by Steven Doyle
The exact origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown, though it most likely hails from Northern Europe, with the earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769. A staple of American cuisine, the creamy combo made its way to the United States courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who, while visiting France, became enamored of fashionable pasta dishes served there. He brought back noodle recipes and a pasta machine, since this foodstuff was unavailable in the Colonies. As president, he served macaroni and cheese at an 1802 state dinner. Continue reading
Fish and chip shops were originally small family businesses, often run from the ‘front room’ of the house and were commonplace by the late 19th century Britain.
Through the latter part of the 19th century and well into the 20th century, the fish and chip trade expanded greatly to satisfy the needs of the growing industrial population of Great Britain. In fact you might say that the Industrial Revolution was fuelled partly by fish and chips. Continue reading
We have discussed this marvelous pub located in Plano for some years now, Holy Grail Pub. They serve many favorites, besides a great selection of beer and whiskey, including the absolute best monte cristo and bowl of red.
Chef Shimond Bradley, who re-joined the Holy Grail Pub in May 2018 after a seven year absence has elevated the menu with creative New American cuisine while improving the celebrated dishes that have earned the pub multiple accolades for best bar food in Dallas and Plano. After stints at Casa Rubia in Dallas and Flora and Secco in Richmond, VA, Bradley has returned to the Holy Grail Pub with extensive knowledge of gastronomic science and culinary presentation to create a menu of approachable, quality food. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Monte Cristo is the kissing cousin of the sandwich called the Croque Monsieur. The Monsieur is made up of a grilled Gruyere cheese loaded with thin slices of ham and fried in clarified butter. You can find both sandwiches served in and around Dallas with no finer example of the Cristo served at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. It is a serious sandwich.
The sandwich claims roots dating back to a depression-era dinner staple called a cheese dream and the deep-fried grilled cheeses called “Frenchees” native to Nebraska. Both are deep fried cheese sandwiches, the latter is sometimes dipped in an egg wash then rolled in Corn Flakes. The beautiful sandwich rose to fame in 1966 when it appeared on the menu at Disney’s Cajun restaurant Blue Bayou, adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And certainly we all recall the menu at Bennigan’s where they proudly served up the deep fried sandwich filled with turkey and ham. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dogfish Head Brewery is a brewing company based in Milton, Delaware founded by Sam Calagione, and opened in 1995 producing 175,000 barrels annually. Dogfish is known for their in your face brews with a touch of insanity involved, such as their “Liquor de Malt”, a bottle-conditioned malt liquor, which typically comes in a Dogfish Head brown paper bag. Many f the beers are extreme in alcohol, reaching 18-20% ABV, where your average brews clock in from 3 to 7%.
Dogfish Head’s most popular beer can be found in the line of India Pale Ales (IPAs), which are available in three varieties: 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute IPA. The names refer to the length of the boil time of the wort in which the hops are continuously added. The longer hops are boiled the more bitterness is imparted to the beer. That certain bitterness is sought out by those that appreciate a good IPA. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
The owners of the very popular gastropub Holy Grail in Plano are opening their first barbeque restaurant in Iriving and plan to call the restaurant FM Smoke House. The restaurant will be located at 660 Walnut Ridge Road; at the former Bennigan’s location on Highway114 and MacArthur Blvd.
FM Smoke House is a full service restaurant serving rural Texas comfort food. The menu is inspired by local eateries located along Texas’ rural farm-to-market highways that crisscross the state and lead to major cities. FM Smoke House will feature many smoked dishes such as bacon-injected brisket, beer can chicken, beef short ribs, beef tenderloin and house made hot dogs. Continue reading