Friday, November 6, 2015

White Rocks and Foreign Food

White Rock Lake
There aren’t too many times that I actually go to downtown Dallas, but I do end up in ‘North Dallas’ rather frequently. Although ‘North Dallas’ used to be thought of as just north of downtown, the area has grown to include the area all along Central Expressway. However, this visit took me to a spot very near White Rock Lake. Although I’ve never been there at night, many people have reported offering a young woman who is dripping wet a ride to her home on Gaston Avenue. When they get to the house, the woman has disappeared, leaving the car seat covered in water. The ‘Lady of White Rock Lake’ was drowned during a boating accident in the 1930s.

Originally the White Rock Lake area was a collection of farms owned by the Daniel and Cox families. However, by 1910 it was decided that a lake was needed to combat the water shortage in
Pink Lilies
Dallas. Of course, where there is a lake there are folks who want to live on its shores. The residents, along with the Civilian Conservation Corps, began developing the lakeshores into a municipal park. White Rock Dam was finished by 1911, serving as storm water control and providing a municipal water supply. The area was not always a park; during World War II barracks constructed on the lake housed German prisoners of war. Eventually the water supply was no longer needed by the city and White Rock Lake became a public park. Even today it is a popular spot for 'The Submarine Races', at least until curfew.

Three Carrots

The Latin Deli (5844 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214, 214-363-5551) is a small restaurant
Top: Pineapple Pork Sandwich
Bottom: Sandwich Cubano
in a strip shopping center. Inside are a few tables, with several tables for outdoor seating. In general there are salads and sandwiches. We opted for sandwiches with sides of French fries. The Pineapple Pork Sandwich was slightly spicy, tasty and very well prepared. The Sandwich Cubano was a nice mix of flavors that included some well-prepared pork and fresh tomatoes. The fries had a sweet-spicy salt on them that made amazingly addictive. You have to order and pay at the register; the folks fixing the food are efficient. I’d go back to sample more of their sandwiches the next time I’m in North Dallas. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.

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