You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the dozens of chefs asking for the eyes of Texas, of the nation, to fall upon Dallas restaurants. For a large city stocked with restaurants, Dallas chefs don't get much national credit. They can take one step closer to that spotlight: GQ named Dallas as its Next Best New Food City in a story about delicious dishes in cities around the United States.
The article says Dallas should soon "start to get the kind of attention already bestowed on Austin and Houston."
I see you. You're leaning in.
What's more, the GQ article says two Dallas dishes reign supreme. The restaurants involved aren't a shock to anyone who's been paying attention: GQ chose a dish from Sachet, the stunning Highland Park restaurant that was an easy favorite on my list of Dallas most interesting new restaurants in 2017; and Revolver Taco Lounge in Deep Ellum, the only Dallas restaurant to be honored as a James Beard semifinalist recently.
(Of note, GQ also came out with a list of the nation's best new restaurants, and neither Sachet nor Revolver Taco Lounge made the cut. Two Houston restaurants did, Xochi and Theodore Rex. Brush it off.)
The article that praises Dallas, called "The 13 Dishes (and Other Things) I Can't Stop Thinking About," says the Iberico Secreto at Sachet was writer Brett Martin's Best Steak. It isn't all that surprising to hear that a Dallas restaurant was tops in steak, but it is surprising to hear that this particular "steak" is in fact pork. It's a colorful dish, with red pimento sauce and green mojo verde at the bottom of the dish, then potatoes and grilled pork on top.
In our restaurant review, special contributor Mark Vamos called the Iberico Secreto "a hands-down knockout."
At Deep Ellum shop Revolver, the dish to get is the Pulpo Taco -- octopus served with fried leeks and salsa in a tortilla. (See it pictured at the top of this page.) It was given the descriptor of Best New Tentacles in GQ.
Revolver regularly makes it on the short list of Dallas' best taco shops. Former restaurant critic Leslie Brenner called the pulpo Revolver's "snazziest" taco and notes that the tortillas are "perfect."
That feeling you have right now? It's called contentment. Now let's see who else outside of D-FW, or Texas, will take notice of the competitively creative ideas coming from Dallas.