The 10 most essential Texas foods

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Nothing unites us Texans like our love of essential Texas foods. Just like cheese curds in Wisconsin or lobster rolls in Maine, our favorites are entwined with history and locale. Here, the influences run to Southern, Mexican and Western.
What follows are 10 foods — and two drinks to wash ’em down with — near and dear to Texans’ hearts, if not always their cardiologists’ hearts. They won’t necessarily make sense to outsiders, but we love ’em just the way they are.

Tortilla soup
When Dean Fearing was executive chef at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in the 1980s, he developed an upscale take on classic tortilla soup, which has its roots deep in Mexico; it remains on the menu at the Mansion Restaurant. The celebrity chef now has his own restaurant, Fearing’s, in the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, where he still makes his signature chicken-chile-tomato-based version with crisp tortilla strips.

Where to get it:

Fearing’s (or the adjacent Rattlesnake Bar), Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com and ritzcarlton.com.

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