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It’s big, messy and guaranteed to keep you satiated until Tuesday. Uncle Uber’s slow roasts the pork until it falls apart, and then piles it atop creamy homemade slaw. It’s a warm, salty, tangy delicious mess.
Uncle Uber’s, 2713 Commerce St.; 214-653-8237 or uncleubers.com
R+D Kitchen may be known for many things (like the Newport salad and deviled eggs), but their burger is the juiciest we’ve tried in the city. This is a carb lover’s burger, with a freshly baked bun that’s just as delectable as the medium-rare patty.
R+D Kitchen, 8300 Preston Center Plaza Dr.; 214-890-7900 or hillstone.com
This is Dallas. There’s a chicken-fried steak on every menu in town, but Celebration’s version is never (too) greasy. Right before the plate is brought to your table, the kitchen hits it with a creamy jalapeño gravy. Bam.
Celebration, 4503 W. Lovers Lane; 214-351-5681 or celebrationrestaurant.com
We’re not yet done talking about fried food. And while Bread Winners’ fried chicken is outstanding, what lies beneath is what gets this casual-chic restaurant’s version on our list. It’s the waffle. With bits of bacon and chopped jalapeño baked in, plus creamy gravy and Sriracha, this might be the best reason to order in on a Friday night (so you can savor each amazing bite).
Bread Winners, 3301 McKinney Ave.; 214-754-4940 or breadwinnerscafe.com
This is anything but a rainy-day special: The tomato soup is made daily with oven-roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and shaved Parmesan, while the sandwich is a gooey mix of three cheeses (rich Gruyère, smooth provolone and sharp cheddar) and sliced heirloom tomatoes. Insiders know to add a few slices of avocado for extra richness.
The Porch, 2912 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-828-2916 or theporchrestaurant.com
The happiest marriage we know: A Philadelphia cheesesteak meets a Tex-Mex staple. Beef, onions and mozzarella grilled with bell peppers and jalapeños, and then topped with queso (and salsa if you?re feeling it--which we are) on an Italian hoagie roll. God bless this union.
Texadelphia, 5500 Greenville Ave.; 214-265-8044 or texadelphia.com
This is the chicken-dinner winner. And it’s a doozy. Here’s all you need to know: Babe’s sides are served family-style, so take as many comfort-food seekers as possible for all-you-can-eat green beans, buttery corn and mashed potatoes with a gravy sidecar. Everyone gets their own choice of fried or smoked chicken, fried catfish or chicken-fried steak. There’s also salad for the teetotaler in your crew.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, 1006 W. Main St., Carrollton; 972-245-7773 or babeschicken.com
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: It’s hard to find good low-country cooking in Dallas, let alone in the Lone Star State at all. But Hattie’s shrimp-and-grits dish hits home with the richness of the roux and the creamy buttered stone grits.
Hattie’s, 418 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-7400 or hatties.com
Nutrition fact: Bison meat has less cholesterol and fat than beef. What we’re not so sure of: What happens to that nutritional value once you add a mound of bistro fries? Let’s operate under the assumption that it all evens out in the end.
Lonesome Dove Bistro, 2406 N. Main St., Fort Worth; 817-740-8810 or lonesomedovebistro.com
Nothing says comfort on a cold January night more than chewy noodles and rich broth. And Ramen Hakata has it perfected. Start with the chashu buns (steamed buns filled with spicy pork belly) before getting your ramen slurp on.
Ramen Hakata, 3720 Belt Line Rd., Addison; 972-247-2401 or ramenhakata.com
In a city as food-centric as Dallas, of course we can find a comfort-food dish on the menu of any restaurant. But where are the truly great ones?
Here, our cheat sheet for the top comfort foods in and around the city. Just don’t even think about counting calories.
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