Before any sizeable meal can proceed at this modern soda shoppe-themed spot, you absolutely must start with these spicy-sweet spheres of fried cornmeal. If the pepper flecks aren’t enough of a kick, take these puppies for a dunk in the accompanying North Carolina-style hot sauce butter.
One Southern specialty that Texans adore is the thin-sliced fried pickle, so it’s only fitting that this purveyor of that other Texan obsession -- barbecue -- should serve it. Here, the dill pickles are cut daily and hand-breaded to order, so you can be sure that your batch is fresh, sizzling-hot, and primed for pairing with your brisket.
You wouldn’t expect much in the way of fried fare from a taco spot, but Velvet Taco’s got just enough American in it to make that a thing. Fresh-out-the-fryer tater tots are tossed with shredded cheese and topped with a sunny side-up egg, which can either make for the best breakfast ever or an incredible side to any number of tacos on the menu.
In case you’re ever craving the tempting flavors of Buffalo wings without the mess (or the meat), PS214 has you covered. This wildly popular appetizer sees cauliflower tossed in red-sauce flavor and breadcrumbs, fried and served alongside blue cheese aioli and Buffalo sauce. One taste and you’ll see why it’s easy to forget drummies and flappers.
The only danger these dogs pose is of the gastronomic kind: you might find yourself overstuffing your face with them. It’s pretty hard to resist sausage links dipped in pancake batter and deep-fried to crunchy perfection. They come with a side of spicy mustard for dipping, but, trust us -- pancake syrup makes for a finer companion.
Nothing tops off a fantastic Tex-Mex meal than a plate full of steaming-hot sopapillas, and this legendary local legend has perfected the fried-dough dessert. Tossed in its traditional cinnamon-sugar mix, it’s a hit, but El Fenix dolls up the classic all year round, with timely twists on the original, including different shapes and colored sugars to match certain holidays and even special seasonal toppings like summer peach and ice cream.
Fried chicken has got to be the granddaddy of deep-fried awesome things, and this SMU-adjacent, Airstream trailer-looking spot serves an incredible rendition. And since Bubba’s is famed for its classic bird, it’s fresh-fried on an almost endless loop and steaming-hot, whether you pick it up in the drive-through or eat it inside the ’50s-styled diner.
This appetizer at the local Thai micro-chain is an unusual but satisfying starter to an authentic southeast Asian meal. Hard-boiled eggs are fried, split in half and topped with a sweet-and-sour tamarind glaze, onions, and herbs. Don’t knock the candied-eggs thing until you’ve tried it; the talented kitchen makes it work.
In addition to having the most scandalous name, this small plate is easily the most exotic on this list: spicy crab is stuffed into aged tofu shells that are then wrapped in a strip of sushi seaweed. Then the whole shebang is tempura batter-coated and deep-fried. The result is a sweet-savory union that makes for a light snack and begs for an unfiltered sake.
We know -- fries are the simplest of all deep-fried delicacies. But that's why we all love them so. And upscale gastro-tavern CBD Provisions has the best around, using a two-step process to turn out the most sinfully crispy-outside-fluffy-inside French fries we can find.
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This handsome Downtown modern Texas brasserie, adjacent to The Joule Hotel, is dressed completely in wood, exposed brick, marble, and vintage lighting, with an attractive menu to match. Treat yourself to the family-style Wagyu Rib Steak or the Pig Head Carnitas, and pair it with something from their unique cocktail menu.
This novel Lower Greenville soda shop/restaurant fires on all cylinders, with Southern comfort dishes from Head Chef Danyele McPherson, with a contemporary-yet-soulful menu dotted with the likes of jalapeño-chive hush puppies with hot sauce butter, a crispy cured pork belly BLT on griddled challah, and confit fried Amish chicken with sour cream & chive mashed potatoes. This spot also has a great bar program featuring cocktails and handcrafted booze-free sodas, plus rotating pastries and ice cream sundaes.
When the guy doing the cooking is known as "The Rib Whisperer," you can pretty much assume the BBQ is gonna be good. Add in the fact they have a collection of 31 beer taps and there are no reasons left not to visit 3 Stacks.
This Henderson spot draws inspiration from across the globe to craft its delicious, if not eccentric, tacos. Marrying homemade tortillas with meat and vegetable fillings like fried paneer, Cuban-style roasted pork, and Creole blackened shrimp, Velvet Taco brings out the best of its Texan heritage by mixing it with other cuisines. Margaritas made with fresh squeezed juices help wash down the juicy tacos, and you can and should finish your meal with a slice of homemade red velvet cake that regulars can't get enough of.
Class is in session at PS214. Walk into this lively West Village restaurant at brunch time and leave after sundown with a degree in deliciousness. Serving up Southern favorites alongside tacos, pizza, and burgers. Your brain will thank you for the comfort food. And the cocktails.
Jonathon's Oak Cliff is a Southern eatery and soul food restaurant that serves up breakfast all day, has dual happy hours from 7-10am and 3-7pm, plus features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar during weekend brunch, best enjoyed with chicken and waffles on the outdoor sunny patio.
Although there are more than 20 different El Fenix (Los Fenixes?) locations, each offers the same quality Tex-Mex fare that you'd expect from a place that's been perfecting the style since before the Depression.
This futuristic sushi joint in Vickery Meadow comes stacked with contemporary art, a massive film-poster mural, comfy black leather couches, and a menu that's ideal for both sushi newbies and the veteran raw-fish eaters. You can go for a ready-to-eat, cooked roll with shrimp tempura or grilled eel, but for the most part you don't order rolls here. Big groups fare well here because the menu's dominated by big platter with your choice of shellfish, white fish, tuna, and salmon.