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Getting Your Indian Fix At Chaat Cafe

by Steven Doyle

Chaat Café  is billed as a fresh and casual Indian fast food restaurant, but there is absolutely no resemblance to what you might consider fast food. The food is served in the same relative time as any other restaurant, and is hand-made to order with precision and care. The concept is a national chain, but each location has a local flair. Since Irving has a tremendous Indian population, it is very popular with the locals.

The menu at Chaat is fairly extensive with a full line of chaat, or Indian nibbles such as Pani Puri (crisp shells stuffed with potatoes and garbanzo beans) or a variety of Pakora and Samosas.

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Beans or No Beans Chili Brouhaha

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Temperatures are dropping this week and many of you will be seeking out  great bowl of chili. We have some to recommend. We also have the tale of the original chili cook off in Terlingua if you are interested in any more history today. This article was read last week on the main stage of The Original International Chili Cook Off held in Terlingua each year, which we are honored. That cook off is always held in Terlingua the first week of November.

In the past few week we have been discussing the perfect bowl of red, as we do each year about this time. It is certainly something we enjoy and take to heart as a true Texas original. However, it has been disturbing as each one of these conversations always ends with a debate on “beans or no beans”.  Our stance stays true to the no beans camp. We have a few original chili recipes to prove that this is the way God intended chili to be served. Beans may join the table as a condiment, just as you might add fresh brunoise of onions, or even Fritos to make your own pie.     Continue reading

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11 Wonderful Pizzas in Dallas That Are Not Neapolitan

by Steven Doyle

For our end of year pizza binge we wanted to try out some of the better pizza in town, but with one hitch– not Neapolitan style. We have saw an onslaught of pizza being brought to the forefront and most of the new spots in Dallas are of the Neapolitan variety. There will be even more of this style of pizza coming, and that is fantastic. We love this, but what are some of the best non-Neapolitan pizzas in the Dallas area? Glad you asked.

Here is a list of a few of our favorites in no particular order. Peruse our list and offer your favorite seven. And for the best Neapolitan-style pizza? Stay tuned, we are dining out way through that scene as we write.     Continue reading

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Serious Bowls Of Soup To Keep You Warm Tonight

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by Steven Doyle

If you are in North Texas at the moment, you might be enjoying the cooler weather. AccuWeather tells me that it is a cool 55 degrees as I write this, and will be raining for the next few days. This could only mean it is time for a warm bowl of soup, and of course I have a few suggestions to tantalize you.

Tortilla Soup simply screams Dallas, and the king of the Tortilla Soup is none other than Dean Fearing who picked up the task while serving as Mess Sergeant at The Mansion on Turtle Creek.  We have witnessed the making of this soup, and let’s just say it is far easier to mosey into the Ritz-Carlton than actually produce the soup yourself. However, if you wish to attempt the recipe, we list it at the bottom of this article.

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Peace, Love and Chicken Fried Steak (Video)

by Steven Doyle

There is no greater holiday than Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day on October 26th. Celebrate with us by singing along to the Jimmy Baldwin video below.  Notice this was filmed at Allgood Cafe  in Deep Ellum which is top on our list of chicken fried steaks in Dallas.  Continue reading

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Enjoy A Plethora Of Our Favorite Sandwiches In Dallas

by Steven Doyle

There is little to make a sandwich wonderful other than  fantastic bread, well thought out seasonings and spreads, and a filling that should be unsurpassed. When deciding a list of our favorites, it seemed a more daunting task than originally thought. So many more came to mind as the list was settled.

With all the heartache of selecting which can stand alone as the very best, we humbly submit in no particular order sandwiches that we enjoy. Tell us your favorites and we will run out today and sample one. Continue reading

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Features Texas Craft Beers at an Exclusive Fall Beer Dinner

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Do local Texas craft beers match up to or even surpass the classic beer styles of the world? Guests will have the opportunity to answer this question on the evening of Friday, October 24 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse during the “Texas vs. the World” Beer Dinner as they sample local favorites and compare them to national and international brews. Special guest Melissa Monosoff, Beer expert and Master Sommelier, will guide guests through this epic showdown between the Lone Star State and the rest of the world.   Continue reading

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