Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2017 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.
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Even before you take your first bite of Bilad Bakery & Restaurant's amazing desserts, there's a lot to love about this Richardson eatery. An Iraqi-American family has created a combination bakery, restaurant and grocery where you can get imported olive oils and cheap loaves of fresh-baked Iraqi bread. A few months back, the restaurant also hosted a "food diplomacy" dinner where people of all backgrounds gathered to taste Bilad's food, meet the family behind the restaurant and even learn a little Arabic. Bilad is the classic American success story of a family who came to this country for a better life and, in the process, created a welcoming space for the community – Bilad even gives free food to those who can't afford a meal for themselves, a policy they advertise freely on signs in the restaurant.
But feel-goodery aside, this Richardson bakery makes some of the best Middle Eastern desserts in DFW. Choose from a variety that include kunafa (made with savory cheese and shredded wheat) and pistachio puffs. Our favorite here is good old-fashioned baklava, a sweet, rich pastry made with layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and ample honey.
Bilad's baklava hits all the markers: impossibly fresh and flaky, perfectly buttery and sweet but not cloyingly so. At $1 each, these sweet treats are an inexpensive indulgence that, after one bite, will make you remember just how great a simple piece of baklava can be.