A couple of weeks ago, we were in the mood for some great BBQ. It was a late Sunday afternoon, and was really bitingly cold, so we figured the line at Pecan Lodge would be shorter than usual. When we drove by (at roughly 2:15), we saw there wasn't even a line--AMAZING!! We might even get to sit at a table (rather than at the bar), and still had time to eat before Pecan Lodge closed at 3:00. We parked quickly, ran back up the street, and were ready to get our brisket fix on. Then, we realized that Pecan Lodge was closed for a holiday party. No wonder there was no line. Sad does not begin to describe the depths of despair we experienced at that moment. You know the first time you watc
It's the holiday season, and let's face it--foodies are hard to shop for. In part 3 of our series on gifts foodies will like, we focus on books about food, wine, spirits, and gastronomy that are sure to please. These are available at your local bookstore (to the extent you have one), Half-Price Books, and online via Amazon. We have personally read each of these books, and can't recommend them more highly! There's still time to go out and get one or more of these for the foodie on your list. Michael Ruhlman's Books: All great books centering around the Culinary Institute of America, and the making of the modern professional chef. Ruhlman covers some of America's best chefs before they w
We love Truck Yard during the day on weekends, where there's few rivals for your cold beer / live music dollar. But, for some reason, we never remember that this place is a fantastic late-night option for food during the week. One recent cold and dreary Wednesday night, we decided to try it out. They serve food until 11:30 PM. Although the food trucks are long gone by then, let’s face it – the only thing consistently worth eating at the Truck Yard is their signature Philly Cheesesteak. It’s truly one of the best we’ve had. Everything is super fresh – even the steak is brought in each day and hand shaved. For the perfect sandwich, order as follows: Steak, mushrooms (extra mushrooms), on
Now that the holidays are upon us, we plan to post occasional lists of things we enjoy so that you have a better idea of what to get the hard-to-shop-for foodie in your life. Part 2 of our posting series lists some of our favorite cookbooks (we have two full bookshelves at home, so we have lots of favorites). Our list here covers the waterfront from easy to challenging, but regardless of which one you choose, we promise you'll get fantastic ideas and tasty food! All can be ordered on Amazon, many can be found at Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table, and some can be picked up at your local bookstore (to the extent there are any of those left). Dorie Greenspan's "Around my French Table"--(easy):
I have to admit, after our last experience with Kitchen LTO, when chef Blythe Beck was there, we had little to no desire to go back. That mostly had to do with Cameron almost swallowing a giant piece of plastic wrap that had been cooked into our food, and the minimal effort put forth by the wait staff to even acknowledge the situation. It took leaving the giant piece of plastic on an otherwise empty plate to get even a cursory "oh, sorry." HOWEVER, the old location is no more. There's now a new location (in Deep Ellum), a new chef, and new staff. So, we thought we'd give it another try. We're glad we did. The new location is much smaller than LTO's previous location in Trinity Groves.
We recently decided to dust off our copy of Paul Bocuse: the Complete Recipes and try a classic we've heard a lot about over the years--Chef Bocuse's famous Black Truffle Soup. A little background on why this recipe is so famous. When Chef Bocuse was awarded the French Legion of Honor by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1975, he was invited to a ceremony at the Elysee Palace to celebrate the award. He created a truffle soup to be served on the occasion, and named it after the the the President--"Soupe aux Truffes Noires V.G.E." Containing fresh black truffles and foie gras, and covered in puff pastry, a star was born. He has served the soup at his 3 Michelin-starred restaura
One of our favorite places to hang out and have a beer is Ships Lounge--a legendary dive-bar off of lowest Greenville and Ross that has been a Dallas staple for decades (it holds the disputed title of oldest bar in Dallas). We'd go, we'd bring cash, we'd listen to their amazing jukebox, we'd drink really cheap beer, and we'd enjoy the nostalgia that St. Patty's decorations from the mid-1990s evoked. Then, Ships closed. First, it was just for a month for "light renovations." Then it was for longer. A lot longer. We followed the halting purchase / re-opening attempts that local media reported on. We didn't have a lot of hope that it would open ever again. Then, a few months ago, it did
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's time to shop for new fun things to give as gifts (or potentially keep for yourself). Just in case anyone is shopping for the foodie in their life this weekend, we have a few recommendations for kitchen and other gadgets that we love to use. Some are expensive, some are cheap. Most are in-between. We wanted to give you a good mix. We'll also provide other "Favorite Things" posts focusing on cookbooks, foodie books, etc., between now and Christmas, so if you don't find anything here that you like, don't despair. Other lists will follow. Also, most of these things can be found locally at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Bed Bath & Beyond, and some
Winter finally arrived in North Texas, and so we were in the mood for something hearty. Wine was also a must, especially because the next several stops for our Saturday involved buying lots of Christmas decorations. SO, where to go for a quick, hearty, delicious lunch? Right down the street from our house at Jimmy's Food Store, that's where. Lots of people know Jimmy's as the preeminent Italian grocery store that it is, with a fabulous all-Italian wine selection. Others know it as the place to get wine right before heading next door to Cafe Urbano for dinner. But fewer people seem to order sandwiches there and sat down for lunch (a fair amount actually do take sandwiches to go). Jimmy'
No matter where you live, Winter is now officially here. And that means that (finally) it is time for Scotch consumption (not that you can't drink Scotch during the summer, but it just isn't quite the same)! A good single-malt Scotch is one of my favorite things, so I look forward to Scotch season every year. There's just nothing quite like curling up in a chair with a book, a fire, and a glass of single-malt. If you've seen Nick Offerman's epic 45-minute ode to Lagavulin, you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about. Watching the video, I can feel the fireplace already! Ten to Fifteen years ago, there weren't as many Scotch options readily available in the US marketplace. There we
We work pretty long hours and are generally night owls, so we're always looking for decent late-night food options that don't include a call to Mr. Wong. One of our favorite spots is Gemma, especially because their reverse-happy hour menu starts at 10:30 PM and they serve food until 1 AM. They're one of the few restaurants in DFW that offers high-end dining at such a late hour, so they stay busy and rightfully so. Gemma is in a cool dining/retail strip on Henderson, and is really spacious inside, considering the frontage it's been given. Chic inside, the decor isn't the only thing that shines. From a very small open kitchen, the chef and staff produce great food. Gemma also has two cert
We've been really excited to try this restaurant since they started to build the building close to two years ago. As we drove by the space over the years, we constantly commented on when it would be done, and wondered if good things would come to those who wait. We weren't disappointed. The entire restaurant is a play on an industrial warehouse - unfinished ceilings, no booths (all bar stools and sturdy metal chairs around tables). The subway tile walls exude a cool vibe, and the waitstaff is very attentive--although most of the waiters reminded us of Crush the turtle from Finding Nemo (i.e. you're enjoying your food? Right on Dude...). Most of the seating options are very Millennial--co
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