You had me at Dr Pepper.
For years I sang the praises of Chili’s Molten Lava Cake as one of the best desserts around. Things change.
That title now belongs to Cotton Patch and their Dr Pepper cake dessert. It’s absolutely SINFUL. You can see it’s a few slices of very fresh strawberries next to a nice and rich chocolate cake…all warm and moist….and made with Dr Pepper syrup and some vanilla ice cream. You will absolutely fight for the last bite of this thing. It’s delicious. Instant classic and instant addiction. This is a MONSTER and hopefully something that will stay on the menu indefinitely.
Arlington has it’s fair share of generic-y BBQ joints.
So I was completely BLOWN AWAY by how GOOD Eddie Deen Crossroads is. The food was incredible. Staff friendly. Prices good.
First, the cook and counter-lady were the friendliest people I have ever met at a restaurant. They were all smiles and answered all my usual dumb questions…and they were just very cool to talk to. I would see them give that same attention and respect to every other customer that entered. They just good folks. They deserve credit and a raise.
The place itself is modest and is almost hidden – even though it’s literally within walking distance of Cowboys Stadium, I didn’t know it was there for MONTHS. This is INSANE.
And look at that ‘cue….OMG it was just slightly resistant as I pulled it off the bone
(which is what you want..if it just falls off it’s over -cooked…despite what you may have heard growing up)
I got a chicken sammich and a side of ribs. Those ribs were the absolute BEST ribs I have had in a LONG time. Nice “bark” and I didn’t even think of reaching for the BBQ sauce – the ribs were tasty enough as-is.
The chicken sammich was also a delight. Nice smoke and nice flavor. The bun??? was like a fresh-baked roll. It was a killer bun. Pile of fresh-cut fries? The whole damn dinner was ridiculously YUMMY.
How in the bloody blue hell did I NOT know this place was here???
The ONLY negatives I have are :
“A” Those awesome sandwich buns should also be sold/made into rolls….. for those that don’t order sammiches.
“B” They don’t have a solid dessert. I think banana pudding is a killer dessert to follow BBQ, so I would love to see them roll out some puddin’.
Damn good BBQ.
Zipping back to Dallas and I cut thru Austin…ya know… keeping it Weird…..and I am hearing rumblings about the monster that is In-N-Out invading Austin. I am hearing it will DOMINATE all burgers known to the Capital city and rule with an iron fist. It’s even been said In-N-Out will lay waste to the Texas-based WHATABURGER. That sounds like grounds for a BURGER WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Contender-to-the-throne comes into Austin hot and heavy with a helluvalotta California “cool and swagger”. It’s hip. It’s trendy. It’s got bloody palm trees!!!!!
Whataburger, on the other hand, is the standard. We know it. People love to confuse NEW with BETTER. Also…Whataburger has a slow drive-thru sometimes.
HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE- IN-N- OUT will NEVER be BETTER than WHATABURGER. I have had both- both are very good in different ways. But make NO MISTAKE—- Whataburger KILLS IT and here is why:
- FRIES- This alone settles the argument. Before you even get to the burgers…the fries at In-N-Out….Out-N-Out SUCK!!!! And they are made fresh!!!??? Whataburger fries ROCK compared to those sad sacks at the Palm-tree-joint.
- Whataburger serves HUGE BURGERS. In-N-Out you gotta keep stacking meat to get full. I have never met a person that could polish off a Double-Double-Whataburger and STILL BE HUNGRY. Bigger portions for the same price with fresh flavor? Gotta give it to Whataburger.
AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.
I must admit, when I-N-O (god is that annoying to have to type over and over) broke hard in Dallas I liked them. Because they were NEW. It was different. In-N-Out is also VERY popular with California transplants here in Texas. I myself remember it fondly from when I was a kid in CA., but NOSTALGIA can only take you so far.
Austin…and Texas… is WHATABURGER COUNTRY.
SONIC has some good Cherry Limeade.
My issue is the consistency. One day I get limes and cherries in my cup, the next I get what amounts to “pink ice”. Two squirts of flavor and a mountain of ice.
Is it too much to ask for it to be the same, everyday?
Mellow Mushroom. Mellow Mushroom. Mellow Mushroom!!!! It’s all I have heard for a solid month. How AWESOME it is. So I finally had to try it for myself.
I got a “Meatball Trio” appetizer and a regular pizza to try out. The design of the place is cool. Mellow with various lava-lamps about and some nice color and decor.
The meatballs were actually VERY good. Nice and rich sauce, juicy meatballs, some shaved cheese melting all over….with some breadcrumbs and basil. I was full just on these alone. Great starter. I am feeling good about this place.
AND….The pizza fumbles the ball and loses the game. The crust of this pizza has EXCELLENT flavor….and is remarkably UNDER-cooked. Doughy and soggy in some spots. The cheese is melty and gooey and perfect. The sauce and toppings are bland and empty. So it’s a total mis-match and disappointing. Mellow indeed.
I think I burnt the clutch in my tastebuds as I grinded gears from loving this place to shock-n-awe at how different two dishes can be from the same joint.
Every year at this time we are supposed to pause and give thanks for what we have. Evidently that is supposed to happen over mountains of food and you stuff yourself silly. Maybe that reflection is supposed to happen during the coma or sometime during the second half-time of that football double-header.
Anyway I am thankful to all you readers who support and continue to make this blog fun.
I am also thankful to the reader that sent me a pic of his Thanksgiving dinner last year…it was the hardest laugh I had that year. So it’s now tradition to reflect on that simple turkey dinner pic and remember it’s really not that complicated.