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The Iconic Meat Dishes of Dallas, Mapped

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Texans love their meat, as evidenced by the sheer number of barbecue places, burger stands and steakhouses that litter the local landscape. Here's a look at 14 iconic meat dishes that paint a meaty picture of the Dallas dining scene's past, present and future, from the official state dish and a State Fair mainstay to late-night tacos and gigantic steaks.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Good Cafe

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2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 742-5362
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Chicken-fried steak isn't the official state food of Texas, but it probably deserves an honorable mention. One of the best in town can be found at this laid-back Deep Ellum restaurant, smothered in cream gravy and served with mashed potatoes and your choice of veg (we recommend the green beans, which are cooked just till tender and bright green -- basically the opposite of how mom made them).

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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104 N Oak St
Roanoke, TX 76262
(817) 491-2900
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Stuffing yourself silly on the perfectly crispy fried chicken at Babe's is practically a rite of passage for Dallasites. The original has been open since 1993, and it's since expanded to boast a whopping nine locations -- meaning there's probably one near you.

3. Bob's Steak & Chop House

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4300 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-9446
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Countless business deals have been made (and celebrated) over giant prime steaks at Bob's. It's hard to go wrong with any of the cuts -- though the bone-in ribeye is a favorite -- and they all come with Bob's signature glazed carrot and your choice of potato.

4. Dairy-ette

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9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 327-9983
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Dairy-ette has been serving up classic, thin-pattied drive-in burgers in East Dallas since 1956. That's a lot of burgers, and they're pretty damn good, served on a generic squishy white bun with the traditional accoutrement -- L, T, O, mayo, mustard. Pair it with a housemade root beer and tots.

5. Fletcher's Corny Dogs

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1200 S. 2nd Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 426-3400
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Fletcher's has been delighting State Fair visitors with corny dogs since 1942 and are widely credited with inventing it. The cornmeal-based batter gives it a bit of a crunch, but the ketchup vs. mustard debate can be a divisive one (we're firmly in the camp of the latter).

6. Fuel City

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801 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 426-0011
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Fuel City may not have the best tacos in Dallas, but their 24-hour walkup window is legendary nonetheless. Where else can you get freshly made picadillo, barbacoa, pastor or chicken or beef fajita tacos at 4 a.m. while observing exotic wildlife?

7. The Grape

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2808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-1981
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Lower Greenville icon The Grape has been serving up fine bistro fare since 1972. Charcuterie plates may be oh-so-trendy these days, but The Grape does it classic and does it right. The selection varies from week to week, but expect excellent rillettes, pate and terrines.

8. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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Jimmy's has been an East Dallas mainstay since 1966, though it didn't start specializing in Italian products until 1997. The Italian Stallion is one of the best damn sandwiches around -- every Italian cold cut imaginable stacked high on a hoagie roll with mozz, provolone and the usual sandwich dressings. (The housemade Italian sausage with peppers and onions is also killer. Oh, and the Cuban. And the Italian beef and the roast pork...)

9. Mia's Tex-Mex

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4322 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-1020
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Two words: brisket tacos. The version at Tex-Mex icon Mia's are widely regarded as the best in town; tender shreds of brisket are stuffed into flour tortillas along with Monterey Jack, green peppers and onions, with savory gravy for smothering.

10. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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Who knew a fledgling catering company that started out of the back of a truck would turn into the number two-rated barbecue joint in all of Texas? Everything here is good, but it's the brisket that gets the most love -- smoked for 18 hours until the fat is perfectly rendered and glistening, with a crusty black bark edging each and every delicious slice.

11. Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

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2202 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 357-7120
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Sonny Bryan's has been largely usurped by many newer barbecue joints, but it's undeniably a Dallas icon. The chopped brisket sandwich is the way to go, smothered in Sonny's signature sauce and flanked with a side of the bangle-size onion rings.

12. Smoke

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901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 393-4141
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Tim Byres' restaurant at the historic Belmont Hotel stands out as a stellar representation of modern Texas cuisine. One of the most-talked about dishes that's been on the menu since Smoke opened in 2006, "The Big Rib" is just that: A giant Flintstone-style beef rib smoked to succulent perfection and served over homey hominy casserole.

13. Stephan Pyles

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1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 580-7000
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Chef Stephan Pyles is an icon of Southwestern cuisine and a stalwart of the Dallas dining scene, and the gigantic bone-in cowboy ribeye has been on the menu since his namesake downtown restaurant opened in 2005 because his customers would have a fit if it was taken off. The giant slab of prime beef is topped with a mountain of red chile onion rings with a side of pinto bean-crimini mushroom ragout.

14. Tolbert's

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423 S Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 421-4888
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Chili is the official state dish of Texas, and Tolbert's is the lone remaining chili parlor in Dallas. Chili-obsessed journalist Frank X. Tolbert even wrote a book called A Bowl of Red before opening Tolbert's in 1976. The restaurant reopened in downtown Grapevine in 2006, but the legendary chili lives on. It comes appropriately garnished with cheese and onions, or go super-Texan with a Frito pie.

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1. All Good Cafe

2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Chicken-fried steak isn't the official state food of Texas, but it probably deserves an honorable mention. One of the best in town can be found at this laid-back Deep Ellum restaurant, smothered in cream gravy and served with mashed potatoes and your choice of veg (we recommend the green beans, which are cooked just till tender and bright green -- basically the opposite of how mom made them).
2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

104 N Oak St, Roanoke, TX 76262
Stuffing yourself silly on the perfectly crispy fried chicken at Babe's is practically a rite of passage for Dallasites. The original has been open since 1993, and it's since expanded to boast a whopping nine locations -- meaning there's probably one near you.
104 N Oak St
Roanoke, TX 76262

3. Bob's Steak & Chop House

4300 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Countless business deals have been made (and celebrated) over giant prime steaks at Bob's. It's hard to go wrong with any of the cuts -- though the bone-in ribeye is a favorite -- and they all come with Bob's signature glazed carrot and your choice of potato.
4300 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

4. Dairy-ette

9785 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228
Dairy-ette has been serving up classic, thin-pattied drive-in burgers in East Dallas since 1956. That's a lot of burgers, and they're pretty damn good, served on a generic squishy white bun with the traditional accoutrement -- L, T, O, mayo, mustard. Pair it with a housemade root beer and tots.
9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228

5. Fletcher's Corny Dogs

1200 S. 2nd Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
Fletcher's has been delighting State Fair visitors with corny dogs since 1942 and are widely credited with inventing it. The cornmeal-based batter gives it a bit of a crunch, but the ketchup vs. mustard debate can be a divisive one (we're firmly in the camp of the latter).
1200 S. 2nd Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210

6. Fuel City

801 S Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Fuel City may not have the best tacos in Dallas, but their 24-hour walkup window is legendary nonetheless. Where else can you get freshly made picadillo, barbacoa, pastor or chicken or beef fajita tacos at 4 a.m. while observing exotic wildlife?
801 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

7. The Grape

2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Lower Greenville icon The Grape has been serving up fine bistro fare since 1972. Charcuterie plates may be oh-so-trendy these days, but The Grape does it classic and does it right. The selection varies from week to week, but expect excellent rillettes, pate and terrines.
2808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St., Dallas, TX 75206
Jimmy's has been an East Dallas mainstay since 1966, though it didn't start specializing in Italian products until 1997. The Italian Stallion is one of the best damn sandwiches around -- every Italian cold cut imaginable stacked high on a hoagie roll with mozz, provolone and the usual sandwich dressings. (The housemade Italian sausage with peppers and onions is also killer. Oh, and the Cuban. And the Italian beef and the roast pork...)
4901 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Mia's Tex-Mex

4322 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Two words: brisket tacos. The version at Tex-Mex icon Mia's are widely regarded as the best in town; tender shreds of brisket are stuffed into flour tortillas along with Monterey Jack, green peppers and onions, with savory gravy for smothering.
4322 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Who knew a fledgling catering company that started out of the back of a truck would turn into the number two-rated barbecue joint in all of Texas? Everything here is good, but it's the brisket that gets the most love -- smoked for 18 hours until the fat is perfectly rendered and glistening, with a crusty black bark edging each and every delicious slice.
2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

2202 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75235
Sonny Bryan's has been largely usurped by many newer barbecue joints, but it's undeniably a Dallas icon. The chopped brisket sandwich is the way to go, smothered in Sonny's signature sauce and flanked with a side of the bangle-size onion rings.
2202 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75235

12. Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Tim Byres' restaurant at the historic Belmont Hotel stands out as a stellar representation of modern Texas cuisine. One of the most-talked about dishes that's been on the menu since Smoke opened in 2006, "The Big Rib" is just that: A giant Flintstone-style beef rib smoked to succulent perfection and served over homey hominy casserole.
901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

13. Stephan Pyles

1807 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Chef Stephan Pyles is an icon of Southwestern cuisine and a stalwart of the Dallas dining scene, and the gigantic bone-in cowboy ribeye has been on the menu since his namesake downtown restaurant opened in 2005 because his customers would have a fit if it was taken off. The giant slab of prime beef is topped with a mountain of red chile onion rings with a side of pinto bean-crimini mushroom ragout.
1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

14. Tolbert's

423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051
Chili is the official state dish of Texas, and Tolbert's is the lone remaining chili parlor in Dallas. Chili-obsessed journalist Frank X. Tolbert even wrote a book called A Bowl of Red before opening Tolbert's in 1976. The restaurant reopened in downtown Grapevine in 2006, but the legendary chili lives on. It comes appropriately garnished with cheese and onions, or go super-Texan with a Frito pie.
423 S Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051

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