There has been this terrific trend in past years of adding an egg to most anything to make a more supple and delicious. The burger is a prime target for this unabashed egging, and always a welcome garnish on any style of tartare. The egg, if prepared correctly, provides a silky self-saucing thrill that ups the ante to sandwiches, pasta and salads. Eggs are not just for breakfast.
Today we explore a handful of primo examples of how the egg has enhanced many dishes in the Dallas area. Continue reading →
Dallas has no shortage of the delicacy that is a burger. What makes a perfect burger is the flavor of the beef, and freshness of the bun, and toppings. A burger should develop a nice sear to trap all the juices inside. Pressing a burger releases all of its flavor and makes the burger dry and ends up crumbling. The toppings are just as important as the cooking process. Using fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions help bring a crisp texture and flavor depth that makes your burger scream fresh.
To add more depth a spread or sauce needs to compliment the other toppings without making the burger too messy or all you have is a excessive use of napkins. Innovative burger toppings just makes the flavor depth more interesting you just need to keep them in check because there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Continue reading →
The glorious seafood tower is a dish of raw and cooked shellfish served cold on a platter, usually on a bed of ice. The serving platter is generally held above table level with a stand and sometimes can contain multiple, elaborate tiers. This is both for visual effect, and because the shellfish are often served in the shell, or on the half shell, which causes them to take up a large area while containing only a bite or two of meat.
We found some very nice versions in Dallas. Although they are not particularly inexpensive, as would be expected when you start adding King Crab and elusive oysters, but typically you may order several levels to feed a varying amount of people you are dining with. However, one might make an entire meal of such platter along with a special bottle of wine.
Enjoy this bit of extravagance which is appropriate for any occasion. See our list, in no particular order. Prices listed, otherwise the tower is market-priced. Continue reading →
What is made up of butter, flour, water and eggs, piped into several shapes for a variety of uses, and made most famous by our friends at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans? It is, of course, this special dough which brings us delicious pastries, both sweet and savory, such as eclairs, cream puffs, profiteroles, croquembouches, French crullers, and Indonesian kue sus, dumplings. In the case of Cafe du Monde, choux is also responsible for the beignet, that wonderful little bit of fried dough that we typically dump a crazy amount of confectioner’s sugar onto and devour without remorse alongside a steaming cup of coffee.
There are more than a few versions of the beignet in Dallas, and bring you some of the best. Continue reading →
Always on the hunt for something overwhelmingly delicious, a stop to study the local seafood tower scene in Dallas is a fantastic assignment that ferreted some pretty marvelous results.
A Plateau de Fruits de Mer, or the tower we are in search of is a seafood dish of raw and cooked shellfish served cold on a platter, usually on a bed of ice. The serving platter is generally held above table level with a stand and sometimes can contain multiple, elaborate tiers. This is both for visual effect, and because the shellfish are often served in the shell, or on the half shell, which causes them to take up a large area while containing only a bite or two of meat. Continue reading →
Your next date will be Saturday during the day and starts with brunch at Boulevardier in the Bishop Arts District. Boulevardier is a French inspired modern bistro with a selection of over 120 bottles of French and American wine, a large liquor selection including signature cocktails, and chef driven menu offering many delicious choices from its wood-fired grill. This consistently top ranked Oak Cliff gem is open for brunch on the weekends from 11am – 3pm. Order a round of mimosas for $10, share the Legs and Eggs featuring crisp duck legs confit, sunny side up Texas Farm eggs, homestead stone-ground grits cake, and huckleberry sauce for $16, and the French toast with biscoff, cinnamon toast brittle, Texas pecan maple syrup, and Grand Marnier Chantilly for $10. Boulevardier is located at 408 North Bishop Avenue in Dallas. Continue reading →