The 10 Best Margaritas in Dallas

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Avocado + margarita = duh.
It's that time of the year when sitting your ass on various local patios and drinking before noon is totally acceptable, folks. We're pretty excited about patio season, and it's indisputable that the best drink to enjoy on a patio on a spring day is a margarita. When it's hot out, they're impossibly refreshing. When it's still a little chilly because Texas weather is weird, the tequila will warm you right on up.

Some (many) margaritas in this city are terrible, even though it is practically the official drink of Dallas. When made with bottled sweet-n-sour and bad tequila, margaritas aren't even worth drinking. These 10 margaritas, though, meet a much higher set of standards. Made with the best ingredients and mixed by talented barmen, you might as well just tell your job to shove it and plop your ass on one of the fine patios attached to these 10 establishments. Get thee to drinking, Dallas.

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The 5 Best Places to Get a Sausage in Dallas When You Can't Get to the Ballpark

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Scott Reitz
Hot dogs always taste better at the stadium
Baseball season is upon us, which means you have 81 chances to eat as many of those foil-wrapped gut bombs as you can. Whether you take yours with mustard, ketchup (shudder), onions or jalapeƱos, hot dogs are iconic American summer fare.

The only problem is getting to the stadium. Drive without the proper designee and you risk a DUI in Arlington on your way home at night. And then there's parking. Uber is a possibility, but you could likely afford box seats with what you'll spend on surge pricing. Maybe you're better off exploring other hot dog alternatives.

Here are some of our favorites.

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Dallas' Best Patios for Dining

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Scott Reitz
Lark patio + lamb burger = rite of spring
Last week we offered up the best patios and rooftops for drinking, and no doubt your weekend was spent jet-packing your way down the list, sweaty Lone Star in hand. Life isn't always about only drunken excess, though, and sometimes you want a nice meal whilst your dermis bathes in a cooling spring breeze.

Hit up these Dallas patios if you want to eat outside and expect to eat well.

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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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