Please Help NY hound throwing TX party
Hi DFW hounds,
I'll be in TX for my wedding in a couple of weeks. In lieu of a traditional rehearsal dinner, we are throwing a party. Since most of the guests are coming from out of state, I'd like to introduce them to some of the best local foods. I'm thinking finger foods and the sort of things that can be eaten while standing, so I can't do steak(!).
One idea was to buy some tamales (any favorite spots?). What other local treats would you suggest?
Thanks for your help.
Try the tamales from the Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory in Oak Cliff - $6.50 a dozen - many varieties. They also sell barbacoa and carnitas by the pound, so you could set out fresh corn tortillas and let guests make their own tacos.
How about some fried chicken from Babe's? Mmm, mmm, good!
Ribs from Sonny Bryan's on Inwood.
La Popular and Dallas Tortilla Factory are the two sort of canonical choices. If you get a chance, I'd try some tamales from each beforehand and decide for yourself. I prefer the tamales from Dallas Tortilla Factory - I think the masa has a better corn flavor - but they're a little drier and greasier (I actually like both of those things about them as well, but I can understand people going with La Popular for those reasons). If you go to the Dallas Tortilla Factory, be sure to pick up some chips while you're there. Their hot sauce is only so-so, but it's better than most store brands.
Fried Chicken from Babe's, Bubba's, or Brother's would be a promising call, since it's great cold as well as warm. Ribs are also a good idea, but unless you really want to do it Texas style I might go with the ribs from Red Hot and Blue. They cater well.
Finger foods... what about flautas? You see these all the time as a sort of generic party food, but they're never any good. If you got some chicken flautas, or better yet some bean & cheese flautas, from Rancho Martinez, it would be a whole 'nother story. But you'd want some sauce to dip them in, maybe...
And for something sweet, I strongly recommend some pralines from RJ Sho-Nuff's. If you go to the source, you can get a variety of Tex-Mex candies. I think this is their current information, but you should check - they moved recently, so don't necessarily trust the internet. I'd call and make sure they're where you think they are.
RJ Sho-Nuff’s Famous Texas Premium Candy Co. (7479 S. Westmoreland Rd. 214-374-5876)
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You might also buy bulk Barbacoa and or other taco meats and do a build you own. It's easy and every inexpensive.
Izmir Deli on Greenville Avenue has excellent tapa items to go. It's not Southwestern/Tex-Mex, but it's some of the best I have ever had!!