In a city as food-centric as Dallas, there are certain dishes that should be on your food bucket list. (Because you only live once, right?) Here, six Dallas delicacies that must be sampled at least once in your lifetime.

Burger

CHEESEBURGER FROM THE GRAPE

The Grape is a small, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it restaurant on Greenville where the most popular burger in the state is served--and only at Sunday brunch. It’s a juicy, 10-ounce patty layered with creamy Vermont white cheddar and house-made peppered bacon that has men and women waking early to make it to a 9 a.m. reservation.

The Grape Restaurant, 2808 Greenville Ave.; 214-828-1981 or thegraperestaurant.com

Boomstick

BOOMSTICK FROM GLOBE LIFE PARK

A hot dog in any other state is simply a hot dog. But in Texas, where bigger is always better, the hot dog transforms into a $26, two-foot-long Boomstick from Globe Life Park. It takes both hands to carry, and once graced with all the fixings can easily weigh more than a newborn baby.

Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; 817-273-5222 or globelifepark.com

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LOBSTER SHOOTERS FROM ABACUS

Abacus’s decadent lobster shooters--chunks of lobster served in a shot glass and covered in a spicy red-chile and coconut sake--are a cannot-miss item in Dallas. With all those flavors, it’s no wonder chef Kent Rathbun calls the creation “an explosion in your mouth.”

Abacus, 4511 McKinney Ave.; 214-559-3111 or abacus-restaurant.com

CornyDog

CORNY DOG FROM FLETCHER’S

True, you can find these in Dallas for only 25 days each September, but biting into a deep-fried Corny Dog from Fletcher’s underneath the ginormous arm of Big Tex is a priceless experience.

Fletcher’s Corny Dog, 3828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; 214-426-7300

DallasPizza

NEAPOLITAN PIZZA FROM CANE ROSSO

From the hand-stretched crust to classic toppings like gooey mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes, Cane Rosso covers all the bases of a true Neapolitan pie, even baking it in a 900-degree wood-fired oven for one whole minute.

Cane Rosso, 2612 Commerce St.; 214-741-1188 or ilcanerosso.com

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CUPCAKES FROM SPRINKLES

The Dallas location at the Plaza was the brand’s third storefront seven years ago, and the shop still maintains that delicious, made-from-scratch flavor that keeps visitors and native Dallasites coming back for more. Even the cupcake ATM is a hit 24 hours a day.

Sprinkles Cupcakes, 4020 Villanova Dr.; 214-369-0004 or sprinkles.com

 

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