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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.

 Asparagus

If you use a premium gas grill, you can be enjoying delicious grilled asparagus spears within minutes.

 After trimming the woody ends off the ends of the stalks, rinse the asparagus under cold water. Dry thoroughly and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes for thinner spears, or 8-10 minutes for thick stalks. If you’re worried about the thinner pieces falling through the cooking grate, use a grill basket. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed. We like to sprinkle grilled asparagus spears with a little Parmesan cheese just before serving.

 Eggplant

The secret to perfectly cooked eggplant is to draw out the excess moisture with salt beforehand. If you skip this step, the flesh will be unpleasantly spongy.

 Slice the eggplant into rounds about 3/4 inch thick. Dissolve 2 tablespoons kosher salt in 1 cup warm water, until the salt dissolves. Add 1-1/2 quarts of cold water and add the eggplant slices to the brine. If necessary, weigh the slices down with a heavy plate to keep them from floating to the top. Let soak for 30-45 minutes.

 Heat your grill to medium-high. Drain the eggplant and blot the slices dry with a clean towel. Brush all over with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, closing the lid if using a gas grill. The eggplant can be served hot or at room temperature, and makes a great meat substitute. It’s especially delicious when topped with a dollop of fresh basil pesto.

 Onion

Unlike most grilled veggies, onions do best when cooked for a long time over low heat. This draws out their natural sweetness and gives them a flavor reminiscent of the best French onion soup. We prefer to use sweet onions such as Vidalia, but this method will work with any type of onion. Cut the onions crosswise into slices about 3/4 inch thick. Pierce each slice through the center with a wooden skewer. Trim the ends of the skewers so that you’re left with just a centimeter or so on each side.

 Brush the slices with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place over low heat and cook for about 40 minutes total, flipping the slices every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. Enjoy as is, or use the onions to top a sandwich or burger.

 Bell Pepper

Colorful bell peppers are both flavorful and forgiving, which makes them perfect candidates for the grill. Choose an assortment of colors to dress up the plate. Bear in mind that green peppers, while still tasty, aren’t nearly as sweet as their counterparts.

 Pierce each bell pepper in several places with a thin knife. Brush the exteriors with a neutral oil, such as canola. Place the peppers directly on the cooking grate over medium-high heat, turning often as the skins begin to char. Don’t worry if they burn black—you’ll be able to peel the skins off after cooking.

 The peppers should be done after about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and place in a bowl to cool slightly. If you like, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap to create a steam effect; this will make the skins easier to remove. Serve as is, or remove the skins, stems, seeds, and membranes before serving.

 Once you’ve begun to experiment with grilled vegetables, you might find yourself neglecting your indoor kitchen more and more. By using your grill for several aspects of the meal, you’ll cut down on prep and cleanup work, as well as overall cooking time. What’s not to like?

Darren WaylandFood Writer 
More on Food @ www.BBQHost.com 
Darren@BBQHost.Com 

 

 

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.

The full bar is also available for delivery, including craft beers, wines, sakes and creative Asian-inspired cocktails. Pair your lunch or dinner with a Lychee Island Iced Tea, Singapore Sling or New Old Fashioned, and you’ll have a festive feast to enjoy at home.

Once restaurants can safely re-open for dine-in service, visitors will experience Sum Dang Good Chinese’s updated interior, which has been outfitted with new art and a new color scheme, plus an open kitchen with visible dumpling and noodle stations.

Trinity Groves is an exciting restaurant and entertainment complex with a positive and  vibrant vision. Their vision is to bring together the local community and businesses in West Dallas by providing a unique one of a kind experience that will make Trinity Groves a primary entertainment destination in Dallas.

I’ve been visiting the Grove since they opened and I love it. Please see the contact information to order SUM DANG GOOD CHINESE. (call 469-638-8930) and delivery via Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Caviar, DoorDash and Postmates.

We need to support our local restaurants, businesses and chefs during this crisis. They need our help to survive this crisis and pull through!

 

 

Edamame

Japanese soy beans, salt 5.00

Vegetable Egg Rolls (2)

Fried and filled with cabbage, carrot, celery 4.00

Chicken Egg Rolls (2)

Fried and filled with chopped chicken, cabbage, carrot, celery 5.00

Wuxi Spare Ribs

Pork short-ribs, traditional Chinese sweet black bean sauce 12.00

Cheese and Crab Rangoon

Fried stuffed wonton, crab meat, cream cheese 7.00

Spicy Sichuan Wontons

Pork, Sichuan pepper oil, garlic 9.00

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chopped chicken, jicama, green peas, carrot, onion, hoisin and oyster sauce, crisp iceberg lettuce 12.00

Sweet Seaweed Salad

Seaweed, red pepper, sweet vinegar, thin dried bean curd, Chinese soybean sauce 7.00

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Japanese cucumber, Sichuan pepper oil, garlic 7.00

SOUPS

Seafood Soup

Scallops, shrimp, fish, crab meat, green peas, carrots, egg 15.00

Hot and Sour Soup

Tofu, black mushroom, bamboo strips, egg, white pepper, vinegar 10.00

Veggie and Tofu Soup

Tofu, snow peas, white mushroom, broccoli, Shanghai bok choy 10.00

Sizzling Rice Soup

Pork wonton, sizzling rice, white mushroom, snow peas, carrot 11.00

FRIED RICE

House

Prawns, beef, pork, chicken, green peas, carrot, egg 15.00

Vegetarian

Cabbage, broccoli, snow peas, green peas, carrot, egg 10.00

BUNS (BAO)

Pork Pan Fried Bun

Ground pork, scallion, ginger, black sesame, pan fried 10.00 DUMPLINGS

STEAMED OR FRIED

Pork

Ground pork, napa cabbage, jicama, black mushroom, green onion, ginger 9.00

Chicken

Ground chicken, napa cabbage, jicama, black mushroom, green onion, ginger 9.00

Shrimp

Chopped shrimp, celery, jimaca, black mushroom, zucchini, green onion, ginger 10.00

Veggie

Napa cabbage, jimaca, black mushroom, glass noodle, carrot, green onion, ginger 9.00

Combo

2 of each of the above 11.00

Chicken Pot Pie

Roasted chicken, celery, carrot, onion, cream, garlic 9.00

SOUP DUMPLINGS

Soup (Xio Long Bao)

Pork, green onion, ginger, duck 11.00

Humpty Dumpling

Crab, chicken, pork, peas, scallions 20.00

NOODLES

HAND-PULLED WIDE WET

Dan-Dan

Sliced chicken, sweet and sour sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, chopped peanuts, carrot 11.00

Spicy Slow Cooked Pork

Slow cooked pork, carrot, sweet and sour sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, hot chili paste 15.00

HAND-PULLED STIR FRIED

Veggie

Broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, celery, green onion, bean sprouts, black bean sauce 12.00

Pad Thai

Bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot, celery, green onion, scrambled egg, chopped peanuts, spicy Thai sauce 12.00

Add chicken or pork

+ 2.00

Add beef, shrimp, or combo

+ 4.00

HAND-PULLED SOUP NOODLES

Veggie

Shanghai bok choy, sour mustard 12.00

Beef

Shanghai bok choy, beef, sour mustard, green onion 15.00 ENTREES

CHICKEN

Sesame Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, white sesame glaze, broccoli 15.00

Orange Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, spicy orange glaze, cherries, broccoli 15.00

General Tso’s Chicken

Boneless chicken thigh, spicy chili glaze, broccoli 18.00

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, sweet and sour glaze, cherries, cabbage 15.00

Kung Pao Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, red bell pepper, zucchini, peanut, ginger, garlic, scallion, spicy chili pepper 15.00

Cashew Chicken

Boneless chicken breast, cashew, black bean sauce, zucchini, mushroom, carrot 15.00

BEEF

Orange Beef

Flank steak, spicy orange glaze, cherries, broccoli 22.00

Crispy Spicy Beef

Pan-fried beef loin strips, spicy chili sauce 17.00

Mongolian Beef

Beef loin strips, green onion, red chili, spicy black bean sauce 16.00

Lemon Chicken

Boneless battered chicken breast, lemon glaze 15.00

Mushroom Chicken

Chopped chicken breast, white mushroom, snow peas, white sauce 17.00

Yu Xiang Chicken

Chopped chicken breast, red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, jimaca, sweet, sour, and spicy black bean sauce 17.00

Mu Shu Chicken

Shredded chicken, cabbage, carrot, celery, bamboo shoot, onion, pancake, plum sauce 13.00

Chinese Beer Can Chicken

Roasted hen, Chinese five spice rub, canned beer, orange hoisin glaze 16.00

Beef and Broccoli

Beef loin strips, broccoli, white mushroom, carrot, brown sauce 15.00

Hunan Spicy Beef

Beef loin strips, zucchini, red bell pepper, jicama, spicy brown sauce 17.00

Sichuan Beef

Beef loin strips, bok choy, baby mushroom, spicy brown sauce 17.00 PORK

Ants Climbing Trees

Korean glass noodle, chopped pork, spicy brown sauce 16.00

Yu Xiang Pork

Hand pulled pork, jicama, red bell pepper, celery, scallions, onion, spicy black bean sauce 17.00

Sichuan Pork

Pork belly, bok choy, bean curd, cabbage, spicy brown sauce 16.00

SEAFOOD

Honey Walnut Prawns

Battered prawns, roasted walnuts, sweet honey cream sauce 20.00

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Battered prawns, salt, pepper, scallion 20.00

Kung Pao Shrimp

Sauteed shrimp, red bell pepper, zucchini, peanut, ginger, garlic, scallion, spicy chili pepper 20.00

Dragon and Phoenix

Combination of sesame chicken and shrimp with vegetables in garlic 25.00

VEGGIE

Sichuan Green Beans

Whole green beans, pickled mustard, garlic, spicy Sichuan sauce 12.00

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Chinese eggplant, red and green bell pepper, garlic, spicy black bean sauce 11.00

Ma Po Tofu

Sauteed tofu, spicy black bean sauce 14.00

Mu Shu Pork

Pork loin, cabbage, carrot, celery, onion, black mushroom, black bean sauce 13.00

Mao’s Pork

Pork belly, garlic, hot red pepper, spicy black bean sauce 18.00

Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs

Whole rack of St Louis pork ribs, sweet and sour glaze 22.00

Golden Sand Fish

Battered whitefish, tempura crumbs, sea salt 18.00

Sichuan Spicy Fish Stew

Whitefish, baby mushroom, bok choy, spicy black bean sauce, Sichuan peppercorn, spicy pepper 19.00

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Sauteed prawns, scrambled egg, white mushroom, carrot, snow peas, lobster cream sauce 17.00

Glazed Salmon

Scottish salmon, sweet house glaze 20.00

Spicy Flat Mushroom

King oyster mushroom, green and red bell pepper, peanuts, spicy black bean sauce 11.00

Vegetable Delight

White mushroom, snow peas, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, white sauce 12.00

Bok Choy

Chinese bok choy, garlic 11.00

 

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

 

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.”

Dallas Restaurants 

Jonathan’s Diner www.Jonathonsoakcliff.com
Mesero www.Mesero.net
Cibo Divino Market www.cibodivinomkt.com
Southpaws Grill – takeout and delivery
www.southpawsgrill.com
Toluca Organic – takeout and delivery
www.tolucaorganic.com
Whiskey Cake – takeout and delivery
www.whiskeycake.com
Red Stix Asian Street Food
www.redstixstreetfood.com
Khao Noodle Shop – takeout and delivery
www.Khaonoodleshop.com
Al Biernat’s – curbside and delivery for lunch and dinner
www.albiernats.com
Jose on Lovers – delivery and valet pick up
www.jose.mx
BB Bop
www.bbbop.com
Nova
www.novadallas.com
Taco Deli
www.tacodeli.com
Tei-An – takeout (214) 220-2828
Ten Ramen
www.tenramen.com
Oishi Sushi – takeout
www.dallasoishi.com
Meso Maya Lakewood – takeout and delivery
www.mesomaya.com
El Fenix – Webb Chapel, Mesquite, Casa Linda- takeout and delivery
www.elfenix.com
Snuffer’s – Greenville and Rockwall – takeout and delivery
www.snuffers.com
Village Burger Bar – takeout and delivery
www.villageburgerbar.com
Zen Sushi Bishop Arts
www.zensushidallas.com
Parigi – curbside pickup for lunch and dinner
www.parigidallas.com
Mot Hai Ba – takeout and delivery
www.mothaibaidallas.com
Veracruz Café Bishop Arts – delivery or 20% off curbside pick up and they deliver beer and wine too!
www.veracruzdallas.com
Homewood – 4 course family meals for takeout $40 pp
www.homewooddallas.com
Oddfellows Bishop Arts – takeout and delivery
www.oddfellowsdallas.com
Dibs on Victory
www.dibsonvictory.com
Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ
www.ferriswheelers.com
Alice Dallas
www.alicedallas.com
Bright Box Chef Prepared Foods
www.brightboxfoods.com
Catering by Chef Mark – catering delivery every 3rd delivery is free
www.chefsmarkscatering.com
Musume Dallas – takeout
www.musumedallas.com
Cane Rosso – uber eats and curbside pickup
www.canerosso.com
Zoli’s – uber eats and curbside pickup
www.zolispizza.com
Fogo de Chao – takeout and delivery
www.fogodechao.com
Sloane’s Corner
www.sloanescorner.com
Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen
www.ferahtexmed.com
Fat Chicken Rockwall – still open for service and also offering delivery
Www.fatchickendallas.com
Maggianos – carry out and delivery
www.maggianos.com
Delucca Southlake and Dallas – curbside takeout
www.delucca.com
Park House – normally private but now offering take out and delivery
www.parkhousedallas.com
Humble Pie – curbside and delivery
www.humble-pies.com
Dude Sweet Chocolate
www.dudesweetchocolate.com
Open Sesame Lebanese Grill – takeout
Haystack Burgers and Barley – curbside and uber eats and door dash delivery
www.haystackburgers.com
Original Chop House Burgers Arlington – curbside and delivery
Lavendou – delivery and takeout for lunch and dinner
www.lavendou.com
Dugg Burger
www.duggburger.com
Jake’s Burgers – curbside and delivery with Favor
www.jakesburgersandbeer.com
Terillis – curbside and delivery via app
www.terillis.com
La Calle Doce
www.lacalledoce-dallas.com
El Ranchito
www.elranchito-dallas.com
Muchaco
www.muchacotexmex.com
Whistlebritches
www.whistlebritcheschicken.com
The String Bean – ToGo
www.thestringbean.com
Communion Resaurant Richardson – still open for service and curbside. Also door dash and toast for delivery, breakfast lunch and dinner
www.communioncooperative.com
Asian Mint – takeout, curbside, delivery
www.asianmint.com
Ka Thai
www.kathairestaurant.com
Mike Anderson’s BBQ
www.mikeandersonbbq.com
20 feet seafood joint– takeout
www.20-feet.com
MoMo Italian Kitchen – curbside and beer and wine
www.momoitaliankitchen.com
Flower Child – curbside, takeout and delivery with doordash
www.iamaflowerchild.com
The Biscuit Bar – takeout
www.thebiscuitbar.com
Street’s Fine Chicken – takeout and delivery on doordash, grubhub and favor
www.streetsfinechicken.com
Namo – prix fixe to-go boxes
www.namosushi.com
Mendocino Farms – takeout
www.mendocinofarms.com
Smokey Johns Bar-B-Que – takeout or Grub Hub
www.smokeyjohns.com
The Holy Grail Pub Plano – takeout and valet curbside
www.holygrailpub.com
Maple Leaf Diner – Curbside Togo family meals for breakfast and dinner
www.mldiner.com
Revolver Taco Lounge – curbside and takeout
www.revolvertacolounge.com
Start Restaurant – drive through, pick up and delivery
www.startrestaurant.net
Blue Goose – family style meals for takeout
www.bluegoosecantina.com
Aw Shucks – family style meals for takeout
www.awshucksdallas.com
Macklin’s Catering Company – breakfast, lunch and dinner delivery
www.macklinscateringco.com
Petra and the Beast – curbside and delivery
www.petraandthebeast.com
Shinsei www.Shinseirestaurant.com

Lovers Seafood www.LoversSeafoodMarket.com
Oishii www.DallasOishi.com
Veritas Wine Shop www.VeritasWineDallas.com
Campisi’s www.Campisis.us

Argyle, Texas 

407 BBQ http://407bbq.com

Please stay safe and alert for local and state restrictions may change daily. Please remember to help! 

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.”

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

Restaurant & Bar Information for DFW Due to CORONAVIRUS Regulations.

Good Day Everyone!

As the CORONAVIRUS epidemic takes shape in the Fort Worth and Dallas area Trey’s Chow Down is here to help.

After the public notices and updates from cities we have restaurant information listed below.

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.”

Free Delivery: Some restaurants and delivery services are offering FREE delivery with certain dollar amount of purchases. PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES. 

Dallas County Restrictions: Dallas County and the city of Dallas will close all bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms and theaters in an unprecedented effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restaurants will be allowed to operate delivery and take-out following an order from Mayor Eric Johnson and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, but cannot have their dining room open. The new rules go into effect at 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, meaning Monday was the final day any of those businesses can be open.

Public and private community gatherings of more than 50 people are also banned. The decision was announced Monday afternoon after Dallas County officials announced five new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in the county to 19. Code enforcement officials along with the support of the Dallas Police Department will ensure the order is obeyed in the city of Dallas.

City of Dallas Press Conference

Additional regulations will go into effect tonight to slow the spread of COVID-19.Effective tonight:- No gatherings 50+- Bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, dine-in restaurants, gyms and more will be closed to the publicLearn more: http://dallascityhall.com/coronavirus

Posted by City of Dallas – City Hall on Monday, March 16, 2020

 

Tarrant County Restrictions: All restaurants and bars will remain open but with restrictions. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on WEDNESDAY , all restaurants and bars will remain open BUT will only offer TAKE-OUT and Delivery.  Most gyms, hotel restaurants, retail stores, public buildings, plazas, houses of worship, and malls will be limited to the number of people allowed inside at the same time. Please check with your local businesses via social media, google, or by phone before you head out.

 

 

Our CHILDREN’S HEALTH in these trying times is extremely important. I’ve enclosed a link from the Children’s Health Network TO HELP inform children, family and friends. Please click the red link below the photo for information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.childrens.com/health-wellness/what-is-coronavirus

 

Restaurant Information For North Texas ( DFW )

Dallas County has restrictions for no inside dining so most restaurants are offering take-out and or delivery.  Some of Trey’s Chow Down delicious suggestions are listed below. These have been confirmed by our team with direct phone calls, emails, or texts for accuracy. Please contact each business via social media or websites because some will not answer the phone. Many other restaurants are open for take out these are just the ones we have confirmed and know have delicious eats and great service.

Restaurant Information Dallas County 

  1. Shell Shack Seafood Restaurants – Take out
  2. Adair’s Saloon – Deep Ellum – Take out
  3. Jonathon’s Diner – Oak Cliff – Take out
  4. Snooze AM Eatery -Take out
  5. Mesero – Take out
  6. Blue Mesa – Take out
  7. El Rincon – Carrollton – Take out
  8. Pollo Regio – Take out
  9. Chick-fil-A locations – Take out
  10. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill – Take out
  11. Maple Leaf Diner – Take out
  12. The Biscuit Bar – locations – Take out
  13. Knife Steak – Dallas – Take out
  14. Knife Plano – Plano – Take out
  15. Taco Stop Dallas – Take out
  16. Eatzi’s Market & Bakery – All Locations – Take out
  17. El Fenix – All Locations – Take out
  18. Texas Spice – Restaurants On Lamar – Take out
  19. Taco Cabana – Locations – Take out
  20. Terry Black’s BBQ – Deep Ellum – Take out
  21. The Doc Seafood – Uptown – Take out
  22. Cork & Pig Tavern – Los Colinas – Take out
  23. Grub Burger Bar – Locations – Take out
  24. Jose – Lovers Lane – Take out
  25. Beto’s & Son Trinity Groves/Dallas – Take out
  26. Press Box Grill Downtown Dallas – Take out
  27. Pecan Lodge – Deep Ellum

Restaurant Information Mckinney, Texas. All restaurants and bars will remain open.

  1. Local Yocal BBQ – Open
  2. Local Local Farm To Market Grocery – Open
  3. E.J. Wills Gastropub – Open

Restaurant Information Argyle, Texas. All restaurants and bars will remain open but with restrictions.

  1. 407  BBQ – Open & Take Out

Restaurant Information Arlington, Texas. All restaurants and bars will remain open but with restrictions.

  1. Hurtado BBQ – Open – Pick up – Take Out
  2. Cartel Taco Bar – Open – Pick Up Curbside
  3. Inspirations Catering & Gourmet Shop – Open & Pick Up Curbside
  4. Grease Monkey Garage Burgers – Open & Pick Up Curb Side
  5. Fork In The Road – Open & Pick Up Curbside
  6. Jimmy’s Big Burgers – Open Take Out & To Go
  7. The Tipsy Oak – Open & Take Out

Restaurant Information Burleson. All restaurants and bars will remain open but with restrictions. 

  1. Rio Mambo – Open – Curb Side Pickup- Take Out
  2. The Rim Restaurant – Open – Take Out

Restaurant Information Fort Worth. All restaurants and bars will remain open with TAKE OUT, CURB SIDE, and DELIVERY. 

  1. Fred’s Texas Cafe – Take Out
  2. The Cookshack – Take Out
  3. Rule The Roast – Take Out
  4. Whatabuger Locations – Take Out
  5. Rio Mambo – Curbside Pick up – Take Out
  6. Wishbone Flynt – Take Out
  7. BBQ On The Brazos – Take Out
  8. Shell Shack Seafood Locations – Take Out
  9. Ol South Pancake House – Take Out
  10. MooYah Burger Locations – Take Out
  11. Hopdoddy Burgers – Take Out
  12. El Fenix Locations – Take Out
  13. Shady Oak BBQ – Take Out
  14. Deep Ellum Funky Fermatorium – Take Out
  15. Echilada Ole – Take Out
  16. Rusty Taco Locations – Take Out
  17. Grub Burger Bar Locations – Take Out
  18. Mama’s Pizza – Take Out
  19. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – Take Out
  20. Ben’s Triple B Biscuits – Take Out
  21. Buffalo West – Take Out
  22. Fixture FW – Take Out
  23. Little Red Wasp – Take Out
  24. Cane Rosso – Take Out
  25. Super Chix – Take Out
  26. H3 Steakhouse – Take Out
  27. Chick-fil-A – Take Out
  28. Social House – Take Out
  29. Mancuso’s Italian Ristorante – Take Out
  30. Michael’s Upper West 7th – Take Out

Please stay safe and alert for local and state restrictions may change daily. Please remember to help! 

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.”

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

 

 

 

 

The 50 Best Burgers In North Texas 2019

Hello, burger lovers!

Trey’s Chow Down BEST Burgers 2019 Party on ABC in Dallas with Kara Swell from WFAA Victor Plaza.

Wow. I’m in disbelief that 2019 has already come and gone? Where did it go? It seems like it was just yesterday we completed and introduced our BEST Burgers in North Texas for 2018.

2019 was a BIG burger year in North Texas. We had some old restaurants close and a bunch of new ones open. Almost all of them sell some sort of burger.

The burger business is crazy in the U.S.A.

A national research company states that we sell 6.48 million burgers a day around 75 burgers a second! What? Yes, 75 burgers a second! The burger date roughly breaks down as 4,500 burgers every minute, 270,000 every hour, 6.48 million a day, and 2.36 billion burgers a year. Another research study states we sell 50 billion a year worldwide.

I truly don’t care what the accurate numbers are. I just know that almost everyone loves to bite into a succulent, savory and delicious burger.

Even though another year has come and gone, we spent twelve months locating and chowing down on some of the most amazingly creative burger combinations in North Texas.

In 2018, we visited a hundred and twenty restaurants to locate the best burgers. I’m thrilled to say we topped ourselves again for 2019. We didn’t plan it that way… It just happened!

We were running the roads and adding mileage to our vehicles. We visited over 135 locations and chowed down on 200 different burger combinations.

Every time I ate a burger I would say, “On to the next”!

The BRUNCH KING Is Back In Cowtown Slinging Deliciousness!

Award Winning Bloody!

Hello, food and drink lovers!

It’s going to be a fantastic 2020 for the food and drink scene in Texas.

I have some exciting news for everyone that loves to eat savory, sweet, delicious brunch in cowtown.

Celebrity Chef Stefon Rishel who won Top Chef a few years back has opened his new award-winning Wishbone and Flynt speakeasy and restaurant concept.

That’s correct, Chef Stefon is back and he is slinging deliciousness for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

The restaurant is located about a mile south of downtown Fort Worth off Main Street at 334 Bryan Ave 76104.

The Wishbone and Flynt concept was created by Chef Stefon and his partners. They have a colorful menu loaded with a variety of creative, savory, sweet, and delicious dishes.

Top Chef Stefon Rishel!

The interior of the restaurant is cozy. It’s decorated with eclectic furnishings with old world charm that make it the perfect spot for a dinner date, doing business, or just chowing down on one of Chef Stefon’s award-winning dishes. The atmosphere is vibrant and welcoming. The award-winning Amber Room is the attached speakeasy. It’s full of cozy little spots to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, a creative craft cocktail, or some Texas vodka and whiskey.

It is one of the coziest little spots in Texas to have some fun and enjoy some delicious bites. It is perfect for socializing with that special someone, a group of friends, or just for having fun.

We tried a few dishes off the BRUNCH menu and they blew me away. Of course, I knew they would be extremely creative and delicious.

I’ve loved and respected Chef Stefon for years. He is truly one of the most creative culinary geniuses of his generation. A self-taught chef that literally can create some of the most amazing sweet and savory dishes that are mouth-watering, colorful, picture-perfect, and just “Stupid Delicious”!

Stefon’s creativity knows no bounds and he will stop at nothing in the pursuit of the best and most creative culinary delights.

The brunch menu is fantastic and is loaded with dishes like;

Tiramisu French Toast, Wild Rice & Blueberry Pancakes, Enchilada Stack, Stefon’s Special Chilaquiles, Roasted Chili Relleno, and so much more.

I have to tell you that the Tiramisu French Toast was just “Stupid Delicious”! Yes, I said STUPID DELICIOUS because it is so insanely flavorful. It’s simply addicting.

It’s prepared with vanilla brioche, espresso custard, whipped mascarpone, espresso syrup, fresh berries, and a little bit of freaking deliciousness.

The Stefon Burger was prepared with a custom burger blend; Brisket, chuck, short rib, & belly. Seared in duck fat, topped with Vermont white cheddar, on a soft custom brioche bun. Yeah, I said seared in duck fat, baby! Talk about a succulent hamburger. His burger will be winning hearts and stomachs all over Texas.

If you follow me then you know I believe food always tastes better with a story so here you go.

When they sat the Tiramisu French Toast in front of Jana, the aromatics lofted in the air with deliciousness.

Jana hasn’t tasted one of Chef Stefon’s dishes so when she picked up her fork I was watching her close. I was watching her for one reason because I wanted to see her expression after she took her first bite. I’ve been eating Stefon’s food for years and I always love to see the expressions on people’s faces when they taste it for the first time.

She had a big smile on her face and said, “OMG. Trey, this is one of the best dishes I’ve had in a year! I can’t believe how flavorful this dish is.”

I responded, “That’s my boy Stefon, the culinary genius that knows no bounds to create sweet and savory dishes. His food will dance around on your pallet like a bunch of professional ballerinas dancing across the stage at a fine broadway production. His food will make you smile. It will warm your heart and soul. It’ll have you so hooked you can never put your fork down. He is, simply put, a culinary self-taught genius”!

Do yourself a favor and head over to Wishbone and Flynt and grab you a big ol’ plate of Stefon deliciousness.

Wishbone and Flynt is a Trey’s Chow Down Delicious Destination for 2020. It is not to be missed!

Remember what I said, “STUPID DELICIOUS”!

Please watch Chef Stefon’s Interview on Trey’s Chow Down Live below.

Best Chicken Dishes In North Texas

ABC DAYBREAK Kara and Trey’s Chow Down

I bet everyone is tired of turkey and ham at this point right after the holidays.

After we spoke with the producer at ABC DAYBREAK about a new BEST food segment we decided to locate and try some of the most savory and delicious chicken dishes in the North Texas area. I’ve eaten chicken from East Texas Sulphur Springs area all the way west to Weatherford trying to locate the most unique savory dishes that everyone can enjoy.

Although this is Texas, and Texans love beef, these days creative chicken dishes grace almost every menu in Texas.

Beef still rings king in Texas but chicken has to be number two without question.

I love telling food stories and I truly believe food always tastes better with a story and a little food history never hurts either.

Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been passionate about food, but I’ve LOVED me some chicken. I like it fried, roasted, baked, grilled, dry roasted, rotisserie-cooked, and even cooked on a trash can lid. Yes, you read that correctly, cooked on a trash can lid. Let me explain!

Rapscallion Dallas Massive Rotisserie

I was traveling through Jamaica just chowing down on everything I could find (like I’ve done many times before). I was riding in a van and we passed this guy cooking right off the other side of the road. I couldn’t see what he was cooking, but I could smell it. Man… did it smell delicious. Now you have to understand he was cooking roadside in a hut style that was anything but normal looking. It was basically falling down! The food was on top of two trash cans cooking. I could smell and see the smoke. I yelled at the driver, “Hey man what’s that dude cooking and why is he roadside?” The driver yelled back, “Man, that’s authentic Jamaican jerk chicken he’s cooking and he’s selling it”! I told the driver I want to stop when we come back and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. The driver yelled back, “Yea man, gotcha!” We did make our stop and I’ll never forget how incredibly delicious that authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken tasted coming off that trash can lid. I’ve never tasted that flavor profile again. I purchased three more of those farm-fresh trash can chicken dishes for the road, and off we went.

I don’t care what it’s called I love me some cluck cluck. You just can’t go wrong with a savory delicious chicken dish. Especially when it’s prepared fresh by a creative chef even on a trash can lid.

Here is a little chicken history for everyone;

The History of the Chicken is simple. Domestication of the chicken dates back to at least 2000 B.C. and their ancestry can be traced back to four species of wild jungle fowl from Southeast Asia. … The chicken belongs to the genus Gallus of the family Phasianidae. Domestic chickens are simply classified as Gallus Domesticus. I bet you weren’t aware of that. That where all eating Gallus Domesticus! To tell you the truth I didn’t either until I did a little food research.

I truly don’t care what we call it but I know is delicious!

A talented chef can create so many options for a savory chicken dish using any part of the chicken. There truly are no limits to the deliciousness of chicken. Please enjoy our best chicken dishes choices.

Michael’s Cuisine Restaurant

Best Chili Dishes In North Texas 2019

It’s been chilly outside a few days this month. Anytime it’s cold I start thinking about delicious savory chili.

If you follow me, you know how much I LOVE beef or proteins like chicken and pork. That being said winter and the cold time of year always screams CHILI to me with plenty of proteins for that downhome southern comfort feeling.

Brandon and Trey’s Chow Down

Today chefs prepare chili with various types of proteins. They use ground beef, smoked brisket, smoked rib meat, bacon, or pork belly, venison, some even use chicken!

Gone of the days of old where chili just had ground beef.

The possibilities are truly endless when chefs are trying to create the tastiest chili dish.

You can’t forget vegan chili… Some folks just want chili without the beef! To each his own. I just want everyone to enjoy some lip-smacking, toe-tapping, knee-jerking chili of their choice.

When I eat my chili I get a bowl of flavorful chili top it with massive amounts of cheese, some onions, jalapenos, and a dash of my favorite hot sauce. I get cozy and start chowing down on my favorite chili.

If you research chili you will find that is was proudly introduced in Texas, yep San Antonio.

“An old legend holds that immigrants from the Canary Islands brought a recipe for chili with them when they settled in San Antonio in the early 1700s. Historians do know that chili was a popular meal amongst cowboys and pioneers on the Western frontier. In the 1880s, chili stands became popular in San Antonio selling chili citywide.”

Crab House Deliciousness On Maple Uptown Dallas

A few weeks ago I received a message…

Crab House! Where The Food Is a Rock Star!

“Trey, we’re having the grand opening for the NEW Crab House Seafood and Oyster Bar on Maple in Dallas, can you make it?”

Anyone that knows me will understand I very rarely turn down food. It’s not only my job to report on food, but it’s also my life long passion. I’m passionate about locating the very BEST food and drink, the chefs that prepare it, and the restaurants that host it.

So off we went hammer down!

We attended this fabulous event and I was thirty minutes early like I always am.

When we walked in right off the bat I loved the contemporary wide open space and the available dining on the second floor which looks down on the dining room below.

They also have a fantastic cocktail bar area that is wide open so you can see outside and view the entire dining room.

I’m a big proponent of wide open clean spaces. The perception of wide open spaces seems bigger more inviting and it lends a more vibrant atmosphere.

After we toured the inside I heard, “Trey, you have to see the pool outback! I knew I hadn’t drank any whiskey or craft cocktails yet but when he said pool out back my ears perked up. Pool? Do tell, oh do tell!

Delicious Coastal Cuisine In Texas!

Ahoy My Texas Mates and Mate’its!

Some months back on a sunny afternoon I saw a sign that read The Dock Coastal Cuisine hanging when I walked into the NEW Food Hall On Crockett Row in Fort Worth.

If you’re anything like me, when I see a seafood place or new restaurant open in the DFW area I always wonder how fresh and delicious the cuisine will be.

Anyone can create a brand and open a restaurant or a catering business. It takes someone with drive, dedication, and talent to make it successful. Especially when it involves seafood and the total concept is centered around nothing but seafood.

Deliciousness from The Dock.

Seafood is not only tricky to source, but your supplier must have the same drive, dedication, and pursuit of quality that the restaurant owner has.

Seafood has to be handled with love and care or it can be a disaster for everyone.

Well, my friends, I have to tell you that Chef Brett, owner of The Doc Coastal seafood restaurant and catering truck has definitely got it figured out.

The menu is creative and loaded with fantastic menu items. Everything I’ve tried has been fresh, delicious, and colorful.

The presentations are so good they look like artwork more than they do food to eat.

I interviewed Chef Brett on my food show Trey’s Chow Down Live for an hour. We discussed everything about his life, career, and what drives him to serve some of the best seafood in the Fort Worth and Dallas area.

First and foremost, I learned Brett grew up on the coast and loved seafood. He moved to Texas after he had traveled and worked in various restaurants. He also attended culinary school so he could learn how to master his craft.

After Brett moved to Texas they started The Dock Seafood Truck and Catering Company. As they say, my friends, the rest is history.

The Doc offers some amazing seafood you will fall in love with. I’ve tried three of the sandwiches and the delicious mouth-watering “Crab Chips” with their house prepared sauce.

Chef For Farmers 2019 BEST ONE YET!

Fun, Food, Chefs, Wine, and Champagne.

V.I.P. C.F.F. & FREIXENET

How can you go wrong with any one of those I just listed? When you put them all together you have event party greatness!

I’ve said this every year now for three years, the Chef For Farmers Event in Dallas is one of the BEST events of the year in the crowded DFW event scene.

I truly wish that every single one of the five million people we reach every month could experience this wonderful event in their lifetime. I did see some of our followers there and enjoyed saying hello to each of you.

This year 2019 was the BEST C.F.F. event I’ve ever attended and the BEST event I attended all year.

That’s a BIG statement considering I attended over 55 events in 2019 so far and have a few more to go.

How does this event get better and better every year? Iris Midler has put together an amazing team of event folks and chefs that continue to achieve the impossible.

They strive to create an amazing atmosphere with incredibly talented chefs that come from all over Texas and the nation to sling deliciousness for everyone to enjoy.

C.F.F. doesn’t just want to throw an event, they want to throw Texas’ biggest and most successful party every year. That’s why they have C.F.F. events for three days! You can’t have Texas biggest party event if you just throw it for a one day, period. You have to start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday. Yes, that’s correct. Days of events where you interact with creative and unbelievably talented celebrity chefs, eat some delicious amazing dishes, drink some creative cocktails, and party with your friends.

It just doesn’t get any better. Let’s discuss the weekly events that happened.