Starving On a Budget- A look at Dallas' food culture
Recently, we got a chance to talk to Dalila Thomas, a Dallas based news producer for CW33, and creator of the blog, Starving On a Budget. The St. Louis native shared with us some of her favorite places to eat in Dallas.
Patrick: How long have you been in Texas and what brought you there initially?
Dalila: I came to DFW in 2012 after getting my Masters because my sister lived here. It was either Dallas or Shreveport, LA (where my parents now live) so of course I chose Dallas. After nine months of not finding anything news related in the city, I moved to Louisiana for news producer job and a year later finally landed a job in my field in Dallas. I’ve been back since April 2014.
Patrick: Every time I see your IG posts, it seems like you’ve found some amazing new eatery in Texas. How do you find all of these places?
Dalila: Honestly Instagram! I think the app is amazing and I’m slightly obsessed! When I first got here I started following a lot of foodies and going to some of the places they recommended. Eventually I started finding some cool places on my own, but I owe a lot of it to what a find online. And through people I meet of course. In addition to my personal passion, I write and produce a food segment each week for my job so that helps me stay up on new places.
Patrick: What have been your favorite places thus far?
For a hearty meal I love Sissy’s Southern Kitchen.
As for tacos, which are a must in Texas, a little spot my boyfriend put me on in East Dallas called Tacos La Banqueta. Super authentic and yummy (and cheap!)
Sidenote: I recently tried cactus fries for the first time at Armoury D.E., and they were quite delish.
Patrick: We all know that Texas is well renown for its BBQ, are there any places you’d recommend?
Dalila: Yes, of course. It’s funny, growing up I only really ate my dad’s BBQ, and we didn’t eat pork. So every time tell a chef or owner I’m from St. Louis they say “Yeah spare ribs, rib tips,” and I’m like, “Suuuure?”
Any who, there’s a place in Garland that’s pretty good called III Fellas. And in Dallas, The Slow Bone. I personally don’t do BBQ spots too much because people don’t grill their meat with sauce on it, which I believe defeats the whole purpose.
Patrick: Where would you recommend if someone wanted to try something new? A place that one wouldn’t normally associate with the traditional “Texas” style.
Dalila: If it’s not southern comfort food, I’d have to say Italian. Now of course Italian isn’t new, but there’s a spot called Two Guys From Italy that’ll have you questioning any Italian you’ve eaten before.
Also Jamaican Gates in Arlington has some amazing jerk!
Patrick: What would you say to those with more picky palettes?
Dalila: For someone with a pickier palette that wants to get a taste of Texas I would suggest three things you can’t really go wrong with: a burger, tacos, and BBQ of course.
Burgers happen to be a personal favorite of mine and there are several places I know will never disappoint:
In and Out (double –double or bust)
Patrick: Is there a way for people to keep up with you as you travel, find new places and experience new things?
Dalila: I’m working on the launch of my blog, but right now Instagram is the best way to keep up with where I am and what I’m stuffing my face with.
Patrick: Anything else that you’d like to share?
Dalila: Food is love. Food is life. Don’t let anyone tell you any different!