Iron Fork

Matt McCallister and Omar Flores Will Throw Down at the 2015 Dallas Observer Iron Fork

It's time for another Dallas Observer Iron Fork event, and while the participating restaurants are sure to provide another gustatory marathon of epic proportions, it's hard to discuss the food until you've gotten past this year's awesome competition chefs.

Matt McCallister has been dominating the competition since he ousted Scott Romano in Iron Fork 2013, but this year will bring his stiffest competition to date as he takes on Omar Flores of Casa Rubia. Of all the restaurants to fill Trinity Groves, Casa Rubia is in a league of its own, with an inventive take on Spanish cooking that Dallas has never seen before. Flores is in a special position to oust McCallister. If you like to root for the underdog, this is your year to get caught up in the competition.

Or maybe you just want to see how many napkins you can tear through in an evening. That's a perfectly acceptable approach to getting your most out of Iron Fork, and I personally can attest that the activity is satisfying. El Come Taco will be there, for instance. You'll probably find me at their booth the entire evening, eating as many tacos as my insides will allow.

Cuban Dulceria International Bakery will be in attendance with mini Cubans and other sandwiches. Last year they brought sweets, too. If you've been wanting to check out Fort Worth's latest Thai restaurant, but don't want to drive to Fort Worth, Kin Kin Urban Thai will have a booth. There will also be a double fromage play with Mozzarella Cheese Company and Scardello Artisan Cheese, and lots more.

Check out the Iron Fork site for a complete list, and also to buy tickets. VIP tickets are available for just $65 and include early admission so you can stuff your pockets full of miniature sandwiches before the hoards arrive. A VIP also gets you not just regular parking but valet parking because: Dallas. Regular tickets are just $35 but both ticket prices will increase on April 1.