I’ve searched high and low for some of DFW’s most unique dishes that are also long-standing fan favorites. Sure, they may be require a second thought when perusing the menu, but why not try something new? After all, should exploring a new city include your taste buds, too?
MASH’D | In Texas, we tend to believe that most things are better when fried and at MASH’D, that surely is the truth for their Chicken Fried Pepperoni. Pepperoni is sandwiched between Port Salut cheese, then double Buttermilk-battered, fried and paired with MASH’D’s “Chuck Norris” gravy. It’s certainly a can’t miss!
RAMEN + BAO | Popular in Chinese cuisine, Baozi, often referred to as “Bao”, is a filled-bun or bread-like dumpling stuffed with various fillings. R + B, located inside The Statler Hotel in Downtown Dallas, serves up a fun twist on this Asian classic in their Cheesebao-ger. A traditional steamed bun, filled with a freshly-cooked beef patty, American cheese, onion jam and bread and butter pickles. It’s supposed to be enjoyed in just four bites, so think of it as your new favorite slider!
MAPLE LEAF DINER | Have you heard of Poutine before? Originating from Canada, poutine is a popular appetizer of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Well, this is Texas so you know that Canadian-cuisine favorite, Maple Leaf Diner, had to up the stakes. Adding fried chicken to their already delicious poutine offering is a great way to check out something new while still enjoying something tried and true, Texas!
THE BISCUIT BAR | Does it get more Southern than a delicious fresh biscuit? Arguably not. At The Biscuit Bar in Plano and Dallas, they offer an incredible French Toast utilizing their already fabulous biscuits. It is unique in texture but classic in taste and something any brunch fan is sure to love.
EG STEAK | Looking for an after dinner show? At EG Steak, the Fireball Cheesecake is just that! EG Steak’s house cheesecake is topped with Licor 43 and then lit for a fiery specatable that is sure to turn heads. This elevates the cheesecake to an almost S’mores-like taste that can’t be matched.
PUBLIC SCHOOL | Sure, buffalo wings are a traditional dish at any restaurant serving up traditional American cuisine, but at Public School 214 (Dallas) and Public School 972 (Addison), they’ve switched it up. Don’t underestimate this perfectly cooked cauliflower, battered and fried to resemble your favorite guilty pleasure.
HUGO’S INVITADOS | A corn…margarita? I know what you’re thinking and YES, it is odd but oh so good. At Hugo’s Invitados, they steep the fresh corn kernels in tequila and then strain the actual vegetable out, allowing for a silky, smooth and refreshing margarita. Garnished with an ear of baby corn — because, let’s be honest, it is quite the conversation starter to see a piece of corn atop a cocktail — this margarita can’t be missed, even if you aren’t a huge corn fan to begin with.
RISE SOUFFLÉ | In Dallas-Fort Worth, rise is a long time favorite. With an original location on Lovers Lane in Dallas, in recent years rise has expanded to Fort Worth as well as Houston, too. While they’re known for their fabulous soufflés, their number one dish is the Marshmallow Soup. Although the name suggests it, the soup does not, in fact, have marshmallows floating about. Rather, it’s a delectable tomato soup with pesto drizzle and mini goat cheese soufflés. Sounds incredible, right? That’s because it is!
THE PLAYWRIGHT IRISH PUB | The newest restaurant on our list of unusual dish favorites comes from The Playwright Irish Pub in Dallas, which serves up traditional Irish dishes. It’s no secret that corned beef and cabbage is a classic Irish favorite, but here at Playwright, they serve it in a handy egg-roll-esque roll up that can’t be missed. The corned beef is seasoned perfectly and the cabbage adds a nice crunch, all while being in a perfectly fried, crispy shell.
JOY MACARONS | Macarons, the traditional French dessert, are definitely having their “moment” in the spotlight and Joy Macarons has stepped up the game. They’ve increased the size of their macarons to make an almost cookie-sized macaron that they then use to sandwich delicious fresh ice cream that’s made in house. There are currently six flavor offerings, and they’re all the perfect way to enjoy this classic treat!