Do Deviled Eggs Really Need To Be This Popular?

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​I distinctly remember my first encounter with deviled eggs. I was at a Penn State football game, probably eight years old. I was nearing double-digit eggs before I realized I'd gone too far. To me the snack will always be a tailgating food, but to bars and restaurants, deviled eggs seem to have become a serious menu item.

I've had them at both the original Neighborhood Services and the tavern. Each one was topped differently but both made use of plenty of yellow mustard, a nod to Texas' love of the bright acidic condiment. And I had them at the Common Table, where chef Mike Smith folds andouille sausage into the mix, tops the eggs with crab meat, and serves them with his own take on acid, a side of hot sauce for dipping.

Cedars Social and the Ranch at Las Colinas have them on their starter menus. As does Horne and Dekker, which adds Tasso ham, bacon & chives. A gastropub's menu is seemingly not complete without the hors d'oeuvre. I'd kill to find someone willing to make up a version studded with salty anchovies and loaded with green parsley. Curry powder's a nice addition I rarely see as well.

But mostly I'm left to wonder how this appetizer became so ubiquitous, and whether it deserves the attention it gets. Should deviled eggs really be as popular (and as expensive) as they are, or is this a silly and overworked trend that needs to return to the plastic Tupperware egg-holders of our youth? I'm going with the latter.

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The Cedars Social

1326 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Horne & Dekker

2323 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Cedars Social

1326 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tried and True

2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Common Table

2917 Fairmount St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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18 comments
HappyTexan
HappyTexan

Had to laugh last night when we went to the Brick House in Plano and one of our group ordered the Deviled Eggs. 

By damn if they weren't actually good.  A little kick of jalapeno and real bacon garnishment.  I'd order them myself next time.

primi timpano
primi timpano

R&D has some good ones and will serve you an excellent medium rare hamburger, too.

joeat
joeat

@Leslie O, add slaw to that list of no two alike!

primi timpano
primi timpano

R&D does a good job.  And you can get a fine medium rare hamburger there.

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

I'm kind of glad they're in restaurants right now because my husband doesn't like them.  I never get them except in a restaurant or at my parent's house.  It won't last though.  They'll be gone again soon.  And I agree...  they are often ridiculously expensive.

LesliO
LesliO

I couldn't help but feel a somewhat profound sadness that you spent the first 8 years of your poor little life not knowing the awesomeness of the deviled egg. I say the same thing about potato salad as I do the deviled egg:  no two people make theirs the same, but damn if I don't love them all.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Cheap + Can be made ahead + Easy to do variants + Throwback angle + Low-carb angle = Ubiquity in restaurants.  Wouldn't be something I'd ever order in a restaurant, but hey.

Jana D
Jana D

Deviled eggs will always be something that my family makes when we get together for Sunday barbecues or large family events, any time of year.  I remember the first time I prepared them with my mom and she taught me how to get the shell off the boiled egg perfectly.  This being said- I doubt I would ever order them in a restaurant. I have a special place reserved for them.

foodbitch
foodbitch

Unexpected smoked salmon flavor in the Coffee House Cafe version. Just too crazy.I like my deviled eggs wrapped individually in plastic wrap served at the Czech Bakery in West, TX. But man I do love those beefed up babies at Lockhart. 

raeckart
raeckart

Lockhart Smokehouse prices them cheap & fills em with meat. You will try them there.

littleloo
littleloo

When I go out to eat I am NOT ordering deviled eggs.  Silly and overworked trend.

joeat
joeat

Cedar's Social is right up there at the top!

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

The ones at Lockhart Smokehouse with bits of smoked meat are pretty kick ass

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Three deviled eggs, two breakfast sausage and jalapeno kolaches, one pimento cheese sandwich, and one Dr. Pepper. 

The entire car just got fed for less than $8.

E
E

I wouldn't order them myself - because they are called "Deviled Eggs - House Smoked Salmon".  Why was the salmon flavor unexpected?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

That used to be my dating strategy when I was single

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