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[DFW]99 Ranch Market is Coming to Plano!

Hm. Would a 24 hour marinade help? Or is it a low and slow only job? (I'd most likely have to roast it, but I could experiment with my new outdoor electric grill!)

Jul 03, 2011
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

[DFW]99 Ranch Market is Coming to Plano!

Anyone tried the beef?

Every time I browse the meat case they have giant beef tenderloins for darn cheap! I want to try one! It looks like it would need a bit of cleaning (silver skin, etc), but man...at that price...

What are some other opinions/observations?

Jun 28, 2011
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

College Station to Dallas

Howdy!

Gotta be in College Station for a wedding next weekend. Looking for a nice find on the way back Sunday. It can be out of the way. Cafe, diner, BBQ, whatever.

Can anyone help?

Apr 22, 2011
JethroSpanks in Texas

Who serves PIE in the metro..... real pie, good pie??

Downtown McKinney is such a jewel. The Pantry closes at 2:30. I think most of the fruit pies disappear earlier in the lunch rush. They open for lunch at 11 every day. They're specials are pretty good but man...they're pie...especially the chocolate chip pecan. YOW!

Also, that place turns into a pie factory for Thanksgiving. Ask the employees and they'll tell you about their "pie day". It's awe inspiring and sounds like so much fun!

Nov 15, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

I found good BEEF RIBS in Dallas Metroplex

I COMPLETELY agree! The beef ribs at the Wholefoods smokehouses are damn strong!

Nov 02, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

2 Yankees in search of really great mexican and tex-mex--plano area

Great suggestions. However, I disagree with the tip to avoid El Fenix.

El Fenix is VERY STRONG and you can easily find quite a few locations. It's a local "chain" and I've never had a bad experience. For my money, they have the best chips and salsa and enchilada's which are ALL CORNERSTONES of GREAT TEX-MEX!

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El Fenix Restaurants
6391 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Oct 15, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Who serves PIE in the metro..... real pie, good pie??

AHHH YES!

The Dairy Palace! This served as a half-way meeting point between Dallas and Longview for my mother and my aunt whenever I would go to stay the weekend there or my cousin would come stay with us. When I was a young kid, I would always be so disappointed I couldn't order from the senior citizen's menu. Their value meals always looked SO much better than the kid's or regular menu!

I always thought it was the original Dairy Queen that spawned the franchise or a rogue Dairy Queen owner decided he wanted more power than afforded a queen and built a palace! They had burgers, chicken fingers, steak and chicken sandwiches, fried, onion rings, etc. I remember Blue Bell ice cream products as opposed to the Dairy Queen soft-serve, too. I would get a banana shake or banana pudding ice cream (the BEST Blue Bell flavor) when they had it. Man. That place is great!

But yeah. Pie.

I've heard GREAT things about The Shed in Edom. I think Texas Monthly ranked it high in their small town cafe tour a few years ago and I've ALWAYS wanted to drop by.

Thanks for reminding me of the Dairy Palace, ibobi!

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Dairy Palace
2301 N Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103

Oct 15, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

West Fest 2010!

Thinking about heading down to Westfest this weekend. I've never been!

Let's start some discussion about anyone's experiences, suggestions, expertise, etc.

What should I look out for? What should I not miss?

Aug 30, 2010
JethroSpanks in Texas

NYC Corned Beef in Dallas

Ah. Never been to either, just figured I'd throw it out there and see what the response was!

Aug 22, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

NYC Corned Beef in Dallas

Anyone tried the sandwiches at any of the Cindi's New York Delis? I've only had their black and white cookies (best around here...BY FAR!). But haven't had anything else.

Aug 17, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Who serves PIE in the metro..... real pie, good pie??

The Pantry Restaurant. Downtown McKinney. Bar none.

Aug 17, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

taco de sesos in dfw

Have you ever tried Tacos Grande in Lewisville? It's at the intersection of Corporate and 35. I've found them to be the best in my explorations.

Aug 15, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Iron Chef America - Battle Cauliflower

I may make these AND chicken bastilla together. Turn the savory on their head!

Jun 15, 2010
JethroSpanks in Food Media & News

Iron Chef America - Battle Cauliflower

THANK YOU!

Jun 08, 2010
JethroSpanks in Food Media & News

Iron Chef America - Battle Cauliflower

Where did the almonds come in? Did he make the cauliflower into a mash and then mixed it with flour and almond to make the fritters?

May 29, 2010
JethroSpanks in Food Media & News

Iron Chef America - Battle Cauliflower

Is there anywhere we can find a recipe for the cauliflower & almond fritters with the vanilla mascarpone? Wasn't there a peach reduction or coulis with it, as well?

May 27, 2010
JethroSpanks in Food Media & News

Chinese Cream Buns (DFW)

Garden Cafe! Yes! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. Thanks for agreeing with me! (Is that awkward?)

I, personally, like the breadiness of their buns (the custard ones at least) but wish there was some more filling in their pork buns. It does me good on those days when I really miss NY Chinatown.

Jan 06, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Steamed Buns in Dallas

Yao Fuzi in Plano has a "Double Cooked Pork with Steamed Wheat Buns". They're pretty good. Nothing as good as Momofuku, but a decent substitute to get you through until your next visit to NY. They are more expensive than the ones you'll find at the counters of any market or store in the strip malls, but it's a nice restaurant. So...yeah....

Also, see what you think of the buns from the bakery on the corner of Greenville and Polk in Richardson. It's next to 1st Chinese BBQ. I personally love them all (cream, pineapple, pork, etc). The ones in the refrigerated case are my favorites.

Let's go kidnap David Chang and make him set up shop here!

Jan 05, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chinese Cream Buns (DFW)

Really? *hangs head* Sorry about that. Most of their buns, while bready, are usually a good mix. Did you try anything from the refrigerated case? I enjoy the cream buns in their more than the ones already baked on the shelf...but I AM weird.

I hope your meal at 1st BBQ was at least tasty!

Jan 05, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chinese Cream Buns (DFW)

There's a bakery next to First Chinese BBQ in Richardson. Corner of Polk and Greenville. It's the best bakery in this area that I've found. ALMOST as good as a NY Chinatown bakery, but for Dallas...YUM!

Try it! VERY VERY VERY friendly owners, too!

Jan 02, 2010
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best BEEF ribs in Dallas (BBQ)?

Maybe not the best but VERY VERY VERY solid and consistently good are the beef short ribs at the Whole Foods in Lakewood. Hardly ever any available after 5pm. Their in house bbq shop is very underrated.

Nov 20, 2009
JethroSpanks in Dallas - Fort Worth

Corn Butter?!?!

This has become a wonderful and fascinating conversation!

Aug 20, 2009
JethroSpanks in Home Cooking

Corn Butter?!?!

Thanks to both of you! Very good point, paulj!

Aug 19, 2009
JethroSpanks in Home Cooking

Corn Butter?!?!

So, while watching Iron Chef America, I was intrigued by Bobby Flay's use of a "ground corn butter" and "fresh corn butter". I want to make this! I cannot find a recipe! I assume it's just incorporating butter and cornmeal and/or butter and ground corn, but I could be wrong.

Does anyone know or have any idea or tips?

THANKS!

Aug 16, 2009
JethroSpanks in Home Cooking

Road Trip

Pappas BBQ is the darn near the worst BBQ I have ever put in my mouth...yuck. You'll be better off at some place like Dickey's. Seriously.

(NOTE - That is in NO WAY a slight against Dickey's. Dickey's is solid and reliable. Like the Whataburger of BBQ. Like a Honda Accord...nothing to blow your mind, but always satisfies and gets you where you need to go more than comfortably. Reliable like that one girl we all know.....ahem......)

The moral of the story: Pappas BBQ sucks.

Jul 25, 2009
JethroSpanks in Texas

Sushi Off-The-Menu

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Sushi Sake is DEFINITELY on top of my list for my next dining out experience. I just hope I can get my my cousin or friend out with me and take care of this craving!

Jul 25, 2009
JethroSpanks in Texas

Sushi Off-The-Menu

DallasDude - I have infact had the monkfish liver from Nobu and it instantly became (and still to this day remains) probably the top 3 things I've ever eaten. I had it at the NY Nobu and I've been trying to make it to the Dallas location to see if it's the same! I'll try the rest of your suggestions, if I do! (especially the geoduck, as I've been wanting to FIND THAT for a VERY long time!)

twinwillow - Soda is the owner at Sushi Sake, yes? I've heard great things about this place. What's your favorite?

Have either of you been to Teppo on Lower Greenville? It and Awaji in Plano have been my favorite sushi places around here. Teppo serves Omakase, though I have yet to try it.

Jul 23, 2009
JethroSpanks in Texas

Sushi Off-The-Menu

Howdy all!

I was wondering if anyone knew of any sushi place in particular that offered unusual, "not American friendly", off-the-menu items. I know that restaurants get ingredients that they don't put on the menu or the get special ingredients that "insiders" have to know about. I also know that there's SO much great tasting food that we here in America consider "misc. parts" that restaurants won't put on their menus, for example fried shrimp heads or fried fin or organs!

Does anyone know of any place where they welcome or understand customers asking for anything special NOT on the menu or on the board? (Does any of that make any sense? haha)

Thanks!

Jul 23, 2009
JethroSpanks in Texas

Quiche -reduced fat success

I need to try your evaporated milk approach!

I sometimes like to use FAT FREE GREEK YOGURT when I make crustless quiches. I substituteuse it anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the milk with yogurt and use skim milk for the rest. It takes a bit more stirring/folding/whisking, but it creates a very creamy but still fluffy custard.

WARNING - my first couple of times using greek yogurt, I overcooked the quiche because it doesn't set quite the same as a normal quiche. So, just trust your instincts that it's done and set!

I hope others find this a good good yum yum like I do.

May 13, 2009
JethroSpanks in Home Cooking

Lengua in Santa Fe???

Anyone know where (if anywhere) to find lengua/tripe/brain tacos in Santa Fe?

Thanks!

Mar 15, 2009
JethroSpanks in Southwest