Friday, May 19, 2017


A couple of weeks ago, Frisco hosted Off the Rails, a two day country music concert.  So brunch just made sense.  Especially when a place like Mash'd is nearby.

Chicken and biscuits is the perfect meal when you're going to be listening to the Charlie Daniels Band, Dierks Bently, and Jason Aldean in just a few short hours.  The chicken tenders were just that - super tender and twice battered.  The chicken sat atop a chorizo cheddar biscuit and was covered in "chuck norris"  gravy.  I'm not sure what chick norris gravy is other than delicious.  I also don't know why it's not capitalized on the menu, but I'm going with it.  I'm not a really big fan of chorizo, so I could have done without that as a part of my biscuit.  We also opted to get a fried egg on top.  I mean, why not?  Mitzi's was a bit overcooked, but mine was perfectly runny.  It doesn't come with the egg, but you can order it at no extra charge. I like that; refreshing considering I was recently charged extra to put cheese on my breakfast taco.  You can order a half serving if you think two biscuits and all that chicken is just too much.  And a half order is plenty, especially if you order queso as an appetizer. 

And who isn't going to order queso?  They call it serious queso, and yes, it is! Here's the menu description - house prepared w/ roasted garlic, abita beer, chorizo & pickled pepper relish, served with seasoned tortilla chips.  If you're feeling adventurous, add fried chicken to you queso.  You read that correctly.  Fried chicken in your queso!  That is happening next time.

Did I mention the mimosas?  Four options for you to try: traditional orange, blood orange, peach, and blackberry.  Served in a mason jar, the blackberry mimosas were a perfect addition to our brunch.

The Southern Egg Fries got a rave review.  Imagine a cast iron skillet filled with crispy fries. Now imagine the fries topped with some chorizo and melted cheddar cheese.  But wait! There's more!  A couple of over-medium eggs, and of course, that "chuck norris" gravy.  As Trey said, "Eggs and fries will happen again."

Amber ordered Benny's Skillet.  Overall she loved it.  But she's like me - we would rather have bacon in our biscuits instead of chorizo.  Benny's Skillet is their version of eggs benedict.  Also served in a cast iron skillet, we're talking creamed spinach, chorizo biscuits, moonshine stock poached egg, layered together and covered in hollandaise sauce.

I didn't get the reviews from Marlon and Stacy as they left early to get to the airport.  But here's a picture of what they ate.  Looks good, right?

This sign was hanging by our table.  Love it!  

If you're in Frisco, Ft. Worth, or San Antonio, be sure to check out Mash'd, you won't regret it.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Black Walnut Cafe

When you think of brunch, you think of the weekend, right?  That's when my friends and I typically brunch.  In most cases, that's when restaurants will roll out their brunch menu because that's when most people have a bit more leisure time.  Believe it or not, there are restaurants out there that have a daily brunch menu, and I'm not talking about IHOP either.  In DFW, we are lucky enough to have Black Walnut Cafe, which was the perfect place for Mitzi and me to celebrate after taking our principal certification exam.
Be careful!  These mimosas can pack a punch on an empty stomach.  Must be the splash of Grand Marnier.

I decided to go all out and get the Bacon Cheeseburger Benedict.  It seems like the perfect dish for a girl who loves burgers and brunch.  Here's how the menu describes it: two extra-large poached eggs, two mini burger patties, toasted English muffin, American cheese, diced bacon, cayenne citrus hollandaise.  Let me just start off by saying, WOW!  This was delicious!  The flavors were bold and diverse.  Every bite is guaranteed to have multiple flavors.  The eggs were poached to perfection and clicked with the burger patties, which were cooked medium rare.  The melted cheese and bacon added layers of deliciousness to each bite.  Don't worry about the cayenne in the hollandaise sauce.  It's not even noticeable. When you order an eggs benedict dish, you also have a choice of home fries or grits. Normally, I would go for the potatoes, but something was telling me to get the grits.  I am so glad I listened to the voice in my head.  They were smooth, creamy and buttery. Some of the best grits I've ever had!  As I sit here writing, I am fantasizing about these grits!

Mitzi ordered the Chicken & Waffles, another favorite. Belgian waffle, fried chicken tenders, powdered sugar, and New England maple syrup.  A good solid option, but there wasn't anything that really made it stand out.  I will say, I appreciate the chicken tenders as opposed to chicken on the bone.  I'm not opposed to chicken on the bone, but it's not always as easy to consume, especially when served with waffles.