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The Best Dishes Eater Dallas Ate in October

Cheesy lasagna, a cinnamon cruffin, and chicken tinga-ish make the list this month

A plate holds beans, blue tortilla chips topped with chicken, and squash.
Chicken tinga at Harvest at the Masonic.
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.

A dish on top of a white plate holds lasagna with beef sauce. A fork dips into it and pulls up a bite.
Beef lasagna at Amore Italian Bistro.
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Amore Italian Bistro

6931 Snider Plaza

After daydreaming about cheesy lasagna during a trip to New York City this month and then not having any, it was an itch I needed to scratch. I was hunting for something specific: oven-baked Italian American-style beef lasagna with loads of melted cheese. I found it on a cold October weekend over lunch at this Snider Plaza spot, snuggled into its dark wood tables near the kitchen. It was served with a basic salad and slices of pizza crust for bread. The sauce was just a little sweet, but adding some salt and pepper to taste got it right where I wanted. And the price was under $15 for the lunch serving with no wait to get in.

A plate holds beans, blue tortilla chips topped with chicken, and squash.
Chicken tinga from Harvest at the Masonic.
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Harvest at the Masonic

215 N Kentucky St. in McKinney

It has long been one of the favorite spots on the Square in McKinney. Harvest relocated in October after a years-long journey to renovate a former Masonic temple into three floors of restaurant space. It’s gorgeous, with hidden corners, incredible decor, and a totally different experience on all three floors. The chicken tinga is an adaptation of the dish created for one of the restaurant’s family meals that was so good they put it on the proper menu. It was excellent.

A white dish on a marble table holds a cinnamon bun and a Rice Krispies treat covered in green icing with eyes, made to look like a monster.
A cinnamon roll cruffin and monster krispie at Sugar and Sage Bakery.
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Sugar and Sage Bakery

4314 Lovers Ln.

A sweet tooth drove me to this wonderful bakery for a treat. I got the toasted marshmallow latte (not pictured) and found it not nearly as sweet as it sounds. There’s a depth that comes with the maple brown sugar and vanilla syrup in it, but getting it with oat milk probably helped. I also had a cruffin cinnamon roll that was a delight and a monster Rice Krispie treat that was probably overkill, but it was my trick-or-treat moment.

A black bowl holds a butter lettuce salad with zucchini, cucumber, and basil.
The Farm to Market at Second Bar + Kitchen in the Crazy Water Hotel.
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Second Bar + Kitchen at The Crazy Water Hotel

401 N Oak Ave. in Mineral Wells

Is it worth driving to Mineral Wells for a meal? If chef David Bull is preparing it, it is. The man has a gift for pulling together seemingly incongruent flavor profiles and is a master of layering textures into dishes. This gorgeous salad, the Farm to Market, is one of the menu’s highlights.


112 East Louisiana Street, , TX 75069 (214) 726-0251 Visit Website

Sugar & Sage Bakery

4314 Lovers Lane, , TX 75225 (469) 759-6697 Visit Website