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Dallas' 20 Most Iconic Dishes

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When someone visits Dallas, where do you take them? Where must a Dallas newbie eat first -- in order to really get the flavor of Big D? What is it that should no one leave this city without trying at least once? On Monday, we asked readers which restaurant dishes were required Dallas eating and they responded passionately (and with photos -- thank you!) through the tipline.

Maybe iconic doesn't always mean the best, but the following 20 dishes certainly represent this city -- past, present and where it's going.

For more iconic dishes from across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chicken Fried Steak at AllGood Café

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2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 742-5362
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2. Cheeseburger at Angry Dog

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2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-4406
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3. Jeff Harris’ Windy Meadows Farm Chicken at Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 367-9367
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4. Delia at Cane Rosso

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2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1188
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5. Root Beer at the Dairy-ette

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9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 327-9983

6. Buffalo Tenderloin at Fearing’s

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2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-4848
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7. Tacos at Fuel City

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801 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 426-0011
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8. Cheese and Charcuterie at the Grape

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2808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-1981
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9. John Wayne at the Gold Rush Cafe

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1913 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6923

10. Pies at Highland Park Cafeteria

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1200 N Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 324-5000
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11. Cuban Sandwich at Jimmy’s Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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12. Cheeseburger (or anything) at Keller’s Drive-In

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6537 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 368-1209

13. Tacos Suadero at La Banqueta

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7233 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 324-4445

14. Mile-High Cream Pie at Norma’s Cafe

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1123 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-4711
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15. Octopus and pork jowls at Oak

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1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 712-9700
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16. Tortilla Soup at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

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2821 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-2100
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17. Fried chicken at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar

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2929 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-9900
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18. Tie: Brunch or Big Rib at Smoke

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901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 393-4141
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19. Beef and green chile tamale at Village Marquee – Texas Grill and Bar

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33 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 522-6035
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20. Frozen custard at Wild About Harry’s

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3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
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1. Chicken Fried Steak at AllGood Café

2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Cheeseburger at Angry Dog

2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Jeff Harris’ Windy Meadows Farm Chicken at Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Delia at Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

5. Root Beer at the Dairy-ette

9785 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228
9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228

6. Buffalo Tenderloin at Fearing’s

2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Tacos at Fuel City

801 S Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
801 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

8. Cheese and Charcuterie at the Grape

2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
2808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. John Wayne at the Gold Rush Cafe

1913 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206
1913 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Pies at Highland Park Cafeteria

1200 N Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218
1200 N Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75218

11. Cuban Sandwich at Jimmy’s Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206
4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Cheeseburger (or anything) at Keller’s Drive-In

6537 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231
6537 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231

13. Tacos Suadero at La Banqueta

7233 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
7233 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

14. Mile-High Cream Pie at Norma’s Cafe

1123 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
1123 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

15. Octopus and pork jowls at Oak

1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207
1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207

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16. Tortilla Soup at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

17. Fried chicken at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar

2929 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
2929 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

18. Tie: Brunch or Big Rib at Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

19. Beef and green chile tamale at Village Marquee – Texas Grill and Bar

33 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
33 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

20. Frozen custard at Wild About Harry’s

3113 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

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