We're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year. Our Best of Dallas® 2017 issue premieres today.
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We could have chosen any of the fabulous foods at Mi Lindo Oaxaca, the Oak Cliff institution that is moving this fall to a new location on West Davis Street near the Kessler Theater and the original Norma’s. The mole, made from scratch, is superb; the squash blossom quesadillas are fantastic; the chapulines, or grasshoppers, have attracted lots of attention from hungry bug-eaters across Dallas.
But, at least for this version of the 100 Favorite Dishes, we’re going with Mi Lindo Oaxaca’s huaraches, enormous fried masa bases topped with meat, onions and cheese. There’s something elemental and deeply satisfying about eating a huarache. Is it the interplay of textures? The skill in making a masa that’s firm and fried but not brittle? The awesome spice blend in which Mi Lindo Oaxaca marinates its cecina (pork)? No. Be real. It’s totally the fact that this is a starch with meat, onions and stringy, molten cheese on top.
It doesn’t hurt that, like everything at this excellent cash-only restaurant, the huarache offers a huge number of calories for the price.