This little Italian restaurant, the former Hula Hotties, is known for its friendly atmosphere and co-owner Jill Inforzato’s imaginative recipes. She says a regular customer loved the four-cheese sauce she uses in macaroni and cheese so much that he asked her to put it on a pizza. Et voila, mac-and-cheese pizza. It runs as a special now and then, but it’s available any time. Another off-the-menu gem: shrimp Lombardo with peas, artichokes and sundried tomatoes in a lemon-cream sauce.244 W. Davis 214.943.2233
This Tex-Mex institution is famous for its big, fluffy flour tortillas, and they always have the Rangers game on. Chips come with a warm salsa that is tasty, but Gonzalez also serves a cold salsa upon request.367 W. Jefferson 214.946.5333 gonzalezrestaurant.com
Veracruz also has an off-the-menu salsa: chipotle, jalapeño, black pepper and mayonnaise.
On certain dry-throat, fuzzy-head, queasy mornings, a body needs more carbs than a mere taco can provide. If that happens to you, try ordering the Mexican biscuit at this Bishop Arts taco stand. It comes with any egg combination (we like egg and chorizo or huevos rancheros) with cheese and green tomatillo salsa. “It’s very delicious and sure will cure a hangover,” says co-owner Juan Contreras.330 W. Davis 214.943.8888
Campo Modern Country Bistro
The menu at this foodie hotspot changes with the seasons and ingredients available, but chorizo with a poached egg and roasted potatoes is an off-the-menu staple.1115 N. Beckley 214.946.1308 campodallas.com
“The nooner” is a sometime special that is available all the time. Food critics love it, and we can see why. It’s a burger with ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, bacon, American cheese, a fried egg and mayo.
Milanesa, the Tex-Mex version of chicken-fried steak, is on the menu at El Ranchito as an entrée. But if you ever meet the hangover genius who first ordered milanesa tacos, which are not, buy him or her a corona-rita (grande frozen margarita with a wee Corona upended in it).610 W. Jefferson 214.946.4238
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