As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.
No. 69: Tom-Yum-Gai at Bangkok City
Most bowls of tom-yum-gai and other incarnations of the "hot and sour" soup variety are damned gastronomical liars. You might get a bowl of hot. You might get a bowl of sour. But rarely does one get a bowl of both hot and sour -- rarely, that is, if one rarely orders the jaw-stinging (in that good kind of way) tom-yum-gai from East Dallas Thai staple Bangkok City.
Order the hot pot and get a bubbling O-shaped dish of bright red broth peppered with cilantro, lemongrass and a host of veggies, the first sip of which will give you a satisfying cheek-sting in the jaw-joint area. Following that, a rich mix of heat and spice trickles down the gullet, making multiple glasses of water a blessed necessity for diners who scoff at anything less than a three-chili hotness icon warning. A tom-yum-gai hot pot can be satisfyingly shared between three or four people or enjoyed alone during a lengthy broth-fueled dinner contemplating Bangkok City's soothingly gaudy decor.
4301 Bryan St. (at Peak)
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No. 100: Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds
No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow
No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's
No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus
No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish
No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson
No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City
No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big Shucks
No. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi YamaNo. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez
No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry Dog
No. 88: Sliders at Dish
No. 87: Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café
No. 86: Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen
No. 85: Cheese Fries at Snuffers
No. 84: Tres Vasos at Samar
No. 83: Quatro Leches at La Duni
No. 82: Pad Pak at Bangkok City
No. 81: Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor
No. 80: Lunch Express at Dream Cafe
No. 79: Apple Crisp at Salum
No. 78: La Vaca Loca at Good 2 Go
No. 77: Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door
No. 76: Meatball Sub at Jimmy's
No. 75: Baja Chicken at Mattito's
No. 74: Fried Port Salut Cheese at The Porch
No. 73: Lobster Roll at Rex's
No. 72: Fried Green Beans at Local
No. 71: Shaved Ice at May's Ice Cream
No. 70: Shredded Pork Sandwich at Mojitos