The Cockrell family moved to the Dallas area in 1847 and purchased the part of John Neely Bryan’s homestead that included the Dallas town site and Trinity River ferry. Eventually the family opened a sawmill, lumberyard, gristmill and freighting business. The land they owned spread far on the rolling banks of the Trinity making up the family’s ranch, however, now much of that legend has been forgotten.
Today you may once again spot cattle roaming proudly where they once grazed, but now a skyline of concrete and steel are the backdrop where once only windmills and oil pumps could be seen. Continue reading →
I had to stop inTaqueria Cristinathis week if for no other reason than to sample their black bean dip served with the complimentary chips and salsa. The chips are forgettable, but they are more than redeemed once you sample the very spicy and very smoky salsa; but oh that black bean dip. It is not thick or chunky, but instead smooth and velvety with a huge power punch of flavor. Continue reading →
If you have read craveDFW for any length of time, you know we adore our tacos. We create an annual taco list and one of the highlights is usually the gas station trompo taco across from Bachman Lake off Northwest Highway. Some years ago I was sharing taco secrets with Chef Kent Rathbun, and he claimed this to be his most favorite taqueria in Dallas. I pretty much agreed. These are amazing little tacos of grilled meat sliced off a trompo, which is Spanish for ‘spinning top’.
How this all works is that pork is marinated over one or two days in a combination of dried chiles and then slowly cooked with a gas flame on a vertical rotisserie called the trompo. Perched on top of the trompo of meat is generally a whole pineapple that drizzles its juices downward, further breaking down the meat with flavor and enzymes to make it even more tender. Continue reading →
I recently had some beautiful dishes at Lazaranda in Addison, including a Sea Bass Ajillo, which is a seared Sea Bass with garlic and gaujillo peppers along with a dash of orange juice and tomato sauce. A true stand out. You may have heard about the small group of restaurants from Mexico, with its single location in the States in the food capital of Addison, Texas Continue reading →
The fish taco is one of the more elusive bites around the DFW area. TJ’s Seafood Market on Oak Lawn makes one of the better versions, and now there is something to celebrate. TJ’s recently announced a half price taco happy hour from 3 to 5pm each day, excluding Saturdays. You can always find a tilapia version, but there are also rotating tacos like monkfish, cobia, triggerfish and halibut to name a few.
Check out the soft shell crab tacos. These will definitely make you happy. 1/2 Price Fish Tacos Happy Hour, 3-5pm. Beat the heat with a cold beer and 50% off fish tacos.