As 2013 draws to a close, we're surveying friends of Eater about the year in dining. To kick things off, we posed a question about go-to restaurants of the year (do feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts via the comments).
Spiral Diner in Oak Cliff. [Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW]
Q: What was your restaurant standby this year?
Carol Shih, SideDish: "Gui Rock in H Mart area, Carrollton. That purple rice with the dolsot bibimbap gets me every time."
Teresa Gubbins, CultureMap: "Spiral Diner."
José Ralat-Maldonado, The Taco Trail: "I work across the street from the original Rusty Taco. So, it's become my go-to weekday breakfast taco joint. The bacon is always perfect. On Saturdays after my son's soccer games, my family and I often ate Cool & Hot breakfast tacos. Then there's Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern. I love-love-love Cane Rosso, but as a former New Yorker I crave the Big Apple style. Zoli's satisfies my craving, although it's not as greasy as it should be."
Kevin Gray, Dallas editor of UrbanDaddy: "Mot Hai Ba. It's not the most authentic Vietnamese food in town, but the cooking is bold and flavorful. Order a few $2 Goldmine Lagers, and you've got plenty of money left to sample the entire menu."
Steven Doyle, CraveDFW: "I really enjoy the new Shell Shack on McKinney Avenue. It is to the point of an odd obsession. The spicy Dungeness is incredible, and they serve until 1am."
foodbitch, blogger: "Stampede 66. I think I recommended it more often than any other spot for impressing out of towners, celebrations and any reason, really."
Whitney Filloon, Eater Dallas: "Royal China. Incredible soup dumplings and the hand-pulled noodles with pork belly sauce never fail, along with flawless service — I always ask to sit in Patrick's section."