In Case You Missed It, Dallas Was the "City" in Last Night's Chefs vs. City on Food Network

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Dunno why Food Network never sent out a heads-up that last night's episode of Chefs vs. City -- a sorta-kinda culinary Amazing Race pitting Aaron Sanchez and Chris Cosentino against two comers -- took place in Dallas. Good thing the 6-year-old who lives in my house likes to wrap up his Sundays with Challenge; otherwise, I might have missed it altogether (though it does rerun twice tomorrow night, beginning at 8 -- when I'm already watching my stories, Lost and Glee).

Sanchez and Cosentino mad-dashed 'round town against a team consisting of former Lisa Garza nemeses Aaron McCargo Jr. and Adam Gertler. They had to make ginormous cinnamon rolls at my beloved Mecca; cheese balls and rolls at Mozzarella Company; tamales at Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Company; and medium-rare slabs o' meat at the Butcher Shop. And: down a plate of Fire in the Hole hot wings and deep-fried everythings at the Pluckers in Old Town.

There's no video, but a few woefully inadequate screen grabs follow. Mmmm, The Mecca.

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The cinnamon rolls at The Mecca -- and not the mammoth mothers the chefs were forced to make for the Food Network

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Aaron Sanchez and Chris Cosentino pull their curds beneath the watchful eye of Paula Lambert

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Which is worse: a plate of Fire in the Hole hot wings, or one filled with fried mac and cheese, fried pickles and frieds Twinkies?

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At the Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory's North Marsalis Avenue location

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When I was a kid, whenever my aunt and uncle came to town for the furniture market, we always ate at the Butcher Shop. I returned for the first time in decades six months ago. Best place to make your steak and drink bourbon, if, for some reason, you can't do it at home.
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