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There’s Something About Mary’s Cafe

by Steven Doyle

As we continue to celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day we wanted to pay homage to the very best Texas has to offer. To find Mary’s Cafe  you will need to barrel west on I20 to Strawn, Texas. Strawn is about 90 minutes from Dallas, but well worth the drive.  This made our jumbo list of CFS, and once you savor the flavor you will understand why.

One a recent visit we pulled in curbside 30 minutes before Mary opened her doors, but were invited in none the less once she spotted us sitting in our car. Our waitress was busy making her tables ready and offered up a tall glass of iced tea she had just brewed, and that took some of the road dust off our palates as we stared down the menu.          Continue reading

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How To Celebrate Chicken Fried Steak Day

by Steven Doyle

God love Jeffrey Yarbrough. Yarborough is one of the strongest supporters of restaurants in Dallas, and when the man decided that there needed to be a holiday that celebrated what should be our state dish, chicken fried steak, he went to Austin to do something about it. This is why every October 26 we celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day as proclaimed by the Texas Legislature.

For most of us we didn’t need a proclamation, but how fun is it that it is all nice and official like. It sort of mandates the fact that we cannot go the day without sampling at least one platter of gravy soaked fried meat.        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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290 Update: Garrison Bros. Whiskey Tour

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by Andrew Chalk

Going down to the Hill Country? Visiting Fredericksburg, Johnson City or Blanco? Make a spirited trip to Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye (along the 290 Wine Trail) where they make Texas Bourbon. I delayed a visit until last month. I can tell you, I should have gone earlier. The whole visitor experience at Garrison is superb. Not just the quality of the finished product, although that is crucial, but also all the organisational aspects of the tour. In fact, wine makers could use the Garrison tour as a template of how to do winery tours.

The experience starts on Garrison’s web site, where you reserve your $10 (per person) tour. Tours take place at set times two hours apart Wednesdays through Sundays. The site is straightforward and reliable. In fact, I upped my reservation from two people, to four, and then, a few days later, to six as more friends heard that we were doing it. Each time, the site found my earlier reservation and incremented the number of people, charging me only the additional cost. We kept one reservation number throughout. One thing to bear in mind, no refunds for cancellations.   Continue reading

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McKinney Oktoberfest This Weekend

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This weekend is Downtown McKinney’s Annual Oktoberfest. With perfect weather in the forecast, it should be a great time for all. Patina Green Home and Market, Local Yocal Farm to Market, and The Experimental Table (Chefs George and Katie Brown) are setting up three food tents in the festival streets. Patina will be serving “Farmhaus German Food” (see menu below) using locally sourced ingredients, including all natural meats from Local Yocal and artisan breads from the Village Baking Company.   Continue reading

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Foodie Finds Abound in the Coastal Town of Rockport Texas

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by Joey Stewart

This popular destination for tourists and fishermen is about a 6-hour drive from Dallas and houses dozens of restaurants featuring fried fish, BBQ and burgers. Over the last few years, however, it’s become a town where chefs from all over have made their home and brought with them award-winning dishes and concepts that rise above the “fried seafood platter”. The area also hosts several food festivals each year such as “Coastal Flavors Weekend” and “Oysterfest”. So next time you find yourself as one of the lucky ones relaxing, fishing, swimming, or boating, head over to one of these gems and enjoy a fine meal and a glass or two of wine. Continue reading

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2014 Texas Grape Harvest: The Early Results

Bluff Dale Wineryby Andrew Chalk

Across the state of Texas, growers are harvesting grapes to make into wine that will become the 2014 vintage. It has been said that you can’t make good wine without good fruit, and the point at which the quality of the fruit is fixed is the moment of harvesting. That makes now an appropriate time to ask the people in the vineyards for an initial assessment of what the 2014 harvest will be like in terms of quality, quantity and character. I sent a survey to all known Texas grape growers and wineries asking them some key questions. Many responded, and I have attempted to assemble their thoughts below. If you grow grapes in Texas, or make Texas wine, and feel that you have something to add, please leave a comment below. Winemaking is, after all, a fluid situation (sorry).   Continue reading

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