Terry Chandler has made a name for himself (and his killer Diablo Burger and fries) at Fred's, but that's not enough excitement to keep a restless food rustler busy.
Terry, also called the Outlaw Chef for his brand of chuckwagon cooking and entertainment work, is branching out. He's collaborating with the folks down the street at Ranch Oak Farm to offer a new take-out food joint called Ranch Oak Market.
You can still buy the fabulous smoked turkey and spiral-cut hams that Ranch Oak has been cooking and shipping for years, but now you can pop in for sandwiches, soups and salads, too.
The new shop opened a week ago, and business is already brisk. Best-sellers so far include the green gobbler, a sandwich starring sliced Ranch Oak turkey with avocado and pepper jack on focaccia; a sandwich of ham and brie with thinly sliced green apples on a bolillo (big Mexican roll); chili con carne; chicken-tortilla soup; market potato salad made with Dijon and Mexican crema; a salad of bowtie pasta with smoked chicken, fire-roasted tomatillos and cotija cheese; and a Mexican-style tabuleh salad.
What's more, you can pick up tamales to go, too, along with any number of locally made salsas, such as the Renfro's brand. And if you're a grilling fiend, you'll want to pick up several bottles of Terry's newly minted Outlaw Chef Brand Heifer Dust Spice Rub, perfect for all meats and fowl.
Check out the new Ranch Oak Market between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 3005 Bledsoe, just a block or so from Fred's. Call 817-696-1868 for more info.