This Monte Cristo Is The Holy Grail Of Plano

holy grailby Steven Doyle

The Monte Cristo is the kissing cousin of the sandwich called the Croque Monsieur.  The Monsieur  is made up of a grilled Gruyere cheese loaded with thin slices of ham and fried in clarified butter. You can find both sandwiches served in and around Dallas with no finer example of the Cristo served at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. It is a serious sandwich.

The sandwich claims roots dating back to a depression-era dinner staple called a cheese dream and the deep-fried grilled cheeses called “Frenchees” native to Nebraska. Both are deep fried cheese sandwiches, the latter is sometimes dipped in an egg wash then rolled in Corn Flakes. The beautiful sandwich rose to fame  in 1966 when it appeared on the menu at Disney’s Cajun restaurant Blue Bayou, adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And certainly we all recall the menu at Bennigan’s where they proudly served up the deep fried sandwich filled with turkey and ham.   Continue reading

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2015 DFW Restaurant Week Dates

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The highly anticipated 18th annual charity-dining event, DFW Restaurant Week, presented by Central Market, is announcing its 2015 feature dates: August 10-16, 2015. Benefiting organizations North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Lena Pope are celebrating more than 125 restaurants and tens of thousands of diners who participated in the 2014 campaign, raising more than $715,800 to support the organizations’ life-changing work in our communities.

“DFW Restaurant Week is our single largest annual fundraiser thanks to our community, amazing chefs, restaurants and sponsors,” said Jan Pruitt, NTFB President and CEO. “We are excited for another great year of North Texas’ top dining experience, supporting our mission to put food on the table for hungry children, seniors and families throughout our region.”  Continue reading

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10 Best Places In Dallas For Chili

terlingua2by Steven Doyle

A true bowl of Texas red is near and dear to me, and I am always willing to order a bowl if found on any menu I stumble across. I am pleased to report that there are more chili offerings this year than last, and many have upped the ante in developing a perfect bowl. With temperatures dipping into below freezing ranges in the coming days, what a perfect opportunity to go out and taste a bowl for yourself.  We have a list of some of the best in Dallas area to celebrate National Chili Day.

If you are curious how the chili cook off in Terlingua came to be, you might want to check out this link: The Colorful History of the Chili Cook Off.     Continue reading

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Eat Me: Perry’s Massive Chop

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It is a massive haunch of pork, cooked with perfection and carved elegantly table-side. Table-side service seems to be a lost art form, and I would personally like to see this more of a trend in coming years. Consider a flaming crepe with its delightful bit of pageantry that should be experienced at least once in a life time and not merely relegated to film of a forgotten past. That said, the Perry’s Steakhouse chop is that bit of a throwback. We provide a video below for your consideration.    Continue reading

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Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery Hammers Out A Great Pizza

20150214_183245by Steven Doyle

Tucked away in the cozy community of Castle Hills in Lewisville, Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery has seemingly exploded. Embraced by the tightly woven neighborhood in a beautiful shopping center that offers pretty much everything the golf cart driving community might need, Pie 3.14 is a match that offers some pretty terrific pizzas, salads, sharables, and hefty entrees knocked out by chef Brent Hammer. The handmade pastas are a dream.   Hammer’s background is a strong one including cheffing at Westside Tavern in Los Angeles, the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica and the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Hibiscus and Whiskey Cake in Dallas.   Continue reading

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South Carolina Cookery History: Natives, Settlers, Slaves and the Birth of a Cuisine

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Hobcaw Barony was a 16,000 acre development that was developed in the 1700’s presently known as the majority of Georgetown South Carolina. The Native Americans who resided on this land called it “hobcaw” meaning between the waters this term was used by the Waccamaw Tribe. In the early 1500’s, the Waccamaw may have been the first natives to have encountered Europeans. Explorers Francisco Gordillo and Pedro de Quejo took several Waccamaw tribe members to Spain. Stories of gold, silver and fearless hunters and warriors (Natives) led the Spanish back to the present day Carolina coast in the 1520’s.  Continue reading

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CBD Provisions Hosting Lakewod Brewing Dinner March 10th

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CBD Provisions and Texas craft brewery Lakewood Brewing Co. collaborate for one-night only on an evening celebrating the best of modern Texas fare paired with award-winning craft brews.

Menu highlights include Lakewood Brewing Co.’s La Dame Du Lac, a Biere de Garde, or strong pale ale. The beer is no longer in production and boasts rustic, tart notes and a dry finish. It will be paired with a selection of house-made provisions including fresh cheese, sausages, and smoked fish. The Holiday Bonus, a seasonal porter with a semi-sweet chocolate finish, will be paired with roasted and fresh vegetables and raclette from Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese in Texas Hill Country.

Lakewood Brewing Co.’s Greta Wise will be on hand to speak to the beers being served and answer guest questions.   $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Tuesday, March 10; evening begins at 6pm.  Reservations are required.

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