I was doing the math yesterday, I’ve lived in Addison for 4 years now. Just a quick drive north of Dallas, the city of Addison certainly has it’s own personality. With some 500Â restaurantsÂ in a 5 mile radius (I may exaggerate), it’s pretty muchÂ guaranteedÂ that everyone’s taste buds can be happy.
The last few days I had the honor of trying out 14 of Addison’s hot spots. Myself, along with a few others visited FOURTEEN restaurants, in a 3 day span, to judge the taste, presentation, and creativity of each chef’s Competition Dish. This is a new add-on to this weekend’s big Taste Addison 2011 event! If you’ve never been, it’s a must.
In Food Nerd fashion I made a Foodspotting Guide out of the 14 stops & dishes so that you too can partake. If you foodspot 10 of the dishes you’ll get the Taste Competition badge on Foodspotting. These menu items will be available through June, you can ask for them each by name or ask for “The Competition Dish” at any of the locations.
Thursday evening the winners of the competition will be announced!
In alphabetical order here are the competition dishes…
Addison Point – Grilled BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: Sliced grilled chicken, hand tossed in our special buffalo sauce on a warm fresh roll.Â Along with fresh letuce, tomatoes, ranch and a side.
BlackFinn -Â Szechuan Steak Bites: Ribeye Steak Cubed and Fried to a perfect crispy texture tossed in a blackfinn szechuan glaze garnished with sesame seeds and topped with fried parsnip strings.
Blue Goose Cantina -Â Carnitas Tacos: A shredded and shopped slow roasted pork butt topped with fresh cilantro and onions, served in a flour tortilla with rice, beans, and a side of our salsa fresco.
Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House – Stuffed Tenderloin with sundried apples, baby spinach, bacon and Vermont cheddar with a 40 creek whisky sauce served with sweet potato grits.
Chef Pete’s Catering – Turkey Sloppy Joe: A healthy spin on an old favorite. Sloppy Joe’s made with lean turkey meat and sweet low fat BBQ sauce on a whole grain mini panini.Â Hearty and yummy!
Freebirds – Monster Burrito with Slow Roasted Carnitas: Monster Burrito filled with slow roasted carnitas, spanish rice, black beans, roasted corn salsa, cilantro, red onion, pico de gallo, monterey jack cheese, and sour cream.
Genghis Grill – Heart Healthy Bowl: Steak, steak house blend, 3g mix, broccoli, carrots, cilantro, Mongo BBQ Sauce, and brown rice. All grilled to perfection.
TheÂ Italian Club – Pork Spiedies:Â Based on a recipe from the Abruzzo region of Italy, spiedies (pronounced speedies) are cubes of pork marinated for several days and then cooked on a skewer over an open fire and served either on an Italian roll on the skewer with grilled vegetables.
Kenny’s Italian Grill – Midnight Meatball Pizza
The Lion & Crown – Salmon Cakes
Los Lupes – Fish Tacos:Â Three tacos, crispy or soft, with grilled tilapia fillet, served with rice, house salad & avocado slices.
Nate’s Seafood & Steak House – Redfish on the half shell
Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub – Irish Nachos:Â Homemade kettle-cooked potato chips layeredÂ with diced grilled chicken and shredded cheddar cheese and then baked. Topped with fresh, diced tomatoes, diced green onions and diced jalapeno peppers and served with ketchup and ranch.
Thai Orchid – Salmon and Green Curry Pasta:Â A salmon fillet seared pan-fry with Thai vegetables and seasoning. Served with spicy green curry over rice noodle pasta.
If you’d like to see all 70 photos from our foodie judging adventure they are on Facebook.
AND last but not least… we have some tickets to Taste Addison to giveaway!
- leave a comment with which of these dishes you plan to try
- additional entry for sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter. (@DallasFoodNerd on twitter or let us know in the comments)
- Vote in the People’s Choice on Addison Special Events page for additional entry. (let us know in the comments that you did)
We will announce the winners of the free tickets on Thursday at 5pm – which is also when we will announce the official dish winners of the competition.