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More Fun than the Law Allows

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I can’t seem to get through the little town of Pantego without having to produce my driver’s license and proof of registration. I get the feeling there are more squad cars than  citizens in that burg. The last time, I got ...


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They Also Serve Who Say They’re Sorry

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Either service is getting to be a lost art, or I’m way too picky. Having spent the better part of a decade in the restaurant business, I think I’m more than sympathetic to the plight of servers, cooks, bartenders, etc., so ...



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Ditch the Hype and Eat at Torchy’s

CHOW, BABY
What is it about a super restaurant chain opening up that makes people in Fort Worth go nuts? It’s like Beatlemania every time a new one comes to town. Who could forget the cops directing traffic when In N Out opened? Or the ...


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Extra Mustard and Hold the Mayans

CHOW, BABY
If you believe all the Mayan calendar hype, then you may suspect that we don’t have much more time on this planet. I don’t understand why people are putting so much stock into the Mayan’s prophecy — they have a terrible...



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Pork Ribs Smoking o’er an Enclosed Fire

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Chow, Baby recently broke a proud tradition of avoiding malls during the holidays. Until last week, it had been five years since I’d set foot in one. And after 30 seconds in Ridgmar Mall, I remembered why. In those moments, I...


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I’m Having a Smashback

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As I stood at the local fast-food counter, my mind wandered back to Dublin, Ireland, and … a Burger King. Yes, after traveling thousands of miles overseas to one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, my frie...



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No Use Crying over Old Grits

CHOW, BABY
Why I volunteered to cook this Thanksgiving is beyond me. Maybe it was the tacos. Last month, a friend from Boston was in town, and he swears he can’t get a decent taco up there (duh), so we gorged on tacos de pastor ($1.25 e...


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Take My Dad. Please.

CHOW, BABY
Consider this a public service announcement for all the waitstaffers in the 817: Beware of dads bearing bad, lame, tired old jokes. Or maybe it’s just my dad. You’ll be able to tell it’s him because I’ll be sitting at t...



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Get Stuffed at Buffalo West

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Is anyone else obsessed with those restaurant fix-it shows, like Restaurant Impossible and Kitchen Nightmares? I can’t get enough of British chefs yelling at hapless American restaurateurs, reducing them to blubbering childre...


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Forking It Old School

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Chow, Baby isn’t a slave to the old school, but I do think it’s important to pay homage to the restaurants that have been around for a while. I’m not “get off my lawn” grumpy about the latest trends, hottest restauran...