As the prospect of another week rears its head, we set our sights on a far more focused area than an entire neighborhood – in fact, it’s not so much a part of a particular town as it is just a part of the Dallas Farmer’s Market. However, that just makes the array of options to be had at the market’s Shed #2 that much more impressive. Barbecue and butter cakes, tamales and italian beefs can all be found in this dining haven, and as Spring and Summer approach, a day shopping for fresh and local produce can be scheduled around a meal worth remembering.
We’re starting with dessert. Sometimes the inner child gets to win.
Basically individual-serving pound cakes, the offerings at Ain’t No Mo! Butter Cakes are sweet, rich, indulgent and entirely satisfying affairs. With more than a dozen different flavors including salted caramel, tres leches and banana strawberry, it might seem a difficult task to choose – especially when one considers the flavors of ice cream that can be dolloped on top. We suggest getting the original with a scoop of vanilla and some caramel sauce. Ultimately, though, you”re probably not going to go wrong with any combination.
the Italian Beef sandwich at Old World Sausage Company is a delightful mess. Loaded with roast beef shipped from Chicago, red and green bell peppers (and onions, if you like), and served in a loaf that has been soaked with the beef drippings, the Italian Beef that Chicago natives Al and Adrianne Capua put together at their storefront inside Shed No. 2 is a taste of Chicago in the middle of Dallas. As is their Chicago dog – appropriately loaded with a Vienna Beef frank, onions, tomatoes, neon-green relish, pickles, sport peppers and other toppings, it’s an unmistakeable replication of the style popularized in the Chicago natives’ hometown. No matter what you get, though, just make sure to remember the napkins. You’ll need them.
It may depend on how long your lunch ‘hour’ really is, but keep in mind that the line at Pecan Lodge is there for a reason: it’s line-worthy barbecue. Open Thursday through Sunday, Pecan Lodge’s mesquite-smoked meats are the primary draw for their barbecue-craving customers, though how they get them can vary – sure, plate of smoked and sliced brisket hits the spot, but shred some of that brisket and put it on a sea-salt crusted sweet potato topped with chipotle cream, butter, crumbled bacon, cheese and green onions and you’ve suddenly got yourself a Hot Mess. And if you’re feeling the need for a little more variety, go with the fried chicken. It might be worth a wait in a line all its own.
The omnivore and herbivore can find themselves equally at home at La Popular, where their assortment of tamales ranges from beef and pork to veggies or bean with jalapeno. The tamales are sold by the plate or by the dozen, but the options don’t stop there – breakfast tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas are also available as entree options. And whichever you choose, keep in mind the salsas – the rojo is spicy and invigorating, while the vibrant salsa verde is a little more accommodating to the less heat-inclined.