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13 Excellent Meatball Dishes to Eat Right Now

Italian meatballs are great, but there’s so much more out there

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To many diners, meatballs conjure an image of deliciously meaty mouth-sized Italian treats smothered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. That’s true in many cases, but there are tons of meatball options from around the globe that are equally delicious and begging to be eaten right here in DFW.

From Italian, to Afghan, to Greek, and Vietnamese varieties, here are 13 excellent meatball dishes to eat right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Neighborhood Services

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11 Cowboys Way
Frisco, TX 75034
(469) 287-0000
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Chef Nick Badovinus knows his way around meat, and meatballs are certainly no exception. Kick off a steak dinner with an order of the butcher’s meatballs, made with Prime beef and served with bleu cheese and voodoo sauce.

2. ZAYTINYA

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6655 Winning Drive #600
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 324-3060
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This Greek-inspired eatery from famed DC chef Jose Andres offers a huge menu of Mediterranean shareables including a killer dish of beef and lamb meatballs. Ask for the Keftedes Kapama which is served in a tomato sauce with feta cheese, cinnamon, and allspice.

A look inside Zaytinya Frisco Photo by Melissa Hennings

3. Kenny's Italian Kitchen

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5100 Belt Line Rd #764
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 661-9380
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This old-school Italian joint serves up traditional favorites, with red checkered tablecloths on deck. The meatballs are definitely a must-try along with a side of bruschetta for starters, then move on to something equally delicious like the fettuccini carbonara or gnocchi with chicken, artichokes, mushrooms, and asiago cream.

4. Zoli's NY Pizza

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14910 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001
(469) 754-9654
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Swing by this Addison pizzeria during lunch for the meatball sandwich, made with smashed meatballs (easier to eat!), fontina cheese, and jalapeno pesto. Excellent meatballs can also be found on the Lil’ Troy pizza alongside cherry peppers, jalapenos, and crispy toasted bread crumbs.

5. Fachini

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33a, Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 838-9688
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For an affordable option in the ultra-swank Highland Park Village haunt, grab a dish of meatballs. They are delightfully filling and a perfect cost-saving complement to its $15 cocktails.

6. Henry's Majestic

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4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(469) 893-9400
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Henry’s Majestic pulls out the meatball stops with two options on the menu devoted to the meaty treat. Grab the maple bourbon meatballs as an appetizer, which are made with Texas Akaushi beef and served with fennel slaw, or go for the meatball grinder sandwich topped with provolone cheese and roasted peppers and onions.

Henry’s Majestic

7. Nora Restaurant and Bar

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1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-0095
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There’s really not a bad dish at Nora, and the Lowest Greenville eatery has two meatball options that will presumably make the move when the restaurant relocates to Bishop Arts early next year. Try the spicy chicken meatballs topped with yogurt and tomato sauce, or a decidedly delicious Afghan dish of Kofta Chalao, i.e. meatballs simmered in fresh spices, garlic, onion, and dried plum, which is served with rice. 

8. Mot Hai Ba

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6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0968
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Mot Hai Ba is having its moment in the spotlight, hosting both Kanye West and Aziz Ansari recently, which might just certify it as Dallas’ celebrity dining destination. And for good reason, dishes like the standout duck meatballs with tomato compote and sesame have earned the restaurant its much-deserved popularity.

Hit up Mot Hai Ba for some standout soup.
Hit up Mot Hai Ba for some standout soup.
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9. Mille Lire

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3102 Oak Lawn Ave #116
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 597-1366
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Mille Lire is a delightful upscale Italian haunt in Oak Lawn, perfect for date night. Gaze at your honey over an appetizer of lamb meatballs served with broccoli rabe, feta cheese, and tomato sugo which is covered with a layer of freshly baked flat bread, before moving onto some intensely delicious takes on Italian originals.

10. MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

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3699 McKinney Ave #106B
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 707-8022
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This West Village pizza parlor serves up meatballs smothered in marinara and globs of mozzarella cheese. Start with a dish of the meaty goodness and a side of bruschetta followed by a thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza.

11. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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This stalwart East Dallas sandwich shop and corner market offers up an uber-affordable $7 meatball sub on a toasted six-inch bun finished off with marinara, mozzarella, sweet peppers, and onions.

12. Avanti Ristorante

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2720 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 871-4955
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Get a delicious traditional meatball dish as an appetizer at this longtime McKinney Avenue Italian restaurant. The candlelit interiors and live instrumentation are a perfect setting for a time-honored Italian favorite.

13. Doc B's Restaurant + Bar

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5253 Marathon Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(682) 231-8820
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Doc B’s serves an “Angry Meatball” that’s not for the faint of heart. Clocking in at more than half a pound, the 100% Wagyu beef ball is bathed in spicy marinara before being finished off with fresh ricotta cheese and a side of house-made garlic toast. It’s available at the Uptown Dallas location too.

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1. Neighborhood Services

11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034

Chef Nick Badovinus knows his way around meat, and meatballs are certainly no exception. Kick off a steak dinner with an order of the butcher’s meatballs, made with Prime beef and served with bleu cheese and voodoo sauce.

11 Cowboys Way
Frisco, TX 75034

2. ZAYTINYA

6655 Winning Drive #600, Frisco, TX 75034
A look inside Zaytinya Frisco Photo by Melissa Hennings

This Greek-inspired eatery from famed DC chef Jose Andres offers a huge menu of Mediterranean shareables including a killer dish of beef and lamb meatballs. Ask for the Keftedes Kapama which is served in a tomato sauce with feta cheese, cinnamon, and allspice.

6655 Winning Drive #600
Frisco, TX 75034

3. Kenny's Italian Kitchen

5100 Belt Line Rd #764, Dallas, TX 75254

This old-school Italian joint serves up traditional favorites, with red checkered tablecloths on deck. The meatballs are definitely a must-try along with a side of bruschetta for starters, then move on to something equally delicious like the fettuccini carbonara or gnocchi with chicken, artichokes, mushrooms, and asiago cream.

5100 Belt Line Rd #764
Dallas, TX 75254

4. Zoli's NY Pizza

14910 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001

Swing by this Addison pizzeria during lunch for the meatball sandwich, made with smashed meatballs (easier to eat!), fontina cheese, and jalapeno pesto. Excellent meatballs can also be found on the Lil’ Troy pizza alongside cherry peppers, jalapenos, and crispy toasted bread crumbs.

14910 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001

5. Fachini

33a, Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205

For an affordable option in the ultra-swank Highland Park Village haunt, grab a dish of meatballs. They are delightfully filling and a perfect cost-saving complement to its $15 cocktails.

33a, Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Henry's Majestic

4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Henry’s Majestic

Henry’s Majestic pulls out the meatball stops with two options on the menu devoted to the meaty treat. Grab the maple bourbon meatballs as an appetizer, which are made with Texas Akaushi beef and served with fennel slaw, or go for the meatball grinder sandwich topped with provolone cheese and roasted peppers and onions.

4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

7. Nora Restaurant and Bar

1928 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

There’s really not a bad dish at Nora, and the Lowest Greenville eatery has two meatball options that will presumably make the move when the restaurant relocates to Bishop Arts early next year. Try the spicy chicken meatballs topped with yogurt and tomato sauce, or a decidedly delicious Afghan dish of Kofta Chalao, i.e. meatballs simmered in fresh spices, garlic, onion, and dried plum, which is served with rice. 

1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206
Hit up Mot Hai Ba for some standout soup.
Hit up Mot Hai Ba for some standout soup.
Photo: Robert Strickland/EDFW

Mot Hai Ba is having its moment in the spotlight, hosting both Kanye West and Aziz Ansari recently, which might just certify it as Dallas’ celebrity dining destination. And for good reason, dishes like the standout duck meatballs with tomato compote and sesame have earned the restaurant its much-deserved popularity.

6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Mille Lire

3102 Oak Lawn Ave #116, Dallas, TX 75219

Mille Lire is a delightful upscale Italian haunt in Oak Lawn, perfect for date night. Gaze at your honey over an appetizer of lamb meatballs served with broccoli rabe, feta cheese, and tomato sugo which is covered with a layer of freshly baked flat bread, before moving onto some intensely delicious takes on Italian originals.

3102 Oak Lawn Ave #116
Dallas, TX 75219

10. MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

3699 McKinney Ave #106B, Dallas, TX 75204

This West Village pizza parlor serves up meatballs smothered in marinara and globs of mozzarella cheese. Start with a dish of the meaty goodness and a side of bruschetta followed by a thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza.

3699 McKinney Ave #106B
Dallas, TX 75204

11. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

This stalwart East Dallas sandwich shop and corner market offers up an uber-affordable $7 meatball sub on a toasted six-inch bun finished off with marinara, mozzarella, sweet peppers, and onions.

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Avanti Ristorante

2720 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Get a delicious traditional meatball dish as an appetizer at this longtime McKinney Avenue Italian restaurant. The candlelit interiors and live instrumentation are a perfect setting for a time-honored Italian favorite.

2720 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

13. Doc B's Restaurant + Bar

5253 Marathon Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Courtesy Doc B’s

Doc B’s serves an “Angry Meatball” that’s not for the faint of heart. Clocking in at more than half a pound, the 100% Wagyu beef ball is bathed in spicy marinara before being finished off with fresh ricotta cheese and a side of house-made garlic toast. It’s available at the Uptown Dallas location too.

5253 Marathon Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76109

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