The evolution of Mexican cuisine in Dallas, as well as robots and old-fashioned restaurateurs

Editor’s note: Eat Drink D-FW hosted Dallas Morning News food editor Erin Book with food journalists Sarah Blaskovitch and Claire Balor. Each week, our food journalists dine, discuss and analyze local restaurant news, food and drink trends, cooking tips, shopping and more. You’ll also hear from chefs, farmers and foodies like you 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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Did Dallas know to love regional Mexican food?

Chef Anastacia Quiñones Pittman leads the kitchen of José’s Restaurant in Dallas.(Linda Gonzalez/staff photographer)

Hear Chef Anastacia Quiñones Pittman of José on Lovers talk about her style of Mexican dining, and how Dallas came to love traditional Mexican dishes like aguachiles and mole as much as they love Tex-Mex. Food editor Erin Bock talks with journalist Claire Balor and producer Natalie Keogh about restaurant robots, tik tok salads and hummus, then answering a listener’s question about Pulp FictionInspirational diners in Dallas.

in this episode

Claire saw a lot of robots at the Texas Restaurant Association’s annual convention in Dallas. Tian Tian Restaurant has a robot, and so does Donnie.

Oh no, lack of hummus! Hopefully that doesn’t change Claire’s plans for her new favorite summer salad. Also, have you tried Jennifer Aniston’s viral salad? We couldn’t find bulgur wheat anywhere either.

Reservations for Restaurant Week are open!

AQ Pittman leads José’s restaurant on Lovers Lane.

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

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