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  • 18th & Vine

    4100 Maple Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn


    18th & Vine’s name comes from the neighborhood that put Kansas City jazz on the map, and the main dining room's cream-colored walls pay homage to those roots with photos of KC greats like Charlie Parker and Count Basie. The decor is classic and upscale eclectic, with none of the kitschy country touches that seem to define other barbecue joints. Tall windows brighten the interior, and the natural light will make Instagram photos of food look incredible. In fact, 18th & Vine is more than a “joint” — it’s an honest to goodness restaurant, with elevated menu choices to match. Come dinner hour, a sandwich-intensive lunch menu is replaced with chef Scott Gottlich’s eclectic entrées. The bone-in pork chop and pork belly come with a perfectly cooked chop served on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes, adorned with small spheres of granny smith apples and a savory glaze. The pork belly is equally amazing; bites started with rich smoke and ended with a sweet caramel finish, as if the pork turned into dessert in your mouth. For those who don't eat meat, the cauliflower steak is grilled and served with a cauliflower puree. A small selection of sweets includes a divine fried apple pie.
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  • Abacus

    4511 McKinney Ave. Park Cities


    Since 1999, Abacus has represented the quintessence of creative dining injected with a good dose of common sense. Today, its neutral-beige interior feels like a time capsule from 1999; its menu, an abrupt collision between Texas steakhouse and Japanese sushi bar, is similarly dated. The good news is that the food can still be good, and occasionally great. Even better, the happy hour is one of the best deals in Dallas. Half of the menu is elegant renditions of Southwestern grilling classics — venison steaks, rib-eyes, quail, mac and cheese — and the other half is sushi. The Texas game side of the menu is the more successful. Best of all is an exceptionally well-cooked venison tenderloin, a bold red medium rare and the tender, simply grilled stuff of meat-fueled dreams. Two lamb chops are similarly divine and crusted in pecans.
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  • Addison Café

    5290 Belt Line Rd., Suite 108 North Dallas


    Quiet, white tablecloth French restaurant has been open since the mid-1980s. The service and some of the cooking seems a lot older-and that's a good thing if you're a fan of traditional dishes such as duck l'orange or steak au poivre.
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  • Adelmo's

    5450 W. Lovers Ln., #225 Park Cities


    This two-story bistro blends cuisines from around the Mediterranean: Italian, French and Middle Eastern. The casual air and wide-ranging menu make it a popular spot, especially for slurping up some wonderful osso bucco, the exceedingly tender, long-stewed veal shanks that are a house specialty. Quaint and very romantic setting.
  • Al Biernat's

    4217 Oak Lawn Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn


    Al Biernat is the czar of the front door, the dining room sheik, and that's all you need to know. Bred at The Palm where he held court as frontman for some 22 years, Al Biernat knows that great steaks and fine seafood vibrate beyond their requisite flavor profiles when jolted with charm. Al Biernat's is riddled with all of the staples: the jumbo shrimp cocktails and the jumbo lump crab cakes; the fried calamari crusted in potato; the iceberg wedge with the blue cheese gravel, the creamed spinach and creamed corn, and potatoes in six guises. Surprises bud from the uniformity. Al features elegant caviar service, blackened sea scallops with Polynesian rice, and Colorado elk to pair with his thick roster of prime Allen Brothers steaks (one of them, a Kobe-Black Angus hybrid filet). Plus, Biernat's diverse but tightly constructed wine list means that every bite will finish in vintaged savor. It's the epitome of meats and greets.
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  • Al-Amir Restaurant

    3885 Belt line Rd. Addison


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  • Alfonso's Italian Restaurant

    718 N. Buckner Blvd., #222 White Rock Lake Area


    Just up the street from Casa Linda, Alfonso's – named after proprietor Peter Columbo's father – has been pulling in the neighborhood crowd since 1991. The shiny black-and-white checkerboard floor, fresh flowers on the tables and colorful photos of Italian street scenes set the mood for a cozy, enjoyable dining experience. For starters, they've got an ample platter of antipasti –peppers, pepperoni, cheese, tomatoes and garlicky olives – before moving on to hot garlic rolls and rich minestrone. The chicken Marsala entrée is sautéed in white wine and served under a heap of buttery mushrooms. Most entrées come with a generous side of pasta (your choice) and spicy-sweet tomato sauce. Wind up with the icy cappuccino pie – one slice divides nicely for two.
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  • Ali Baba Mediterrian Grill

    1901 Abrams Rd. East Dallas & Lakewood


    Ali Baba is one of Dallas' best bargains for excellent Middle Eastern food, despite a cramped location with odd hours. We especially like the golden chicken, a half-chicken baked on a rotisserie and crisped under a broiler. Boston Market take note: Whatever they do at Ali Baba, this is how you're supposed to make rotisserie chicken. The flesh is fork-tender and moist, not mushy, and the skin is as crisp and savory as Peking duck, with no gobs of yellow fat marring the underside. That's a lot of chicken, and it also comes with very fresh pita bread and "garlic sauce," which is a dollop of extremely pungent garlic mashed potatoes. Also good is the shish tawook, marinated chicken cubes with rice pilaf, and the mazza plate, which includes hummus, egg plant dip, tabouli, dolmas, pickles and olives. The mashwi shish, marinated cubes of beef or lamb with rice pilaf, wasn't quite up to the standard of the chicken entrées and had an overpowering grill flavor. Ali Baba also lists several vegetarian appetizers that could easily serve as entrées. Service is a bit spotty, and you might have trouble getting a table at lunch.
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  • Ame

    418 N Bishop Ave. West Dallas


    Ame in the Bishop Arts District offers an upscale setting for Indian dishes backed classic French cooking. Think masala baked eggplant with a turmeric béchamel sauce. Lamb chops are cloaked in pistachios and herbs of a perfect mound of pistachio potatoes. Samosas have a surprising pop of heat. The wine menu is extensive and the cocktail menu interesting; try the Massala sour made with Old Forester bourbon. This is a white tablecloth and linen napkins spot in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. The space is bookended by bars; one at the entrance to Ame and another speakeasy style at the back of the restaurant designed to be European-like escape.
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  • Amici Signature Italian

    1022 S. Broadway St. Carrollton/Farmers Branch


    Amici has a lot to boast about – great food, an intimate atmosphere and a pretty endearing location, considering it's way out in Carrollton. But the best thing about the cozy Italian restaurant is the chef's pants. When we visited, they appeared to be patterned with various types of peppers in a plethora of colors. We know this because Chef Bartolino is not only talented but friendly, frequently venturing out into the 48-seat restaurant to greet his guests. It's a nice touch since a full meal at Amici is just on the other side of expensive, but it's the ideal spot for any special-occasion dinners you may be inclined to host in the northern suburbs. Seafood lovers will rave about the shrimp dishes, and the tiramisu is fluffy and picturesque, with just the right amount of coffee liqueur. Make reservations early in the day; you'll have a guaranteed table and something to look forward to when your afternoon at work stretches on forever.
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  • Amplified Live

    10261 Technology Boulevard E. Northwest Dallas


    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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  • Angelo's Spaghetti House

    6341 La Vista Dr. East Dallas & Lakewood


    The giant, complimentary garlic rolls are reason enough to visit this Lakewood bistro. But the culinary fare that comes along with it is just as good. The sampler plates are particularly tasty. Choose from choices such as the chicken parmesan, cheese ravioli with marinara sauce and fettuccine alfredo plate and the seafood manicotti, shrimp pomodora and shrimp diavolo plate. For workweek lunches, try the all-you-can-eat buffet.
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  • Antonio's Ristorante

    4985 Addison Circle, Addison North Dallas


    Luciano Cola's Italian restaurant combines rustic and elegant elements to create a casual atmosphere where friends and family can commiserate, businessmen can close deals and couples can cavort over a plate of antipasto misto della casa. Sure, there are plates of spaghetti drowned in red sauce. There is also lasagna Ripiena alla Romana (lasagna stuffed with meatballs, sausage and three cheeses), homemade gnocchi (Antonio's is a family outfit) and paglia e fieno (straw and hay). The latter is green and white fettuccine with ham, mushrooms, cream and Parmesan. The Cioppino Antonio, the house version of fisherman's stew, is huge in portion and popularity. Also popular are the pizzas, like the traditional and complex capricciosa. Ask about the daily risotto special.
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  • Apothecary

    1922 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    Apothecary is a dimly lit speakeasy on Lower Greenville crafting cocktails and small plates that pushes the boundaries between food and drink. The libation called an Octopus's Garden is made with tequila, nitro muddled mint, sage and basil, lime, oleo, soda, squid ink, scotch and a charred octopus tentacle ($24). The oyster Rockefeller shot is hollandaise washed breadcrumb vodka, oyster, parsley oil and lemon ($9). Impress a date with their $500 caviar service. The chef-driven kitchen offers small plates like a gimlet ceviche and flamenquine, an Iberico ham and pork tenderloin dish.
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  • Arcodoro & Pomodoro

    100 Crescent Court, Ste. 140 Uptown/Oak Lawn


    Arcodoro & Pomodoro is no longer the casual, family-friendly Italian joint it was when the restaurant was in residence on Routh Street, and that's a boon for serious devotees of Sardinian cooking. Now in nearby Crescent Court, the restaurant excels at hard-to-find dishes such as suckling pig, panadeddas and delicate "music bread." While the pastel décor is underwhelming, diners are advised to keep their eyes on their plates-especially when enjoying the irresistible grilled sea bass, plunked between crispy crab cakes and served over scallop spinach pasta.
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  • Asador

    2222 N. Stemmons Freeway Downtown/Deep Ellum


    Being a casual bistro inside of a four-star hotel has its benefits like validated parking with an optional valet and high class ambience. The updated lobby's marble finishing offers a cool, sleek look and candlelight offers warm ambience that is striking and sophisticated. Aside from the absence of the famous chandelier, Asador stays true to the nearly three decades old hotel. In keeping with the casual theme, Asador's open dining room makes the restaurant an extension of the hotel lobby. The high ceilings and contemporary furnishings lend the dining room elegance, but the exposure to the lobby reminds diners they're eating in a hotel. Entree prices run in the $20 to $38 range, yet waiters are in jeans. Customers in the dining room can watch ESPN beaming from plasma TVs in the bar area. Tourist-heavy groups of diners adorned in jean shorts and baseball caps make up most of the clientele. The self-described American cuisine menu veers toward Latin and Southwestern influences while staying true to its organic intentions. Ingredients for every dish are beautiful and fresh.
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  • Asian Mint

    11617 N. Central Expwy, Suite 135 North Dallas


    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.
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  • Avanti Ristorante

    2720 McKinney Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn


    Owner Jack Ekhtiar's small restaurant is a place where hip meets classic. Dark wood frames live jazz. Rustic Mediterranean fare, predominately Northern and Southern Italian, is presented elegantly. Among the examples are farfalle carbonara, a 6-ounce Brazilian lobster tail over spinach linguini alfredo and shrimp as well as carpaccio Avanti with white truffle oil. On weekends, revelers can enjoy the Moonlight Breakfast from midnight-3 am. During that seating, guests can request the signature Avanti Omelet (Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and feta cheese) alongside escargot Chablisien, which is sautéed in garlic, vine-ripened tomatoes and mushrooms, then tossed with angel hair pasta, for the fancy-pants partier.
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  • Avila's Mexican Restaurant

    4714 Maple Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn


    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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  • Baboush

    3636 McKinney Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood


    Persistent chatter and clanking silverware signals that you've found one of Uptown’s more promising dining spots in Baboush. Hummus and babaganoush are safe plays, served with plenty of warm pita for dipping, but the entire menu warrants attention. Shrimp and chicken kebabs and other street plates deliver bites that push conventional Moroccan cooking while staying true to tradition. No matter what you order, make use of whatever condiment is served at its side. Baboush has a condiment king working in the kitchen, and his hard work makes every plate sing.
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  • Bailey's Prime Plus Steakhouse

    8160 Park Lane Northeast Dallas


    Beef's the star at this upscale eatery, but the kitchen staff thankfully strays into the dairy section of the food pyramid to do miraculous things with liberal doses of cheese. The manly menu includes a terrific appetizer of Romano-encrusted crisp-tender asparagus; bacon-wrapped shrimp crammed with cheddar; "that salad," featuring brandied cherries and crumbled Oregon blue; filthy rich scalloped potatoes and an unforgettable four-cheese lobster mac that pairs beautifully with a rib-eye or filet. Still, the restaurant's true to steakhouse traditions, treating its guests with kid-gloves care: Leftovers-if there are any-are sent home in black boxes closed with gold monogram seals.
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  • Bambu Asian Cuisine

    1930 N. Coit Rd. Richardson & Vicinity


    Thai food at Bambu isn't the sloppy affair it sometimes becomes at greasy pad Thai joints: The best dishes at this neighborhood nook are startlingly sophisticated, reflecting a respect for top-notch ingredients and a steady command of the grill. The restaurant hews to the Isaan style of cooking associated with Thailand's northeastern region, and the Laotian influence shows in smoky slivers of beef jerky, bowlfuls of sticky rice and wonderfully marbled beef, grilled and served with a soy-scallion dipping sauce. Don't leave without sampling the fabulous black rice pudding with coconut cream, a two-day ordeal for the kitchen and a boon for comfort-food seekers.
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  • Banana Leaf Thai

    17370 Preston Rd. Richardson & Vicinity


    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 City

    4301 Bryan St. East Dallas & Lakewood


    With a no-frills menu of basic Thai options, Bangkok City is one of the most consistent stops for Thai food in the metroplex. It boasts a healthy number of vegetarian options, as well as a hearty variety of chicken and beef dinners. Especially potent are its Imperial Rolls – tofu and shrimp with vegetables wrapped in rice paper – and cold Thai salads. But the crispy duck is the star of the show. A roasted half bird, fried until crisp and served with chili peppers onions and crunchy fried basil leaves, will come as spicy as you like. If four-star “native Thai” isn't hot enough, ignore the menu and order as many stars as you like. One guy ordered 17 stars. He was never heard from again.
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  • Bangkok Dee Thai Cuisine

    10207 N. Central Expressway Northeast Dallas


    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.
  • Barcadia

    1917 N. Henderson Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood


    True to its name, Barcadia is half bar, half arcade, and offers video games from Centipede and Dig Dug to Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat, plus skee-ball ramps and popular bar food. And with 24 draft beers to choose from and ample mixed-drink selections, Barcadia is not far from a Chuck E. Cheese with an adult twist. Not feeling gamey? Have a seat on the bar's spacious front patio, which is great for accommodating large groups of people-just make sure to watch out for falling wooden blocks from the giant Jenga game.
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  • Barley & Board

    100 W. Oak St. Denton


    Barley and Board is a hip Denton spot driven by executive chef Chad Kelley, featuring a small brunch menu with giant blueberry pancakes and a dried fruit and nut porridge for those craving something sweet. The rest of the menu slants savory. Dinner includes small plates, like wicked Gulf oysters and roasted bone marrow, plus a wide-ranging selection of big plates. Go big with the two faced-quail, expertly cooked pork tenderloin or crisped mechada.
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  • Bavarian Grill

    221 W. Parker Rd. Plano


    Pick a schnitzel, any schnitzel. Plano's strip mall gem, Bavarian Grill, which has offered fine German/Bavarian fare since 1993, is still totally worth the drive north. Their lightly pan-fried Rahm schnitzel with a light cream sauce is divine indulgence. And oh the Spätzle. The fresh pasta is a perfect counter to red cabbage and an excellent target for extra gravy. Bavarian Grill also offers a vegetarian menu (and it isn't sparse) as well as nightly musical entertainment. Stein Hour, afternoons from 4 to 7, might be the best time to go, as you can munch on delicious appetizers like the crispy frikadelle meatloaf with sauteed onions and mustard or the hearty, meaty goulash for just 95 cents apiece. Be sure to have your server sign your Stein Club card, which entitles you to various rewards after you cycle through all the beer offerings. If you can't visit Germany, you can, at least, eat there…via Plano.
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  • Billy Can Can

    2386 Victory Park Lane Uptown/Oak Lawn


    For a certain kind of tourist or visiting family member, this fancified, all-frills saloon in Victory Park is a guaranteed hit. It presents a dressed-up, Wild West atmosphere that verges on kitsch (and, in the name, crosses that verge), while serving up food and drink vastly better than the gimmick might suggest. An adventurous, affordable selection of wines and cocktails backs up pretty killer renditions of skillet cornbread, Texas red chili, hot fried quail and summer okra succotash. Some of the mains, such as the big-boned pork chop, are over-the-top in a good way. Alongside Knife and Town Hearth, this is one of the best places to take out-of-town guests who ask for a stereotypically Dallas experience but still care about the food being good.

    Top pick: The crispy oyster sliders with comeback sauce make a pretty flawless appetizer, and the burger is a meaty dream bathed in Longhorn cheddar.

    The downside: Billy Can Can’s precisely cooked meats and lively atmosphere mean that something extra is lost in our takeout pandemic climate, but the restaurant is doing its best to compensate with regularly updated, multi-course family-style meals to go. Still, when it’s safe to go out again, this will be one of our first stops.
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  • Bistro 31

    87 Highland Park Village Park Cities


    Bistro 31 tries to offer two things at once with their Highland Park menu: Salt cod croquettes, escargot and steak tartare cater to the neighborhood's well-traveled jet setters, while grilled salmon and a burger appeal to those safe-eating Dallasites who have never left home. Prices skew high, with $27 lamb loins and $16 Kobe beef burgers, but no one seems to mind. The wait at length at the cramped bar for a chance to sit in this white leather dining room illuminated with crystal chandeliers – Bistro 31 doesn’t take reservations.
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  • Blue Canyon Restaurant

    2101 Summer Lee Dr., No. 109, Rockwall Garland & Vicinity


    It's imported from Ohio, of all places. But this restaurant set on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard-a light-house-like wine bar detached from the dining room-tavern complex-is well-larded with Southwestern kitsch. Fake fur on chairs made of rough-hewn sticks. Whole aspen logs dangling from the ceiling. Pussy willows for table décor. A bucking horse set in ice. Prime steaks? Wood-fired and fair. Fish? Better, especially the trout and tuna. Strangely, there is not game. Yet. Won't be long before the quail and elk flock and herd, or at least it better not be. Blue Kitchen is the best culinary experiment yet on the Rockwall shoreline.
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  • The Blue Fish

    3519 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood


    A hip vibe bolstered by mixed wood and metal design elements bestow upon this Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi a sleek sheen. Whimsical signature rolls like the South Beach set atop a martini glass only accentuate it. As does the price. Salmon, crab, shrimp and avocado wrapped in cucumber with a vinaigrette and masago will set you back $12.95. The folks behind Blue Fish have been at it in this first area location since 1998. With restaurants all over DFW, the price doesn't keep sushi lovers from biting. The hip masses come for more than the raw fish and tangy rice. The restaurant offers a full menu, from potstickers and hibachi to the ubiquitous ahi tower and bento boxes.
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  • Blue Goose Cantina

    2905 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood


    Fajitas, tamales, enchiladas – the trifecta of Tex-Mex cookery – are the specialties at Blue Goose, matched only by the much-lauded (and guzzled) margaritas. From the original Greenville Avenue location to the locations scattered around the Dallas area, the Tex-Mex restaurant's slogan holds true everywhere. It's "Where Every Day is a Fiesta," with its all-the-colors-of-the-rainbow paint scheme and neon lighting. The signature Goose Eggs app is a plate of jalapeños stuffed with chicken and cheese with the house Durango sauce on the side. Along with the aforementioned Tex-Mex standards are signature items like the Chimichanga a la Blue Goose, Pollo a la Chipotle and twin chiles rellenos. A table with all that food on it is definitely for a party.
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