There are some pretty tasty dining options in downtown Plano as I found out last night, beboppin’ in an out of more than a few last night. One such choice landed us at a spot called Kelly’s Eastside for one of the tastiest sandwiches we have sample in a some time. Perusing the menu, and after sampling the extremely rich crab artichoke dip, we left the selection to our bartender. We were up in the air about a burger or a sandwich. We are always on the hunt for the next best burger, so there is always that bent. And when ordering a burger we generally get it as close to plain as possible for two reasons. First, it just looks better in a photo. And second, you are able to actually taste the burger with out the addition of giant shards of avocado, or spilling in chili. Continue reading
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by 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
Katherine Clapner, owner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate has secured a lease on 15th Street in Plano and now plans to open her fourth location.
“It is an old building and we are just now learning what our restriction may or may not be. You would be amazed what you have to go through in order to give someone a free sample of chocolate away,” said Clapner.
Sampling of her quirky chocolates has been the cornerstone of her business. The flavors she offers may confuse the average palate, but they seem to be set straight once a customer actually tastes the confections. Continue reading
There are certain things in life that make us smile. Puppies, certainly. Holding hands while on a stroll beachside, oh yes. Sleeping in on a rainy day? You know that works. As the Beatles exclaimed, the best things in life are free.
That is why when we heard that Kenny’s Burger Joint in Plano was giving away free cheese fries each Sunday starting September 27th in honor of their year anniversary we stood and applauded at our desks. We know a great deal when we see one, and this works in delicious ways. Continue reading
Whiskey Cake has teamed up with Real Ale Brewing Company for a five-course beer-centric dinner. Chef Stan Rodrigues has prepared a prix-fixe menu inspired by the warm flavors of a Texas fall, with bright, locally-sourced ingredients and a unique beer pairing to complement each course. This special dinner takes placeTuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7pm. Cost is $70 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 972-993-2253. Continue reading
More news from the King of Late Night, Khanh Nguyen who owns both DaLat, the interesting and quirky pho restaurant with the late night hours, and ZaLat, the pizzeria that has even later hours. Both restaurants are located on Fitzhugh. Today Khanh tells craveDFW that he plans another location, and actually signed a new lease just after midnight this morning. The new Zalat will be located on the northwest corner of Legacy and Independence Parkway in the Legacy Village Shopping Center at 7224 Independence Parkway. It will mirror the Fitzhugh location exactly and only serve take out and delivery. This is in a former Domino’s Pizza location. Continue reading
Kent Rathbun entered the food industry at age 14, washing dishes at a local Sambo’s, a job for which he had lied about his age, claiming to be one year older. By the end of his first day as a dishwasher, he had asked to help the night cook, who within three weeks recommended that Rathbun be promoted to the cooking station. At age 17, he was working as an apprentice in the 5-star dining room of Kansas City’s La Bonne Auberge restaurant, where his mother worked as a maitre d’.
The fine dining experience changed his culinary tastes, causing him to come home determined to educate the experienced cooks in his household: “When I started learning how to work with fresh vegetables and snails and foie gras, that’s when my taste just exploded. I told my mother, `I can’t believe it. All those things you and Grandma have been cooking all these years – you’ve been overcookin’ ’em.'” Continue reading