San Antonio’s Best BBQ: Two Bros BBQ Market

IMG_2179 One of the best things about traveling to Central Texas is their BBQ. First thing that my family did when we drove into San Antonio was to check out Chef Jason Dady’s Two Bros. BBQ Market, whom I had just met him a month ago in Dallas. Located in Northern San Antonio off of West Avenue, Two Bros. BBQ Market has a nicely wooded location with a spacious outdoor patio. It is the perfect place for the family outing!
IMG_2182 Two Bros. offers brisket, pulled pork, chopped beef and ribs by the pound, and chicken by wing and sausages by the link. You walk up to the counter, tell them how much you’d like, and then you pay for it. You don’t stay to watch them slice, you just pay, grab utensils and condiments, and then they call you when your order is ready. We ordered the restaurant’s namesake, “Two Bros.”, and boy, was it enough food for a family of 4 and then some leftovers for the rest of the trip. 😉
IMG_2217 The beef brisket slices had a nice amount of rendered fat that made it juicy. The sausage had some good smoked flavor, a nice snap and juicy interior. The rest of the meat were flavorful and smoky. The mac and cheese was creamy and complemented the BBQ well. My daughter could have eaten this all by herself because she loved it that much. The BBQ beans had a pleasant surprise – peaches – mixed into it. We finished up our meal with a mixed berry cobbler that was tart and sweet at the same time.
IMG_2207 Two Bros. has a great location, friendly staff and some good food. When the weather is nice, you may be able to enjoy some LIVE MUSIC on Friday and Saturday nights. We did, and it made our experience perfect. I wouldn’t hesitate to come back, and let my kids run around after a long car ride as we savor some great BBQ.

Two Bros. BBQ Market
12656 West Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216

Ft. Worth’s Best BBQ: Woodshed Smokehouse

20130317_123941Chef Tim Love is revolutionizing what Texans think about barbecue at his Woodshed Smokehouse by incorporating flavors and techniques from all over the world. While you can indulge in traditional BBQ dishes like smoked pork ribs, Love also incorporates Asian and Latin flavors in items like bulgogi beef tacos, pulled pork ramen and wild-game smoked tamales with spicy tomatilla crema. He uses a variety of different smoking woods, making each dish distinctive in taste.


Dallas’ Best Restaurant off the Beaten Path: The LOT

One of the thing I love about eating at restaurant in East Dallas is that they all have character. They aren’t pretentious or redundant. They are unique, and the newest addition to the East Dallas restaurants, The LOT, is just that, and it really surprised me when I parked for a media lunch. I mean where can you go where you children can spend hours in a sandbox, your husband can watch his favorite sports on a big screen and you can sipping fresh pressed juice (like what you get at your local juice bar) on the patio while watching your kids have the time of their life?!

Your kids will love house-ground cashew butter and honey on grain. You can also enjoy this sandwich and take it up a notch by adding banana or bacon to it. Yes, I said BACON!

Culinary consultant Chef Sharon Hage also adds to The LOT menu items that stand out, such as the Texas Wagyu Beef Tongue sandwich with melted Swiss and sautéed red onion on rye (which my husband swears is the best tongue he has ever eaten), Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich with white cheddar, peppered bacon on sourdough and Sheffie’s Sweet Skillet Cakes that are baked to order with flavors like salted caramel pecan, chocolate brownie or cinnamon apple with the creme-de-la creme Carnival Barker’s ice cream on top.

The LOT is open Sunday through Thursday from 5PM to midnight (kitchen open until 10PM), and Friday and Saturday from 5PM to 2AM (kitchen open until 11 p.m.). Lunch service is slated to begin on Monday, March 25, 2013.

The city of Dallas has granted permission for a bridge to be built that will allow access from the Santa Fe Trail directly to the restaurant. “The ball is rolling,” confirms The LOT Owner John McBride. Imagine taking a walk or ride your bike around White Rock Lake and going down the Santa Fe Trail for food and drinks at The LOT.

7530 E. Grand Ave.
Dallas, Texas

Dallas’ Best Sushi: Shinsei

What’s the fastest way to get to Japan from Dallas? This is how I felt when I walked through the door of Shinsei Restaurant for a media lunch. The fish is flown in fresh. Then, sushi chef Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara goes to work on it, from head to tail. Maybe it’s a big eye tuna, so shimmeringly fresh it looks as though it was just pulled into the boat. Maybe it’s albacore tuna or unagi. Or maybe yellowtail, shrimp or sea urchin. The first thing that came to mind when I order sashimi is the Hawaiian sashimi. Shinsei’s refreshing Hawaiian Sashimi is made with hiramasa, maui onion and hibiscus vinegar. The spicy tuna roll is a classic here. Add some wasabi and clear your sinuses. 😉 Looking for something a little more fanciful?
Consider one of Shinsei’s Regulars “off the menu” favorites, such as Ashby Roll, with spicy tuna roll topped with baked jumbo lump crab in habanero mayo, or the lovely Katina Crispy Rice, with spicy tuna on crispy rice topped with siracha and jalapeños. Shinsei means “rebirth” in Japanese. This is where you will find most divine sushi in Dallas.