Welcome to the first installment of guest posts from friends in far places! While I like to think that I've been fortunate to travel fairly frequently, there's just too much to see, do and eat in the world for one lonely blogger. More importantly, everyone brings a unique voice and their own personal experiences.
It seemed appropriate for the first installment to be about my exotic hometown: Dallas. Catherine and I go way back. Remember that friend I frequented Wendy's with? That's her. Who better then to ask for some cheap eat recommendations in Big D?
The Frequent Wanderer and I go way back to high school. We’ve been friends since we grew up in the ‘burbs of Dallas, managed to stay in touch through college and then spent our mid-late twenties roaming around NYC.
He knew me through my broke phase. As in eat-perogies-for-a-full-week-because-it’s-what-I-could-afford broke. He learned quickly that when it comes to dining out in NYC, if he wanted to get me to leave my apartment and my fleecey pants, we had to go somewhere that was no-frills. Even now, as a financially stable Dallasite, I’m still in the habit of taking the road less expensive (for food…and I guess roads. I avoid the Tollway.)
Burger: JC's Burger House is an old favorite. It’s now a Dallas chain, but any true Planoite (Planoian?) knows you can only go to the original. Tater tots and Blue Bell spun malts? You got it. I can attest that their burgers are the juiciest. Why? Because my mom was terrified of mad cow disease, and from 2000-2003 I was forced to order these burgers well done. They were still delicious.
Tex Mex: Ojeda’s is my favorite. To me, it’s the ultimate comfort food. My family rewards each other in Ojeda’s trips. Birthday? Let’s go to Ojeda’s. You checked in on my apartment while I was out of town? Let me take you to Ojeda’s. Everything on the menu is really basic Tex Mex, but I think they fuse magic into their meats. The chicken nachos are the main selling point for me.
BBQ: I’m a sucker for the original Sonny Bryan’s. I think the chain is pretty consistent - but for some reason, eating a chopped beef sandwich at your desk just feels right.
Donut: I’m still a relative novice to my donut search of Dallas, but my friend and I sought out Mojo Donuts as a too-many-mambo taxis hangover cure. Not only are the flavors magical (Strawberry Shortcake, PPJ, Fruity Pebbles, Mexican Chocolate…and those were just the ones we tried) but the owner dumped about a dozen donut holes on top out of the goodness of her heart. What a gal!
For those craving more cheap eat recommendations, Catherine will be back as she makes her way through Dallas. Stay tuned!