The Best Places to Eat in Dallas

If you didn’t already know, I’m a ride or die Texas gal. I grew up in Dallas, where my mom still lives in the same ranch-style house. I know Dallas food like the back of my hand. In fact, it’s what made me fall in love with food in the first place. So let’s get to it, here are the best places to eat in Dallas.

I know Dallas food like the back of my hand. In fact, it’s what made me fall in love with food in the first place. So let’s get to it, here are the best places to eat in Dallas.

1. Pecan Lodge

Okay, hold onto your hats. This is THE best place in Dallas for BBQ. It used to be located at the farmers market with very limited seating. It’s now opened a fantastic restaurant in Deep Ellum. Note: get there early. There will be a line and things run out quickly. Must-haves: jalapeno hot links, brisket, pork ribs, fried okra and their mac and cheese!

the best places to eat in dallas: pecan lodge

2. Stampede 66

Texan and Mexican gone classy, Stampede 66 is what Stephan Pyles likes to call his “love letter to Texas.” Must haves: the tamales, chicken fried buffalo steak, and the passion-chile margarita.

Nothing says #cowboydinner like Chicken-Fried Buffalo Steak, Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Pea Salad!

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3. Al Biernat’s

A staple steakhouse and seafood joint in Dallas. Brunch is killer here too.

EVERY FRIDAY! 12 oz. Prime Rib

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4. Javier’s

If you want gourmet Mexican, go here. I’ve been getting their pepper steak since I was ten years old. Jerry Jones (ew) hangs out in the cigar lounge attached to the restaurant, just a fun fact.

From one of our friends on TripAdvisor: "The green #salsa is to die for. Served slightly warm, it's incredible."

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5. Twisted Root

If you like burgers all dressed up, this is your place. Highly recommend the Western Burger. Take a look:


6. Mi Cocina

It makes me laugh that I’m even putting this on here. Mi Cocina is perhaps Dallas’ most visited restaurant. Families go there, high schoolers head there to hang, literally everyone can be found here for classic Tex-Mex. We’re also all obsessed with the marg:

Sunny Margarita Mondays call for a Mambo Taxi!

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7. R&D Kitchen

Yes, this is a Hillstone chain, but OMG. The food is so damn good. Get the spicy tuna, deviled eggs, the burger, and the pine room salad. It’s just exceptional food!


8. Neighborhood Services

This Preston Hallow watering hole reminds me of a fancy Ron from Park and Rec. It’s interior is masculine, and it’s food is classic comfort/American. Highly recommend ordering some whiskey or their martini and their pot pie. Oh! And their wedge salad is a must.

the best places to eat in dallas: pecan lodge

9. Gemma

Gemma is a showstopper. It’s places like this that prove Dallas can be on the same level as LA and New York when it comes to food. Order a pasta, an artisan cocktail, and don’t forget dessert.


10. Sissy’s Southern Kitchen

If Champagne and fried chicken is your thing, Sissy’s is your place. Your trip to Dallas would not be complete without some classic soul food. Things you should not miss: the fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, squash puppies, cheddar grits, and biscuits. Oh, and sorry. Definitely save room for dessert.


11. The Grape

Another classic Dallas joint, The Grape is small, romantic, and has great food. Again, their brunch shines (they’re known for their burger), but I suggest going for dinner and getting a great pasta or seafood dish.

12. Top Knot

Beyonce comes here. That’s all you need to know right? Just kidding. Top Knot completely wows with its Modern American with Asian root’s menu, officially making it on my Best Places to Eat in Dallas list.

Hope you enjoyed the best places to eat in Dallas: up next, I’m taking on Los Angeles!

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