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.
Hello, burger lovers!
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.
When Trey’s Chow Down saw there was an International Bacon Day and it was a real thing my mouth started salivating and all I could think about was how delicious bacon truly is.
Please enjoy our photos from our Fox 4 episode.
Saturday, August 31, is International Bacon Day 2019.
Everyone dreams about bacon!
When Trey’s Chow Down saw there was an International Bacon Day and it was a real thing my mouth started salivating and all I could think about was how delicious bacon truly is.
Have you ever eaten a bad piece of bacon? I think not! No matter how it’s cooked, (soft, crispy, medium, or rock hard) bacon is always perfectly delightful.
Ever since 1500 B.C. folks have been eating and enjoying bacon. That’s a long time ago, but it just goes to show you how much everyone loves bacon.
Bacon’s history dates back thousands of years to 1500 B.C. The Chinese were curing pork bellies with salt. Basically, they were creating an early form of what we know today as bacon.
I’m shocked about how long ago bacon was being eaten and was created. I wonder how the first bacon fry went down. Here piggy piggy! Come here piggy piggy! Come over here let’s see if we can fry some of your body parts up? Seems legit to me lol!
Now that I’m thinking about it, I bet they could smell bacon frying a mile away and come strolling by to see what that delicious aroma was. I’m sure smelling that bacon for the first time set their foodie senses into overdrive. Well, of course, they didn’t call it bacon at that time but we will play along as if they did.
The first bacon fry must have not only been a mess, but also an exploration to try and figure out how to eat these creatures we call pigs. You know it smelled delicious and they were like, “YES that smells soooooo good”!
Today we have all kinds of various bacon flavors, thickness, bacon dishes, and bacon farmers who create some of the world’s best bacon right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.
When I spoke with the Fox producers about Bacon Day, it was clear that everyone loved bacon and we need to locate some of the best bacon dishes in the DFW area.
I sought out to locate some of the best bacon dishes for all my fellow food lovers to enjoy and boy… Did I find some great dishes to eat. If you love bacon you will love this article and my choices.
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Fort Worth & Houston, Texas
B&B has this amazing bacon dish named after Chef Tommy. Let me tell you, “Chef Tommy’s Bacon Dish” is loaded with flavors. When I read about this dish, I had to visit B&B so I could Chow Down and enjoy it for myself. It’s prepared with fresh blue cheese, truffle infused honey, and thick house bacon. This dish meets all the requirements for an award winning dish. The taste has an amazing flavor profile, tenderness, cooked perfectly, great texture, and fantastic eye appeal. One of the best bacon dishes anywhere, period! You need to try this dish, and it’s only 20 bucks.
Dallas & Plano, Texas
Chef John Tesar always has his creative side in forward motion. I haven’t had one dish, or food item, from John that’s not totally amazing. He’s crazy about using fresh ingredients, having perfect execution, pallet busting flavor profiles, fantastic restaurant atmospheres, and amazing customer service. The Knife bacon appetizer, simply put, is deliciousness with every single bite. The succulent variety of bacon is so flavorful you will order an extra one. I know it because we did it. The dish is simplistic. A tasting of five varieties of bacon and it’s served on a beautiful wood cutting board. It is truly life-changing and you need this dish in your life.
Oh, I love me some Sugarbacon! You’re probably saying to yourself, what the heck is Sugarbacon? Well, it’s two things really; A fantastic restaurant and a delicious lip-smacking bacon dish. The team over at Sugarbacon in McKinney have come up with a flavor-packed bacon dish that will send your taste buds to the flavor town. It’s truly an opportunity to try something new and exciting. The “Sugarbacon Appetizer” is prepared with house-smoked pork belly, ancho chili bbq sauce, B and B pickles, and served on thick bacon square bites. I’m telling you right now it has a fantastic flavor profile and is downright delicious. Folks, it is absolutely worth a trip to Chow Down and see what Sugarbacon is all about.
Fort Worth, Texas
I drove by this place at least 25 times before I stopped into Chow Down. I had heard all about their flavor-packed barbecue treats, but I kept waiting to see some photos and reviews before I made the journey because I’ve been extremely busy. That was a mistake! We stopped in and had a variety of delicious BBQ treats but what really caught my eye was the “Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños.” I eat these all the time but Cowtown’s were different. They were wrapped tightly and the bacon was glazed just enough. Damn, they were delicious so flavorful that I ate 5 out of the 6 and we ordered some more for the whole table. They really were amazing. When you get a chance, head over to Cowtown for little bacon throw down. Tell’em Trey sent you!
Locations All Over U.S.A.
I have to confess something to each of you. I’ve had dreams about the bacon dish at Del’s. Oh man, there’s nothing like naughty bacon dreams folks. It’s the THICK-CUT NUESKE’S BACON AU POIVR served with a Bourbon Molasses Glaze and a side of deliciousness. Oh, the food gods are shining down on Del Frisco’s for this bacon dish! By all means, this is so good it should be illegal. The succulent bacon flavor just rolls across your tongue and sends your taste buds into full mode overload. Don’t be surprised if you have to wipe your chin after each juicy bite. A true trend sitter and it’s only 16 bucks, ladies and gentlemen.
Multiple Texas Locations
I know you’re thinking… What did he just say? Logan’s Roadhouse? Am I reading this correct? Yes, you are! This is all about bacon and Logan’s Roadhouse locations has some great bacon. They have a little appetizer that goes by the name “Bacon On A Stick” and it’s in a bucket too. I’ve had this twice and both times the bacon was perfectly cooked, loaded with flavor, and easy to eat right off the stick. This is a great little bacon treat you will love. It’s prepared from 12-hour smoked bacon seasoned and grilled in a brown sugar glaze with a kick of spice. Served with crispy fried onions and your choice of original BBQ or Bourbon BBQ. Just damn delicious if you ask me. Your taste buds with take a trip to the “bacon flavor rodeo” and it’s only 10 bucks. Check it out!
North Fort Worth, Texas
I took a trip over the Shady Oak to try some barbecue. As I sat down and was reviewing the menu when the server said, “Hey, do you want to try some of our bacon burnt ends“? My head snapped up and said, “Do tell? Why yes I will”! Those bacon burnt ends were saucy and mouth-watering delicious. The flavor really pops in your mouth as they roll across your tongue. This is a dish you must try and price right too!
There are a lot more bacon dishes I have tried, but these are truly some of the best you will find in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. All of these truly stand on their own with fantastic flavor profiles that will leave you wanting more. As a chef once told me, “Trey, if I can leave you wanting more then I’ve done my job. I know you will come back and dine with us again”.
Please visit these local restaurants because eating and buying local is extremely important to our chefs and restaurants.
If you LOVE cooking bacon at home then I would try my favorite Tender Belly Bacon. You can locate Tender Belly at https://www.tenderbelly.com
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Remember, I’m passionate about bringing each of you the very food and drink experiences I can find.
When anyone says the word “barbecue” it sends most folks in what I like to call the full tilt barbecue boogie. Their minds simply start overloading on the thought of tender, succulent, and flavor-packed proteins that have been cooked to perfection over a fire, in a pit, or in a smoker. Well, at least mine does! Almost everyone loves a good barbecue. It’s one of the most popular foods in the world. As a passionate restauranteur, food expert, chowhound, and barbecue lover, my mind stays in F.T.B.B all day. I love BBQ and I am passionate about the pitmasters and chefs that create these wonderful dishes for all of us to enjoy.
Trey’s Chow Down spent two hours on Victory Plaza in DALLAS with six pit masters on ABC DAYBREAK displaying some of Texas Best BBQ. We had a great time with the Channel 8 DAYBREAK crew slinging some delicious BBQ and creative sides.
The pit masters who joined where some of North Texas very BEST!
We had a fantastic time displaying some of North Texas BEST barbecue and creative sides.
Please see our original blog/article on the TOP 25 BEST BBQ SPOTS In North Texas.
Enjoy these delicious Barbecue photos.
This isn’t about barbecue I found on the internet or on television… I spent twelve months traveling to various restaurants, barbecues, festivals, and events. I visited 119 barbecue joints and tasted some 280 different items. Of course, I visited some fantastic dedicated barbecue and food festivals like Smoked Dallas, Smoked Fort Worth, Red Dirt Barbecue & Music Festival, Chef For Farmers, Austin Food and Wine Festival, and many others seeking out my mission to find the VERY BEST barbecue for our followers to enjoy in 2019
#IAMSTILLUP: Join us for today’s Party on the Plaza! We’re talking all things Texas BBQ this morning!
Posted by News 8 Daybreak on Friday, June 28, 2019
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It’s that time again foodies, chowhounds and beef lovers! I’ve been on the hunt all year for a delicious steak dinner and boy… Have I found some great places this year. I’m back with some of my old favorites along with some new places where you can find the BEST STEAKS. We are in our 3rd year now of Trey’s Chow Down Best Steak Articles and this year is better than ever. Last year, 2017 our Best Steaks article had 49,000 reads so we are full of excitement about this year’s NEW list. I couldn’t make all the steakhouses but I sure tried. Sit back, turn off your television, radio, and any background noise, because you need to retain everything you’re about to read in my BEST STEAKS OF 2018 article. You better grab a bib and put it on before you start reading this article. If you’re anything like me you might have saliva dripping from your mouth while you read this article of deliciousness.
You’re going to learn about some of my family history, steaks, delicious appetizers, and where you need to eat some superior beef this upcoming year.
Over the course of our foodie history, steaks have changed so much. The type of beef restaurants and chefs are using today is truly remarkable. Being in the ranching and beef business all my life, I would have never thought three decades ago we would have so many fresh meat choices to choose from today. We have chefs using a wide range of different types of fresh meats and cuts. There seem to be no bounds when it comes to creating the perfect steak. Some of the popular beef and cuts being used are Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Kobe, American Style Wagyu Kobe, American Kobe, Japanese Wagyu, Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Kansas City Strip, Ribeye, T-bone, Flat Iron, and the big bad Tomahawk. We could go on for days about cuts, thickness, and types of beef.
Dry aged has made a big return to the marketplace too. Dry aging is a unique process in which unwrapped cuts of beef are stored in a room where there is consistent monitoring of temperature, humidity, air circulation, and bacteria level. Whether you choose dry-aged, or wet-aged, has actually become quite a debate these days among chefs and foodies alike. Dry aging has centuries of tradition on its side. My granddad had his own massive dry age cooler at our meat company and sold plenty of them. Wet-aging is really the new kid on the block and it’s being tested by many. Time will tell how it works out in the marketplace.
I always say, “Food tastes much better with a good story”. So, sit back and enjoy!
When I was a boy, my granddad would eat steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He was in the ranching, restaurant, and meat business so he loved to eat. His cuisine of choice was BEEF! My dad was the same way! When I was younger we would cook steaks for breakfast, or if I was at Quality Meat & Provision Company our meat business I would cook myself a steak or a hamburger in the early a.m.. Being from Texas and growing up in the restaurant and ranching business I don’t think I had much choice. Back in those days if you ate chicken they looked at you funny, and you might even get a lecture. Beef, beef, beef is what was for dinner.
I really enjoyed working on the ranch and at the family meat company. I took pride in unloading the big sides of beef off the trucks and hanging them on the rail. After I hung them, I would push them down the rail into the cooler meat processing area. I was always fixed on the butchers cutting, slinging, and deboning those big sides of beef. I would ask all kinds of questions about the beef and cuts. I’d watch them sling those knives around like a NINJAS. It was intriguing and awesome to watch those men work. They were dressed in all white pristine uniforms and long white thick aprons. They had plastic shields around their waste over the aprons and they wore steel mesh gloves and mesh guards all the way up their arms. These men were seriously dedicated, and they could really cut some beef! It was a skill that was truly amazing to watch them perform duties, cutting, chopping, and slicing. I grew up to learn a lot of discipline through their hard work. After they would finish with the beef sides, we would seal the steaks, box them, and move them in the cooler so we could deliver them to restaurants and customers. One really cool thing about my granddad was he sold meat to all the casinos back in the day. He dealt with many gangsters that owned those casinos along Old Jacksbro Hwy. History is what our world is built on, and I love our family beef history.
When I got older, my dad requested that I get a job in other restaurants to gain experience about operations and about working outside the family business. Of course, I wanted to work with the family, but dad insisted, so I did. I worked for Steak & Ale Company, The Balcony Restaurant, The Carriage House Restaurant, and a few others. I learned a lot about steaks and cuts working for those folks. Later on, I worked in management and was a trainer for Whataburger, Wendy’s International, Jack-In-Box, Pizza Hut, and Little Cesar’s Pizza Company. I lived in Kansas, then Texas, and then California while working for other corporations. In all, my combined work experience with other restaurant corporations totaled 16 years before returning the Chapman Restaurants, Chapman Fast Foods, and Dairy Queens of west Texas.
What I learned about the food business, operations, training, front and back of the house, and bar service I will never forget. It added to my skills and knowledge in the restaurant industry. It was truly valuable and gave me the tools necessary to create Trey’s Chow Down Brands and my foodie website.
Traveling and eating steaks sounds like a dream come true to most folks. Truth is, it’s a job that requires me to go out report and review on chefs, restaurants, and cuisine. I am dedicated and passionate to be the best for my audience. When I decided to create my BEST LIST for Hamburgers, Steaks, Breakfast, and now pizza, I wanted my choices to be the BEST of the BEST no excuses. I really had no idea the amount of work and research it would take when I decided to create these lists. That’s why I spend a full 12 months locating new restaurants, finding chefs that love to cook. I eat everything on my lists. If someone tells me how delicious something is, I always try it myself before the dish makes it on our food site or social media.
So here we go, buckle buttercup! Let’s learn about some delicious appetizers and steaks.
FIRST…. Let’s talk about appetizers that matter before we get to the delicious steaks.
You can find some amazing appetizers at these steak restaurants listed below. I like to call them pre-steak eats! Enjoy, folks!
BEST pre-steak eats for 2018
B&B Butchers & Restaurant Fort Worth & Houston: B&B Butchers & Restaurant Fort Worth & Houston: has a bacon appetizer I’m in LOVE with. It’s called “Chef Tommy’s Bacon”. You have to try it! Tommy’s Bacon is prepared with Roquefort blue cheese and truffle infused honey. This dish will send your taste buds to the FLAVOR RODEO and fill your belly with delight. I truly wish I could convey through my writing how delicious this dish taste, but I don’t have the words. Saddle up for the flavor rodeo with each bite! Tell’em Big Trey sent you!
Grace Restaurant: Located in Sundance Square. They have an appetizer that I love because it involves tartare. It is Beef Tenderloin Tartare – 2 year aged cheddar, tomato aioli, puffed grains, and pine nuts. So delicious you will want another and Chef Blaine won’t let you leave hungry I promise.
Knife Steak House in Dallas & Plano: has a “Bacon Sampler Platter” that will impress any bacon lover. It is a bacon tasting feast consisting of 5 varieties of bacon that will melt in your mouth. I could smell the bacon as they sat it on our table. My mouth was watering before I took the first bite. It’s watering as I write about it! Chef John is dedicated to his craft and loves slinging deliciousness.
Michael’s Cuisine on Upper West 7th: has a fantastic appetizer that is made to order and prepared with fresh Texas quail. They’re called “Quail Pops”! They’re delicious and packed with flavor. Chef M.T. loves this dish and you will too.
J2 Steakhouse in Lewisville: has a creative appetizer that was packed with flavor. Foie gras 3 ways -seared, torch on, mousse. It’s served with some fresh baked bread too and the presentation is incredible. Truly delicious! Chef Pauley loves his creation and it shows.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: has a one-pound bacon appetizer that goes by the name “Thick-cut Nueske’s bacon au Poivre”. Topped with a Bourbon Molasses Glaze and farm fresh peppers. Superb!
Capital Grille Steak Houses: has an amazing pre-steak appetizer that goes by the name of “Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella”, with farm fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and delicious house bread! This dish is so yummy that you will want to slap everyone. Your mama, your grandmamma, your granddaddy and maybe even some folks you don’t even know. Chef Derek knows when I walk in because I always order 2 of these dishes. Yes, it is that delicious. If you don’t believe me, TRY IT!
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: The Beverly Hills California location has an appetizer that I love. It is farm fresh, house-made mozzarella, Texas size beefsteak tomatoes. Served with your choice of dressing; house vinaigrette, Russian or Roquefort. This dish was so fresh and flavorful. It might be the beautiful Beverly Hills fresh air and the sites and sounds of California but this dish is banging.
Horse Shoe Hill Steak House: Located in the Fort Worth Stock Yards! This place has several great appetizers packed with flavors. The “Texana Deviled Eggs”, “The Bob Armstrong dip” with house-made chips, and “Calf Fries” are few of my favorites. Chef Grady has some fantastic dishes that just scream southern and cowboy flavors.
NOW let’s differentiate the types of steaks!
This particular steak is actually two-in-one. Many consider it to be the “king” of steaks. On one side you have a New York strip and on the other is filet mignon. This is thicker cut steak. It has much more of the tenderloin compared to the loin portion. It can be grilled, sautéed, broiled or pan-fried.
This steak is named after its T-shaped bone. It’s similar in appearance to the porterhouse, but with a smaller portion of the filet mignon side. T-bone steaks are cut closer to the front and contain a smaller section of tenderloin. They are best grilled or broiled to medium-rare temperature. The meat near the bone tends to cook more slowly than other parts of the steak.
New York Strip
This is a classic at any quality steakhouse. It has an excellent amount of marbling, is tender and flavorful. Many people prefer this cut cooked rare, or blue, showcasing the delicate flavor and naturally tender texture. Internationally it is called a “club” steak. In the United States and Canada, it is known as New York strip, strip loin, shell steak, or Kansas City strip steak. The New York strip steak is ideal for grilling.
This is the most tender cut off the cow. It’s not the most flavorful steak since it does not have a bone attached, but it can be wrapped in bacon or served with your favorite sauces and spices. In France, this cut is called filet de boeuf, which translates to beef filet. It can be broiled or grilled, but remember to cook this cut quickly to seal in all the goodness.
The rib-eye has long been a favorite of steak lovers worldwide due to its luscious marbling, which allows the meat to be very tender and juicy. The rib-eye is a boneless cut. When the bone is attached it is called a rib steak. These steaks should be cooked quickly by grilling or broiling.
is a cut of beef ribeye that has five or more inches of extra rib bone for presentation purposes. It’s called a “tomahawk” cut because the steak with the long bone resembles a single-handed axe.
Dry aging is a process whereby beef carcasses, primals, and/or subprimals are stored – without protective packaging – at refrigeration temperatures for long periods of time to allow the natural enzymatic and biochemical processes that result in improved tenderness and the development of the unique flavors.
PLATINUM WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018:
Dallas & Plano, Texas
Chef John Tesar has done a masterful job at creating a steakhouse that exceeds all expectations of what a steak dinner experience should be. He offers a Texas-sized variety of meats and cuts where a true steak connoisseur will feel like a kid in a candy store. His “Bacon Sampler” appetizer melts in your mouth with each bite. They have custom-crafted desserts, cocktails, and appetizers that will make your mouth water and your pallet dance. One of the BEST offerings at Knife is a dry age cooler. It is mesmerizing. You can stand at the window slobbering while you glare at the meats dry aging second by second. John’s dry aged beef has a different flavor profile compared to what I’ve tasted. Their dry age process makes for a very intense flavor, creating hints of blue cheese, truffle & popcorn butter. In my opinion, John’s flavor profile created at Knife is different and it’s addicting.
If you ask John about his dry age meat locker, this is how it’s explained;
“By dry aging our prime steaks instead of wet aging we are able to create a more flavorful dining experience. The process involves placing the steaks on racks in our temperature controlled display case, which is held at a constant temperature of 36 degrees and 40% humidity. This causes a crust to form on the outside of the meat, sealing in the steak juices. The natural juices of the meat contain an enzyme that breaks down the tissue resulting in a tenderer piece of steak. At the end of the aging process, our on-site butcher cuts away the crust formed by the dry aging process leaving only the bright red and very flavorful meat that we then cut into the portions we serve. The process makes for a very intense flavor with hints of blue cheese, truffle & popcorn butter. Aging on the property and butchering the meat ourselves along with the personal relationships we have built with the local farms have given us an incredible amount of control over the product.”
I truly enjoyed the flavor profile and John’s dedication to the culinary experience you will receive when you dine at Knife. The flavor profiles are simple to explain in 2 words… STUPID DELICIOUS! That’s the simplest way to explain a John Tesar steak or his signature burger, Stupid Delicious! We tried a few different cuts but loved the DRY AGE steak flavor profile. I dare anyone to eat one of his steaks and come up with a better term.
GOLD WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018
Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas
I’ve written two articles in the last few years about Grace and Chef Blaine because everything this place offers is creative and packed with flavor. I use the word “creative” a lot, but there really isn’t any other way to express what they provide! The atmosphere is incredible, rich, and classy. Grace has one of the best patios in town. The service is first class and always on point. One of my first culinary experiences with Chef Blaine was about 5 years ago. I was told he had some amazing “escargot” that he was very proud of. Now listen, I’m not a big snail eating kinda guy. I tend to stick with other culinary delights! I went to see Blaine and I ask him about this amazing “escargot.” Before I could finish inquiring about the dish Chef Blaine said, ” HANG ON. WE WILL BRING SOME RIGHT OUT FOR YOU”! Well, I had to try it. I couldn’t refuse something he was so proud of, could I? The escargot was AMAZING. We ate two orders that evening. From this moment on, I was forever hooked on Grace and Chef Blaine’s culinary creativeness. If you ask Adam Jones he will tell you “GRACE delivers a dining experience like no other in Fort Worth.” Their wedsite states, “Adam, is known as the city’s host for the unparalleled level of hospitality and service in his restaurants, invites you to enjoy Modern American Classic fare, created by award winning Chef Blaine Staniford. In a comfortable modern setting that embodies the city’s energy, guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace on Main Street and a spectacular bar featuring house made seasonal cocktails with a separate menu for bar snacks. Glass-enclosed temperature controlled wine cellars house a selection of Old and New World wines.” Grace offers different cuts of meat and creative sides. Any cut you choose, or type of beef, will be perfect. It’s a tough decision, but my favorite cut of meat is the 20 oz prime dry aged bone-in ribeye or the 44 Farms filet. If you haven’t tried Grace, you’re missing out! Be sure and have a cocktail on that wonderful patio.
SILVER WINNER: Best Steak House of 2018
Old Downtown in Lewisville, Texas
If you’re a steak LOVER, do I have a place for you! Here’s some deliciousness served with a historical background you will surely enjoy. J2 was created in an OLD 1886 Grist Mill building. The atmosphere here is cozy and fantastic. Chef Polly took me on a kitchen tour and I loved what I saw. They have a new beautiful kitchen, complete with a separate pasta and dessert creating room. The side area has a row of three coolers. One cooler is full of only locally sourced fresh vegetables. The second cooler is a dry age cooler, which is full of delicious dry aging meat. The third has a variety of deliciousness. There’s a meat cutting cooler area where a young man was preparing and wrapping some Beef Wellington. Being the restaurant business all my life, I was impressed with the cleanliness, organization, and how fresh everything looks in the coolers. When we sat down to eat they offered us several menus to view for dinner. They also have some custom house prepared craft cocktails that looked amazing. The website states, “After operating for 124 straight years, the Lewisville Feed Mill at 119 E. Main St had seen its fair share of history & reinvention. There is something special about what the Polser family created back in 1886, that lends itself to preservation. It’s rare to find a restaurant that feels so comfortable in its own right and place- so written into the lore and landscape of a neighborhood and it seems it has always been at that address. Today, J2 Steakhouse serves elevated Texas fare with a selection of dry aged beef, aged in-house, in the heart of downtown Lewisville. It is kept up by a staff who strives to maintain an unobtrusive sense of hospitality & service.” I love this history! We tried so many dishes I thought I was going to need a dolly to wheel myself outside. They steaks were juicy and delicious. We ordered the 60-Day Dry-aged Tomahawk Ribeye and Wet-Aged NY Strip with 7-chili demi glacé and bone marrow butter. It was superb! The historical factor in the Old 1886 Grist Mill building combined with the tremendous amount of old artifacts creates an alluring atmosphere that makes it hard to leave. Chef Pauley and the team at J2 have created true Steakhouse MAGIC not be missed by any steak lover.
The BEST Steak House Winners For 2018
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Chef Tommy Elbashary
Fort Worth & Houston
Chef Marcus Paslay
Fort Worth, Texas
What can you say about Clay Pigeon?.. Everything is farm fresh and creative. It’s everything you want and more! You’ll enjoy every single bite of steak. Clay Pigeon offers a variety of different cuts. Just ask the server for help or review the menu before heading over. They change the menu seasonally, so get ready for something incredible to eat. The atmosphere is wonderful, cozy and Texas friendly. They pride themselves on wowing the customer. The dining room has a date-friendly vibe and a wine cellar for a fine dine night. I truly love everything I eat at Clay Pigeon. My favorite cut of meat is the prime Angus steak 8oz. eye of ribeye. Also, the CP Burger is one of the best you will ever have! The roasted garlic aioli is WOW. I fell in love with this burger two years ago and can’t stop thinking about it!
Red River, New Mexico
Texas Reds has been a favorite of mine going on thirty plus years! I do miss the original two-story old time building, but the food is still as excellent as always. It has a cozy fresh mountain feel to it. I’ve always loved their steaks and baked potatoes. They’re packed with flavor and cooked to perfection. At first, I thought my love for this restaurant was purely for the vibes they gave. Over time I realized it wasn’t only that but also the great steaks and friendly service. Deliciousness in every bite. My favorite cut if the special New York steak cut THICK. When you’re in New Mexico, make plans to try Texas Reds. It’s a must!
Chef Derek Venutolo / Fort Worth
Located all over the U.S.A.
Capital Grille a wonderful and very friendly bar area. Overall, this has a has a very rich and cozy feel. It is like it’s own little cozy tavern BUT with award-winning food, wine and spirits. There is an awesome wine display to marvel over. It has a Texas-sized inventory. The dining room has a certain southern charm feel to it. This makes you want to stay for a while. The service is phenomenal and they love the customers to death. Capital Grille, or as I like to call it CAPITAL, is truly a place to be. Walk in, grab a glass of wine and socialize. Then dine on a delicious meal. Maybe enjoy it all out on the patio and enjoy this wonderful life. My favorite cuts of eat from CAPITAL are the 8oz filet mignon and the 14oz bone-in dry aged New York strip.
Miami & West Palm Beach Florida
The Butcher Shop always has farm fresh cuts of meat. They pride themselves on the quality cuts of meat and prepare them to perfection. You can enjoy the fresh Miami air while you dine on deliciousness. The beer garden is always fun and exciting. Service is perfect and you can catch everyone enjoying his or her time there. My favorite cut of meat from here is the bone-in rib eye. When you’re in Miami stop in here and chow down.
Dallas & Houston, Texas
I’ve dined at both locations Dallas and Houston. Pappas Bros Steak House is best described as deliciousness! They opened in 1998, and honestly, I’ve been going ever since then! Back in my NASCAR days, we would take a helicopter to Pappas, eat then fly out to Texas Motor Speed Way for the races. This place is perfect. They have a large selection of beef and cuts. If you’re looking to impress someone, close a deal or make something happen then take them to Pappas. They will have an incredible time. My favorite cut of meat at Pappas is really anything, but I do love the three peppercorn steak. MY MOUTH IS WATERING NOW!
Chef M.T. Michael
Fort Worth, Texas
Michael’s Cuisine has been around for so long that I consider it to be a Fort Worth staple. Chef M.T. aka Michael Thomson works hard to keep his menu offering different dishes depending on the season, and he gives back to the community in so many ways. This cozy restaurant is located on upper West 7th. It has fireplaces, Texas décor, and an old-school Fort Worth feel. I truly love everything Chef M.T. creates and slings out the kitchen. I especially adore his appetizer “Texas Quail Pops”, and for my favorite cut of meat… It would have to be the “Cowboy rib eye” because it is so delicious, tender and juicy. I always want to order an extra to take home with me! When you have time to check out Michael’s, tell’em Trey sent you!
Chef Jon Bonnell
Fort Worth, Texas
Bonnell’s…where do I start with the famous Bonnell’s? I can tell you Bonnell’s has been one of the driving forces in the great Fort Worth steak and exotic cuisine business for years. The dishes that roll out of the kitchen at Bonnell’s are always incredible (to put it mildly). Everything on the menu is packed with flavor, farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients! I love dinning with Chef Bonnell because he has a true passion for Texas. One of my favorite appetizers he offers is ANYTHING, and I mean that sincerely. My favorite cut of meat would be the Wagyu rib eye from rosewood beef in Ennis, Texas. This particular cut is aged in house for 35 days. The flavor really pops in your mouth and will have your taste buds dancing the Texas two-step. Check out Bonnell’s and tell ’em Big Trey sent you!
Chef Troy Guard
I truly love this place in downtown Denver. Named after the chef’s daughter, Grace Troy Guard, as created magic in Denver. This steak house has an amazing display of its award-winning interior, big fire grills, oyster bar, spaciousness and a wide selection of beef. It is truly a masterpiece. The cuisine is creative, the steaks are farm fresh and packed with deliciousness. My favorite cut of meat is the 18oz. dry aged bone-in NY strip. The service is first class, and even worth a round flight trip to Denver just to dine here for the evening. Guard and Grace is always on point.
Located all over the U.S.A.
I’ve always loved the cozy atmosphere at Ruth’s. Over the years, I’ve dined at their Florida, Texas, Nevada, Louisiana and California location. An 1800-degree broiler cooks the steaks, creating a flavorful sizzling steak. I love this cooking process. My favorite cut of steak from Ruth’s is the juicy 8oz tenderloin. If you’re not in the mood for steak, then you’re in luck because Ruth’s has one of the best chicken dishes in the U.S.A. I highly recommend the stuffed chicken breast with oozing cheese.
Located all over the WORLD
While they have multiple locations in the USA and abroad I’ve only eaten at the Beverly Hills location two times. It has a very cozy atmosphere with some fantastic lighting and doors that open up to the street. Both times I’ve enjoyed my dinner all the doors have been open bringing the wonderful California evening inside, and creating a fantastic dinning experience. I always love the fresh air and the street sounds when dinning in Beverly Hills. If you view the website it will state that after 4 decades of experience, it is fair to say that Wolfgang Zwiener learned his craft well. Taking the core principles from his years as Peter Luger’s head waiter, Wolfgang didn’t just duplicate an exceptional steakhouse; he improved upon it making Wolfgang’s Steakhouse extraordinary. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is serving lunch and dinner seven days a week including all major holidays. I enjoyed the Porterhouse and some amazing wine from the nice glass wine cellar. I would make plans to join a Wolfgang’s for dinner they have plenty of locations and you will enjoy every bite.
Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas
Mercury Chop House is a cozy steak house with dim lights, soft live music, great steaks, friendly service, and a down-homey atmosphere. I’ve always loved Mercury and all it offers. My favorite cut of meat is peppered steak served with mashed potatoes and the vegetable medley. The restaurant located in Arlington is high a top in a building with wide windows and great views. If you haven’t been to Mercury, make sure you make plans today.
Located all over the U.S.A.
Del’s is always at the top of everyone’s list for great steaks and a classy rich atmosphere. They offer incredible service, creative menu items, great cocktails and lots of delicious beef options. I love the big thick bacon appetizer, thick-cut Nueske’s bacon au poivre with a bourbon molasses glaze. It is super delish. My favorite cut of meat at Del Frisco’s is the 14oz. boneless akaushi wagyu ribeye. Check out Del’s today and start living the dream.
Las Vegas, Nevada and Park City,Utah
I really love the Edge Steakhouse for it’s extremely cozy and contemporary feel with bright interior colors. The menu is first class, creative, and the beef cuts are melt-in-your-mouth DELICIOUS. The staff is very friendly and the service is perfect. I eat at Edge Steakhouse every time I’m in Las Vegas. It’s a must! My favorite cut of meat is the 14oz. wagyu beef New York strip. So good… you will be in steak heaven.
The Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas
H3 is truly a one-of-a-kind steak house with it’s own special flare. The historic stockyards of Fort Worth set the perfect cowboy atmosphere for this cozy restaurant. It has one of the best steak house cocktail bars in the U.S.A. You can sit on saddles while you drink Buffalo Butt Beer and socialize with some real cowboys. The beef cuisine is fire-grilled with wood, which produces a fantastic and unmistakable H3 flavor. The aroma floats around H3 of the live hickory wood fried grill. It is simply awesome. My favorite cut of beef is any steak they offer cooked on their hickory wood grill. Don’t forget the “9-Miles Of Dirt Road Dip”! Oh my gosh it’s so delicious, it is what dreams are made of.
Chef Grady Spears
Fort Worth, Texas
My, my, my… Horseshoe Hill. Where EVERYTHING is so delicious you will think you’re dreaming. You will need to ask someone to pinch you, smack you or step on your foot because you will not believe how flavorful your meal is! This is a cozy, quaint little steakhouse and eatery. Even though it is charming, it will blow your mind away. My favorite cut of meat from the Hill is anything they offer. If you’re not in the mood for steak, the try the award-winning chicken fried steak. The experience from Horseshoe Hill will last a lifetime. You’ll be telling all your friends and returning for a second, third, and fourth time forsure!
The Barn Cafe is truly a down-home country-cooking cafe. Not only do they offer delicious hand-cut steaks, they have a variety of house-made cuisine by country Chef Zane. Chicken fried steaks, delicious chicken, pork chops… and their hand-cut steaks on Friday and Saturday nights are truly amazing. The service is casual, friendly and served with a smile. The steaks are big and packed with flavor! The house-made desserts are always excellent and ready to please. Check out the Barn Cafe in Paris, Texas. It’s worth the drive if you wanna see some beautiful country outside the DFW area!
DFW Area and Stephenville, Texas
When you enter Hard Eight you can see all the cooking areas and smokers rolling with beef cooking. They have a separate cowboy grill area where you can watch your steak cooking over an open fire. You choose the meat and they will cut it fresh and throw it on their grill. You can watch out the cook or be seated at your table and they will bring it to you when it’s ready. It’s very hard to walk past all the other deliciousness foodie offerings at Hard Eight before you are seated. I would suggest getting some old horse blinders and strap them on so you can walk to your table without filling your plate full of smoked meats and sweet treats.
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