Wild About Harry’s – Dallas

1 Aug

Since 1966 there has been this kitschy lil’ place called Wild About Harry’s that is your classic malt-shop-vibe- type joint that is known for killer hotdogs and amazing custard.
I feel absolutely silly living here this long and NOT knowing about this place.   It’s throwback.  It’s retro.   It’s just a cool place that the entire family can enjoy.
This was my first time and I was in a bit of a rush so I just grabbed your basic mustard-dog to-to.   I wasn’t expecting much – as it’s just a hot dog…and I considered myself pretty well versed in the subject matter.   The custard….I would wait for another day.
What I got was perhaps the best hot dog I have had in quite some time.   Even though it’s just a simple mustard-dog…not piled high with crazy toppings…it was very very good.     Wild About Harry’s is NOT content with just throwing some random dog on a bun.   These are VIENNA BEEF dogs from Chicago and are served on the Chi-town  traditional popy-seed bun.    Having never had an actual Chicago dog – I was surprised.   I enjoyed that dog something fierce.
The joint itself is cool and the staff are super-friendly.  The atmosphere is full-on happy because…hello… it is a hot-dog and custard joint….how could you be in that place and STILL be in a bad mood?
Best Hot Dog I have had in Dallas.   Period.
Wild About Harry’s
Address: 3113 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone:(214) 520-3113

WINGSTOP – Mango Habanero

25 Jul

This is probably two of my favorite flavors…Mango…and Habanero…so to have them both goin’ on …tossed on some chicken wings?????  GET IT ON!!!!

So Wingstop has brought back the Mango/Habanero flavor (by popular demand- so sayeth their website).

These wings are highly deceptive.  That sweetness is upfront and is kinda quirky.   I keep taking bite after bite and I am thinking these are just going to be all sweet and no heat.

It’s not until I am actually halfway through the batch that I notice my nose is running.   The tongue is burning….damn if  I haven’t been hoodwinked!!!!  These got some serious heat on the back-end.

I don’t know if they will replace the Lemon-Pepper I normally get there but these are pretty serious.

BOSTON MARKET – Chicken and Ribs

24 Jul

You completely had me with those two magical words side-by-side –  Chicken & Ribs.    Good Lord I did not expect a plate of food this good from Boston Market.

They are known for some good chicken and pot pies – but ribs?

“Kentucky Bourbon BBQ” is a …sigh…. “LIMITED TIME OFFER”…man do I hate hearing those words…..

This is clearly the best dish Boston has come up with in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time.     The potatoes and beans were good but that Chicken & Ribs were very good.    Just enough of both to get you nice-n-full.    I did not expect to like this as much as I did.

If Boston Market was smart, they would keep this around past summer.   Or at the very least, pull a “McRib” and celebrate it’s return every summer.

Oh…hate to end on a bad note…but this almost perfect meal…..wasn’t perfect because of the cornbread.  Granted it tasted great…but it was stone-cold.    And that sucked…..otherwise I loved this trip to Boston Market.

JOLLY RANCHER – Lollipops

23 Jul

Utter GENIUS.

I am so over-the-moon for these damn things.   I love a good Jolly Rancher…and these are just larger JRs on a stick.

This bag plays all the hits…watermelon…green apple….and pink lemonade that I absolutely LOVELOVELOVE.

This bag didn’t last very long and I sorta expected to constantly compare these to Tootsie Roll pops or Charms Blow Pops…but I didn’t… I didn’t miss any gum or tootsie center…just more and more JR flavor.

These.  are.  awesome.

CRACKER BARREL – Campfire Chicken

22 Jul

I don’t visit Cracker Barrel but the adverts I saw of this new summertime dish did a fantastic job of making me WANT to visit.

CAMPFIRE CHICKEN (also available Campfire Beef) is a big honkin’ amount of food wrapped in a foil-pack and cooked until juicy and tender.

That chicken was fantastic.    Fall-off-the-bone tender.  Carrots that were soft and full of taste.  Those potatoes and corn cobs were perfectly seasoned and was sitting on some tasty chicken broth as a result of the aromatics sealed in the foil.

This is an easy dish to make at home (usually called hobo chicken) so this was very clever of Cracker Barrel to offer something like this.  It’s a hearty meal (that needed to come with more than one piece of cornbread….but I digress) and something I would order again….oh…but wait…like everything I like…it’s only available for until the end of August.   So hurry up!

Keepin’ It REAL!

21 Jul

If you have never been to Dallas, here is a nice slice of reality for ya.   For all the glitz and “Hollywood” attitude that Dallas has….just blocks away are places like this– that remind you it’s not all gold-plated-dreams.

Truth be told, I didn’t actually stop because I was riding with someone who was “afraid” to stop (what the hell for??).

However I have several readers that have told me how awesome this place is and love it.   They tell me I would love and I am sure I would.   You know me – I love joints like this.   The local mom and pop?  Hell ya I’m there!

I love the name and if I lived in that neighborhood I would brag about shopping there.   I love the upfrontness about  this and love supporting local business.

What the hell does this have to do with JUNKFOOD, dude?   Other than the fact they sell some, nothing.   I just found it funny and wanted to give a shout-out to a business that is on they grind.     Don’t knock the hustle.

OTTER POPS

18 Jul

These take me so far back I think Sherman is messing with the Way-Back Machine.  I didn’t even know these were still around.

Man these things are timeless to me.    Reminds me of hot summer days….out riding bikes all day and getting into some mischief….stopping by the house every few hours to grab some of these for me an my bestest buds….then back off on our bikes to explore new worlds and try and jump everything like we were world class BMX racers or something.

Found these at WalMart for like six or seven bucks….but I actually found these at a WalMart out of town…so I completely freaked and snatched up a couple of boxes.

With characters/flavors like Louie Bloo, Pancho Punch, Strawberry Short kook, Sir Issac Lime, Alexander the Grape, and Little Orphan Orange…….timeless…and with a cool hundred of these in my freezer I am set for the summer.

How in the hell did I live life without Otter Pops these past ten or so years??? Pray I never have to do it again.

 

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