Last week, I attended the Dallas Observer‘s Iron Fork event for the first time – and what an amazing foodie event! The evening included a chef competition, plenty of booze, and most importantly, food sampling from a wide variety of fantastic Dallas-area restaurants. Several of these restaurants have been on my list to try, so I was eager to visit every booth I could and eat until I couldn’t have another bite. Here are some of my favorite samples:

iron fork crab cake
Amberjax Fish Market Grille crab cakes were everything a crab cake should be. Hot and savory with a crispy outside and delicious spicy sauce.

 

 

Oak Cliff Creperie seemed to have the longest line at Iron Fork, but well worth the wait. I had a bite of a banana Nutella crepe, and will be tracking down their food truck for more!
Oak Cliff Creperie seemed to have the longest line at Iron Fork, but well worth the wait. I had a bite of a banana Nutella crepe, and will be tracking down their food truck for more!

 

 

These were a couple of my first samples and their memory definitely lasted. The smoked salmon with apple slaw from Luck was fresh, flavorful and light – something I could easily snack on all night. And the shrimp and grits from Sissy’s Southern Kitchen? Yes, please! I’ve been wanting to go to Sissy’s after a few recommendations from friends and now I’m definitely paying a visit.

This was toward the end of the sample tour, so I was stuffed. But, look how pretty this pierogi from Kessler Park Eating House is! This perfect comfort food tasted just as great as it looks.

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After a full belly and satisfied palate, I finished it off with Full Rooster City Coffee and with a bit of Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s drinkable chocolate. I’m not sure if they were intended to mix, but it was a combination of warm, velvety liquids was just what I needed to top off the night.

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Until next year, Iron Fork!

 

(Disclaimer: I was provided with a media pass to attend Iron Fork. and all thoughts are my own.)