100 Favorite Dishes, No. 32: Pelmeni at the Russian Banya

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Catherine Downes
Pillows from heaven
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.

It's the least you can do for yourself after you've endured the Russian Banya's hotter-than-Hades oak-fueled sauna. Just minutes inside can test you sanity and your fortitude. A quick splash in the plunge pool kept at eight degrees centigrade will revive you, though. Some say these things are good for you.

This is the price you must pay for the Banya's delicious pelmeni: small dumplings floating in buttery broth and dusted with dill and served with a side of sour cream. Tighten your robe and lean over the shallow bowl they're served in. Breath in deeply. You'd go hours in the hell-box for food moments like this.

Inside each bellybutton of a pastry is a marble of meat that explodes with flavor. And the tartness of the sour cream simultaneously adds richness and tang. Each bite is a rumination on the dumpling before it, yet somehow the dumplings never get old.

It could be the vodka. You're encouraged to bring the biggest bottle you can muster as the Banya is gleefully BYOB. Nothing compliments the stars you'll see after plunging your body into a giant barrel of ice-cold water than a heavy shot of rocket fuel. And a bite from the pickle plate washes the alcohol burn away.

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No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
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No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
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No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
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No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
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No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
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No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
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No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
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No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
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No. 52: The Cuban at International Bakery
No. 51: Rush Patisserie's Croissant
No. 50: Kitfo From Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen
No. 49: Beer at Craft and Growler
No. 48: Pastor Tacos at El Rincon
No. 47: Banh Mi From Nammi
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No. 45: Italian Combo from Carbone's
No. 44: The Brisket at Pecan Lodge
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No. 42: Carnitas Tacos at Taqueria Y Carneseria Guanajuato
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Location Info

The Russian Banya of Dallas

2515 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, TX

Category: Restaurant

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