Rachel Stone 0000-00-00 00:00:00
LocaLs only These dishes from neighborhood restaurants aren’t on the menu. You just have to know. Only so much ink will fit in print. Ask any graphic designer. That’s one reason almost every restaurant serves a dish or two that is not on the menu. Some are famous. Others are the result of cravings, hangovers and happy accidents. Even though one or two might annoy the cook or waiter, these off-the-menu dishes keep customers smiling. chicken & waFFles at Hattie’s Hattie’s 418 N. Bishop, 214.942.7400, hatties.com A Southern-style brunch at Hattie’s is a good way to set the mood for a happy Sunday. One dish that’s always available at brunch but is never on the menu: chicken & waffles. WHOLE GRILLED TILAPIA at La Calle Doce La Calle Doce 415 W. 12th 214. 941.4304 lacalledoce-dallas.com Whole grilled catfish is on the menu, but mojarra entera a la parilla, whole grilled tilapia, is not. Another off-the-menu gem is ostiones preparados, oysters on the half shell with pico de gallo and avocado atop each. El Ranchito 610 W. Jefferson 214. 946.4238 Milanesa, the Tex-Mex version of chicken-fried steak, is on the menu at El Ranchito as an entrée. But if you ever meet the hangover genius who first ordered milanesa tacos, which are not, buy him or her a corona-rita (grande frozen margarita with a wee Corona upended in it). MEATBALL SUB at Eno’s Eno’s 407 N. Bishop 214. 943.9200 enospizza.com The meatball sub is so popular it doesn’t need to be on the menu. Inforzato’s 244 W. Davis 214. 943.2233 This little Italian restaurant, the former Hula Hotties, is known for its friendly atmosphere and co-owner Jill Inforzato’s imaginative recipes. She says a regular customer loved the fourcheese sauce she uses in macaroni and cheese so much that he asked her to put it on a pizza. Et voila, mac-and-cheese pizza. It runs as a special now and then, but it’s available any time. Another offthe- menu gem: shrimp Lombardo with peas, artichokes and sundried tomatoes in a lemon-cream sauce. Gonzalez 367 W. Jefferson 214. 946.5333 gonzalezrestaurant.com This Tex-Mex institution is famous for its big, fluffy flour tortillas, and they always have the Rangers game on. Chips come with a warm salsa that is tasty, but Gonzalez also serves a cold salsa upon request. Veracruz Café 408 N. Bishop 214. 948.4746 veracruzcafedallas.com Veracruz also has an off-the-menu salsa: chipotle, jalapeño, black pepper and mayonnaise. El Padrino 330 W. Davis 214. 943.8888 On certain dry-throat, fuzzy-head, queasy mornings, a body needs more carbs than a mere taco can provide. If that happens to you, try ordering the Mexican biscuit at this Bishop Arts taco stand. It comes with any egg combination (we like egg and chorizo or huevos rancheros) with cheese and green tomatillo salsa. “It’s very delicious and sure will cure a hangover,” says coowner Juan Contreras. VEGETARIAN SANDWICH at Bolsa Mercado Bolsa Mercado 634 W. Davis 214. 942.0451 bolsadallas.com Bolsa Mercado serves several delicious sandwiches, but only one is vegetarian: the pimento cheese on sourdough. Not every veggie head wants that, so the staff came up with a concoction for their healthconscious friends. It’s a sandwich with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, layered with cheese, micro greens and pickles. Although they can make it any time, if you order it, be patient. Most likely, the busy staff will have to stop and lovingly slice that cuke just for you. Campo Modern Country Bistro 1115 N. Beckley 214. 946.1308 campodallas.com The menu at this foodie hotspot changes with the seasons and ingredients available, but chorizo with a poached egg and roasted potatoes is an off-the-menu staple. Jonathon’s 1111 N. Beckley 214. 946.2221 jonathonsoakcliff.com “The nooner” is a sometime special that is available all the time. Food critics love it, and we can see why. It’s a burger with ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, bacon, American cheese, a fried egg and mayo.
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