Dallas, meet Texas Scratch Kitchen, a locally owned comfort food restaurant owned & operated by the same team behind Coconuts Fish Café. TSK is located near Inwood Village at Inwood & Lovers, neighboring Berrynaked Pops! After being invited to dine for dinner and a quick glance at the online menu, I knew Dallas was in for a treat-and boy I was right.
Texas Scratch Kitchen is one of the most intimate restaurants I’ve been to in Dallas, having less than 30 tables and a dining room constructed specifically to cancel out excess noise. 🙉 The decor is modern but rustic, the interior is donned with wood accents and photographs of Texas’ prized landscapes.
To begin the meal we started with the Texas Best Queso, a recommendation from the owner, Tim. This was an easy feat as the first words of the description are: “green chili”. Sold. Texas Best Queso is compiled of Green Chili, Poblano, jalapeno, and hatch chile queso served with tricolor tortilla chips. This queso, in all its thickness, was one of the finest I’ve had. It possessed heat from the numerous peppers but not too much-landing somewhere in the middle as to appeal to everyone’s unique palates.
Being in Dallas I knew we had to try the “Bigger than Dallas Nachos”. Eric Lea, the executive chef of Texas Scratch Kitchen, mastered these crunchy & colorful beauts. From the queso to the salsa (which was a recipe from one of the staff members grandmothers) these were the best nachos I’ve had-and I say that with confidence. That’s a strong feat considering I usually do not favor “stacked” style nachos. 💯
On to the main attractions. At this point in the meal we were sold, from first impressions to the queso of God’s, we knew any other dish placed before us would be culinary gold. After speaking with the staff we went rogue and put down the menu. We ordered the steak, well done, with asparagus and mashed potatoes. This dish exuded excellence. From first site to last bite (yes, we ate it all) we were in Steakeaven (steak-Heaven). 👼
The second entree the table shared was the Texas Scratch Kitchen Chicken Fried Steak. Another Texas staple and another master creation from Eric Lea. The Texas strip steak is pounded flat, crusted with panko crumbs and topped with cream gravy. I substituted the Southern Beans and Basmati Rice for my favorite, Jalapeño Cheese Grits. This plate is ginormous in size but even larger in flavor.
🏟 Dallas is a mecca of “homestyle” or “southern comfort food” options but nothing compares to Texas Scratch Kitchen. From the truly intimate atmosphere, the first-class staff and the damn good food, restaurants such as TSK are hard to come by.
TSK, Truly Significant Kitchen. 🏆
hungry Truly Significant, Dallas.
(Disclosure: my trip to Texas Scratch Kitchen was comped for this piece. All opinions are my own.)