Dallas' Ten Best Rooftops for Drinking

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Let the sun shine on your face while you pound six beers. It's rooftop season, y'all!
There is nothing better than consuming copious amounts of alcohol while being really, really high. And no, that doesn't mean on drugs, you deviants, that means sitting on a roof with a beautiful view of the Dallas skyline. Now that the weather will be beautiful for at least the next few months, it's time to plop your ass down in a chair and drink with a view.

Put on your best floppy hat, and soak up this year's first weekend of great weather on one of these ten awesome rooftops in Dallas.

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The food here is mostly healthy, but that shouldn't discourage you from checking out the rooftop patio at HG Sply Co. It has a stunning view of Lower Greenville and Downtown and plenty of great cocktails. The patio table seating is great for groups, and covered(ish) areas will help protect you from the blinding sun.


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The 14 Best Dallas Patios for Drinking

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Catherine Downes
Summer is coming, and it's always a long one.
That pleasant weather you've been begging for is finally here, and it's in your best interest to soak up as much of it as you can while it's available. It won't be for long.

Sure, you could hike, maybe pump up the tires in your bike and pretend you're physically fit. But the best way to make use of nice weather is with a beer in your hand. Lucky for you, you're in Dallas, which it turns out is an exemplary city for outdoor drinking. Unlucky for you: Summer is coming, faster than you think.

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Where to Eat Dallas' Best Macarons on National Macaron Day

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Scott Reitz
It's Macaron Day, which means you have to go to Joy Macarons.
For the longest time, Dallas was a macaron desert. There were a few pastry shops that offered the fancy cookie, but most iterations were crumbly impostors of their French counterparts. But then, there was a renaissance. As macarons quickly became the "it pastry," macaron shops started popping up all over Dallas. It's a beautiful thing.

Macarons are so trendy that today, March 20, has been designated National Macaron Day. That, of course, means that you absolutely must go out to one of the city's best pastry shops and indulge in a few (or several) delicious cookies. There are plenty more macaron shops to choose from in Dallas, but here are six of the best.

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The Eight Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas

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Scott Reitz
Look to Gonzalez for some of the best crispy tacos in Dallas.
It's been some time since we rounded up Dallas' best Tex-Mex restaurants, mostly because the refried-bean scene really hasn't changed very much in the last few years. A few of our favorites have closed, though, and there have been some new discoveries, too. Besides, with heart-warming beans and cheese, and boozy margaritas, who isn't looking for a reason for an afternoon siesta?

Here are our eight favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas, starting with an old-school favorite.

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The Seven Best Dumpling Dishes in Dallas

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Catherine Downes
Everything's great at Monkey King. But those dumplings.
While it is true that Dallas doesn't have the bustling Asian cuisine community that exists in cities like New York and San Francisco, too many people are quick to say that Dallas just doesn't have any good Chinese (or Thai, or Japanese) restaurants. You may have to look outside of the traditional "bubbles" that exist in the Dallas restaurant scene, but there are plenty of places to find delicious and authentic Asian favorites, including dumplings.

Dumplings haven't enjoyed the same trendiness that ramen or sushi have, but maybe that's a good thing. These humble little steamed pockets of deliciousness are all over menus in Dallas, even in some pretty unexpected places. At these seven restaurants, you'll find some of Dallas' best dumplings, ranging from the wholly authentic to fresh takes on this classic dish.

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Dallas' 10 Best Burgers

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Lori Bandi
We're only getting started.
There are so many burger options in Dallas you could spend half a year working your way through them. The problem is, most of them are forgettable, and many are downright bad. Taking that first bite into a perfect burger can be a transcendent experience, but first you have to find a kitchen that's capable. And even then there's luck involved. Restaurants that turn out burger salvation one day can plate up a dud the next. Consistency is key.

Here are the 10 restaurants most likely to serve up burger nirvana, based on my past four years of intensive burger consumption, and with some help from Observer burger correspondent Nick Rallo. If you're craving bliss on a bun, you can't go wrong with these.

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Dallas' Five Best Crispy Tacos

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Scott Reitz
Crispy pockets of joy at E-Bar.
I've always enjoyed crispy tacos, but I've been obsessed since I devoured that trio of perfect specimens out on the patio at Luna Cocina. Since then, I've been chipping away at Tex-Mex menus all over Dallas, looking for crispy tacos with flavorful fillings and shells with a satisfying crunch.

My meals weren't always beautiful. Some taco shells had a tough, leathery quality while others were filled with oil. Many weren't printed on the menu, but I often found that if you ask, just about any Tex-Mex restaurant will prepare them if you call out the right name. Try old-fashioned tacos, fried tacos or tacos dorados: One of these should resonate with your server, and when it does you can get started on your own crispy taco adventure.

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Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Winter 2015 Edition

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Kathy Tran
Proof + Pantry is as much of a cocktail bar as it is a restaurant.
The weather is awful again, but cloudy days and cold air give us an excuse to soothe ourselves with the same foods we swore we put down with New Year's resolutions. Hearty, rich cooking is the stuff we crave, and we should indulge in it while we can. Spring is a lot closer than you think, and a whole slew of restaurant openings are expected with warmer weather. Visit your old favorites while you can, because you'll soon be distracted.

Actually, a few new restaurants have already started to creep their way into this list. Here's where to eat in Dallas, now:

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Five Best Tortilla Soups in Dallas

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Scott Reitz
The tortilla soup at the Green Door is hearty and rich.
If it weren't the middle of January, I'd be completely souped out. I never thought I'd say such a thing, but for the past week or so I've been slurping tortilla soup nearly every day for lunch, sometimes at more than one restaurant. Now, I just want to feast on something extra chewy like a skirt steak, or maybe a hoagie with a good, sturdy roll. I want to feel like I've digested something substantial.

The bowl pictured above is what kicked off the binge. I was at the Farmers Market one early afternoon, and it was just above freezing. The sky was gray and the wind found its way into every crack of every zipper, every hole of every button, making its way to the core of my soul. I wanted to warm up, so I ducked into the Green Door just because they were nearby and had heat. I stayed for the soup.

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The Dallas Dish of the Year: Pig's Head Carnitas at CBD Provisions

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Catherine Downes
The dish you saw more than any other this year.

There could be only one. Many new delicious plates graced the Dallas dining scene this past year, but none of them were talked about as much at the pig's head carnitas served at CBD Provisions. No dish was posted with more exclamation points and stressed but joyous emoji faces, and no dish was captured and filtered through the eyes of Instagram more often. The pig's face was just short of becoming a Dallas food-themed meme -- everybody wanted a picture with it. Everyone wanted to show that picture off.

The chatter was obviously amplified because the dish in question was so obviously the face of animal. Its eyes are closed and in a restful state, and an ear stands up at attention. Depending on your pig's orthodontist, a tooth may protrude from its mouth. And all of this sits on a wooden board without emotion, until forks are taken in hand and the plate ceases to be a spectacle and instead becomes an amazing lunch.

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