Someone at a conference asked me once what Dallas cuisine was like. I suppose the easy answer would have been Tex-Mex, because it probably seems right to someone who doesn't live here, but I put some thought into it and was stumped. Sure, Tex-Mex is a favorite among Dallas diners, but what about the barbecue? Traditional Southern fare? Or the influences from around the world that give us amazing Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian dining destinations? The best I could come up with was that Dallas cuisine is "a fusion", and that's sort of like saying "I like all kinds of music" when someone asks about your favorite band. It's a non-answer. But it is hard to encapsulate the Dallas dining experience in a few words. The 25th Annual Taste of Dallas, however, fills Fair Park (1200 South Second Avenue) with the answer to that question: There's everything from Afghan cuisine to cake balls mixed in with samples from your all of your favorite Dallas eateries. There's even an opportunity for you to add your own dish to the culinary dialogue during the Dallas Observer's City of Ate Blue Ribbon Recipe Contest. Bring your appetite and put your finger on exactly what Dallas cuisine is all about--trying a little bit of everything--on Friday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $8, with and children under 12 are free. Visit tasteofdallas.org for more information.
July 8-10, 2011