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.

Celebrity Chefs

Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66

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.

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Teiichi Sakurai's Tei-An

Located in One Arts Plaza, James Beard award nominee, Chef Teiichi Sakurai serves authentic Japanese food combined with sleek interiors. Its rooftop also features breathtaking views of downtown Dallas.

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Dean Fearing's Fearing's

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.

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Kent Rathbun's Abacus

The four-time James Beard Award nominated chef's restaurant brings upscale dining to Uptown with Abacus, home to elevated dished like semolina crusted calamari and orange-guava glazed wood fire pork tenderloin.

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Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty

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.

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Chad Houser's Café Momentum

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.

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Coffee and Chocolate

Houndstooth

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.

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Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

The quaint Crooked Tree Coffeehouse's exterior emits a very homey aura, mainly since it's a house turned coffee shop. The uptown locale offers a selection of pastries, great coffee, and a calm environment.

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Cultivar

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.

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Davis Street Espresso

Davis Street Espresso is a very simplistic coffee shop in Oak Cliff. The baristas are highly knowledgeable and the aura of the shop promotes a casual sit down experience. The concise menu offers top-notch coffee creations.

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Mudsmith

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.

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Dallas By Chocolate and Dallas Bites! Food Tours

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!

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Dallas Loves Brunch

Oddfellows

This rustic and hip diner serves delicious American classics made from fresh, local ingredients. From scrambles and fluffy pancakes to its top quality coffee and bar concoctions, this Bishop Arts diner is one of the best places to go for breakfast and brunch.

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Bread Winners Café

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.

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Mercat Bistro

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.

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Crossroads Diner

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.

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Hattie's

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.

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Family Dining

Chicken Scratch

Located in West Dallas and run by SMOKE owner and chef Tim Byres, this laid-back spot is known for its fried chicken and homemade sides. Enjoy drinks and live music at its outdoor patio.

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Kitchen LTO

An artsy pop-up incubator restaurant. Every four months, a new chef brings a new concept so be sure to check its website for the current menu.

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Medieval Times

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.

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The Lot

Known for its local flavor and commitment to home-grown produce, The Lot is a favorite for visitors to East Dallas. Bring the whole family – four-legged friend as well! – to enjoy the spacious patio and weekly trivia nights.

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Food Trucks

Klyde Warren Park

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.

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Truck Yard

Lauded for its unique vibe and concept, Truck Yard is a popular spot among Dallasites on a night out. Its tree house bar, food trucks catering to different tastes, and a large space to mingle with friends are features simply too good to ignore.

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Local Brews

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Located in Deep Ellum, this quirky brewery was established by dedicated masterminds with a common goal: to produce quality local brews. Brewery tours take place Thursdays and Saturdays and the site offers a great patio and food trucks.

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BrainDead Brewing

Grab a table on the patio and enjoy people watching on the sidewalks of Deep Ellum. The brewery has an impressive line up of local brews and their menu hits the mark as well. Don't miss a chance to share the queso with the table.

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Community Beer Company

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.

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Bishop Cider Company

Bishop Cider Co. makes hard cider on site. When they aren't doing production, the cidery operates like a bar. You can order cider by the glass, by the flight, or even fill growlers to take with you.

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Lakewood Brewing Company

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.

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Texas Cuisine

Tillman's Roadhouse

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.

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Pecan Lodge

Located in the resurging Deep Ellum neighborhood, Pecan Lodge is Dallas' most popular and highly acclaimed BBQ restaurant. This award-winning Deep Ellum staple has been named as one of the Top 4 BBQ joints in the world by Texas Monthly.

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Lockhart Smokehouse

This world-famous BBQ joint in Bishop Arts serves Central Texas-style smoked brisket, ribs, and sausages from Kreuz Market served over the counter on butcher paper with no fork and no sauce. Go early because they stop serving when the meat runs out.

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Smoke

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.

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