We have an amazing variety of food that would make any food lover feel at home.
I've lived here and tasted everything from our traditional Southern comfort food to the most creative fusion dishes you can imagine, and it's been quite the food journey, to say the least.
I'm really excited to share with you my hand-picked list of the best 35 restaurants in Dallas, Texas.
This list is a blend of some lesser-known spots, time-honored places, and a mix of other fantastic places.
So, prepare yourself for a food trip that'll take you through the core of our Lone Star State, and get ready to experience the true flavors of Dallas.
Salum Restaurant has quickly become a favorite spot of mine.
I was initially attracted by the seasonal New American dishes created by Chef Abraham Salum and the elegant ambiance of the restaurant.
The moment I stepped inside, I was instantly welcomed by the warm and intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic date night or a casual gathering with friends.
Upon being seated, I noticed that the executive chef was amiable and personable, making me feel right at home.
To start, I ordered the fried green tomatoes, which were delightful – a generous portion with a beautiful crunch, complemented by a tasty remoulade.
Throughout the night, I tried several of their cocktails; each was better than the last.
For my main course, I decided on the rack of lamb, which was a fantastic choice.
It was tender and juicy, served with an incredible mushroom bread pudding that I would happily eat.
My dining companions enjoyed the seared scallops over lentil purée and pan-roasted halibut with pesto Parmesan risotto.
We even shared a heavenly peanut butter crème brûlée for dessert, which left us all thoroughly satisfied.
As a resident of Dallas, I love treating myself to a special dining experience now and then, and one of my favorite places to visit is Gorji Restaurant.
This cozy, classy venue serves elevated Mediterranean dishes, desserts, and a fantastic selection of wine.
The intimate setting, with only five tables, adds to the charm and exclusivity of the place.
What sets Gorji apart is its dedication to providing fine dining with fresh ingredients.
They offer a set menu based on the ingredients they receive that day, which makes every visit a unique experience.
The menu features popular dishes like Beef Filet Mignon, Grilled Octopus, Medjool Date Butterfly, and Gorgonzola Gnocchi.
I've tried their vegetarian options as well, and they never disappoint.
Another thing that makes Gorji stand out is that it's the first and only no-tipping restaurant in Dallas.
This concept provides a stress-free dining experience, as the service charges are already included in the price of the meal.
Wine enthusiasts will appreciate their curated selection of reds and whites, which perfectly complement the three or four-course menu options.
And if you're a fan of their award-winning sauces, you can even purchase them at the restaurant or online, along with Chef Gorji's cookbook, Zing!
I remember celebrating Mother's Day at Gorji, and it was an unforgettable experience.
Maple Leaf Diner
I recently visited Maple Leaf Diner and was thrilled with my experience.
Upon arrival, I noticed the diner's cozy and warm atmosphere, which instantly made me feel welcomed.
The staff was friendly, and the full bar was a nice addition to the casual dining environment.
The place was busy, but my friends and I were seated and attended to quite quickly.
One of my friends, who's originally from Canada, insisted we try the poutine, and I must say, it was amazing!
The gravy was thick and rich, the cheese curds were fresh, and the overall taste was divine.
As someone who's never been to Canada, it was a delightful introduction to the Canadian staple dish.
I was also impressed with the variety of dishes on the menu.
I ordered the meatloaf, also known as "beef in a bonnet," which was incredibly tasty but heavy on mashed potatoes.
My friends tried the chicken fried steak poutine and the classic pancakes, which they couldn't stop raving about.
While waiting for our main courses, I checked in on their website and was pleasantly surprised to receive a couple of free raspberry lemon cookies, which turned out to be a delicious treat.
Maple Leaf Diner truly lives up to its reputation, as seen on Food Network's Incredible Edible America and Travel Channel's Food Paradise.
Billy Can Can
Being a Dallas local, I've had my fair share of dining experiences, but my recent visit to Billy Can Can was truly memorable.
This upscale dining saloon, located in Victory Park, offers a unique blend of modern Texas cuisine, fancy cocktails, and an atmosphere that transports you back to the Old West.
As I walked in, I couldn't help but notice the high ceilings, stuffed animals, mounted deer heads, and guns on the walls.
The saloon-style bar and the ceiling fans connected by exposed belts added to the charm.
Every once in a while, a bell rang as someone "bought the kitchen a six-pack," making the whole restaurant clap and cheer.
Before diving into their menu, I started my evening with a killer Sazerac cocktail.
The waiter was accommodating in explaining the specials, which ultimately led me to choose the Wagyu Steak Au Poivre.
It was perfectly cooked, and the sauce, though slightly salty, was delicious.
My partner opted for the Beef Cheek dish, which was so tender it was like eating butter.
For our sides, we shared the Potato Purée and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts.
Both were worth trying, with the potatoes being super thick and the sprouts sweet and caramelized.
The wine selection at Billy Can Can was also impressive, making it a great spot for business entertaining or dining before or after events at the nearby American Airlines Center.
The atmosphere, food, and drinks contributed to a fantastic night out.
Cafe Momentum is a New American spot created by Chad Houser, which serves a dual purpose as a nonprofit that helps at-risk youths learn culinary skills.
The concept alone intrigued me, but the experience and the food exceeded all my expectations.
From the moment I walked in, I could sense the positive atmosphere and dedication of the staff, comprised of young men and women participating in the Cafe Momentum program.
They rotate through every aspect of the restaurant, working side-by-side with established chefs, learning valuable life skills, and gaining real-world experience in a nurturing environment.
For my meal, I was treated to various delicious dishes, including sweet and sticky ribs, smoked fried chicken, buttery mac and cheese, crispy snapper fish, and lobster pasta.
Each dish was prepared to perfection and presented beautifully.
I also appreciated the ever-changing menu, showcasing the creativity and skill of these young talents.
During my visit, I had the chance to chat with some of the young participants and learn about their experiences in the Cafe Momentum program.
They were genuinely excited to share their stories, and I could tell that this unique opportunity was having a profound impact on their lives.
Living nearby, I have always been intrigued by The Charles and finally decided to give it a try.
I must say, I was impressed from the moment I stepped in.
This stylish, upscale restaurant and bar offers wood-fired Italian classics plus wine and cocktails, making it an excellent choice for a date night or a gathering with friends.
I later found out that you can request to be seated there, and they still offer the full menu.
Our waitress was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, making excellent recommendations for both food and drinks.
We started our meal with some complimentary veggie orders and an octopus dish, which was incredibly tender and flavorful.
Next, we ordered the bucatini carbonara, which was mixed together tableside – a nice touch that added to the dining experience.
As a pasta lover, I couldn't resist trying the spicy creste di gallo and the lemon ricotta gnudi, both of which were absolutely delicious.
Another standout dish was the crudo with a blackberry purée, which was so good that I wish I could have it every day.
The Charles also offers several gluten-free options, including house-made gluten-free pasta that can be substituted in many of their dishes.
What truly impressed me was the quality of the food offered at such reasonable prices.
I will definitely be returning to The Charles and recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable dining experience in the area.
Kenny's Wood Fired Grill
I visited Kenny's Wood Fired Grill and was blown away by the outstanding experience they provided.
The ambiance of this chophouse is perfect for a relaxing night out, with its clubby setting and dimmed lights.
Their menu is truly upscale, offering traditional American dishes such as Filet Mignon, Crabcake, Tenderloin Crostini, and Ahi Tuna Tacos.
My husband and I tried the Redfish with Asparagus, Salmon, and Potato Cakes.
Our taste buds were further tantalized when they generously provided us with a sample of free appetizers - Meatballs and Tenderloin Crostini.
Both were delectable and left us wanting more.
The restaurant's focus on wood-fired meats and seafood truly adds a unique flavor to the dishes that sets them apart from others.
Although the parking situation can be a bit challenging during busy hours, it's worth it for the incredible dining experience that awaits you inside.
Make sure to book a reservation, as this hidden gem in the strip mall is quite popular among locals and visitors alike.
My friends and I decided to visit Cidercade Dallas for a night of gaming and fun.
This place exceeded our expectations with its impressive collection of over 170 traditional arcades and pinball machines.
I especially enjoyed the variety of pinball machines – each one had its unique features, and it was exciting to try them all.
We didn't have to worry about bringing quarters either, as a $10 admission gave us unlimited play on all the games.
The cider and wine bar was equally impressive, offering a delightful range of hard ciders, hard kombuchas, hard seltzers, and wines, all made in-house by Bishop Cider.
I highly recommend trying the Island Breeze, a refreshing blend of pineapple and Mexican vanilla.
It was such a pleasant surprise to find gluten-free options, too, which are perfect for those who have dietary restrictions.
Cidercade Dallas is a fantastic destination for any occasion, whether you're with friends, family, or even on a date.
The ambiance is lively and welcoming, with happy visitors of all age groups.
They also cater to large groups and private events, making them an excellent option for birthday parties or corporate gatherings.
Gemma in Dallas has a laid-back, coastal Californian vibe adorned in white and blue and offers some of the best New American dishes I've tasted.
Upon arrival, I appreciated the convenient parking and the overall ambiance of the restaurant.
Before I had even placed my order, I was presented with a complimentary Gouda fig scone, which was honestly out of this world.
I wish they sold these in bulk because I couldn't get enough of it!
For starters, I ordered the beets and burrata, which was a refreshing and delicious way to begin my meal.
The fried olives were also highly recommended, so I had to try them – and they did not disappoint.
The unique blend of flavors and textures in these dishes truly sets Gemma apart from other dining experiences.
For my main course, I couldn't resist the tempting rabbit pappardelle.
It was a bit heavy on the salt, but the pasta was cooked to perfection and the flavors were undeniably rich and satisfying.
I also couldn't help but overhear others raving about the pork chop, which I'll definitely try on my next visit.
To end the night on a sweet note, I indulged in their apple crisp dessert, which was the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
I couldn't resist tasting the passion fruit & lavender crème brûlée, which was equally delightful.
I finally had the chance to visit Sloane's Corner last weekend, and it certainly lived up to the hype!
My friends and I initially planned to dine at another restaurant nearby, but it was fully booked.
Thankfully, we stumbled upon Sloane's Corner and were pleasantly surprised by the cozy, chic atmosphere and delicious American bistro fare.
We were seated on the heated enclosed patio which was perfect for the chilly evening and even enjoyed live music from a talented performer.
I must say, the ambiance of the outdoor dining area was better than sitting inside, making our dining experience even more enjoyable.
For appetizers, we ordered the Brûlée Brie, which was divine, and I highly recommend it to anyone.
The menu had a variety of creative takes on comfort foods and pastas.
I opted for the Chittarra Vongole, and it was one of the most delicious dishes I've ever had.
The combination of flavors and textures made it a unique and unforgettable dining experience.
Aside from the fantastic food, the service at Sloane's Corner was top-notch as well.
I'm thrilled that our original plans fell through and we were able to discover this gem in the heart of downtown.
Petra and the Beast
One of my favorite places to dine in Dallas is undoubtedly Petra and the Beast.
This cozy and unassuming restaurant is my go-to spot for farm-to-fork, New American cuisine.
The hyper-seasonal menu, created by the talented and visionary Misti Norris, constantly changes, ensuring that your palate will always be surprised and delighted.
I particularly love their tasting menu, which is only available on Saturdays and requires a reservation.
On other days, they offer a counter service, and while reservations aren't needed, they are recommended for parties of six or more.
I can't forget to mention that Petra and the Beast is a BYOB establishment, allowing you to bring your favorite bottle of wine to complement the amazing flavors in each dish.
Some standout dishes I've enjoyed include the beef tongue pasta, sour pork, braised pigtails, and their unique charcuterie boards.
Each dish is so innovative and expertly prepared, and it's no wonder that Petra and the Beast have received such high praise from diners and critics alike.
Town Hearth is a swanky Dallas restaurant that serves up a fantastic selection of steaks, seafood, and classic cocktails.
The moment I stepped inside, I was taken aback by the breathtaking decor and the hustle and bustle of the packed dining room.
The place was positively buzzing with energy!
The meatballs, bacon, and scallops were all mouth-watering, while the Brussel sprouts and roasted mushrooms truly stole the show.
Sadly, I didn't have room for dessert, but I heard great things about their sweet offerings as well.
One thing I must mention is how packed and loud the restaurant was during our visit, which was on a Friday night.
It's essential to make a reservation ahead of time; otherwise, you might be waiting for quite a while.
If possible, I'd recommend asking to be seated away from the bar for a slightly quieter dining experience.
I also recently dined at Record Grill, a pint-sized cash-only diner tucked away in downtown Dallas.
The place has been serving breakfast and lunch comfort eats like burgers and meatloaf for decades.
As I walked in, I immediately noticed the small, vintage ambiance with just a counter and a few tables.
The overall vibe gave it a unique, old-school charm.
I grabbed a stool at the counter, which gave me a front-row seat to the action happening on the grill.
The menu was simple and well-priced, offering a variety of both breakfast and lunch options.
I decided to go for the cheeseburger, which turned out to be an excellent choice – it was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious.
While enjoying my meal, I couldn't help but overhear a fellow diner rave about the hotcakes, eggs, and meats they'd ordered – all for under $10!
Another customer mentioned their love for the lemon pound cake, which I made a mental note to try on my next visit.
One thing to note for anyone planning to visit is that they accept cash only, so be sure to have some on hand.
The location is also conveniently close to a DART rail stop – the West End, making it easily accessible for locals and visitors alike.
The Exchange Hall
Located in the heart of the AT&T Discovery District, The Exchange Hall boasts 16 top-tier eateries, two full bars, and a spacious industrial setting perfect for any dining occasion.
On a recent visit, I was delighted with the wide variety of food options available.
Craving sushi, I decided to try the California roll at Ichi.
The sushi was fresh, beautifully presented, and hit the spot after a long day.
For dessert, I couldn't resist stopping by Press Waffle Co., which cured my sweet tooth with their gourmet waffles.
The diverse food choices didn't end there – from pizza, fried rice, and street tacos to hummus and ice cream, there's something for everyone at The Exchange Hall.
I was blown away by Truluck's upscale and intimate atmosphere of this seafood and steak chain.
The menu here featured an array of popular dishes, and I was particularly impressed by the commitment to serving the ocean's finest seafood and fresh Florida Stone crab.
The fine dining experience and romantic vibe set the tone for an unforgettable evening.
I kicked off the night with one of their delightful cocktails while my partner opted for a glass from their deep wine list.
We also couldn't resist indulging in their half-price happy hour specials.
The miso-glazed sea bass was hands-down the best fish I've ever had, and the crab-fried rice was exceptional.
Ka-Tip Thai Street Food
Located just around the corner from the market, Ka-Tip Thai Street Food offers a variety of sticky-rice dishes from the Isaan region, transporting you straight to Thailand.
Established in 2019, Ka-Tip has quickly become a favorite spot for Thai food enthusiasts, including myself!
I noticed that the ambiance was very relaxed, with ample outdoor seating for those who prefer to dine al fresco.
I appreciated that they have a hand sanitizer station readily available and clean restrooms for patrons.
I started off by ordering the pork & shrimp dumplings with garlic soy, which were hands down my favorite of the meal.
These flavorful bites had the perfect blend of savory and tangy flavors, and I couldn't help but devour all five pieces!
Next, I tried the chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce.
The skewers were tender and well-seasoned, with a hint of sweetness that paired well with the rich peanut sauce.
For my main course, I had chicken green curry with multigrain rice, featuring Thai eggplant, bamboo shoot, and basil.
The dish had a nice level of spice, and I especially enjoyed the multigrain rice, which added a healthy touch to the meal.
To quench my thirst, I ordered a glass of their Thai tea.
While it was a bit on the sweet side for my taste, my friend thoroughly enjoyed it!
Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse
One of my favorite places to dine in Dallas is Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse, a casually sophisticated downtown restaurant with a large patio for enjoying family-style Argentinian favorites.
From the moment I walked in, I was instantly drawn to the cozy and intimate atmosphere and the sight of steaks being expertly cooked in their open kitchen.
The menu at Corrientes 348 is extensive, offering a wide variety of traditional Argentinean dishes such as empanadas, chimichurri steak, and dulce de leche.
I decided to start my meal with their delicious empanadas, filled with a variety of meats and vegetables.
For my main course, I couldn't resist ordering the steak, which is the star of the show here.
Cooked to perfection and served with a flavorful chimichurri sauce, it was truly a memorable dining experience.
The service at Corrientes 348 is also top-notch.
My most recent visit to Celebration was nothing short of delightful.
As I entered the restaurant, I couldn't help but feel the family-oriented and relaxed atmosphere that Celebration is known for.
The interior made me feel like I was eating at a friend's home, and I loved that I got my own private booth, which provided a more intimate dining experience.
The menu at Celebration is filled with American homestyle food that is prepared with fresh, local produce.
For my meal, I decided to try the popular chicken fried steak with gumbo, zucchini squash mix, and green bean mushroom mix.
They even started me off with a complimentary basket of bread that included cornbread, butter rolls, and muffins – such a treat!
Although I found the steak to be a bit overcooked and dry, the breading was delicious, and I enjoyed the jalapeño gravy.
Everything else on my plate was amazing, and I was impressed with the variety and quality of the side dishes.
The gumbo, for example, was full of flavor and felt like a heartwarming appetizer rather than just a side dish.
The service at Celebration was top-notch, too.
Lavendou Bistro Provincial
This past weekend, my wife and I decided to celebrate our anniversary at Lavendou Bistro Provincial.
Since moving to Texas over 7 years ago, it has been tough for us to keep up our tradition of dining at a French restaurant for our special day.
Fortunately, Lavendou Bistro did not disappoint!
Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were greeted by a charming and cozy atmosphere.
The decor was relaxing, and though the noise level was a bit high, it wasn't disruptive.
We started off our meal with drinks - my wife had a vodka martini while I enjoyed a lovely Bordeaux.
They had a nice selection of wines, and I wished I had someone to share a bottle with.
For appetizers, my wife ordered the escargot, which she said was excellent and enjoyed immensely.
I opted for a salad, which came with a delicious dressing.
For our main courses, I had the tenderloin in a cognac and cream sauce, while my wife tried the Coquille St. Jacques.
Both dishes were absolutely fantastic.
The tenderloin was tender and cooked perfectly, and I couldn't get enough of the sauce.
My wife loved her dish as well and managed to finish the entire meal, which is quite unusual for her.
Let me tell you about my dinner at Cafe Pacific, a well-known upscale fine-dining destination in Highland Park, Dallas.
The moment I stepped in, I was impressed by the plush, formal environs and the welcoming atmosphere.
I could tell that this place is an institution in fine dining, known for its freshest seafood and high-quality steaks.
I started my meal with their special calamari, which was incredibly fresh and tender, followed by a delicious mac and cheese made with a béchamel base and 2% butter fat, as the waiter informed me.
For my main course, I opted for the Chilean Sea Bass.
The fish was light and cooked to perfection, with firm flesh and meat fibers that could easily be separated without breaking.
The accompanying Risotto was equally impressive, with each grain firm on the outside and soft on the inside, while the carrots, cooked in sesame oil, added a delightful contrast of flavors.
To end my meal, I couldn't resist trying the pecan ball, as recommended by the phenomenal bartender, Don.
This dessert was nothing short of amazing – a shareable, indulgent treat that I highly recommend to anyone dining at Cafe Pacific.
Café 43 is the daytime café located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
The menu offers a selection of modern American fare, and the entire experience left a lasting impression on me.
As I entered the café, I was pleasantly surprised by the elegant interior, with high ceilings and large windows that provided a great view of the outside garden and SMU campus in the backdrop.
I decided to order the Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, while my waiter, who was exceptionally kind and attentive, recommended Mrs. Bush's favorite sandwich - a delicious chicken with pesto on a ciabatta roll.
The food arrived promptly, hot and fresh, and I found it to be absolutely scrumptious.
I also enjoyed a steaming cup of coffee, which tasted fantastic.
What really stood out to me during this visit was the impeccable service.
Ocean Prime is a nationally acclaimed modern American restaurant known for its stunning settings and impressive seafood and steak menu.
Upon arriving, I made use of their convenient valet service and was promptly seated at my table.
Right away, I noticed the sophisticated decor and extensive wine list that this upscale chain is famous for.
For starters, I opted for the Spicy Tuna Roll, which turned out to be absolutely delicious with just the right amount of kick.
Following our server's recommendation, I decided to try the Colorado Lamb, cooked to medium perfection, as my main course.
I also added Whipped Potatoes and Sautéed Mushrooms as side dishes, which complemented my meal nicely.
Bob's Steak & Chop House
One of the best dining experiences I've had in Dallas was at Bob's Steak & Chop House.
This Texas-born chain is known for its big slabs of beef, seafood, and large wine list, all served in a classy atmosphere.
Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately impressed by the attentive and professional staff.
The bartender was a seasoned pro, and all of our drinks were spot on.
For appetizers, we tried fried calamari and lamb chops, which were both heavenly.
The lamb chops melted in my mouth and the calamari was light and flavorful.
Of course, the star of the show was the steak.
I tried the 12oz Filet Pittsburgh medium rare, which was cooked to perfection with a beautiful crust.
My friends ordered the 8oz filet and Kansas City bone-in strip, and everyone agreed that the steaks were cooked just right.
The meals also came with an amazing large carrot that was cooked so well, it was a beautiful accompaniment to the steaks.
To top it off, we indulged in their signature hash browns with peppercorn sauce and a delightful piece of carrot cake for dessert.
The wine list was impressive, offering a variety of options at different price points.
I chose a delicious Margaux that perfectly complemented our meal.
Although the prices at Bob's Steak & Chop House might be on the higher side, the exceptional quality of the food and the wonderful atmosphere make it a worthwhile experience.
RJ Mexican Cuisine
Last week, I decided to try a new Mexican restaurant in my neighborhood and stumbled upon RJ Mexican Cuisine in the West End.
The comfortable setting and broad menu offering authentic Mexican fare caught my attention, and I knew I had to give it a try.
From the moment I walked in, I was impressed with the warm atmosphere and beautiful patio with a view of the Dallas skyline.
The menu had unique recipes from all eight culinary regions of Mexico, including great steaks, seafood, salads, chicken, and ribs.
I was also happy to see that they had American and vegetarian options available, catering to diverse tastes.
We started with some strong and flavorful drinks, followed by chips and salsa.
The salsa had a spicy kick to it but had an amazing flavor that I couldn't get enough of.
We then ordered queso as an appetizer, which was decent, but I must say their main dishes were the true stars.
I opted for enchiladas, and they were absolutely delicious.
The rice and refried black beans that came with the dish complemented the enchiladas perfectly.
My dining companion had a steak dish that was cooked to perfection and seasoned impeccably.
What I appreciated most about RJ Mexican Cuisine was their commitment to freshness and authentic flavors.
I had been eager to check out Al Biernat's after hearing so much about the upscale steak and seafood destination in town.
Finally, I got the chance to dine there with my friends, and what an experience it was!
As we entered the restaurant, Al Biernat himself was there to greet us, making us feel extremely welcome personally.
We were seated in a cozy U-shaped booth with a great view of the restaurant.
The ambiance was perfect for a special night out - intimate and dimly lit.
For the main course, we tried the North Dakota Buffalo, cooked to medium perfection, accompanied by mixed vegetables, skin-on potatoes, and a delicious habanero BBQ sauce.
It was my first time trying buffalo, and I was blown away by its juiciness and flavor.
We also had the scallops served over cashew butter and raisin rice with a side of roasted cauliflower.
The creamy rice was a perfect match for the scallops, making each bite a delightful experience.
To end our meal, we shared a slice of key lime pie and a scoop of blood orange sorbet.
Both desserts were delicious and provided a refreshing, sweet ending to our dinner.
We also enjoyed some drinks, with the Redberry lemon drop being smooth and light and the Tequila mockingbird providing the right balance of sweet and strong.
During my visit to Rodeo Goat, I was immediately drawn in by the casual ambiance and unique decor.
This inventive burger joint offers house-ground burgers with a wide variety of creative and fun toppings.
I was surprised by the vast selection of craft beers available, making it the perfect place to chill, have a beer, grab some delicious food, and watch the game.
Upon entering, I noticed the spacious patio with plenty of TV screens inside and a fun and chill vibe.
I also thought it was a creative idea for Rodeo Goat to pit two burgers against each other with a live tally, adding a competitive touch to the menu.
I went with the Ranch House burger, and I must say the flavors were massive!
The portions were huge, and I could only eat half of it as I quickly got full.
I also ordered a side of fries, which were sold separately.
The menu is adventurous with toppings like fried jalapeños, bacon jam, and bleu cheese slaw, making it an exciting experience for those who like specialty burgers.
YO Ranch Steakhouse
On a recent night out, I decided to treat myself to some fine dining at YO Ranch Steakhouse, a Hill Country-inspired restaurant featuring elk, bison, and more in a Western ambiance with a patio.
And I must say, it was an unforgettable experience!
Upon entering, I was immediately drawn to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the place.
The Western-themed decor, combined with the cozy patio, made it feel like a true dining experience in the heart of Texas.
I started my meal with the smoked corn bisque, which was a delightful blend of sweet corn, bacon, and cheese.
The bisque was filling and set the tone for the rest of the meal.
I was also treated to some fried pimento cheese balls and fried pork belly, which were both delicious and added a nice touch to the appetizer course.
For my main course, I ordered the 14 oz prime-aged ribeye, and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had.
Cooked to perfection, the rub on the steak was flavorful and complemented the tender, juicy meat incredibly well.
As for the sides, I opted for the Brussel sprouts, green beans, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes - all of which only elevated the meal to a higher level.
To end the night, I indulged in Jack Daniel's Pecan pie for dessert.
It was rich but not too heavy, with just the right amount of sweetness.
The Capital Grille
Visit The Capital Grille in Dallas for an experience to remember.
Last year, upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately captivated by the upscale, refined setting and the lively atmosphere.
While going through the menu, I had a few questions, and the staff were more than happy to help me make my decision.
I was looking forward to trying their expertly prepared steaks, which are dry-aged in-house for 18 to 24 days and hand-cut by the restaurant's on-premise butcher.
I was also impressed with the wine list, which features more than 350 selections and an impressive floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk that houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles.
When my meal arrived, I was blown away by the quality and taste of the food.
The steak was cooked to perfection, and I must say that their drinks were just as exquisite.
Though I intended to have only one drink to unwind after a long work week, I couldn't resist indulging in a second.
The Capital Grille truly made my dining experience memorable, and I cannot wait to return to celebrate special occasions or simply to treat myself to a fantastic meal.
The combination of impeccable service, a warm atmosphere, and delectable food makes this restaurant a must-visit for anyone in the Dallas area.
The Mansion Restaurant
Visiting The Mansion Restaurant in Dallas was truly an unforgettable experience.
The establishment offers New American cuisine with a regional flair, all presented in an elegant environment with a beautiful outdoor patio.
The ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening, with soft classical music playing in the background.
For my main course, I decided to go with the rack of lamb, and it was hands down the best tasting I've ever had at a restaurant.
My partner ordered the boneless ribeye, which was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful.
The service was spectacular, and our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
Lucia is a popular Italian restaurant in Dallas. Located in a cozy, rustic space dating back to the 1920s, the atmosphere immediately made me feel at home.
I made a reservation a month in advance when I visited there, which is highly recommended given the restaurant's popularity.
Upon arrival, I was greeted with excellent service and an impressive menu filled with creative Italian fare.
I started with their renowned Salumi board, which was absolutely worth it.
It offered fantastic flavors and a generous portion for sharing.
I also enjoyed a delightful Baby It's Cold Outside cocktail, which was a unique, refreshing take on an old fashioned.
Since the menu changes frequently, I indulged in a few different pasta dishes, a shared main course, and a shared dessert.
All the dishes were superb, with the dessert, donut-like treats called Bomboloni, being a particular highlight.
Every now and then, I find myself craving some delicious French cuisine, and one of my favorite spots for that is Cadot Restaurant.
Last time I visited Cadot, I had an incredible overall experience, from the food and wine to the service and ambiance.
Upon arriving at the restaurant, I was pleased to be seated in the front dining room, which is my favorite area.
I began my meal with the seared Foie Gras and smoked salmon appetizers, both of which were absolutely divine.
The Foie Gras, in particular, was perfectly cooked and paired well with the addition of figs.
Their wine list by the glass was reasonable and flavorful, offering a great selection to complement any dish.
For my entrée, I decided to try the flat iron steak, and it turned out to be an excellent choice.
The steak was cooked to perfection, and the accompanying Pom fries were delicious.
My dining companions opted for the evening special duck confit and a crabcake appetizer, both of which they thoroughly enjoyed.
To end our meal on a sweet note, the three of us shared a Grand Marnier soufflé.
The soufflé was light, fluffy, and just the right amount of sweetness for each of us to savor a little taste.
I celebrated my daughter's birthday at Fearing's Restaurant a few months ago, and I must say, it was an incredible experience.
Located at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, this modern restaurant offers authentic Southern cuisine using ingredients from local farms.
As soon as we entered the restaurant, the warm and friendly service team greeted and seated us promptly.
The delicious breadbasket with three bread offerings and smoked butter arrived, and we particularly enjoyed the sourdough.
We also received a complimentary amuse of the tiniest taco ever, which was a delightful treat!
We decided to share the sampler, which consisted of a Crab Cake, lobster taco, and enchilada – all of which were very well prepared and delicious.
For our entrees, we had Scallops, Beef filet with Chicken Fried Lobster, and the Buffalo filet.
All the dishes were excellently executed with solid flavors, and I must mention the amazing pork belly accompanying the scallops and those unforgettable grits!
But the true highlight of our experience at Fearing's was the dessert.
Each offering seemed to be the best we had ever tasted!
From the Banana pudding and Beignets to the Lemon Ice Box Pie made with tangy Myer Lemon, every element was perfect.
Even the complimentary chocolate cake for our daughter's birthday was remarkable, and the Creek Brûlée was prepared to perfection.
Three weeks ago, I decided to treat myself to a sumptuous dinner at Dakota's Steakhouse in Dallas.
As soon as I entered, I could sense the luxe New Orleans-style ambiance, complete with a beautiful garden waterfall view.
The fact that it's a women-owned and operated business with 40 years of experience made it even more appealing to me.
I made a reservation, which I highly recommend, to ensure that I got a table on a busy night.
Dakota's also offers free parking and outdoor seating, which is perfect for enjoying the pleasant Dallas weather.
I was seated at a cozy spot with a fantastic view of the garden waterfall, adding to the subterranean seafood and steakhouse's charm.
The menu boasted an extensive selection of corn and grain-fed USDA Prime steaks, aged for a minimum of 28 days.
I opted for one of their popular dishes, and the steak was cooked to perfection - tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor.
Original Market Diner
As I was craving some classic breakfast comfort food, I decided to pay a visit to the Original Market Diner.
The moment I stepped inside, the old-timey establishment gave me a warm, welcoming feeling.
I could barely decide what to order as their enormous breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu had all my cravings covered.
I ended up ordering an omelet and was pleasantly surprised by the generous portion size.
My friends joined me and also ordered different omelets, making our table quite cramped but full of delicious breakfast choices.
The food exceeded my expectations, and it was evident why Original Market Diner had been voted Best Diner and Top Breakfast & Brunch by multiple publications in Dallas.
During another visit, I tried their blueberry waffle with a side of bacon and sausage.
The blueberry compote served along with the waffle was a delightful touch, and the bacon and sausage were cooked to perfection.
With every visit, I'm reminded of how much I love this local gem and look forward to experiencing more of their delectable dishes in the future.
If you're ever in the mood for some tasty bar food and a great atmosphere, you need to check out Angry Dog.
I've been going there for years, and not only do they have incredible burgers, hot dogs, and hot wings, but they also offer a wide variety of ice-cold beverages and really friendly service with a local flavor.
One of the things that keep me coming back is their Chicken Spiedies - a real treasure for us Upstate NY Natives.
Their wings are also amazing, especially the spicy lemon pepper with blue cheese dressing.
And let's not forget the award-winning burgers!
I usually pair my meal with a spicy Bloody Mary or a local beer, and it never disappoints.
Just a heads up, parking in the area can be a bit tricky.
You might need to pay for a parking lot, garage, or metered street parking.
But trust me, it's worth it.
And while you're there, don't miss the chance to visit the Angry Dog bathrooms - it's an experience in itself.
The place can get busy during big sporting events and local games, so plan your visit accordingly.
Shivas Bar and Grill
I once visited Shivas Bar and Grill after hearing great things about their authentic Indian cuisine.
As soon as I walked in, I was immediately impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant.
The menu had a wide variety of Northern and Southern Indian fare, including several vegetarian options, which was perfect for my dietary preferences.
I began my meal with the Samosa Chatt, which was served cold and had an amazing blend of flavors.
For my main course, I decided to go with the Butter Chicken Masala, and my dining companion ordered the Lamb Vindaloo.
We both opted for a spice level of 5, and the dishes did not disappoint!
Our server was incredibly attentive and made sure our order was accurate while also offering some great suggestions, like the Garlic Naan.
The naan bread was freshly made and a perfect addition to our meal.
The service was quick even though the restaurant was packed, which made the experience even better.
City Hall Bistro
One of my favorite places to dine in Dallas is the City Hall Bistro, located inside the beautiful Adolphus Hotel.
The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, making it perfect for any time of the day.
I remember one particular visit for brunch, where I ordered the Eggs Benedict, and it was absolutely delicious.
I also shared a plate of French toast with my dining partner, which was some of the best I've ever had.
The orange juice was freshly pressed, making it a perfect accompaniment to our meal.
The ambiance was inviting, and our server was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
City Hall Bistro's breakfast options have also left me satisfied.
I once tried their avocado toast, and it was delicious.
On another visit, I opted for their traditional breakfast, which was also a delightful choice.
If you're dining with kids, they have a great toast and fruit side option, and they don't skimp on the fruit bowl.
In addition to its fantastic food, the City Hall Bistro also has a lovely bar area with live music on Friday nights and weekends, making it an excellent spot for relaxing and catching up with friends.
Toulouse Café and Bar
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of experiencing a delightful brunch at Toulouse Café and Bar with a friend.
We opted to sit on their covered patio, which allowed us to enjoy the nice weather along with our meal.
The menu is filled with French bistro classics, and I decided to try the quiche of the day, which had sausage, onion, and other delicious ingredients.
My friend went for the lobster roll on a croissant, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
We even decided to indulge a little and share some baked Brie, which was a great decision.
One of the highlights of our brunch was the impeccable service.
Once, I decided to treat myself to an exquisite Italian meal and visited Nonna for the evening.
As soon as I stepped inside, I was captivated by the homey brick-walled ambiance and high ceilings.
The place was buzzing with energy, and I could already tell that I was in for a great dining experience.
I started my meal with the grilled avocado with fennel, grapefruit, and fresh peas.
It was a delightful combination of flavors, and I could tell that the ingredients were incredibly fresh.
For my entrée, I chose the garganelli alla bolognese, which was the special for the day.
The pasta was freshly made and cooked to al dente perfection.
I loved how Nonna used seasonal ingredients to create unique and flavorful dishes.
I overheard other diners raving about the lobster ravioli and clam pie, so I made a mental note to try those on my next visit.
During my time at Nonna, I found the service to be exceptional.
Meso Maya Comida y Copas
Meso Maya Comida y Copas is a contemporary Mexican eatery in town!
As soon as I walked in, I was impressed by the beautiful ambiance and the trendy crowd.
The hostesses were super sweet and accommodating, even though I didn't have a reservation.
I was excited to embark on a culinary adventure into the fresh, bold, and earthy flavors of authentic, interior Mexico.
The unlimited chips and salsa were a fantastic start to my meal.
The chips were warm and crispy, while the salsa boasted a rich flavor.
I also tried the queso and guac, which were both delicious.
For my main course, I opted for the enchiladas, and I couldn't have been happier with my choice.
The flavors were mouth-watering, and each dish was plated in a way that complemented the taste perfectly.
I noticed that Meso Maya also offers takeout, which is great to know for future reference.
I'd love to enjoy their tasty dishes from the comfort of my own home.
Dallas truly offers a diverse and vibrant dining scene that never disappoints.
From upscale steakhouses and seafood restaurants to cozy bistros and casual burger joints, there's a spot for every craving and occasion.
I've personally experienced amazing meals at many of these establishments, and I recommend trying as many as you can while exploring the city.
The Texas hospitality and incredible flavors at these restaurants will surely leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
So go ahead, treat yourself to some of the best dining experiences Dallas has to offer – you won't regret it!