Local Flavor Edition in Dallas, TX
If there’s a state food of Texas, it’s barbecue. And Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Shack serves some of the best in Texas. Instead of the more traditional hickory or mesquite, Meshack’s smokes it’s ribs, beef and hot links in pecan wood, the Texas state tree, chopped right outside by the owner or his son. The sauce is thin and vinegary with all the bite you’d expect. Meshack’s, which is literally housed in a shack and only takes cash, serves it’s barbecue the traditional way... to go, wrapped in foil or an aluminum tin with a side of white bread and homemade potato salad and baked beans.
As the name implies, brothers Gus and Peter Katzianis have put together an eclectic menu of Greek cuisine (with a few Cajun dishes here and there). Fort Worth natives may recognize the Katzianis name. As the former owners of the Parthenon in downtown Fort Worth, Gus and Peter are no strangers to putting out fabulous food for the masses. Their new venture promises to bring their authentic Mediterranean flavors to a new crowd of North Texans. Patron favorites include the hummus and gyros. With a soothing atmosphere and friendly service, Two Brothers Bistro has quickly become a Fort Worth favorite.
Nestled in a tiny shopping center next to a Vietnamese market in a rather dive-y looking part of Haltom City sits a real DFW-area gem. Pho Nam, a Vietnamese family-owned eatery, doesn’t have fancy tables or a slick menu. But it does have some of the best pho east of Orange County. Each bowl is served with a hefty portion of fresh, crisp veggies. They also serve pressed coffee and iced jasmine tea. If you’re not in the mood for pho, there are other options (meal-sized spring rolls, for instance). Served hot and delicious in generous portions by the friendly staff, you’ll wonder how you lived without it so long.
It’s a widely known fact (at least here in Texas) that you haven’t had a steak until you’ve had one from Cattlemen’s Fort Worth Steak House in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Cattlemen’s passion for the perfect Texas T-Bone means you get nothing but the best – all steaks are aged from corn-fed beef and cut to the chef’s specifications. If you’re not planning a trip to the Lone Star State, you can get the authentic Texas flavor shipped right to your door with Cattlemen’s Air Mail Steaks Service. But if you do come in to visit an area native, don’t be surprised if Cattlemen’s is on the to-do list.
“Fill’er-up outside, fill’er-up inside.” That’s the motto of one of the DFW area’s quirkiest eateries... a gourmet restaurant located inside a Conoco gas station in Fort Worth suburb Watauga. But don’t expect dressed-up versions of fried burritos and nachos. Chef Point Cafe features a unique mix of Italian fare and hearty American comfort food. The menu includes local favorites like roasted pepper-topped crab cakes, grilled sea scallops in garlic butter and lobster bisque. Just make sure you save room for dessert! The Chef Point Cafe’s cognac sauce-smothered bread pudding was voted the best in Fort Worth!