Thursday, October 18, 2007

FoodiePrincess' Top Five Crave-able Dallas Dishes

I am the first one to admit that although I pride myself as a foodie, I am also a creature of habit. I am all about trying new places and dishes, but when I find something I really love, I have a tendency to never order anything else. These are the dishes that compel me to drive across town, listed in no particular order.

After you check mine out, tell us--what are your most crave-worthy Dallas dishes? We want to know!

1. Canh Chu (Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup)
Green Papaya
3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

If I'm not feeling well, if it's cold and rainy, or if I'm in the mood for something light but full of flavor, there's nothing better than this soup. The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, this chicken-broth based soup is loaded with fresh tomatoes, pineapple, and your choice of shrimp or chicken. It is literally not possible for me to eat at Green Papaya and not order it. A little tip—the shrimp comes with the tails still on, so it's kind of a beating to eat in the soup. Go with chicken.

2. Chicken Salad
Café Max
1600 Alma Rd., Richardson, TX 75081

Mayonnaise is my kryptonite. You can make the best hamburger in the world, but if you put mayonnaise on it, I'm out. Because of this, chicken salad is usually a no-go for me. The chicken salad at Café Max on the other hand, is a mix of roast chicken, pears, apples, walnuts and green and red bell pepper. I've never been able to put my finger on exactly what's in the sauce, but I think it's a mixture of cider vinegar, cilantro and apple juice. Whatever it is, it's delicious, and—at least I like to think—a little more virtuous than your run-of-the-mill chicken salad.

3. Cheese Enchiladas
3011 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201
6332 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75214

Most decent cheese enchiladas are fairly crave-able, but these are irresistible. The combination of chile con carne, onion, cheese and tortillas is a classic, but these are at the top of the genre. Yum.

4. Baby Spinach Salad with Steak
State and Allen Lounge
2400 Allen St., Dallas, TX 75204

In general, I'm not much of a salad person, but I order this one almost every time we eat at State and Allen Lounge, which is fairly often. The fresh spinach, raspberry, red onion and oranges are topped with blue cheese crumbles and dressed with warm vinaigrette. Because I'm a total carnivore, I usually get the steak on top, which goes great with the other flavors in the salad. It's crunchy, sweet, tangy, and meaty. What more could you ask for in a salad? Or any meal, for that matter?

5. Crawfish Enchiladas
Alligator Café
4416 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204

Yes, I'm raving about Alligator Café—again. I just can't stress the greatness of this place enough. The Crawfish Enchiladas are almost always what I order. Normally cheese and seafood don't mix, but this is the exception. It's also served with dirty rice and red beans, both of which are crave-able in their own right.


elizabeth said...

I'm craving Cafe Max so badly right now I can almost taste it. Salad trio. The whole thing.

The breakfast burrito and jalapeno ranch at Chuy's is coming in a close second.

Classy&Sassy said...

I'm busy formulating my list, FP...and in the meantime, I'm totally drooling over yours. One question, though: How come no cheeseburgers???

Lydia said...

Speaking of cheeseburgers - my number one is the burger (with cheese) from the Angry Dog...not that they have much more on their menu, but I've never tried anything else!

- Tim W. said...

I concur about mayonaisse, though I make exceptions for potato salad and cole slaw. I'm German, what am I going to do?

I did, however, threaten to kill the next person I saw put ketchup on a corny dog at the State Fair. Why should someone else's (horrible) eating habbits drive me to a homicidal rage? I can't answer that, but I'm confident that a good Texas jury would find the murder justified and a public service.

FoodiePrincess said...

Lydia, you are so right about the Angry Dog. Their hamburgers are probably my favorite too, although I also love me some Fuddruckers. They don't have the fun atmosphere of the Angry Dog, though.

Tim, I wish I knew what was wrong with some people, but I just don't. Putting ketchup on a corny dog is like putting beans in your chili--downright unTexan.