Gaining 10 pounds in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area could be achieved in one day, if you follow my recent experiences. Please remember to take two Pepto Bismal chewables before consuming, followed by one every two hours.
Taco Bueno’s breakfast burrito – pick up one or two double bacon breakfast burritos to start your day. Filled with crispy pork, scrambled eggs, cheese, peppers, and salsa. The only thing missing from this is a pizza wrapped around it, then deep fried in a blueberry pancake (a la SNL Taco Time commercial).
Kincaid’s Cheeseburger & Onion Rings – Named the 17th best burger in the country and number one in Texas. Kincaid’s was a grocery store that their butcher ground up all the remaining grade A angus beef each night and cooked burgers. The grocery shop is still there, but the burger takes precedence. Get this with cheese, lettuce, and mustard with a side of onion rings. Ask for Johnny, the very cool owner, to shoot the breeze and talk other gourmet food.
Ranger Dog & Live Oak Hefeweizen – Too bad You can’t find these two delicacies in the same locations. The Ranger Dog is found only at Texas Rangers Ballpark. A half pound foot long hot dog, covered in meat chili, nacho cheese, mustard, peppers, and onions. Use you chips (and pickle) to scoop up the remains. Afterwards, grab a Live Oak Hefe (named Beer Advocate’s best for this style in the world). Quenching, fruity, and right on par for anyone who loves a nice German wheat beer. It can only be currently found in the Dallas area at the Common Table, Flying Sauces at the Lake, and Katy Trail Ice House.
Sonny Bryant’s Sandwich with a Braum’s Orange Sherbert Freeze for dessert – A classic staple found all over the area. Sonny’s Bryant’s best dish is a sliced beef brisket sandwich covered in a mixture of spicy pork sauce and BBQ sauce. Sides are plenty, especially the mac n cheese and green beans. However, it only makes for my second favorite beef brisket (guess which is the best – it’s not in Texas). Enjoy with an sherbert shake made with Sprite.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza & Chuy’s Texas Martini
Finish the night with a whole Papa Murphy’s pizza. Apparently, this is a nationwide chain but the first time I saw it was in Dallas. It’s a great business concept. Fresh pizzas are made in front of your eyes – you pick out the crust and toppings, then they wrap it for you. Throw it in the oven at home and voila – awesome pizza right out of your oven. Plus, a large supreme or meat lovers is $8.00. Thin crust chicken and sun-dried tomatoes is as good as here as I’ve ever tried. Complete it with a Chuy’s Texas Martini – which isn’t a martini at all. Instead it’s a lime margarita mixed in a shaker, then poured into a salt rimmed martini glass, with two jalapeño stuffed olives added. The spiciness mixed with the lime and ice is like drinking icy-hot (in a good way).
Finish the night with another Pepto pill.