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Win or lose at OU/Texas, your taste buds will know victory at these Dallas eateries

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While you're in Dallas this weekend for the OU/Texas game, yes, you could stop in at Chili's and/or Taco Bell to eat, but why?

Being the ninth largest city in the country, Dallas has roughly 1.3 million mouths to feed "¦ and about 8,000 restaurants to do just that. Try out these city spots for tastes you can't get this side of the Red River.

The Lilly Pad at Main Street Garden
1902 Main
214-828-2288

www.foodbeyondthebox.com

This outdoor café stands in the middle of a downtown park at St. Paul and Main, and serves sustainable, organic street food. Grab a grilled, all-natural flat wrap and a frozen yogurt " vanilla bean or tangy " for dessert.

State Fair of Texas
Dallas Fair Park
1121 First Ave.

214-565-9931
www.bigtex.com

No wonder this claims the title of "Fried Food Capital of Texas." Stroll the grounds and eat fried grilled cheese, fried salad (love the huge garlic croutons, pictured), fried peaches, fried Frito chili pie, fried s'mores, fried burgers, fried tacos (on a stick, mind you), fried chocolate, fried watermelon and more. Our favorite? The chicken-fried bacon, although it may kill us. Our least favorite? The absolutely inedible fried beer. Go for the real thing.

La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio
4264 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-520-6888

www.laduni.com

Just one of a few locations, this spot cooks up fresh pastries daily that are so decadent, you'll want to eat them with a fork simply out of respect. In for brunch? Order the Migas Cuatro Quesos (pictured). That's eggs scrambled with bacon, three cheeses and tortilla chips, then served with two salsas and tortillas on the side. You're welcome.

Chocolate Secrets
3926 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-252-9801

www.chocolatesecrets.net

Just down the street from La Duni, Chocolate Secrets has candies so smooth, they look like marbles. But instead of breaking your teeth, they'll melt in your mouth. Get some to go, or stir a couple into your coffee for a cup of joe with added joy.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant
4322 Lemmon Ave.
214-526-1020

miastexmex.com

What Chelino's is to Oklahoma City, Mia's is to Dallas " in other words, awesome. The brisket tacos are the signature dish at this Tex-Mex hot spot, but I failed to find anything that didn't prompt instant salivation, starting with the good ol' chips and salsa. And queso. And cheese quesadillas. And chicken taquitos. And "¦

Stoneleigh P
2926 Maple Ave.
214-871-2346

Located across the street from the historic Stoneleigh Hotel is the Stoneleigh P. To shortcut things, let's just say it's Big D's answer to VZD's, right down to once being an actual drugstore. The P makes a mean hamburger, but don't ask for ketchup. Repeat: Don't. Ask. For. Ketchup. You don't need it. "Rod Lott

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