The Seven Best Post-Pool Meals in Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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One badass Grandma.
During summer in Dallas, going swimming is practically the only way to survive. The lukewarm waters of pools both public and private provide respite from the scorching temperatures, and are even nicer on days like today, when Mother Nature has once again decided to bless us with reasonable temperatures in the dead of summer, allowing pool water temps to dip below that of an old bath.

Staying afloat burns calories, which in turn results in insatiable hunger. It also results in bad hair and waterlogged shorts. Take your sunburned, pool-bloated ass to these seven Dallas spots, where the wait staff and clientele won't care if you look like a scrub after your staycation at the pool.

Zoli's (above)
A big pile of carbs may seem like the last thing you could want when you're already waterlogged, but Zoli's is always a good choice. Folks who want to eat light can always keep it easy with a slice of plain cheese and a small Caesar salad, or you can hasten your eventual falling into bed fully clothed with a few doughy slices of Sicilian or Grandma style topped with spicy sopressata or Chef Brian Luscher's Italian sausage.

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What could be more casual than eating outside?
Monkey King Noodle Co. (above)
It doesn't get much more casual than street food, and Monkey King is some of the best. If you're playing hooky and laying out on a weekday, head to Deep Ellum for chicken soup full of pillowy fresh noodles to preemptively cure your inevitable day-drinking hangover. Don't forget about the soup dumplings, and take your goods to the rooftop dining area to let the breeze finish drying your hair.

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So many fish, so little time.
20 Feet Seafood Co. We may not have the beach and ocean to enjoy in Dallas, but you can stop by here after a day of kayaking on White Rock. Order a basket of fried clams and a few beers for a taste of Santa Monica without actually having to go to California.

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This place, it loves you.
Lakewood Landing
The booths are ripped, the lighting is low, and no one is going to give one solitary shit shit about how stylish you are at Lakewood Landing. This is a place to drink beer, eat burgers, and bask comfortably in the fact that you're not paying for the ice-cold air conditioning. If you stay out too late, you always know that those jalapeno corn dogs are at Lakewood Landing, just waiting on you to show up already.

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Surprisingly, this combination also goes well with dogs.
Mutts
This casual food shack/cocktail spot/dog park is the perfect place to go after you've finally dried off. The picnic tables and open-air setting won't make you feel bad about wearing ripped shorts, and you can continue working on your tan while you eat hot dogs and have a few cocktails. If you're trying to keep things healthy, a fresh pink grapefruit and fennel salad will hit the spot without being too heavy.

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More outside isn't always a bad thing.
Truck Yard
You probably won't even look grungy enough to fit in with the hipster crowd at Truck Yard, but you should go anyway. The cheesesteaks are always a safe bet, and the constantly-rotating selection of food trucks means that there's something for everyone. Order a frozen "trash can punch," made with fruit juices and Deep Eddy vodka to cool off and feel a little bit like you're back in college again.

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Tacos for white people!
Velvet Taco
Tacos are an obvious choice when you're too tired and sunburned to cook for yourself, and maybe you're too tired to try to navigate the maze of taquerias in East Dallas tonight. Keep it easy and go to Velvet Taco, where you'll recognize everything on the menu and easily be able to creep down Henderson for a few more drinks if the mood strikes you. Knowing you, it probably will.

Location Info

Monkey King Noodle Co.

3014 Main St, Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern

202 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Mutts Canine Cantina

2889 Cityplace West Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Truck Yard

5624 Sears St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Velvet Taco

3012 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
joeyjoejoeshabadoo
joeyjoejoeshabadoo

I don't understand why Monkey King is on here. They close at 2pm on weekdays. If you need a preemptive hangover cure by 2pm, you might have issues.


And nothing is better than a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup after an even hotter day by the pool getting wasted before noon.


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Just saying.......when I think of fried clams, I generally don't think of Santa Monica, Ca.  Is that like like Massachusetts style BBQ?


Best pool meal; Chili's in Plano. 


Seriously though, Windy's Catfish on the Oklahoma side of the Texoma Dam; good sh+t. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

My favorite post pool meal is marinated tablitas and chicken legs from La Michoacana cooked on my grill along side our grilled corn on the cob

joeyjohnson
joeyjohnson

"Best Places to _____ in Dallas" - rinse, repeat.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

They also have very good marinated ribs and whole chickens.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@JustSaying @kergo1spaceship MOAR BEER, bc once you've hammered 12-16 beers swimming all day, who doesnt want more beer after the  sun sets while sitting on the patio enjoying the evening with Nadel on the radio and game on the TV while chit chatting with your boys.  Shower and pillow dont come around until midnight

joeyjohnson
joeyjohnson

@gavin.cleaver @joeyjohnson How do you figure @gavin.cleaver?  Isn't this "Best Places in Dallas to Eat After the Pool?"  Truck Yard has also, I believe, made the Observer's "Best Bars/Patios/Cheesesteaks/Tree Houses/Singles Bars/Restaurants for Families/Patios for Singles/Patios for Families/Taco Truck Park" and several others "in Dallas".

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ScottsMerkin I guess the difference is, your definition of pool day ends when the sun goes down. Mine ends when you can no longer see the pool. Either way, who the fuck has a pool day then wants to clean up and go out to eat? Even before I was a raging alcoholic, food was a big part of any pool day.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin


after hammering 12-16 dat beera's in the blazin' heat, a 3 hour nap trumps food, the great Nadel, maybe even football...well maybe not football. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship Guess Im lucky enough to still be able to drink a case of beer in a Saturday even while swimming cooking and parenting

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