The Dallas Must-Do List: The Bob Armstrong Dip

Could this be the food of the gods?

For my 12th stop on the list of Things Every Dallasite Must Do, I went to Mattito’s for some of their Bob Armstrong dip. Armed with insider knowledge, I planned to impress the waiter with my Dallas savvy when ordering the off-menu dip.

As soon as we were seated, our waiter offered to get us drinks and asked if we would like to order some Bob Armstrong dip. My bubble was burst.  I convinced myself that merely saying, “yes please,” instead of asking what it was still gave me an aura of being in the know, but it was far less satisfying.

All of my disappointment melted away when he came back with a bowl of queso, guacamole, ground beef taco meat, and a dollop of sour cream, ready to be thoroughly mixed with the accompanying spoon. Though probably not the most original mixture of ingredients, it is delightful, and much better than just plain queso. I had to remind myself to eat it with tortilla chips instead of digging in with a spoon.

I’m not sure how Teresa Pullen managed to eat 2 pounds and 14 ounces of the mixture in last year’s Bob-eating contest on Cinco de Mayo. Today’s happens at 5 p.m. After sharing a bowl — along with more than a few baskets of tortilla chips and one of Mattito’s unsettlingly bright blue Rumbaritas — I could not bring myself to order an entrée.

I did, however, finish by ordering a plate of two sopapillas dusted in cinnamon sugar with a dish of honey to dip them in. Sounds like a balanced meal to me.

Lisa Collins is a D Magazine intern.


  • Kris

    Really? Shouldn’t this have been done at Matt’s in Lakewood?

  • DFWFoodie

    Bob Armstrong dip is the best…cannot beat it.

  • UTgirl

    I’m just wondering what other Dallas-only culinary treats could have been featured instead of Armstrong Dip? I LOVE Armstrong Dip, and yes, feature it in another list, but it did not originate in Dallas. It originated in Austin, at Matt’s El Rancho, Matt Sr.’s restaurant. Matt Jr. is missed, and previously sold Mattito’s, but instead of featuring an Austin dish, what about featuring a Dallas-originated experience, like sitting behind a school desk to eat Bar-B-Que at Sonny Bryan’s on Inwood?
    I wonder if the staff at Mattito’s know who Bob Armstrong was?

  • Texas Chipmunk

    UT girl, you only got it half-right. it originated in Austin, but it was created by Matt Jr. at his dad’s restaurant; Matt Jr. took it with him when he moved to Dallas and opened Matt’s, and popularized it even more. So Dalas, in a sense, can lay claim to it too.