Wild Acre Brewing Company and Hari Mari

Don’t think of Dallas-based Hari Mari as just a flip-flop company anymore. It might also become the name of your new fave summer ale.

Hari Mari, the socially conscious Dallas shoe brand, is partnering with Fort Worth's Wild Acre Brewing Company to launch a beer called Hari Mari Ale.

The public will get its first taste during a launch party at Wild Acre on Saturday, March 30. Then the ale will go on sale for the summer — and stay, if it's a hit.

The two DFW companies were already “brand friends,” with Hari Mari offering the brewery’s beer as part of their customers' shopping experience. That relationship inspired the Hari Mari Ale, which is brewed with agave nectar and lime.

“A lot of times, when people are wearing their flip-flops, especially on the weekends, they’re drinking beer, so it kind of made sense,” Hari Mari co-founder Lila Stewart says. “It was a really fun process, because our team went out there and sat down with their brewery guys and tasted all different types and kinds of flavors.”

Wild Acre founder John Pritchett, who pitched the idea to Hari Mari, says the beer is brewed for the Texas summer.

"It’s very different from anything that we’ve done in the past," Pritchett says. "We’ve not used significant fruit in a beer that we’ve put out thus far, so it’s fun and unique from that standpoint, and I think people will react really well to it, and we’re hopeful that Hari Mari gets their products in front of a whole new audience, as well.”

The launch party takes place 11 am-6 pm March 30 at Wild Acre Brewing, 1734 E. El Paso St., Ste. 190, in Fort Worth. The entry fee is $15, and adjacent restaurant Joe Riscky's Barbeque, which normally services the brewery, will also serve food.

Hari Mari donates 1 percent of every pair of flops sold to help those battling pediatric cancer, through the campaign Flops Fighting Cancer. A portion of sales Saturday will be donated to Cook Children's Medical Center, giving customers a chance to drink for a good cause.

During the summer, the ale will be available only at Hari Mari’s East Dallas shop and at the Wild Acre facility.


Fashion Group International fêtes top Dallas designers and artists

Rising Star Awards

Dallas' most fashion forward recently stepped out for the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas' 21st annual Rising Stars Awards Ceremony, which took place at Design District’s Seven for Parties.

The event, this year co-chaired by Holly Quartaro and Dr. Jason Stanford, honors the accomplishments of the city's emerging talents in the areas of women’s fashion, men’s fashion, photography, art, fashion blogging, and makeup artistry.

Attendees, including Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Loi Dang, Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, and Melissa Moore, first were treated to pop-up men’s and women’s fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations highlighting the nominees were displayed throughout the space. And a surprise music presentation by local artist Hannah Fentriss kept the room buzzing. Reality TV star Courtney Kerr emceed.

When it came time to present the awards, these were the 2018 honorees:

  • Rising Star Winner in Men’s Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy
  • Rising Star Winner in Women’s Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity
  • Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz
  • Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers
  • Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily
  • Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco
  • People’s Choice Award: Jo Franco

FGI of Dallas is part of Fashion Group International, a global, nonprofit, professional organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry. FGI provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community. Proceeds from the event funded FGI of Dallas’ foundation scholarships.

Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore

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Stylemaker Awards party reveals Dallas' most fashion-fabulous in 2017

Stylemaker Winners Revealed

The click of cameras and clack of stilettos filled Tootsies on October 26 as the most fashionable women and men in Dallas gathered for the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards Reveal Party.

Themed "Defining Decades of Style," the fourth annual soiree celebrated style icons of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s — Twiggy, Cher, Prince, and Kate Moss. Party-goers dressed for the decade that spoke to their soul, while four different bars, "outfitted" with each of the four style icons, mixed signature cocktails from each decade.

This year’s finalists — Amber LaFrance, Rida Mandavia, Brad Pritchett, Deve Sanford, Yasmeen Tadia, and Molly Tuttle — showed off their styling skills by creating full looks with clothing and accessories from retailers at The Plaza, our Stylemaker Awards partner. Both looks, "red carpet ready" and, in keeping with the theme, "defining decade," were presented on mannequins throughout the store. To reach the finals, the contestants, nominated by the public, were voted through in an online poll.

Before the masses arrived, a panel of four judges assembled and visited each finalist's look, evaluating their use of Plaza retailers, creativity, and execution of the themes. The distinguished jury included Dallas fashion designer Nardos Imam, reality TV personality and entrepreneur Catherine Lowe, philanthropist and executive Lynn McBee, and 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers' choice winner Chris Hite.

Once inside, guests sampled bites from Plaza restaurants True Food Kitchen, Taco Diner, and Sprinkles while visiting checking out the finalists' work. They sipped their decade-themed cocktails featuring signature spirits (Gimlets and Gin Mules with Greenhouse Gin, Harvey Wallbangers with Tower Vodka, and Whiskey Sours with Black Feather Whiskey) and picked up swag bags filled with goodies from Plaza retailers.

Revelers tried makeup looks from different decades courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics — then hit the SmileBooth animated photo booth and style-revealing Truth Booth, shopped a Swoozie's pop-up shop, and purchased Partners Cards. For the first time, proceeds from the reveal party went to The Family Place's Partners Card program. All the while, DJ Blake Ward spun the hottest tunes through the decades — The Police, The Rolling Stones, Journey, even The Spice Girls.

Then, the big moment arrived. CultureMap Dallas Community Manager Lacy Ball introduced the finalists and announced the winners.

The 2017 Readers' Choice title, determined by public voting, went to Amber LaFrance, president and executive publicist for CultureHype, publisher/editor-in-chief of DFW Style Daily, and co-owner of Longhorn Ballroom.

The judges chose Deve Sanford, a fine art consultant, curator, and partner at Dbrand Distribution, as their ultimate Stylemaker. Both winners were whisked away for photo shoots, video interviews, and many congratulations from the crowd.

"I was so surprised to win Reader's Choice," said LaFrance, who was nominated by work colleagues. "The finalists this year were awesome. It's so much more than a style competition to me; it's a chance to celebrate everyone with a quirky sense of style like mine."

Sanford said she was not expecting to win, either.

"When I heard my name announcing that I had won the Style Challenge and was the judges' choice, I was completely shocked," she said. "My fellow Stylemakers really stepped up to the plate and had such amazing, creative looks."

For her "defining decade" look, she chose the '70s because "it was a time period of complete freedom of expression and personal empowerment," she said. "The women's tuxedo, first designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, really emerged and took off during this period and has become an iconic style that women continue to embrace even today."

To put her own touch to the styling of the Balmain ​tuxedo she found at Tootsies, she made her mannequin the ultimate Bond Girl. Her "red carpet" look was inspired by her own red carpet experiences, "my most recent one being at the opening of the Dallas Opera's 61st season last week," she said. "My mannequin wore a breathtaking, structural gown by Nardos and was on her way to see Madame Butterfly. She was all ready with her opera glasses, program, and was surrounded by beautiful Baccarat butterflies that I found at Bachendorf's."

Sanford added that the Stylemakers process helped shine a light on the broad, diverse definition of personal style.

"This entire experience really just reconfirmed my belief that style is truly timeless," she said. "It has nothing to do with trends and is purely a reflection of who you are."

Attendees had their runway moment on a red carpet outside the party.

Attendees had their runway moment on a red carpet outside the party.

8 reasons every Dallas trendsetter should attend the Stylemaker Awards reveal party

Dress to Impress

It's almost time to celebrate the most fashionable women and men in Dallas in high style. On October 26, we will honor the six finalists at the fourth annual CultureMap Stylemaker Awards reveal party at Tootsies, and we hope you'll join us.

But, what do you wear to such a fashion-forward fete? Here are some details about the party to help you plan.

Themed "Defining Decades of Style," the party will celebrate style icons of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s — Twiggy, Cher, Prince, and Kate Moss. Party-goers are encouraged to dress for whichever of those decades speaks to their soul. Think Bond Girl fierce, rock 'n' roll rad, Madonna fabulous, Carrie Bradshaw chic, or Clueless cute. (It is not a Halloween costume party, however, so please leave your Austin Powers-replica Mr. Bigglesworth doll at home.)

Then come ready to walk the red carpet, sip signature cocktails, belly up to a cosmetics bar, mug for a photo booth, and more. Without revealing too many panache party details, here are a few highlights we can tease:

Eats and drinks: Plaza restaurants will pass out tasty bites and noshes, while four different bars, "dressed" with each of the four style icons, will mix signature cocktails from each decade. Whether you're into Mad Men-era dirty martinis or fizzy '90s champagne cocktails, you won't go thirsty.

Benefit Cosmetics Bar: Try out makeup trends that correspond with the decades; for example, bold wings and mascara from the '60s or shimmery eye shadow and nude lips from the '90s.

Smilebooth Photos: At this cool photo booth, guests will take photos and animated GIFs with different filters for each decade and share them via social media or print out their photo strips as keepsakes.

The Truth Booth: Think you're chic? We'll tell you the truth in this fun interactive experience. Get ready to take your wardrobe to the next level.

Swoozies and Partners Card: Swoozies will set up a pop-up shop full of fun gifts, themed home decor, stationery, and more. They also will provide an incentive for anyone who purchases a Partners Card that evening. Proceeds from the reveal party will benefit The Family Place's Partners Card program.

Tootsies Iconic Fashions: The retail host for the evening will outfit four mannequins to represent one look from each decade.

Memorable music: DJ Blake Ward will spin the hottest tunes through the decades ... The Police, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, The Cure, Ace of Base, No Doubt, and yes, The Spice Girls will be part of the dance party.

The main event: It all culminates with our Stylemakers finalists' style challenge. They will create full looks with clothing and accessories pulled from retailers at The Plaza, our Stylemaker Awards partner. The looks will be evaluated by our panel of five fabulous judges: fashion designer Nardos Imam, reality TV personality and entrepreneur Catherine Lowe, philanthropist and executive Lynn McBee, celebrity stylist J. Bolin, and 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers' choice winner Chris Hite.

Party-goers will get the chance to mingle with the judges and finalists throughout the night. Read more about the finalists here. The readers' choice winner will be crowned at the party, along with the judges' choice for ultimate Stylemaker.

Photo by Hoyoung Lee

Animal-loving Dallas Stylemaker finalist's closet changed with her diet

Stylemaker Spotlight

Editor's note: We're shining a spotlight on the six finalists in the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards, continuing with finalist Molly Tuttle. Voting for the readers' choice winner continues through October 24 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be named at our Reveal Party on October 26 at Tootsies in The Plaza.

Molly Tuttle’s change in personal style wasn’t so much of an evolution as it was a big bang.

About three years ago, she was working as a wardrobe stylist and had a closet full of leather, silk, wool, suede, and even fur. Then she went vegan and decided she needed to align her closet with her kitchen.

“Overnight, I sold everything on Ebay, gave it to friends, totally redid my house and closet, and now everything is eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade, and it's all cruelty-free and animal-friendly,” says Tuttle, 33. “I went online looking for a blogger who was completely cruelty-free, couldn't find one, so I decided to be one.”

She now lists her occupation as style blogger and animal activist. At a recent photo shoot, she was dressed, head-to-toe, in some of her favorite animal-friendly pieces: vegan leather shoes and pants, a vintage rock band T-shirt she’d cut it up herself to suit her style, and her grandmother’s hand-me-down necklace.

A newlywed, Tuttle and her husband threw an all-vegan celebration recently, too. We chatted more about how her lifestyle choices influence her fashion choices.

CultureMap: Why did you decide to go vegan a few years ago?

Molly Tuttle: “I’ve been an animal lover my whole life. I have three rescue dogs at home that are like my babies. I started to make the connection that they’re not that different from a baby pig or a baby cow. It’s really just kind of what our society has labeled them as that drives our behavior. So I went to an animal sanctuary, I was playing with baby goats — they’re one of the most-consumed foods in the world — and I found that they look and act just like dogs. So it really got me thinking, and that’s how I began animal rescue and veganism.”

CM: How does your vegan lifestyle influence your fashion choices?

MT: “I want to be really intentional with where I buy and what I buy. I love vintage; it's the most sustainable, and in my opinion, soulful way to shop. I really love to support high-fashion designers when they step outside the box and start making animal-friendly choices. As far as my style, I am not a totally structured person, so stylistically I'm not too structured either. I like to implement edgy pieces and more fanciful pieces, but nothing too ‘of a theme.’”

CM: What’s your advice for others in Dallas who want to implement a total vegan lifestyle?

MT: “Dallas is actually super progressive when it comes to moving toward vegan options. But it's also still normal to see fur worn here. My best advice … is to go at your own pace and to forgive yourself. Temptations abound, and you are going to slip up; you don't have to be perfect to be good. If you’re an extremist, go cold turkey. If you’re not, start with a meatless Monday. As far as shopping, I would suggest going online or looking in our local boutiques. Esther Penn, for instance, has lots of vegan leather handbags and shoes.”

CM: Is that the kind of advice your blog aims to give?

MT: “On my blog, FashionVeggie, you might find anything from vegan fashion to travel. You’ll find a lot of vegan beauty — products that haven’t been tested on animals. I try to keep it all relatable, fun and light because I’m just a random, normal person who decided to make a change in my lifestyle, and I want to show it is attainable for anybody. I want to make cruelty-free living easy for everybody.”

CM: How did you feel when you found out you were nominated for a CultureMap Stylemaker Award?

MT: “I was so excited. I feel like my mission and the way I dress is the definition of a Stylemaker because I'm changing people's perception about vegan fashion and letting people know that there are options out there that are more eco-friendly. So, to me, that is a Stylemaker."

Photo by Hoyoung Lee

This Dallas Stylemaker finalist swapped corporate suits for sweet new style

Stylemaker Spotlight

Editor's note: We're shining a spotlight on the six finalists in the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards, continuing with finalist Yasmeen Tadia. Voting for the readers' choice winner continues through October 24 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be named at our Reveal Party on October 26 at Tootsies in The Plaza.

What do you wear to work when you’re the founder of a company that sells cotton candy and promises to “make life sweeter” for people all over the country?

Neither a stiff, buttoned-up suit nor a pink, frilly confection.

It’s closet challenge that Yasmeen Tadia welcomes every day. Tadia, 35, is CEO and founder of Make Your Life Sweeter Brands: Fluffpop, Hotpoppin, Sugaire, and Modsweets.

"Make your life sweeter” is a motto she lives by, too. Tadia's philanthropic passion has motivated her to create a nonprofit organization called Random Acts of Sweetness.

But her yummiest title of all may be that of mom.

We caught up with her recently to chat about looking her best while living her sweetest life.

CultureMap: What is your style philosophy?

Yasmeen Tadia: “I love being able to make a first impression lasting for everybody. So my biggest thing is having something memorable that I’m wearing, making sure that I dress conservatively but always professionally.”

CM: How has your style evolved?

YT: “I am a mom of an 8-year-old, and I have to remember to dress like a mom sometimes. So my style has evolved quite a bit. I always try to make sure that when I’m traveling, I also can carry luggage and be that mom. But on the other hand, I always want to create a first lasting impression. Over the years when I was in corporate America, I used to dress in a very suit-and-pants style, and now I’m trying to get to the point where I dress more fun and trendy.”

CM: How has your Indian culture influenced your fashion choices?

YT: “My culture and heritage does have a lot to do with my style and how I present myself. At 12 years old, I decided that I was going to follow a modest lifestyle and dress conservatively but also fashion forward. So you won’t see me dress in a manner that’s not conservative or modest.”

CM: How do you incorporate that idea into a work wardrobe?

YT: “Cotton candy is all about pink and having pops of different color and pops of fun and creativity. So you’ll always see me dressed in something that’s a little more muted so when I show up to events, I’m not, like, bright and ‘out there.’ But I will always try to have some really cool shoes or a cool accessory.”

CM: Tell us a little more about the sweet charity you founded.

YT: “I have a nonprofit called Random Acts of Sweetness, and it is really about celebrating people who do good things for others without expecting anything in return. We love just celebrating people who are good people. We do a ton of charity and philanthropic events all over the country, as well as just celebrating individuals who just go above and beyond to do good things.”

CM: How did you feel when you found out you were nominated for a CultureMap Stylemaker Award?

YT: “I was beyond excited. I really have never been put in a position where people even noticed my style. I get compliments every now again from people saying, ‘I like the way you dress’ or ‘I like what you have on,’ but I never felt like I was stylish. Being conservative and having a modest outlook on dressing was a little bit of a challenge for me — to make sure that I’m in style but still upholding my standards — so it’s definitely an honor.”

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

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Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.