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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Breakfast at Taco Heads is Amazing!

The best breakfast taco I've had is from the Taco Heads food truck on West Seventh and Carroll Street.

I've had a lot of breakfast tacos, but this one reels me back almost every day. It's embarrassing actually. And I don't order one, but two.

The eggs don't taste like they've been sitting under a warmer for hours. They are perfectly scrambled every time and spill out of the warm, grilled flour tortilla (corn tortillas are also available). Taco Heads doesn't skimp on the shredded sharp cheddar cheese that's sprinkled all over the top either.

The bacon isn't rubbery or undercooked; it's thick and crispy. And the fresh, finely chopped pico adds another layer of flavor to finish off my favorite breakfast taco. The tacos come with their light, spicy verde sauce. You must at least try a bite with this tummy concoction.

Taco Heads just started serving breakfast Aug. 6, and I couldn't be happier. The only thing is I need to tack on an extra hour to my workout now because I'm not parting with my new addiction.

Their breakfast hours are 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

P.S. The owner that works the window is super sweet and bubbly as well. She will brighten your morning. Oh, and their fresh fruit and coffee are great too!

potato, egg and cheese
bacon, egg and cheese

finito!



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sugar Cookies at Harper's Bluebonnet Bakery

Harper's Bluebonnet Bakery
When I was a little girl my mom surprised us with treats.

We would come home from school to find a snickers in the kitchen, some sparkle lip gloss on our pillow or my favorite treat — sugar cookies from the best bakery in town.

Not only did they taste brilliant, but the cookies always highlighted a theme in Fort Worth (like TCU football is here), a holiday or season.

In the fall we would find brown, red and orange autumn leaves, black or purple bats, orange pumpkins and black witches on broomsticks in a white box on our kitchen counter.

Since then my mom has moved away, and now in my late twenties I try not to eat snickers and cookies every afternoon. But the other day she came in for my brother's birthday and brought me a box of these butterflies and T-shirts.

I recommend stopping by Harper's Bluebonnet Bakery's new location and trying one. I have eaten the whole box in a matter of days.






Monday, August 15, 2011

Forbes Gives Zeke's a Thumbs Up!

The best fish and chips I've ever had anywhere in the world is right here in Fort Worth at Zeke's on Camp Bowie. I'm serious. I don't know what the secret is in their batter, but it's so light and crispy that I can't get enough.

A blogger for Forbes magazine agrees. In July they published a piece stating Zeke's is one of the top 20 restaurants in the country for value "with food scores no lower than 25 and an average price per head no higher than $27." Translation: the best bang for your buck.

I wasn't aware of this article when I dragged five of my friends there a few Friday nights ago. I had warned them that they will have to shower once finished and their diets must be left at home. They were still intrigued ... after all, you know it's good if you have to shower afterward.

Fried cod and shrimp combo
As we waited in the slow and inefficiently constructed line we overheard an older couple from Fort Worth saying this was their first time to try Zeke's. They were inspired by the Forbes piece (this is how I found out about the article). Another couple behind them said they've been coming here almost every Friday night since the late 70s and that this was a Fort Worth institution. "How could you have lived here and never tried this place?" the fried fish veteran's wrinkled brow spelled out. Another couple in line drove all the way from Denton for some fish.

As I waited I noticed the wall was decorated with food reviews and accolades from decades past. Forty years these people have been slingin' fish. Cod (my favorite), catfish and shrimp to be exact. (Ever since my grad school buddy did an "a-hed" style feature on the bottom-dwelling catfish, I haven't been able to eat them since. I took her to Zeke's for "research.")

But I love the white, flaky cod at Zekes. It comes out so hot and crispy. I actually just got back from Scotland a few days ago. I went to this locally famous hole-in-the-wall bar on the Northwest Highlands coast in search of the renowned fish and chips. It was pretty darn good. The fish was caught that morning, but it still didn't top my Zeke's. I have no explanation, except maybe they put crack in the batter.

Some people say Zeke's is gross. I know a few Fort Worth bloggers disdain this place. I have friends that refuse to eat there. One of them says she breaks out afterward. Others probably hate to leave smelling like they've been dipped in the batter themselves. The dive isn't the cleanest. But I say if it tastes good and the beer is cold, who gives a hoot. (Yes, I said hoot.)

The first-timers we met in line made sure to tell us they loved their first experience at Zeke's as they headed for the door.

Fish & Chips




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fort Worth Gets "Lucky"

Buckshot
Fort Worth just got a little luck. No really, Bailey's Prime Plus in Fort Worth is getting a new cocktail menu created by their bar director Eddie "Lucky" Campbell and creative consultant Michael Martensen.

This is something to look forward to if you're already a fan of The Usual's anomalous and matchless creations.

I met "Lucky" a little more than a year ago when he was a bartender at Bolsa in the Dallas Bishops Arts District. His enthusiasm for his concoctions reminded me of a child with a new magic trick, or like Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail.

He volunteered to make my friend and me samples of his favorites, and the drinks were an experience in themselves. It's great when the drinking is a culinary experience and less of a "how-drunk-can-I-get" experience. They were all unique with fresh and new flavors.

Below is a list of what you will find on the newly available cocktail menu.


The Trophy Wife
Grey Goose, St. Germaine Liqueur, White Cranberry, Lime Juice, Lavender Bitters and Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters


Sloe Gin Fizz
Bombay Gin, Bitter Truth Sloe Gin, Egg White, Lemon Juice, Cane Syrup, and Club Soda


Watermelon Basil Gimlet
Wodka Vodka, Fresh Watermelon, Lime Juice, Cane Syrup and Basil


Rock & Rye Old Fashion
West on 7th
Milagro Silver Tequila, Lime Juice, Muddled Cucumber Mint, Bitter Truth Celery Bitters & Club Soda with a Salt Rim


Buckshot
Makers Mark Whiskey, Lime Juice, Peach Puree, Cane Syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and Ginger Beer


Rock & Rye Old Fashion
Ri1 Whiskey infused with house spices and citrus, Angostura Bitters and Club Soda


Painkiller no. 2
Flor da Cana 7yr, Falernium, Coco Lopez, Pineapple juice, Orange Juice, and grated nutmeg


Annie Oakley
Apricot infused Deaths Door White Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Cane Syrup, Angostura Bitters and Mint Garnish

Papa Pina’
Portón, Pisco All Spice Dram, Lime Juice, Pineapple Syrup and Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Psst ... "Bailey’s Happy Hour features $5 house wines, $2 off signature cocktails, $2 off domestic beers and half off all items on the Bailey’s bar food menu, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.," according to a press release.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UPDATE: Board Gives FW Food Park the OK!


"YES!" Chris Kruger shouted from his seat in the Commercial Board of Adjustment meeting Wednesday morning.

After an intense hour-long debate Aug. 3 at Fort Worth's City Hall, and months of pushing through red tape, the board gave 7 out of 9 votes (the minimum required) in favor of Fort Worth's first food park.

But not without hesitation.

After applicant Chris Kruger made his case,  a long series of concerns verbalized by the opposing side and the Board made things uneasy.

Questions like:Where are people going to park? Should a park be set up in a chemical-heavy industrial neighborhood where large trucks move to and fro? Will the traffic disrupt the existing businesses? Is it safe for kids to be roaming the streets in this area? The three people opposing the food park all represented manufacturing companies in the area.

"My first reaction was, 'what a neat concept.' My second reaction was, 'where is everyone going to park?'" M&M's manufacturing representative said.

Kruger had three minutes to respond to these grievances. He said children will be in the park with their parents. A sandbox sketched into the plans should also keep them busy.

"We have parks in Fort Worth next to major streets such as University Boulevard and there's not a rash of children running out in the street," Kruger said.

He has secured about eight parking spaces in the lot just west of his food park and plans to secure more. Those streets are vacant most of the time, so if people do wish to park on the street it shouldn't be a problem.

(When I was working out at the CrossFit gym next door we ran up and down Weisenberger Street because it was mostly vacant except for the occasional delivery truck. I would be more concerned if this was on 7th because of the crazy traffic.)

After the hour-long ping pong match the board decided to approve the variance limited to a period of two years with several amendments. If Kruger continues to secure more parking, he can continue to operate indefinitely. He will operate between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and after 5 p.m. on weekdays and is open for business all day on weekends.

Fort Worth will now get its gourmet food park this fall. Contact Chris at fwfoodpark@gmail.com to get your food truck signed up.