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The Best Dishes Eater Dallas Ate in September

Ahi tuna taquitos, charred octopus, and Texas redfish: it was a seafood month

On a plate, four tacos in hard corn shells are stuffed with ahi tuna and garnished with salsa.
Muchacho’s happy hour eats delivered a winning dish.
Courtney E. Smith
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

The amount of excellent food available in Dallas is dizzying, yet mediocre meals somehow keep worming their way into our lives. With your Eater Dallas editor dining out frequently, that means coming across lots of standout dishes and drinks that need to be shared.

Two red baskets of fried chicken with french fries sit side by side on a picnic table.
The Loa Gai three piece and and Karaage combo at Darkoos with flavored fries.
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Loa Gai three-piece combo and Karaage combo at Darkoos

The crispiness of the fry plus the tangy savory sweetness of the seasoning makes Darkoos’ chicken unlike any other in town. I tried both the Loa Gai, which has a mouth feel more like American fried chicken, and the Karaage, which is a Japanese style fry with more of a tempura batter mixed with cornmeal style. Both were winners.

On a plate, a serving of octopus sits garnashed with salsa verde. In the background of the plate are oysters and sausages with toast.
Charred octopus at the Bar at Rosewood Mansion.
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Charred octopus at the Bar at Rosewood Mansion

I’ve haven’t had octopus paired with a salsa verde before, and now I want to know why everyone isn’t doing it. It’s a perfect — it didn’t hurt that the chef’s preparation rendered a soft, not chewy, bite.

A box lined with brown paper holds five assorted pastries.
Sweet and savory pastry treats.
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Assorted seasonal pastries from Carte Blanche

As a Virgo who celebrated her birthday this September, I know all about treating myself. So, I treated myself to this selection of pastries. The savoriness of the pesto and feta pinwheel was a home run, and the fog and walnut bostock was adventurous. Also pictured (and devoured) are: a chocolate almond croissant, a cinnamon roll, and a salted maple cruller.

Texas redfish is served on a bed of dirty rice and topped with arugula.
Texas redfish on a bed of flavorful rice.
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Texas redfish at Roots Southern Table

After listening to Tiffany Derry talk about this dish, I wanted to give it a try the next time I was in. It did not disappoint. Fish often falls flat for me, but her preparation is flavorful and memorable.

On a plate, four tacos in hard corn shells are stuffed with ahi tuna and garnished with salsa.
Ahi tuna meets tacos in this gorgeous appetizer.
Courtney E. Smith

Ahi tuna taquitos at Muchacho

During a happy hour stop at this Park Cities gem, these bad boys hit the table and time stopped. Not only are they gorgeous (truly, you can’t take a bad photo of them), the soy cause and salsa the tuna is marinated in makes each bite more delicious than the last.

Carte Blanche

2114 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75206 Visit Website

Darkoo’s Chicken Shack

4812 Bryan Street, , TX 75204 (972) 803-3373 Visit Website

Roots Southern Table

13050 Bee Street, , TX 75234 (214) 346-4441 Visit Website

The Mansion Bar

2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, , TX 75219 (214) 443-4747 Visit Website