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”!
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!
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.
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.
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 anniversaryof the creation of the Bloody Mary.
It was back in the 1920s when Fernand Petiot, an American bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, mixed up equal parts of tomato juice and vodka for a customer who was hungover from a long evening of drinking. He had no idea that his concoction would become world-famous when he agreed with the guy at the bar who suggested he call the drink a Bloody Mary.
Oh yes, the situations that can transpire over a great cocktail. Big business deals, contract negotiations, job interviews, heck even war invasions and planning have all been discussed and decided over cocktails.
We won’t even discuss what happens on the golf course, lol!
So the question is, “What makes a GREAT or a memorable Bloody Mary?”
Everyone might have a different answer to this question. Some will say it’s vodka, bloody mary mix, the spices you choose, or how it’s prepared.
It seems in our current times everyone is trying to create these monster Bloody Mary’s with all kinds of food and fresh ingredients to create a Texas-size Bloody Mary that nobody can forget.
They will infuse different flavors with the vodka. Use various proteins: ham, beef, and chicken. They have vegetables, cheese, and various types of house prepared bacon and we won’t even discuss the various pickles, fresh peppers, hot sauces they’re using.
They even have Bloody Mary bars where you can create your own memorable Bloody Mary. These bars are unbelievably extensive and or loaded with all kinds of mixes, vegetables, proteins, cheeses, and fruits. Some even have infused pickles and other vegetables for you to experiment with creating a NEW creation.
Drink With Trey spent months investigating and trolling the bar and brunch scene.
I interviewed two local Celebrity Mixologists who are professionals at Bloody Mary creations. Mark Irvingfrom Fort Worth, and Aaron Wang from Dallas. I wanted to have more than just my opinion on what constitutes a FANTASTIC bloody.
Professional Mixologist Mark Irving gives his take on fantastic Bloody Marys.
I ask Mark his thoughts on a Bloody Mary:
“Well thank you for asking Trey, this drink never dies, but it does adapt. It comes in National (Bloody Maria), regional (beef bullion cubes) and Clamato juice up in Northeast. Old Bay spice in the mix or on the glass rim in the Mid Atlantic, and even very local versions. In recent years it has literally become an item on the dinner menu, with more than one protein floating or teetering from the edge of its vessel, basically a shaken and chilled meal with booze in it. The Bloody Mary may be taken for granted but I doubt it will ever disappear.”
What Bloody Mary is your favorite?:
“Well, Trey I myself go for a more traditional style. I like V8 (several veggies), or a good canned tomato juice will suffice. I use the whole small can of either and that will make a good batch, that will refill the first glass that was downed quickly because it’s tasty when done right.”
How do you prepare it, Mark?:
“Trey, two oz Vodka, since this will make a little more than one drink. I add a few or two good hard shakes of Celery salt, a dash or two of Tabasco, four or five good dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Then I add the juice of a nice fresh lemon wedge which helps the spices expand to open up and blend easier. Two to three bar spoons of Olive jc (brine) is a bit of an excellent catalyst too. I add all these ingredients into a large shaker, pack with ice and shake the hell out of it for 30 seconds. I then pour that mixture into a tall pint glass that is half-rimmed with salt, garnish with olives and citrus. This drink should be hearty and thick, viscous and super chilled.”
Damn Mark I want one now!
Mark laughing with his smile.
What if I would like MORE heat, Mark?:
“If you like additional heat I recommend the new Mexican Habanero Pepper Salts, scorpion salts or ghost pepper salts, just a healthy pinch added to the shaker ingredients gives it a remarkable texture, smoked pepper flavors in the Bloody Mary (I know they are available at Olive Oilery in Sundance Square) and other fine disturbers.”
Professional Mixologist Aaron Wang gives his take on fantastic Bloody Marys.
Aaron, Can you please tell me what makes the perfect bloody Mary?:
“Trey, hands down the mix makes the Bloody Mary. You will never be able to taste the vodka in it so the mix is the most important ingredient in a Bloody.”
Aaron, What do you use or prefer for the BEST mix?
“I make my own Bloody Mary mix. But the best commercial mix I’ve ever had is made by Stirrings. But, nothing beats my homemade mix that we use at the Deep Ellum Distillery.”
Aaron, how do you prepare it?:
“When I drink bloody Mary’s I like mine with some spicy heat! So usually Deep Ellum Vodka, my homemade mix, some horseradish, bacon jerky, blue cheese stuffed olives, and a celery stick.”
Aaron, where do you think the most outrageous Bloody is located in Dallas?:
“Anvil pub has crazy Bloody Mary’s! It’s literally a meal! I recently tried one at Ichigoh Ramen lounge in Deep Ellum and it was incredible! They use their pork belly wash inside the Bloody Mary and it is killer! So most outrageous is definitely Anvil pub and the best tasting is definitely Ichigoh.”
Thanks Aaron, now I want a bloody mary and shot of pickle Deep Ellum vodka. Aaron, you want a shot too? Hell Yea I do!
Well, folks that should answer all your Bloody Mary questions for the perfect bloody Mary. Now it’s time to discuss who has some of the BEST and most unique Bloody Marys in the DFW area.
Chef Keith Button Hicks is slinging deliciousness with his one of a kind chef-driven bloody Mary that is loaded with southern eats. Two chicken wings, two bacon-wrapped shrimp, house prepared stuffed pretzel, Asparagus, Chunk of Andouille Sausage, Various Peppers, vodka, farm-fresh celery, olives, and house-prepared mix. Giddy Up!
A small meal and drink for only $24.00 ( 🎥 Trey’s Chow Down )
A 32oz bad boy that is loaded with all kinds of culinary creations. A bacon cheeseburger slider, Onion Ring, fried potato wedges, pickled vegetables, a pickle, and fresh celery with house-made bloody mix. You can add anything to your bloody if you request it. The staff is awesome!
Priced right at only $22.00 ( 🎥 Trey’s Chow Down )
It all starts with your choice of a domestic beer or mimosa while you wait for your double size order of their signature Bloody Mary that includes the famous Better Than Sex Fried Chicken, a Nolan Ryan slider, waffle fries, grilled shrimp, jalapeno pepper, pickle spear, and bacon.
A BIG meal for $35.00 ( 🎥 Credit: Chef’s Point Video )
I traveled out to Drakes Yolk to try “The Colonel Bloody Beast” it’s prepared with a mini cheeseburger, deviled egg, cold boiled Shrimp, Smoked Wing, Grilled Bacon, Grilled Jalapeno, Pickled onions, celery, parsley, Olives all on top of a delicious Bloody Mary.
D.E.D. prepares their award-winning bloody mary with their own tasty vodka and a house prepared mix created by Mixologists Aaron Wang fresh daily. Bloody Mary recipe. Tomato sauce, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Black pepper, White pepper, Garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, Valentina hot sauce, Water And a few more secret ingredients the Aaron WILL NOT tell us because it’s a secret.
The Bloody Mary Bar is ridiculouslycrazy but very awesome. It consists of ten different kinds of Bloody Mary Mixes, they have a wide variety of additional items you can add to your drink. Jumbo Shrimp, Fresh Cooked Bacon Strips, Spicy Garlic Pickles, Pepperoni, Asparagus, Blue Cheese Olives, Jalapeno Olives, Sweet, and Sour Gherkin Pickles, Assorted Olives, Crumbled Blue Cheese, and Pickled Okra. Each Guest Receives a small Bottle of Tito’s Vodka for their Bloody Mary and you can mix & match any of the mixes the way you so desire. Wow!
Chef Mike is slinging deliciousness and great cocktails. Oh do I love Maple Leaf, but I’m in LOVE with the Bloody Mary and the chicken and waffles what a great combo. The bloody mary is prepared with. Clamato juice, Iceberg Canadian Vodka, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco with celery salt on the rim and a pickle, a slice of bacon, olives, lemon and celery for garnish. Yummy!
I tried Bloody’s at booth of these joints. Johnny’s Famous Bloody Mary is prepared with house vodka, house bloody mary mix louisiana hot sauce, fresh horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, smoked bacon & salt rim, romaine lettuce rib, red ripe tomato, hardwood smoked bacon slices, ground pepper and served in a custom made house glass. This thing is awesome. I’ve been to it in Las Vegas and now Plano.
Chef Jonathon is always creating magic at Jonathon’s. I say order a fantastic fresh Bloody Mary and the Danger Dogs, yummy! They prepare their Bloody Mary mix from scratch. They use Fresh Roma tomatoes and the chef’s seasoning bloody blend. On the weekends, they offer a fresh Bloody Mary bar which lets everyone garnish as you like and spice it up to their own liking.
I’ve made three trips to Trufire for brunch and each trip has been a pleasure. Great service, vibrant atmosphere, and wonderful staff. The TRUFIRE has a Bloody Mary bar is prepared with in-house Texas vodka infusions with either lemon peel peppercorn, cilantro garlic basil, or fresh jalapeno. Even better, you can create your own mix!
Well that about sums it up for my drinking buddies.
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Trey’s Chow Down & Drink With Trey LIVE Talk Show With The Rim Team
Trey’s Chow Down and Drink With Trey LIVE Talk Show With Deep Ellum Distillery Team.
Trey’s Chow Down LIVE and Drink With Trey Professional Mixologist Mark Irving
Last Saturday evening August 17, at 7:00 pm we attended the 10th-Anniversary Dinnerfor the Dallas Chocolate Festival at the wonderful FAIRMOUNT Hotel in Dallas, Texas. It was a fun and vibrant night, surely one not to be forgotten. We were able to meet two amazing chefs and dine on some fantastic from scratch menu items, all from a five-course dinner menu. All the dishes had a touch of chocolate in them and were extremely creative dishes. At the event, they had various speakers after each course to help explain the ever changing wide world of craft chocolate.
It was an amazing evening.
Here’s a little backstory for you folks about the Dallas Chocolate Festival.
“In 2009, DallasChocolate.org’s founder hosted a chocolate-themed dinner celebrating the bean-to-bar makers who had just started bringing craft chocolate to life in the United States. – See more on DallasChocolate.org. From that night of education and deliciousness, the idea for the Dallas Chocolate Festival was born. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of that fateful dinner, and kick-off our the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival season, they hosted an exclusive multi-course chocolate dinner in the beautifully restored Venetian ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. Executive Chef Jared Harms has crafted a five-course meal featuring chocolate flavors in each course from some of today’s leading craft chocolate brands: Dandelion Chocolate from San Francisco, CA; Amano Chocolate from Provo, Utah; French Broad Chocolate from Asheville, NC; and Dallas’s own 5 Mile Chocolate from Oak Cliff will all have their makers on hand to tell the stories of how this chocolate made it from bean to bar to dish. And of course, Fairmont’s amazing Pastry Chef, Cristal Gonzalez, will cap the meal with an array of chocolate desserts. – See more on dallaschocolate.org and we will see you at the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival.
Please see the 1oth Anniversary Dinner Menu and photos below.
If you are one of the three million folks we reach every month then you know about what we’ve accomplished at Trey’s Chow Down Brands. The last seven years has been a wild ride and we are gaining ground every day.
One of my favorite things to do is grab a glass of whiskey, vodka, or any craft spirit, while I sip and socialize with friends. Five years ago one of my followers suggested I create a drinking side to Trey’s Chow Down because they loved following my travels and or nightly debauchery.
Three years ago we introduced the“Drink With Trey”side of our business and it’s been so rewarding. It’s a bit more raw, edgy, and crazy at times but a lot of fun!
We visit restaurants, distilleries, dinner clubs, bars, night clubs, event centers, and socializing events to locate some of the best spirits, food, and fun for all to enjoy.
The distillery business has changed so much that I decided a year ago to evaluate and locate some of the best spirits and distilleries in North Texas.
Back in the day when someone heard the word distillery what you thought of was a big place that produced spirits. A place where liquor is manufactured. It was generally known as a big factory where they created, produced, bottled, and shipped out tasty spirits. We’re talking vodka, whiskey, gin, bourbon, and any other spirit that one might enjoy. The distilleries used to be off the beaten path kind of hidden. Most of them were extremely large and not only needed lots of room but couldn’t be in the middle of the city or didn’t want to be. They were all about business, production, and shipping.
As most of you know those days are long gone in Texas. If you didn’t know this, then you’re either living under a rock, locked in prison, or live so far out in the country that this doesn’t matter to you anyway.
Craft distilleries have become a large part of the overall drinking experience. They have evolved into a perfect destination of exciting entertainment.
They offer educational tours, live entertainment, cocktail parties, gift shops, food, and plenty of craft cocktails to be enjoyed by everyone. The *NEW* generation craft distilleries work diligently at creating the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a cocktail and socializing with folks.
Drinking has become much more than just ripping a top off a bottle, taking a shot of something, or using a mixer to wash it down. People desire better experiences nowadays and long for the perfect destination to make that special occasion happen.
That’s why so many craft distilleries have popped up all over Texas. People basically have been asking for it and their prayers have been answered.
I’ve spent a couple of years visiting distilleries all of North Texas and I wanted to share my findings with my fellow drinkers, socialites, and entertainment seekers.
I want everyone to enjoy some great food, tasty cocktails, creative chefs, and mixologists all while laughing and having a fantastic Texas-sized time.
Life is about having fun, enjoying your family and friends, and locating the best experiences as possible to enjoy. I would suggest that you share these findings with your friends and visit all of these distilleries to have some fun.
Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson founded the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., the first craft bourbon and whiskey distillery in North Texas. I’m in LOVE with TX Whiskey. I can’t possibly calculate how much of this whiskey I’ve drank at both the old facility and the new one. TX Whiskey Ranch is an unbelievable place. It is the largest distillery in DFW by size and the entertainment area, which even includes its own golf course. The place is unbelievably beautiful and has everything one desires for a drinking and socializing destination in the DFW area. If you are looking for the experience of the perfect spirit then head over to TX Whiskey Ranch.
Deep Ellum Distillery was founded by John Reardon, who also founded Deep Ellum Brewery. They have some amazing vodka that I’ve had plenty of. The master distiller Reade Huddleston spent over a year in Europe learning how to master the distilling process. He has created some amazing vodka flavors at Deep Ellum. They have several different flavors of vodka they create. You can also enjoy some of Aaron Wangs incredibly tasty craft cocktails. The distillery offers a large entertainment area, games, a stage for live entertainment, a merch area, and plenty of fun. If you enjoy vodka and are looking for fun times then head over to Deep Ellum! I had fun with the DEEP Ellum team on our Podcast TV show. Check it out when you get a chance you will enjoy it.
Born in Muleshoe, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, BlackEyed has an incredible story. It is the only vodka born and bred from black eye peas. Owners, distillers, and distributors, Todd Gregory and Scott Billings, have created magic with their brand of vodka. They have one of the most unique vodka products on the market today. It has its own flavor profile and makes the most incredible bloody Mary. The distillery is extremely beautiful and was built in a 100-year-old firehouse. It’s a two-story distillery with a big old school bar and entertainment area on the second floor. They offer tours, live entertainment, and lots of fun. Head over and experience the enjoyment!
Blackland Distillery owner, Markus Kypreos, and head distiller, Ezra Cox, have done an amazing job at creating a sophisticated upscale environment at the Blackland taproom. I’ve visited the taproom twice and I really have to say how much I enjoy the atmosphere and cocktails. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable when you’re wanting to discover what Blackland is all about. They offer vodka, gin, bourbon, and a vast array of craft cocktails. The taproom is a classy low-key place where you can sit at the horseshoe-shaped bar, or in one of the booths, or the big comfortable chairs. I really enjoy this place and spirits. When you get a chance, put them on your list for a visit!
The Duckworth brand vodka is a flavorful vodka and fairly new to the DFW vodka scene. Owner, Lee Fugua, will happily tell his vodka is an artisanal sipping vodka in unique flavors. He would be correct! It is some, dare I say it, delicious vodka made from 100% sugarcane with flavors like Duckworth original, French Oak Barrel, and Truffle. It is truly a sipping vodka. You can create a craft cocktail or martini that tastes like MORE because you’ll definitely be saying, “Thanks can I have one more please”? The distillery is a cozy little place just off Lemon Ave in Dallas where you can find Lee discussing his vodka and telling stories from his wine days. It’s always fun with a vibrant atmosphere. When you have time check out Duckworth and have some joy. Just be sure and check their hours before heading over to visit them.
The Witherspoon branded whiskey to me is very smooth and easy to drink. It’s a craft branded whiskey prepared in small batches. It was created in 2011 by Quentin Witherspoon with his co-founders Natasha and Ryan DeHart. The distillery is beautiful and has tasting areas for craft cocktails, a gorgeous outdoor area that is kid-friendly, and they offer live entertainment. Like most distilleries, they offer tours and will happily discuss anything about the smooth craft spirits. I’ve only visited this place once but I fell in love with the Weatherspoon brand. This is a must-visit place on your DFW distillery tour.
They DO NOT have a distillery in the DFW area, but they are working on having one soon. Noble Wolf Vodka is a very flavorful vodka and fairly new to the DFW vodka scene. Owner, Bryce Cottrell, developed Noble Wolf Vodka while attending the University Of Texas. He will tell you, ” The Noble Wolf brand is the first premium grade alcoholic spirit to be uniquely and attentively produced from 100% pure and natural Florida grapefruits resulting in a refreshing and gluten-free vodka. ” I LOVE the taste of this vodka! To me it’s very smooth and oh so refreshing with a hint of grapefruit. The best thing about this vodka is there is no after taste, it’s just SMOOTH! I had a chance to spend some time interviewing Bryce for my national T.V. and radio podcast on Trey’s Chow Down LIVE. You can watch this episode below.
I hope you go enjoy some of these awesome craft spirits and have some fun, maybe get into some debauchery like Drink With Trey.If you check one of these places out, make sure to share your experience with us! Until next time, Live, Eat, Drink, Laugh, & Love!
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