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The legendary lobster roll at TJ’s Seafood
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10 Must-Try Restaurants in North Dallas

Super-fresh lobster rolls, tender ribs, and much more await

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The legendary lobster roll at TJ’s Seafood
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North Dallas can be a bit of a hard-to-define area, but for the purposes of this guide to the area’s best restaurants, we’re defining it as a box that’s bordered by the Tollway, 635, Northwest Highway and 75.

Inside this sprawling area situated between these bustling highways, diners have so many options that it can be tough to narrow down where to eat. Scope out this guide to North Dallas’s most essential restaurants, where stunning soup dumplings, excellent Greek eats, super-fresh seafood, and more top-notch eats await.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Republic

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12300 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 385-6004
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Helmed by chef Kent Rathbun, head to this whiskey-soaked paradise for decadent cuisine paired with strong cocktails. Order a smoked bone-in Duroc pork chop, or bring a crowd to share snacks like pepper jack tater tots, chicken-fried quail tenders, and five-cheese mac and cheese.

Cocktail at Republic Texas Tavern
Alexandra Fraler Photography

2. The Mercury

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11909 Preston Rd #1418
Dallas, TX 75230
(972) 960-7774
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Another well-kept secret, The Mercury has turned out plate after plate of quality, upscale, New American cuisine since 1998. It’s a popular destination for business lunches and date nights thanks to chic eats like lobster tacos garnished with mango relish and blonde miso black cod served with bok choy and asparagus.

3. Street's Fine Chicken

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5211 Forest Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 803-5181
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The outpost of Street’s Fine Chicken in North Dallas is great for both a quick take-out dinner or sit-down feast. Choose from tenders or bone-in chicken brined in herbes de Provence, then pair with fluffy biscuits, black-eyed peas, and of course, the famed brie mac and cheese.

A bloody mary at Street’s Fine Chicken
Photo by Rachel Pinn

4. Ziziki’s

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11661 Preston Rd #309
Dallas, TX 75230
(469) 232-9922
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A stalwart of Dallas’s dining scene since 1994, Ziziki’s excels at everything from hummus to lamb souvlaki. Don’t leave without trying at least a bite of the restaurant’s famous house-made baklava ice cream cake.

5. Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

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11111 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 739-0918
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Whether you’re craving classic matzah ball soup, a stacked deli sandwich, NY-style bagels or a classic breakfast plate, Cindi’s Delicatessen has it. Like any good delicatessen, Cindi’s boasts an extensive menu packed with favorites and comfort foods, daily specials and lighter choices.

Pastrami sandwich at Cindi’s
Rachel Pinn

6. 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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For three decades, TJ’s has been the seafood market for serious fish enthusiasts in North Dallas and beyond. Stop by for super-fresh fish to cook at home (the selection is always changing) or sit down in the subtly sophisticated dining room for coconut curry steamed mussels, fish tacos or a buttery lobster roll.

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7. Royal China Restaurant

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6025 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 361-1771
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Dallasites come from miles to enjoy Chinese and Taiwanese favorites including hand-pulled noodles and juicy soup dumplings at this Chinese-American restaurant owned by the Kao family. For something unique, try the three cup chicken, a Taiwanese specialty flavored with tea, salt and pepper and king oyster mushrooms.

Three Cup Chicken at Royal China
Rachel Pinn

8. Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

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10455 N Central Expy #117
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 647-1033
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A North Dallas favorite with a real homemade vibe, Gabriela y Sofia’s offers an extensive menu of Tex-Mex favorites with plenty of surprises thrown into the mix. Dig into brisket enchiladas, tacos al carbon, or chicken in a rich mole sauce.

Image via Gabriela y Sofia’s Facebook page
Image via Gabriela y Sofia’s Facebook page

9. Rex's Seafood and Market

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6713 W Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 758-0566
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North Dallasites head to Rex’s for oysters ($2 each during happy hour), shrimp cocktail and poke bowls. Fish tacos, sandwiches, or salads topped with salmon or shrimp are solid choices during lunch, and Rex’s offers a variety of pastas and fish-forward mains to make dinner special. Shellfish and fresh fish are available by the pound at the Market to prepare at home as well.

via Rex’s Seafood and Market’s Facebook page
via Rex’s Seafood and Market’s Facebook page

10. Tupinamba Cafe

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9665 N Central Expy #142
Dallas, TX 75231
(972) 991-8148
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Famous for their Tupy Tacos, fried puffy tacos the restaurant has been serving since the original location opened in 1947, Tupinamba offers typical Tex-Mex fare in a festive setting for brunch, lunch and dinner.

image via Tupinamba’s Facebook page
image via Tupinamba’s Facebook page

1. Republic

12300 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
Cocktail at Republic Texas Tavern
Alexandra Fraler Photography

Helmed by chef Kent Rathbun, head to this whiskey-soaked paradise for decadent cuisine paired with strong cocktails. Order a smoked bone-in Duroc pork chop, or bring a crowd to share snacks like pepper jack tater tots, chicken-fried quail tenders, and five-cheese mac and cheese.

12300 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

2. The Mercury

11909 Preston Rd #1418, Dallas, TX 75230

Another well-kept secret, The Mercury has turned out plate after plate of quality, upscale, New American cuisine since 1998. It’s a popular destination for business lunches and date nights thanks to chic eats like lobster tacos garnished with mango relish and blonde miso black cod served with bok choy and asparagus.

11909 Preston Rd #1418
Dallas, TX 75230

3. Street's Fine Chicken

5211 Forest Ln #108, Dallas, TX 75244
A bloody mary at Street’s Fine Chicken
Photo by Rachel Pinn

The outpost of Street’s Fine Chicken in North Dallas is great for both a quick take-out dinner or sit-down feast. Choose from tenders or bone-in chicken brined in herbes de Provence, then pair with fluffy biscuits, black-eyed peas, and of course, the famed brie mac and cheese.

5211 Forest Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75244

4. Ziziki’s

11661 Preston Rd #309, Dallas, TX 75230

A stalwart of Dallas’s dining scene since 1994, Ziziki’s excels at everything from hummus to lamb souvlaki. Don’t leave without trying at least a bite of the restaurant’s famous house-made baklava ice cream cake.

11661 Preston Rd #309
Dallas, TX 75230

5. Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

11111 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75243
Pastrami sandwich at Cindi’s
Rachel Pinn

Whether you’re craving classic matzah ball soup, a stacked deli sandwich, NY-style bagels or a classic breakfast plate, Cindi’s Delicatessen has it. Like any good delicatessen, Cindi’s boasts an extensive menu packed with favorites and comfort foods, daily specials and lighter choices.

11111 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75243

6. TJ's Seafood Market & Grill Preston Royal

6025 Royal Ln #110, Dallas, TX 75230
TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill/Facebook

For three decades, TJ’s has been the seafood market for serious fish enthusiasts in North Dallas and beyond. Stop by for super-fresh fish to cook at home (the selection is always changing) or sit down in the subtly sophisticated dining room for coconut curry steamed mussels, fish tacos or a buttery lobster roll.

6025 Royal Ln #110
Dallas, TX 75230

7. Royal China Restaurant

6025 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
Three Cup Chicken at Royal China
Rachel Pinn

Dallasites come from miles to enjoy Chinese and Taiwanese favorites including hand-pulled noodles and juicy soup dumplings at this Chinese-American restaurant owned by the Kao family. For something unique, try the three cup chicken, a Taiwanese specialty flavored with tea, salt and pepper and king oyster mushrooms.

6025 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75230

8. Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

10455 N Central Expy #117, Dallas, TX 75231
Image via Gabriela y Sofia’s Facebook page
Image via Gabriela y Sofia’s Facebook page

A North Dallas favorite with a real homemade vibe, Gabriela y Sofia’s offers an extensive menu of Tex-Mex favorites with plenty of surprises thrown into the mix. Dig into brisket enchiladas, tacos al carbon, or chicken in a rich mole sauce.

10455 N Central Expy #117
Dallas, TX 75231

9. Rex's Seafood and Market

6713 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225
via Rex’s Seafood and Market’s Facebook page
via Rex’s Seafood and Market’s Facebook page

North Dallasites head to Rex’s for oysters ($2 each during happy hour), shrimp cocktail and poke bowls. Fish tacos, sandwiches, or salads topped with salmon or shrimp are solid choices during lunch, and Rex’s offers a variety of pastas and fish-forward mains to make dinner special. Shellfish and fresh fish are available by the pound at the Market to prepare at home as well.

6713 W Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225

10. Tupinamba Cafe

9665 N Central Expy #142, Dallas, TX 75231
image via Tupinamba’s Facebook page
image via Tupinamba’s Facebook page

Famous for their Tupy Tacos, fried puffy tacos the restaurant has been serving since the original location opened in 1947, Tupinamba offers typical Tex-Mex fare in a festive setting for brunch, lunch and dinner.

9665 N Central Expy #142
Dallas, TX 75231

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