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Best Bowl of Mussels Dallas 2007 - The Porch

The Porch

The Porch

2912 N. Henderson Ave.

Dallas, TX 75206-6403


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In almost every bowl of mussels served in these parts you'll get one or two that possess the lingering flavors of highly extracted morning mouth. You wince. You cringe. You struggle to spit into your napkin while maintaining decorum. If you narrowly miss a brush with the emergency room, you gulp a shot of vodka and move on to the tiramisu. This won't happen at The Porch, where fruit crisp is the preferred desert and mussels are prepared in Hefeweizen steam. These tiny, clean shellfish rest in an addictive pool of wine, saffron, smoked paprika, tomato and garlic. The broth tosses off licks of smoke thanks to the garlic smoked right alongside the beef for The Porch's chopped brisket sliders, which are good to dip into the mussel broth when the shellfish are depleted—a serving suggestion.
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The Green Room surprisingly has what I think are the best mussel dish. I stopped by one Saturday afternoon for a drink and tried them and they were tender and very flavorful. Thinking it was a fluke, I went back two weeks later and the same result.


I must have had an off night with the mussels - the broth was boring and bland at best - have had much better at Taverna and Cafe Toulouse....maybe another try is warranted.


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