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Vivador Jimmy Baldwin’s Tune Named Official Song of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day (Video)


Texas has its own day to celebrate the almighty chicken fried steak and it is on October 26. The day was created by seventh-generation Texan and local entrepreneur, Jeffrey Yarbrough in 2010. Last year there was an addition of “Peace, Love, and Chicken Fried Steak” by Jimmy Baldwin as the day’s statewide anthem performed and filmed at Allgood Café .

Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day came about when Yarbrough realized one of Texas’ beloved food groups was not receiving the recognition it deserved. With the assistance of several other restaurateurs such as State Representative and Las Casas Restaurant (recently closed) owner Ralph Sheffield, Yarbrough was able to get the resolution signed on May 2, 2010 for Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. Continue reading

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Deep Ellum’s Harpers Rolling Out Brunch Oct 30th

Dallasites will soon have the opportunity to wake up and transport their senses to destinations across the globe when Harper’s starts serving brunch on Oct. 30.

Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests will be able to delight in globally inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails while relaxing inside or on Harper’s enclosable patio. What will start as a great, ambient atmosphere for brunch will end in a highly energetic, buzzing setting supported by entertainment such as a saxophone player and DJ who will start at 1 p.m.

During brunch, guests can explore worldly flavors intertwined with American roots through gourmet fare, such as:


  • Whole Lobster Benedict – Poached Maine Lobster, toasted English muffin and choron sauce.
  • Japanese Pancakes – Blueberry compote and whipped créme fraîche.
  • Steak & Eggs – 6oz. Grilled beef tenderloin, panko crusted poached egg and Harper’s Sauce.

Brunch Spreads

  • Brioche French Toast – Fresh berries, whipped cream, maple syrup, preserves, local honey and sweet cream butter.
  • Oak Smoked Salmon – Toasted mini bagels, dill cream cheese, quick pickles and traditional accoutrements.


  • Parmesan Fries – Black truffle aioli.
  • Grilled Avocado – Togarashi, sesame and ponzu.


  • A Summers Day – Ketel One Cucumber Mint Vodka, Canton Ginger Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, strawberry reduction and sparkling wine.
  • The Italian Flower – Aviation Gin, italicus, crème de Violette, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice, gum syrup and sparkling water.
  • The Geisha Mary – Ketel One Vodka, furikake rim, rosemary sprig, jalapeño slice and KK’s Asian Bloody Mary Mix.
  • Mimosa In Bed (great for sharing) – Fresh seasonal berries, orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, select spirit and sparkling champagne.

“Brunch is arguably the most important meal of the day for Dallasites, so it was imperative for us to curate the perfect menu featuring exceptional food and drinks before its launch,” said Co-Founder and CEO of Milkshake Concepts Imran Sheikh. “Since opening, we’ve seen an exceptional response to Harper’s elevated menu paired with its alluring atmosphere, exceptional service and entertainment. Our iteration of brunch will undoubtedly make it Dallas’ new go-to weekend destination. Whether you’re in the mood for a large, shareable Waffle Spread, Steak and Eggs or Lobster Benedict, our new brunch has it all with a distinctive twist that can only be found at Harper’s.”

Located at 2525 Elm St. in the new Epic development – nestled between Deep Ellum and Downtown – Harper’s features dark wood, bold accents and striking light fixtures with a beautifully lit, fully enclosable patio that’s perfect for brunch and makes guests feel like they’re dining in a night garden after dark. Harper’s elevated menu draws on wanderlust through its globally inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. It’s the ideal destination for business and social dinners, date nights, happy hour, late night drinks and momentous celebrations.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made here. For more information, visit or follow Harper’s on Instagram.

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Celebrate Chicken Fried Steak Day With Fried Elk (Recipe)

As we celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day all across the great state raise their tongs as they pay homage to this fine example of Texan ingenuity and deliciousness.

We asked Jonathon Erdeljac, owner of both Jonathon’s in Oak Cliff, his secret of how he ended up making a fine example of the CFS in his restaurants. Jonathon gave us this:

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The Chicken That Makes The Coyotes Howl On The Ranch At Las Colinas

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The Ranch at Las Colinas is just that. It is like being invited to dinner at a giant hacienda, and all your friends are there. On a most recent visit I flipped out over the fried chicken, which is the most unusual and flavorful I have tasted ever. The fried chicken at Stampede is pretty remarkable, with its oozing honey pot center, but this is much different. The chicken is first smoked, then fried. If I was some sort of spiritual speaker I would take this opportunity to lean down in front of you and repeat, “smoked… then fried!” Can I get an amen?   Continue reading

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Fred’s Texas Cafe Announces New West Fort Worth Location Opening Spring 2022

Fred’s Texas Cafe announced today its plans for expansion into West Fort Worth with the opening of a NEW Fred’s Texas Cafe on 7101 Camp Bowie West in 2022. This exciting new opening will mark the closing of a chapter and the start of a new one as the restaurant’s flagship location at 915 Currie St. will close its doors on December 31, 2020 and relocate to the new, bigger space come early spring.

Purchased in 1978 by JD and Gari Chandler, the Currie St. burger joint has seen the city of Fort Worth change around it; the building itself has been in that location for almost 50 years (previously Ken’s). During the restaurant’s four decades of operation, the business has stayed family-owned and local through the partnership of long-time friends and co-owners Terry Chandler (JD and Gari’s Son) and Quincy Wallace. The business partners, chuckwagon cooks, and familiar faces to Fred’s regulars are excited for the opportunity to bring Texas’ best burgers and western cuisine to an area of town that hasn’t had a chance to experience Fred’s signature style of food. 

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Two New Restaurants For Addison

Addison is getting not one, but two new restaurants at 5000 Belt Line Road. The bustling strip will very soon welcome Spatch Kitchen & Cocktails and Sonny & Sons in side-by-side spaces, with each offering a distinct and delicious menu to area diners.

Spatch Kitchen & Cocktails is an elegant but comfortable spot serving seasonal American food with a Southern touch. Between its dining room and airy patio, the 5,000-square-foot restaurant seats 150 people. The full bar will pour craft beers, wines by the bottle and the glass, and fresh-made cocktails, like the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup and classic Martini service.

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