Taqueria Latina Brings Solid Tacos on Handmade Tortillas to East Dallas

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There are good things happening inside.
The number of taquerias in Dallas that serve their taco fillings on handmade tortillas is limited. Most employ the standard working man's tortilla, an honest round pressed from masa that's reheated on a hot grill. These tortillas are dependable and get the job done, but their texture is lacking. They're tough, a little rubbery, and they sit in your stomach like corn-flavored lead.

So when you encounter a tortilla that was freshly griddled in the same kitchen where your cabeza was cooked down from a cow's head, your spirits should be lifted. Handmade tortillas, like the ones made at Taqueria Latina, are soft and tender. They have ragged edges that bloom like tiny petals, and they're giving and supple when you pick them up.

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A Longtime Bartender Bought Knox Street Pub and Made It Great, with Help from These Wings

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The buffalo style chicken wings at Knox Street Pub
When the former owners of Knox Street Pub sold their business last summer to eventually open Glass Boot Biergarten, not much attention was paid to the business they left behind. The Boguses renovated a liquor store to open a restaurant and bar with a massive patio, only to have the place close months after opening.

But back down McKinney Avenue, their old pub continued to thrive, and while most of the changes to the place in the past year have been subtle, the part bar, part restaurant, part dance club deserves a some additional attention, if only for this awesome plate of chicken wings.

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At Oak Cliff's New Joy Macarons, a Home Baker's Dream Comes True Before Your Eyes

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The front case is packed with interesting flavors.
About two weeks ago, a new storefront opened up on West Davis Street in Oak Cliff, near Spinster, Glass Optical and Davis Street Espresso. Joy Macarons, it's called, and it offers macarons, obviously. But don't expect to meet a baker named Joy when you visit.

"It's Liz, by the way," the owner said when I visited, as she handed me her card as I thanked her for her time. The name Joy painted on the shop's front window wasn't a person but an emotion: the feeling owner Liz Lanier hopes you will experience when you take a bite from a bright yellow macaron expecting only sweetness and lemony citrus and are instead greeted by the briny prick of fleur de sel, too.

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Blind Butcher Adds Even More Meat to Their Menu

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The duck spaetzel at Blind Butcher.
The folks at the Blind Butcher laminated a new menu recently, adding a number of options for beer drinkers stumbling around Lower Greenville Avenue. Not to worry, the same meaty theme is in full effect, there's just a few new items to round out the menu and close off your arteries.

Let's start with a dish that makes use of tripe and a pig's tail. I'd have included a picture, but it just didn't seem like the responsible thing to do (a combination of low lighting and jiggling pork fat made for a most gratuitous image) but if you venture out and order the dish on your own, here's what you'll see:

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Monkey King Makes the Perfect Feel-Good Chicken Noodle Soup

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The cure
It's that time of year, when the sky clouds over, everything gets damp and everyone's immune systems start to fall apart. The clerks at CVS are fronting the NyQuil section every other hour, noses are red and taste buds are shot. It's inevitable that either you or someone you know will succumb to a cold, the flu or some other cold-weather funk, and when the sniffles commence and Kleenex becomes a commodity, the gift of soup can be a godsend.

If you know someone who's got the funk, you can be their savior. Show up on their doorstep with a steamy container of chicken noodle soup and you'll have someone in your back pocket should you fall ill yourself or ever need a ride to the airport. And the best place to pick up soup for delivery, should you find yourself in need, can be found in Deep Ellum at Monkey King Noodle Co.


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Bulletproof Coffee Has Arrived in Dallas

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It definitely won't stop hot lead, but it could make you feel bulletproof.
You may have heard by now of bulletproof coffee, the coffee drink doctored up with as much as two tablespoons of butter that's gaining popularity for its purported health benefits. A bulletproof coffee in the morning will help you burn fat all day, they say. Bulletproof coffee will increase mental energy, they say. Bulletproof coffee will help you climb tall mountains, they say.

Whatever it is they're saying, the trend is growing and has finally made its way to Dallas by way of the Green Grocer. For $3 and some change, you can have your own bulletproof coffee made right in front of your eyes from locally roasted coffee beans. Think of what you could accomplish at the office.

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How to Roast a Pig the Urban Acres Way

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A pork sandwich made from a whole-roast pig at Urban Acres.
On Saturday afternoon, the smoke was a beacon, luring cars and trucks from nearby Beckley Avenue as they drove towards Urban Acres. One truck hit the brakes hard to pull into the lot before passing by as owner Steven Bailey tended the coals that were putting up the thick, white smoke.

See also: Urban Acres Farm and Restaurant: This Is What Eating Local in Dallas Should Taste Like

"We built it entirely from materials we had on hand," Bailey said, and sure enough the walls of his smoker were fashioned from old cement blocks stacked in a ring. An opening was left in the front so air could drift across the coals, taking the smoke and heat inside. That's where the pig sat, splayed in two halves on a metal table top with pans to collect the pork drippings. All of it was capped off by another piece of steel that held in the heat.

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John Tesar's Knife Now Serves an $18 Reuben, and It's Good -- but Not Good Enough

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The Reuben at Knife boasts paper-thin slices of house-cured corned beef.
Last week, Knife announced a new lunch menu at the Hotel Palomar. In typical hotel-lunch fashion, the menu promises a number of classic sandwiches dressed up with luxurious, hand-crafted ingredients, presented with precision and care. How else could you persuade a patron to spend $18 on a sandwich you can get just up the Central Expressway at Henk's for $7.50?

I've seen grilled cheese sandwiches made with artisan fromage and a BLTs made with pedigreed bacon, but the burger is the most commonly elevated menu item at restaurants like this. John Tesar created an ode to food writer Josh Ozersky that is an overwhelming and decadent homage to the art form.

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The Best New French Fries in Dallas

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Scotch and Sausage should change its name to Fries, Fries and Fries
A few days ago, something disturbing happened to me. The image is seared deep into the folds of my brain: I ordered a salad as a side of my burger.

It was trumpet bright, fresh with good olive oil, full of radishes, and still light years from being as awesome as a huge pile of fries. It hurts a little. There's a deep, unwieldy satisfaction that accompanies not having a crispy, spice-dusted potato with a burger. A burger without fries is a half measure.

Good news: Dallas has a number of new, batshit-good fried potato options. Some of these aren't just French fries. These spots have found a way to make your burger accompaniment good enough to forget the burger.

No more half measures. Here are the potato sides in Dallas that you need:

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Urban Acres' Meatloaf Burger Is the Best Meatloaf Sandwich in Dallas

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It's meatloaf, and it's a burger. It's a meatloaf burger.
Back in September, Urban Acres announced that it had hired David Rodriguez, the chef who'd jest left Oddfellows. In that short time, he's turned out a new menu of impressive sandwiches and breakfast items to show off some of the delicious ingredients for sale in the co-op. Till then, the space was primarily a spot to pick up your CSA share, and if you were inclined, grab a couple of pork chops cut from some properly raised pigs. But it's quickly becoming one of the best places in Oak Cliff to grab a quick lunch.

If you haven't delved into the sandwich board yet, start at the top with the meatloaf burger. Meatloaf sandwiches have never been on my priority list of things to consume because the pervious versions I've encountered were served cold, with mayonnaise. They've been satisfying in their own way, but have never been something I would seek out. The meatloaf burger, however, isn't your everyday meatloaf sandwich.

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