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New York Times comes to North Texas for something decent to eat

Dallas Alice Feb 1, 2011 10:43 AM

The NY Times' food critic, Sam Sifton, on North Texas eateries:


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    CocoaNut RE: Dallas Alice Feb 1, 2011 11:10 AM

    Wow. certainly some liberties on truth were taken, then there were the out 'n out lies...... I'll never understand why critics feel the need to fabricate "color". Regardless of the city, good or bad, there's generally plenty of worthwhile fodder without resorting to illusion - one just has to be talented and skillful in presenting the truth so it's interesting.

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      DallasDude RE: CocoaNut Feb 1, 2011 12:11 PM

      I thought he did a fairly good job. There were a few mistakes but hardly workth mentioning. Why he still went to Sonny Bryans after getting better advice is beyond me.

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        alliegator RE: DallasDude Feb 7, 2011 09:46 AM


    2. twinwillow RE: Dallas Alice Feb 1, 2011 05:50 PM

      Hard to believe but, there are New Yawkers that have actually fallen off a turnip truck.

      1. iluvtennis RE: Dallas Alice Feb 2, 2011 01:50 PM

        Do people really generally dip the chicken fried steak in the gravy? Just curious, but everyone i eat with does actually pour the gravy on top. I would have thought that was more common than the cut and dip.

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          James Cristinian RE: iluvtennis Feb 3, 2011 06:31 AM

          I too take my gravy on the side as I like to preserve the crispy crust.

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            pinotho RE: iluvtennis Feb 3, 2011 08:33 AM

            you do both.....cover the steak with the gravy, then dip each bite...... to make certain that all ateries have an equal chance to clog .

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              CocoaNut RE: iluvtennis Feb 3, 2011 09:40 AM

              Gravy on the side is for dipping fries (when mashed isn't an option).

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                luniz RE: iluvtennis Feb 3, 2011 11:50 AM

                Either way really. I think there is an obvious benefit to dipping. But your CFS isn't gonna get all that soggy if it's poured on right before, it's only if it sits around marinating for 5 minutes before you get it that it's a problem. I thought it was a pretty reasonable article, written by an outsider, for outsiders. Obviously it's not written for Dallas-ites.

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                Carla Marie Weir RE: Dallas Alice Feb 3, 2011 04:04 PM

                I was just glad to see him mention Bolsa, Smoke and Fuel City tacos, three faves of mine!

                614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

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                  DallasDude RE: Carla Marie Weir Feb 3, 2011 10:47 PM

                  Fuel City is weak at best. Tortilla probably comes from Chicago or worse.. Say Tourist.

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                    CocoaNut RE: DallasDude Feb 4, 2011 04:22 AM

                    FC is hardly in an area swamped with tourists, yet continues to thrive and survive with locals and review site/ blogs singing their praise. I dOnt know if they make their tortillas or not, but very, very few eateries do, so that's a minor infraction.

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                      DallasDude RE: CocoaNut Feb 4, 2011 05:21 AM

                      It's a bad product regardless.

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                        amokscience RE: DallasDude Feb 4, 2011 12:54 PM

                        Yeah completely disagree. The picadillo taco (beef + potato) is great. The tortillas seem about par for most taquerias.

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                          DallasDude RE: amokscience Feb 4, 2011 01:07 PM

                          I did like the picadillo, but the torts are sub par, and i think I have been to 88% of the taquerias in Dallas, which is a feat since a new one pops up daily. If they improved the tortillas they would escalate on the food chain of tacos considerably.

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                            amokscience RE: DallasDude Feb 4, 2011 01:34 PM

                            Hopefully it's more of a doorway to the Mexican taqueria experience.

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                              DallasDude RE: amokscience Feb 4, 2011 02:23 PM

                              That could very well be the case. I included the gas station on the Dallas Taco Tour a few months back, but did so more for comparison since they do get a lot of ebullient talk.

                              Air writes about this being a gateway drug (if you will) here --> http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

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                  CocoaNut RE: Dallas Alice Feb 5, 2011 06:47 AM

                  Thank God for this site (and others) which feature "every day" people reviews rather than that of a conjoined group with like minded, anticipated opinions!

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