Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Best bites from summer in DFW
Steer clear of Rodeo Goat, as its now too crowded to get a burger.
Another hot Texas summer is drawing to close, and it’s been a delicious one. Here’s a glimpse at some of my favorite summer eats.
I attended a cooking class at Central Market that featured Tim Byres. Chef Byres is the chef at one of my favorite Dallas restaurants, Smoke. Chef Byres' demo was fantastic, and as a bonus, we got copies of his book, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking. The book is my favorite type of cookbook, one that you could read cover to cover without having cooked a single dish. Part memoir, part reference, part blueprint (with instructions on how to build your own smokehouse, barbacoa pit and pig roaster) part WTF with instructions on how to smoke a pipe -- it’s a great addition to any foodie's library. I also finally made it out to Chicken Scratch, Chef Byres' version of a hipster fast-casual restaurant. You can’t go wrong with their chicken and biscuit (don’t forget the honey!) and yes it is worth the drive.
The Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival hosted a series of 20 pop-up dinners with mystery chefs announced via Facebook just a few days before each dinner. The event billed as Twenty at the Tower gained a lot of momentum as the word spread, and I was lucky enough to attend the first weekend where Chef Blaine Staniford (Grace) showcased an inventive menu (Post photo is a tortellini dish from this dinner) and also when Chef Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods) presented a dinner that highlighted local foods.
Another fun food event was put together by Fort Worth Foodie Magazine (where I am a contributor). The Summer Brews Tour took us on a culinary tour that corresponded to the theme of their current issue. On this tour the theme was beer, and we had sips of cerveza paired with dishes at Rodeo Goat, Brownstone, and Hacienda San Miguel. Check out their Facebook page for announcements about their next tour.
Speaking of Rodeo Goat, that’s been my go-to Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) spot UNTIL they got voted best burger by DFW.com and then it got a little too crowded. If you want to try other burger options in Fort Worth, try the Swiss Pastry Shop and Salsa Fuego.
I made another trek to Dallas to FT33 for my anniversary dinner and I honestly don’t know how to describe any of the food we had. It was all a delicious, exciting and intoxicating blur. They’ve been on my radar because my favorite farmer, Beverly Thomas from Cold Springs Farms, supplies much of their produce. The Texas Sweet Corn Panna Cotta dessert was a sublime blend of flavors with a touch of spice that was inspired by Mexican street corn.
The worst part of summer being over is that there’s no more Parker County Peach from Curly’s Custard. This is, hands down, my favorite summer treat! Hope everyone else had a great summer.
Next we’ll look at all the new spots that have opened or are about to open in Fort Worth. Looks like fall is shaping up to be a busy one in the restaurant scene. Stay tuned.
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