So close to the border, one would expect to find authentic Mexican food on every corner in Texas. Taquería El Si Hay definitely fits that bill. This small little food stand churns out authentic and delicious tacos with huge flavor. The big favorite here are their pork al pastor tacos, although you can get all the best kinds of meat at El Si Hay like barbacoa and lengua. For delicious street food just like you'll find on the other side of the Rio Grande for scarily similar prices, look no further.
Angry Dog, this Deep Ellum bar and restaurant is a favorite pub for happy hour and sports enthusiasts. Comfortable and dimly lit, it has a great neighborhood bar atmosphere. The Angry Dog is filled with television monitors for game watching, as well as simple tables and chairs for diners. Their hot dogs are known by locals as being some of the best in town - and the burgers aren't bad either. They also have an assortment of tasty appetizers to choose from, such as Stuffed Jalapeños and Angry Dog Chicken Wings. And if you're a beer drinker, this is a place not to be missed, because this joint has over 100 kinds of domestic and imported beers.
Getting in on the nation's food truck craze, The Butcher's Son can be spotted around Dallas serving mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches. Offering a variety of meats, their sandwiches feature the best pastrami, beef tenderloin, bratwurst, andouille sausage and more. Not sure what to order? Try the Butcher's three-way, where patrons can choose any three sliders of their choice. Be sure to follow them on twitter to find out their next location!
Try delicious Nigerian cuisine at this hidden gem. The service is friendly and the staff will be happy to suggest a dish you should try if you've never had Nigerian food before. Try the delicious jerk chicken or the Okra soup with fufu, and you can never go wrong with the fried plantains.
As the second location of this ever-popular Texas eatery, Rodeo Goat is known for its ice cold craft beers and unusual burger options. The Texas-sized restaurant offers a spacious patio, giant bar with metal diner stools, and an impressive menu of delicious grub and craft brews. The burgers are truly the hidden gem of the place with house-ground beef and eccentric toppings like grilled peaches, corn chips, candied bacon and blackberry compote.
The Wild Detectives combines a bar, café and bookshop under roof. It is appealing to bibliophiles, coffee and wine connoisseurs and attracts an intellectual crowd. Academics and professionals head here to get their work done using the free WiFi facility and loose themselves in a book while sipping a cup of warm coffee. The bar also provides wine and cheese pairings and is known for its gourmet Emporium pies. Soft music playing in the background makes the reading and coffee drinking experience memorable. The wood-beamed, sloping roof, wood-decked flooring and shelves filled with volumes lend a nostalgic aura to the place. So head here if you want an indelible combination of good food, drinks and books.
Buda Juice is an organic and vegan juice bar in the West Village. Their cold-pressed juices are extracted from fruits and veggies everyday to retain the essential minerals and vitamins. They are also hand squeezed. Preserved in customized glass bottles these nutritious delights are chilled in their refrigerator so that you can just drink or take out. You can even try their handmade milks and soups which are equally delicious.
Italian pizza served with a dollop of Southeast Asian coconut sauce reeks of a culinary whodunnit. But before you arrive at a snap judgment, give this hole-in-the-wall take-away-only pizza joint a chance. A sister restaurant of its Vietnamese sibling eatery Dalat which is next door, ZaLat dishes out boldly experimental pizzas. Sample the traditional margherita or pepperoni, but save your next order for the Reuben, a corned beef pie with the thousand island sauce. Pizzas are available Wednesdays through Sundays till an ungodly 4a, perfect for that post-drink hankering.