100 Favorite Dishes, No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Catherine Downes It's not a Reuben.
It's been two years since we last set out to find 100 of our favorite dishes served in and around the Dallas area. Back in 2012, we kicked off with NHS Tavern's Cleaver and Block burger, wove our way through countless dive bars, fancy restaurants, delis and barbecue shacks before ending up at Rex's seafood for an amazing plate of oysters and a celebratory glass of Champagne. We also got fat. A small price to pay.
This year, NHS Tavern is long gone, the bar food scene in Dallas has changed significantly, fine dining has been turned on its head by the new guard, and more than a few new restaurants have opened, with a wide selection of freshly shucked bivalves. So we've weighed in, paid our late gym membership fees and are ready to only get slightly fat on our way to No. 1.
To get us started, check out Blind Butcher's pastrami egg roll, which we'll argue is one of the best bar food bites served in Dallas. That's house-cured pastrami you see in that picture, rolled with sauerkraut that's also fermented on-site, and just enough cheese to hold it all together. It's served with a creamy mustard that will get up in your nose and light a real fire.
Order with one of either of the house beers that come in a liter mug to cool things down. You'll end up with a big beer, a little bar bite and huge smile until you're done. Can you imagine how amazing those flavors would be realized as a full blown Reuben sandwich? Neither can we.