by Steven Doyle
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.
One of our favorite’s comes from Graham Dodds and I am sure we will be tasting his new bowl of red at his new post as Exec chef at the Statler Hotel.
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 njoy beans with your chili, we invite you to check out another article we wrote some time ago on the subject. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
A true bowl of Texas red is near and dear to me, and I am always willing to order a bowl if found on any menu I stumble across. I am pleased to report that there are more chili offerings this year than last, and many have upped the ante in developing a perfect bowl. With temperatures dipping into freezing ranges in the coming month, what a perfect opportunity to go out and taste a bowl for yourself. Continue reading
Movember is a fundraiser that Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House participate in every year. This year, goodfriend will host a kick-off party on Saturday, November 1st and the final party Sunday, November 30th.
Co-owner Matt Tobin says, “ This year we are excited to have Ted Hoffman and FLY Barbershop involved – they have a mobile barbershop in an airstream. We will have a red carpet leading from the restaurant to their airstream. We decided that we wanted to make a bigger impact this year. Last year our team was in the top 10 in the Dallas area for raising money. By partnering with the other restaurants, we could make a bigger and more effective Dallas service industry team.” Their other partners include The Filmore Club, The Common Table, The Standard Pour, Cold Beer Co. and Blind Butcher. Continue reading
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House (they like all lower case, actually) the East Dallas restaurant/bar owned by Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling of Blind Butcher has launched a new menu going into its 3rd year of business.
Tobin and Yingling spent a lot of time listening to their very best customers over the past year and came to one conclusion…the menu needed a refresh. Chef Eric Salome, formerly of the Omni Hotel Dallas and a graduate of DCT International Hotel and Business Management School in Vitznau, Switzerland, was originally hired as a line cook and very quickly showed he had the skills to do much more.
Co-owner Tobin tell us, “During the past several months Eric has worked closely with myself and Josh on developing a new menu, making sure we didn’t depart from what the Goodfriend menu is all about: high quality meat, bread and fresh ingredients put together in a creative way and prepared with an attention to detail.” Continue reading
by Mike Marrero
This column is intended to help couples, whether single or married, to have special date nights that do not break the bank, while still experiencing fantastic evenings with high quality food and drinks. My intention is to provide you with suggestions to help prevent date night monotony.
I keep running into readers that have not yet been to Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, and it floors me. You are missing out on one of the best beer and burger concepts in DFW. This high praise is not limited to CraveDFW, but also mirrored on Google, Yelp, Trip Advisor, Foursquare, Urbanspoon, Zagat, and other local polls and publications. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Each week we ask the question, “What’s Eating Your Phone”? This is where we all can join in on the foodie fun and send in your latest dining photo that has you all jazzed. These are not necessarily limited to dining out, it can be from that last dinner party. And don’t think we discriminate against libations. Send in your favorite cocktail photo, too. To be included in a future edition of What’s Eating Your Phone, send those photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A brief description and location would be super helpful. Here are this week’s selections: Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House partners with Lakewood Brewing Co. and Puro Verde Tequila for “¡Ay Dios Amigos!” to release very special beers aged in Puro Verde barrels on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Hosting an all-day event, goodfriend will be the only place to get this world premiere beer. Live music will begin at 3pm featuring Hazardous Dukes, Psycho Pony, and Hell Texas.
This event is a year in the making. Carlos Bell, the general manager at Goodfriend, asked Trey Baumgarner, the owner of Puro Verde Tequila, for four of their Añejo Tequila barrels for Lakewood Brewing Co. Along with Bell, Matt Tobin, Josh Yingling from Goodfriend and Craig Reeves from Puro Verde Tequila delivered the barrels to Wim Bens from Lakewood Brewing Co. to begin the aging process. Two barrels of Lakewood Lager (Vienna-style Lager) and 2 barrels of La Dame Du Lac (Bierre de Garde), part of the Lakewood Legendary Series were aged in the Tequila barrels for nine months. A couple of months ago, all parties involved came together for a taste test. Continue reading