LISTEN: The evolution of Mexican cuisine in Dallas, plus robots and retro diners

Editor’s Note: Eat Drink D-FW is hosted by Dallas Morning News Food Editor Erin Booke with food reporters Sarah Blaskovich and Claire Ballor. Each week, our food journalists dish, debate and analyze local restaurant news, food and drink trends, tips for cooking and shopping, and other obsessions. You’ll also hear from chefs, farmers and foodies like yourself as we explore the people who make D-FW one of the most vibrant, diverse and ambitious food scenes in the country.

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Has Dallas learned to love regional Mexican food?

Chef Anastacia Quiñones Pittman helms the kitchen José restaurant in Dallas.

(Lynda M. Gonzalez / Staff Photographer)

Listen in as chef Anastacia Quiñones Pittman of José on Lovers restaurant talks about her approach to Mexican food, and how Dallas has come to love traditional Mexican dishes like aguachiles and mole just as much as they love Tex-Mex. Food editor Erin Booke also chats with reporter Claire Ballor and producer Nataly Keo about restaurant robots, TikTok salads and chickpeas, then we answer a listener question about Pulp Fiction-inspired diners in Dallas.

In this episode

Claire saw a lot of robots at the annual Texas Restaurant Association conference in Dallas. Tian Tian restaurant has a robot, as does La Duni.

Oh no, a chickpea shortage! We hope it doesn’t change Claire’s plans for her favorite new summer salad. Also, have you tried the viral Jennifer Aniston salad? We couldn’t find bulgur wheat anywhere either.

Restaurant Week reservations are open!

AQ Pittman helms José restaurant on Lovers Lane.

When it comes to Pulp Fiction-inspired diners, Claire loves: Lucky’s, Original Market Diner on Harry Hines, and The Diner of Dallas in Farmers Branch. Erin’s go-to retro diners are Norma’s, Mama’s Daughters Diner, and Poor Richard’s Cafe in Plano.

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