The Definitive Ranking of Cokes

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Your vessel of choice.
Not all Coca-Colas ("Cokes") are created equal. On one end of the spectrum is an especially frothy Coke that comes fizzing from a fountain into a much-too-big red plastic cup loaded to the brim with ice, in a dark pizza parlor in the sweaty aftermath of an especially tense slow-pitch softball game that you pretended not to care about but really, man, what a big win. On the other, or near it anyway, is a Caffeine-Free Coke, so pointless that its presence in the fridge has been known to cause unsuspecting soda-seekers to briefly consider drinking La Croix before slamming the fridge shut, huffing loudly and driving to 7-11 for a Big Gulp.

Here, the definitive ranking of Cokes. When bottles and cans are involved, they are presumed to be acceptably cold.

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A Bar Named On Premise Is Coming to Deep Ellum, Like Your Liver Needs That

Fifty bucks says they ditch the table cloths.
Lemongrass, the Deep Ellum Vietnamese restaurant that survived for years at 2711 Elm despite no one you know ever eating there, is closing. It will be replaced by a bar with the last remaining clever bar name, On Premise. All future bars will simply be numbered ("Bar 1," "Bar 2," etc.), like New York public schools and firehouses. Wait, no: Firehouse 37 is actually a cool name for a firehouse-themed bar with flaming cocktails and fire hoses for bar taps and a pole behind the bar for the bar backs. Someone do that, then we'll start numbering them.

Anyway, On Premise. It's brought to you by the guys behind The Mitchell, which is a cleverly named bar taking over the former home of The Chesterfield, which was a cleverly named bar downtown. One of the On Premisers, Chris Beardon, also owns Truth & Alibi, a cleverly named nightclub that looks like a cleverly named candy shop.

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Dugg Burger in East Dallas: Because What Dallas Definitely Needs Is Another Burger Chain

Categories: Burgers

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There is, it seems, yet another burger chain ready to bloom in Dallas: Dugg Burger, a "deliciously simple yet innovative eating experience" coming soon to Casa Linda.

The menu is straightforward and enticing because I'm physically addicted to animal fat. The restaurant says it "will serve burgers, fries & drinks -- that's it. We're keeping it simple so we can focus on delivering a truly exceptional burger." It will be fighting for, and will no doubt win, a spot in your burger-chain rotation alongside Hopdoddy, Liberty Burger, Mooyah and Smashburger, none of which you should eat before eating at Maple & Motor or Off-Site Kitchen, both of which would probably be better replaced by a splurge at Knife or Boulevardier, although you'd probably be better off just staying home and grilling tilapia.

See you at Dugg Burger.

Urban Acres' Meatloaf Burger Is the Best Meatloaf Sandwich in Dallas

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It's meatloaf, and it's a burger. It's a meatloaf burger.
Back in September, Urban Acres announced that it had hired David Rodriguez, the chef who'd jest left Oddfellows. In that short time, he's turned out a new menu of impressive sandwiches and breakfast items to show off some of the delicious ingredients for sale in the co-op. Till then, the space was primarily a spot to pick up your CSA share, and if you were inclined, grab a couple of pork chops cut from some properly raised pigs. But it's quickly becoming one of the best places in Oak Cliff to grab a quick lunch.

If you haven't delved into the sandwich board yet, start at the top with the meatloaf burger. Meatloaf sandwiches have never been on my priority list of things to consume because the pervious versions I've encountered were served cold, with mayonnaise. They've been satisfying in their own way, but have never been something I would seek out. The meatloaf burger, however, isn't your everyday meatloaf sandwich.

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Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

Categories: Best Of Dallas

Oh, Nonna.
For the past few months we've been nibbling like rabbits on vegetables while visions of ourselves in bathing suits flicker on the projector screen in our brains. But now there's a snap in the air, and skimpy clothes and frail fabrics will slowly take the back seat to wardrobes with bulk. You could hide a lot underneath your old, favorite sweater -- two or three cassoulets-worth.

So dig your coat out of the back of you closet and abandon all shame. Here's where to eat in Dallas, now:

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Luna Cocina Might Make the Best "Mom Tacos" in Dallas

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You need to get on these crispy tacos from Luna
Unless your mother kept a five-pound bag of masa in her kitchen and scratch-cooked Mexican dishes every day of the week, your first introduction to tacos was likely crafted in part by the folks at Old El Paso. I bet you can still picture those pre-formed taco shells warming in the oven while a mixture of ground beef and the contents of a sodium-heavy spice packet simmered away on the stove.

The table was set with a bowls of shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and a plastic cup of sour cream with a spoon handle protruding from the top. And there was salsa, usually old El Paso as well, in medium and spicy versions, neither of which was very hot.

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It's One of the Most Expensive Burgers in Dallas, and Still One of the Best

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Sara Kerens
Nice to see you again, delicious burger.
A few minutes go by at Deep Ellum's Local when I have the entire restaurant to myself. When I walk in, the music's playing, candlelight's on the tables and I can hear plates chattering in the hallway. It's like I walked into someone's duplex, too early for dinner. I made for the bar, where I was quickly set up for one of the most expensive burgers in Dallas.

If you haven't been to Local--It's a precious metal in Deep Ellum. It's a little food sanctuary. It's nested in the worn wood and brick of the old Boyd Hotel, right across from Mama Mia's, and it serves focused, smart food. I stopped by to see if the burger is still worth its $22 price tag, in this Great Postmodern Age of the Dallas Burger. I really do know what you're thinking: No burger should be this much. No burger is worth this much. What is it made from--Time Warner Cable bills? It'd be easy to toss it.

Don't. Instead, get this burger.

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Snap Kitchen Keeps Invading Dallas

Taken from Snap Kitchen's website

Snap Kitchen has been slowly invading Dallas since this summer, opening its first location in Uptown and then opening three more around the city since. Another location is planned for Fitzhugh. The latest location to open is on the corner of Preston and Royal, in the same shopping center and Royal China and the new TJ's location.

It's an interesting concept. From the outside it looks a lot like a 7-Eleven. There are open coolers with trays of food at the ready and other coolers with plenty of drinks. There's a microwave. You could almost see yourself dropping in for sixer of Budweiser and a pack of Marlboro Golds, but there's none of that sort of thing around here. Snap is all about making you better, not making you worse.

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Some of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Pair Their Food with Beer at the HopChef Competition

Categories: Food News

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Chefs + beer = what could go wrong?
Craft beer is more popular than ever, which means that chefs have been as interested in creating dishes that pair beautifully with an IPA or witbier as they were previously in cooking to suit fine wines. Local gastropubs and fine-dining restaurants alike are bulking up their beer selections, and the industry's taking notice. Dallas-brewed beers made a strong showing at the Great American Beer Festival this year, and a highly-respected national brewery has also started to take notice of what chefs are doing in Dallas.

New York-based Brewery Ommegang is known for its solid lineup of traditional Belgian-style beers, and it's challenged chefs across the country to cook dishes that complement the flavors of these brews. Previous stops of the HopChef competition have been in Philadelphia, Miami, and Boston, and the brewery is bringing its challenge to five of Dallas' brightest chefs on November 3rd at 3015 Trinity Groves.

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Dallas' Burger Boom Is Over, Thank God

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Catherine Downes
Is the age of the burger coming to a close?
I've been poring over local-restaurant news while trying to lay out my restaurant-review plan for the rest of the year, and the list I've compiled is strangely void of burger restaurants. I couldn't be happier.

Don't get me wrong. I love burgers. (Especially this one.) But there are only so many feelings one can have, so many words one can use to describe a charred hunk of ground beef tucked inside a white-bread bun.

See also: How I Picked the Best Burger in Dallas

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