The Big Chile
Alternatives to August’s ubiquitous pepper
Do hatch chiles have a good publicist or what?
Each August, you see them everywhere on menus around town, not to mention dotting the aisles of a certain grocery store.
Clearly, this surprisingly mild chile is a touch...overexposed.
To help you detox (while still getting your spicy fix), we’ve rounded up a few notable local dishes that are great alternatives to all that hatch mania.
Atlantic salmon at Dish The clubby Uptown restaurant serves some of the best comfort food around (barbecue braised short ribs, anyone?), but we’re loving the restaurant’s new menu--especially the oven-roasted salmon ($28) served with a sweet-potato puree and topped with jalapeño beurre blanc. Sweet and spicy, indeed. 4123 Cedar Springs Rd.; 214-522-3474
Oyster po’ boy at Pacific Table This buzzy new spot from The Tavern’s Felipe Armenta shines bright despite its low-key corner location in University Park Village. With a sushi- and fish-heavy menu, it’s no surprise that a seafood po’ boy sandwich ($12) would be on offer. Adding some pep, however, is a stellar jalapeño slaw, which perfectly offsets the rich fried fare. 1600 S. University Drive, Suite 601, Fort Worth; 817-887-9995
The house chile sauce at Mot Hai Ba Sriracha addicts, take note: This chunkier house-made iteration of the beloved hot sauce is decidedly the bomb. 6047 Lewis St.; 972-638-7468