Ten of Dallas' Best French Fries

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Catherine Downes
Those fries tho.
French fries can make or break a meal, especially when they're served alongside a burger. Soggy, flavorless industrial fries are an abomination to both potatoes and your palate, so you should seek out a place that pays as much respect to the potato as they do their beef. Whatever your preferences when it comes to deep fried potatoes, you're sure to find something on this list to love.

See also:
17 Off-the-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas

Scotch & Sausage (above)
These guys are relatively new to the scene, but they've already established a pretty solid cooking method for their fries. These thick-cut beauties undergo a three-step cooking process that involves blanching the potatoes quickly, freezing them to help maintain texture, and the classic double-frying method that produces a fry that Chef Trevor Bell describes as "the best chip you've ever had on the outside, the best mashed potatoes you've ever had on the inside."


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A Guide to Eating on Lower Greenville

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As Greenville Avenue continues to changes, the Libertine Bar has been a constant.
When I first moved to Dallas a few years back, Lower Greenville Avenue was a mess. The sidewalks and street had been obliterated and you couldn't walk anywhere without circumnavigating a construction barrier. Business cried out with banners hanging from their storefronts. "We're still open," they pleaded, hoping customers would keep them afloat until the construction was finished.

Meanwhile, city hall and the neighborhood association were waging a war against undesirable bars and night clubs using special use permits, and everyone was getting caught in the cross-fire. For some time, many of the storefronts along the street were shuttered. Many still are, but a lot of exceptional bars and restaurants have opened in the meantime.

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The Nine Best Cuban Sandwiches in Dallas

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Uber's Cuban comes with some of the best fries you'll find.
Cuban sandwiches have been sliding off sandwich presses all over Dallas lately. They're appearing on menus of taverns as pub grub and they're coming out of fine dining kitchens with a brand new pedigree. They're emerging from tiny takeouts, and that's before you look at the Cuban sandwiches that have been available here for years. Dallas is in the midst of a Cuban sandwich glut, or bubble, and this is a delicious problem to have.

Take a bite from one and you'll see why the sandwich is becoming as ubiquitous as the turkey club. The Cuban could one day rival the Reuben or even the burger simply because of its construction. It's the pickles and mustard that make it interesting, it's the pork and the ham that make it decadent, and it's the structural characteristics -- the pressing, toasting and melted cheese -- that bring everything together.

Here are some of my favorites in Dallas. Click through at your own risk. You will leave this page hungry.

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The Seven 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.

Cane Rosso (pictured above)
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 Dallas and Fort Worth

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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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