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Jun 1, 2007 02:08 PM

Best Dallas Dive?

My coworkers and I occasionally like to have lunch at places that, for want of a better word, we call dives -- you know, somewhat shabby, hole-in-the-wall joints that don't look like much, but can have food that belies appearances (think Wingfield's or Babyback Shaq or Louie's). What do you think are the best such establishments in our fair city?

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  1. Quick and dirty list:

    Lee Harvey's
    Hole in the Wall

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    1. re: simply_victoria

      Haha, Adairs was the first place I thought of when I clicked on this thread. GREAT burgers.

      1. re: simply_victoria

        Hole in the Wall is the very definition of a dive. Great burgers and jerk chicken sandwich.

      2. The best dive in Dallas is Ship's, but they don't serve food.

        Vern's Place on Exposition is a great soul food dive.

        And there are a ton of Mexican and Central and South American places on Maple that fit your description.

        1. K Tokyo - awesome sushi dive. Sounds revolting, tastes great.
          Los Arcos - Great taqueria with the best tomatillo salsa in town. It puckers the mouth with acidity and has a nice spiciness to it. I can't get enough of the lengua en salsa chipotle.
          Vietnam - Nasty Vietnamese restaurant at Peak and Bryan that I end up at 2X per week. It's not even close to the best Vietnamese in town, but I don't have time to drive to Garland, Richardson on Dan Thuy (or however you spell it).
          Ixtapa Bay - Just north of Peavy on the West side of Garland Road, this Mexican seafood dive is full of illegals - and delicious flavor. Their seafood stew is AWESOME.
          My kitchen - dirty, cluttered, lots of fruit flies and old cans of dog food, but man, the wine is ready, the beer is cold and dammit - I can cook!

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          1. Great burgers at the Lakewood Landing.