Our goal is simple: to explore every type of ethnic food restaurant in Dallas/Ft. Worth and promote the good ones who are often overlooked because they don’t fit our standard mold.
Well, I love food. I love exploring. And, this is about as close as I’ll get to my own version of Bourdain’s “Part’s Unknown”.
Here are a few other reasons:
- Lunch got really, really boring.
- Tyler Cowen inspires me.
- Exploring beats not exploring. Interesting beats not interesting.
- I want to support the “little guy”.
- Yelp and the like don’t reflect what I look for in restaurants – interesting, fresh and good food. They penalize anything different because certain reviewers don’t like different, so it isn’t a good guide to most the restaurants you’ll find here
HOW WE CHOOSE:
Here’s what we do different. Obviously we look at Yelp and the like, but like I mentioned they can be ridiculously misleading for our purpose. While I see an inability to speak fluent English as a sign of authenticity, someone else might knock it down a few stars. While we deem unusual menu items a plus, others might complain there aren’t chicken tenders on the menu for their kids. While an obscure location in a neighborhood sopping center full of signs in a foreign language might unsettle some diners, we get a rush of excitement that we are entering into what might be a novel dining experience. So, reviews must be carefully vetted and overall ratings must be discounted significantly as a valid tool.
We ask around, a lot. We find ourselves asking anyone with an accent where they are from and where they go to eat traditional food. And, any ethnic neighborhood presents a great opportunity.
Where we are Headed: I don’t know. How many cuisines are there? How many interesting small restaurant owners are there with a story to tell? A cuisine they are proud of? I guess we’ll see.