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Unique Texas-Size Shareable Dishes

Wow, what a year 2020 was for the restaurant and service industry, and not in a good way. Thank goodness it’s over and we can move on down the road.

If you follow me then you know I’m extremely passionate about food, drink, creative chefs, awesome service folks, and the restaurants and grub pubs that host us. Last July I started pondering on what I could do to help support local restaurants, chefs, and the service industry. Something that was different, exciting and fun!  I wanted to create something special that hadn’t been tried before. After tossing a few ideas around, the big light in the oven came on, and there it was, swirling around in my brain like berries in a blender. A fantastic and outrageous idea!

I created an outrageous, Texas-sized over-the-top menu full of unique, creative, colorful, delicious, and some massive dishes. These dishes would have to be Chef-driven, very large, creative, and delicious. A few are just simply unique but also delicious. True foodies and couples will love these dishes. They can be shared, used as food challenges, or just eaten because you love food. Whatever the reason, this menu sparks your foodie senses and will make you want to take a trip straight to Delicious-Ville. #Deliciousville

I got together with ten North Texas chefs to discuss my ideas, and some of those chefs even created new and special dishes just for the new Trey’s Chow Down Menu. I also located dishes that had already been created but would fit with the new menu. We have everything from breakfast to dinner;  Burgers, BBQ, Seafood, Steaks, and more!

I made trips all over North Texas and tried every single dish myself. I watched the dishes being created and then I chowed down like a pig at the trough. What I ended up with was some unbelievably amazing dishes that are not only delicious and creative, but they are memorable as well. Dishes you can’t and won’t forget!

When you see these dishes, they are visually R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S! Every single person will say something like, “OMG, WTH Is That!” Believe me – I know because that’s all I’ve heard for the last eight months while working on this new menu.

I’m asking each of you to please enjoy one or more of these dishes and reshare this article to help support local restaurants and chefs. I want you to have fun and enjoy these Texas-size eats and your trip straight to delicious-Ville. 

Time to saddle up and chow down my chowhounds!

K POP Burgers 

The Colony Texas

Chef Kevin Lee  

I’m going to tell you right now: if you don’t want to eat massive burgers, DO NOT go to K POP. Every burger they offer is a massive stack of meaty, savory deliciousness. Once you get one of these burgers you will be slinging sauce ear to ear. I tried the 3.5 Pound “Bang Tan Burger”, which was loaded with: Eight (1/2 Lbs) fresh Angus beef patties (x5), grilled pineapple (x2), grilled jalapenos, grilled spam patties (x2), American cheese (x6), pepper jack cheese (x4), and fresh house-prepared K3 Sauce that will have you licking your lips in a food coma.

Ol South Pancake House  

Fort Worth & Burleson

Chef Rex Benson

Breakfast Dish: “The Texas Chow Down” – Prepared with four eggs, two ham steaks, six slices of bacon, a 1/2 pound of golden brown hashbrowns, loads of American and Cheddar cheese All stacked between two texas shaped Belgium waffles. The breakfast Gods are smiling on this NEW special created breakfast dish!

Local Yocal BBQ  

McKinney, Texas

Chef Adam West aka Batman 

Anytime Burger: “The Hamilton” – It’s prepared with 1/3 lb. House-ground wagyu beef, house-smoked prime brisket, smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage, three slices of bacon, loads of cheddar cheese, farm-fresh grilled onions and jalapeños, with some creamy mayo. It weighs over one pound! Loaded with meaty deliciousness. You wouldn’t think all of those different proteins would work to combine the perfectly flavored massive burger, but IT DOES!

Jonathon’s Diner  

Oak Cliff,  Dallas

Chef Jonathon  

Brunch Dish: “Chicken Bang Bang” – Prepared with Chef Jon’s special Fresh Chicken Fried Chicken, then tossed and smothered in a house prepared Citrus-Ghost Pepper Glaze. Served atop a mound of house prepared Cheesy Grits with two Eggs and a simple fresh house Cilantro Slaw. Holy Brunchness Weighing over a pound this was unbelievable and I couldn’t even finish it. It was served HF&D #HotFreshandDelicious.

 

Rufus Bar & Grill  

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Billy Woodrich  

Anytime Burger: “Trey’s Big Burger” – prepared with three 1/4 patties, three slices of American cheese, four slices of bacon, loads of pulled pork, all stacked between 2 grilled buttery buns. Top with fresh onion rings and fresh pour-over Queso. Boom! That’s all you need… Over a pound of meaty, cheesy deliciousness.

Shell Shack Locations  

North Texas Area

Restauranture Dallas Hale  

All-day seafood: “THE HEAVYWEIGHT” – prepared with two lbs. of SNOW CRAB, two lbs of SHRIMP, one lb. Of KING CRAB, two fried FRIED CATFISH FILETS, eight FRIED SHRIMP, eight CORN, twelve POTATOES, twelve SAUSAGE,  fresh FRIES, and loads of HUSHPUPPIES. Wow, a seafood experience like no other! Seven pounds of smack you in the face seafood deliciousness. Feeds five to six PEOPLE and is market priced.

Knife Dallas Knife Plano  

Dallas Texas

Chef John Tesar  

Dry-Aged Steak: A 240 Day Dry-Aged 103 Niman Ranch Rib Eye. This steak is massive and loaded with deliciousness. I’ve eaten it and featured it on my Fox network TV special. You won’t find a better steak. The numbers break down: it’s thirty-two ounces, or two pounds, of meat heaven. If you love steak you need this in your life.

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff 

Oak Cliff, Dallas

Chef Jonathon  

Lunch Burger: “The Trey’ Double Down” – Two 1/2 pound burger patties, slices of succulent Bacon,  a mountain of mushrooms and grilled onions, loads of cheddar and Provolone cheese, slices of Avocado, and house-prepared Chipotle Mayo, all stacked between a fresh grilled Kaiser Bun. Served with Jonathon’s house custom French Fries. With this dish weighing over one pound you better pack those bags this was a trip straight to Burger delicious-Ville.

 

Jackie’s Eggs & Ham  

Lewisville Texas

Jackie’s Culinary Team  

Breakfast Dish: “One Pound Biscuit and Gravy” – Wow! Prepared with a one-pound house biscuit, house sausage gravy and served with butter and extra gravy. It is savory, creamy, lip-smacking, party-in-your-mouth delicious. You ever had a one-pound biscuit? They also have pancakes the size of your head!

Maple Leaf Diner  

Dallas Texas

Chef Mike 

Breakfast or Brunch Dish: ”Chicken, Bacon, and Waffles ” – Prepared with a freshly fried chicken breast and loads of crispy bacon, served on stacked house-prepared Belgium waffles, then topped with fresh strawberries and house prepared cream puffs. A Texas staple combined with a Canadian staple and BAM! Just downright ridiculous.

The Rim Craft Eat Drink 

Burleson Texas

Chef Keith Button Hicks  

Brunch Dish: “Texas Bloody Mary” – Chef Keith Button Hicks is slinging deliciousness with his one of a kind chef-driven bloody Mary that is loaded with southern eats. Prepared with two chicken wings, two bacon-wrapped shrimp, a house-prepared stuffed pretzel, asparagus, house prepared Chunk of Andouille Sausage, Various Peppers, vodka, farm-fresh celery, olives, and house-prepared mix. This has that culinary jingle you’re looking for in a brunch dish. Check it out and sling it back.

Panther City BBQ  

Fort Worth Texas

Pitmasters Chris and Ernie 

When you think of Texas BBQ, MEATY SUCCULENTNESS always comes to mind. Low and slow smoked meats that are prepared with passion. Chris and Ernie have come up with an outrageous sandwich that has all the Texas BBQ you need. The “South Side Slammer” – prepared with house-smoked bologna, thick house-smoked brisket, tangy pulled pork, and stuffed jalapeno peppers. This sandwich embodies the word “EXCESSIVE “, and I love that word. The more meat the better!

 

Mary’s Cafe 

Strawn Texas

Owner Chef Mary  

Boys and Girls, ladies and gentlemen, now hear this: If you love big, thick, flavor-loaded homemade chicken fried steaks with mashed tators then head to Mary’s in Strawn, Texas. You won’t find a better, bigger, gravy-loaded chicken fried steak than at Mary’s. I swear this steak and tators with gravy must weigh over 2 pounds! It’s prepared fresh when you order it and served HF&D #HotFreshandDelicious. Make the drive and arrive at deliciousness! I KNOW YOU CAN ‘T FINISH IT. I DARE YOU! I choose to use the ( Texas Country Report Video because it was so GOOD!)

Round Rock Donuts  

Round Rock Texas

Donut Culinary Team  

I left early one morning around 4:30 am to make the drive to Round Rock, Texas for some sweet, savory, flavor-loaded, and the biggest donuts in Texas. One donut is the size of a dozen. Yeah, that’s what I said. Twelve donuts in one! Now that is Texas-size. You can get them glazed, or chocolate frosting or you can get 1/2 and 1/2. This donut is just STUPID BIG and Stupid Delicious. Make the drive and have some fun – you will enjoy it. I loved it!

Fat Burger  

North Richland Hills Texas

Burger Makers  

Woo-Hoo BURGER TOWN here we come! I tried the “Triple XXXL Triple King Burger” – it weighs 1.5 pounds and is 2000 calories. It’s prepared with three 1/2 pound patties, three slices of cheese, and fixings all stacked on a fresh, tasty bun. I added extra cheese and bacon to construct a monster burger. If you can finish this monster burger you can go on their wall of fame. It is flavorful, delicious, and will send you to Burger Town. GET YOU SOME.

Juan’s Burrito Express  

Fort Worth Texas

Chef Juan  

Let’s talk burrito perfection. Who wants a TWELVE INCH breakfast or lunch burrito? That’s what I said: a foot-long, one-pound Burrito. Chef Juan is slinging fresh and delicious burritos that are prepared fresh to order. I ordered a twelve-inch burrito which was prepared with fresh barbacoa with all the fixings and hand prepared tortillas. It was absolute burrito perfection – be sure and grab some hot sauce too.

Terry Black’s BBQ  

Dallas Deep Ellum Texas

Working Pitmasters  

The NEW Terry Black’s BBQ in Deep Ellum has an amazing dining room, an incredible outdoor patio, and a second upstairs outdoor patio dining area. They offer fresh prepared Texas BBQ that is delicious. The BIG T-REX looking BEEF Rib is what I want to talk about. Over 1.5 pounds of Texas BBQ MEATY SUCCULENTNESS. If you love Texas BBQ YOU CAN’T go wrong with this Beef Rib. You will have a flavor rodeo in your mouth and a smile on your face when you finish this dish. Just #StupidDelicious.

 

Sammies Bar-B-Q 

Fort Worth, Texas

Restaurateur Sammie & Sammie Jr. 

Pork Chop Craziness lives at Sammies on Belknap in Fort Worth. They call it Pork Chop Fridays. I just call it a massive pork chop coma, because after you eat this deliciousness it’s nap time, baby – lights out! They start with a 1.5 to 2-pound pork chop, season it, and low smoke it to pork chop perfection. It’s succulent, meaty, deliciousness that is bursting with flavor and I know this because I couldn’t stop shoving it in my mouth. Check it out at Sammies and don’t forget the house prepared Sammie’s sauce!

 

Jake’s Burgers  

Dallas / Fort Worth Texas

Culinary Burger Team  

Jake’s is a locally owned Hamburger joint that has multiple locations in the DFW metroplex. They have a massive burger they offer for their big burger challenge called the El LOCO OCHA BURGER, which is eight Patties, eight Slices of Cheese, eight Slices of Bacon, fried Jalapeno peppers, and vegetables. This BURGER was R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S and it is SPICY! if you’re looking for a REAL BURGER challenge head over to Jake’s Burger and check out the El Loco! I bet you can’t finish it!

Blackship Little Katana 

Dallas Texas Omni Hotel

Restaurants on Lamar

Sushi Culinary Team  

Although it is temporarily closed due to CoV-19, I wanted to still highlight this dish because they will reopen soon. The Black Ship Little Katana Fresh Sushi Boat. The boat is filled with various sushi options of your choice, and it has plenty of choices. My best judgment is it weighed over two pounds when I picked it up. Everything in the sushi boat was so tasty and fresh. We really enjoyed each piece of sushi offered in the boat; it was massive and two of us couldn’t finish it. A seaside boat of sushi deliciousness!

Loaf’n Dog  

Cleburne, Texas

Culinary Hot Dog Team   

All-day dogs and sides: “BIG BAD 2 FOOT POPPY DOG” – prepared with one lb. of hot dog fixings, soft tasty buns, loads of cheese, sport peppers, two 12” Vienna Beef Franks and comes with chips and a drink. This dog is not only delicious it’s fun to eat and always prepared fresh to order. It can feed one to three people.

Zalat Pizza

DFW Metroplex Locations

Pizza Zealots  

Reaper Roulette Pizza Challenge: Order any LARGE pizza and you’re ready to take Zalat’s spicy pizza challenge? Zalat has sourced some of the hottest sauces to put this insane challenge together. They’re talking Scoville units eons beyond sriracha, even hotter than that last Tinder swipe, you get the picture. Here is how it works?
1. Order any pizza for delivery or pick-up on their website, our app or a 3rd party delivery app.
2. Add on “Reaper Roulette” to the pizza for only $2.50
3. We add a few drops of hot sauce to only ONE secret slice.
4. You and your shelter-in-place roomies or family can get to play a little game of pizza roulette to see who picks the slice.
It’s one of the BEST foodie games worth playing. We played LIVE on our T.V. show and it was fun. I DARE YOU!

 

DFW Metroplex Locations

Biscuit Bar Culinary Team 

Anytime Biscuit: A Texas size biscuit that goes by the name of “The Rough Night.” This thang is crazy it’s prepared with all the goods. A big fresh southern fried chicken breast, a juicy burger patty, slice of ham, slice of smoked turkey, some pulled pork, few slices of crispy bacon, tater tots, plenty of cheddar cheese, and house-made sausage gravy to pour over the top. It’s crazy biscuit that will send you to the flavor rodeo. I dare you!

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

Fort Worth, Dallas & Denton, Texas

Chef Ito Takao Culinary Team

Unique isn’t the world for this dish from Chef Ito Takao. I love this place and have been chowing down here since they opened. They offer ramen & other traditional Japanese dishes on the menu at this modern izakaya-style restaurant. They prepare everything from scratch only using farm fresh Ingredients and vegetables. The GODZILLA challenge is RIDICULOUS extremely spicy. I dare you to try this challenge! Just watch the video from Chef Ito Takao Hanabi.

 

Downtown Grapevine, Texas

Pitmaster Trey and Pitmaster Team

Pitmaster Trey and his Vaqueros Texas Bar-B-Q team or slinging the unique “BBQ BIRRA TACOS.” These tacos are stuffed with their house smoked succulent bbq beef and loaded with flavor. Served with their famous ” Beef Concome’ Sauce ” which takes hours to create They are truly “Stupid Delicious! ” I like to call them JUICY TACOS because when you dip them in the beef sauce they become extremely juicy. Located at Hop and Sting Brewery in Grapevine Texas you can also enjoy some flavorful and unique craft beers with your tacos.

 

As you can see folks, these dishes are absolutely some of the most UNIQUE and BIGGEST dishes you will find in North Texas. Nearly every restaurant needs support right now and I’m asking each of you to get in your vehicle, on your horse, on a bus, on a bike, or whatever it takes to try some of these delicious dishes.

Be sure and post some photos and tag us @Trey’s Chow Down and Hashtag us @ #TreysBigChowDownDishes for a chance to win cash prizes and food. To win you must Hashtag us in a photo – we will have several drawings. 

Thanks,

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

Supporting Local! Frustrated!

After seeing the Governments RESPONSE to help the restaurant, service industry and small business I’m truly lost for words! 

I still don’t think society and the government understands what supporting LOCAL restaurants really means to our local economies. Restaurants, Taverns, Pubs, and Bars drive our local economy in financial ways that we cannot see on a daily basis. More than 10,000 Texas restaurants have already closed – some temporarily, many permanently, and with business conditions worsening, 30% percent of Texas operators say it’s unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now without additional federal help. Out of those thousands, far too many of them are from right here locally in the DFW area. Remember while for us as customers it may just seem like one less place to grab delicious taco or burger, families are depending on these establishments for their livelihood. Unfortunately, we only notice when it’s too late and the doors are forever locked, and the CLOSED sign is placed in the window.

Restaurants help and drive city infrastructure with the tax money brought in. They create jobs for first-time workers, college students, young people, old people, single moms and dads, and so many others. They support local farmers, ranchers, breweries, distilleries, markets, butcher shops, tradesmen, plumbers, handymen, window companies, cleaning companies, delivery folks, computer folks, marketing, and P.R. firms. Most of these businesses are suffering or even closing, and it’s creating a devastating chain reaction that WILL NOT be corrected anytime soon and its extremely heartbreaking for so many families.

Best Brunch Spots Fort Worth and Dallas

Hello Brunch Lovers,

Chef Hicks and Trey Brunch Event. I love creative fun loving chefs!

WOW! What a year it has been! I would have never believed that thousands of restaurants would close, changing the industry forever. That is exactly what happened in 2020, and things are still changing by the day.

I spent all year twelve months visiting brunch spots, chowing down and visiting with chefs. I felt it important to wait until the end of the year to release my Best and Unique Brunches in DFW on GOOD DAY FOX 4 because I wanted to be sure that all of the restaurants were open and slinging deliciousness for everyone to enjoy. Some of my favorites have closed permanently, and some temporarily due to COVID-19. It was sad that I had to delete restaurants off this years list. We must support our local restaurants, chefs, and service folks by visiting their restaurants, ordering TOGO, or for delivery. They need us now more than ever, especially since it’s the holiday season.

I love any meal that’s loaded with a delicious culinary JINGLE! But, truth be told, I’m in love with brunch because it has a certain vibrancy to it. You can brunch early or late and enjoy some chef-driven tastiness because there is no set time for brunch. I’ve seen people bunch at nine am, and I’ve seen them brunch a three pm. it just doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the brunch is made with a creative spin and is prepared HFD #HotFreshandDelicious.

OAK’D A Delicious Destination!

Howdy, Y’all!

OAK’D Beef Rib!

If you ask the team at OAK’D BBQ who they are and what they serve, they’ll tell you:

We’re located in Dallas’ Old Town Shopping Center, where we proudly serve hand-crafted Texas BBQ. Our brisket is an art form of its own, infused with the vanilla-tinged flavor of Texas Post OAK smoke and cradled in a peppery bark. 

Our brisket isn’t the only thing that’s unbelievable here – we take pride in each item on our chef-driven menu. Everything from our scratch kitchen is locally and regionally sourced; flavored just right, no matter what’s in season. From the wide variety of perfectly smoked meats to our gourmet sides and OAK’D Bake Shop, with homemade ice cream, biscuits, and other sweet treats, there’s something for everyone here at OAK’D. 

We take pride in our partnerships with local Texas ranchers and farmers to ensure you enjoy the highest quality BBQ available in The Lone Star State. Our Wagyu Brisket comes directly from Rosewood Ranch and our Prime Beef is 100% Texas Black Angus.  

Let’s get fancy; The Quintessential TEXAS Dish!

Texas Official Day!

If you live in Texas, or have spent any time roaming around here, then you know what the most quintessential dish that Texans love to eat.

It’s big, tasty, light brown color, has a little crunch with each bite. In most cases it is smothered in creamy gravy. Yep! The delicious chicken fried steak! Born in Texas, and it is truly the quintessential state dish.

Texans love it so much we even declared an official day to celebrate it!

Chef Terry Chandler Quintessential Texas Cooking!

October 26th is the official Texas Chicken Fried Steak day! Let me walk you through on why, and where, to enjoy oneself on this awesome day.

There has to be hundreds, if not thousands, of places in Texas where you can eat chicken fried steak. Big cities, little Texas towns, back roads, breakfast cafes, deli spots, hamburger joints, expensive eateries, steak houses, and the list goes on. Really, you can go anywhere! Texans are proud of their chicken fried steak. Everyone who knows me can agree that I know where the best dishes are.

Chefs have their own idea on how to prepare their delicious dishes. They have perfected their own recipes for chicken fried steak. In the last decade, Texas chefs have gotten extra creative. Some use round steak/cubed steak, flat iron steak, rib eye, and if they’re going further in creativity they’re using dry aged rib eye. Each different cut achieves a different flavor profile. Whatever you prefer, you’ll surely savor it.

I’ve been eating chicken fried steak my entire life. The family restaurant and beef business is my pride but I know how to judge a chicken fried steak like no other!

I’ve compiled a list restaurants that are slinging the BEST chicken fried steaks in North Texas! Each place has uniqueness in flavor, service, and southern charm. Have fun CHOWING DOWN on the best chicken fried steak! Our last article was read over 100,000 times! I’m sure this one will trump that. Be sure to share this with your friends to help support local restaurants and chefs!

Korean Meets American For Burger Perfection!

Good Day, Burger Lovers!

The Phat 2AM Burger

I discovered a NEW Korean/American fusion burger concept that is slinging insane burgers!  K-POP Premium Burgers created by the passionate Chef Kevin Lee and his wife Jenice Lee located in The Colony, Texas.

As most of you know, my entire life revolves around food, chefs, restaurants, creative, and delicious dishes! The last decade I’ve been consumed with locating the best burgers, steaks, barbecue and seafood for Trey’s Chow Down and Trey’s Chow Down LIVE. I LIVE for locating the BEST, and telling the world about the deliciousness I discover through social media, my LIVE T.V. and Radio Podcast.

I received an email last week from a friend Chase Foxworth who was elated and extremely enthusiastic about a new burger joint in The Colony, Texas. He knew the results of our BEST BURGER CONTEST in 2019 reached over 1.5 million BURGER LOVING North Texans. He understood how excited I would be to see this new concept of burger deliciousness for the 2020 Burger Race. He couldn’t wait to show me! I receive numerous requests to visit new burger concepts, or to test a certain burger. I try to visit each and every request as time allows, but his email was so powerful and full of conviction that I made plans to meet him P.D.Q. and try some of these burgers he was raving and screaming about.

BEST Fajitas in DFW for National Fajita Day! HOLY GUACAMOLE!

August 18, 2020 is National Fajita Day in the USA!

They say the first culinary evidence of fajitas was in the 1930s, along with the Spanish naming.  The cooking style used at that time was by a campfire or directly on a fire pit or in a skillet. Originally, it was made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican vaqueros in Southwest Texas. The fajita was developed as an everyday meal in the early 1930s. Since then everyone has fallen in love with the fajita!

Who doesn’t just love some succulent delicious fajitas? I think everyone loves fajitas! Well, at least every one I’ve ever spoken with loves them.

The main issue I’ve learned about fajitas and the folks enjoying them is everyone seems to always want more meat. Some of the other issues I hear from folks when I inquire about how they like there fajitas is pretty basic. They say fajitas can be dry and have little or no flavor, or they didn’t receive enough fixings. Everyone might desire more meat or fixings and eat them differently, use a different choice of corn or flour tortillas, but when it’s all said and done everyone loves fajitas.

Every chef, restaurant, or family business that offers fajitas has a different flavor profile. You won’t find any particular fajita meat with the same flavor profile! Everyone uses a different preparation process. They use an array of different spices, marinades, marinating processes, and cooking techniques. Some restaurants offer you fixings with your fajitas, and some charge you extra for it.

TOP 10 BEST Bloody Mary’s In DFW 🏆

Did I hear someone say, Bloody Mary?

Yes, why yes I did and I went on a serious mission to locate the BEST we have to offer in the North Texas area.

Trey with Celebrity Chef Keith B. Hicks

If you’re one of the 5 million-plus people we reach every month through social media, event happenings, my radio and television podcast show then you’re aware of this fact. BUT I always like to state the obvious.

I’ve tried each one of these BLOODYS! Trust me, I have tried literally hundreds of Bloodys in the last decade. It was all tasted & tested and approved by Trey’s Chow Down and Drink With Trey 

If you love brunch then chances are you love a great Bloody Mary.

I drank Bloody Mary’s between Texas, Florida, California, Washington, New York, even in Jamaica and Mexico. I drink them quite often and have been asked at least 100 times this year or more, “Trey, who has the best Bloody Mary in North Texas?”

Bloody Mary’s are a staple in the national and the Texas brunch scene. It’s a favorite among the cocktail lovers of all ages the young drinkers and the old.

But first, I want to discuss the history of the Bloody Mary because it still blows my mind how it was conceived and created. Just as simple as someone mixing a drink and giving it a name after one long night of drinking. I still laugh at this because so many awesome deals can transpire over cocktails.

The history of the Bloody Mary is simple. It’s only 100 years old.

In FACT, next year is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Bloody Mary.

Baptism By Fire: 5 Veggies That Taste Better On The Grill

Howdy Food Lovers!

It goes without saying that grilling takes flavors to another level. Most people are aware of this phenomenon when it comes to meat, poultry, and fish. But did you know that certain vegetables taste vastly better when they’re cooked on the grill? Here are five of the most potent examples.

 Corn

Delicious Roasted Corn Darren Style

When cooked over an open flame, corn on the cob quickly becomes the most sought-after dish on the picnic table. The kernels take on a sweet, mellow flavor that balances well with the smoky char of the exterior. If you don’t want the kernels exposed to the fire, you can soak the ears—husks and all—in cold water for several hours prior to cooking. Place the corn on the grill over medium-high heat for 20 to 30 minutes, turning frequently. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the husks and silks. They should peel right off, allowing you to dress the corn simply with butter and salt.

 Alternatively, you can peel the corn and place the ears directly over medium heat, with no other preparation required. This is our preferred method because it’s so carefree, and because we like the taste of the slightly caramelized kernels. This method also has more visual appeal, adding color and texture to the plate.

Forsure “Sum Dang Good Chinese” In Dallas!

Delicious Eats at Trinity Groves in Dallas.

If you follow me on social media, or you’re one of the millions of foodies we reach each year then you’re aware I’m always on the hunt for the next new and creative concept. In the last three months of the pandemic crisis, it’s made it impossible for new restaurants to open. We’ve had a large number of them close, and sadly, more will follow.

When I got an email about a new restaurant opening its doors during the COVID-19 crisis my immediate thought response was, NO WAY... This has to be wrong? A new restaurant with an opening date?

Nope, I stand corrected!

When I found out it was a Phil Romano concept I was truly excited that a restaurant wanted to open and share a new concept with North Texans during a crisis.

Phil Romano is passionate about the restaurant business. If he decides to open a new concept, then you better believe it’s going to be fun and exciting.

It was opening in one of my favorite destination spots in North Texas for dining, drinking, socializing, and sweet treats. Yep, Trinity Groves in Dallas, Texas!

SUM DANG GOOD CHINESE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Dallas Trinity Groves

Great NEWS for the Culinary and Restaurant scene in Dallas!

I know this probably may come as a surprise to everyone but at Trinity Groves’ the NEW “Sum Dang Good Chinese Restaurant” is opening this week for curbside pickup and delivery!!!!!

If you ask me I think this is a positive move for the Dallas restaurant scene and of course the Trinity Groves area.

Phil Romano, co-owner of Trinity Groves said: “Many people wouldn’t dream of opening a restaurant in this climate, but we are adapting and think Dallas needs a little culinary excitement right now. Now more than ever people need great takeout and delivery options, so we’re here to answer the call. We’re thrilled with Chef Cai’s menu, and we can’t wait to share it with the community, even during this unprecedented time.”

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, restaurants all over DFW—and the country—have been forced to quickly pivot their business models or close down completely. So now is an unusual time to open a new restaurant. And yet… Trinity Groves is ready to unveil Sum Dang Good Chinese, the new restaurant that has taken over the old Chino space. It will debut on Wednesday, April 1 with its full menu of food and drinks available for curbside pickup (call 469-638-8930) and delivery via Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Caviar, DoorDash and Postmates.

The kitchen is led by Chef Weigou Cai, a 40-year veteran of Chinese cuisine who is the former Head Chef at the lauded Royal China. The menu includes handmade dumplings and hand-pulled noodles, soups, Bao buns, and appetizers like scallion pancakes, crab and cheese rangoon, and two varieties of egg rolls. Entrees feature favorites like Sesame Chicken, Sichuan Beef, Mu Shu Pork, Kung Pao Shrimp, Ma Po Tofu and a huge heap of House Fried Rice. There is even a modern spin on some dishes like Beer Can Chinese Chicken, a whole rack of Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Pot Pie Dumplings, a giant flaming sesame ball, and a soup dumpling (The Humpty Dumpling) so big it has to be devoured using a straw and fork! See the attached menu for more.

Dallas Restaurants Offering TO-GO Curbside & Deliveries

Dallas restaurants offering to-go, curbside pickups and deliveries. It’s a great way to support your local community.

Trey’s Thoughts:  Small business is the BACK BONE and HEART BEAT of any state, city, or local economy. I want everyone to stay safe but please remember we HAVE to support our local businesses. They are going to need our support and our business in these trying times. I’m asking everyone to PLEASE be smart in your decisions but SUPPORT our local Chefs, Restaurants, and BUSINESSES! Anything you can purchase will help these folks as we emerge from this crisis.”