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.
The Free Man has all the makings of a memorable Friday night: A dark, cozy room, live music, couples scooting each other across the tiny square of empty space that turns into the dance floor when things get hoppin'. A little jazz and gumbo are good for you.
One thing on The Free Man's menu is definitely not good for you, calorically speaking, but it's worth the indulgence nonetheless: the cornbread brisket sliders. Fresh, crumbly cornbread muffins are sliced in half and filled with juicy, fatty brisket, brown gravy, sauteed onions, "voodoo sauce" and cheese to create a $12.95 plate of heart-stopping greatness. The only downside to this indulgent dish: The cornbread is so fresh that it crumbles at the touch, which means your fork may be required to finish this massive helping, which comes with four sliders and, if you're feeling particularly gluttonous, an order of sweet potato fries.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.