Tastes of Dallas
You love to eat, and we love to cook. Fine cuisine abounds here in Dallas, and it is nothing short of delectable.
Stampede 66 has been referred to as Chef Stephan Pyle’s “love letter to Texas.” Located on the edge of Uptown, it is the latest restaurant from the James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef. Chef Pyles brings his interpretations of his favorite Texas foods in a setting that puts contemporary updates on traditional ranch motifs.
The masterpiece of celebrity chef Dean Fearing also includes the famous Rattlesnack Bar, the luxurious bar alongside Fearing's namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. Fearing's also features an impressive menu filled with Texas cuisine favorites and specialities pioneered by the father of southwestern cuisine.
Not only do you get a magnificent view of Dallas from your table, but Five Sixty also provides some of chef Wolfgang Puck's most revered dishes. Start with the crisp suckling pig before enjoying tamarind glazed baby back ribs as you enjoy a panoramic view of Big D.
Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young people's lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential.
Coffee and Chocolate
This Henderson Ave. coffee shop has the perfect relaxed environment for anyone wanting to study for an exam, catch up on office work, or simply have a conversation. Houndstooth takes coffee very seriously and aims to provide its customers with the utmost quality in service and a simple and comfortable coffee shop atmosphere.
The East Dallas coffee bar shares a space with Good2Go taco joint. What the coffee shop lacks in space, quite small compared to other coffee shops in Dallas, it makes up for in quality. Cultivar is highly recognized as being one of the best coffee shops in the city and is definitely worth a visit.
Mudsmith in Lower Greenville is a real standout. Adorned with stuffed animals and offering a large space, this coffee shop offers a variety of drinks both coffee-based and off the tap. Situated among a plethora of great restaurants and cool shops, stopping here for a quick caffeine boost is a great idea.
Learn about the history of DFW while sampling savory and sweet items from unique local businesses. Venture to Uptown, Downtown, Oak Cliff, Park Cities, Lower Greenville Avenue and beyond. Tours range from chocolate to barbecue and ethnic markets to winery tours. They're the perfect escapes for you and your friends, family, co-workers and out-of-town guests!
Dallas Loves Brunch
This friendly and casual bakery-café with a French bistro feel is a Dallas favorite. Cakes, pies and pastries are made fresh daily, perfect for those on the go or for noshing on the brick patio. It's difficult not to arrive and find the place packed-especially during brunch, when the flat iron steak and eggs and scrambles are king and queen.
Mercat Bistro, the latest restaurant concept in the Harwood district, is a contemporary European-style bistro. Paired with a tailored menu and wine list, Mercat Bistro is an honest compilation of classics mostly from Europe and Texas. In addition, homemade croissants, pastries, coffee, and to go items are always available.
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it should be eaten at a place that specializes in morning meals. Frittatas are a nice alternative to omelets with plenty of combinations from vegetarian to super-meaty, but it's Crossroads' signature cinnamon sticky buns that attract the biggest crowds. Served fresh and warm, they're big enough to share, but good enough to hoard.
If consistency is your thing, you're probably going to like Hattie's. The Bishop Arts District restaurant with a Southern menu has been cooking up shrimp and grits in Oak Cliff for 20 years now and not a whole lot has changed since it first opened. The dining room is white, bright and full of light, and the staff that fills the place is always polite and professional.
This family dinner theater features live medieval-style games, horsemanship, sword fighting, jousting and a four course, medieval-style meal that is meant to be eating with your hands - no utensils needed! The Dallas Castle has two large ivy towers with nine tree-lined acres complete with live koi in its moat. More than 400 horses used in the shows are raised at Medieval Times' Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.
As if the spacious green lawns and daily activities weren't enough reason to visit Klyde Warren Park, visitors can also go enjoy a casual lunch thanks to the food trucks stationed at the park every day of the week. The trucks rotate so the chances of trying something new every time you visit are high.
The state-of-the-art brewery is centrally located near downtown Dallas. Many events are offered at the brewery including tours, music and art shows, charitable events, Beer School, sporting activities, and more. During taproom hours, house brews are sold by the glass.
The Hop Trapp and the Temptress are real standouts at Lakewood Brewing Company but you can indulge in the wide variety of beers available. Tours are regularly given on Saturdays where visitors can sample some of the beers and simply enjoy the environment. Live music and food trucks are also highlights of this Dallas summer hotspot.
Tillman's Roadhouse is an update on the classic Texas roadhouse, a combination of both rustic and lush in everything from menu to décor. The restaurant is located in Bishop Arts District, a two-block former warehouse area in South Dallas that is now home to some of Dallas' most sought-after restaurants and its funkiest boutique shopping.
This farm-to-fork restaurant in West Dallas serves an innovative menu of smoked meats. Breakfast favorites include brisket hash with pearl onions and drop biscuits with spicy sausage gravy and a Dr Pepper reduction. If you have a sweet tooth, try Smoke's ricotta pancakes topped with blueberries and vanilla-poached apricots. Don't forget to order bacon on the side.