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The 38 Essential Dallas Restaurants

Where to eat juicy birria tacos, perfect pizzas, top-notch biryani, and so much more

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The dining scene in Dallas is, for the most part, now fully in the midst of its post-pandemic normal. Mask mandates and capacity limits for businesses have been gone for months, and diners are returning to restaurants in full force.

As such, it’s officially time for an update of the Eater 38, a guide to the city’s essential restaurants. At these standout establishments, diners will find a wide variety of price points and cuisines, ranging from the city’s finest barbecue destinations to its excellent date night spots and everything in between.

To be clear, Dallas restaurants are still struggling. Many are understaffed, and that’s something diners should take into consideration when making their reservations. You may have to wait a little bit longer for your meal sometimes, but at each and every one of these spots, the wait is worth it.

Without further ado, use this map as a guide to reacquaint yourself with Dallas’s massive dining scene, or explore it for the very first time. Go forth, and plan to eat well, tip heavily, and mask up when you’re asked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Deli News N.Y. Style Deli Restaurant

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17062 Preston Rd #100
Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 733-3354
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With its towering sandwiches and comforting matzo ball soup, Deli News is a deli lover’s deli. The Reuben sandwich is packed full of pastrami and served on soft rye, and the knockwurst platter is a plate of pure comfort.

2. Al Markaz Groceries And Restaurant

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1205 W Trinity Mills Rd #112
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 245-9525

Equal parts quick-service restaurant and grocery store, Al Markaz is a reliable destination for classic Indian dishes. Hearty plates loaded with mutton biryani, tender kebabs, and paneer mahkni are on offer, plus refreshing lassi and snacks like crispy samosas. 

3. Zoli's NY Pizza

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14910 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001
(469) 754-9654
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Dallas’s best New York-style pizzeria branched out into Detroit-style pies during the pandemic with a pop-up called Thunderbird Pies, and these thick-crusted, cheesy pizzas became an instant hit. First-timers should keep it simple with the Budd, simply topped with tons of cheese and fresh basil, or try the famed Honey Bastard. And of course, there’s still Zoli’s thin-crust pies, topped with perfect pepperoni cups, Italian sausage, and so much more.

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4. Cattleack Barbeque

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13628 Gamma Rd
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
(972) 805-0999
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Waiting in line is usually a requirement at this Dallas barbecue favorite, where the brisket is juicy and the hours are limited. Only open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, Cattleack’s smoked meats and traditional sides are definitely worth standing outside for a little while.

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5. TJ's Seafood Market & Grill Preston Royal

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6025 Royal Ln #110
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 691-2369
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TJ’s Seafood Market has long been where landlocked Dallas turned for its fish fix — whether it’s chowing down on oysters or grabbing top-quality filets to cook at home from the market counter up front. The fish tacos here always hit the spot (especially during happy hour) as does the butter-drenched lobster roll.

6. Royal China Restaurant

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6025 Royal Ln #201
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 361-1771
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For over 40 years, Royal China has won over Dallas’s notoriously fickle diners with its hand-pulled noodles, its delicate soup dumplings (xiao long bao), and its best-in-city renditions of Chinese-American classics like kung pao chicken.

7. Resident Taqueria

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9661 Audelia Rd #112
Dallas, TX 75238
(972) 685-5280
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This East Dallas taqueria is known for its perfectly prepared proteins and seriously creative ingredient combinations. Order the smoked chicken taco, stuffed with salsa macha, crushed peanuts, and tangy pickled sofrito, or consider caramelized cauliflower that’s served with pepitas and a zippy lemon-epazote sauce.

8. Keller's Drive-In

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10554 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 357-3572
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Skip every $10 burger in town and head to this 50-year-old, drive-in establishment for paper-thin burgers on poppy-seed buns, crispy onion rings, spoon-thick milkshakes, and the friendliest car-hops in town. Nothing here is over $5, but don’t forget to bring cash (or be prepared to withdraw from the on-site ATM).

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9. CAFEMANDU - Flavors of Nepal

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3711 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75038
(469) 647-5067
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This Nepalese eatery in Irving is definitely worth the drive, thanks to its positively perfect momos, or dumplings. Order the steamed momos, stuffed with chicken or pork, or try a deep-fried vegan version. Regulars know to ask for extra cups of Cafemandu’s spicy, garlicky dipping sauce to slather all over the momos.

10. Jose

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4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 891-5673
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This Mexican eatery helmed by Eater Dallas chef of the year Anastacia Quinones is excellent for lunch, brunch, or dinner. The coconut ceviche, made with Texas redfish, makes for a refreshing starter before moving on to the creamy enchiladas Suizas, carnitas tacos, or a farro bowl, loaded with veggies like sweet potato and kale. The “tacos de tacha,” Quinones’s ever-rotating daily taco option, are also always a safe bet.

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11. Mr Max Cafe Nippon

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3028 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 255-8889
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Tucked into a nondescript space off Belt Line Road in Irving, Mr. Max has quietly been one of DFW’s best Japanese restaurants for years. The vibe is classic Japanese izakaya, with hearty ramen and snacks like takoyaki on offer alongside excellent sushi and rice bowls.

12. Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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A Highland Park stalwart for decades, Bubba’s has been working in overdrive during the pandemic, as its drive-thru stays packed with folks looking to soothe their 2020 nerves with copious amounts of fried chicken. You may have to wait a while, but these homestyle plates of crispy chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and baked beans are the definition of comfort food. Call the restaurant to order curbside pickup, or just swing through the drive-thru.

13. Heim Barbecue on Mockingbird

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3130 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235
(469) 397-4346
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A Fort Worth native that landed in Dallas last year, Heim Barbecue is a standout of the city’s smoked meat scene. From bacon burnt ends to succulent, juicy brisket, the menu here is a meat-lover’s paradise.

14. Sachet

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4270 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 613-6425
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This luxe eatery in Highland Park has been closed for several months, and recently reopened to much fanfare from diners obsessed with its Mediterranean dishes. Start dinner with mezze options like Gordal olives marinated in citrus and garlic, then indulge in the decadent Ibirico Secreto, a steak-like cut of acorn-fed Spanish pork that’s one of the best meat dishes in the city.

A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
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15. Tulum

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4216 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 677-9747
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Inspired by the coastal vibes of a tourist haven in Quintana Roo, Mexico, Tulum serves fresh Mexican dishes that range from bright ceviche with smoked leche de tigre to enchiladas baked in a wood oven.

16. Homewood Restaurant

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4002 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 434-1244
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With a scratch-made menu and tons of preserved ingredients from chef Matt McCallister, Homewood is one of the city’s most compelling neighborhood restaurants. Try the summery chilled peach soup with crab and cucumber, then dig into tomato leaf casoncelli, Thai-style chicken thighs, and more hearty entrees.

17. Beverley's Dallas

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3215 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 915-8840
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This chic neighborhood bistro offers a welcoming vibe that’s perfect for brunch, date night, or a special occasion dinner. Dig into New Orleans-style steak tartare with Tabasco aioli, splurge on caviar-topped latkes, and well-prepared proteins like grilled whole bronzino and juicy lamb chops served with salsa verde. 

18. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
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This popular Greenville Avenue eatery is equally great for dinner and weekend brunch. In the evenings, splurge on fried green tomatoes and Berkshire pork secreto that’s cook sous vide and grilled over pecan wood. For brunch, dishes like fluffy Belgian waffles and smoked chicken hash await, along with boozy oyster shooters and (of course) mimosas.

19. Khao Noodle Shop

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4812 Bryan St #101
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 803-3373
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This scrappy East Dallas Laotian restaurant, led by chef Donny Sirisavith, definitely saw its share of trials during the pandemic. Now, though, the restaurant is back in business, serving its stunning khao soi, snappy Lao sausages, and funky boat noodles.

20. E Bar Tex-Mex

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1901 N Haskell Ave. #120
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 824-3227
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Dallas. is replete with excellent Tex-Mex restaurants, and E-Bar is among the finest. This East Dallas stalwart’s enchiladas, queso, and carne asada are reliably good, and the margaritas are always nice and strong. Try one mixed with ghost pepper infused tequila for a seriously spicy drink.

21. Uchiba

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2817 Maple Ave Floor 2
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 855-5454
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Boasting one of the best happy hours in Dallas and a menu of super-fresh sushi, Uchiba is an ideal spot for dinner with friends or date night. Share snacks like foie gras mousse and pork belly bao, then order an a la carte sushi feast. Tip: the dayboat scallop nigiri is a beloved favorite.

22. The Charles

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1632 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 917-9000
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Chef J. Chastain’s innovative Italian cuisine ranges from charred octopus with mint pesto over cannelini bean puree to grilled okra atop n’duja dill yogurt and lemon ricotta gnudi with sage, brown butter honey, and hazelnuts.

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23. Town Hearth

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1617 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 761-1617
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One of Dallas’s most luxurious places to dine, Town Hearth is known for its massive Prime steaks like the 32-ounce “Battle Axe,” or long-bone ribeye. There’s also excellent whiskey cocktails, East Coast oysters, and a wagyu beef cheeseburger that’s well worth the $24 price tag.

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24. Fearing's Restaurant

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2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-4848
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A stalwart of Dallas’s dining scene, Fearing’s remains one of the best special-occasion dining destinations in the city, thanks in part to its luxe home at the Ritz Carlton Dallas. Helmed by legendary chef Dean Fearing, the restaurant’s famed tortilla soup is a must-try, as is the juicy Prime beef filet served with a chicken-fried lobster tail.

25. Petra and the Beast

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601 N Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
(318) 935-0906
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Chef Misti Norris’s funky East Dallas eatery is back in all its post-pandemic glory. The charcuterie board, an ever-rotating selection of meats cured by the chef, is an absolute must, as is the charred lemon tagliatelle served with pork sugo, cornbread crumbs, and cheese-rind-infused oil.

26. Tei-An

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1722 Routh St #110
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2828
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Home to what is arguably Dallas’s finest sushi and soba, chef Teiichi Sakurai’s Tei-An remains a beloved Dallas dining destination more than 12 years after its Dallas debut. An omakase that boasts A5 wagyu beef and fish shipped in fresh from all over the world makes for a worthy splurge, but more casual diners can stop by during lunch for top-notch nigiri and soba served a la carte.

27. Sloane's Corner

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2001 Ross Ave Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 484-1395
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This cheery bistro has a menu that’s perfect for summer, with dishes like ricotta cavatelli and bone-in Berkshire pork chops served with grilled endive, mustard greens, and parsnip on offer. Save room for a peek at the dessert menu, which boasts a decadent triple chocolate budino lavished with espresso caramel, candied hazelnuts, and chantilly cream.

28. Thunderbird Station

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3400 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 496-2655
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This Deep Ellum bar has already transformed itself into an essential Dallas dining destination for the post-pandemic era. With its spacious outdoor patio, fun cocktails like the Junkyard Dog, which is reminiscent of a rootbeer float, and snacks like bean dip, freshly fried pork rinds, and vegan Fritos chili pie, it’s a must for anyone’s outdoor dining bucket list.

A white a-frame roof set against a dark sky backdrop. Atop the A-frame is a blue neon thunderbird shape. Courtesy Thunderbird Station

29. Elm & Good

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2551 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 498-2525
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Marking chef Graham Dodds’s triumphant return to the Dallas dining scene, Elm and Good is a veggie lover’s paradise. Options like grilled artichokes, barbecue carrots with baked gigante beans, and mushroom paella await, along with grass-fed burgers, steak, and pork schnitzel for the omnivores.

30. Shoals

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2614 Elm St #110
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 677-0176
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Pre-pandemic, Shoals was an excellent spot to sip and drink a martini while snacking on empanadas. Over the past several months, though, it’s transformed into a serious vegan dining destination with a menu that’s heavily influenced by Venezuelan cuisine. Those excellent empanadas, stuffed with mushroom-lentil picadillo or sweet guava and peanut, are still on the menu, along with the NYC-inspired “Chop Cheez,” a sandwich made up of chopped Beyond meat, vegan provolone, tomato-onion jam, relish, and aji crema served on a hero roll.

31. Revolver Taco Lounge

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2701 Main St #120
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 272-7163
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This Deep Ellum taqueria serves some of the best — and most inventive — tortilla-wrapped dishes in the city. Tacos stuffed with tender pulpo (octopus), seared pato (duck breast), and lobster sauteed in garlic butter are generously portioned and perfectly balanced, especially when paired with a fizzy Topo Chico.

32. Cafe Momentum

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1510 Pacific Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 303-1234
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This nonprofit restaurant employs at-risk young people to prepare a menu of stellar dishes crafted from locally sourced meats and produce, such as Cajun crawfritters, PEI mussels steamed in white wine, and farro risotto garnished with local mushrooms and pea shoots. Don’t sleep on Cafe Momentum’s smoked fried chicken, either — it’s a local legend. 

33. Partenope Ristorante

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1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 463-6222
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Excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas and pasta reign at this Downtown eatery helmed by chef Dino Santonicola. Order the spaghetti alla tucci, with eggplant and pomodorini tomatoes, or consider the bacon-wrapped calzone for a seriously decadent dinner. For the vegans, there’s a margherita pizza made with vegan cheese that definitely won’t disappoint.

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34. Ka-Tip Thai Street Food

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1011 S Pearl Expy #190
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 238-2232
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This Thai restaurant at the Dallas Farmers Market has quickly become one of the city’s best destinations for larb gai, pad thai, and tender chicken satay skewers. For dessert, the pandan custard served with sticky rice is an absolute must.

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35. El Palote Panaderia

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2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227
(972) 807-2673
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This beloved Pleasant Grove taqueria totally eschews meat, and even the most devoted of carnivores don’t seem to mind. The plant-based proteins here are chopped and spiced to uncannily resemble carne asada, carnitas, and crispy chicharon, then tucked inside tender tortillas and served alongside excellent salsas. Tortas, tamales, and snacks like nacho fries are also on the menu. There’s also a pastry case brimming with beautiful pan dulce for dessert, and it’s always a good idea to grab a concha on the way out.

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36. Del Sur Tacos

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720 E Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75203
(972) 982-0004
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Now with multiple locations in DFW — there are also outposts in North Dallas and McKinney — Del Sur Tacos is quickly growing into one of the city’s best taco destinations. Score trendy birria tacos served with hearty consome, solid fish tacos, and Del Sur’s iconic chile relleno taco, which involves a cheese-stuffed pepper tucked inside a tortilla, then showered in crema and pomegranate airils. 

37. Lucia

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287 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 685-9150
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Now located in the space that formerly housed its sister spot Macellaio, this iconic Dallas Italian restaurant is as busy as ever. When it returns, diners can look forward to grilled lamb sausages skewered with bay leaves, tagliatelle in ragu, and hay-roasted pork shoulder with petit rouge peas and rapini. Note: Reservations are required and difficult to come by.

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38. Hurtado Barbecue | BBQ Arlington TX

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205 E Front St
Arlington, TX 76010
(682) 323-5141
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This Arlington joint got its start as a weekend pop-up trailer, and has since blossomed into a bonafide barbecue destination. The brisket is juicy and perfectly barky, the beef ribs are massive and tender, and the freshly made tortillas make for a much better vehicle for all these meats than a plain ol’ slice of white bread found at most Texas barbecue spots.

1. Deli News N.Y. Style Deli Restaurant

17062 Preston Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75248

With its towering sandwiches and comforting matzo ball soup, Deli News is a deli lover’s deli. The Reuben sandwich is packed full of pastrami and served on soft rye, and the knockwurst platter is a plate of pure comfort.

17062 Preston Rd #100
Dallas, TX 75248

2. Al Markaz Groceries And Restaurant

1205 W Trinity Mills Rd #112, Carrollton, TX 75006

Equal parts quick-service restaurant and grocery store, Al Markaz is a reliable destination for classic Indian dishes. Hearty plates loaded with mutton biryani, tender kebabs, and paneer mahkni are on offer, plus refreshing lassi and snacks like crispy samosas. 

1205 W Trinity Mills Rd #112
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. Zoli's NY Pizza

14910 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001
a rectangluar Detroit-style pie with an ultra-cheesy crust Thunderbird Pies/Facebook

Dallas’s best New York-style pizzeria branched out into Detroit-style pies during the pandemic with a pop-up called Thunderbird Pies, and these thick-crusted, cheesy pizzas became an instant hit. First-timers should keep it simple with the Budd, simply topped with tons of cheese and fresh basil, or try the famed Honey Bastard. And of course, there’s still Zoli’s thin-crust pies, topped with perfect pepperoni cups, Italian sausage, and so much more.

14910 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001

4. Cattleack Barbeque

13628 Gamma Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Gloved hands slicing brisket on a wooden board Kathy Tran/EDFW

Waiting in line is usually a requirement at this Dallas barbecue favorite, where the brisket is juicy and the hours are limited. Only open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, Cattleack’s smoked meats and traditional sides are definitely worth standing outside for a little while.

13628 Gamma Rd
Farmers Branch, TX 75244

5. TJ's Seafood Market & Grill Preston Royal

6025 Royal Ln #110, Dallas, TX 75230

TJ’s Seafood Market has long been where landlocked Dallas turned for its fish fix — whether it’s chowing down on oysters or grabbing top-quality filets to cook at home from the market counter up front. The fish tacos here always hit the spot (especially during happy hour) as does the butter-drenched lobster roll.

6025 Royal Ln #110
Dallas, TX 75230

6. Royal China Restaurant

6025 Royal Ln #201, Dallas, TX 75230

For over 40 years, Royal China has won over Dallas’s notoriously fickle diners with its hand-pulled noodles, its delicate soup dumplings (xiao long bao), and its best-in-city renditions of Chinese-American classics like kung pao chicken.

6025 Royal Ln #201
Dallas, TX 75230

7. Resident Taqueria

9661 Audelia Rd #112, Dallas, TX 75238

This East Dallas taqueria is known for its perfectly prepared proteins and seriously creative ingredient combinations. Order the smoked chicken taco, stuffed with salsa macha, crushed peanuts, and tangy pickled sofrito, or consider caramelized cauliflower that’s served with pepitas and a zippy lemon-epazote sauce.

9661 Audelia Rd #112
Dallas, TX 75238

8. Keller's Drive-In

10554 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220
Keller’s Garrett Hall/EDFW

Skip every $10 burger in town and head to this 50-year-old, drive-in establishment for paper-thin burgers on poppy-seed buns, crispy onion rings, spoon-thick milkshakes, and the friendliest car-hops in town. Nothing here is over $5, but don’t forget to bring cash (or be prepared to withdraw from the on-site ATM).

10554 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220

9. CAFEMANDU - Flavors of Nepal

3711 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75038

This Nepalese eatery in Irving is definitely worth the drive, thanks to its positively perfect momos, or dumplings. Order the steamed momos, stuffed with chicken or pork, or try a deep-fried vegan version. Regulars know to ask for extra cups of Cafemandu’s spicy, garlicky dipping sauce to slather all over the momos.

3711 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75038

10. Jose

4931 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
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This Mexican eatery helmed by Eater Dallas chef of the year Anastacia Quinones is excellent for lunch, brunch, or dinner. The coconut ceviche, made with Texas redfish, makes for a refreshing starter before moving on to the creamy enchiladas Suizas, carnitas tacos, or a farro bowl, loaded with veggies like sweet potato and kale. The “tacos de tacha,” Quinones’s ever-rotating daily taco option, are also always a safe bet.

4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

11. Mr Max Cafe Nippon

3028 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75062

Tucked into a nondescript space off Belt Line Road in Irving, Mr. Max has quietly been one of DFW’s best Japanese restaurants for years. The vibe is classic Japanese izakaya, with hearty ramen and snacks like takoyaki on offer alongside excellent sushi and rice bowls.

3028 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062

12. Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

A Highland Park stalwart for decades, Bubba’s has been working in overdrive during the pandemic, as its drive-thru stays packed with folks looking to soothe their 2020 nerves with copious amounts of fried chicken. You may have to wait a while, but these homestyle plates of crispy chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and baked beans are the definition of comfort food. Call the restaurant to order curbside pickup, or just swing through the drive-thru.

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

13. Heim Barbecue on Mockingbird

3130 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235

A Fort Worth native that landed in Dallas last year, Heim Barbecue is a standout of the city’s smoked meat scene. From bacon burnt ends to succulent, juicy brisket, the menu here is a meat-lover’s paradise.

3130 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235

14. Sachet

4270 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
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This luxe eatery in Highland Park has been closed for several months, and recently reopened to much fanfare from diners obsessed with its Mediterranean dishes. Start dinner with mezze options like Gordal olives marinated in citrus and garlic, then indulge in the decadent Ibirico Secreto, a steak-like cut of acorn-fed Spanish pork that’s one of the best meat dishes in the city.

4270 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

15. Tulum

4216 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Inspired by the coastal vibes of a tourist haven in Quintana Roo, Mexico, Tulum serves fresh Mexican dishes that range from bright ceviche with smoked leche de tigre to enchiladas baked in a wood oven.

4216 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

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16. Homewood Restaurant

4002 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

With a scratch-made menu and tons of preserved ingredients from chef Matt McCallister, Homewood is one of the city’s most compelling neighborhood restaurants. Try the summery chilled peach soup with crab and cucumber, then dig into tomato leaf casoncelli, Thai-style chicken thighs, and more hearty entrees.

4002 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

17. Beverley's Dallas

3215 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This chic neighborhood bistro offers a welcoming vibe that’s perfect for brunch, date night, or a special occasion dinner. Dig into New Orleans-style steak tartare with Tabasco aioli, splurge on caviar-topped latkes, and well-prepared proteins like grilled whole bronzino and juicy lamb chops served with salsa verde. 

3215 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

18. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave #110, Dallas, TX 75206

This popular Greenville Avenue eatery is equally great for dinner and weekend brunch. In the evenings, splurge on fried green tomatoes and Berkshire pork secreto that’s cook sous vide and grilled over pecan wood. For brunch, dishes like fluffy Belgian waffles and smoked chicken hash await, along with boozy oyster shooters and (of course) mimosas.

2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206

19. Khao Noodle Shop

4812 Bryan St #101, Dallas, TX 75204

This scrappy East Dallas Laotian restaurant, led by chef Donny Sirisavith, definitely saw its share of trials during the pandemic. Now, though, the restaurant is back in business, serving its stunning khao soi, snappy Lao sausages, and funky boat noodles.

4812 Bryan St #101
Dallas, TX 75204

20. E Bar Tex-Mex

1901 N Haskell Ave. #120, Dallas, TX 75204

Dallas. is replete with excellent Tex-Mex restaurants, and E-Bar is among the finest. This East Dallas stalwart’s enchiladas, queso, and carne asada are reliably good, and the margaritas are always nice and strong. Try one mixed with ghost pepper infused tequila for a seriously spicy drink.

1901 N Haskell Ave. #120
Dallas, TX 75204

21. Uchiba

2817 Maple Ave Floor 2, Dallas, TX 75201

Boasting one of the best happy hours in Dallas and a menu of super-fresh sushi, Uchiba is an ideal spot for dinner with friends or date night. Share snacks like foie gras mousse and pork belly bao, then order an a la carte sushi feast. Tip: the dayboat scallop nigiri is a beloved favorite.

2817 Maple Ave Floor 2
Dallas, TX 75201

22. The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
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Chef J. Chastain’s innovative Italian cuisine ranges from charred octopus with mint pesto over cannelini bean puree to grilled okra atop n’duja dill yogurt and lemon ricotta gnudi with sage, brown butter honey, and hazelnuts.

1632 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

23. Town Hearth

1617 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
A grand dining room with multiple chandeliers, tufted booths, and dim lighting Kathy Tran/EDFW

One of Dallas’s most luxurious places to dine, Town Hearth is known for its massive Prime steaks like the 32-ounce “Battle Axe,” or long-bone ribeye. There’s also excellent whiskey cocktails, East Coast oysters, and a wagyu beef cheeseburger that’s well worth the $24 price tag.

1617 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

24. Fearing's Restaurant

2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

A stalwart of Dallas’s dining scene, Fearing’s remains one of the best special-occasion dining destinations in the city, thanks in part to its luxe home at the Ritz Carlton Dallas. Helmed by legendary chef Dean Fearing, the restaurant’s famed tortilla soup is a must-try, as is the juicy Prime beef filet served with a chicken-fried lobster tail.

2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

25. Petra and the Beast

601 N Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX 75246

Chef Misti Norris’s funky East Dallas eatery is back in all its post-pandemic glory. The charcuterie board, an ever-rotating selection of meats cured by the chef, is an absolute must, as is the charred lemon tagliatelle served with pork sugo, cornbread crumbs, and cheese-rind-infused oil.

601 N Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

26. Tei-An

1722 Routh St #110, Dallas, TX 75201

Home to what is arguably Dallas’s finest sushi and soba, chef Teiichi Sakurai’s Tei-An remains a beloved Dallas dining destination more than 12 years after its Dallas debut. An omakase that boasts A5 wagyu beef and fish shipped in fresh from all over the world makes for a worthy splurge, but more casual diners can stop by during lunch for top-notch nigiri and soba served a la carte.

1722 Routh St #110
Dallas, TX 75201

27. Sloane's Corner

2001 Ross Ave Suite 125, Dallas, TX 75201

This cheery bistro has a menu that’s perfect for summer, with dishes like ricotta cavatelli and bone-in Berkshire pork chops served with grilled endive, mustard greens, and parsnip on offer. Save room for a peek at the dessert menu, which boasts a decadent triple chocolate budino lavished with espresso caramel, candied hazelnuts, and chantilly cream.

2001 Ross Ave Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75201

28. Thunderbird Station

3400 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
A white a-frame roof set against a dark sky backdrop. Atop the A-frame is a blue neon thunderbird shape. Courtesy Thunderbird Station

This Deep Ellum bar has already transformed itself into an essential Dallas dining destination for the post-pandemic era. With its spacious outdoor patio, fun cocktails like the Junkyard Dog, which is reminiscent of a rootbeer float, and snacks like bean dip, freshly fried pork rinds, and vegan Fritos chili pie, it’s a must for anyone’s outdoor dining bucket list.

3400 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

29. Elm & Good

2551 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Marking chef Graham Dodds’s triumphant return to the Dallas dining scene, Elm and Good is a veggie lover’s paradise. Options like grilled artichokes, barbecue carrots with baked gigante beans, and mushroom paella await, along with grass-fed burgers, steak, and pork schnitzel for the omnivores.

2551 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

30. Shoals

2614 Elm St #110, Dallas, TX 75226

Pre-pandemic, Shoals was an excellent spot to sip and drink a martini while snacking on empanadas. Over the past several months, though, it’s transformed into a serious vegan dining destination with a menu that’s heavily influenced by Venezuelan cuisine. Those excellent empanadas, stuffed with mushroom-lentil picadillo or sweet guava and peanut, are still on the menu, along with the NYC-inspired “Chop Cheez,” a sandwich made up of chopped Beyond meat, vegan provolone, tomato-onion jam, relish, and aji crema served on a hero roll.

2614 Elm St #110
Dallas, TX 75226

31. Revolver Taco Lounge

2701 Main St #120, Dallas, TX 75226

This Deep Ellum taqueria serves some of the best — and most inventive — tortilla-wrapped dishes in the city. Tacos stuffed with tender pulpo (octopus), seared pato (duck breast), and lobster sauteed in garlic butter are generously portioned and perfectly balanced, especially when paired with a fizzy Topo Chico.

2701 Main St #120
Dallas, TX 75226

32. Cafe Momentum

1510 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

This nonprofit restaurant employs at-risk young people to prepare a menu of stellar dishes crafted from locally sourced meats and produce, such as Cajun crawfritters, PEI mussels steamed in white wine, and farro risotto garnished with local mushrooms and pea shoots. Don’t sleep on Cafe Momentum’s smoked fried chicken, either — it’s a local legend. 

1510 Pacific Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

33. Partenope Ristorante

1903 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
pizzas Emily Loving for Partenope

Excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas and pasta reign at this Downtown eatery helmed by chef Dino Santonicola. Order the spaghetti alla tucci, with eggplant and pomodorini tomatoes, or consider the bacon-wrapped calzone for a seriously decadent dinner. For the vegans, there’s a margherita pizza made with vegan cheese that definitely won’t disappoint.

1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

34. Ka-Tip Thai Street Food

1011 S Pearl Expy #190, Dallas, TX 75201
Ka Tip/Facebook

This Thai restaurant at the Dallas Farmers Market has quickly become one of the city’s best destinations for larb gai, pad thai, and tender chicken satay skewers. For dessert, the pandan custard served with sticky rice is an absolute must.

1011 S Pearl Expy #190
Dallas, TX 75201

35. El Palote Panaderia

2537 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227
Vegan tacos, beans, and rice at El Palote Panaderia El Palote Panaderia [Official Photo]

This beloved Pleasant Grove taqueria totally eschews meat, and even the most devoted of carnivores don’t seem to mind. The plant-based proteins here are chopped and spiced to uncannily resemble carne asada, carnitas, and crispy chicharon, then tucked inside tender tortillas and served alongside excellent salsas. Tortas, tamales, and snacks like nacho fries are also on the menu. There’s also a pastry case brimming with beautiful pan dulce for dessert, and it’s always a good idea to grab a concha on the way out.

2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227

36. Del Sur Tacos

720 E Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203

Now with multiple locations in DFW — there are also outposts in North Dallas and McKinney — Del Sur Tacos is quickly growing into one of the city’s best taco destinations. Score trendy birria tacos served with hearty consome, solid fish tacos, and Del Sur’s iconic chile relleno taco, which involves a cheese-stuffed pepper tucked inside a tortilla, then showered in crema and pomegranate airils. 

720 E Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75203

37. Lucia

287 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
an indoor dining room Kathy Tran/Eater

Now located in the space that formerly housed its sister spot Macellaio, this iconic Dallas Italian restaurant is as busy as ever. When it returns, diners can look forward to grilled lamb sausages skewered with bay leaves, tagliatelle in ragu, and hay-roasted pork shoulder with petit rouge peas and rapini. Note: Reservations are required and difficult to come by.

287 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

38. Hurtado Barbecue | BBQ Arlington TX

205 E Front St, Arlington, TX 76010

This Arlington joint got its start as a weekend pop-up trailer, and has since blossomed into a bonafide barbecue destination. The brisket is juicy and perfectly barky, the beef ribs are massive and tender, and the freshly made tortillas make for a much better vehicle for all these meats than a plain ol’ slice of white bread found at most Texas barbecue spots.

205 E Front St
Arlington, TX 76010

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