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DELICIOUS: Vera Cruz

DELICIOUS: Vera Cruz

Click the photo to view a video >> In a town full of Mexican joints, Vera Cruz stands out. It’s not really Mexican food. Well, maybe some of it is, including enchiladas and quesadillas, but the restaurant incorporates flavors from all over Latin America.

DELICIOUS: Rush Patisserie

DELICIOUS: Rush Patisserie

One morning, while most of the city was asleep still and Samantha Rush was baking in her kitchen as usual, she got a text message from a loyal customer.

DELICIOUS: Smoke

DELICIOUS: Smoke

In a way, Smoke is elegant and polished. Its glamorous fireplace is a good place to find a comfy seat, sip champagne and have a snack. In another way, the place is like a favorite pair of old cowboy boots.

DELICIOUS: Tillman’s Roadhouse

DELICIOUS: Tillman’s Roadhouse

When Tillman’s Corner became the more upscale and artistic Tillman’s Roadhouse three years ago, owner Sara Tillman’s business partners suggested building a private party room.

DELICIOUS: Gloria’s

DELICIOUS: Gloria’s

Gloria Rubio and Jose Fuentes introduced much of Dallas to Salvadoran food in 1987 when they opened their first restaurant, in Oak Cliff. As Gloria’s expanded to Oak Lawn, Greenville Avenue and Addison, many Dallas diners for the first time tried handmade Salvadoran tamales and pupusas stuffed with spicy pork.

DELICIOUS: Cafe Brazil

DELICIOUS: Cafe Brazil

Anyone who lives in Dallas probably has eaten at Café Brazil a time or two. But true fans of the funky diner, which opened an Oak Cliff location last year, follow Café Brazil on Twitter. They are friends with it on Facebook. And the café pays them back with specials and coupons just for their “friends”

DELICIOUS: ZEN Sushi

DELICIOUS: ZEN Sushi

ZEN Sushi is not really a Japanese restaurant. “It’s an American restaurant with Japanese influences,”

DELICIOUS: Aunt Stelle’s

DELICIOUS: Aunt Stelle’s

At Oak Cliff’s 48-year-old sno cone stand, Aunt Stelle’s, the ice is ultra fine, and covered with lots of flavorful syrup. But Aunt Stelle’s is more than just shaved ice and sugar. It’s a place people come home to, and they come from everywhere.

DELICIOUS: Hunky’s

DELICIOUS: Hunky’s

Rick Barton turns a shade of medium rare pink when asked about the origin of his burger joint’s name. “Obviously, we’re on Cedar Springs …”

Delicious: Jack’s Backyard

Delicious: Jack’s Backyard

Who knew that two run-down body shops on Commerce could become Oak Cliff’s next indoor-outdoor hotspot? Winnetka Heights resident Kathy Jack, apparently, whose 30 years in the bar business and 15 years of booking music had her itching to open a venue of her own.

Delicious: Cretia’s

Delicious: Cretia’s

Anyone with a sweet tooth could find satisfaction in the glass cases at Cretia’s. “You can’t go wrong with cakes, pies and cookies,”

Delicious: Hattie’s

Delicious: Hattie’s

The Southern charm-infused dining room at Hattie’s attracts a brunch crowd dressed in their Sunday best. Executive chef Estevan Galindo greets them with entrées as varied as poached eggs Benedict on crab cakes, and chicken and waffles.