Dallas

The Meddlesome Moth

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My favorite stop on my Texas tour was Meddlesome Moth. Located in Dallas’s Trinity Design District, Meddlesome Moth is an interesting upscale, yet down to earth spot serving some damn good food. The dishes are packed with the finest ingredients, layers of flavor, and a farm to table feel. My brother, Jay raved about how on point their brunch menu was. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites (amazing food, menu, atmosphere)

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We started with a couple carafes of Blood Orange Mimosa’s: Sweet, yet tart. I really enjoy this compared to the classic Mimosa. They went down too easy! 20160821_104819.jpgMy mom indulged in a Bloody Mary: Nice and spicy, with a lot of flavor!

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For the table:

Morning Buns: Drizzled with Texas Field honey glaze. Seriously? I’m usually not a sweet morning person, but these were delicious without being overly sweet. They were served still warm in a cast iron skillet and I couldn’t get enough.

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My pick:

French Toast Sandwich: Smoked pit ham, Maple Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, runny egg, battered brioche, and sorghum cream. OMG! Our server said this was his favorite dish on the menu so I had to order it. It did not disappoint. It was a flavor bomb of sweet, salty, Cheesy, and smoky. The yolk from the egg added enough silky richness to balance the French toast. This was a fork and knife kind of sandwich. The fresh fruit was perfectly ripened and sweet.

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My brother’s pick:

Maple Whiskey Donuts: Two freshly baked donuts topped with a homemade Whiskey maple glaze, bacon, fried egg, candied bits of goodness, and a raspberry for good measure all dusted with powdered sugar. This was the special for the day and I can see why. It was on point. It wasn’t overwhelming sweet like I’d thought it would be. The donuts were delicious and light-despite being a well  known heavy dessert. The bacon was crispy, salty, and tasted best when the egg yolk dripped all over it.

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Mom’s pick:

Smoked Chicken Salad Croissant: Smoked chicken breast salad with cranberries and celery, piled onto a flaky, buttery croissant served with a mixed greens lightly tossed with a sherry vinaigrette, croutons, shaved Parmesan, and grapes. The chicken salad was creamy and light with the perfect blend of ingredients. That croissant though! So flaky and delicious. This was not your ordinary chicken salad sandwich. It was amped up and done right. A “gourmet” chicken salad sandwich, if you will.

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Our server was awesome, stayed on top of our drinks and did his best to make sure we had a great experience. He gave us his recommendations and called me “Dear” which I loved. We got lucky and didn’t have to wait for a table at the busy brunch hour. The décor was that of an upscale, modern restaurant with crisp, white linens on every table, yet it had a casual feel. There were three huge stained glass windows showcasing three music legends (Chuck Berry, Elvis, and one of my favorites, Jerry Lee Lewis). Badass, right?! Hall & Oats was playing the whole time we were there which also made me very happy. If you get a chance to stop in, do it! You won’t be disappointed. Meddlesome Moth is just a cool place to be at.

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My brother, Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Jerry Lee.

Thanks for a great vacation, Jason! See you soon.
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Dude, Sweet Chocolate

I’m switching it back to Dallas for a few posts. The next feature on the Bite Tonight is Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Normally I stick to restaurants, but this storefront is a perfect write up. And too good not to share.

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Located in Dallas’s Bishop Arts District is a cute little chocolate shop, Dude, Sweet Chocolate. I can only describe this nostalgic spot as a chocolate lab concocting some of the most creative, yet bizarre flavor combinations. Think blue cheese and sea salt fudge and a dark chocolate, sesame, and balsamic bar. Check it.

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When you walk in, you are surrounded by shelves and stands that house chocolate bars, barks, potions, spreads, truffles, toffees, olive oil, anything you can think of really. Some products come in liquid or powder form, others in a spreadable tub. It was like I was a kid in a much more mature, sophisticated, and healthier candy store.

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I wanted everything, but settled for the log of chocolate “salami.” After sampling pieces of this chocolate, I fell in love with the fig chunks.

FDA Chocolate Vegetarian Salami: made with meedjoul dates, figs, cocoa nibs, and marzipan. The chocolate was soft and sweet, and the marzipan added a subtle creamy, nutty flavor. The dates and figs also added texture and a fresh taste that brightened up the chocolate.

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The best part was that all the ingredients were natural so although I was indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, I didn’t feel bad about doing it. Dude, Sweet, Chocolate is perfect for any chocolate lover or even if you want to try something new. It was a delicious and mind opening experience as I had no idea that chocolate was so versatile. If you come across Dude, Sweet Chocolate, you have to stop in. Try the chocolate tea or chocolate infused olive oil.
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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The Bite Tonight’s next visit on our Texas culinary tour is to Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

Located in Addison, TX, which is an incorporated town in Dallas county, Flying Saucer is part of a whole little strip of bars and restaurants. With close to 20 locations throughout the states, Flying Saucer has become the home for all your favorite brews. The name says it all because Flying Saucer Draught Emporium houses hundreds of beers with new selections on tap every few days. The kitchen is kicking out sandwiches, German dishes, pizza pies, and appetizers even featuring some of the delicious beer. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (German menu and beer selection).

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Jay and I started with the Texas Mead: Cranberry Orange. Light, fruity and perfect drink for summer. Our table was next to a huge open window so enjoying this mead with the breezy, warm Texas air coming through was perfect.

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Ma’s choice

Saucer Dipster: Seasoned Boar’s Head roast beef with melted Swiss cheese, horseradish-mayo on a hoagie roll with stout au ju for dipping. Served with fries. The roast beef was tender and juicy with a punch of beefy flavor. The au ju was deeply rich and wasn’t super salty. My favorite was the horseradish-mayo! It wasn’t super spicy or strong and it went great with the crispy fries. We couldn’t get enough.

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My brother and I’s choice

Beerfest: Pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and queso for dipping. It’s customary that when dining out, we all pick a dish off the menu, but we still share and try everything out. Ma loved the mini “Melba toast” and it was the perfect assistance to transport the delicious German classics to our pie holes. The pretzel was super fresh and soft and was delicious with either the spicy mustard or spicy queso. The sauerkraut was exactly how I like, still with some sourness to it  (I hate when sauerkraut is rinsed of all its glory and flavor). The brat was awesome with a hint of beer. I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to order this off the menu, but it was tasty and I enjoyed making little kraut and brat sandwiches with the pretzel and sauce.

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The vibe at Flying Saucer was fun and positive, and filled with all sorts of people: cowboys (yes, decked out and all), hipsters, college kids, families, you name it. Everyone had one thing in common: love for good food and craft beer. Service was good and the servers/bartenders are very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Flying Saucer has a beer club where you can sign up for free swag and drink your way through their beer list: UFO Club. Flying Saucer also hosts tons of monthly events and has it’s own online publication where fans and guests can stay current on everything beer related: Beerknews. Check em out!

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Lockhart Smoke House

The next stop on my Texas culinary adventure is to Lockhart Smoke House located in the Bishops Arts District, Dallas, TX. Lockharts is true Texas BBQ and it has the reputation to prove it. Lockharts has scored a spot on many top BBQ lists and has won awards for serving delicious, finger lickin’ smoked meats including brisket, pork, chicken, sausage, turkey and ribs. They also serve beer to wash it all down with. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (experience and sides)

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lockhart dining room

Lockhart doesn’t have servers (cept at the bar) so when you first walk in, it’s a good idea to snag a table while someone else in your party heads to the back of the joint to order.

All the meats are sold by the 1/2 lb, and the sides are sold, well, as sides (small or large). We wanted to try a little bit of everything so we got brisket, ribs, and a whole lotta sides.

Brisket and Ribs: Tender, smokey, rich flavor. Delicious alone or slathered in barbecue sauce.

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Mac and Cheese: Creamy and simply without all the bread crumbs or browned cheese on top. This mac and cheese reminded of the velvety, silky-ness of Velveeta with an oven baked taste.

Lockhart Slaw: Crispy chopped slaw with a bit of a kick. The trio of crunchy slaw, creamy, rich dressing, and heat was killer.

Deviled Eggs: Rotates daily with a different meat filling. I honestly don’t know what meat we ended up getting, but it was delicious. One of the best eggs I’ve ever had. The filling was smooth and creamy with a slight kick.

Potato Salad: Smokey, creamy, tangy, with chunks of brisket. Seriously, the best tater salad we’ve ever had. It didn’t last and our only complaint was that we didn’t order more.

Smoked Baked Beans: Chock-full of chopped brisket and smoked onions. The way baked beans should taste! Smokey and sweet.

The meats are dished up on butcher paper (I know, right) so I ripped off a piece, spooned on some sides, and went to town.

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Lockharts offers pickles (sour or hot and spicy), red onions, jalapenos, and BBQ sauces to pair with your meal. They also give you good ol’ white bread to help shovel all the delicious grub in your belly. I can see why Lockharts has been voted a top BBQ place. It was great to experience authentic Texas BBQ all while getting a little messy. All you can eat pickles? Yes, please!

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A big shout out to my brother, Jay for inviting us to the Big D!

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And also to my lovely mother for exploring Dallas with us

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After dinner, we decided to walk off our meal and stopped into Whitehall Exchange for a drink. Apparently, Moscow Mules are pretty popular as well as delicious. And, yes, they do taste better in the copper mug.

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Latin Deli

The next visit on the Bite Tonight’s Dallas trip was to Latin Deli.

Located on Abrams Rd, Latin Deli is hidden away in a strip mall and if you blink, you might miss it. The menu includes delicious, fresh, and homemade sandwiches, salads, pastries, smoothies and coffee, and crepes. The crepes come either sweet or savory and the sandwiches feature authentic Latin cooking. We came here for brunch. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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My pick:

Passion Fruit Smoothie: Refreshing, cool, and summer-y. Perfect for brunch.

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Pineapple Pork & Egg Sandwich: Homemade pork, grilled ham, grilled pineapple, cheese, Latin mayo on Ciabatta bread. I added an egg. The sweet and salty combo was really delicious and the egg was a nice compliment. The small Ciabatta bread acted as an English muffin which was soft on the inside and slightly toasted on the outside. The homemade potatoes were the star of the meal! There was this slightly sweet, salty, with just a hint of heat seasoning on the fries that I could not figure out, but it was scrumptious. The fries were soft, but not soggy. The Latin mayo for dipping was insane!

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Ma’s pick:

Chicken Sandwich: Marinated chicken, tomato,  jalapenos, onions, and Latin mayo . Juicy and tender chicken with a tasty spice blend. It wasn’t too hot, but was just enough for you to taste it.

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Jay’s pick:

Tamarind Smoothie: Slightly tart, but sweet and fruity.

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Lomo Saltado: Sautéed beef Peruvian style, Salsa Criolla (compiled of onions, chile peppers, lime, and cilantro), Aji Marillo (yellow chile pepper), egg on Ciabatta bread. The beef was so tender and melted in your mouth. The creaminess of the egg with the salty beef and spicy salsa really was a great start to our day. The large Ciabatta bread was chewy and just delicious. It soaked up just enough of the juice from the beef to act as a sauce and not make it soggy. Again, we could not put down those fries! They are addicting.

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Jalapeno and Cheddar Muffin: This took cornbread to a whole new level!  Nice balance of cheesy and spicy, but the muffin itself was killer. It tasted like a cornbread muffin married a cupcake because it had a slight sweetness to it. It was unlike any cornbread muffin I’ve ever had. It was moist, sticky, and delicious.

cheddar and jalapeno muffin

Latin Deli blew me away. It has a small dining room with a handful of tables on the patio as well, but that didn’t stop this deli from serving up big flavors. The quality of the food was better than most large restaurants. They are really showcasing their passion for good Latin food while offering reasonable prices. I also enjoyed that covering the walls were tons of inspirational sayings and quotes. It really was a colorful and positive environment. The staff was friendly and the service was great. This will definitely be one place I return to the next time I visit Dallas.
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Vernon’s Gastropub

The next stop on the Bite Tonight’s Texas trip is to Vernon’s Gastropub.

Located in Dallas, TX, Vernon’s Gastropub first started in 1986 as a bar and grille. In 2013, they made the transformation to the city’s first gastropub offering craft beers, liquors, and scratch made food using only the highest quality ingredients. With live music, great food and drink specials, and flat screens to enjoy the big game, Vernon’s is the place to be. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Chickels and Pips: Battered and fried pickle slices with crispy hand cut potato chips. I really liked the thin, crispy chips. The pickles were slightly salty and lightly battered. Great starter!

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Martini Olives: Queen Ann olives wrapped in applewood bacon and deep fried crispy. Props for creativity. The combo of the saltiness from both the olive and bacon with the sweet and smokiness from the applewood bacon was good. This appetizer was just a little too salty for me.

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ABC egg rolls: Avocado, bacon, chicken, tomato and Jack cheese fill these wraps. Creamy, cheesy, and crispy. Delicious twist on the classic egg roll. Served with a sweet chili sauce that was on point.

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Sliders: Fried Chicken (Hand battered chicken strips and pickle), Zingers (Hand battered chicken strips tossed in original Buffalo sauce), Pulled Pork: Sweet and tender, Pot Roast, 50/50 (ground top sirloin and bacon). You could really taste the bacon and sirloin in this slider. It was a bite of heaven and full of flavor.

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Fried Chicken: Simple, yet yummy. You get a taste of southern fried chicken with a nice sourness from the pickle slice.

Zinger: Nice crispy fried chicken coated in spicy buffalo sauce. Juicy chicken breast lightly breaded.

Pot Roast: The roast beef was super tender and delicious.

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Reuben Sandwich: Sliced corned beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese on grilled rye served with a cucumber and red onion salad. The corned beef was finished on the flat top grill which added a nice browned up crisp to it. The Sauerkraut had a nice sour and sweet balance to it that complimented the salty corned beef.

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Traditional Cobb Salad: Fresh greens, assembled with grilled chicken breast, shaved turkey, boiled egg, sliced avocado, crispy bacon, purple onion rings, diced tomatoes, and Jack & Cheddar cheese. Served with a lime vinaigrette and cheese toast. This salad was huge! The chicken and turkey wasn’t that cold cut crap, but nicely shaved off real fresh breasts. Fresh ingredients and some real passion make this one of the best cobb salads I’ve ever had. It was so good that we hardly touched the dressing.

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Service was great and we actually ended up here on Ladies night so our appetizers were half off and drinks were 25% off. We got there a little late, but we managed to catch a few songs of the band which was pretty decent. You could really taste the quality in the food which you don’t always get from a bar or pub. If you’re looking for a great place to drink and get amazing, made from scratch food, stop in to Vernon’s Gastropub.

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Iheart Kolache

Today on the Bite Tonight: Iheart Kolache Coffee-Bakery

Last week, my mom and I traveled to Texas to visit Jay. One of our first stops on my culinary journey was to experience a kolache. Kolaches first originated in the 1700’s in Czechoslovakia and were brought to Texas by immigrants who settled there. These delicious little pastries come in savory choices such as Philly Cheese steak or BBQ Beef, but also can be enjoyed with fruit fillings including blueberry, cheery, and apricot. Kolaches are also popular in Oklahoma and Montgomery, Minnesota, where they are rumored to be the kolache capital of the world. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of bites (unique-ness and menu)

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Kolache assortment (6 for around $12): Chicken enchilada, Ranchero, Sausage, Sausage croissant, sausage, egg, and cheese, (breakfast), and Bacon, egg, and cheese.

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Chicken Enchilada: Chicken breast, tomato sauce, cheese, and sour cream. I’ll start with the best part, the pastry! Warm, soft, with a slight chew and sweetness. The perfect dough to hug the delicious filling. Not to spicy, with tender chicken, and a perfect balance of cheese and tomato sauce.

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Sausage, egg, and cheese: Move over mcmuffin! All I can say is that this is perfect for breakfast on the go. All the great breakfast ingredients you want baked into a soft roll.

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The service was good in the nice, clean bakery. I love that you can get different types of kolaches. You can get a meal in one or simply a croissant wrapped around a European sausage (even better than the breakfast). The combination of the soft, warm, buttery roll and the filling is out of this world. If you get the chance to try one, do it and then order more to go!

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