100 Favorite Dishes, No. 1: Oysters At Rex's Seafood

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A perfectly shucked East Dennis Bay oyster.
Our Best of Dallas® 2012 issue is on the stands, and to accompany it, we've been counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. This is the last one this year, but if there's a dish you think we missed, leave it in the comments or email me.

I'm surprised by the number of terrible oysters I've had in Dallas. You would think it would be pretty difficult to muck them up, but many places serve oysters well past their prime. I've had at least three that were completely dead (a terrifying experience) and many that were dry and stale tasting. What makes those experiences particularly upsetting is that they were in high-end restaurants where I paid at least $3 a shell.

The oysters at Rex's Seafood, however, are perfectly consistent. As a bonus they're actually cost effective too. A dozen Wiannos will set you back only $22, but you're better off shelling out an extra four dollars for the East Dennis Bay oysters that blew my mind at a very recent lunch. Medium sized and briny as a salt lick, these oysters need nothing more than a drop or two of lemon juice. When the bivalves are this good, you'd do well to pair them with Champagne.

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Perfect lunch

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No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth
No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe
No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern
No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere
No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China
No. 94: Smoked Ham Mac and Cheese at The Porch
No. 93: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 92: Regina Margherita At Cane Rosso
No. 91: Devils On Horseback At The Chesterfield
No. 90: Ginger Soy Baby Back Ribs at Tei Tei Robata
No. 89: Croissants From Rush Patisserie
No. 88: The Reuben At The Cock & Bull
No. 87: The Brisket at Pecan Lodge
No. 86: The Roast Chicken At Bolsa
No. 85: Chicken-Fried Egg at Union Bear
No. 84: Brisket Tacos At Manny's
No. 83: The Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at Smoke
No. 82: The Oxtail Ragout at Central 214
No. 81: The Italian Beef At Jimmy's
No. 80: Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict at Smoke
No. 79: Veal Cheeks At Bijoux
No. 78: Sweet Shrimp At Yutaka
No. 77: Pho At Lemongrass
No. 76: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 75: Pepper Bomb At Goodfriend
No. 74:Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua
No. 73: Fish and Chips at the Londoner
No. 72: Italian Combo At Carbone's
No. 71: Breakfast Schnitzel At Crossroads Diner
No. 70: Berkshire Pork Belly Buns at Howard Wang's Uptown
No. 69: Bolognese At Princi Italia
No. 68: Cabrito a la Parrilla at El Ranchito
No. 67: Kimchee French Fries At sSahm Food Truck
No. 66: Just About Any Burger At Off Site Kitchen
No. 65: St. Pete's Chili Dog
No. 64: Mesa's Enmoladas
No. 63: Pork and Octopus at Oak
No. 62: Spicy Crispy Wings At Malai
No. 61: Spicy Fish Soup At Korea House
No. 60: Deviled Eggs At R&D Kitchen
No. 59: Falafel At Fadia Bakery
No. 58: Bistec Con Queso At El Tizoncito
No. 57: The Burger At Local
No. 56: Patty Melt At NHS
No. 55: Guisado Verde Tacos At La Nueva Fresh And Hot
No. 54: CFS At All Good Cafe
No. 53: Ramen At Tei-An
No. 52: Fried Chicken At Sissy's
No. 51: Sampler Plate With Samoon at Judi Bakery
No. 50: Dolmas At Pera Turkish Kitchen
No. 49: The Sloppy Taco At Off Site Kitchen
No. 48: The Fried Bologna Sandwich At Maple And Motor
No. 47: Sour Cream Enchiladas At Mia's
No. 46: Pork Banh Mi At Nammi
No. 45: White Clam Pizza At Nonna
No. 44: Banh Mi From Nammi
No. 43: Pastor Tacos At La Banqueta
No. 42: The Brunch Burger At The Grape
No. 41: The Scotch Egg At Central 214
No. 40: The Nooner At Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 39: The Large Tabouleh at Ali Baba
No. 38: The Chile Relleno At Avila's
No. 37: The Brussels Sprouts Fritters At Snack
No. 36: Loukoumathes At Greek Fest
No. 35: Coffee and Doughnuts At Rosemont
No. 34: DIY Fried Chicken Taco at Pollo Campero
No. 33: International Bakery Cuban Dulceria's Cubano
No. 32: The Pork Chop At Acme F&B
No. 31: The Crispy Duck At Bangkok City
No. 30: Panamericana Torta At Tortas la Hechizera
No. 29: Tom Kha Gai At Bambu
No. 28: Hummus and Super Bread at Pepper Smash
No. 27: The Fried Chicken Sandwich At Union Bear
No. 26: The Jerk Chicken At Island Spot
No. 25: Grilled Whole Bronzini At Tei Tei Robota
No. 24: Nova's Smoked Salmon Potato Skins
No. 23: The Wings At Ten Bells Tavern
No. 22: Oak's Ham And Cheese Croissant
No. 21: Brisket Enchiladas At ME Lounge
No. 20: The Black Bean Dip At Gloria's
No. 19: The "Sliced Leg Of Lamb" At Ziziki's
No. 18: Paan At Taj Chaat House
No. 17: Pesto Chicken Salad on a Popover at Dream Cafe
No. 16: La Duni's BLTA Pop Over
No. 15: Zanata's Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup
No. 14: Potato Pancakes At Kuby's
No. 13: La Victoria's Breakfast Burrito (Smothered In Salsa)
No. 12: Berkshire Pork Belly with Japanese Plum At Sharaku
No. 11: Scallop Ceviche At Stephan Pyles
No. 10: Cochinita Pibil At Meso Maya
No. 9: Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich At Highland Park Pharmacy
No. 8: Shawarma At Samar
No. 7: Jhinga Masala Nizami At Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine
No. 6: Barbacoa Tacos At Restaurant Y Taquería Cristina
No. 5: Tortilla Soup At Fearing's
No. 4: Babaganoush At Baboush
No. 3: Chicken Shish Kebab At Pepper Smash
No. 2: The Turkey Sandwich At Bolsa Mercado


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11 comments
Decklid
Decklid

Raw oysters. You people are idiots.

J_A_
J_A_

May I suggest one thing, I really think 100 is too long

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

One you missed Scott: The Chophouse burger from Chouphouse burgers in Arlington.  Can't believe that anyone who has tasted it, wouldn't put it in the top 10 of greater DFW dishes.  L double D has had it, pretty sure.  I consider meself a burger enthusiast, and it's the best I've had outside of Alamo Springs cafe.  I get a double and a bag o lays..best lunch ever!

TitusGroan
TitusGroan

You're surprised that a landlocked city has bad oysters?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

MMMMMMM, gulf oysters, does that come with a side of PCB's? 

 

ps-gotta love the south. 

aubreeanna
aubreeanna

@RexsSeafood1 Yaaay Congratulations! Haven't been to see u guys in awhile, schedule has been crazy but hopefully soon! : ) xo

aubreeanna
aubreeanna

@RexsSeafood1 Yaaay! Haven't been to see u guys in awhile, schedule has been crazy but hopefully soon! : ) xo

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

TJs, though not a restaurant yet, has oysters on par with Rex's, as does Oceanairre. The best oyster plate is Tuesday at the Seafood Shack. Gulf Oysters for 30 cents a piece. Check out the sublimely transcendent caldo de mariscos for a main course.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship Judging from the taste, the Seafood Shack stores or marinates its oysters in fermented, locally sourced PCBs. Perhaps that is why I have yet to get a bad one.

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