100 Favorite Dishes: Fried Green Beans at Local
As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.
No. 72: Local's Fried Green Beans
It's a menu item found at various restaurants in and around Dallas, but no one does it quite like Deep Ellum's fine-dining jewel, Local.
Chef Tracy Miller's famed fried green beans are a consistently strong cornerstone dish of her pride-and-joy restaurant. Locally grown green beans are double-coated in her unique batter recipe then fried to a crispy golden finish. What sets the end result apart from other restaurants' versions is Local's thick crunchy battered crust, which besides from being miraculously non-greasy, protects the sweetness and bite of the legumes. A creamy dipping sauce of thyme and garlic aioli completes the dish. Local's fried green beans possibly may be the crowning accomplishment of Chef Miller's culinary philosophy: simple, yet skillfully, made food.
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No. 100: Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds
No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow
No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's
No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus
No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish
No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson
No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City
No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big ShucksNo. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi YamaNo. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez
No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry DogNo. 88: Sliders at DishNo. 87: Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café No. 86: Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling KitchenNo. 85: Cheese Fries at Snuffers No. 84: Tres Vasos at SamarNo. 83: Quatro Leches at La DuniNo. 82: Pad Pak at Bangkok City No. 81: Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor
No. 80: Lunch Express at Dream CafeNo. 79: Apple Crisp at Salum No. 78: La Vaca Loca at Good 2 GoNo. 77: Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door
No. 76: Meatball Sub at Jimmy's No. 75: Baja Chicken at Mattito's No. 74: Fried Port Salut Cheese at The Porch No. 73: Lobster Roll at Rex's