The Best Post-Pool Meals in 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.

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The Eight Best Pizza Shops in Dallas

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While burgers continue to take over the world (with or without Pat Snuffer), pizza continues to exhibit a much more restrained growth. Maybe a handful of pizzerias have opened in the last year, but a few of them are good enough to slide into our Best Pizza list, with NY-style and Neapolitan duking it out for Dallas pizza supremacy.

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Cane Rosso is still on our list, of course. We named them the city's Best Pizza in our last Best of Dallas issue, for the third year in a row. I'm starting to wonder how long it will be before a young entrepreneurial pizzaiolo dethrones the great Jay Jerrier. For now, he's quite safe. But there are a number of other pizzerias that deserve some attention too.


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A Guide to Eating in Carrollton, Which Is Much Nicer Than It Sounds

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Kimchi Kitchen's cold-smoked pork belly
As a resident of Carrollton, I feel like we get a raw deal in the media. We're not in any of those fancy things about the neighborhoods, because there are apparently just too many regions of Plano, our sprawling neighbor. Bizarrely little is written about our thriving K-Town, our downtown is walkable, and it's a 20-minute commute if you ignore rush hour and your car's suspension can survive I-35.

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

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Catherine Downes
The meatloaf that showed up mom forever
Summer is traditionally slow for the restaurant industry, but you wouldn't know that if you've been dining in Dallas this year. A number of high profile of restaurants have opened since our last heat check, and since then we've welcomed a new steakhouse, a restaurant devoted to the entirety of Latin America, and a new Oak Cliff spot where you can get one hell of an update on mom's boring meatloaf. And if you're trying to save some money there's an excellent new taqueria to check out, too.

Here's where to eat, now:

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The Best Ice Cream in DFW

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Carnival Barker's: Dallas' best.
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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You can actually stop looking for ice cream now. All you really need to know is that Carnival Barker's, creator Aaron Barker's ice cream shop at Truck Yard (it doesn't roll away), is serving the flavor Nutella Vodka. Actually, that's not all you need to know. They have banana pudding -- there are real chunks in there, man -- rum raisin, and something called Fat Elvis with sweet peanut butter with chocolate-covered chips. It's simple ingredients and huge flavor. Easily one of the best.


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Five Dallas Ceviches We Love

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Now that summer is bearing down on us, our tastes are starting to get a little bit lighter. Scarfing down all those heavy burgers and barbecue isn't enticing, or practical, during the summer's hottest months, unless you want the meat sweats come pool time.

But eating lighter doesn't have to mean ordering an uninspired salad or overcooked salmon. Ceviche, a traditional Latin American dish made of fish "cooked" in citrus juices and served with herbs and other aromatics, is a decidedly light option that you don't even have to be on a diet to enjoy. Civiche's not hard to find in Dallas, and your favorite may not be on this list. But here are five we love, if you need a good place to start.

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Dallas' Six Best Bars for Watching the World Cup

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There are going to be a lot of fish and chips in this list.
The World Cup commences this week, and for the next 30 or so days, the entire planet is going to spin a little slower. Every quesadilla you order will take a little longer to arrive because the cooks in the kitchen will be glued to a tiny TV. Every drink you request will be poured a little more carelessly because your bartender is distracted. If you have coworkers that are from anywhere other then America in your office, they will miss or reschedule meetings. The world will revolve, rightfully, around soccer.

Why fight it? The World Cup is one of the most exciting sporting events to occur every four years, and unlike the last tournament, which required American fans to watch at odd hours, this year's tournament is in Brazil. That means watching soccer will only interfere with your office life, not with your sleep, which means we're all probably going to drink a little more this go around. Here are six great places to do it.

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Ten of Dallas' Best Places to BYOB

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The beverage side of your dinner bill is sometimes just as costly as the food that you're eating. The rising costs of food, everything from limes to bacon, have restaurants looking for creative ways to make extra cash. The wine list is a prime spot for boosting profits, and that $15 bottle of wine you've been eyeing at Spec's will likely cost you as much or more than a prime rib-eye if you buy it at your favorite restaurant. A 2010 Grgich Hills Chardonnay, available at Total Wine for $32, will cost more than $100 after taxes and tip at Bistro 31 in Highland Park.

But thanks to exorbitant licensing fees and a complicated labyrinth of laws that govern how establishments in Texas can serve and sell alcohol, there are dozens of restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that allow you to bring your own. These 10 restaurants and venues are among the best.

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Where to Find Poutine in Dallas

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Catherine Downes
The duck poutine at Blind Butcher.
Food trends come and go, but for the last few years poutine has been cropping up on menus across the country. Poutine originated as a lowly diner food for drunk Canadians in the 1950s, but chefs are adding their own upscale twists to the dish as it becomes one of the hottest food trends on American menus since truffle oil.

Even if Dallas is a little bit behind on the poutine trend, it's now in full swing. We're not entirely sure who started the poutine craze in Dallas, but you can get your fix at any of these five fine establishments. You should probably get a little (or a lot) drunk before trying them, just to make sure that your experience is fully authentic.

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Dallas' Five Best Places to Buy Food to Eat Outside, Which Is a Thing People Do

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On second thought, just give me the whole wedge.
Usually summer in Dallas is ushered in with 100-degree-days, slicks of perspiration and a general sense of suffering experienced whenever you walk outdoors. As this Memorial Day weekend approaches, though, it is surprisingly gorgeous out. Who knew such things were possible?

Maybe summer in Dallas doesn't have to suck -- at least for now. So, before those temperatures climb into the stratosphere, grab a blanket and pack yourself a picnic. Here are a few great places to fill your basket.

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