Italian food, “Healthy Coke” taste test and big burger battle

Editor’s note: Eat Drink D-FW is hosted by Dallas Morning News editor Erin Booke, with food writers Sarah Blaskovich and Claire Ballor. Every week, our culinary journalists taste, debate and analyze local restaurant news, food & drink trends, cooking and shopping tips, and other obsessions. 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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We tried the viral ‘Healthy Coke’ so you don’t have to

This week’s episode is fun and spirited. Hear editor Erin Booke (Team Iceberg Lettuce) fight a big burger battle (OK, gentle, respectful debate) with writers Sarah Blaskovich (“I like squishy food”) and Claire Ballor (Call Me Caramelized). Next, writer Nick Rallo joins us to discuss Italian food and the pasta his aunt packs when she comes from New York. Next, Erin, Sarah, and Claire do a taste test of the viral “Healthy Coke” trend. We hope you like balsamic vinegar!

In this episode

Burger fight! We confess to love In-N-Out and P. Terrys. But to create the perfect burger, check out some chef recommendations here.

Late night catering! While we sometimes love Waffle House, a listener wants more ideas. Sarah’s picks: Sonny Bryan’s, Cosmo’s, Lakewood Landing, Zalat, Serious Pizza. Claire’s picks: Dalat, Lounge Here, Adair’s, Sundown at Granada.

Italian Food: We discuss Dallas’ Italian food scene, with mentions of linguini and clams at Carbone, the beauty of Lucia, pasta at Nonna, and of course how Jimmy’s is the ultimate Italian experience in Dallas. (But we love Eataly too!)

You’ll have to listen to find out what we thought of Healthy Coke (we tried 3 different versions!), but here’s the viral video.

Tell us!

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