make Me Bacon Crazy!

Saturday, August 31, is International Bacon Day 2019.

Everyone dreams about bacon!

Trey’s Chow Down LIVE on Fox 4 Good Day.

When Trey’s Chow Down saw there was an International Bacon Day and it was a real thing my mouth started salivating and all I could think about was how delicious bacon truly is.

Have you ever eaten a bad piece of bacon? I think not! No matter how it’s cooked, (soft, crispy, medium, or rock hard) bacon is always perfectly delightful.

Ever since 1500 B.C. folks have been eating and enjoying bacon. That’s a long time ago, but it just goes to show you how much everyone loves bacon.

Bacon’s history dates back thousands of years to 1500 B.C. The Chinese were curing pork bellies with salt. Basically, they were creating an early form of what we know today as bacon.

I’m shocked about how long ago bacon was being eaten and was created. I wonder how the first bacon fry went down. Here piggy piggy! Come here piggy piggy! Come over here let’s see if we can fry some of your body parts up? Seems legit to me lol!

Now that I’m thinking about it, I bet they could smell bacon frying a mile away and come strolling by to see what that delicious aroma was. I’m sure smelling that bacon for the first time set their foodie senses into overdrive. Well, of course, they didn’t call it bacon at that time but we will play along as if they did.

The first bacon fry must have not only been a mess, but also an exploration to try and figure out how to eat these creatures we call pigs. You know it smelled delicious and they were like, “YES that smells soooooo good”!

Today we have all kinds of various bacon flavors, thickness, bacon dishes, and bacon farmers who create some of the world’s best bacon right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.

When I spoke with the Fox producers about Bacon Day, it was clear that everyone loved bacon and we need to locate some of the best bacon dishes in the DFW area.

I sought out to locate some of the best bacon dishes for all my fellow food lovers to enjoy and boy… Did I find some great dishes to eat. If you love bacon you will love this article and my choices.

B&B Butchers

( The Cover Photo)

Fort Worth & Houston, Texas

Knife Steakhouse Bacon Sampler

B&B has this amazing bacon dish named after Chef Tommy. Let me tell you, “Chef Tommy’s Bacon Dish” is loaded with flavors. When I read about this dish, I had to visit B&B so I could Chow Down and enjoy it for myself. It’s prepared with fresh blue cheese, truffle infused honey, and thick house bacon. This dish meets all the requirements for an award winning dish. The taste has an amazing flavor profile, tenderness, cooked perfectly, great texture, and fantastic eye appeal. One of the best bacon dishes anywhere, period! You need to try this dish, and it’s only 20 bucks.

Knife Steakhouse

Dallas & Plano, Texas

Chef John Tesar always has his creative side in forward motion. I haven’t had one dish, or food item, from John that’s not totally amazing. He’s crazy about using fresh ingredients, having perfect execution, pallet busting flavor profiles, fantastic restaurant atmospheres, and amazing customer service. The Knife bacon appetizer, simply put, is deliciousness with every single bite. The succulent variety of bacon is so flavorful you will order an extra one. I know it because we did it. The dish is simplistic. A tasting of five varieties of bacon and it’s served on a beautiful wood cutting board. It is truly life-changing and you need this dish in your life.

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

McKinney, Texas

Del Frisco’s Bacon Dish

Oh, I love me some Sugarbacon! You’re probably saying to yourself, what the heck is Sugarbacon? Well, it’s two things really; A fantastic restaurant and a delicious lip-smacking bacon dish. The team over at Sugarbacon in McKinney have come up with a flavor-packed bacon dish that will send your taste buds to the flavor town. It’s truly an opportunity to try something new and exciting. The “Sugarbacon Appetizer” is prepared with house-smoked pork belly, ancho chili bbq sauce, B and B pickles, and served on thick bacon square bites. I’m telling you right now it has a fantastic flavor profile and is downright delicious. Folks, it is absolutely worth a trip to Chow Down and see what Sugarbacon is all about.

Cowtown Brewing Company

Fort Worth, Texas

I drove by this place at least 25 times before I stopped into Chow Down. I had heard all about their flavor-packed barbecue treats, but I kept waiting to see some photos and reviews before I made the journey because I’ve been extremely busy. That was a mistake!  We stopped in and had a variety of delicious BBQ treats but what really caught my eye was the “Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños.” I eat these all the time but Cowtown’s were different. They were wrapped tightly and the bacon was glazed just enough. Damn, they were delicious so flavorful that I ate 5 out of the 6 and we ordered some more for the whole table. They really were amazing. When you get a chance, head over to Cowtown for little bacon throw down. Tell’em Trey sent you!

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Locations All Over U.S.A.

I have to confess something to each of you. I’ve had dreams about the bacon dish at Del’s. Oh man, there’s nothing like naughty bacon dreams folks. It’s the THICK-CUT NUESKE’S BACON AU POIVR served with a Bourbon Molasses Glaze and a side of deliciousness. Oh, the food gods are shining down on Del Frisco’s for this bacon dish! By all means, this is so good it should be illegal. The succulent bacon flavor just rolls across your tongue and sends your taste buds into full mode overload. Don’t be surprised if you have to wipe your chin after each juicy bite. A true trend sitter and it’s only 16 bucks, ladies and gentlemen.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Multiple Texas Locations

I know you’re thinking… What did he just say? Logan’s Roadhouse? Am I reading this correct? Yes, you are! This is all about bacon and Logan’s Roadhouse locations has some great bacon. They have a little appetizer that goes by the name “Bacon On A Stick” and it’s in a bucket too. I’ve had this twice and both times the bacon was perfectly cooked, loaded with flavor, and easy to eat right off the stick. This is a great little bacon treat you will love. It’s prepared from 12-hour smoked bacon seasoned and grilled in a brown sugar glaze with a kick of spice. Served with crispy fried onions and your choice of original BBQ or Bourbon BBQ. Just damn delicious if you ask me. Your taste buds with take a trip to the “bacon flavor rodeo” and it’s only 10 bucks. Check it out!

Shady Oak BBQ & Grill

North Fort Worth, Texas

My favorite Bacon “TENDER BELLY”

I took a trip over the Shady Oak to try some barbecue. As I sat down and was reviewing the menu when the server said, “Hey, do you want to try some of our bacon burnt ends“? My head snapped up and said, “Do tell? Why yes I will”! Those bacon burnt ends were saucy and mouth-watering delicious. The flavor really pops in your mouth as they roll across your tongue. This is a dish you must try and price right too!

There are a lot more bacon dishes I have tried, but these are truly some of the best you will find in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. All of these truly stand on their own with fantastic flavor profiles that will leave you wanting more. As a chef once told me, “Trey, if I can leave you wanting more then I’ve done my job. I know you will come back and dine with us again”.

Please visit these local restaurants because eating and buying local is extremely important to our chefs and restaurants.

If you LOVE cooking bacon at home then I would try my favorite Tender Belly Bacon. You can locate Tender Belly at https://www.tenderbelly.com

Don’t forget to listen or watch our worldwide podcast Trey’s Chow Down Live every Friday on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Dash Radio or tune and watch us LIVE.

Remember, I’m passionate about bringing each of you the very food and drink experiences I can find.

Much love,

Trey Chapman Follow me for deliciousness and fun

 

Saturday BRUNCH Deliciousness Button’s Restaurant

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

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

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.

Biscuit Lovers Galore & More!

Good day biscuit lovers,

Biscuit Bar Photo C: B.B.

Sometimes, you just stumble into a truly fantastic place. Maybe you even had dreams about the perfect place and wished someone would just create it. Then…all the sudden…out of the clear blue you hear about someone opening your dream concept.

Well my friends, I can’t tell you how many times my dad, and others, have discussed a place that serves great biscuits with lots of fixings. Growing up in four generations of family restaurant business, you learn to love all kinds of concepts. Gatherings have us sitting around discussing great foodie ideas.

A while back I heard about 2 biscuit bar concepts, but it was still in the works. They were going to open one in Plano and call it “The Biscuit Bar”. I thought to myself, sure they are we will see about that. I figured it was probably all talk.

Good Ol’ Texas Biscuits – Best in DFW 2018

Good day folks,

Little Red Wasp “Chicken and Biscuit”

One of my favorite things in this world is eating biscuits. Any type of biscuits, in any dish, in any form! I’ve been pondering on the idea of writing a story on biscuits because they are so delicious. After TWO whole years of research, I finally decided to let all my fellow foodies know where the best biscuits are located. I waited for TWO years because new eateries kept opening. Here we go everyone hop on the biscuit train!

Dictionary.com defines biscuits as…Any of various hard or crisp dry baked products: such as
(1) British : cracker (2) British : cookie
b : a small quick bread made from dough that has been rolled out and cut or dropped from a spoon. They’re just so much more than this.

When I read this, I laughed and thought we need to have a good ol’ Texas version of a definition for what biscuit means. So here it is…

Trey’s Chow Down defines biscuit as: a delicious lil flour-based treat cooked until golden brown perfection. It is fluffy, flaky, soft and should be covered with gravy or slathered in butter and jelly. It can be used for a sandwich, breakfast, or brunch treat.

I’ve been looking all over DFW for the best of the best biscuits. I’ve found some really delicious ones along with spreads to top them with. I hope you enjoy these lil bites of goodness as much as I enjoyed eating them. Head over to any of these places and let me know what you think! Be sure and tell ’em who sent you!

Top 10 Easter Weekend Brunch Choices DFW

Good Day,

The Easter weekend is close so Trey’s Chow Down” andDrink With Trey” wanted to give everyone some suggestions for Easter weekend brunch. Our suggestions are some of the best in the DFW area. The suggestions are below, so please enjoy. We’ve visited each of these restaurants and love everything they have to offer. Just click on the name and it will send you to the restaurant site. Happy Easter everyone~!

Souk at Trinity Groves

Souk at Trinity Groves:

Oh my! Trey’s Chow Down can’t say enough about how much we enjoy this fabulous restaurant. Souk is a Mediterranean Restaurant · Lebanese Restaurant · Moroccan Restaurant serving deliciousness. Souk explains, At “Souk” we’ve transported a Mediterranean Bistro and Bar directly from the Atlas Mountains to Dallas’ newest dining and entertainment destination, Trinity Groves. The famous street food flavors of Morocco evolved over centuries with cultural influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Western Europe and we are so excited to weave them into the fabric of Dallas vibrant dining scene! Join us for Easter Brunch this Sunday April 1st! Enjoy a specially prepared seafood 4 course brunch for $35. Call (469) 458-2233 to book your table!

Del Frisco’s Grill Fort Worth & Dallas:

Del Frisco’s Grill DFW

Treat yourself to brunch this Easter weekend and enjoy favorites like our Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad and Red Velvet Belgian Waffles. Oneof the best downtown restaurants, Del Frisco’s Grille is the perfect spot to enjoy a fantastic night in one Texas’ finest cities. Nestled in Sundance Square, this restaurant is next to amazing entertainment, nightlife and luxury hotels, making for a night out you won’t soon forget. Enjoy new American fare and plenty of southern hospitality at this bustling Fort Worth watering hole. Reservations are accepted for indoor dining only. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Texas Best Brunching Places Of 2017

Good Day Brunch Hounds,

Fixture FW

If you love brunching as much as I do then you’re going to love my Brunch picks. I’m a brunching monster, a real life brunching hound! I’ve been brunching for decades and for me, it just gets better and better with age. Most people want to eat brunch, have a few drinks then leave. Brunching is an art form not to be confused with just eating and drinking. If one chooses to brunch correctly, then one must have the proper brunch plans. One doesn’t just say, “let’s go brunch, pick a place and let’s eat!” No sir, there are brunching rules, regulations, and guidelines that need to be followed in order to brunch correctly and to properly enjoy your brunching!

Button’s

When I was a young buck, my mom, Carol and my dad, Barney would haul us to Shady Oaks Country Club or River Crest Country Club for Sunday brunch, or what they called Sunday Brunch. Not trying to sound ungrateful at all, but it was always the same old buffets, in the same old places, listening to the same ol’ people, talk about who knows what! Why I was extremely grateful to live and eat in the lap of luxury like a king-tut, it was still torture to me-sitting there smacking on the same ol’ food! I was always trying to come up with excuses about why I need to leave the table. I was so full of dried mini toast, and rack of lamb with that nasty sticky green jelly. I always managed to get up and go get into trouble. I always told myself when I got older Sunday would be Sunday Funday NOT Sunday Bumday.

So that being said let me explain my brunch rules, regulations and guidelines!

Max’s Wine Dive

First, you must choose a location with a great atmosphere, and friendly folks. This place you choose must have a chef-driven menu with lots of choices. They must have a fantastic selection of spirits and know how to mix fantastic cocktails. Servers must be on point, friendly, and have an extensive knowledge of the brunch menu and options. Last, but not least. You-Can-Not under any circumstances, take an angry or hateful person to your Sunday Funday Brunch.

It just messes up the entire brunching atmosphere.

Brunch options are in no certain order I love all of these locations and yes I drive to Austin and Dallas to BRUNCH. Please be sure and check the hours before brunching.

 

 

 

1. Little Red Wasp/Fort Worth

2. Bird Cafe/Sundance Square Fort Worth

Independent

3. Independent Bar & Kitchen/Dallas

4. Sear Sucker/Austin

5. Flight Restaurant & Cigar Lounge/Eagle Mountain Lake

6. Button’s Restaurant/Fort Worth

7. Fish Creek/ Willow park

8. Bread Winners/Dallas

9. Del Frisco’s Grills/Fort Worth/Dallas

Horseshoe Hill (Saturdays)

10. Taco Diners/Fort Worth/Dallas

11. Meddlesome Moth/Dallas

12. Yucatan Taco Stands/DFW/Houston

13. Reata Restaurant/Fort Worth

14. Horseshoe Hill/Fort Worth Stock Yards

15. Revolver Taco Lounge/Fort Worth

16. Lucile’s Stateside Bistro/Fort Worth

17. Social House/Fort Worth/Dallas

18. Fixture Restaurant & Social Lounge/Fort Worth

19. Max’s Wine Dive/Fort Worth/Dallas

20. Cork & Pig/Fort Worth

21. Restaurant 506 Sanford House/Arlington

22. Cedar Grove/Dallas

23. Henry’s Majestic/Dallas

Thirteen Pies

24. TruFire Kitchen & Bar/Southlake

25. Thirteen Pies/7th Street Area/Fort Worth

26. Mash’D/Fort Worth/Dallas

27. H3 Steak House/Fort Worth Stock Yards
My brunch choices are some of the BEST in Texas, hope you enjoy. Remember my RULES:

First, you must choose a location with a great atmosphere, and friendly folks. This place you choose must have a chef-driven menu with lots of choices. They must have a fantastic selection of spirits and know how to mix fantastic cocktails. Servers must be on point, friendly, and have an extensive knowledge of the brunch menu and options. Last, but not least. You-Can-Not under any circumstances, take an angry or hateful person to your Sunday Funday Brunch.

It just messes up the entire brunching atmosphere.

God Bless Love Y’all

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

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