Five of Dallas' Best Breakfast Tacos

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Good Morning, tacos.






All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four?

Ah, breakfast tacos. They look so easy, right? Scrambled eggs are one of the first foods every kid learns to cook, just after he's mastered the ability to toast his own Pop Tarts. Add in tortillas, chopped cilantro and onions, an extra protein or potatoes just for grins -- what could possibly go wrong?

Well, not much. In Dallas, we're blessed with a plethora of decent-to-pretty-good breakfast taco options. But, we at City of Ate believe that life is too short to merely avoid a rumbling stomach during a 10 a.m. meeting. Let's consider that our breakfast foods can rise above an a la carte existence. Let's believe that eggs and meat and cheese and salsa have the power to merge into a delicious symphony and then get wrapped up in a tortilla. Let's cram all of life's goodness into our bleary-eyed, kinda-hungover-and-kinda-just-don't-feel-like-working faces at once. 

Let's truly live, dammit.

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Five Cures for Dallas' Cinco de Hangover

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"We're, like, totally Cinco de Mayans!"
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Despite the commonly held belief that the fifth of May is Mexican Independence Day, Cinco De Mayo is a day to commemorate and celebrate The Battle of Puebla, where an over-matched Mexican army kicked the shit out of their French occupiers. In Mexico, the holiday is celebrated with street parades, dancing, and plenty of food.

In the United States, though, the holiday has become an excuse for white people to get wasted on margaritas and consume piles of chips and queso. A lot of us have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo since Saturday, but will still end up drunkenly hollering "VIVA MEXICO!" in a sombrero while standing outside of some random bar in Uptown. Who could pass up an opportunity to drink margaritas and tequila with impunity?

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Ten of the Best Taquerias in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Fish tacos from El Comé Taco
All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four?

There aren't too many places you can drop buck and change these days, and end up with something as satisfying as a well-made taco. The best ones come on handcrafted tortillas and are stuffed with carefully cooked fillings that are fatty, warm, savory and soothing. Freshly blended salsas are available for squirting, to excess if you like, and the only thing that never seems to be sufficiently plentiful is the napkins, even though you're surrounded by crumpled pile of them.

You've got no excuse. There is enough money for a stellar taco or two tucked into the folds of every couch in America. Flip those cushions if you must, and get ready to enjoy the best tacos Dallas has to offer.

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Where to Drink in Dallas for the Kentucky Derby, Which Is Some Sort of Hat Contest

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Sara Kerens
Sissy's was built for this.
The Kentucky Derby is a Southern ritual, especially if you're rich. In Kentucky proper, thousands of people will put on their Sunday finest and excessive headware to watch horses run around the track for exactly one and a quarter mile. Seems boring, but I'm pretty much down for any occasion to drink and put on fancy hats.

But you can't do that at home. Whether you're a degenerate gambler or just a fan of horse racing, head out to one of these five Dallas spots to take in "the most exciting two minutes in sports." Maybe you'll hit the jackpot, or maybe you'll watch the pony that you bet your rent money on fall to the ground before they even get out of the gate.

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Dallas' 11 Best Patios for Drinking

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Catherine Downes
I don't want to jinx it, but if this cool spring weather pattern keeps up, we're going to have a lot of time to sip our beverage of choice out on the patio. We're almost halfway through April and it's still hoody weather after the sun goes down. Maybe that means May will bring some warm but not too hot afternoons, in which case we're sure your boss won't mind if you slip out a little early and indulge a drink or seven.

When you do, the following list will suit you, no matter your drinking mood.


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Five of DFW's Best Dumplings

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Those Deep Ellum soup dumplings were a life saver through the winter, but don't stop now.
Are dumplings the world's most perfect food? They could be. Dumplings are delicious even in their more mediocre incarnations, and when dumplings are perfect they can border on transcendence. A well made dumpling keeps a secret tucked inside a starchy pocket, and tearing into one is not unlike unwrapping a present, which makes every dumpling you eat a celebration.

Dumplings also come in sufficient variety that the most consumed of dumpling enthusiasts could eat for years and never become bored. And it certainly doesn't hurt that dumplings are usually cheap.

Here are five examples served in and around Dallas that will offer you a small window into the power of the dumpling.

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Five of Dallas' Best Places to Eat Gluten-Free, Because My Doctor Said So

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Patrick Michels
Not everything's GF at Asian Mint, but they make knowing what is as easy as possible.
Story by Beth Erickson

Do you want to hear a really sad story? It's all about the time when about four days before Christmas I ended up in the hospital and my doctor told me I couldn't have gluten (and a bunch of other really nice things like ice cream and mushrooms) if I wanted to not do something horrific in a stomachly area sort of way to myself anymore.

I've spent the ensuing months learning to eat without gluten, and learning to do it in places my gluten-ous friends and family can eat, too. Here are my five favorites.

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Six of Dallas' Best Bowls of Soup for Shaking Off the Thundersleet

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Greg Berg
According to my entire Facebook feed and Pete Delkus, it's really effing cold outside in Dallas right now. I cannot confirm this as fact because I am not leaving my house until Mother Nature gets her shit together and returns us to those beautiful 75-degree temperatures she teased us with this weekend.

Practically the only thing for which I could convince myself to leave the warmth of my apartment is a delicious bowl of soup. There are, of course, other comfort foods, but nothing takes away the chill of 20-degree temperatures like soup. If you feel like braving the weather (or you're completely out of groceries), safely navigate the roads for these six steamy bowls.

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1. Highland Park Soda Fountain (above)
Highland Park Soda Fountain is like a really tiny time machine, and the tomato basil soup here is ten times better than that Campbell's crap from a can that you'd normally be eating. Get a grilled cheese and an egg cream on the side to round out your warm and toasty dose of nostalgia.


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Five Dallas Dishes to Keep You Warm During This Week's Terrible Cold Snap

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Catherine Downes
What the? Unless you were sequestered your apartment with blankets over the windows, you had to notice it was 80 degrees at one point this weekend. Birds were singing, tree blossoms exploded, and baby deer were frolicking with rabbits along Turtle Creek, trying to remember where they parked their car the night before.

Yet last night sleet turned Stemmons Freeway into a bobsled track for cars, and now low temperatures are expected to remain close to freezing the rest of the week, squashing your plans to box up your sweaters for the season. But don't be glum: Spring can't be that far off, and when it does come you'll lose your excuse to hunker down with these cold weather faves.

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Five Places to Eat Escargot in Dallas

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Dallas isn't exactly a mecca of French food, but there are a few spots to get your fix of beef bourguignon or a legit soupe a l'oignon. What have noticed, though, is that there is one major dish that is missing from some of the city's best Frenchie-food menus: escargots.

Escargots have been served for thousands of years by a variety of cultures. The Romans considered the tiny snails a delicacy, and they became a large part of the French food scene in the late 1800s. Alexandre Dumas, of The Three Musketeers fame, penned some of the first recipes for escargot in his Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, published in 1873.

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