Prepare To Be Shocked

This list of Dallas' 3 most popular foods has some shockers

This list of Dallas' 3 most popular foods has some shockers

Photo of freshly harvested okra pods
Dallas loves this vegetable more than anything. Photo by Marshall Hinsley

Dallas has made a national list that reveals some shocking things about what we eat and where we eat it — depending on your definition of shocking, that is. The list comes from Lose It, a food and exercise mobile phone app. They took a kinda stalky peek at what their users were logging to determine the three most popular foods and restaurants in 11 major U.S. cities.

Dallas was one of those 11 cities, along with other big-shot places like New York, San Francisco, and L.A. We matter! At least to Lose It we do. According to their data, Dallas' three most popular foods are as follows:

  • okra
  • enchiladas
  • tacos

Vegetables come out on top! Way to go, Dallas. That said, okra is a bit of a surprise. Enchiladas and tacos, well obviously. But is okra really that big a deal here? FACT: We've mentioned it 103 times on CultureMap; that's no small potatoes. And FACT: Don't forget that Dallas also has an annual Okrapalooza Festival, which by the way is coming up on September 17.

Given the widespread presence in DFW of guacamole, you might think avocados would have made our list? It was a top-three item in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but nope — Dallas is all about the okra.

As for eating out, according to Lose It these are Dallas' top three restaurants:

  • Whataburger
  • Chicken Express
  • Torchy's Tacos

By any measure, that is an odd threesome. All three are Texas-based chains, and Whataburger is certainly the king of burgers in Texas. Torchy's isn't hard to understand; Dallas loves Austin imports. But is Chicken Express really that popular?

Keep in mind, this is according to an app people use to track calories and such. Also keep in mind that most of the other 10 cities on this have chains, too, such as Potbelly for Chicago, and El Pollo Loco, the chicken chain which appears on both Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Northeast wins for healthiest choices. Washington, D.C., likes two salad chains: Chop't and Sweetgreen. New York also has Chop't. And Boston has a salad and grain bowl lunch spot called B. Good.