We have written about the history of chili, and Dallas is definitely a large part of that. The original Tolbert’s downtown served some of the best chili that could be found on the planet. Also, the original Chilis’, the chain that can be found just about anywhere, opened over 40 years ago by Larry Lavine at the now-defunct Greenville Avenue and Meadow location served fantastic chili back in the day, with a recipe inspired by the first chili cook-off in Terlingua. By the way, Terlingua’s Chili cookoff(s) are the first week in November.
As we do each year, we bring you our favorite bowls of chili in the DFW area. Please note there is not a bean to be found on this list. If you do enjoy beans with your chili, we invite you to check out another article we wrote some time ago on the subject. But feel free to legume!
This year a few favorites fell off the list, not due to a bad chili, but rather they removed the item from their menu. It may return as it gets colder, but sayonara CBD Provisions, Ferris Wheelers and Katy Trail Ice House. They all have amazing food.
Launched by the partners behind LUCK at Trinity Groves, Cedar Creek Brewhouse & Eatery offers made-from-scratch food, freshly brewed craft beer and a full cocktail menu at the Shops at Mustang Station in Farmers Branch, Texas.
The annual North Texas Craft Beer Chili Challenge invites North Texas breweries to create their best pot of chili using one of their own beers as the anchoring ingredient. Chilis will be judged by a local panel of expert media, chefs and business owners from 12pm to 3pm on February 20th. Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce representatives will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm to celebrate Cedar Creek’s addition to the Chamber.
From the 1860s until the late 1930s, one of the primary amusements of both visitors and locals was the food and entertainment offered in the plazas of San Antonio by the Chili Queens.
These women served chili con carne and other Mexican American delicacies from dusk until dawn at various San Antonio plazas over the years — setting up tables and benches and bringing pots of food to cook or reheat over their flickering mesquite fires and to serve by the light of their oil lanterns. As morning came, their families helped them cart everything away. Wandering musicians and singers provided a festive air to the unique proceedings—unique, that is, outside Mexico. In Mexico, the open-air plaza restaurants were not celebrated for their charming food-servers. Only San Antonio had Chili Queens—and while they liked to joke, banter, and flirt with customers, they were well chaperoned by family members who guarded their virtue.
At first, only a few women — such as Sadie and Martha, sometimes pictured in old books about San Antonio — were called Chili Queens. Sadie was called “Anglo-Celtic;” Martha was Hispanic. Eventually, the royal title was applied to all the women—most of them young and virtually all of them Hispanic. Continue reading →
It is National Chili Day and National Margarita Day for those keeping score at home home. We seriously need to motivation to drink ritas and eat chili, this is a daily habit. But for those looking for a way to cut the edge off the chilly and wet day we have a deal for you!
One90 Smoked Meats is serving up bowls of their homemade chili for just $5. The chili is loaded with brisket, pulled pork and sausage for a hearty, protein-packed meal.
It is not fall in Texas until you have had a great bowl of chili! To welcome the season, mark your calendar for Comet Fest, a chili and craft beer festival happening Saturday, October 28, 2017. Grab a friend and enjoy all the variations of the classic fall staple at the chili cook-off sponsored by the Texas Chef Association Dallas Chapter.
Pair your chili with one of the many refreshing craft beers available and enjoy live music performed by local talent. You won’t want to miss the live Mystery Basket Cooking Showdown between Beat Bobby Flay contestant Jennifer Bajsel and Tara O’Donnell, winner of Chopped Junior. The event will also feature an array of vendors, plenty of chances to win great prizes and other food and beverages. Continue reading →
The second location for the local burger maker, Haystack Burgers and Barley opened in Dallas on Oak Lawn. You may recall our rave review of the Richardson location back in 2013. We were infatuated by the burgers, especially the chili burger and the chicken fried version. That chili on the burger makes our best of list each year, it is that good. Burger making at its finest and a great beer selection.
This is the second outpost of the popular eatery from Jenny and Kevin Galvan which debuted the original Haystack in their Richardson. Continue reading →