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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 76: Octopus at Casa Rubia

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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.

If we can convince you of one thing, we'd like it to be that everyone should eat more octopus. The Finding Dory co-star has a bad reputation for being chewy and rubbery, and yeah, there are places in town with badly cooked octopus. Those tentacles can be kind of creepy, too.

But when cooked properly, octopus can be a light appetizer, with delicate flavor and a smooth, tender texture that’s closer to scallops. Sprezza makes a mighty fine octopus salad, as does Filament, which adds smoky grilled tentacles to a light Southern-style potato salad. Where did Filament’s former chef, Cody Sharp, learn to prepare octopus so well? At Casa Rubia, where chef Omar Flores is the reigning Dallas master of this sea creature.

Casa Rubia’s preparation is classically Spanish, with olives, pickled peppers and a bit of chorizo. It’s also an advertisement for how good this seafood can be when cooked right. Still a cephalopod skeptic? Maybe Casa Rubia can change your mind.

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