Fair Park won't be seeing the State Fair of Texas this year, but there's some different fanfare coming out of the neighborhood.
Las Almas Rotas, the mezcal-heavy bar in South Dallas, has some of the most delicious food eaten from a paper tray you'll find.
They've jumped on the takeout train in real style, too. They fancied up the alley beside the bar with papel picado banners, and they're open with a drive-thru. You ring a doorbell, and they come out to get your order.
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I went with the Great Escape cocktail with my food (because we all need an escape right now), and I was delighted. The vanilla-lime oleo punches up this cocktail. An oleo (usually "oleo-saccharum"), is a citrus and sugar elixir used in cocktails made by muddling the rinds of citrus with sugar to make an oily citrus liquid that brings a ton of aroma and fresh depth to a cocktail.
Swing through the alley and grab a cocktail, even if it's just to see how festive it looks.
Great Escape ($24 for three cocktails): tequila blanco, pineapple, lime, vanilla-lime oleo, bitters
Las Almas Rotas, 3615 Parry Ave. (Exposition Park). Open for takeout 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday. To-go cocktails are only available with the purchase of food.