Here are the top restaurants to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner like a local in Dallas
by The Editors of DuJour | December 29, 2013 9:52 am
2869 Crockett Street
An upscale neighborhood tavern in Fort Worth that offers dishes like grass-fed-beef burgers and duck pot pie.
Belly & Trumpet
3407 McKinney Avenue
Chef Brian Zenner’s menu of small plates was inspired by his travels around the globe, from London to Thailand (where he was born) and Dubai. To wit, he offers dishes like steamed buns with Wagyu beef tongue and a refreshing watermelon-and-arugula salad with chili and lime.
1919 Greenville Avenue
This carnivorous restaurant in East Dallas is making waves with its hand-cranked sausages, charcuterie and cheese boards.
Front Room at the Hotel Lumen
6101 Hillcrest Avenue
A modern American diner in the Hotel Lumen, right in the heart of the Park Cities. The midcentury-inspired eatery echoes the pristine modernity of a bygone era, while the menu offers up comfort food like meatloaf, cornbread and milkshakes.
1617 Hi Line Drive
Chef Matt McCallister serves up a seasonally driven menu, featuring unorthodox pairings—such as uni and chive pancakes—and innovative, cuisine using fresh Texas ingredients at his Design District digs.
2323 North Henderson Avenue
Owners Allison Yoder and Stephen Rogers have crafted a seasonal menu showcasing local farm produce.
4680 North Central Expressway
Nowhere takes steak more seriously than Knife. This should come as no surprise given that Top Chef-winning, James Beard-nominated chef John Tesar helms the kitchen of this modern steakhouse experience, located in the upscale Hotel Palomar.
87 Highland Park Village
Located right above Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village, Alberto Lombardi’s new space offers up three bar options: The Terrace Bar with its retractable roof and specialty drinks; the Lounge Bar, an ideal spot for watching sporting events; and the Champagne Room, an area that features more than 20 kinds of bubbly, perfect for smaller get-togethers.
11909 Preston Road
Dallas loves El Fenix, the Tex-Mex institution in the landmark Luna Tortilla factory on McKinney (across from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science), which has been satisfying locals for years. Meso Maya is the historic establishment’s authentic Mexican restaurant and street-side take-out concept, Taqueria La Ventana.
2822 North Henderson Drive
Mi Cocina founder Mico Rodriguez’s latest restaurant features south-of-the- border-inspired cuisine like halibut tacos with cilantro aioli and pickled vegetables as well as several varieties of supremely fresh ceviche. “It’s a cool, clean setting serving well-crafted food,” Rodriguez says of his two-story space.
1628 Oak Lawn Avenue
Forget plain old pad Thai. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin’s eatery serves southeast Asian favorites including crispy tamarind duck and short rib with massaman curry to foodies in the Design District. And don’t forget to try one of the innovative cocktails like the Phuket Old Fashioned, made with bourbon, star-anise clove honey and bitters.
Ser Steaks + Spirits
2201 N Stemmons Fairway
Twenty-seven floors above the Dallas skyline, this gem in the Hilton Anatole hotel boasts the best view of any steakhouse in the city. Even better: The food lives up to the setting.
Spoon Bar and Kitchen
8220 Westchester Drive
Specializing in seafood, Spoon has an ambience of serene sophistication. Thanks to the open kitchen, guests get a table-side view of Tesar and his team at work concocting their eclectic dishes.
1717 McKinney Avenue
Local restaurateur and celebrity chef Stephan Pyles takes a reverent step back to his roots—or should we say his Lucchese boots. Inspired by the success of his 1990s restaurant Star Canyon, Pyles promises to offer classic Texas dishes with a contemporary twist. Think a margarita and taco bar, screened porch with a fire pit, a picnic seating area and eight sets of longhorns above the bar at his new Uptown Dallas eatery.
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