- Snag a prime seat in front of chef Masayuki Otaka at Teppo
Grab a seat facing Masayuki Otaka's yakitori grill at Teppo Yakitori-Sushi Bar and feast on chicken, pork and more charred over superhot binchotan Japanese charcoal.
Teppo Yakitori-Sushi Bar, 2014 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-826-8989.
2. Order something crazy at Small Brewpub
Chicken feet anyone? Pig's trotter? Confit pork tongue? Small Brewpub chef Misti Norris has a thing for out-there ingredients. Ordering one of her creations definitely puts you on the fast-track to power foodie-dom.
Small Brewpub, 333 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. 972-863-1594.
3. Dive into a fantastically oozy, funky French cheese
Stop by Central Market and pick up a perfectly ripe Epoisse, or another fabulous washed-rind cheese from France (Central Market has an excellent selection.) Serve it with a white Burgundy (a 2012 Olivier Leflaive Les Sétilles goes great!) at a dinner party for your friends – not as an appetizer, but between the main course and dessert. Add a crusty baguette (maybe from Village Baking Co. or the Edouard's from Central Market), and you're good to go.
Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas. 214-234-7000.
4. Nibble and sip xiao long bao at Fortune House
Shanghai-style soup dumplings called xiao long bao are a rare treat, and those at Fortune House in Irving are pretty wonderful – especially the ones filled with crab and pork. The soup is inside with the filling, so it helps to know how to eat them: Place one in a soup spoon, nibble the edge, drink the soup inside, then dip the dumpling vinegar-ginger sauce and eat.
Fortune House, 8150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-831-9888.
5. Plunge into a dessert-in-a-terrarium at Top Knot
Top Knot, 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas. 214-855-1354.