Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 73

dallasobserver.com dallasobserver.com SHOPPING/SERVICES | CULTURE/PEOPLE | FOOD/DRINK | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | SPORTS/RECREATION | Contents | the thread | Unfair Park | sChUtze | featUre | night+day | CUltUre | Movies | stage | dish | MUsiC | Classified | CHECK OUT OUR EVENT CALENDAR FOR BAND AND FOOD TRUCK LISTINGS COME EXPERIENCE THE NEWEST BREWERY IN DALLAS! Best Taqueria El CoME TaCo Catherine Downes TAPROOM NOW OPEN THU-FRI 4:00-8:00PM SAT 12:00-6:00PM WWW.OAKHIGHLANDSBREWERY.COM tive snack. Then dig into a selection of Thai classics such as papaya salad and larb gai that will leave your belly filled and your mouth aflame. 4801 Bryan St., No. 100, 214-828-9300, sakhuu.com serious burn. 3411 McKinney Ave., 214-922-7080, dinedsrg.com Readers’ Pick: Gloria’s Various locations, gloriascuisine.com Readers’ Pick: Royal Thai 5500 Greenville Ave., No. 608, 214-691-3555 Best Margarita Joyce and Gigi’s Margaritas made with lime juice and mixes can be had at nearly every restaurant around Dallas. What makes the drink at Joyce and Gi-gi’s special is the same thing that makes every drink at their bar stand out — freshly squeezed juices from fruits you may or may not have heard of. For the margarita, cherimoya is in play, lending unique apple, banana and some-times pineapple flavors that balance out the tartness of lime juice, in a refreshing take on a classic you thought you knew all too well. 1623 N. Hall St., 469-334-0799, joyceandgigis.com Best Vegetarian or Vegan Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries The best vegetarian meals are based on dishes that are inherently, you know, vege-tarian. A mushy, flavorless veggie burger will never stand a chance against a bowl of hummus and some grilled eggplant with freshly baked flatbread. Afrah is a treasure-trove for vegetarian diners, with dishes such as tabbouleh and baba ganoush that are as healthy as they are delicious. What’s better is vegetarian dinners can welcome their car-nivorous friends without putting them in a bind, because there’s plenty of chicken, lamb and fish, too. A new, expanded loca-tion in Richardson diminishes your wait for a table but the vegetarian delicacies are as good as ever. 314 E. Main St., Richardson, 972-234-9898; 3351 Regent Blvd., No. 140, Irving, 469-420-9197; afrah.com Craft favorites at micro prices. Whether you’re searching for the newest ales and lagers, or limited edition blondes and bocks, there’s a store around the corner with experts who can help you find your favorite beer, perfectly chilled for any occasion. Readers’ Pick: Gloria’s Various locations, gloriascuisine.com Best Bakery Boulangerie People who really love bread secretly har-bor fantasies that everyone is just like them, that everyone wakes up each morning crav-ing a perfect croissant and wouldn’t think of coming home without a freshly baked ba-guette in tow. Bread people are weird like that, but they’re onto something, because drinking wine and chewing on the tough, crusty end of a baguette is one of the best ways to spend your time after a long day at work. Pick yours up at Boulangerie; it’s your best shot at being surrounded by fellow bread heads. If you’ve got a sweet tooth there’s plenty of pastry, too. Grab a coffee, a tart and a pain au chocolat and enjoy a sug-ary overload. 1921 Greenville Ave., 214-821-3477, villagebakingco.com Readers’ Pick: Cosmic Cafe 2912 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-6157,cosmiccafedallas.com Best Salsa Urban Taco It surely rubs some diners the wrong way that Urban Taco charges for the snack most Tex-Mex restaurants give away with enthusiasm. But as soon as the chips and salsa land on the table, you quickly learn that you get what you pay for. The chips are sturdy, well seasoned and not greasy, and the salsa arrives in threes from a rotation that seems to offer endless va-riety. Be careful when your server asks how spicy you’d like your selection to be. A few (including one that tastes as if it were made exclusively with habanero peppers) pack a / DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER S EPTEMBER 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 Readers’ Pick: (Tie) Society Bakery, Village Baking Co. Society Bakery, 3610 Greenville Ave., 214-827-1411; 7777 Forest Lane, 972-566-7558; societybakery.com Village Baking Co., 5531 E. University Blvd., 214-951-9077, villagebakingco.com LOW PRICES /// EXPERT SERVICE /// GRAND SELECTION FIND ALL 13 DFW LOCATIONS AT GOODYGOODY.COM 7 73

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