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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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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.

The full menu includes:  Continue reading

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Fort Worth Untapped May 9th

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Untapped Festival  just announced that the 9th edition of Untapped will take place on May 9 at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. Earlier this year, Untapped announced the festival series was expanding to both Austin and San Antonio in 2015. The Fort Worth event will mark the 3rd time the festival has taken place at Panther Island Pavilion.

“Fort Worth is a special place for us as the city has always embraced and supported Untapped,” says festival organizer, Matthew Harber of Spune Productions. “Our second event was in Fort Worth and the response really encouraged us to start thinking about expanding to other cities. As the Fort Worth market continues to grow, we are excited to grow alongside it.”  Continue reading

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Tsunami of Beer Kills Nine

by Steven Doyle

A few years back we discussed the tragic and curious Boston Molasses Flood  that killed 21 and injured over 150, demolishing buildings and drowning livestock, causing millions of dollars in damages. There was another industrial accident that wreaked havoc on a city, killing many and causing damage that is equally as curious.

Like all tragic stories such as these a certain element of hubris rides high, not too unlike the massive container of molasses that exploded in Boston all those years ago, or even the supposedly unsinkable Titanic.    Continue reading

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Deep Ellum Brewing Co Announces ‘Kiss Your Cherry Goodbye Dinner’ Friday, Feb 13

Cherry-Chocolate-Double-Brown-Stout-Bottlesby Steven Doyle

Dallas has embraced the craft beer scene in a big way, and it is incredible to see the these local brewers shine with imagination. None are more imaginative that our own Deep Ellum Brewing Company which splash with bright campaigns and even brighter brews. For this season of love we look to their Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout which strums heartstrings of beer aficionados and chocolate lovers alike.    Continue reading

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Burger of the Day: Half Pound Burger at Lee Harvey’s

leeharvey2by Steven Doyle

There is a place, a hidden place, where you can find cold beer, great burgers and incredible live music. This is the place many know as Lee Harvey’s. In its own compound surrounded by barbed wire and a double gate to prevent happy pets from either getting in, or escaping, you will find nothing but great camaraderie and smiles at this hot spot in the Cedars area of Dallas.

The food at Lee Harvey’s is nothing short of splendid, and is made out of a kitchen  much smaller than your own at home. The food comes out quickly and perfect every time for a place with such adversity as this small workspace. But that is the only thing small about the bar. The burgers are enormous, clocking in at a half pound and topped with as many ingredients as you might care to savor. The meat is juicy and hand formed, and even though the bun is sturdy the juices make fast play with your ability to manage this monster.   Continue reading

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A Taste of the Just Released Deep Ellum Four Swords Cab Barrel Aged at the New Taproom

DSC06454by Steven Doyle

We checked in at the fairly new Deep Ellum Taproom located inside the brewery of the same name, and was pleasantly surprised to find what resembles a pretty cool looking pub found on the outskirts of Deep Ellum. You can often find beers that the brewery produces that might not be served elsewhere, such as the new  Four Swords Cabernet Barrel Aged brew released today in bottles. If you go today when they open their doors, you might be able to find a few snifters left of this unique beer. Otherwise you will need to scout out a bottle or two at your favorite high-end beer retailer. The supply is horrendously limited at about 45 cases.

We chatted up Deep Ellum Brewery owner John Reardon for the low down on this special beer and he said it was the Four Swords quad that has been barrel aged in casks they purchased from Ben Calais over a year ago when Calais winery was still located in Deep Ellum, If you recall, Calais has since moved to their new vineyard in the hill country of Hye, Texas.   Continue reading

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