The Best Dallas Food and Drink to Bring to Fourth of July Parties This Weekend

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Are you looking at this thing?
Here's the deal. This is your last holiday weekend until the first of September, which means after this Monday, you'll be trapped in your regular, mundane work week for nearly two solid months -- all of this during the hottest weather of the year. You better make the most of these upcoming three days, lest you spend the next weeks in sweaty regret.

Find yourself a party, preferably one with a pool, and while everyone else timidly asks "What should I bring?" slink away with the following shopping list and prepare to be feted as a Fourth of July party superstar.

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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard

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It's as Philly as it gets outside of Philly for sure.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

The food truck selection is always decent at Jason Boso's Truck Yard, Dallas' first permanent food-truck park, on Greenville Avenue. The problem -- for the food trucks, mostly, and also for my cholesterol -- is that you have to walk through a cloud of cheesesteak vapor to get to the trucks.

And once the smell hits your face, you're not making it to those trucks.

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In an Underserved East Dallas Neighborhood, Sykamore Brings a Healthy Spin on Chinese

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Sykamore replaced an old cafe-style burger joint.
The corner of Crutcher Street and Haskel Avenue has been pretty sleepy the past few years. I've passed this small standalone building hundreds of times now on the way home from the gym and for the longest time a sign out front offered hamburgers and other pedestrian specials. It just didn't look welcoming. And then it closed.

About a month ago, though, a new sign was hoisted into place. Sykamore offers Asian cuisine and a juice bar. And as a bonus for all the health nuts and diet conscious, the entire menu is vegan.

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With Bottega Italia, Sylvan | Thirty Proves Again That It Will Be a Development with Style

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It's not a Chipotle. Can you believe it?
D'Carlo Italian Cuisine was a subterranean restaurant off of Oak Lawn Avenue, since converted to a Thai space called Si Lom. Before it was d'Carlo, the space was called Daniele Osteria, another Italian restaurant owned and operated by chef Daniele Puleo. Puleo sold out in 2011, and has been opening multiple locations of another restaurant calIed Inzo Italian Kitchen.

I bring all this up because Puleo has announced his intentions to open another new business, Bottega Italia, which will grace Sylvan | Thirty by the end of this year. This is welcome news, and it shows that development project has some style.

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I Ate the Jack in the Box Hella-Peño Burger and I'm Not OK

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Jack in the Box
The title Hella-Peño comes from the Latin term for "Dread-inducing burger."
Let me explain to you what the Hella-Peño burger is. The Hella-Peño burger from Jack in the Box is the new, severe-heartburn-timeframe-only available (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) burger that is topped with jalapeños, other jalapeños with cheese in them and a liquid cheese "taco sauce." In this press photo, the burger is barely visible and hiding in shame beneath a continent of jalapeños. So, Jack in the Box is really slapping us hard on the shoulder with their "Munchie Meal" message: Listen guys, we've got this stoner food thing covered.

Their summer menu items so aggressively embrace the "late night munchies"/hangover image that Jack in the Box cultivates (each Munchie Meal comes with fries, onion rings and two tacos) that it's starting to feel like Jack in the Box is Steve Martin's character in Parenthood, trying desperately to maintain the image of youth. The website says in neon font: "The party starts at 9 p.m."

That said, it was hard not to laugh out loud saying "I'll have the Hella-Peño" at the drive through window.

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Yolk, a Chicago Breakfast-Lunch Spot, Is the Next Restaurant to Brave One Arts Plaza

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It's a yolk, not a yoke
A few months after Proof + Pantry was announced as the replacement for The Greek, another new restaurant has announced a willingness to brave One Arts Plaza, this time in the former Cafe des Artistes spot. This restaurant, though, will take a tack different from its predecessors, which largely depended on pre- and post-dinner crowds. Not Yolk, the Chicago-based restaurant that's migrating south. It's a breakfast and lunch chain and will be open from 7 a.m. until early in the afternoon.

If you want a sneak peek, you might check out the restaurant's website. There are currently four locations operating in the Chicago area, and there's franchising information available, so there are likely more on the way, including the location slated for Dallas.

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Texas Rangers Make Mid-Season Additions, Add Depth with Tonaco and Poutine Nachos

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You're going to need some bigger pants.
Major League Baseball isn't even to the All-Star break and the folks at Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park are announcing some mid-season additions to their line-up. Not players, mind you; on the field, hope is lost. But on the concourse, those who find themselves hungry have a few new options to choose from.

Like the Texas poutine potato chip nachos, which are a mouthful to say and several hundred mouthfuls to eat. Those are freshly fried potato chips in the picture above, topped with creamy, Texas-style gravy, bacon, cheddar cheese, and a choice of shredded brisket or chicken. And because why not, let's finish them off with some pickled jalapeños. Actually, they look delicious, so get yours at the Chipper in Section 32.

There's more.

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Dallas Needs a Pop-Up Pestaurant

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A restaurant devoted to insects in Dallas? Not likely but a pop-up could work.

Did you make it to El Come Taco for the tacos de chapulines? Owner Luis Vilallva got a batch of grasshoppers in from Mexico and turned them into delicious tacos. While I was there, a number of customers were also enjoying the delicacy. I saw a good bit of chatter about the tacos on Twitter and Facebook as well, but whether or not there is enough demand to keep them on the menu remains to be seen.

Similar tacos have been on the menu for years at Oyamel, a Washington D.C. restaurant owned by José Andres. And now the nation's capital has shown additional acceptance of the consumption of insects with a new pop-up restaurant devoted to our six-legged friends.


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Yama Sushi, Formerly Sushiyama, Is a Neighborhood Fave Again, Even If It's Still Funky

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The sushi counter at Sushi Yama
Sushiyama, a quiet, neighborhood sushi bistro that closed at the end of 2012 on Forest Lane, has come back to life under a different name. Longtime customer Shigeikazu Tateno jumped on the lease the very next day, gave the place a new coat of paint and set about opening his own restaurant in its place. Now a little over a year old, Yama Sushi has settled in nicely once again as a neighborhood fixture. There was only one empty table available when I visited, late on a recent weeknight.

I grabbed a seat at the bar, doing my best to ignore an odor I can only describe as "urinal cake" that permeated the dining room. Customers used to complain of foul plumbing odors during the Sushiyama days, and apparently they've been masked in some way but not eliminated completely. It's not ideal, but did I mention the place was packed? I stayed to find out why.

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Plano Loosened its Food Truck Regulations This Week, and Dallas Should Follow Suit

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The owners of this New Orleans-themed truck can now use their restaurant as a commissary.
If you want to run a food truck in Dallas, you've got to rent space at a commissary, place for food storage, ice, water, waste water and waste disposal and a place to park your rig when you're not tossing Cubanos out the window. Rent can run around $1,000 or more a month. And having access to all this at an existing restaurant won't cut it: It has to be a separate, commercial kitchen.

The same requirement was levied upon food truck operators in Plano until Monday. That's when city council voted unanimously, and wisely, to allow existing restaurant spaces to serve as commissaries, provided basic parking and other sanitation requirements were met in the process.

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