I'm a Torontonian who will be in DFW from April 24th to 29th (arriving late Thursday and leaving Tuesday morning). So, I really have 4 days in your area.
I'll be staying with friends in Irving and I want to explore as much of the local food as I can. I'll be focused on BBQ and tacos but will also consider chef-driven restaurants as long as they feature heavy Texan or Tex-Mex influence.
I'm not interested in Asian food since Toronto has every style you can imagine and not interested in southern or Cajun because I'll be in those regions later this year.
We'll be at the Stockyards on the Saturday and I'll make reservations at Lonesome Dove for dinner.
I've heard good things about FT33 and the menu seems appealing but not particularly "Texan". Is it worth breaking my theme?
I'm also considering Charco's Broiler, Reata, CBD Provisions, Mesa and Mexican Inn.
I'm going to try to cram in as many tacos joints & similar as I can. My short-list so far includes: El Tizoncito, El Atoron, Revolver Taco Lounge (will go during happy hour), Tortilleria La Nueva Fresh & Hot, Dona Lencha, Tommy Tamale.
BBQ: Pecan Lodge (at the top of my list right now), Snow's, Lambert's, Black's, Woodshed Smokehouse, Billy's Oak Acres BBQ, FM Smoke House
Snacks: Village Baking Company, Emporium Pies, Hypnotic Donuts
Clearly I won't be able to squeeze it all in so, in your opinion, what are the can't miss places and/or dishes?