Dallas dining report

The most nerve-wracking part about covering a road game in an unfamiliar city isn’t the travel. It’s not negotiating an unknown rink. It’s not making deadline from a different time zone.

The biggest worry is not having a go-to restaurant. I’d visited Dallas on two previous occasions, but had never spent any time walking around and studying dining possibilities.

Armed with a little research, an empty stomach, and a well-tuned nose, I set out on McKinney St. last night upon arrival. Passed by a surf-and-turf joint, but didn’t get good vibes. Peeked in a sushi joint, but the smell of meat on the grill was far too tempting to turn down. And since we’re in Texas, might as well go for red meat, right?

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So I settled on Jake’s. I wasn’t disappointed: big fat cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake so thick you could pull a groin if you’re foolish enough to use a straw (it comes with a spoon). Total bill: $11 and change.

Today, to combat all that grease, I visited Yutaka Sushi Bistro for some fresh fish. Enjoyed some tasty salmon, yellowtail, and tuna. Only annoying part was trying to extract a stray piece of seaweed from between the teeth for the next hour or so.

Two more top-shelf strikes for this hungry hack. Glendale recommendations, anyone?

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