As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.
No. 74: Fried Port Salut Cheese at The Porch
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Let's be honest, not all fried cheese is good fried cheese
Chain restaurant versions of the stuff usually leave us wanting more. How many times have we ordered a cheese stick appetizer only to be disappointed by bland mozzarella and/or lousy breading. Come on, battering and frying cheese isn't rocket science or molecular cooking. But the good folks at The Porch understand our frustration, and that's why they offer the best fried cheese we've crammed in our faces. The foundation of this fried cheese delight is thick, triangular pieces of Port Salut, a tangy yet mild French cheese that melts as well as that boring mozzarella. Then there's the glorious tempura-style batter they use to cover those bad boys. The result is a collection of light yet crisp cheesy goodness that puts mozzarella to shame.
The Porch 2912 N. Henderson Ave. 214-828-2916
No. 100: Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds
No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow
No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's
No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus
No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish
No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson
No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City
No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big ShucksNo. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi YamaNo. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez
No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry DogNo. 88: Sliders at DishNo. 87: Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café No. 86: Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling KitchenNo. 85: Cheese Fries at Snuffers No. 84: Tres Vasos at SamarNo. 83: Quatro Leches at La DuniNo. 82: Pad Pak at Bangkok City No. 81: Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor
No. 80: Lunch Express at Dream CafeNo. 79: Apple Crisp at Salum No. 78: La Vaca Loca at Good 2 GoNo. 77: Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door
No. 76: Meatball Sub at Jimmy's No. 75: Baja Chicken at Mattito's