November 16th, 2010 marked the day Phusion Projects announced it would be removing caffeine from its infamous Four Loko alcoholic energy drink. Sources have now revealed that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has approved the sale of a reformulated version of the popular malt beverage. The new version, without caffeine, comes in response to the Food and Drug Administration‘s conclusion in November that caffeinated malt beverages pose a health risk to consumers. No word on when these new products begin shipping or what retailers will receive them first. Stay tuned!
The Del Taco brand restaurant is coming to Texas, and it’s starting at their newly opened location in Denton: 1703 S. State Loop 288, to be exact. A second location is planned for McKinney, northeast of Dallas. CEO Paul Murphy believes the Del Taco brand is a great fit for the Dallas/Ft. Worth market, exclaiming, “We’re excited to bring our great tasting food and strong value options to Texas”.
Reports from the OC Register reported that the grand opening of the Denton location this past Wednesday was a massive success, creating lines that wrapped around the building and stayed like that for several hours. Del Taco currently operates or franchises more than 515 restaurants in 16 states, how do you think the Texas audience will respond to Del Taco‘s menu?
At this year’s Texas State Fair, apparently they were serving up some rather interesting raviolis. Deep fried and filled with beer, these little puppies will let you eat and drink at the exact same time. Stated in the video, the alcohol doesn’t burn off because they are not cooked long enough for that to happen. Which makes me think, what other awesome foods can people fill beer with? (Thx ABC)
Proceeding with a Texas expansion, the well-sought-after West Coast burger chain In-N-Out has revealed plans for a second location in Texas. Executive vice president of planning and development, Carl Van Fleet, announced that both Garland and Ft. Worth areas of Texas will see new locations. Along with these Texas plans, construction is underway on a new location in Southern California, in particular on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, CA (pictured above). No exact dates have been given regarding the timeline of these two new locations. (Thx NancyLuna)
Texas has always been known for their overly large items and attitude, BBQ, and cowboys but who knew they would be so into awesome food creations. Looks like some of that bad ass Texas mentality split over into their food as well. These products are obviously not for the weak-hearted so eat at your own risk.
The fourth of July brings about two things: fireworks and barbeque. I sorta skipped all the alcohol involved too for this holiday…but that’s for another post. So while in Texas, I of course had to hit up a BBQ joint and what’s a better time to talk about it than today right? Garlic mash potatoes, corn on the cob, smoked sausage, dry ribs, baby back ribs, brisket, and pork tenderloin completed my taste of good ol’ BBQ. And it was damn good too.
This dish comes from Gibson Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas. This dish is rightfully called” Buenos Dias”. It is an all-beef hot dog split and seared, wrapped in bacon, topped with cheese and a fried egg! Kinda like the “Fat Burger” of hot dogs right? The tender egg running everywhere, bomb. Also, with every dish comes a side of their famous tater sticks! Their hand-cut, buttermilk battered seasoned fries of perfection! They do it so big in Texas that their site is still under construction, hopefully the Gibson site will be up and running soon!
I would be a liar if I said I didn’t crave a donut every morning. I’d be an even bigger liar if I said I could eat one everyday and not weigh 400 lbs. If you’re like me, and crave, yet, avoid a donut every morning, take the excuse of National Foodbeast Day to hit up your favorite donut spot, and grab yourself some sweet goodness. If you’re lucky enough to be around Round Rock Donuts in Texas, then you can grab a rather large donut as seen above!