Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

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You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now.

We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the minivan, and get driving. There's not-Velvet food in your future.

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In a Strip Mall in Carrollton, Al Markaz Breaks Up Your Indian-Food Routine

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Adam Rosenfield
The the naan bread with raida sauce
This was no ordinary shopping center. No Target, Best Buy or Subway was within miles (OK, like two miles), and a women's clothing store, though not your average Forever 21, stood to my left.

Wanting an Indian-food experience other than standbys like Roti Grill and Chennai, I'd asked some Indian and Pakistani friends, people whose home-cooked meals I've been sampling since high school, where I should eat. The cry went out: Al Markaz in Carrollton.

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How to Own Central Market's Hatch Chile Fest

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Teresa Lensch
Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival ends on August 19, and I almost missed it. But I have refocused on the important things and I'm ready to go. Like a latch-key kid whose parents are out for bowling night, I'm going to live it up and have what I want for dinner, and that's gonna be Hatch.

Everything I can get my hands on (for 50 bucks or less): I just supermarket-sweeped the closest CM and came home clutching bags filled with my own version of a 3-course Hatch Chile extravaganza.

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The Blind Butcher Has a Real Deal Pork Pie, Which Is Rare, and Awesome

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It's a pie filled with pig.
Last weekend, I was leaving the Blind Butcher, and some glistening crusts caught my eye through the glass. Five or six puck-shaped pastries that looked suspiciously like meat pies were sitting on a shelf inside the deli case. Chef Oliver Sitrin was behind the case, so I asked him if they were indeed English pastries. He nodded.

I asked him, "The real deal -- with gelatin and everything?" He nodded again and told me they'd just been added to the menu. If I hadn't just consumed a meal that included a burger and macaroni and cheese a few hours earlier I would have plopped right back down on a bar stool. I resolved to come back soon.

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A Guide to Eating Out in Frisco

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Catherine Downes
The fried chicken at Babe's. THE FRIED CHICKEN AT BABE'S.
Our own not-so-little neighbor Frisco was named the second fastest growing city in America this year, right behind Austin. And while a lot of Frisco is composed of the sprawling housing developments that keep popping up to hold all of these people, those people have to eat, too. And some even like to eat well.

The 5th Street Patio (8621 5th Street), for example, has breakfast so good I wanted to stay and drink coffee until lunch so I could eat more. The Captain Crunch french toast is dusted in a ground-up version of the popular cereal, fried, and then topped with berries and homemade whipped cream. The bananas foster version is drenched in a brown sugar rum sauce and covered in banana and whipped cream. They open at 8 every day, but don't wait too long to venture out or you'll hit some major lines.

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Behold (and Chug): LUCK's Beer Stout Float

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Beer + Ice Cream + Beer, at LUCK Dallas
Fear not, Dallas citizens, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people aged 21 and over. For unto you is served this day, in the master-planned restaurant complex of Trinity Groves™, a summer indulgence, which you're going to want to pour into your facefront.

This shall be a sign unto you: get your mouth on a stout float from LUCK Dallas, or get thee the hell out of my way. It's beer, it's ice cream -- it's beer ice cream drowning in beer.

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Rodeo Goat's Christmas In July Burger Is a Big, Messy Present for Your Mouth

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Amy McCarthy
Looks simple, but Santa has a lot going on.

The concept of "Christmas In July" promotions has never really made much sense to me. This is Texas, and nothing about triple-digit temperatures makes me think of the holiday season. Still, what likely started as a clever marketing strategy for stores to boost sluggish summer sales has inspired a damn delicious burger at Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth.

Rodeo Goat is known for making creative and sometimes odd-sounding burgers, and this year's tribute to the holiday season is no exception. The "Santa" burger, available at Rodeo Goat for a limited time, is a surprisingly successful mishmash of Chef Jaymes Murphy's favorite holiday dishes on a buttery, perfectly toasted bun.


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The Fleeting Joy of Joyce and Gigi's Salteñas

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Get these salteñas while you still can.
It's been more than a year since I talked with Gigliola Aguilera about the salteñas she planned to cook occasionally in her tiny kitchen at Joyce and Gigi's. I called Aguilera out for not putting the stew-filled pastries on her menu, mostly because they're delicious but also because the delicacy hails from Bolivia, where Aguilera was raised.

To my surprise she told me she was actually working on them, but because her kitchen was the size of a business card she'd only be able to offer them as a special now and then. She told me to watch for news on her restaurant's Facebook feed. It's not as simple a task as it sounds.

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A Guide to Eating on McKinney's Town Square

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Sara Kerens
Square Burger on McKinney's town square.
Unlike other town centers, where everything looks like it was erected in late 2010, McKinney's town square holds a lot of character. Some of the small boutiques are worth taking a peek into just to check out the old buildings that house them. An antique dealer now sits in the former bank, where the guts of the vault are open to walk through and the heavy metal door stands open on its hinges.

The antique store is one of many on the square, but is probably the third tenant to occupy the space over the course of only four years. The retail shops here rotate in and out like this, too. But the restaurants are unusually stable. They've been here for years, quietly establishing reputations and catering to locals.

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No Fuck You, John Tesar, Because Knife's Ozersky Burger Ruined Burgers for Me

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Nick Rallo
The OZERSKY burger, with two happy coats of American Cheese
The first thing that happens at John Tesar's three-Brenner-star Knife, after you order a glacially-cold beer from an iPad, is a flight of complimentary crudités (fancy word for chopped, fresh vegetables with dip) hits the table. The place-mats look like woven, Elvish armor. Because this is Texas, the crudités comes with a boat sail of homemade beef jerky. A tray of bread shuttles around, and you get a butter structure that looked Roman. I grabbed a pretzel roll because who doesn't like pretzel rolls? All this happens before a burger that sets you back a mere 12 bucks, and it's one of the most fun and simply best meat experiences in Dallas.

See also:
- Our full review of Knife
- Chef John Tesar Told the Dallas Morning News' Food Critic "Fuck You," and Life Is Good

I sat at the counter facing the kitchen, which made the experience more fun. There are few things better in life than watching a cook not disturb your burger. I watched one of the chef's season it, a nice winter coat of salt and pepper (only) from what I could tell, and place it gently on the griddle. She only disturbed the burger's sizzling meditation to do a quick flip.

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