Food & Drink

Road Trip to Dallas: Foodie Edition

Traveling for food? We've got you covered.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Jun 17, 2020

It's safe to say Dallas offers some of the best food out there. Our staples like Texas barbecue and authentic Mexican food are just the highlights; we have a diverse food scene representing cuisines from all of the world! Here are a few of our favorites.

Pecan Lodge 
Dallas' famous and most award-winning barbecue joint is a must-visit! Prepare for long waits, but we promise it's worth it; the smoky flavors of the brisket, ribs, and sausage will definitely make your taste buds happy.

Off the Bone
This Cedars District staple is known for its famous smoked brisket and savory homemade sides. The menu also offers pecan-smoked baby back ribs, chicken wings, and Southern peach cobbler.

18th and Vine
An elevated and unique take on barbecue, 18th and Vine serves Kansas City-style 'que that's sure to impress. Try the brisket grilled cheese sandwich, the cauliflower "steak" or the burnt ends queso!

Mexican and Tex-Mex
Beto & Son
The father and son duo serve next generation Mexican food that's both creative and delicious, from the appetizers to the cocktails. The tableside guac is a must, and you can't leave without a demo of the liquid nitrogen margarita. 

El Fenix
A Dallas establishment for over 100 years, El Fenix continues to serve all your favorite Tex-Mex faves. Enjoy taco platters, nachos, enchiladas and more! Top it off with a Texas-size chocolate caramel sopapilla.  

El Come Taco
The city is full of great taco shops, and El Come Taco is not one to miss. They serve authentic street tacos with nearly two dozen different options! Don't forget the elote and churros during your visit. 

The Rustic
You can't leave town without a night at The Rustic. Their Texas-style menu, cocktails and giant patio and live music stage are all the reason to visit. If you're traveling with the family, try their family-style brunch featuring Nashville hot chicken, smoked cheddar grits and avocado toast.

Perry's Steakhouse
Known for Perry's Famous Pork Chop, the massive, juicy piece of meat might be the best pork chop you'll ever eat. It's served with whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce. Pro tip: come during the lunch hour for a smaller portion for only $16!

Turkey Leg Paradise
Texans love their turkey legs, (they're a favorite item at the State Fair of Texas!) and you can get them year-round at Turkey Leg Paradise. Flavored wings like garlic parmesan and honey glazed lemon pepper are fall-of-the-bone and oh so good.

Soul Food
South Dallas Café
This South Dallas staple has been serving customers for more than 20 years. The cafeteria-style menu includes a plethora of items like baked chicken, meat loaf, and fried pork chops, as well as daily fresh veggies, sides and desserts.

Sweet Georgia Brown
Get your barbecue and soul food fix at Sweet Georgia Brown. They're known for giant portions – the dinner plate comes with your choice of meat and three large sides (the yams and mac and cheese are easy favorites!). Come prepared to wait in line, but you won't be disappointed.

Soul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen
The newly opened Soul food restaurant offers all your favorite comfort foods. Try Fannie's Famous Catfish and the savory Old Fashioned Banana Pudding!

World Cuisine
The Island Spot
If you're in the mood for authentic Jamaican food, stop by the Island Spot near Bishop Arts. The family-owned restaurant features their award-winning jerk chicken, oxtails and curry dishes. And sip on a colorful Jamaican beverage and order one of their signature desserts to-go.

Banh Mi Station
Get of taste of Vietnamese flavors with bánh mì sandwiches, topped with your choice of meat and veggies. If you're a French fry lover, they have three options to choose from – Viet fries, sriracha fries, and tempeh fries – all equally delicious.

Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, combining Lebanese and Moroccan flavors to create delectable signature dishes. Dine on kebabs, Marroccan wings, and street sandwiches.

There's plenty more – check out our local eats page for even more ideas for your foodie trip to Dallas!