Dallas - Fort Worth November 08, 2017
16 Food Faux Pas No Dallasite – Fort Worthian Should Ever Commit
Dallas – Fort Worth locals really love a good meal, and we expect Texas-size portions, robust taste, and a large schooner of beer or margarita to wash it all down. We’re known for our beef, our barbecue, and our Tex-Mex, and we rejoice in Southern scratch cooking and all things fried. While we are pretty open-minded about trying new foods to eat, there are certain things you just don’t do to food when you live in the Lone Star State. If you commit these food faux pas, you might even find your order prematurely packaged up for takeout, or worse… ushered to the door. After all, there are just some things you really don’t want to mess with when you’re from Texas.
1. Don't ruin a Texas T-Bone by putting ketchup (or any type of sauce) on it. The only exception: butter.
Hosts or restaurants may ask if you want a steak sauce, but keep your senses about you and just say "no." Our steaks are meant to be savored; not disguised.
2. Don't diss our Texas-manufactured Shiner Bock beer...
3. ...Or newcomer Revolver beer.
Revolver got its start in Granbury, making it a local favorite. Fans still flock to their brewhouse there for tastings and live music.
4. Don't run out of ranch dressing.
We use ranch dressing to dip just about everything. At restaurants, we might even ask for two or three extra sides of it. Don't spoil our dinner by serving the worthless "fat-free" versions either.
5. The only way to eat catfish is deep fat fried.
You CAN eat this Southern favorite with ketchup, by the way.
6. Don't expect to just walk in and be seated at Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant without waiting in line.
There's pretty much a line from open to close. Just know that there is a bar just inside where you can get a margarita to make the wait less painful!
And be sure to bring cash. You'll want to avoid the humiliating mistake of whipping out your credit card to pay... which this iconic restaurant doesn't accept. Somewhat surprisingly, the restaurant still accepts checks, although cash is the preferred payment.
7. Never use silverware to eat ribs.
The only acceptable way to eat them is to pick them up and hold the rib on each end. Gnaw away!
8. Peach cobbler is a Texan's preferred dessert ... but only when served with ice cream.
9. Speaking of ice cream, there's only one brand to buy.
Blue Bell Ice Cream, made in Brenham, of course! It is simply the best!
10. Don't ask what a taqueria is.
If you don't know the differences between barbacoa, carnitas, tacos al pastor, carne asada, and tacos dorados, do us all a favor and do some research before we take you to our favorite taco stand.
11. Be wary of the jalapeno.
Not all jalapenos are the same. Before showboating and biting into a jalapeno with gusto, make sure you know its variety. Don't blame us if you brag that
nothing is too spicy for you, only to nearly succumb to an especially hot pepper.
12. The answer is always sweet tea.
There's really nothing more to say on this matter. Frequent refills are expected when dining out, and never cost extra in Dallas - Fort Worth.
13. Chicken fried steak is such a Texas favorite, there's a whole day dedicated to this entrée.
Usually, it is in late October. Stay tuned for the 2018 designated date!
14. Dr. Pepper was created in the 1880s in Waco, and is our state's soft drink of choice.
When we ask for a Coke, we MEAN Dr. Pepper. Duh! If we wanted a Coca-Cola, we'd ask for one.
15. Never fear the food truck.
Dallas - Fort Worth foodies love food trucks. We have dedicated food parks just for noshing - like the Fort Worth Food Park shown here. The food is safe to eat, easy on the wallet, and a feast for the eyes.
16. If you attend a crawfish broil, you must also enthusiastically know how to eat these slimy bottom-dwellers.
Diehards suck the juice out of the head portion, but just eating the tail portion works too. Don't forget the potatoes and corn on the side!
Are there other dining mistakes to avoid making in Dallas – Fort Worth that we should add to this list? If so, we’d love for you to add them to the comment section below!