Walking Underground in Downtown Dallas - Mexican Burger's and Fortune Cookies at the Food Court
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Cold weather always sends me looking for shelter; but, for some strange reason, I do not mind sweating my rear off during the summer. If you are wondering, I am reflecting on how strange it is that I waited until now to start looking at the tunnels underneath Dallas. They are something that I knew about; but, I have never really explored them. I guess it took a layoff, combined with a miserable job market, to open my eyes to the world in front of me. In a strange way, having a truck limited my range of experiences to areas that I could drive to. (Okay, I have learned my lesson. I am ready for life to get better. It’s worth a try, someone might be listening.)
The Burgers and More
There is a food court underneath the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas. It is also one of the entrances to the Dallas underground system. You are able to walk from there to the underground food court at the Bank of America building. There is some great places there too. The food court under the Renaissance Tower has all of the normal chain/franchise establishments. There are about two places that appear to be mom and pop shops that caught my eye, although I have only eaten at one.
This time I ate at the Burguesa Burger: Home of the Mexican Burger.
I ordered the special and substituted onion rings for fries, which came to about seventy five cents extra. It came with a Mexican fortune cookie. That is the same thing as a Chinese fortune cookie, just flatter and the fortune was written in Spanish with an English translation. It’s possible that the fortune was written in English with a Spanish translation. It really does not matter. Chinese fortune cookies are not actually Chinese, so I assume that Mexican fortune cookies have little to do with Mexico. The cookies taste alike too. The service was good; but, get there early or after the lunch rush. The food court was crowded and this place had a line. Other popular items were churros and breakfast burritos. The burger was good; but, if you are a carnivore, you will be disappointed. The patties were not generous in size. The burger made up for that in flavor. The onion rings were good, especially with the dipping sauce. In hindsight, the sauce was probably meant for the burger.
The place is filled with fast food style establishments. A steady diet of fast food is never good. For those of us that appreciate more of a sit down meal, take an escalator to a level below the food court. There is a cafeteria that is unique to the building. If you want to try these places, keep in mind that the tunnels and establishments all close down at 5:30 pm. This place is within walking distance of the Akard Dart rail stop. From there you can find plenty of dinner options from Union Station to Plano, Texas.
A Mexican Fortune Cookie
The map is wrong. Nieman Marcus is located on Main street.
Pop's is located at the base of a set of stairs.