Food & Drink

The 5 best off-menu items in Dallas. Period.

Published On 09/13/2013 Published On 09/13/2013
Torchy's Tacos
Torchy's Tacos
Adam Costello
El Ranchito
Lockhart Smokehouse
Victor Tango's
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1. Victor Tangos 3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

A classy, dimly lit Mexican restaurant doling out savory goodness like roasted marrow bones and brisket with chimichurri and toast, Victor Tangos in Knox-Henderson also offers killer cocktails to boot. Seasonal ingredients shine in boozy libations like the Pepper Smash with gin, red bell pepper, local mint, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and house-made clover-honey syrup.

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2. Jonathon's Oak Cliff 1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203

With not one but two daily happy hours, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and breakfast served all afternoon, Jonathon's Oak Cliff is pretty easy to love. The popular soul food spot, housed in a charming green clapboard building, serves classic Southern fare all day. While the (literally) award-winning chicken and waffles are the crowd-favorite on the brunch menu, the kitchen serves everything from breakfast tacos to pancake-battered sausages. For dinner, the burgers are the house specialty, ranging from the fresh veggie burger to the famous "Nooner Burger," stacked with bacon, ham, Swiss, and a fried egg. Whether searching for some hearty Southern fare, or a serious hair of the dog, Jonathon's will certainly deliver.

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3. Lockhart Smokehouse 400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

This classic Texas smokehouse serves up juicy cuts of meat the old-school way. Walk up to the counter, make your pick, and watch your protein pulled straight off the smoker, wrapped in butcher paper, and placed into your anxious mitts. The brisket is done Central-Texas style and has a delicious peppery, spicy bark.

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4. El Ranchito 610 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

An authentic Maxstaurant that's been around since 1983 serving up eats from the North part of our neighbor to the South, like deep-fried catfish and a Hamburguesa Mexicana guac, refried beans, cheese, ham & jalapeños.

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5. Torchy's Tacos 5921 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230

Sneakily slid into Preston Forest's NW corner, Torchy's is a beloved Austin mini-chain started by an ex-MTV/Dell chef in an Airstream before he added four casual non-wheeled locations; the Dallas debut's far classier than the Austin spots, with iron- and