DISD school lunches reviewed: Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner went to Dallas Independent School District's production facility to taste-test the district's new healthy 'Smart Box' lunches.  One was this Mediterranean Combo Meal with spinach-cheese flatbread and Texas watermelon.

DISD school lunches reviewed: Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner went to Dallas Independent School District's production facility to taste-test the district's new healthy 'Smart Box' lunches.  One was this Mediterranean Combo Meal with spinach-cheese flatbread and Texas watermelon.

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School's about to start, and naturally everyone's getting nervous and excited. New teachers. New friends. Hard classes. Too much homework. It's all so exciting -- and anxiety-provoking! 

There's nothing more anxiety-provoking than the L-word. You know, lunch.

What will our kids be eating?  Last week, after my colleague Robert Wilonsky reported that the Dallas Independent School District will be introducing new healthy "Smart Box" lunches for the coming school year and DISD spokesman Andre Riley offered to let me taste-test them, I jumped at the chance. I hadn't tasted a school lunch since I was in high school.

Somehow in all the excitement, they didn't have the Bistro Salad Sampler shown in Robert's story there for me to taste; I thought the tuna salad and pasta salad pictured looked and sounded pretty good. Oh, well.  But there was one thing I was really excited about: The district is making a big effort to include Texas-grown produce in its lunches. The Texas-grown watermelon shown here -- and being featured in DISD schools for the month of September -- was absolutely delicious.

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