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  • Al-Amir Restaurant

    3885 Belt line Rd. Addison

    972-488-2647

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  • Amplified Live

    10261 Technology Boulevard E. Northwest Dallas

    214-350-1904

    Equipped with a full-service restaurant, bar and a music venue, Amplified Live has a big patio area, a private pond and live music. They offer craft and imported beers and your favorite domestics. Amplified, formerly called Gas Monkey, also has a laundry list of appetizers on their menu: fried mac n’ cheese, pulled pork stuffed peppers, wings and Texas style loaded fries with queso, bacon bits and ranch dressing.
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  • Asian Mint

    11617 N. Central Expwy, Suite 135 North Dallas

    214-363-6655

    There are few surprises at Nikky Phinyawatana's Asian fusion restaurant. The Mint menu, much like its North Dallas counterpart, lists the regular players at first glance-satay, rolls, piquant Thai soups, stir fries, Mongolian beef. Then comes the house's special pad Thai, which is available in the form of crunchy wonton strips, crab haul, low-carb (sans noodles), among others. There is a daily martini special. If you like the spice, request it. Otherwise, the kitchen will play it safe with the Highland Park locals.
    14 articles
  • Avila's Mexican Restaurant

    4714 Maple Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-520-2700

    The Avila family continues to serve classic Tex-Mex dishes to legions of rabid fans. They've been doing so since 1985 with tweaked family recipes of enchiladas, muchas enchiladas and chile relleno, which is a house specialty. Among the other signature dishes are the Anna Maria Plate (one soft cheese taco, one cheese enchilada and one beef taco), the chimichanga and a short list of combos, like the aforementioned Anna Maria.
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  • Aw Shucks

    3601 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-821-9449

    For more than 20 years, this neighborhood spot has been shelling out cheap mollusks with even cheaper brewskis. Much of the food comes in fried renditions, including oysters. However, there are many preparations offered, some unusual for shuck shack – stringed lights, coolers and picnic tables included – such as a ceviche and a trio of fish tacos made with tilapia. Less eyebrow-cocking options include crab legs, po-boys, crawfish and cole slaw that's best inhaled on the patio. Whether you're drunk on the cocktail sauce or the carbonated sauce, make sure to keep count of the beer. Payment is on the honor system. And at the Aw Shucks prices, it would be shameful to breach that code. Also, with its location across from the Granada Theater, it makes an excellent choice for pre-show drinks.
    6 articles
  • Bachman Tacos and Grill

    3311 W. Northwest Highway Northwest Dallas

    214-352-0010

    The world would be all the better if it were filled with more trompo taco fans. To make a great trompo taco, the vertical spit has to spin, but at many places business isn't steady enough to keep the contraption in motion. Not so at Bachman Tacos and Grill, where tacos are a necessary add on to every tankful of gasoline. The taqueria is nestled inside a Chevron so you can pound a taco before gas up your car -- to get to your next taqueria, of course. Meat cooked on a vertical spit often lends itself to some of the most beautiful meals in the world of street food. Just hear the word shawarma and visions of charred but supple lamb paint the back of your cortex, while the phantom scent of rosemary tickles your nose. In the back, cooks thread huge sheets of fatty meat, dripping in marinade, onto the long vertical spits. The finished cones look disturbing and even a bit obscene, but after roasting a while you'll start to come around. It's almost hypnotizing as it spins like some giant carnal music box ornament.
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  • Baker's Ribs

    6516 E. Northwest Highway East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-373-0082

    The pink pig signage lures barbecue devotees to this palace of smoked pork. The rustic interior accentuated with red-and-white checker oilcloth tables gives the restaurant a 'cue shack feel. Stepping into Baker's Ribs is like stepping into a roadside barbecue joint. The signature St. Louis-style ribs are tender. However, the brisket is almost as much a customer favorite. With a thick, dark crust and smoky flavor, it's no wonder. The expected combo options, like the "two-meater," are available and can be greedily consumed with sweet tea and other classic barbecue accompaniments like cole slaw and corn bread. But at owners Joe and Suzanne Duncan's barbecue joints, it's all about the pork, even offering their own version of a spicy pork taco for less than a two-spot.
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  • Banana Leaf Thai

    17370 Preston Rd. Richardson & Vicinity

    972-735-8778

    This far North Dallas spot is probably more neighborhood than destination, but tasty dishes and charming decor keep it in the game. Fried rice dishes come out quickly, which might raise an eyebrow, but fluffy rice with tasty chunks of pineapple and chicken was a surprise and relief. The grilled chicken smothered in peanut sauce looks bland but recovers with appropriate sweetness amidst jasmine rice and colorful steamed vegetables. Service was fairly attentive with nary a half-empty drink or an open sugar packet on the table, but when the initial order was mistaken, enough time passed for others to be half finished with their plates.
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  • Bangkok Dee Thai Cuisine

    10207 N. Central Expressway Northeast Dallas

    214-739-3436

    Clean and simple, this strip-mall restaurant offers several dishes on buffet, plus a menu that allows each diner to customize his meal. Basic dishes are listed (red, yellow and green curries, sweet and sour sauce, fried rice and glass and rice noodles) with the option of including chicken, beef, pork, tofu, shrimp, squid, crab or scallop with one price for seafood options and a dollar less for the rest. The tofu pad Thai was bountiful, with noodles heaped high and peanuts and crisp vegetables on the side, and the spring rolls came steaming from the fryer and served with a light sweet and sour sauce.
  • Besa's Pizza & Pasta

    14856 Preston Rd. North Dallas

    972-233-7227

    From the street, this might look like the average strip-mall pizza parlor, but once inside things change. The tables are covered in earth-tone tablecloths that match the seat cushions. Obviously, some thought went into Besa's. That by itself distinguishes Besa's from most slice shops in town. The counter service is still there, as are the cheap price points. Lunch specials begin at $4.99 for one Neapolitan-style slice, a tossed salad and a drink. While the pizza, including the Sicilian, is popular, pastas such as the lobster ravioli get raves from regulars. Among the myriad of subs available, the Philly cheesesteak is a hot item. Customers in search of something more substantial can order one of the meat (chicken, veal or seafood) entrées.
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  • Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

    117 W. Hickory St. Denton

    940-384-1818

    Maurice made a mess, a delectable, delicious mess, which he spilt all over Beth Marie’s old-fashioned floor. OK, so you can only assume this kind of occurrence helps dessert connoisseurs come up with creative nicknames for their one-of-a-kind concoctions. Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream probably didn’t name its Maurice’s Muddy Mess flavor after a sweet-toothed kid, but that doesn’t mean this dessert stop is any less delish. Selling all sorts of colorful creams including cupcake, coconut and chocolate with chocolate chips, Beth Marie’s has certainly made a name for itself. The parlor scoops out to several Denton locations and markets throughout Texas. You can check out its original home in Denton’s Historic Downtown Square.
    2 articles
  • Big Fish Seafood Grill & Bar

    414 S. Main St. Grapevine

    817-481-2010

    It's not easy to put "seafood" and "cheap" into the same sentence, unless you're talking about fish balls and chum. But Big Fish manages to juggle these terms on the same menu – successfully for the most part. Oysters are good, crab legs are killer, and the shrimp cocktail is brilliant. Yet sometimes things are served cold, and the mainstays can be a little rubbery. But it's nothing worth throwing back.
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  • Big Shucks

    6232 E. Mockingbird Lane East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-887-6353

    Fresh oysters, clams and crab legs and an inland-oyster-bar atmosphere make this a festive spot, especially when the longnecks are flowing on the patio. The fried catfish (served with fat fries) is some of the best in town: crispy and greaseless. It's a mecca, too, for crawfish lovers. The signature shrimp cocktail is made with avocado, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and serrano peppers, served in a tall mug. Run like its little brother on Greenville Avenue – Aw Shucks – it has its traditions: no moist towelettes, no bottled cocktail sauce (you mix the pepper sauce and ketchup) and no check. The pay-at-the-door honor system makes you feel better about mankind.
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  • Big Tony’s West Philly Cheesesteaks

    13378 Preston Rd. North Dallas

    214-812-9092

    Why West Philly? Well, that’s where Anthony “Big Tony” Blaylock is from. He graduated from Temple University, which explains the college memorabilia at some of his mini-chain’s locations, and got experience in the restaurant business by working at local rival chain Fred’s before opening his own cheesesteak shop. Big Tony’s imports bread loaves from Philadelphia, because nothing made locally can match the unique, soft-but-firm texture of the breads into which this restaurant piles sliced steak and veggies. The menu is huge, and each day has its own specials, but look out for No. 8, with sautéed onions and mushrooms, and No. 15, which adds mushrooms, onions, banana peppers and slices of jalapeño. The meat is saucy, but never greasy, and we also appreciate the pandemic safety measures taken at each restaurant, including curbside pickup at some locations.

    Top pick: The fried sides, including “toothpicks” and “hockey pucks” (fried straight-sliced onions and peppers, and fried jalapeño coins, respectively), are spot-on.

    Fun fact: The enormous menu also includes burgers and a hot pastrami hoagie.
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  • Bilad Bakery & Restaurant

    850 S. Greenville Ave. Richardson & Vicinity

    972-744-9599

    Some of Richardson’s other Iraqi restaurants have shut down in recent years — we still miss the kebabs at Chai Khanah — but Bilad, the original and perhaps best of them all, remains a neighborhood institution. The superb bakery got its start turning out excellent samoon bread from Iraq and trays of delightful desserts like pistachio puffs and baklava. But for nearly a decade now, Bilad has also had an excellent kitchen serving Iraqi specialties, including some of the region’s better shawarma and falafel, zhug (an acidic hot pepper sauce), fresh tabbouleh and garlicky hummus. Kebab meat may look charred on the outside, but the interior is still perfectly tender. Grab a bag of that samoon bread as you leave, or visit the small grocery next door.

    Top pick: The $5.49 shawarma sandwiches, served on loaves of fresh Iraqi bread with fluffy soft interiors, are no-doubt, unanimous-vote choices for the Texas Sandwich Hall of Fame, especially if you ask that your sandwich be made spicy.

    The downside: Double-check the freshness on any pre-packaged desserts. We’re not in love with the three-day-old baklava that occasionally sits on the shelf.

    Fun fact: Bilad makes a point of providing food to penniless customers or people experiencing homelessness free of charge.
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  • Bistro B

    9780 Walnut St. Garland & Vicinity

    214-575-9885

    Bistro B (Authentic Asian Cuisine) is all kinds of awesome. It's delicious awesome. It's cheap awesome. It's scary awesome. It's "Aww, dammit, this Thai iced tea has those chewy brown gelatin bubbles in it. Why am I chewing a drink? This is wrong" awesome. Bistro B is, in fact, the Cheesecake Factory of Asian cuisine. The menu is ridiculously huge, including a list of smoothies that includes the "Jack Fruit" and "Avocado Mung Bean." Also worth noting was number 424 Nuoc Lanh Chai, which is a beverage described as "water bottle."
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  • BlackFriar Pub

    2621 McKinney Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-953-0599

    This popular restaurant and bar attracts bustling Uptown crowds and folks who live in the surrounding neighborhood. Serving a delicious selection of food from appetizers to cheese boards to burgers and sandwiches as well as an abundant beer selection, BlackFriar's menu adds up to one serious pub and grub. BlackFriar provides plenty of seating inside and out, and has one of the best patios in Dallas – with decorative heat lamps, assorted seating, warm lighting and a full bar. Inside, the atmosphere is dimly lit and appropriately warm, with dark woods and lots of pub-style seating. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Sundays, brunch is available from noon to 4 p.m.
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  • Blue Mesa Grill

    14866 Montfort Dr. Addison

    972-934-0165

    The meal to have at this area favorite is the Mexican breakfast buffet. Families in their post-church Sunday best line up for the omelet bar, and Tex-Mex offerings like the chicken and mushroom enchiladas with chipotle cream sauce and waffles. The rest of the menu, with as many ingredients locally sourced as possible, is marked by higher-end Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties like slow-roasted natural chicken with caramelized honey-ancho glaze and the blue-corn-crusted mahi mahi with roasted poblano aioli. Of course, tacos make an appearance, but we're talking beef tenderloin tacos here. The décor follows suit with clean and colorful appointments. Reservations are most definitely recommended.
    6 articles
  • Blue Mesa Grill

    8200 Dallas Parkway Plano

    214-387-4407

    The meal to have at this area favorite is the Mexican breakfast buffet. Families in their post-church Sunday best line up for the omelet bar, and Tex-Mex offerings such as the chicken and mushroom enchiladas with chipotle cream sauce and waffles. The rest of the menu, with as many ingredients locally sourced as possible, is marked by higher-end Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties such as slow-roasted natural chicken with caramelized honey-ancho glaze and the blue-corn-crusted mahi mahi with roasted poblano aioli. Of course, tacos make an appearance, but we're talking beef tenderloin tacos here. The décor follows suit with clean and colorful appointments. Reservations are most definitely recommended.
    6 articles
  • Bombay Chowpatty

    825 W. Royal Lane Irving/Las Colinas

    972-677-7658

    One of Irving’s top two places for chaat, along with Taj Chaat, is Bombay Chowpatty, named after a beach lined with street food vendors. The dining room showcases some of that airy atmosphere, with seats arranged food-hall style around a central open kitchen and many of the walls plastered with beach photos and Bollywood posters. All that openness has taken on a new feel during the pandemic, but you can always order takeout sandwiches and snack packs online. Pav bhaji is a superb order here, as are the bit-of-everything lunch combos. If you just need a snack, go for sabudana vada, deep-fried patties of sago pearls, whole-seed spices and chives; they have the crisp bubbly texture of good tater tots. The fusion items, like a pizza dosa and pineapple-chocolate-cheese sandwich, are just as wild as they sound, so order with caution.

    Top pick: If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, skip the European-style sandwiches on white bread and order a frankie, a rolled-up paratha filled with chopped veggies and spices. The paneer frankie here is a reliable and filling vegetarian lunch.

    The downside: The menu boards in person and on the online ordering system don’t really describe the foods on offer, so if you’re still unfamiliar with the world of Indian snack foods, do a bit of research before you go.

    Fun fact: Bombay Chowpatty is one of the few restaurants in the Dallas area with a Jain menu. Because Jain people believe in total nonviolence to all living creatures, their vegetarianism excludes foods grown underground, like onions, to avoid harming small insects by harvesting roots or tubers.
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  • Botolino Gelato Artignale

    2116 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

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  • Boulangerie

    1921 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-821-3477

    If you’re looking for a well-made baguette, the Village Baking Co.'s Boulangerie is a good place to find one. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness the baker pull several from the oven as you walk through the door. Not everything is quite that fresh, but everything you see was baked that morning, from the croissants to the éclairs to the massive boules on the shelves behind the counter. Come in the afternoon and get a sandwich made on the same bread. Ham, cheese and butter sounds rather plain, but it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a baguette.
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  • Bowlounge

    167 Turtle Creek Blvd. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-741-7737

    Bowlounge isn't cheap, and with ancient scoring machines that seem to miscount pins a few times every round, it's not for serious bowlers. But the lanes, pin-setters and scoring methods salvaged from an East Texas alley facing demolition give off such a comforting nostalgic vibe that a little bit of scorekeeping chaos is easily overlooked. And we'll take Twisted Root burgers over stale, neon-cheese-topped nachos any day.
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  • Brick & Bones

    2713 Elm St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    469-914-6776

    Next-generation fried chicken has arrived in Dallas. While most tributes to the Southern dish stay darling, the guys at Brick & Bones have produced a fried chicken that’s bad-ass. Get the hot chicken version. You’ll get your burn on like you spent an hour at Planet Fitness. Beyond the great food, Brick & Bones is a solid place to get a drink. A few of the bartenders and the owner worked at Cedars Social, and they’ve taken the exemplary cocktail culture with them. If you’re in Deep Ellum and you’re famished, this is a great place to find yourself. You’ll walk out with a buzz and a deep-seated buurrrn!
    2 articles
  • Burger Island 2

    525 W. Arapaho Road ste 8 Richardson & Vicinity

    972-235-8960

    If we were stranded on a desert island, the meal we’d likely be left longing for is, without a doubt, a nice juicy burger. With that in mind, Burger Island in Richardson seems appropriately named, despite its lack of proximity to any major bodies of water. Hidden in a strip mall behind a Taco Bell, this small counter-service spot offers burgers, fries and shakes, plus palm trees painted on the walls for, er, ambiance. Half-pound burgers are the main attraction. Choose your own toppings from a small list of gut-busting options like chili, guacamole, grilled onions and bacon, or go for one of the house specialties like the Hickory Burger or the Pizza Cheeseburger. True adventure-seekers can opt for the Jungle Burger, which piles on practically every topping in the house. If french fries just won’t do, there’s a ton of other fried options like pickles, mushrooms and stuffed jalapeños.
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  • Buzzbrews Kitchen

    2801 Commerce St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-741-2801

    Owner Omar Zuniga offers stick-to-your-ribs grub (even the vegetarian options) to a customer base that skews towards the hipster, the scenester and the coffee-loving conversationalist, all of whom are attracted to the classy retro-diner feel and the hearty food. In other words, it's a lively, busy joint, particularly for those who enjoy a free wi-fi hookup with their over-easy eggs. The stuffed crepes and eggs are popular here and include variations such as Hare Krishna (egg whites) and the hearty Bluto, which comes with chorizo, onion, bacon, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, poblano and cheddar. The roll-your-own breakfast burritos are also hits, available in such whimsical names as the Mr. C, which has chorizo. Coffee is self-serve. And the place is always jumping, thanks in part to theme nights like open-mic and trivia nights.
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  • Buzzbrews Kitchen

    4154 N. Central Expressway Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-826-7100

    In his 24/7 breakfast and lunch standby, owner Omar Zuniga offers stick-to-your-ribs grub (even the vegetarian options) to a customer base that skews toward the hipster, the scenester and the coffee-loving conversationalist, all of whom are attracted to the retro-diner feel and the aforementioned hearty food in this sliver of a place. In other words, it's a busy joint. The stuffed crepes and eggs are popular here and include variations such as Hare Krishna (egg whites) and the hearty Bluto, which comes with chorizo, onion, bacon, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, a Poblano and Cheddar. The roll-your-own breakfast burritos are also hits, available in such whimsical names as the Mr. C, which has chorizo. Coffee is self-serve. And the place is always jumping.
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  • Byblos

    1406 N. Main St. Fort Worth

    817-625-9667

    If there's a better lunch buffet to be had in Fort Worth, we haven't found it. Byblos lays out a delicious spread of Lebanese and Middle Eastern specialties in the Stockyards, including chicken roasted in lemon juice and herbs; a savory rice dish, Dajaj Bil Riz, with chunks of chicken, finely ground sirloin and a dash of cinnamon; and fall-off-the-bone-tender roasted legs of lamb. All of these items and much more are also available for dinner off the menu, but the inexpensive buffet is a perfect way to get a sampling of Byblos' specialties. The Kataifi (baklava), made with pistachios and delicately flavored rose water, was also superb. If you want to impress your friends, order a hookah at your table.
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  • Cabritos Los Cavazos

    10240 N. Walton Walker Blvd. Northwest Dallas

    972-707-7020

    Cabrito is the star at the only full-on Monterrey-style, goat-grilling specialist in the Dallas area. Stare through the glass kitchen wall at the massive pit, above which goat legs, shoulders and ribcages stand like planted flags, then feast on one of the cuts alongside charro beans and the restaurant’s excellent salsas. Few make-your-own-taco experiences in Dallas get as good as this. One portion of cabrito, with all the fixings that come with it, is enough to make one person full or to satisfy two people who’ve also shared an appetizer.

    Top pick: Splurge on the whole goat for $235 (also available to go). If that’s a little too much food for your household, consider the spectacularly rich machitos — rolls of goat meat, fat and organs stuffed into the animal’s digestive tract and grilled until crispy.

    The downside: There can be a wait for your goat meat, and the rest of the menu is there primarily as a distraction.

    Fun fact: If you’re wondering why the dining room is a little strange, and why the kitchen has a glass wall partition, it’s because this space used to be a liquor store.
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  • Café Amore

    400 N. Coit Rd. #2050 Richardson & Vicinity

    972-699-8322

    This is a family Italian restaurant: Mama makes the tomato sauce, which is sweet and satisfying but never heavy; Papa flings the pizza dough. Their friendly bambinos wait on the hungry crowds, chilling kids with fresh hot bread and little cups of shredded mozzarella (upon request) as they wait for authentic homemade pastas, pizzas and subs, all at extremely reasonable prices. So what if the family is actually Albanian? The dishes are always hot, fresh, generous and cooked to order.
  • Cafemandu Flavors of Nepal

    3711 N. Belt Line Rd. Irving/Las Colinas

    469-647-5067

    Of Irving’s growing crop of Nepalese restaurants, Cafemandu boasts the biggest and deepest list of momos, the country’s beloved pleated dumplings. Cafemandu even has dessert momos, but it’s probably best to start with the classic steamed variety to admire the thin, nearly translucent dough around the plump filling then work your way through spicy chili momos covered in hot sauce and sautéed with peppers, jhol momos, served in a bowl of mildly spiced broth, and even dumplings bathed in cheese.

    Top pick: A new menu addition is sekuwa, the Nepalese grilled skewers of seasoned meat similar to kebabs; try the ultra-flavorful goat.

    The downside: Cafemandu set up an online ordering platform during the pandemic, but when this author used it in November, the restaurant’s employees weren’t actually checking for online orders. Comments on social media suggest this happens regularly, so, for now, call your orders in by phone or visit in person.

    Fun fact: If you’re waiting on a takeout order, there’s a guitar on a stand in the corner that guests are invited to strum.
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  • Cantina Laredo

    4546 Belt Line Rd. Addison

    469-854-4117

    All of the plaques on the wall bespeak busier, better days: citations in the Observer's annual Best of Dallas issue for best chips and salsa, inclusion in D magazine's list of top restaurants. Problem is, most of the laurels date from the early and mid-1990s. Why is that? Competition, we figure, from splashier Mexican joints that don't stack up nearly as well in the kitchen. Cantino Laredo remains one of our all-time favorites, not only for the outstanding chips and salsa, but for the shredded beef enchiladas, uniformly tasty chicken dishes (especially Pollo Laredo, a grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed artichoke hearts, peppers, mushrooms and onion in a chipotle-wine sauce) and the best local version of carnitas (slow-cooked pork roast) we've tried. Now back to that salsa. The tomatillo version, served warm, is full of smoky flavor imparted by the mix of tomatillos and chipotle peppers. Cantina Laredo also serves up a second salsa: a cool, tomato-based brew that's just as good, though not as distinctive. Taken together and accompanied by thin, non-greasy chips, they still rate as the city's best chips and salsa.
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  • CBD Provisions

    1530 Main St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-261-4500

    This jewel in The Joule, headed by Executive Chef Richard Blankenship, features a surprisingly astute take on the In-N-Out burger (double grass-fed beef patty, "fancy sauce," lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion), plus Pig's Head Carnitas that are a culinary plunge worth taking.
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