100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 60: The Ahi Tuna Mixteca at La Calle Doce

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 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.

After walking around Bastille on Bishop, taking in the street performers and some delicious Lucia fare that didn't require a reservation a month in advance, we were a little sweaty. OK, maybe we looked more like we'd just jumped in the Kidd Springs pool, but either way, we found ourselves searching for a meal that wouldn't weigh us down. 

One look at La Calle Doce, the adorable Oak Cliff house-turned-longstanding Mexican seafood spot, we had a good feeling. This neighborhood institution, with its gorgeous climate-controlled courtyard and quirky, sunlit rooms, proved to be the perfect summer dining spot. The massive menu is filled with ceviches, seafood cocktails and fish tacos.

The Ahi Tuna Mixteca is a beautiful tower of sushi-grade tuna ceviche with capers, jalapenos and onion on a bed of limed avocado. The bite of the capers cut through the rich, fresh fish, and the crunchy chips — sticking out of the tower like delicious flower petals — made for a perfect edible spoon when slathered with the spicy green sauce on the plate. It feels like it would take years to get through everything on this delightful menu, but we're willing to put in the effort. 
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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