Angie Harmon Brings Conan O'Brien a Mambo Taxi. Brisket Would Have Been Better.

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Dear Conan,

I get it. If Angie Harmon told me to eat at Fuel City I'd sprint there and order 17 picadillo tacos on corn -- especially if she was wearing a low-cut blouse like the one she wore on your show. So, when Harmon, a Highland Park native who grew up eating M Crowd enchiladas, pointed you toward Mi Cocina and you gleefully squealed, I was empathetic. I was a bit moved myself. I actually checked their hours to see if they were open late and was sad that they were not.

And maybe you should visit Mi Cocina during your stay in Dallas. The restaurant that gave birth to the Mambo Taxi margarita has grown into an institution here, and tourists will pay homage to institutions because that's what tourist do. The cheesesteaks at Pat's and Gino's in Philadelphia, or the half smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, are dishes you have to sample when you're in for a visit. Even if it's just for the photo opportunity.

But here's the thing: If Mi Cocina is all you celebrate while you're in Dallas, you'll be doing both this city and yourself a big disservice.

You'll find better Tex-Mex at Avila's or Pepe and Mito's but you should know that Dallas has actual Mexican food too. Why not visit Mesa in Oak Cliff, or if you're looking for something a little more casual, duck your head into Veracuz Café?

We've also got a new rank of pitmasters cooking up some of the state's absolute best barbecue. Pecan Lodge, Lockhart Smokehouse and The Slow Bone are redefining Dallas' barbecue scene and the outlook is very good. You haven't lived until you've gnawed the smoky, salty bark off a brisket cooked over smoldering wood in the traditional Texas style, not to mention your crew could probably have a lot of fun taunting people as they tirelessly wait hours for their food.

If you need any more motivation, when Jimmy Kimmel came to Texas he didn't go to Sonny Bryan's; He went to Franklin Barbecue. So, do you really want your time in Dallas to be defined by a photo of you holding a swirled pink and green frozen margarita?

Actually, you probably do. But after you've got an adequate buzz, if you explore our city a little deeper, Dallas will do you good.


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

When I heard this, it didn't even move my needle..........what is an insulated AH going to give the world regarding Dallas-nothing.  I mean, Mi Cocina is OK, but I prefer Gloria's; or obviously, Herrera's.  Maybe Javier's.  I'm surprised she didn't say Blue Mesa. Let em go to MC, while we all go to The Mecca and Cane Rosso.

casiepierce
casiepierce

Oh, shut up Scott. She's from Highland Park and she's probably never even heard of Fuel City. And the mambo taxi is pretty fucking awesome.

swimonedal
swimonedal

real Highland Park people grew up eating at Los Vaqueros, or Los Vacs

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Kudos to AH for NOT mentioning some of Dallas premier restaurants (likely out of ignorance) = it is hard enough to get a table at Mesa.....let the out-of-towners be guided to the tourist traps like MiC.

neil.lemos
neil.lemos

Slow clap. Thanks for this. It reminds me of the moment recently when an Englishman glumly proclaimed there are only three things to do in Dallas: 1) Dealey Plaza 2) Stars 3) Cowboys. Firstly, I told him you couldn't watch the Cowboys in Dallas, then realized he was poorly informed by a non-native, but actual current resident. There is so much more. #anotherday #anotherbattle 

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

She never mentioned any food folks. Just the Mambo Taxi.

It's a good thing to actually listen to what people say before knee-jerking.

julie.clemens
julie.clemens

GAWD, I heard this on the Hardline today, and I about screamed "Mi Cocina?? NO!!!"  There are innumerable choices that are far better - Matt's, Pepe and Mitos, Desperado's, El Ranchito and Tachito's (both in Oak Cliff). Oh, and for my money, the best margarita in town is Gloria's.

J_A_
J_A_

Jesus no wonder I dislike Angie Harmon

JustTheFacts
JustTheFacts

waahh! something funny finally comes to town and i'll be outta it. should be hysterical.

mm32
mm32

".... Dallas, if not Angie Harmon, will do you good."

klassiter3
klassiter3

Why would you send anyone to Veracruz? I guess you haven't eaten there much. 

G_David
G_David

@kergo1spaceship Have you been to The Mecca lately?  My last 2 meals there have been fairly inedible.  Same with Gloria's. 

G_David
G_David

@swimonedal Los Vaqueros has been gone for some time now.  Whatever is there now is pretty decent, but I can't remember the name.

J_A_
J_A_

@Mervis_Earl  Actually I decided I didn't like Angie Harmon by reading this article and finding out she's from HP

G_David
G_David

@julie.clemens You lost credibility at Matt's.  It is not far better than Mi Cocina.  They both blow.  You regained most of it though with the rest of your list.

mm32
mm32

@klassiter3 I guess you haven't eaten there at all.  That place is awesome.  Which is why, I'm totally guessing here, the Observer would send Conan there.

klassiter3
klassiter3

@mm32, to each their own.  My bosses love it, but I think it's the margaritas they love more than the food.  I've eaten there more times than I can count over the last 4 years (see previous statement) and have tried just about everything on the menu.  I find it horrible. 


G_David
G_David

@julie.clemens @G_David  What will you do now? My guess is you will continue to eat terrible Mexican food. The stench of week-old grease when driving by with my windows rolled up is enough for me, not to mention the reconstituted sodium slurry they call refried beans. To each their own. 

mm32
mm32

@klassiter3I'll admit, the margaritas are wonderful.  But I've eaten there stone cold sober many times, and it doesn't dim my appreciation of the mole, or anything else I've tried there.  In fact, it's probably my favorite restaurant in Dallas.  You hurt my feelings, is what I'm trying to say.  :-)


Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@klassiter3 @mm32 I'll just add, It certainly isn't my favorite place. And why in the world didn't they suggest Mesa? 

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