Horseshoe Lounge Austin Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:42:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Horseshoe Lounge Austin 32 32 Houston’s Best Thanksgiving Dishes Wed, 23 Nov 2022 11:58:13 +0000

In an ideal world, here’s what turkey, potatoes, macaroni and cheese or pies would make the perfect holiday meal.

Photo by Emma Balter

Menu items from Lucille’s, Cleburne, Truth BBQ, Backstreet Cafe, Squable, and Nobie’s make up our draft of Thanksgiving restaurant dishes in Houston.

David “Odiwams” Wright, Karen Warren, Paula Murphy and Emma Balter

A few years ago I took over Thanksgiving cooking for the family with my cousin Leslie. A few weeks before Turkey Day, we take a look at the New York Times and Bon Appétit recipes we’ve looked at and design a detailed spreadsheet with a shopping list and a series of shows.

It’s all part of the fun, but at some point when I have my hand deep in the cavity of a raw bird, I’m going to dream of summoning my Houston’s favorite food at my parents’ house in the Hudson Valley. I thought to myself, if logistics weren’t an issue, what dishes would make up my perfect Thanksgiving meal? Who has the best mac and cheese, the most buttery mashed potatoes, or the most decadent pie?

The following list is not a suggestion for where to get your thanksgiving meal (although if you’re impatient, maybe there’s still time for a last-minute errand?). Rather, it’s pure fantasy to salivate over while you savor your own homemade feast.

best turkey

The Cleburne Cafeteria offers Thanksgiving turkey dinner year-round.

The Cleburne Cafeteria offers Thanksgiving turkey dinner year-round.

Emma Baller

It really isn’t hard to improve on the turkey, arguably everyone’s least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. While I often end up experimenting with a fancy rub, the proven test, if done right, is fine. Cleburne Cafeteria, an 80-year-old Houston institution, serves its Thanksgiving plate year-round. A generous helping of juicy turkey breast is smothered with dollops of dressing and gravy on top. And I don’t often say this about cranberry sauce, but Cleburne’s version is delicious.

Cleburne Cafeteria

Best mac and cheese

Lucille's mac and cheese

Lucille’s mac and cheese is made with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.

David “Odiwams” Wright

The macaroni and cheese At Lucille’s in the Museum Quarter wins for its presentation and commitment to decadence. The pasta is tossed in a creamy blend of two cheeses, cheddar and Monterey Jack, which is sprinkled with grated cheese and herbed panko breadcrumbs, then baked in the miniature cast iron dish on which it is served. As if that weren’t enough, it’s topped with a little truffle oil and fresh herbs.

At Lucille’s

The best sweet potatoes

Squable's Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pork Belly, Honey, Black Garlic and Buttermilk Butter

Squable’s roasted sweet potatoes with pork belly, honey butter, black garlic and buttermilk.

Emma Baller

I admit that I like my sweet potatoes a little more brainy, so if I had to choose, squableThe version of on his small plate menu would definitely be in my fantastic Thanksgiving draft. Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes are accented with chunks of pork belly and a honey butter, black garlic and buttermilk sauce.


Best mashed potatoes

Backstreet Cafe Mashed Potatoes

Backstreet Cafe’s mashed potatoes are made with garlic and parmesan cheese.

Paula Murphy

back street cafeMashed potatoes are served alongside the historical restaurantpecan-crusted chicken, meatloaf, and tenderloin steak — and I’d love to have that on my Thanksgiving table. Idaho potatoes are mashed with garlic, butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese, and chopped green onions are folded over at the end.

back street cafe

The best green beans

BBQ Truth Green Beans

Green beans are one of Truth BBQ’s best accompaniments.

Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle

How excited can green beans be, really? If you had the legendary BBQ side Truth BBQ, it turns out, damn excited. The savory beans retain the perfect amount of crunch and are sprinkled with bacon bits, jammy onions and tomatoes.

Truth BBQ

Best pie

Nobie's Joy Almond Pie

Nobie’s is famous for its rotating pies, like the Almond Joy slice.

Emma Baller

If only we had a baker like Kelly Walker from Nobie’s taking care of our Thanksgiving desserts (luckily for us, she takes control). His pies are legendary in Houston and rotate weekly, with classics such as lime mingling with creative interpretations like baklava pie. On my last trip to Nobie’sI indulged in an Almond Joy pie. Everyone’s Least Favorite Halloween Candy doesn’t exactly elicit joy from many, but I personally enjoy one and loved eating it in pie form. A chocolate crust supported a layer of chocolate, a layer of coconut shavings and a generous piece of whipped cream flambée.


Midland Co. locations sold more than $6 million worth of alcohol in September Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:21:09 +0000

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Midland County bartenders served more than $6 million worth of beer, wine and liquor in September, according to the latest available records from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

A total of 128 bars, restaurants and venues submitted mixed drink receipts showing Midlanders drank $6,761,849 worth of alcohol in September. That’s $174,439 more than August sales, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

Fair to Midland topped September sales with $383,089. Little Woodrow’s had the second highest total, with $268,951 in sales.

Here are the top 10 places in Midland that racked up the biggest tabs in September:

  1. Fair in Midland: $383,089
  2. Small Woodrow: $268,951
  3. The Chula: $191,618
  4. Y Knot Bar & Grill: $190,582
  5. Walk On’s: $188,227
  6. Bubba’s 33: $180,827
  7. Cerveceria 19: $173,599
  8. The Canteen: $168,158
  9. Rockin Rodeo $156,976
  10. Torino Pizza Bar: $143,691

Source: Texas Comptroller’s Office

]]> North Austin Apartments will be 70% affordable housing Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Rendering of Season North Multifamily Housing (Getty, Affordable Housing Texas)

A planned apartment complex for North Austin will consist primarily of affordable housing.

O-SDA Industries along with Saigebrook Development, Three Bar Architecture and Kimley-Horn first unveiled plans for the $39 million Season North development in 2021, the Austin Business Journal reported. TCC Country Hill Development Corporation, Skybeck Construction and Accolade Property Management have joined the development team since the project was first proposed.

The development will rise on the site of the former North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery at 10010 North Capital of Texas Highway at Gateway. Approximately 70% of the units will be marketed as affordable housing for residents who earn less than the area’s median income.

Bank OZK provided a construction loan of $19.5 million and JPMorgan Chase provided a permanent loan of $12.9 million for the project. The rest of the funding will come from a $2.4 million permanent construction loan from Travis County, a $6.2 million subsidized loan from Austin Housing Corporation, a 375 $000 from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, a $14 million federal low-income housing unit. tax credit and a $1.5 million tax credit from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

The five-storey building will have 48 one-bedroom, 44 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units. Approximately 34 apartments will be at market price. Of the 82 affordable units, 39 will be for those earning 60% of the region’s median income, 34 for those earning 50% and nine for those earning 30%. The median income for a family of four in Travis County was $110,300 in 2022.

The building will have modern appliances in the units as well as a business center, rental center, fitness room and a two-story clubhouse. There will also be bicycle parking.
Construction is expected to be completed by May 2024.

—Victoria Pruitt

After more than 40 years in Plano, Fishmonger’s Seafood is closing its doors Sun, 20 Nov 2022 23:03:25 +0000

Plano Fishmonger’s restaurant — popular for its shrimp tortilla soup, okra, fish in Ponchartrain sauce and bourbon bread pudding — is closing November 27, 2022.

Co-owner Jim Elrod says the restaurant has been busy “like Mardi Gras” last week, as regulars started hearing that the restaurant would be closing a few days after Thanksgiving.

The fishmonger would have turned 41 on December 7, 2022, but co-owners Pattie and Jim Elrod don’t want to wait that long to retire. But also: “Everything has changed” in the restaurant industry since the coronavirus pandemic hit and inflation drove up prices, says Jim Elrod.

“This economy is crazy,” he says. “It’s really hard to make money, with labor issues, delivery issues and food costs.”

He gives an example: “Right now, we can’t get iceberg lettuce. Every week is different. »

Their struggle is sad news for loyal Fishmonger customers, some of whom have been frequenting the restaurant since 1981. Fishmonger’s has three locations in Plano, all near East Park Boulevard and the Central Expressway. For a few years, Fishmonger’s also had a restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

When Fishmonger’s started serving Cajun-influenced seafood in the early ’80s, then 29-year-old Elrod said suburban Dallas wasn’t populated with many seafood restaurants other than Red Lobster. .

Their okra, available with chicken sausage or seafood, is Pattie Elrod’s grandmother’s recipe. Sadie was Sicilian and she came to the United States at the port of New Orleans. The Elrods took his okra recipe and made it their own, and some consider it the best okra in Dallas-Fort Worth. In a dive into Dallas Morning News archives, no less than five writers have drawn attention to him in reviews over the years.

Customers who’ve lived in D-FW for decades might remember Fishmonger’s all-you-can-eat oysters from the ’80s and part of the ’90s. That’s long gone: “Now it would cost $100 to make that “, says Elrod.

He also reflects on the changes to their beloved Ponchartrain dish. “It was originally red fish, when it was very cheap. Now it’s unobtainable,” he says. They changed the dish to tilapia. It will be mahi mahi this week.

But Elrod isn’t ready to get sentimental about Fishmonger’s just yet.

“I don’t think we ever imagined it would be 41 years. Back when we started all of this, it was just a job, something to do,” he says.

As the restaurant draws to a close, the Elrods ask for patience. The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but is expected to be open every other day until dinner time on Sunday, November 27, 2022, while there is still food to serve. They are already sold out.

We leave you on a sweet exchange between elders New critic Dotty Griffith and a reader in 1987.

Q&A: Dear Dotty: I recently had lunch at Fishmonger’s in Plano. The bread pudding with whiskey sauce was absolutely the best. I wonder if they would share their recipe with me? — GD, Garland.

Fishmonger’s shared the recipe in 1987 and we’ll be sharing it here again in its last week of business. Maybe you should do it this holiday season.

Fishmonger’s Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

1 long loaf of French bread

3 1/2 cups of milk

2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

4 eggs, lightly beaten

Whiskey sauce (recipe below)

directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Tear bread into bite-sized pieces to make about 4-5 cups. Place the bread in a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Set aside and let the bread absorb the milk.

When the milk has been absorbed, add the sugar, vanilla, raisins, pineapple and eggs. Stir gently until well incorporated. Pour the bread pudding mixture into a well-buttered 9×12-inch baking dish and bake, about 45 to 55 minutes, until golden on top and crispy around the edges.

Serve hot with whiskey sauce ladled onto individual servings.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Whiskey sauce: In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter and 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and the juice of 1/4 lemon. Stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Serve hot.

Fishmonger’s Seafood is located at 2301 N. Central Expressway (near East Park Boulevard), Plano. It is expected to close on November 27, 2022, or earlier, if it runs out of food.

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San Antonio’s ‘favorite rural restaurant’ – Wolfe’s Inn – has changed hands, no menu in its seven decades Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:10:14 +0000 What was the name of a restaurant that was located on or near the corner of Wurzbach and Fredericksburg roads? He was set back in a wooded area there.

It could have been the family business that the heroine of a Hallmark Christmas movie comes home to save — a beloved rustic restaurant whose wood-burning stoves produce hearty cuisine, served family-style over long tables in a dining room with flagstone floors and an open fireplace. Weather permitting, diners could choose from smaller tables with charming, mismatched chairs on a patio shaded by oak trees hung with multicolored lanterns, a romantic atmosphere enhanced by a wishing well, and a rock-lined water feature. .

But it was a real place for nearly 70 years: Wolfe’s Inn at 9000 (later 8620) Fredericksburg, a family business for a succession of owners, who added or subtracted some of the features from the composite description above.

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Retired Express-News editor Karen Haram remembers it as a popular restaurant in the late 1970s, marked by a thick stone wall and an arched entrance that led into the restaurant. “I remember having a drink in the cozy bar and then eating dishes such as steaks, seafood and chicken in the dining room,” Haram said. “Like Crystal Baking Company, it was a great choice when you wanted a good atmosphere and good food but a less formal dinner than La Louisiane or Chez Ardid.”

The long-lived restaurant opened in 1915 as WW Wolfe’s Inn Café – then the name on the future famous arched ‘sign of the wolf’, with its depiction of the animal – in the converted Worthy West house Wolfe and his wife, Estelle. Well outside the San Antonio city limits, their property was at the Fredericksburg end of what is still known as Hamilton Wolfe Road – not named after a South Texas Medical Center dignitary but of two “places of residence” and the families who lived there. The Wolfes were at Nine Mile Hill (covered here August 3, 2003), a traditional stopping point between San Antonio and Fredericksburg that was previously a 19th-century stagecoach supply depot and hotel, according to research by Linda Cooper Persyn , past president of the Leon Valley Historical Society and the late Barbara Poss Fryer.

Worthy Wolfe was a former railroad worker from Missouri-Kansas-Texas (“Katy”) who ran a restaurant in Parsons, Kan., before moving to San Antonio. The Wolfes, who had six children, built a new home across the street on what in 1985 became the original site of Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, then at 8539 Fredericksburg Road.

From the start, Wolfe’s Inn was a dinner destination only, reachable after a “nice short drive” from San Antonio proper. Over the years, the miles outside the city limits gradually shrank from 10 to 1 and were eventually no longer relevant as the growth of the medical center (discussed here October 30) brought the city into l old country. The inn’s slogan “San Antonio’s favorite rural restaurant” was discontinued in the 1960s.

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The menu was sustainably simple. As with most early 20th century local restaurants that weren’t limited to short orders, entrees were steak and fried chicken (later with the occasional fish or shrimp), with biscuits and gravy. cream, fried potatoes (later mashed) and fresh vegetables. , with homemade pies and cobblers.

Dinner prices, which included all of the above, rose slowly over the first quarter century or so, from 50 cents to $1 or $1.50, with the T-bone steak claiming the highest price. At a time when you could get a cheese or egg salad sandwich for 15 cents, a night out at Wolfe’s Inn could be a splurge, a special night Monday through Saturday when the restaurant opened at 5 p.m. and closed at 10 p.m. or a leisurely Sunday lunch from noon to 5 p.m.

For several months between 1934 and 1935, the restaurant was temporarily relocated to 230 Fredericksburg, formerly Mack’s Log Cabin, specializing in – guess what? Yes, chicken and steak! — in another rustic setting, this one a five-minute drive from downtown. While waiting for road construction to be completed, Wolfe’s Inn moved from Nine Mile Hill to Five Points and shifted its dinner-to-lunch focus, catering to downtown workers with a “merchants lunch” at 35 cents but staying open until midnight to serve chicken for 50-75 cents.

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As owner and operator, Wolfe “personally directed the entire operation of his famous tavern, selected and (purchased) every item of merchandise served at his house, and personally supervised (d) its storage, preparation and service “. says an infomercial published in the San Antonio Express, November 11, 1935.

The Wolfes were not afraid of hard work. From the early 1920s, until subsequent owners, Wolfe’s Inn offered holiday dinners, “the turkey with all the trimmings”, opening at noon on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, as well as service regular dinner on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Wolfe died of a heart attack at age 57 in 1940. The next owner was Anton S. “Tony” Greive, former manager of the Vermont Café, 1422 W. Commerce St., “presenting American dishes with special emphasis on steak and chicken dinners,” from 1926 to 1945. Along with his wife, Pauline, Greive remodeled Wolfe’s Inn in 1946 to add private party rooms with their own fireplaces, newly “beautified” grounds, high chairs, and children’s plates to appeal to families, according to the San Antonio Light, February 11, 1946.

The Greives followed Wolfe’s Inn recipes for success – “pan-fried chicken, cooked-to-order steaks, hot melt-in-your-mouth cookies (and) country-style gravy” – and imprinted the family slogan “A Nice Place for Nice People” on the menu and matchbooks.

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When Greive left in 1950 to open his first self-created restaurant (state-of-the-art exterior with indoor fireplaces), Antone’s at 6838 San Pedro Ave., in conjunction with Shearer Hills developer HJ Shearer, his successor at Wolfe’s Inn was Jimmie (also spelled Jimmy) Harris, former manager of Pirates’ Cave nightclub, 107½ E. Houston St., “Where everyone is having a good time.” With his wife – still referred to as “Mrs. Jimmie Harris” – commanding the kitchen, Harris promoted the inn’s “incomparable chicken and steak dinners” but also added cornbread (probably more effective at prepare only cookies) and introduced telephone ordering for take-out food. Around the middle of the decade, Mrs. Harris began appearing solo in advertising and kept the steaks and chicken until 1968.

The restaurant went dark for about a decade, but returned in 1979 as an updated steakhouse, thanks to Danny Tassos and others involved with the Barn Door (covered here December 12, 2020). “My brother, along with David Straus and a few other investors bought the property in the mid-1970s,” Billy Tassos said, “and reopened it as a steakhouse, keeping the original name.” As Tassos recalls, “the business was not open for very long. Joe (Cosniac) and Nick (Pacelli) of Paesano’s (restaurant) eventually took it over but they closed it shortly after, around 1984.”

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By the late 1980s, the Wolfe’s 1909 home and longtime restaurant building had already been demolished, except for part of the rock fence and an iron gate that has since disappeared. The property was sold to Stop-N-Go Markets, said Clarence Simpson, the company’s then western U.S. real estate director, with plans to build a full-size “market” with displays of expanded petrol…and a market with a mix of the usual (proximity) and fresh produce.”

Although the Wolfe’s Inn building had already disappeared, Simpson anticipated “a storm of local protests” and worked with Stop-N-Go’s Houston headquarters, as well as a group advocating to save one of the remaining oak trees. standing” between the property line and the Fredericksburg Road right-of-way. With the help of an arborist “who pruned the large old neglected tree and landscaped around it” on the side of the new store, the tree was saved with the cooperation of the Texas Department of Transportation.

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The Stop-N-Go construction manager then redesigned the landscaping around the corner to accommodate the remains of the stone fence. Drawing on a brief history from an old Wolfe’s Inn menu found on the property, Simpson wrote the text of a plaque as follows: “Nine Mile Hill/Before the day of the automobile, the road to Boerne, Fredericksburg and the Hill Country ran through this place and was known as ‘Nine Mile Hill’ and was the first stopping place for horses and buggies./In 1915 Mr and Mrs WW Wolfe converted their home to this place into a restaurant known as ‘Wolfe’s Inn’, which was a landmark for many years thereafter. The remaining rock fence has been preserved, and this plaque and landscaping are dedicated to the memory of those early travelers who found rest and food here through National Convenience Stores/Stop-N-Go Markets. ‘The tradition continues…’”

The Southwell Co., a longtime maker of historical markers, cast the plaque, which was installed on the remaining portion of the rock fence at Wolfe’s Inn in Wurzbach and Fredericksburg. “I feel good every time I drive past that intersection,” Simpson said, “and see my plaque still there.”

Some of this information was also found in my first column on this subject, which appeared in the San Antonio Express-News Sunday Magazine section, June 21, 1992. Thanks to Alton Robinson for asking about “the restaurant at the corner of Fredericksburg Road and another street whose name I forget” and to Beth Standiford, librarian of the San Antonio Conservation Society, for providing this and other articles on Wolfe’s Inn.| Twitter: @sahistorycolumn| Facebook: San Antonio History Column

Restaurant review: Numero28’s southern Italian cuisine takes the cake Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:35:36 +0000

If you watched the last season of The White Lotus, you know the island of Sicily is as much a character on the show as it is its vast cast of well-heeled antagonists. Interspersed with the series’ slowly simmering drama were some great shots of the sunny island, as well as incredibly awkward scenes in which the show’s characters sit down to seemingly picturesque southern Italian meals. which almost always reveal that they are all in possession of everything that is the complete opposite of la dolce vita.

While the show made me question America’s penchant for putting the rich on pedestals, it also started giving me weekly cravings for authentic Italian food. In order to indulge my culinary wanderlust and get a taste of this dolce vita life myself, I visited the new Italian restaurant Numero28 in Highland Village, which prides itself on its authentic southern Italian cuisine. The restaurant ended up charming me somehow The White Lotuses privileged characters never could.

Numero28’s new Houston outpost, which opened in September, is the New York restaurant’s third location in Texas (Numero28 Austin opened in late 2014 and Numero28 Dallas opened in late 2020). The restaurant’s locations in Texas are all co-owned and operated by Sicilian native Bernardo Nolfo, who brought Numero28 to Texas after receiving the endorsement of longtime friend and collaborator Rolando Biamonte and the Biamonte family, the founders of Numero28 in New York.

The restaurant’s Houston outpost, like others in the group, represents a crossroads of Italy – from Rome to Naples, Calabria to Sicily – while showcasing the best of southern Italian cuisine. italy through a menu rich in pizzas, pastas and enough passion to make Jennifer Coolidge bend and break. (OK, we’re mixing our Tanyas and Paulettes now.)

Although Numero28 has a rather inviting (and heated) outdoor patio, we opted to have our meal inside, which to our surprise was much smaller than expected. After finding our seats in a cozy corner of the pipsqueak restaurant, which has a major European street cafe vibe, my guest and I perused the menu while listening to the restaurant manager converse in Italian with the table next to us, which we took for a very good sign that we were going to live an authentic experience.

To start, we opted for the caponata, a mixture of sweet and tangy vegetables with aubergines, served on a crostini; and the arancina tradizionale, a saffron-spiced risotto ball that, at Numero28, is stuffed with a hearty beef Bolognese sauce and peas. These two antipasti were quickly followed up with the prosciutto e mozzarella, which included a massive helping of Parma ham, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and chipotle aioli.

Because Numero28 is known for their pizza, we opted for their signature Numero28 pizza for our next course. The pizza features delicately shaved spek, mozzarella, mushrooms and a rich truffle cream sauce that made us savor every bite. Although we were already quite full by then, we decided we couldn’t leave without sampling some of the restaurant’s pastas and other dishes, so we treated ourselves to an order of cacio e pepe, served at the table. in a little show that involves tossing the noodles into a wheel of pecorino cheese and the Melanzane alla parmigiana, a classic eggplant parmigiana prepared lasagna style with a rather delicious tomato sauce accompanied by fresh basil and mozzarella. Both dishes hit quite well.

We ended the meal the way all meals should end: with Numero28’s ultra-tasty tiramisu, which was, in another little show, dubbed tableside with a Vatican-sized dose of cream and cinnamon powder. The tiramisu served as the perfect ending to a meal that, with the help of a few limoncello cocktails, made us embrace la dolce vita enough that when we left we were saddened when we remembered we’d be driving home rather than by car. Vespa – a classic case of scoot-and-switch.

How to Get Invited to BJ Novak’s Pop-Up Chain Series Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:28:20 +0000

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On Google Street View, the Chain house looks like any other on its block, a charming West Hollywood bungalow just off 3rd street. But when you step through the front door, the house reveals itself to be something very different from its neighbors. titled by BJ Novak and Chief Tim Hollingsworth.

You enter a reimagined vintage-style restaurant lobby, where a host checks you in and hands you a buzzer to let you know when your food is ready. A neon green sign with the chain’s logo hangs on a wall, casting a waxy acid glow over a statue of Colonel Sanders in a Chain-branded apron, a Nintendo 64 Mario Kart setup, and the KFC-flavored Yule Log .

For the chain’s founders, it’s a project fueled by nostalgia and whimsy that began as a pandemic-era lark, recreating beloved dishes from national brands with a chef-led luxurious twist. That lark has now become a real thing, a series of dinner parties at an extravagantly designed, multimillion-dollar house regularly frequented by well-connected celebrities, influencers and cool kids.

Merchandising table at Chain
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You come back through the house, past more souvenir crates and a bathroom with a tub that’s been turned into a ball pit (don’t jump in it), then you go to the gift shop. There are sweatshirts, t-shirts, bucket hats, bumper stickers, ashtrays, lighters, and a handful of different sauces and seasoning salts with the chain’s logo and box on them. in signature red card. It would be easy to get carried away with the merchandising, but there’s too much going on, both in the crowd and in the kitchen, where Hollingsworth and his team whip up some purely fun food.

Past drops have taken inspiration from Outback Steakhouse (“The Bustin’ Onion”), Taco Bell (“The Wagyu Beef Cruncho Perfecto”), BJ’s (“The Spooky Pizookie”) and TGI Friday’s (“Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey BBQ Sauce: Spare chain”). In order to make such tributes, Hollingsworth and his team had to be a bit sneaky, borrowing concepts without infringing on trademarks or clashing with big business legal departments.

But for their latest pop-up, they’ve gone legit, or as close to legit as an intentionally chaotic concept like this gets. Novak himself slipped into Chile’s DMs to ask about a team. For their part, the people of Chile were extremely receptive to a collaboration, opening up their recipes, their branding and their well of secrets, which led to a trippy version of an already distant dish – Chili’s. Southwestern Egg Rolls.

Desert Sprinkled Egg Rolls in Chain
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You leave the gift shop and emerge into the backyard, where there are a handful of picnic tables, an open bar, and even more memorabilia: a statue of Bob’s Big Boy with the chain’s logo, Vintage Chili bar stools and plastic chairs clearly salvaged from an old McDonald’s.

The buzzer goes off and you get your box of food, with those southwestern spring rolls sitting right on top. They look remarkably like the original from Chile, two chicken fingers and a sofrito of charred corn and red peppers rolled up in batter and fried, sliced ​​on the bias and arranged in a small paper tray. The secret is in Hollingsworth’s Desert Dust spice blend, sprinkled over the imperial rolls, as well as the accompanying fries and chicken tender. It’s an aptly named, earthy, layered seasoning with a slightly warming heat.

When you’re done gobbling up your spring rolls and tenders, and you’ve used all the Taco Bell-style hot sauce you can, you take to the air to look around and find one hell of a scene. The chain is clearly more than food; it’s a stereotype of LA, a garden party full of these actors who were so funny in this thing, stylish people you vaguely recognize on the internet, and the awkward people around who must be writers or something that.

Mario Kart Lounge in Chain
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Chili’s delegation also made the trip, and they stood out as much as the celebrities, half a dozen corporate marketing, partnership and development types who came from Dallas for the week. They stay in Burbank, for some reason, and they look a little shocked by the ride, but also happy, engaged, and maybe a little tipsy. They laugh at this crazy thing, the reimagining of one of their signature dishes, in a good joking way. They too finish eating and then disperse around the room, perhaps to talk about the Chilean side of the partnership and perhaps to mingle with celebrities. Perhaps you will follow their example; the world is full of possibilities.

The first series of the Chain and Chili collaboration is sold out at the moment, but there will undoubtedly be many more nights like this at this insane house/restaurant/museum/place. To get on the list, text 323-310-4642 and hope they don’t leave you hanging. You can also join the list by entering your phone number on their website, and you’ll get a text the next time they open dates. It’s also probably worth following them on instagramfor the same as much as anything.

It’s not yet clear exactly what they’ll do next, but God knows there’s a ton of restaurant chains ripe for reinvention, and a ton of people who love them too.

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Ben Mesirow is an Echo Park native who writes TV, fiction, food and sports. At one time or another his writings have appeared in The LA Times, liter, McSweeney’s Internet Trend, Los Angeles Magazineand engraved on dozens of desks at Walter Reed Middle School.

Houston’s Newest Restaurant on Esquire’s Best Restaurants in America List Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:21:50 +0000 Co-owners Emmanuel Chavez and Megan Maul’s 13-seat spot is in a generic-looking mall in Spring Branch, but that’s their use of ancient corn throughout a $125 seven-course tasting menu that stands out in Houston.

Only three Texas restaurants — Birdie’s and Canje, two Austin establishments that gained national recognition this year — were among the 40 spots in Esquire, which is part of a winter issue hitting newsstands later. this month.

“It’s very, very new for us,” Chavez said. “One day people can love us and one day they can hate us. We try not to take listings like this personally, but are grateful for the recognition.

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Ancient corn kernels with cónico azul from Estado de Mexico, cónico rosa from Tlaxcala, bolita amarillo from Oaxaca and chalqueño blanco from michoacán in Tatemó.Annie Mulligan/Contributor

Esquire described Chavez, 33, as “obsessed with corn,” according to Joshua David Stein, a veteran food writer and former restaurant critic, who visited months ago.

“Everything about Tatemó is meant to keep the focus on Chavez’s beloved corn,” wrote Stein, who was one of four writers and editors who worked on the magazine’s annual list.

Although Chavez said he knew Stein dined at Tatemó, he was unaware that the restaurant was in the running as one of the top new restaurants in the country. He was sipping a cortado en bloc at Blended around 8 a.m. today when chef Ana Castro of Lengua Madre messaged him to congratulate him.

“We are very grateful to be in the Houston culinary scene,” Chavez said. “We take it with grace. We don’t think we’re better than anyone. Hope this helps the next generation to inspire them.

Born in Mexico City, Chavez cooked in Houston at “very structured places” like the River Oaks Country Club. He left Bayou City and spent several years cooking in Seattle at the Thompson Hotel, where he met his partner Maul before moving to Houston.

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Last year, Esquire included Mars and Degustwhich is also located in Spring Branch, on its prestigious list.

Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook called Chavez’s cooking “glorious.”

She was next Tatemo as the team sold tortillas at the farmers’ market and held pop-ups throughout the early days of the pandemic before the physical store opened in February this year.

In his Top 100 review, Cook wrote, “The dining room in front of studio masa is a candlelit study in spare chic, and I found every dish fascinating.”

Tatemó is open Thursday through Sunday and is by reservation only, with the exception of a walk-in Sunday brunch. The restaurant does not currently have a liquor license and is BYOB.

New multi-use cooperative market in New Braunfels Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:38:59 +0000

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – A new mixed-use development known as the Co-Op Marketplace is coming to New Braunfels in 2024.

The 2.5 acre designated historic site is being transformed and redeveloped into a public destination with restaurants, bars, cafes, retail, an open park, a stage for live music and a splash pool , according to a press release.

Construction of Co-Op Marketplace is expected to begin in 2023 with an expected opening date the following year.

Many people contributed to the idea of ​​the co-op, including Ron Snider and Carol and Chris Snider, whose family helped grow downtown New Braunfels, including reopening the historic Krause’s Cafe + Biergarten.

“It’s a very exciting project to be involved in and it’s evolved a lot along the way while staying true to what my dad and his partners originally envisioned by bringing something unique to downtown New Braunfels whose community can benefit,” Chris Snider said in a press release.

Rendering of the cooperative market (Credit to Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects)
Rendering of the cooperative market (Credit to Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects)

Co-Op Marketplace will adapt the on-site farm buildings to meet space requirements, including transforming the 65-foot-tall grain silo into the market’s western entrance, the press release said.

There will be over an acre of outdoor space for visitor enjoyment, which includes a wading pool, 4,000 square feet of artificial grass, seating and shade trees.

The development will have a mix of large restaurants and retailers as well as a mix of smaller tenants with a planned market of 13,000 square feet.

Rendering of the cooperative market (Credit to Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects)
Rendering of the cooperative market (Credit to Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects)

“Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects worked closely with the owners’ vision to reuse and recycle existing and historically designated agrarian cooperative structures to create a campus of indoor and outdoor spaces that invite the city and its visitors to relax, dine and celebrate right in the heart of downtown New Braunfels,” said Mogas + Gonzalez Architects Principal Richard Mogas.

Co-Op Marketplace will include over 25,000 square feet of indoor space that will be used to house retail and culinary tenants.

Press reports that the development plans to offer an alternative to big box stores and mall shopping experiences and will instead offer a more social shopping and dining experience.

“This shopping destination concept will provide opportunities for small, independent businesses to have a presence in New Braunfels’ bustling downtown core,” officials said.

Co-Op Marketplace will be located at 210 South Castell Ave. in downtown New Braunfels. It will connect to the city-owned redevelopment site on South Castell Avenue and eventually serve as the location for the expansion of the New Braunfels Farmers Market.

Rendering of the cooperative market (Credit to Mogas + Gonzalez Associated Architects)

Co-Op Marketplace is currently accepting applications from tenants for the new spaces. Contact for more information.

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Ted Lasso Letter Billboards Display in Dallas Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:06:00 +0000

The fictional TV coach has done it again. Apple TV+ series coach Ted Lasso has a series of billboards across the United States in the hometowns of every United States Men’s National Team player.

As you’d expect, the letters are a bit cheesy, but Motivational Coach has a way with words that are always entertaining, to say the least. The three FC Dallas products have billboards around town in areas where they grew up.

On Jesus Ferreira’s Billboard (located on Cedar Springs in Routh in Uptown Dallas just above Clutch Bar and Restaurant), Lasso dives into car analogies that fit Ferreira perfectly (the kid loves his fast cars) .

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Former academy star and recent MLS Cup winner Kellyn Acosta’s billboard (located on the side of a barn in Plano at 3700 Hogge Drive, Parker, TX 75002) takes on a different tone and plays on Acosta’s roots in Plano.

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Finally, international star Weston McKennie or “the one who really got away”, as we like to call him. His billboard (located on the north side of 380 in Little Elm), plays on his Little Elm roots. I also appreciate the Harry Potter joke to close the letter.

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Yeah, cheesy indeed, but it’s worth driving around town to catch a glimpse of these bad boys before they leave after the World Cup. I appreciate the nature of Apple TV+ stepping into the World Cup hype here with stuff like that.

What do you think of this poster campaign? Let us know what you think below.