Ordering something crazy at Small Brewpub, like sour squash fritters with pickled pigs feet, pepper jam and pickled moqua fuzzy melon, definitely puts you on the fast-track to power-foodiedom. 

Ordering something crazy at Small Brewpub, like sour squash fritters with pickled pigs feet, pepper jam and pickled moqua fuzzy melon, definitely puts you on the fast-track to power-foodiedom. 

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  1. Snag a prime seat in front of chef Masayuki Otaka at Teppo

The yakitori bar at Teppo

The yakitori bar at Teppo

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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

Misti Norris' chicken feet with collard greens at Small Brewpub 

Misti Norris' chicken feet with collard greens at Small Brewpub 

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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

A Berthaut Epoisses 

A Berthaut Epoisses 

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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

Crab meat steamed dumplings at Fortune House in Irving

Crab meat steamed dumplings at Fortune House in Irving

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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

Thai strawberry shortcake at Top Knot

Thai strawberry shortcake at Top Knot

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Pastry chef Keith Cedotal's Thai strawberry shortcake at Top Knot, the new restaurant upstairs from Uchi, tastes just right for the season. 

Top Knot, 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas. 214-855-1354. 

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