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Dallas Raw Oyster Primer

crave9by Joey Stewart

The taste of Oysters can start a lively debate, but if you are a serious bivalve eater you know that Dallas has dozens of spots serving some of the best in the world. With over three hundred varieties in the US it’s one of the most diverse foods you’ll ever eat. Do you prefer the briny taste of east coast oysters, or the sweeter ones from the west? How about oysters from the south?

That’s an old school train of thought that we don’t produce great oysters in Texas or the Southeast. Regardless, here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of the top spots in Big D to get your fix on. We won’t list any spots that “rinse” their oysters before they serve them. That’s blasphemy to oyster addicts. Every restaurant will have different varieties on different days, but we’ve listed some of their more popular and recent selections.   Continue reading

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The Inspiration Behind Spaulding’s Specialty Spices

hothoneyby Steven Doyle

Growing up with a passion for food via television cooks such as Jacques Pepin and Martin Yan, James Spaulding has followed this dream to form Spaulding’s Specialty Spices. Cultivating his own organic raised bed heirloom garden, Spaulding founded his Dallas condiment business in 2013. This is where you will find his kicked up creations such as his blends of dry meat ande vegetable rubs, flavored salts, teas and spices.

Recently we noticed Spaulding’s Hot Italian Honey which absolutely fascinated us. y. Uses are great on meats, cheeses, BBQ, ribs, chicken, charcuterie, biscuits, ice cream, veggies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more. It really takes Pizza to the next level.We asked the spice maker what his inspiration was for this product which is a mix of Italian chiles, vinegar, and local honey.  Continue reading

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Celebrity Chef Ramen Series at Top Knot

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Top Knot, the modern American restaurant with Asian roots that features sharable plates with market ingredients and flavors from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Japan, along with Chef Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) and Jesse Houston (Saltine restaurant, Jackson, MS).

” Uncommon Ramen builds from the amazing experience we had creating ramen with the chefs in our series last summer” comments Chef Hernandez.  “We’ve invited some incredible chefs to collaborate with this series and I can’t wait to see what we come up with in the kitchen.”   Continue reading

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Brick & Bones Gives Us The Bird

brick4by Steven Doyle

We live is a time where many chefs are taking is back to the basics. And what is more basic that true comfort food such as fried chicken and big biscuits served with a side of gravy. But we are talking chef chicken and chef gravy, so that means totally kicked up, and always delicious. This is the case at Deep Ellum’s Brick & Bones, the curious dive bar where we found chef Rey Morales.

You may remember Morales from his stint at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty. It is this experience that allows the chef the abilities to crank out some of the finest chicken your narrator has sampled in Dallas.  Continue reading

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

ranch5by Steven Doyle

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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Henderson Tap House Featuring Raw Bar Each Thursday

hendersonby Steven Doyle

We meandered into Henderson Tap House last week for a happy hour pizza (half-priced bit of tastiness) and discovered that the pub was introducing their new raw bar. The raw bar includes plenty of cold seafood items  such as oysters plenty of ways including raw (Blue Points and Gulf), Rockefellar broiled with spinach, bacon, cheese and a cream sauce. They also Bang Bang-style with peppers, onions ginger and ponzu.  Continue reading

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Eat Me: DaLat’s Chili

dalatby Steven Doyle

Plenty can be written about Khanh Nguyen at DaLat. He is definitely the king of the late night menu, serving pho and plenty of other interesting Vietnamese items on into the night.  Arrive at 1:59 and you will be welcome to order, whereas any other establishment would be sweeping and shaking you off to find bad waffles for your 2am fix. Many of the late night patrons are waiters, bartenders and chefs. Others arrive directly from the bars that surround the neighborhood. All are welcomed with a steaming bowl of pho, or one of the many other items that will definitely sooth your soul.

And damn those delicious little DaLat shooters which are Vietnamese meatballs seared and sunk into a spicy broth of sake, coconut and cream. Toss your head back for a moment of bliss.    Continue reading

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