LYD Recommendation: With live Blues and Jazz music 7 days a week, southern food that feeds the soul, and a full gospel Brunch, Buttons in Ft. Worth or Addison can be just what the doctor ordered. Take a micro-break from the world and get revived by snazzy, colorful, and soul-inspiring classic comfort food. Be ready to get jazzed on good eatin’! Stop in for Happy Hour weekdays from 3-7 for Half-Price Appetizers and drink specials galore!
15207 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001
Soul food is a term that was coined in the 1960’s during the popularization of the tradition that has been feeding Southerners for centuries. It began as the African American take on traditional Southern cooking and has become its own genre of cuisine that defines home-cooked meals that are served with salt, pepper, and butter aplenty. Soul food consists of the basic staples of the Southern Atlantic and Coastal Plains regions of the United States diets which have substantiated the population since the 18th Century. Plantation workers and slaves typically had to make-do with leftovers, undesirable pieces of meat, and simple spices in order to cook healthy and filling meals for their families. It was a disreputable time period in American History but one which has stemmed a cuisine that utilizes the simplest ingredients but fashions a tasty and satisfying meal. The word “Soul” was attached to this specific type of eats most likely due to the association of the Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s and the fact that it doesn’t take a classically trained chef to create a good home meal because it truly comes from the soul of a person. Soul food showcases the ingenuity and skill of cooks who are able to form a distinct cuisine featuring greens, chicken, cornbread, grits, pork chops, bacon, other fresh vegetables, and simple spices.
Buttons, located in either Addison or the flag ship restaurant in Fort Worth, has found a way to represent the original ideas and ingredients of Southern and Soul kitchen favorites by featuring them in a new light with modern and flavorful add-ins. The kitchen at Buttons is headed by the soulful culinary artist Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks. Chef Buttons brings southern hospitality to the table along with food infused with the combination and flare of rhythm and blues music and Granny's southern soul food cuisine! At Buttons you will be offered a jam-packed menu filled with a variety of traditional southern favorites like fried chicken, hearty grilled steaks, fresh and fried seafood, and heavenly desserts.
A favorite of most soul food connoisseurs is Chicken and Waffles, a celebrated dish that highlights the ideals of Southern cooking with the combination of the comforting nature of fluffy waffles with the savory, crowd-pleasing, and crispy fried chicken goodness. In the Deep South, it was custom for chickens to be butchered and fried in the morning which led to the idea of a breakfast-dinner combo of chicken and waffles. Chef Buttons decided to take that tradition one step further by creating his own "famous" version which is a large, mouth-watering meal that will exercise your sweet and salty taste bud testers. It starts with two mammoth pieces of hand battered chicken-fried breasts which are stacked onto a sweet, buttery, and fluffy Belgium waffle dressed with blueberries butter and fresh strawberries with stacked to the eyes sweet potato fries.
The decision about what to eat can be pretty tough here because so many things will be calling to you! LYDtook on this tough task and continued to journey through the ol’ south traditions by contemplating several entree options; however, next it was a unanimous decision to try Button’s version of Oxtails. Chef Buttons’ recipe calls for the succulent oxtails to be cooked until the meat is fork-tender and falls right off the bone. Most southern cooks will prepare oxtails as a stew and Chef Buttons is true to this, but adds his own decorative twist. The bowl full of oxtails is smothered in a meaty broth infused with chunky tomatoes, thinly sliced yellow and green squash, bite size okra, and onions all on top of a bed of rice. Chef Buttons is definitely a southern soul food culinary artist! His skills flourish from dish to dish especially with the Salmontine; it is made with perfectly grilled salmon spiced with salt, pepper, and garnished with a tangy, buttery lemon Dijon sauce, placed atop roasted potatoes, onions, and old fashioned simmered and creamed spinach with artichokes. Venture on to the tender Brisket tacos served traditional style and filled to the fresh corn tortilla brim with juicy beef brisket, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. If those don’t seem to fit your fancy then there are many other options such as Brotha Can You Spare a Rib-Ribs, Nacho Mama’s Meatloaf, Gumbo Mambo, Yo Mama’s Chicken, Old School Pot Roast, a selection of Appeteezers, timeless sides, seafood dishes, and the glorious desserts. Even if you are stuffed, LYD says unbutton those pants if you have to and make room for the Pecan Thang. Pecan Thang is Buttons unique creation of pecan pie with a warm butter crust, sweet gooey melted brown sugar, and toasted pecans, all served a la mode. Your soul has never felt better!