Houston Press restaurant critic Katharine Shilcutt has assembled a mega-listicle of the "30 Essential Texas Restaurants". These are "the places where every Texan should eat at least once before they die", based on submissions from a panel of 20 food writers including our own Leslie Brenner, former Observer critic Hanna Raskin—who of course fled our allergy-triggering city to go back to Seattle after less than a year—and former Dallas Morning News critic Bill Addison (who now resides in Atlanta).
The Dallas selections—which, as might be expected, lean towards the high-end—are as follows: Fearing's, Tei-An, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and... El Fenix? Yes, El Fenix, the Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain with over 20 locations (including one at the illustrious WinStar Casino). The piece also recognizes the original Babe's in Roanoke, and Cattlemen's Steakhouse and Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth.
El Fenix certainly qualifies as a Dallas instutition, having been around since 1918, but does it really deserve to take up space on a list of the 30 essential restaurants in the state? What say you, Eater readers—do you agree or disagree with the panel's DFW selections? (For Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler's take on the list, see here.)
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[Photo credit: El Fenix]