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Dallas' Most Interesting Restaurants No. 3: Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo

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Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we've been counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul.

Getting to Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo is a challenge for a number of reasons. For starters, it's a bit of a drive along C.F. Hawn Freeway till you get to Lake June Road. Then you have to find the place amidst auto repair businesses and salvage lots. To top it off, the restaurant is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. till whenever they sell out of barbacoa, which often happens before the scheduled closing at 3 p.m.

But let's just assume you've figured that all out, and you're staring down at a dish filled with shredded lamb. A stack of freshly made tortillas and a couple of salsas are at your side and dishes of cilantro and onions, too. Suddenly the hoops you jumped through to get here seem like no big deal at all. I should do this every weekend, you'll say to yourself. You won't, though, for whatever reason.

A trip to Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo is an event and a special occasion. Bring a large group of friends, grab some real estate at a communal table and everyone will think you're a culinary sherpa of the highest order. Drag a hungover friend there and you'll be a savior.

Unless they've run out of barbacoa. Then you'll be the driver of a car full of disappointment and broken dreams. Calling ahead will do you no good. Get your order in early and grab a seat to assure you're a hero.

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