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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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Seven Restaurants with Delicious Lent-Friendly Dishes

Look for bountiful seafood offering with cooler temps and the Lenten season. Here are seven cool offerings to tantalize:

Ida Claire  Ida whips up a delicious Wood Grilled Atlantic Salmon, served with blistered okra and broccolini, Fresno peppers, spiced yogurt and sesame. 

Mexican Sugar  The Latin restaurant’s seafood dishes include Mesquite Grilled Salmon, served with Latin corn succotash and creamy poblano corn, Lump Crab Enchiladas, served with poblano crema, roasted corn pico and queso fresco and Pescado Tacos, served with adobo marinated white fish, avocado spread, kale, jicama slaw, pickled red onions, mojo vinaigrette, lima crema and habanero mango pico on hibiscus tortillas. 

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Free Grill Classes at the Ranch at Las Colinas June 27th


Learn how to grill two of summers most popular proteins, Brisket and Beer Can Chicken, with The Ranch at Las Colinas’ Chef de Cuisine Mark Daverio on June 27 at 4:30. Explore summer grilling Texas-style as The Ranch serves up complimentary light bites, live music from Bubba Wesley, a raffle for two tickets to a whiskey pairing dinner in September, and recipes for you to share with your family for Fourth of July.

The event is FREE to attend. Call to make your reservation at (972) 506-7262.


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2017 Best Chili Finds in Dallas and Fort Worth

chili1by 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


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Meet Mover and Shaker Bonnie Wilson

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Now in its eighth year, Bombay Sapphire and GQ Magazine’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” program traveled to over 40 US cities and welcomed more than 3,500 participating bartenders in 2014. With the aim of advancing best-practice bartending, cultivating mixologists’ skills and encouraging their creativity, the “Most Inspired Bartender” program has played a pivotal role in recognizing up-and-coming cocktail cities, as well as strong holds such as New York and Portland.

The local contest which sends the winner on to compete nationally was held this week in Dallas, and the winner of the competition was Bonnie Wilson, the beverage program manager for Frontburner’s Fork It Over Restaurants (The Ranch at Las Colinas, Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco). As good fortune would have it, we spoke to Ms. Wilson recently and had a spirited conversation in this Q&A.   Continue reading


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Bourbon Dinner at The Ranch in Las Colinas Was Hosted by Drew Mayville

DSC01548by Steven Doyle

This past weekend Bonnie Wilson, who oversees the beverage program at The Ranch in Las Colinas, Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar, invited Drew Mayville, Master Blender at Buffalo Trace in for a special evening dining paired with some pretty special bourbons. To start the evening Wilson created a beautiful cocktail to get our palates started, but be there no doubt that the night would be filled with first rate bourbon finished off with one of the fine cigars that the Ranch offers in their large humidor.

Drew Mayville joined Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2004 as Director of Quality, Processing and Blanton Manufacturing Operations. Since he joined the distillery, he has worked hands-on with the award-winning whiskies produced at Buffalo Trace. Mayville regaled the crowd with information on the making and blending of the variety in the Sazerac line up which included Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye, E.H. Taylor Single Barrel and Stagg Jr.    Continue reading

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