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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet

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To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Let's start with the worst part about dining at 20 Feet. Marc Cassel's ode to the New England fry shack is just that, a casual place, and sadly it's BYOB. But you'll get over that soon enough, because there's a place to buy beer across the street, and carrying in your own saves you money anyway.

So yes, serving fish and chips without a cold beer is almost as bad as serving it without malt vinegar, but try as I have to find a better version in and around Dallas, I've come up unlucky. That's why this basket was a lock for this year's 100 Favorite Dishes.

Let's start with that crust. It's golden, with a thin, glassy sheen that has a solid crunch. The batter adds a nice textural component to the fish, in addition to that delicious fried flavor that makes the State Fair of Texas too much money.

Inside that perfect coat you'll find very moist, clean-tasting cod that yields in big white flakes. Hit a fork full with malt vinegar, take a bite and then wash it all down with a big slug of whatever you brought with you. And when you're ready for a real bar, Goodfriend is right next door.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake

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