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

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!

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”!

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.

Wagyu Steak Cook Off & Texfest Event

Josh, & Craig with Blaine Stone Lodge & Trey

Trey’s Chow Down brands is proud to partner with the NEW Blaine Stone Lodge for this exciting premier event in Ellis County on June 15th 2019.

Blaine Stone Lodge is located 30 minutes south of both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth and is the newest catering and events center in Ellis County. The lodge sits on a scenic lake and is surrounded by 1,000 acres of a Texas outdoorsman’s paradise. 

At Blaine Stone Lodge, we are creating North Texas’ premier steak cookoff and Texfest.  We’ve partnered with Wagyu Excelente, one of the finest Texas Wagyu beef, to create a fine dining event paired with specialty beers, wines and liquors. 

This is a family-friendly event and will feature an off-road race in the morning, classic car and truck show, local and regional culinary delights, as well as several fun activities for adults and kids like a Floating Hole-in-One Competition, Tug-of-War, Cornhole Competition, and Balloon Launch!

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a Texas-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring military and first responder communities by keeping families together.

General Admission tickets (ages 15+) are $59.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as the chefs, access to side buffet, two (2) drink tickets, and one (1) voting voucher.

Child Admission tickets (ages 6-14) are $39.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as chefs, and access to side buffet.

One of the beautiful patio areas.

VIP tickets are $99.  Ticket includes full day access to all events as well as the chefs, three (3) drink tickets, one (1) voting voucher, guaranteed VIP seating near the entertainment stage, Texas Gulf Shrimp and Wagyu Prime Rib Dinner, and a VIP Goody Bag.  

All-Day Premium Bar Pass is $39.  Package includes full day access to Texas-centric premium drinks.

Cookoff

All teams must bring everything they need except for meat.

We are inviting twenty (20) of the top Beef Chefs in the DFW area to compete with two (2) cuts of Wagyu Excelente NY strip steaks.  Winner gets trophy/bragging rights, Chris Kyle trophy, special chef coat, four (4) night’s stay in a private home in Belize, and other prizes to be determined.  

An additional 50-100 teams, including military and first responder teams, will compete in cooking Wagyu Excelente New York strip steaks.  Entry fee for teams is $150 and can include up to four (4) people.

The party is waiting for you at Blaine Stone.

Each cookoff team will receive two (2) 14 oz Wagyu New York strip steaks and two (2) hours to cook.  Start time is at 11 am with presentation at 2 pm.  Teams should bring one (1) hot or cold signature side for guest sampling at their booth.  Guests will vote on Best Beef and Best Side. 

Quail entry $25 with presentation at 1 pm.    

The top fifteen (15) steaks chosen will then get two (2) more steaks to cook at 4 pm, for the Judging Panel, with presentation at 5:45 pm.  Teams are encouraged to create a signature side dish to accompany their steaks.  

The Judging Panel is comprised of beef professionals, chefs, and celebrity guests, referred by the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA), the sanctioning body that certifies steak cookoffs around the world.

Awards

Cash awards for 1st thru 10th place, along with a prize for 1st and 2nd for Best Beef and Best Side.  Top prize is $2,500, the same as the world championship prize!  Quail payout – winner takes all.  

Entertainment Activities

  • Clay Shoot
  • Car & Truck Show
  • Photo Booth
  • Meat Market & education
  • Gun Raffle
  • Cookoff Team Competition Tug-of-War
  • Floating Hole-in-One
  • Corn Hole Tournament 
  • Messina Hof Winery tent with tasting & retail
  • Food vendors:  Texas Quail, Beef Jerky, Texas Cheeses and Charcuterie

Giddy Up and we will see y’all at the world famous Blaine Stone Lodge.

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman