Gorman’s guide: Eating through various cuisines in DFW

I hate the term foodie, but I unfortunately fall under it.

For the past 18 years of my life, Dallas has brought me the joy of eating well. After traveling out of the state, country and continent, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has some restaurants I will forever rank at the top of my list.

1. Let us start with something local to Coppell: Golden Boy Coffee Co.. The coffee shop has three locations in DFW, and Coppell is lucky to be one of them. I spend many days of the week between kelly green and gold walls, ordering either a matcha tea with oat milk and honey or their current seasonal drink, the Super Trooper, an earl grey tea latte with oat milk. I am never unhappy with the quality of the food, the drinks or, more importantly, the people of Golden Boy.

2. Vidorra has the best birria red tacos. Wait no, the best Mexican food that has ever laid on my taste buds. First, you have to start with the queso, served at 400 degrees Farenheit in a molcajete. Then, the birria red tacos are a must-have: a red corn tortilla with beef birria, cilantro and oaxaca cheese that you dip into a beef consommé. If you have a party bigger than three, I would suggest getting a reservation a week ahead. I prefer Vidorra’s Deep Ellum location over the one in Addison. A bonus aspect: No matter where you sit, it always feels like a patio.

3. Soup dumplings have been and will always be my favorite food. Everywhere I travel, I have to find the best soup dumpling in the area and compare it to the others on my list. (The best one I have had was Hutong in Melbourne, if you’re curious.) The best in DFW is from Monkey King Noodle Company on the corner of Main Street and Walton Street of Deep Ellum with the big garage doors. Monkey King is for those craving immense flavors with a side of a sunny day.

4. About four years ago, I went through a Waffle House phase. I wanted to get breakfast with my dad, and I begged to go to Waffle House, but he was not up for it. Instead, we (he) decided to find another place to get waffles. Now, I do not think there is a better waffle or breakfast than Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles. Lo-Lo’s has a perfect golden waffle that has a cinnamon hint to it. My go to order is Tre-Tre’s: two chicken legs and a waffle. To top it off, you have to have their Kool Aid on tap—my personal favorite is the blue raspberry.

5. Serious Pizza has been a concert staple in my life for years. It was always pizza, concert and ice cream, and that pizza had to be from Serious with pineapple and extra cheese. The recently redone restaurant is nice but will never be the same as my memory of janky bathrooms with marker on the walls and booth cushions that were severely torn. Today, Serious Pizza tastes just as good and still maintains its ‘90s vibe. I am serious when I tell you it is not something to miss out on.

6. Ice cream should have more adventurous flavors than the standard. If you have been to Portland’s famous Salt & Straw, then you know what I mean. Cauldron Ice Cream located off Central Expressway on Knox has complex flavors. My personal favorite is the earl grey and lavender with honey but some other honorable mentions are The Cauldron, cinnamon vanilla ice cream with oreo and milk and cereal topped with corn flakes. They are known for puffle cones, which is a sweeter, cakier cone than a waffle or sugar cone. I highly recommend it for a late night dessert run.

7. I want to hand out four honorable mentions. Town Hearth is perfect for a date night. The restaurant is elegant yet cozy with unforgettable food. My favorite dish there is the tot poutine topped with a duck egg. BUZZBREWS Kitchen is a great spot if you are looking for something late at night. My favorite is the blueberry pancakes. Cattleack Barbeque has some of the best meat you can get in DFW. On top of that, they have my favorite sweet: crack cake, which is a gooey butter cake for any sweet tooth. Lastly, Chocolate Secrets has perfected combining art and food. They have hand painted bon bons among other sweets, but the best is their PB&J bon bon.

Next year I will be enjoying the food of New York City, so please inhale each of these restaurants on my behalf.

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