My Worst Dallas Food Photos of 2013

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The picture that started it all
Remember this choriqueso from El Tizoncito? The picture, taken in 2011, was so bad it gave me the idea to look at all of my photos from that year in a hunt for the worst, and it turned out that the heap of cheese and sausage one commenter likened to horse vomit was only one of of many bad photos I'd taken. I was forced to admit the obvious: I am a terrible food photographer.

The exercise has become a sort of annual self-deprecative tradition that has proven entertaining and has also given me a way to gauge my progress as I work to better my skills with a camera. The good news: I think I'm starting to see some modest improvement. The bad news: not really.

Here are this year's worst food photos, taken by your humble food critic.

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Rodeo-goat-burger-guts.jpg
Let's get right in your face to start. This was my attempt to document the how well my burger had been cooked at Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth. I know I've seen similar photos capture a burger's center with appetizing results, but this looks like this burger has just punched you in the face. Don't look at it too long. You'll never want another burger again.

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Lakehouse-burger.jpg
This photo is a mess because the kitchen cut the burger in half before they served it. I'd taken a date to the Lake House Bar and Grill, and we told the bartender we wanted to split a burger and some nachos. The nachos came out like most nachos do, but the burger was mutilated. I tried my best to get a nice profile shot, so it would look whole, but the patty was slipping out the side and the whole burger was on the verge of falling over.

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pupusa-blowout.jpg
Normally I don't mind when a pupusa leaks a little cheese while it's cooking because the grill cooks it to a crisp and you get those nice crunchy dairy bits. But this pupusa, served at a little Salvadorian restaurant on the corner of Carroll and Columbia Avenues, had a complete hemorrhage. It tasted fine enough, but it looked like a pupusa train wreck.

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8 comments
dixiechickidie
dixiechickidie

It amazes me how haunting that photo from El Tizoncito is.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 I remembered when I saw that pic from  El Tizoncito a couple of years ago; but fear not my good fiend (friend) , I am actually WORSE at photographing food!  It always the light, the camera, the angle, too much aspirin, blah blah blah, etc. You either have it.....or you don't-and I don't. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

can't recall your recommendation of gruel from the Cock and Bull. as good, if not better, than the gruel served up at Spoon.

kpierce1
kpierce1

These are soooo funny. Now you need to have a caption contest. Like for Cock and Bull, "This was what it looked like the second time around." Your humility is appreciated!

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Yeah, I remember one of my dogs producing something like that El Tizoncito photo. Poor dog.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@kpierce1 It's pretty fun to go through you whole camera roll at the end of the year. You get to flip though a lot of good food memories, and revisit some train wrecks.



kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Mervis_Earl 


Yeah I kinda did that last night after watching football all day, consuming dat beara, and eating stew and many Breakfast Jack's.

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