by Andrew Chalk
There is Tex-Mex food, and there is Mexican food. No Dalllasite seeking authentic Mexican food in their hometown need travel far nowadays. There are dozens of neighborhood Mexican places scattered across the area, each typically reflecting the food of the region where the owners originated.
There is also the adventurous Mexican food of Mexico’s big cities. Restaurants with names like Komali, Lazaranda, MesoMaya and Wild Salsa. They offer a chance to explore chilies more arcane and intriguing that Tex-Mex’s jalapeños (Komali had six different chilies on its menu the last time I was there), sample ingredients uncommon in European-inspired cooking. How about a side of cactus? How about huitlacoche growing on your corn? How about fried insects? One can also experience the exhilarating flavors and textures created when the native ingredients of Mexico are inducted into the sophisticated preparation techniques of France.
At a packed blow out six-course Third Anniversary Dinner (at which I was an invited media guest), Lazaranda reiterated that it is a master at the latter. Executive chef Antonio Marquez trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, so that really should not be too much of a surprise. A first course of Fuji apple soup with goat cheese croutons, topped with toasted walnuts and cilantro oil was as subtle and harmonious as any soup served in one of the city’s top restaurants. I am going to start a reality show which swaps dishes at smart restaurants with food from ethnic places just before service. The dinners will be quizzed at the end of the meal as to which of course was the ringer. This sophistication and elegance of this dish would have made it indistinguishable from one of Bruno Davaillon’s glorious soups at the Mansion. Continue reading
Yard House, known for its extensive draft beer offering, will open in Addison on October 29. Located at Village on the Parkway, Yard House will bring approximately 200 new jobs to the area along with 130 draft beer selections.
“North Dallas is a great market for Yard House,” said Craig Carlyle, president of Yard House. “We chose Village on the Parkway because of the strong mix of retail, dining and entertainment options. We look forward to introducing Yard House’s distinctive beer and food offerings to Addison.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened its Addison doors Monday, September 29th, and is the latest transplant from Austin, Texas. Hopdoddy serves all natural beef ground fresh daily in its own grind room and cuts Kennebec spuds for their fries on premises.
Look for some really nice local beers from Dallas including selections from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Peticolas, and around the state featuring brews from 512, St Arnold, Live Oak and Austin Beerworks. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
I recently had some beautiful dishes at Lazaranda in Addison, including a Sea Bass Ajillo, which is a seared Sea Bass with garlic and gaujillo peppers along with a dash of orange juice and tomato sauce. A true stand out. You may have heard about the small group of restaurants from Mexico, with its single location in the States in the food capital of Addison, Texas Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Can you believe it is almost time once again for Addison’s Oktoberfest? The big event takes place September 18-24, 2014, and you will not want to miss even one of the many events. We already published the Ultimate Guide for this year’s fun, but each year we always have some sort of contest to get you all excited. This year is no different. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special “Oktoberfest” Paulaner Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more. There are carnival rides, midway games, children’s entertainment and activities and a 5K run and 1 mile fun run benefiting Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.
For guests who visit Munich’s famed Oktoberfest, the ticket to have is in the VIP balconies of the 14 bier tents at the festival. At Addison Oktoberfest, the massive 30,000 square foot Schloss Addison tent has a similar opportunity. Noted chef and restaurateur Richard Chamberlain will host Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, a full-service restaurant overlooking the Addison Oktoberfest busy dance floor. Continue reading
by Alex “Moose” Perez
Snuggled away between Farmers Branch and Addison, lies a very cool bar and grill – Addison Ice House. I just recently had the pleasure of meeting the staff for Addison Ice House, and after speaking with bartender Ricardo, he suggested I try ‘The Ice House’ burger. Let me be the first to tell you that among all the burgers I’ve had in the last couple of months and really had some bite in it.
The Ice House Burger is comprised of a half pound beef patty, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, jalapeno ranch and the kicker – fried jalapenos, all sandwiched between a tasty bun. Chef Troy Tickle came from Chop House Burger in Arlington said that his Ice House Burger is their best seller. There was no disagreement on my behalf. The smokiness from the beef patty and the tanginess from the fried jalapenos complimented each other very well.