100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 66: Banger and Mash at Independent Bar & Kitchen

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.

Independent Bar & Kitchen's European-inspired comfort food has proven popular in Deep Ellum, and for good reason — from Scotch eggs to shepherd's pie, these dishes are simple but endlessly comforting.

It may not seem like the best time of year to indulge in heavy fare like roast chicken and meatballs in Bavarian gravy, but this food is too good to wait until the winter months. One dish in particular stood out on a recent visit: the banger and mash.

This traditional British dish of mashed potatoes and sausage is stick-to-your-ribs fare that, when done well, feels like a hug in a bowl. IBK's incredibly tender, juicy bangers are made in-house with seared beef belly, and they come swimming in a light gravy with pickled mustard seeds, rich mashed Yukon potatoes and caramelized onions. This $14 dish — available during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch — was as soothing as Mom's chicken noodle soup. Next time we come down with a cold, we may just find ourselves opting for bangers over broth.
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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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