A Guide to Eating Out in Allen

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Grab a pizza and eat it here, safe in the knowledge there won't be any football being played.
When people talk about Allen, they mostly talk about that stupid Allen Eagles football stadium. Which is understandable, given that they spent $60 million on it and the concrete wasn't even poured right. But Allen is more than football, no matter what people say. More importantly, it is where the closest Super Target to me is.

Also: There's lots of great food.

See also:
- A Guide to Eating in Carrollton
- A Guide to Eating in Frisco

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Six Stops to Make at the New and Improved Dallas Farmers Market

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Your new and improved Dallas Farmers Market, Dallas.
After the City of Dallas sold the Dallas Farmers Market off to a private entity, market goers were promised big changes. When the market reopened on September 1, it was a little difficult to tell what exactly had changed. Shed 2, the former home of Pecan Lodge, is completely closed as the group renovates the building for new vendors, and the newly christened "The Shed" sat completely empty.

But Shed 3 was open and totally packed with vendors. This shed formerly housed large-scale produce distributors, but now the focus is back on the farmers. Before the makeover, the produce on offer here was just like the fruits and vegetables you find at the supermarket, like Chiquita bananas and Dole oranges. Now the space is almost completely devoted to local farmers and artisan food purveyors.

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The Beignets at Toulouse Belong in Your Face

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Kellie Reynolds
Worth the calories, but easy to burn off, too.
In Happy Endings, we travel the part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them.

When I invited my runner friend out for dessert at Toulouse, I never should have mentioned that the cafe is a frites-length away from the Katy Trail. Once he caught wind of this, our date became contingent on a pre-dessert jog. Obviously I tried to cancel. I was suddenly very "busy." I feigned sniffles.

He wasn't having it.

See also: Searching for a Happy Ending with the Whiskey Cake at Plano's Whiskey Cake

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Pecan Lodge and Hypnotic Donuts Made a Barbecue Biscuit

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Amy McCarthy
Weep at this beauty.
Just when you think Pecan Lodge can't possibly do something that's better than its delicious smoked meats, they join forces with Hypnotic Donuts, the lovable Lakewood donut shop known for its stoner-friendly pastry-and-biscuit arsenal. When the two come together, it's nothing short of magic.

Enter the Lurlene, a delicious breakfast creation inspired by the barky, smoky flavors of Pecan Lodge.

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Izmir Deli's Medi Burger Redefines the Working-Class Deli Burger

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The deli burger makes for a sloppy lunch.
A few weeks back, I was at a party where I didn't know many people and it got out that I was a food critic. This discovery usually leads to a lengthy interrogation regarding my weight -- "Why aren't you fat?" -- but these guys were actually pretty cool. We hung out drinking beer and eating bad pizza.

At one point in the evening, an animated guy who reminded me of a Muppet sat down next to me and said he had a great burger for me to try. I get a lot of this too; the recommendations are rarely good, especially when they come from a drunk dude with a mouthful of Domino's. But he described the burger he had eaten with great passion. I couldn't help but to be drawn in.

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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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