Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 84

dallasobserver.com Best Use of Rice Krispies Treats Carnival Barker’s Ice Cream Aaron Barker’s burgeoning Dallas institution, Carnival Barkers, is in a state of flux. The ice cream master lost his lease on his space at the Truck Yard this year, but opened his first stand-alone joint near the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. It’s a good thing, too, as even the slightest doubt about the availability of Bark-er’s most delicious creation, the Rice Krispies treats ice-cream sandwich, featuring vanilla ice cream jammed between two Rice Krispies squares, would’ve been utterly snap, crackle and no. 345 W. Jefferson Blvd., 972-603-8225 Best Place to Chase Caffeine with Shaved Ice MUdSMITh walls — but we prefer the humbler vibe at La Libela. Don’t mind the blaring TV or the large group that often dominates the small room. It’s probably the family of Genet Mulugeta, the owner, and she’ll treat you like you’re part of it. Plus, her food’s out of sight (try the veggie combo). Each excursion to La Libela is like a positive party-crashing experience. 9191 Forest Lane, 972-792-8442 SPORTS/RECREACTION | | stage NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | | Night+day FOOD/DRINK CULTURE/PEOPLE SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | Movies | Culture | feature | | sChutze | uNfair Park | | the thread | CoNteNts | Best Juice Bar Roots Juices Arrested Development ’s Buster Bluth would love this place. (“We can have unlimited juice? This party’s gonna be off the hook!”) Your juice options are pretty close to unlim-ited at Roots’ storefront on Oak Lawn. Cleanses are available if you’re the zealous type, but juices such as the Immune Booster, which has a pleasant balance of sweet and spicy notes thanks to apple juice and jala-peño, are just as pleasant as a mid-afternoon refresher or green supplement to an other-wise unhealthy meal. Smoothies made with almond butter are more substantial for a light lunch. Let’s all set aside our disdain for health food trends and agree that this is one that can stay. 3527 Oak Lawn Ave., 888-666-0290, rootspressedjuices.com Best Pancakes Ellen’s Southern Kitchen Weekend brunches at Ellen’s are worth the one-hour wait for the perfect scrambled eggs and hash browns, but many would put up with longer queues if all Ellen’s served was pancakes. They’re less sweet than the flap-jacks served at most joints, almost savory, and loaded with tangy buttermilk. A big stack dripping with syrup is a fine reward for wait-ing your turn. 1718 N. Market St., 469-206-3339, ellenssouthernkitchen.com Best French Fries Poutine at The Blind Butcher When a restaurant devotes a whole section of its menu to the gooey Canadian delicacy poutine, you know they start with good french fries. The Blind Butcher’s executive chef Oliver Sitrin has created intriguing va-rieties of poutine. A new shrimp poutine just joined the menu, lighter than the duck poutine with added foie gras hugging the cheese curds. There’s even a vegetarian mushroom poutine. The rest of the menu here, including hand-cranked sausages and pastrami egg rolls, may distract, but the poutines have a gravitational pull. 1919 Greenville Ave., 214-887-0000, theblindbutcher.com Best Ethiopian Restaurant La Libela Kathy Tran Many people aren’t aware of Dallas’ strong Ethiopian community. About a dozen East African restaurants, many around the inter-section of Forest Lane and Greenville Ave-nue, are delicious proof that it exists. Each restaurant offers a slightly different ambi-ence — some with white tablecloths, flowers on the tables and contemporary art on the Best Lunch Slow Bone Slow Bone is a case of downtown marries the country. Minutes from downtown on DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER S eptember 24-30, M onth XX–M onth 2015 XX, 2014 A modern twist on traditional Thai cuisine. 3211 Oaklawn Ave Dallas, TX KinKinUrbanThai.com 12 84

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