From chili and nachos to fajitas and enchiladas, Tex-Mex could be called the ultimate comfort food. Despite its enormous popularity all over the United States, it’s an understatement to say that Tex-Mex has struggled to get respect as a regional cuisine in its own right, rather than a lower-quality, corrupted version of traditional Mexican food. But with deep roots in both Spanish and Native American culture, the history of Tex-Mex cuisine—and the stories behind some of its most famous dishes—is worth another look.
Native Americans lived in the area that is now Texas for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived in the early 1500s. For more than 300 years after that, Texas (like Mexico) was part of the Spanish colony known as New Spain, and Texas and Mexico remained linked after 1821, when the latter separated itself from Spain. Texas, of course, won its own independence 15 years later, and became part of the United States in 1845. Throughout this complicated history, and in the years since, a number of cultures—and culinary traditions—have been inextricably combined to produce what is known as Tex-Mex cuisine today. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Shuffling in and finding one of the few remaining seats at the bar, a popular spot for the regulars, you grab a menu and peruse knowing that you will order the chicken fried steak. But you scan the menu with the thought you may discover a new Texas favorite, but alas you do not. Nothing new has been invented in the past hundred years that might exceed the perfection of a slab of tasty beef pounded thick and hand breaded and deep fried. The craggy crisp layers are an exciting place for unctuous creamed gravy to lay rest in anticipation of your first bite. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Courtney and Brian Luscher are this amazing husband and wife team that make The Grape the legendary restaurant it is today. Their restaurant is 46-years old this month but have been owners since 2007. At the time they purchased the restaurant for its original owners, Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker, the market crashed nearly the same day they signed papers of ownership. Continue reading
Velvet Taco, the Dallas-based, funky, fast-casual restaurant known for creating tacos with international flavors, is rolling out a brand new brunch menu beginning Monday, September 24.
The four new items will be available all day, every day along with restaurant’s extensive menu of chicken, fish, beef, pork and vegetarian taco options. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This week is all about the burger, and Dallas certainly has no shortage of the delicacy. What makes a perfect burger is the flavor of the beef, and freshness of the bun, and toppings. A burger should develop a nice sear to trap all the juices inside. Pressing a burger releases all of its flavor and makes the burger dry and ends up crumbling. The toppings are just as important as the cooking process. Using fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions help bring a crisp texture and flavor depth that makes your burger scream fresh. To add more depth a spread or sauce needs to compliment the other toppings without making the burger too messy or all you have is a excessive use of napkins. Innovative burger toppings just makes the flavor depth more interesting you just need to keep them in check because there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Continue reading
photos by Kathy Tran
Hunter Pond and Kyle Brooks, founders of the popular, East Hampton Sandwich Co, have partnered with M Crowd Restaurant Group (Mi Cocina, The Mercury) to open a second North Texas location of their East Coast inspired neighborhood restaurant Hudson House on Tuesday, September 25.
Located in Addison at 4933 Beltline Road in the former Taco Diner space Pond says, “the homey yet sophisticated restaurant is our take on the ‘swanky’ neighborhood joints of the West Village in New York City.” Continue reading