Super Bowl Roundup

9 Feb

There beer is Mothy...

I wanted to pass along two articles published last week about places to visit, and by visit I mean eat, in Dallas.  See highlights below.

The first one is from The Houston Chronicle:

Test your mettle at the Moth

Whenever craft-beer fans’ talk turns to Dallas, the Meddlesome Moth inevitably comes up.

The restaurant has an extensive bottled-beer menu and a strong selection of draft brew, including several reasonably priced flights of five, 5-ounce samples. That’s a good way to try, say, a range of Texas beers, U.S. crafts or imports.

During the run-up to the Super Bowl, the Moth will put some special kegs on tap as well.

I apologize to the Moth as I left them out of my SB preview, so consider this my offering of apology.

And from the New York Times via the Dallas Morning News, we get this take that Arlington isn’t all that authentic:

The faithful have started to arrive in this drab, featureless city a little closer to Fort Worth than to Dallas. They have come sweat-panted and reverent to stand along Collins Street to photograph Cowboys Stadium, to walk the sidewalk surrounding its $1.2 billion form.

The author goes on to touch on some Dallas treasures we all know so well:

I had a meal at Bolsa, an art house hangout in the city’s Oak Cliff neighborhood with a grand hamburger, decent pizzas and an ambitious cocktail list,

One of the best was Nonna, a trattoria in the Oak Lawn neighborhood that is across the street from a Whole Foods market. The restaurant, with its Italian menu, excellent wine list and cosmopolitan service style, serves as a clubhouse for some of Dallas’ most influential citizens. (Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, was there the other night in black suit and well-polished black cowboy boots, walking the dining room and shaking hands. “I used to think I could only really get excited about Dallas playing a football game,” he drawled. “But this is pretty great.”)

Daniel Vaughn, a Dallas architect and self-professed prophet of smoked meat who blogs as the BBQ Snob, believes the city can hold its own. A meal at Smoke, the chef Tim Byres’ haute barbecue restaurant, would seem to back him up, at least on the brisket front.

There are arguments here about tacos, as well. For some, the best come from the stand inside the Fuel City station on Industrial Drive in Dallas, a business perched almost on the banks of the flood plains of the Trinity River. Corn tortillas filled with picadillo or barbacoa are favorites, slathered with hot sauce and covered with onions and cilantro, and eaten in the parking lot as traffic screams by.

Better, though, is Fuel Town 2, a Texaco station on Inwood Road practically under the Stemmons Freeway, a short drive from the airport at Dallas Love Field. The barbacoa is less greasy than at the competitors, full of flavor, and the tortillas warmer, fresher, tasting more emphatically of corn. Served with lemons, cilantro, grilled onion and whole jalapeno, with a chunky red salsa, a taco here may be the perfect Dallas snack food. And at $1.50, a good value, too.

If you have any reviews or articles from out of town sources, I’d love to know what other people thought about the authentic sides of Dallas.

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