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Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 top restaurants for fried fare

In September, one's thoughts turn to a certain category of food: the fried kind. Blame the State Fair of Texas, whose Big Tex Choice Awards plants a seed. A seed covered in batter and fried.

This year's State Fair lineup was notable in that the entries were elevated to a higher foodie level than years past, including a deep-fried lobster tail from Mr. Choice Awards himself, Abel Gonzales. For our September edition of Where To Eat, we follow their lead with some high-end fried food offerings at restaurants around Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Recently opened branch on Greenville Avenue of this local Asian-fusion chain feels noisy and bright. Rice bowls are the thing, which you can order in a pre-set menu or customize yourself. Diners are liking the fried chicken but look for the semi-regular special of tempura eggplant. It's the smaller Japanese eggplant, cut into big bites, coated with a light, crunchy crust, then drizzled with sweet and spicy glaze. The texture of the eggplant is almost still firm but melts in your mouth.

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