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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Luna Cocina Might Make the Best "Mom Tacos" in Dallas

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You need to get on these crispy tacos from Luna
Unless your mother kept a five-pound bag of masa in her kitchen and scratch-cooked Mexican dishes every day of the week, your first introduction to tacos was likely crafted in part by the folks at Old El Paso. I bet you can still picture those pre-formed taco shells warming in the oven while a mixture of ground beef and the contents of a sodium-heavy spice packet simmered away on the stove.

The table was set with a bowls of shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and a plastic cup of sour cream with a spoon handle protruding from the top. And there was salsa, usually old El Paso as well, in medium and spicy versions, neither of which was very hot.

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I Ate a Burger at This Princeton, Texas Gas Station/RV Park and I Think I'm in Love

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Kelsey Sidwell
The gas station in question.
Sometimes the best things are found in the most unexpected places. And sometimes they're right where food television has trained us to expect them: in a rundown gas station on the road to nowhere.

If you take US-75 North and get off at Bethany Drive and follow it all the way across Lake Lavon where it becomes East Lucas Branch Road, there is a gas station that serves up one of the most delicious burgers I have had the pleasure to consume.

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Proof + Pantry's Meatballs and Gravy Are One of the Best Meals, and Deals, in Dallas

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If you're a fan of red sauce and meatballs, you're going to want to look into this.
Michael Martensen's Proof + Pantry has barely been open a month, and while I usually avoid restaurants during their infancy, I couldn't resist a deal recently posted to their Facebook page: Nanna's Meatballs and Gravy. I'd be going as quickly as it took to read it. Pasta and red sauce is one thing; throw in meatballs and you've got my kryptonite.

There's a catch, in that the offer is only available on Tuesdays, but that's not a terrible thing -- this is hardly the sort of meal you'd want to eat seven days a week. Consider it an automated agenda item to append any Tuesday evening plans you have in the Arts District, though I'd wager this one is worth a trip downtown on its own.

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Steel City Pops Might Be Serving the Most Interesting Fall Flavors in Dallas

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Steel City's new carrot cake popsicle
It's fall, which means pumpkin now, briefly, rules all. There will, for the foreseeable future, be pumpkin in your latte, pumpkin in your cake icing, pumpkin in your cookies and pumpkin in just about everything else. Of course very little of this "pumpkin" will actually be real pumpkin. Most of it will be a factory blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin flavoring -- all praise synthetic food-things.

Unless, of course, you're standing in line for a Steel City pop. Here the ingredients are mostly fresh and natural, and while there is a pumpkin-flavored pop, the ode to fall squash is far from the only thing to freeze your brain with. The new fall menu is out today, and since lines have been shorter lately, now seems like a great time to check them out.

See Also: The Line at Steel City Pops Makes No Sense

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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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