Feb 01, 2016 08:39AM
● By Dia
Unless you know it’s there, you just might pass it by. But once you find Scratch Catering & Fine Foods, a small shop situated in the Hobby Lobby shopping center, you’ll be a regular. It’s become our go-to spot for grabbing a healthy dinner on weeknights when we’re short on time (or ingredients). The menu changes daily, so there’s always something fresh and new to look forward to, whether it’s grilled salmon or a warm bowl of homemade chili.
The space is unassuming, but it’s brimming with hometown charm. There’s not a table or chair in the place; only a counter for ordering, a refrigerated case with beverages, and a chalkboard wall in the back announcing deals (“All drinks $1 all day every day”) and expressing sentiments (“Life’s short ... eat dessert first”).
Scratch Catering & Fine Foods (Scratch Kitchen for short), opened its doors last fall. The catering and carryout business is family-owned, which, to us, only adds to its appeal.
Owner Ted Bilsky says that he and his family of Aggies have long been entrepreneurs – and pretty good around the kitchen. They catered for clients of Bilsky’s construction business for years and after many requests from happy customers, expanded into a full-time operation.
“We focus on a few things we do well and keep the menu changing daily,” he says. “Everything is made from scratch – nothing out of a can or jar. It’s home-style cooking for families on the go.”
Scratch Kitchen offers lunch and dinner takeout Monday through Friday. If you want to know what’s on the daily menu before you stop in, you can have text updates sent straight to your phone.
The kitchen cranks out meals until 7 p.m. or until it runs out of food. The menu also changes quarterly, with pulled pork and brisket along with homemade sausage on the lineup for springtime. Scratch Kitchen’s best-loved meals are always in the rotation, though. Customers can’t get enough of the Chicken Marsala and Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Bilsky says.
We opted for the Chicken Salad on Croissant for a light meal. It was sweet, creamy and crunchy with diced apples and walnuts, and the croissant was buttery and fresh. For dessert, we selected the S’mores Cupcake from Judy’s Bake Shop, its in-house bakery that offers fresh-made treats ranging from cupcakes to bars and cookies. The chocolate ganache was rich and decadent, and the toasted marshmallow frosting put this treat over the top.
When all you want is a great home-style meal without the fuss of preparing it on your own, Scratch Kitchen has you covered. And while the bulk of the business is carryout, Bilsky notes that catering is still Scratch Kitchen’s forte.
“Whether for a corporate gig or your kitchen table, we can do anything from the very simplistic to the very gourmet,” he says. But really, it’s all good, no matter how you serve it.
SCRATCH CATERING & FINE FOODS
2125 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 375