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Time For A Little “Steakation” From Pappas Brothers Steakhouse

steak pappasby Steven Doyle

Pappas Brothers is one of Dallas’ leading steakhouses, garnering many awards for their tremendous wine list, and of course steaks. We have an opportunity for you to try your hand at these marvelous steaks at home with what Pappas is calling a ‘Steakation’.

“We know from our own family experience that by sharing an unforgettable evening meal together whether relaxing by the pool or patio at home or in a fine dining atmosphere with Texas hospitality, great style and service can bring people closer together,” said Christina Pappas.     Continue reading

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2017 Crave Grill Guide and Reviews

by Steven Doyle

Grilling season is in full swing and it is time you thought about tossing out the old rusty model you have been clinging to for so many years. We have a little guidance in selecting a new model that will not only impress your neighbors, but ease you through many summers ahead. Unlike our pal Hank Hill, we prefer using real charcoal for a better tasting product.

When using charcoal, we recommend natural lump charcoal and not briquettes which can be laced with undesirable ingredients. Lump charcoal burns hot, and with some brands your grill can reach over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for grilling steaks. You just can’t get this kind of heat out of briquettes. Plus there is very little waste cleanup with natural charcoal.          Continue reading

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Bone Daddy’s Barbecues The Breastaurant

DSC06216By Steven Doyle

When Mike Leatherwood opened his first Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke in Dallas he wasn’t looking at operating a breastaurant, but somehow along the way he was lumped into that category. He had an all female waitstaff wearing skimpy clothing, so technically that would throw him into the company of Hooters. Interesting enough, the gimmick was to be temporary while he perfected the Addison-based business. More recently Leatherwood re-engineered the uniforms to be more tailored and less revealing. What is left is some really good barbecue, hand-made the old fashioned way.

On a recent visit we learned that training was supreme importance for Leatherwood, and has a two day program where he empowers employees through his personal life coach. It is this treatment that nets a amiable employee and extremely low turn over.

Then there is the barbecue.       Continue reading

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Meet Garrett Marrero from Maui Brewing Company

by Steven Doyle

We recently caught up with brewer and general happiest guy we ever met and asked him a few questions.  Please meet Garrett Marrero from Maui Brewing Company.  We recently caught up with the brewer which offers beer made in Hawaii and shipped to the mainland.  There are a few confusing brands out there that claim to be shipped from Hawaii and Garrett will attempt to clear that up for us.  Continue reading

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Fried Food Glory at Texas State Fair

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by Steven Doyle

Our time at the Texas State Fair has been filled with laughter, music, beer and food. Plenty of food as a matter of fact. How the State Fair became synonymous with all things on a stick and fried is stuff of legend, but the holy grail of all things fried is undoubtedly the corn dog.         Continue reading

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Vote For Your Candidate With Beer at Flying Saucer

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The 2016 presidential race just got even better. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium debuted its 2016 U.S. presidential pint glasses, kicking off the brew pubs very own poll for the outcome of the election. Saucer’s poll is a proven success as sales of the glasses have correctly predicted the outcome of the past three presidential elections. (It’s a beer drinkers and we’re just living in it, right?)   Continue reading

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betterBURGER Has A Good Burger, But Oh Those Fries

by Steven Doyle

When you title your restaurant betterBURGER you are tossing down a gauntlet in a city that is obsessed with their beef.  In the past year dozens of burger joints both gourmet and otherwise have opened their doors. It has been a fairly safe bet in the Dallas restaurant industry that burgers sell.

I met one of the owners, Vincent Vitalis, who was more than enthusiastic to chat up anyone who happened into his clean, tidy shop located on Lemmon just west of Inwood road. Vitalis is not necessarily new to the restaurant business.  He comes from a family of entrepreneurs that successfully run local stops such as the Original Market Diner on Harry Hines (think best breakfast and incredible pie) as well as Circle Grill in East Dallas (chicken fried steak and other home cooking fare).           Continue reading

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