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13 Essential Dallas Comfort Food Dishes

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Chicken and waffles are 100% comforting
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A chill has fallen over Dallas, which means that it’s time to bundle up and venture out for those comfort food staples that invoke all the warm, fuzzy feelings of winter.

Whether you’re looking for savory pho on a rainy day or a nap-inducing gooey grilled cheese, Dallas boasts plenty of comfort food offerings for every kind of cozy craving—nap optional. Head to one of these

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1. rise nº1

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5360 W Lovers Ln #220
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 366-9900
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There’s good soup and then there’s rise nº1’s marshmallow soup. While there are quite a few savory souffle flavors to choose from, no order is complete without a bowl of this crowd-favorite fancy tomato bisque, topped with tiny cheese souffle “marshmallows”. 

2. Bubba's

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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Bubba’s and Babe’s are comfort food meccas of the Metroplex and for very good reason—they serve up some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have. Just try your best not to fill up on those fluffy biscuits before your main dish arrives. 

3. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
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Those with a craving for elevated comfort food will not be disappointed with this Lower Greenville menu. Expect a modern take on classic dishes, like the chicken and dumplings with ricotta gnocchi, rotisserie chicken, parmesan, pistou and crispy chicken skin.  

4. Street's Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 917-7140
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For those of us that prefer comfort food of the non-fried variety, there’s Street’s Fine Chicken’s famous rotisserie chicken. Brined in sea salt and lemon juice and rubbed with herbes de Provence, the juicy chicken at this fast-casual spot is the stuff of dreams, especially when paired with a waffle.

5. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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This beloved Bryan Street storefront sells some of the best Italian products in Dallas, but their sandwich menu is rival to none. Grab a seat and settle in with a meatball and pepper sandwich, complete with melted cheese on perfectly toasted bread. 

6. La Popular Tamale House

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4823 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 824-7617
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If your comfort food choice is tamales, this family-run outpost is where you’ll find them. Pick from options like juicy pork roast, chicken with tangy tomatillo and a vegan-friendly blend, all of which are gluten-free. 

7. Vietnam Restaurant

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4302 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 821-4542
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Whether it’s chilly or not, a savory bowl of pho from this East Dallas establishment is the perfect way to warm up. And there’s plenty of options on this menu, from beefy varieties to chicken, tofu & vegetables and seafood. Crispy Vietnamese fried egg rolls are also highly recommended. 

8. The Crafty Irishman Public House

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1800 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(972) 707-7589
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This Irish pub serves up some of the best shepherd’s pie in town, with lamb, beef, carrots and mashed potatoes served up with fresh brown bread and a house salad. Looking to nap away the afternoon? Order the traditional Irish bread pudding, served on Jameson custard with cream.

9. Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

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400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5521
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Barbecue is an obvious choice for comfort food, and there’s nothing more calming than a big pile of smoky brisket and decadent sides. Between the creamy mac & cheese, meat-filled deviled eggs and other savory sides, you’ll definitely be leaving with leftovers. 

10. Oddfellows

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316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5958
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Whether the comfort food craving hits in the morning or at dinner, this Bishop Arts menu has options. Peruse brunch dishes like the crowd favorite chicken & waffles or settle in with dinner plates like the slightly-spicy buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese. 

11. Hattie's

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418 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-7400
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When a nap-inducing meal won’t work with your lunch schedule, head over to this Bishop Arts bistro for lighter Southern fare. The fried green tomato and smoked pimento cheese sandwich is light enough to return from your lunch hour. 

12. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. (Bishop Arts)

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310 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5515
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This menu is brimming with options for every type of grilled cheese enthusiast. Keep it classic with the traditional or get a little nostalgic with the Dude, a cheesy combination of lean ground beef, sloppy joe sauce and white cheddar on grilled sourdough. And of course, there are also solid soup options for dipping. 

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1. rise nº1

5360 W Lovers Ln #220, Dallas, TX 75209

There’s good soup and then there’s rise nº1’s marshmallow soup. While there are quite a few savory souffle flavors to choose from, no order is complete without a bowl of this crowd-favorite fancy tomato bisque, topped with tiny cheese souffle “marshmallows”. 

5360 W Lovers Ln #220
Dallas, TX 75209

2. Bubba's

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

Bubba’s and Babe’s are comfort food meccas of the Metroplex and for very good reason—they serve up some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have. Just try your best not to fill up on those fluffy biscuits before your main dish arrives. 

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

3. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave #110, Dallas, TX 75206

Those with a craving for elevated comfort food will not be disappointed with this Lower Greenville menu. Expect a modern take on classic dishes, like the chicken and dumplings with ricotta gnocchi, rotisserie chicken, parmesan, pistou and crispy chicken skin.  

2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Street's Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

For those of us that prefer comfort food of the non-fried variety, there’s Street’s Fine Chicken’s famous rotisserie chicken. Brined in sea salt and lemon juice and rubbed with herbes de Provence, the juicy chicken at this fast-casual spot is the stuff of dreams, especially when paired with a waffle.

3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

5. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

This beloved Bryan Street storefront sells some of the best Italian products in Dallas, but their sandwich menu is rival to none. Grab a seat and settle in with a meatball and pepper sandwich, complete with melted cheese on perfectly toasted bread. 

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

6. La Popular Tamale House

4823 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204

If your comfort food choice is tamales, this family-run outpost is where you’ll find them. Pick from options like juicy pork roast, chicken with tangy tomatillo and a vegan-friendly blend, all of which are gluten-free. 

4823 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204

7. Vietnam Restaurant

4302 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204

Whether it’s chilly or not, a savory bowl of pho from this East Dallas establishment is the perfect way to warm up. And there’s plenty of options on this menu, from beefy varieties to chicken, tofu & vegetables and seafood. Crispy Vietnamese fried egg rolls are also highly recommended. 

4302 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204

8. The Crafty Irishman Public House

1800 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

This Irish pub serves up some of the best shepherd’s pie in town, with lamb, beef, carrots and mashed potatoes served up with fresh brown bread and a house salad. Looking to nap away the afternoon? Order the traditional Irish bread pudding, served on Jameson custard with cream.

1800 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Barbecue is an obvious choice for comfort food, and there’s nothing more calming than a big pile of smoky brisket and decadent sides. Between the creamy mac & cheese, meat-filled deviled eggs and other savory sides, you’ll definitely be leaving with leftovers. 

400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

10. Oddfellows

316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

Whether the comfort food craving hits in the morning or at dinner, this Bishop Arts menu has options. Peruse brunch dishes like the crowd favorite chicken & waffles or settle in with dinner plates like the slightly-spicy buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese. 

316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Hattie's

418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

When a nap-inducing meal won’t work with your lunch schedule, head over to this Bishop Arts bistro for lighter Southern fare. The fried green tomato and smoked pimento cheese sandwich is light enough to return from your lunch hour. 

418 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

12. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. (Bishop Arts)

310 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

This menu is brimming with options for every type of grilled cheese enthusiast. Keep it classic with the traditional or get a little nostalgic with the Dude, a cheesy combination of lean ground beef, sloppy joe sauce and white cheddar on grilled sourdough. And of course, there are also solid soup options for dipping. 

310 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

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