Amid the modern move to healthier eating, handmade sweets are enjoying a renaissance of late. Think one-of-a-kind chocolatiers (a la Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Kate Weiser), craft doughnut shops (Hypnotic Donuts, Glazed), cupcakeries (Fluellen Cupcakes, the Sprinkles ATM) and niche bakeries (Cake Bar, Emporium Pies) and you get a sense of Dallas’ mighty-big sweet tooth.
Fried chicken is a beloved go-to, which is very much expected here in the South. But we love ourselves a deep-fried veggie (okra, zucchini, mushrooms), too, don’t we? And deep-fried everything else: every year, Dallas becomes the center of all things fried, thanks to the State Fair of Texas’ wacky fried-food competition, which then has us traipsing around Fair Park looking for chicken-fried bacon, fried butter, fried beer, and the like. What’s not to love?