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Eataly anchors the food scene in NorthPark Mall, with multiple cafes and by cornering the market on Italian food in the area.
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Where to Eat the Finest Meals In and Around NorthPark Center

A day at the mall can be full of great art, great shopping, and amazing food

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Eataly anchors the food scene in NorthPark Mall, with multiple cafes and by cornering the market on Italian food in the area.
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NorthPark Center is known nationally as a destination for luxury shopping. It’s been around since 1965, in the control of the Nasher family — yes, of Nasher Sculpture Garden fame. From the moment it opened its doors, this mall has been a massive destination, both literally (it was the largest mall in the world when it opened) and figuratively (it was called “a city within a city” when it was being designed).

All the walking, shopping, and admiring the art on display in NorthPark is enough to famish anyone. Luckily, there are many great spots to eat in and around the mall. Here are the best places to sit down, take a break, and break bread.

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Wok Star Chinese

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Craving Chinese? Just up 75 an exit from NorthPark is chef Charlie Zhang’s noodle-pulling kingdom. Order American Chinese favorites, dumplings for days, or a freshly-pulled noodle dish to enjoy under the watchful gaze of some of the greatest rock stars ever — they’re all hanging on the walls.

Back Country BBQ

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Tuck into a barbecue plate in this tucked-away spot near the mall — tourists won’t find it on their own. All the staples are here: beef ribs, pulled pork, and smoked chicken, and this spot earns raves for its potato salad. Pull up a picnic table and have a down home meal after a big day of luxury shopping.

Bazille

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Inside Nordstrom, shoppers can find this charming cafe. Order the wild salmon Nicoise salad, lobster mac and cheese, or the Southwest chicken sandwich to get the energy to keep the day going.

Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery

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Visit a Dallas brunch institution at its indoor mall outpost. This dimly lit, glamorous eatery also posts outdoor seating in the mall’s courtyard. It is a beautiful spot for classic brunch dishes: warm cinnamon pecan rolls, a croque madame, or farmhouse tacos await.

Eataly Dallas

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Since it opened, Eataly has become the food experience for NorthPark, with multiple cafes and spots to grab a coffee, a gelato or coppe, a pizza, a bag full of Italian groceries, and a bottle of wine — it’s a veritable Italian food wonderland. 

For a sit-down Italian dining experience, head to Terra in Eataly on the third-floor rooftop. The expansive menu includes fresh pasta, mains from the wood-fired grill, Puglise-style meat skewers, and fabulous cocktails.

The Mermaid Bar

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Neiman Marcus’s first level holds a spot for shoppers to become diners. The Mermaid Bar has lunch counter service and tables, at which it serves salads, sandwiches (don’t miss the Duke of Windsor), soups, and a select few larger plates. There’s also a notable wine menu, and ordering a sparkling glass of Champagne or prosecco is not out of order. 

Rex's Seafood and Market

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One of Dallas’s best seafood spots is to the west of the mall. This Park Cities outpost of Rex’s Seafood and Market is the only place shoppers should go for a plate of oysters and a martini nearby after a rough day of mall walking.

Keller's Hamburgers

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If the budget got blown at NorthPark’s fancy shops, point the car just over to the east on Northwest Highway and grab a burger and fries at Keller’s, an iconic Dallas drive-thru.

Wok Star Chinese

Craving Chinese? Just up 75 an exit from NorthPark is chef Charlie Zhang’s noodle-pulling kingdom. Order American Chinese favorites, dumplings for days, or a freshly-pulled noodle dish to enjoy under the watchful gaze of some of the greatest rock stars ever — they’re all hanging on the walls.

Back Country BBQ

Tuck into a barbecue plate in this tucked-away spot near the mall — tourists won’t find it on their own. All the staples are here: beef ribs, pulled pork, and smoked chicken, and this spot earns raves for its potato salad. Pull up a picnic table and have a down home meal after a big day of luxury shopping.

Bazille

Inside Nordstrom, shoppers can find this charming cafe. Order the wild salmon Nicoise salad, lobster mac and cheese, or the Southwest chicken sandwich to get the energy to keep the day going.

Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery

Visit a Dallas brunch institution at its indoor mall outpost. This dimly lit, glamorous eatery also posts outdoor seating in the mall’s courtyard. It is a beautiful spot for classic brunch dishes: warm cinnamon pecan rolls, a croque madame, or farmhouse tacos await.

Eataly Dallas

Since it opened, Eataly has become the food experience for NorthPark, with multiple cafes and spots to grab a coffee, a gelato or coppe, a pizza, a bag full of Italian groceries, and a bottle of wine — it’s a veritable Italian food wonderland. 

Terra

For a sit-down Italian dining experience, head to Terra in Eataly on the third-floor rooftop. The expansive menu includes fresh pasta, mains from the wood-fired grill, Puglise-style meat skewers, and fabulous cocktails.

The Mermaid Bar

Neiman Marcus’s first level holds a spot for shoppers to become diners. The Mermaid Bar has lunch counter service and tables, at which it serves salads, sandwiches (don’t miss the Duke of Windsor), soups, and a select few larger plates. There’s also a notable wine menu, and ordering a sparkling glass of Champagne or prosecco is not out of order. 

Rex's Seafood and Market

One of Dallas’s best seafood spots is to the west of the mall. This Park Cities outpost of Rex’s Seafood and Market is the only place shoppers should go for a plate of oysters and a martini nearby after a rough day of mall walking.

Keller's Hamburgers

If the budget got blown at NorthPark’s fancy shops, point the car just over to the east on Northwest Highway and grab a burger and fries at Keller’s, an iconic Dallas drive-thru.

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