Some will claim that menudo is the ultimate hangover cure. While we would never try to argue with someone with such fervent feelings about a soup made with cow stomach, it’s posole that's the ultimate cure for what ails you. In Dallas, knowing someone whose grandma, mother, or aunt can make homemade posole is like knowing someone with box seats at AT&T Stadium. The bright red, spicy pork stew, with red globules of spicy hot pork fat floating on top, will get that hangover sweating out of your pores in no time.
Once a year, national news outlets breathlessly cover all the different types of ridiculous deep-fried offerings that the State Fair of Texas will make available this year. They can range from deep-fried butter to deep-fried entire meals (Thanksgiving dinner, for instance). But if there is one offering that is truly Dallas through and through, it’s deep-fried beer. Introduced half a decade ago, the deep-fried pockets of Guinness stout are a bucket-list must.
More than any other Dallas-centric food, homemade tamales are the first thought in the mind of a hungry, homesick Dallas native. They can be sold from anywhere; out of ice chests, in office break rooms, through word of mouth, or chain emails. It simply isn’t Christmas morning in a Dallas household without a dozen or two fresh, homemade pork or chicken tamales ready to eat before the presents are opened.