Hutchins BBQ Is Magically Delicious

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We recently had a chance to check in and check out Hutchins BBQ located in McKinney (closed temporarily due to fire) and Frisco, Texas recently with some pretty positive results.  In this world where BBQ can be an easy sell if you happen to have a smoker and a stacks of meat, perhaps with a kitschy name or theme.  Where the big chains fail is on delivery of the goods, and it is unfortunate that many follow their happily played tune. But we know better than all of this.

Hutchins is the real deal BBQ in a land of mediocre. They actually use prime meats, which almost seems like a wasted effort. If you slow cook even the worst cut of beef it will eventually relent to an edible plateau, but why risk it? This effort shines through not only with the brisket, which comes out of a day long bath of post oak and pecan wood smoke with a rich and juicy superior meatiness, but also with their baby back ribs.    Continue reading

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Hotel Vin’s “Vin Weekend”, May 20-22

Introducing our 1st annual Vino at the Vin. We’re celebrating National Wine Day the only way we know how…with a weekend full of immersive wine events — Rombauer Wine Dinner, TX wine & BBQ, WSET Level 1 Class, and Wine for the People.


Rombauer Wine Dinner | May 20 | Bordeaux Ballroom | 7 to 10 PM | $165 pp Kick off your Vino at the Vin weekend with a four-course wine dinner presented by Dallas’ local celebrity Chef, Luke Rodgers, with pairings from Rombauer Vineyards in our Bordeaux Ballroom. VIP Pre-Reception begins at 6 PM with passed wine and Hors d’oeurves on Rioja Terrace for an additional $25. $165 ticket includes gratuity.

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Exciting New Concept Comes from Jesus Carmona of Chimichurri

Trinity Groves is a treasure trove of good food, from top-notch Italian to modern Chinese. Soon, the West Dallas dining destination will expand with Milagro, a new taco-focused restaurant from Jesus Carmona, the chef behind the beloved Tacos Mariachi, that is slated to open this month.

Tacos Mariachi opened in 2015 on Singleton Boulevard, just down the street from Trinity Groves, and it quickly drew a loyal crowd of diners—it even drew in Guy Fieri, who featured the show on “Diners, Drive-In and Dives.” Unfortunately, Carmona had to close his restaurant in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, Carmona focused his attention on his Argentinian bistro in the Bishop Arts District, Chimichurri.  Shortly after opening, Carmona was contacted by the Trinity Groves group to relocate the original Tacos Mariachi two blocks down to the new retail space located in Phase Two of the new apartment buildings.

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Atascocita and Burnet High School Teams Crowned 2021 Co-Grand Champions, Best in BBQ

Two Texas high school teams earned a lifetime of BBQ bragging rights recently for winning the 2021 Texas High School State BBQ Championship title beating out 59 other teams in the state-wide competition at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center in Llano, Texas. The co-grand championship teams, “Smoking Eagles” from Atascocita High School and the “Bulldog FFA BBQ” from Burnet High School won top honors from High School BBQ, Inc. judges. Co-grand championship teams each won a prize package that included a trophy, custom-designed belt buckles, $25,000 in institutional scholarships from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, and another $5,000 each in cash scholarships from High School BBQ Inc. as part of the grueling day-long cook off. 

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Fishing For Seafood At Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille

Loft-Room-1024x682by Steven Doyle

The Perry family opened its first restaurant in 1979 in Southeast Houston as a modest meat market called Perry’s Butcher Shop and Deli. In 1986, Chris Perry persuaded his father Bob to add dining tables, which eventually led to an expansion and the opening of a second market. As the markets gained popularity, Chris opened Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in 1993. The original two butcher shops are also still in operation as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. Continue reading

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Why Do People Like Watching Cooking Shows?

Cooking shows today are what talk shows were in the early 2000s. You’re bound to come across at least one on television. It could be a re-run of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, where Guy Fieri eats at a restaurant in deep Texas or the latest episode of a cooking or baking competition. Either way, you’re hooked, but why? Why is it that whenever a culinary show comes on, people become hypnotized by egg-whisking and burger-flipping? It turns out science and psychology have a lot more to do with it than you’d think.

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