To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
A freshly made paratha is a wonderful thing, even on its own. The flatbreads are rich and buttery, and when properly made they have a light, flakey texture that's a bit like a croissant. If you've been dining at Indian restaurants and limiting yourself only to naan, you're doing yourself a notable disservice.
Dipped into rich and heady curries, parathas become one of the most delicious utensils you can use -- an edible spoon that adds buttery flavors and textures to every bite. Or, you can just order yourself a kathi roll, which is basically the same thing wrapped up in foil for eating on the run.
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The Simply Dosa food truck is a hard one to miss, with its brightly colored, paisley paint job, but you could easily find it with just your nose, as the smell of cumin, cardamom, turmeric and other spices pour from the windows. They sell kathi rolls made with scratch made parathas, girdled right there on the truck and filled with a number of curries. Grab one stuffed with lamb, and make sure to get plenty of the mint cilantro chutney.
The only problem is finding the truck, because it's only operated for the most part at events and festivals. If you see it out on the street, you should immediately rearrange your lunch plans. And if you don't see it soon enough, head up to Bombay Chopsticks in Plano. The restaurant is responsible for the truck, and while kathi rolls are definitely better out on the street, sometimes you've got to get your fix.
Bombay Chopstix, 2865 McDermott Rd, Plano, 972-727-7225, bombaystreetfood.com
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co. No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen No. 87: The White Album at Spoon No. 86: Ramen at Tei An No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita