Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fun, Food, and Family

September 9th was my younger sister, Brittyn's 22nd birthday. Birthdays in my family are a big deal. I wasn't going to miss spending her birthday with her so I flew Britt to Dallas so she could spend the weekend with my mom and I. I wanted to make this birthday extra special for Brittyn since last year friends and family were gathered around watching one of my episodes of Masterchef on her birthday. This year it was going to be all about her.
                                             I first surprised her with a limo ride to dinner.
After having asked several people their advice on a restaurant to go to for dinner, we finally decided to go to Tillman's Roadhouse in the Bishop Arts area in downtown Dallas. The restaurant had also just been featured on Food Network.
Immediately upon walking into the restaurant, I knew this was going to be a fun place.

                                                The decor is rustic but chic.
So lets move on to the most important part, the FOOD!
You are immediately served complimentary truffle butter popcorn. If this was any indication of what was to come, I would be a happy girl.
When I am struggling over what to order at a restaurant after reading a menu, I like to ask the waiter/waitress for their recommendations. I did this at Tillman's and was told to be sure to order the trio of fries.
From left to right, chili dusted purple peruvian, smoked salt sweet potato fries, and parmesan black pepper kennebec served with homemade ketchup and horseradish pickle mayo.

I am not a french fry fan but these fries were good. I especially liked the sweet potato fries.

Chicken Fried Steak-
roasted garlic mashed potatoes, poblano cream gravy, bacon lardons, haricot vert, cherry tomatoes

Creamy and silky smooth mashed potatoes coated my taste buds with the most wonderful flavor and texture. Then the steak component of the chicken fried steak, isn't just any kind of steak but a filet. Served alongside was green beans which wasn't just your run-of-the-meal green beans. These green beans had good flavor.
Having grown up eating what I call country fried steak, this was the best I have ever had!

And that was it........just joking you know me better than that. A meal isn't complete without a little dessert and this one was extra special.

Served tableside was their S'mores.
Everything is homemade from their marshmallows to their graham crackers.

                                          Choose from maple, orange, and coffee marshmallows
Then toast your marshmallow over the open flame and sandwich between chocolate and graham crackers.

And Enjoy!                                                

They were finger licking good!
You can create this same amazing treat at home using my Agave Marshmallow recipe in my cookbook. Have fun flavoring your marshmallows with your favorite flavor!
And the night wouldn't be complete without the waiters singing happy birthday to my sister, Brittyn on her special birthday!


  1. I love it, this is what it's all about!!! I know she is very thankful to have such a great big sis!! Hopefully I will get to meet her sometime.

  2. What a fun place! Love the table side S'more idea :)

  3. You seem to be such a wonderful human being. Beautiful, down to earth human.

    You're such a inspiration.
    I Wish you all luck in world.

    Love, Oscar - Sweden.

  4. OMG! I am so glad to have stumbled upon your own blog, Whit. I'm from the Philippines and I never failed to watch an episode of Masterchef US especially the first season where you won, deservingly! I just googled u to check how u are and what have become of your career. So glad ur book is out. I envy all the food that I saw in your blog, so far. Yummmmm! S'more is my very own comfort food. How I wish I can make my own homemade marshmallows, too!