Monday, December 5, 2016

Barley & Board Winter Menu

Winter may still be a couple weeks away, but Barley and Board is already celebrating colder weather with new winter menu options! Last week, we got a taste of all the additions, and we came to a consensus - they are well worth the drive.

Under small plates, they've added the Buratta Cheese. It is so, SO good. The cheese is extra creamy and is perfectly paired with a bed of fresh beet salad. Highly recommend this app!

The new Roasted Cauliflower flatbread is also one of my favorites of the night. With a touch of both Northern African and Indian influence, Chef Kelley created this flavorful dish topped with garam masala ricotta, lemon, pickled onion, and capers. All I can say is - where has this flatbread been all my life?!

As for sandwiches, they've added The House Reuben and Harvest Turkey. Both sandwiches are delicious, but we both agreed that the turkey sandwich is the way to go. It tastes exactly like Thanksgiving dinner, and I know what you're thinking. Thanksgiving was just a couple weeks ago. I'm all turkey'd out! No worries, I thought the same thing, but the sandwich was SO good that I didn't care. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays so why not relive the feast all through winter?!

Now for the large plates, they've added three new dishes - Soba - dass Noodles, Mr. Shankly, and Scottish Salmon. The soba noodles plate is a nice light dish and completely vegan, might I add. The lamb shank is divine. The meat literally falls off the bone! We didn't personally try the salmon, but we heard great things!

Last, but certainly not least, we present you the B&B Burger! This is not one of the winter menu additions, but because it was named one of Dallas' best burgers by D Magazine, we had to share! It's incredibly juicy and the house sauce is unreal. If you're just driving to Denton for this burger, it's 100% worth it.

A big thank you to Barley & Board for having us at their winter menu preview. There are few places we would drive out to Denton for, but we never hesitate when it comes to them.

View the full menu here.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ten Ramen

After hearing all the buzz about the ramen at Tei-An, I rushed over to Ten Ramen as soon as I heard the owner of the well-known Dallas restaurant opened up the specialty ramen shop.

The shop is located in the Sylvan Thirty development. It's a bit hidden, but it's right across from Cox Farms Market and right under Sync Yoga.

As soon as you walk in, you'll feel like you've been transported to Japan. The wood accents and the standing-only bar that peers into the kitchen creates an atmosphere of an authentic ramen bar in the city of this dish's native country.

To your left, you'll find a couple of touchscreens where you'll place your order. There are a number of different options to choose from:

Ramen Bowls
Spicy Lobster Miso
Pork Maze-Men

Rice Bowls
Buta Soboro


While the selection is limited, it's all I could've asked for at a ramen shop.

I went with the Tonkatsu, and it was hands down the best ramen I've had in Dallas to date! It's been a long search for a decent ramen joint, and alas, I've found it! For me, the most important component of a good bowl of ramen is the broth, and y'all... their broth is incredible - it has the perfect flavor and is not too salty (a problem I've run into at most other places in town).

With the cold front that just blew in this weekend, a hot bowl of ramen is exactly what we all need! Am I right?

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Craft and Growler

A couple months ago, you may have caught Craft and Growler on our Instagram. Since my first visit, I've been back countless times - I just can't stay away! It has become one of my favorite places to grab a brew.

The beer bar has 42 brews on tap (as of a few days ago), but they continuously rotate out. They focus on local beers from DFW and Texas with the exception of a few that are just too good not to have. Most are also not available in cans or bottles - only on draft!

I recommend getting the $10 flight. You get to pick 4 brews, or if you're indecisive like me, have the bartender pick some out based on your preferences! They're all super friendly and knowledgable of what they have on tap.

View their current beer menu here.

They also have the largest selection of growlers in the world! So once you find the beer you like, you can pick up a growler and fill up!

A wall of bottled specialty beers available for purchase lines the bar as well.

 As you know, I'm a sucker for local businesses that make philanthropic efforts, and guess what! Craft and Growler hosts "Non-Profit Tuesdays" every week, in which a portion of the proceeds are donated to a selected non-profit or community group. How awesome is that?!

Check them out across from Fair Park. (There is a small parking lot behind the building for patrons.)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sundown at Granada Winter Menu

Last week, Sundown at Granada rolled out their Winter Menu, and we've got the highlights from the new menu for y'all today!

Before we get into the meat of the matter, let me take a brief second to rave over the new cocktails. We tried the Basil Martini and the Pomegranate Spice. The Basil Martini is exactly as it sounds. It has a strong, refreshing basil flavor. The Pomegranate Spice is often described as "liquid Christmas," and we agree 100%. It's perfectly fitting as we move into the holiday season.

Now onto the food! If you've been following us for a while, you all know that we are HUGE fans of Sundown at Granada because their food is not only fantastic but also wholesome.

For the "Opening Acts", you can't really go wrong with any of the options. Our favorites of the night were the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and the Ahi Tuna Tacos. One of us could easily order enough tacos to make that her entire meal!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Ahi Tuna Tacos
Stone Crab Claws
As far as the "Headliners" go, we tried a variety from the new menu, and our top two picks would have to be the Pappardelle Pasta and the Bone In Short Rib. Both are cozy winter meals; we wouldn't mind either of them on a cold evening.

Crisp Wild Mushrooms
Herb Crusted Salmon
Pappardelle Pasta (this is not the full serving size)
Bone-In Short Rib
A huge thank you to Sundown at Granada for having us out at the Winter Menu Preview. As always, Chef Jason West never disappoints.

Check out the entire menu here.

Our dining experience was comped by Sundown at Granada. As always, all opinions are our own.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super Chix

It may be too soon to speak, but I've got a feeling that Super Chix will be your new go-to for some amazing chicken. They have a wide range of sandwich toppings and dipping sauces as well as some southern deep fried appetizers like the fried pickles.

Hello fresh cut fries! Salt, Signature Sweet, or Rosemary Black Pepper, they've got a seasoning to please your taste buds and fill your belly. My personal favorite is the signature sweet. Pretty sure I would gladly walk out with a bag full of fries and be completely content with my decision.

Dessert time! Pick from Chocolate, Vanilla, or the Flavor of the Month custards that are house made and basically on tap. They even have take-home pints of current and recent flavors for you to curl up on the couch with later. Yum.

The best part is that everything is incredibly fresh. It's not like your ordinary chain fast food restaurant. All vegetables are delivered and sliced up daily. And when you order your food, it gets fried on the spot, so that your meal comes out fiery hot!

Short and sweet. We got to eat some flavorful food and make some cool new friends. Super Chix is super awesome.

Take a peak at their full menu here.

There are currently two locations - Dallas and Richardson. The Dallas location is mapped below!

Thank you Super Chix for comping our meal. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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