The locals here either have a thing for rice and beans - or an underdeveloped habit of using Allmenus.com to order food for delivery.
The website recently released its city-by-city tally of the foods ordered most frequently in 2010. According to its calculations, eaters in Seattle tend to dine in on spinach naan, eaters in Atlanta favor a one-pound boneless wing combo and Dallasites place more orders for Milano's rice and bean plate than any other single item. Allmenus.com didn't reveal how many orders it took to vault the $1.50 side to the top of its Dallas list.
The staffers at Milano's, a taco-and-pizza joint alongside a convenience store in far North Dallas, apparently weren't aware their plate had won top honors in Allmenu.com's popularity contest.
"We sell it," a confused employee confirmed when reached by phone. "You want to order something?"
A manager wasn't available for comment, since he'd gone to the store.
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While Allmenu's methodology may be suspect, its conclusion that the most popular time to place a delivery order nationwide is 7:36 p.m. seems fairly reliable - especially since that's right about the time last night I started rifling through Chinese restaurant menus.