BBQ and Steaks
The local favorite of BBQ is Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. Tip: get there early because they often run out of popular items. Another great BBQ joint is Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts District. Lockhart showcases the best of Texas BBQ flavors. For steaks, Bob's Steakhouse, Nick and Sam's and Y.O. Ranch top the list.
Join the locals at a brewery tour. Dallas is home to several microbreweries. Some of the most popular options include Community in the Design District (try the Mosaic IPA), Four Corners in Cedars (try El Chingon) and Deep Ellum Brewery (try the Velvet Hammer for a strong taste or a Dallas Blond if you want to keep it light) in the Deep Ellum District.
Bishop Arts District
Visit the Bishop Arts District, a lovingly revived quarter, offering a walkable neighborhood of independent restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Visit Hattie's for the Mac & Cheese or Shrimp & Grits and find some of the best baby-back ribs, venison chili and homemade s'mores at Tillman's Roadhouse. Also try the Huevos Rancheros at Odd Fellows along with a freshly brewed coffee.
Don't miss a visit to Trinity Groves, a 'Restaurant Incubator Concept" that features up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs in Dallas. With more than 14 restaurants it's hard to choose where to go. We suggest LUCK for local Texas flavors or Beto and Son for Mexican cuisine. For desert don't miss the artistic and delicious creations of Kate Weiser Chocolate. Walk up to Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge for the best views of downtown Dallas.
Celebrity chef Stephan Pyles's restaurant Flora Street Café looks out at the Dallas Arts District and offers some of the best dishes in town. If you are heading to a show, try the Pre-Theater Menu. Pyles was the first Texan inducted into The James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. Nearby try Dean Fearing's restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton for southern-accented, feel-good food. Fearing was also a recipient of a James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant.
Favorite Local Chains
For casual options, try one of Dallas' favorite local chains such as Babe's Chicken and Bubba's Dallas, both offering comfort food including fried chicken and mashed potatoes. You'll find plenty of Tex-Mex at Taco Diner, Mi Cocina and Gloria's. Real Texan flavors can be easily found at Sonny Bryan's, and Dickey's Barbeque Pit. For less commercial local alternatives visit Maple & Motor where burgers and beers are described as "a Grease-stained Tribute to Low Class Cool".
Explore some of our local products. Start with one Dallas' oldest tortillerias, Luna's Tortilla Factory, founded in 1924 and taste some of the best tamales and tortillas in town. Visit the Dallas Mozzarella Company, created by Paula Lambert in Dallas' Deep Ellum neighborhood and finish at Dude Sweet Chocolate in the Bishop Arts District to taste the eclectic collection of hand-made creations by Chef Katherine Clapner; original flavors include the Louisiana Parique with Louisiana tobacco and cognac.
Take a class. Abacus Restaurant offers wine dinners classes scheduled throughout the year. Dallas Mozzarella Company offers tours and classes. The Dallas Farmers Market offers Saturday Chef's Cooking classes, featuring renowned local chefs. And keep your eyes open for classes by celebrity chefs Stephan Pyles and Dean Fearing.