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 500 restaurants in a 5 mile radius (I may exaggerate), it’s pretty much guaranteed 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…


Grilled BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Addison Point: Grilled BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Addison PointGrilled BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: Sliced grilled chicken, hand tossed in our special buffalo sauce on a warm fresh roll.  Along with fresh letuce, tomatoes, ranch and a side.


BlackFinn Szechuan Steak Bites
BlackFinn: Szechuan Steak Bites

BlackFinn - 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 Addison carnitas
Blue Goose: Carnitas Tacos

Blue Goose Cantina - 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
Chamberlian's Steak & Chop House: Stuffed Ttenderloin

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 Turkey Sloppy Joe
Chef Pete's Catering: Turkey Sloppy Joe

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.  Hearty and yummy!


Freebirds: Monster Burrito with Slow Roasted Carnitas
Freebirds: Monster Burrito with Slow Roasted Carnitas

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 Beef Bowl
Genghis Grill: Heart Healthy Bowl

Genghis Grill – Heart Healthy Bowl: Steak, steak house blend, 3g mix, broccoli, carrots, cilantro, Mongo BBQ Sauce, and brown rice. All grilled to perfection.


Italian Club: Pork Spiedies
Italian Club: Pork Spiedies

The Italian ClubPork Spiedies: 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 Addison
Kenny's Italian Grill: Midnight Meatball Pizza

Kenny’s Italian GrillMidnight Meatball Pizza


Lion & Crown Addison
The Lion & Crown: Salmon Cakes

The Lion & CrownSalmon Cakes

Los Lupes: Fish Tacos
Los Lupes: Fish Tacos

Los LupesFish Tacos: Three tacos, crispy or soft, with grilled tilapia fillet, served with rice, house salad & avocado slices.

Nate's Seafood - redfish
Nate's Seafood: Redfish on the half shell

Nate’s Seafood & Steak House – Redfish on the half shell

Sherlock's Pub - nachoes
Sherlock's: Irish Nachos

Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub – Irish Nachos: Homemade kettle-cooked potato chips layered 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 Addison - Salmon and Pasta
Thai Orchid: Salmon and Green Curry Pasta

Thai Orchid – Salmon and Green Curry Pasta: 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!

To enter:

  • 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.

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15 thoughts on “Taste Addison Competition 2011”

  1. All the dishes look and sound amazing, but I’m a sucker for pizza! I will definitely have to try the Midnight Meatball Pizza for Kenny’s. Maybe for lunch today?

  2. I’ve never been to the Lion & Crown (though I, too, have been in Addison many years) so Salmon Cakes it is!

  3. These all look great but those Salmon Cakes look great and I can’t wait to try! I voted too on Facebook. Great way to promote the great restaurants in Addison!

  4. As a true Texan, I’m going for the steak! Bring on Chamberlain’s stuffed tenderloin!

  5. I just voted (and ‘liked’) your Special Events Page!! Looking forward to this weekend!

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