Monday, July 9, 2012
Ten Bells Tavern in Bishop Arts opens with “butty” on the menu
Sandwich has penny-pinching roots.
DALLAS Oak Cliff restaurant-bar Ten Bells Tavern opened last week with a menu that includes a new item to Dallas called the "butty."
It's basically a French fries sandwich -- i.e., a layer of French fries between two slices of bread. It's also known as a "chip butty," revealing its English roots, since they call French fries "chips." The sandwich was originally a penny-pincher's delight -- designed as a way to avoid wasting old French fries, and is generally served with some kind of sauce. According to Ten Bells owner Meri Dahlke, Ten Bells serves it with a ramekin of house-made Jack Daniels mustard. They also add cheese to the sandwich, making it a kind of grilled cheese.
The closest parallel in these parts is the tendency for people to insert chips -- Fritos and the like -- inside their sandwich.
The word butty is a contraction of "bread and butter"; the sandwich is $9. Ten Bells is named for a bar in England and loosely follows a British theme. Other menu items include:
- pickled eggs in rotating flavors such as curry and jalepeno
- a Cobb salad ($12)
- baby beet salad ($10)
- fish & chips ($14)
- a three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich with Jarlsberg, mozzarella, and cheddar ($9)
- chicken-Cobb sandwich ($12); and wings ($9)
The bar is open until 2 a.m., but the restaurant closes at 10 p.m.
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