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So much pepperoni awaits at Zoli's NY Pizza
Kathy Tran

14 Essential Addison Restaurants

Ethiopian cuisine, Southern classics, and more await

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So much pepperoni awaits at Zoli's NY Pizza
| Kathy Tran

For decades, Addison has been known as a land of boring chain restaurants. To some extent, that’s still true, but there are plenty of hidden gems in the neighborhood that are worth checking out. From Ethiopian cuisine to classic old-school steakhouse fare, these 14 restaurants are essential Addison haunts.

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La Spiga

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Open for more than 20 years, La Spiga is a destination for all things baked. Lavash, challah, biscotti, and baguettes are all available for takeaway, along with a menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastas.

Mesero - Prestonwood

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With a view of the nearby golf course, Mico Rodriguez’s Mesero offers Addison’s most serene patio, made better by copious margaritas. Ceviche, enchiladas, and tacos are on offer, along with an endless supply of quality salsas and chips.

Ida Claire

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This sweet little Southern spot serves up chicken and waffles, pimento cheese dip, and a fancified catfish po’ boy. Those are all pretty filling options, but save room to share a slice of Vice, a ridiculously decadent chocolate cake made with tobacco syrup, bacon, coffee, and beer.

Fast & Furious Japanese Grill

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Grab a quick lunch at this Japanese-Korean fusion spot whose logo may or may not rip off a similarly named series of films. Meats are grilled on the hibachi, sushi is served from a grab & go case, and dishes like kimchi fried rice and bibimbap are served in epic portions.

Table 13

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An old-school spot with live music straight out of the 1960s, Table 13 is a favorite for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Shrimp scampi, steak Diane, and a giant Chateaubriand for two are all prepared well, and the service here is generally impeccable.

Osteria Pane Vino

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Tucked inside an otherwise unremarkable strip mall, Osteria Panevino is Addison’s best option for Italian cuisine. Dig into fritto misto, scallops served over lobster tortellini, and freshly-made pappardelle tossed in a hearty bolognese.

Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

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The menu at this dad-friendly, meat-obsessed spot isn’t exactly modern, but there’s no shame enjoying the still-excellent ahi tuna nachos, Caesar salads, and wood-grilled meats.

Gyu-Kaku

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Grilling your own dinner isn’t exactly common at U.S. restaurants, but this Japanese spot makes it easily accessible. Order a selection of proteins (miso marinated steak, shrimp, and spicy pork bulgogi), veggies, and other snacks, all of which are grilled over a flame right at the table. Build-your-own s’mores provide a sweet finish, complete with DIY roasty marshmallows.

Super Chix

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An upgraded version of a fast food chain that shall not be named, the Addison outpost of this chain (formerly owned by Yum Brands) serves up a superior chicken strip, available on a sandwich or served with a variety of dipping sauces. Custard, fries, and Stubborn sodas round out the offerings.

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Chef Nick Badovinus’ sleek steakhouse is an obvious date night destination, but don’t sleep on the nightly specials, which serve up comfort fare like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and chicken and dumplings. For those times when prime beef is in order but the wallet is empty, dig into the hefty butcher’s burger.

For more than a decade, Canary by Gorji has reliably been Addison’s best restaurant. Inventive Mediterranean fare, like lamb tongue crostini and gorgonzola-stuffed eggplant, is served alongside Prime steaks and equally solid fish dishes. Notably, it is also Dallas’ only no-tipping restaurant.

Mercy Wine Bar

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A favorite of lushes and winos everywhere, Mercy Wine Bar is an excellent happy hour haunt with plenty of bottles and solid specials. Arrange a cheese plate with varieties that suits the wines on the table, or dig into a panini if something more substantial is in order.

Zoli's NY Pizza

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It’s an Addison newcomer, but Zoli’s is familiar to DFW pizza enthusiasts everywhere. Some of the city’s finest round and square pies are on offer, topped with everything from double pepperoni and jalapeno pesto (the Christian Pescroni) to bacon marmalade.

A pepperoni pizza with jalapeno pesto and basil
So much pepperoni awaits at Zoli's NY Pizza in Addison
Kathy Tran

Queen of Sheba

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Enjoy abundant platters of DFW’s finest Ethiopian fare in a chic dining room at Queen of Sheba. Dishes like doro watt (spicy braised chicken) and yebeg tibs (lamb in spicy butter sauce) can be served mild or extremely spicy, and plenty of freshly baked injera (thin sourdough crepes) is on offer to sop up those richly flavored sauces.

La Spiga

Open for more than 20 years, La Spiga is a destination for all things baked. Lavash, challah, biscotti, and baguettes are all available for takeaway, along with a menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastas.

Mesero - Prestonwood

With a view of the nearby golf course, Mico Rodriguez’s Mesero offers Addison’s most serene patio, made better by copious margaritas. Ceviche, enchiladas, and tacos are on offer, along with an endless supply of quality salsas and chips.

Ida Claire

This sweet little Southern spot serves up chicken and waffles, pimento cheese dip, and a fancified catfish po’ boy. Those are all pretty filling options, but save room to share a slice of Vice, a ridiculously decadent chocolate cake made with tobacco syrup, bacon, coffee, and beer.

Fast & Furious Japanese Grill

Grab a quick lunch at this Japanese-Korean fusion spot whose logo may or may not rip off a similarly named series of films. Meats are grilled on the hibachi, sushi is served from a grab & go case, and dishes like kimchi fried rice and bibimbap are served in epic portions.

Table 13

An old-school spot with live music straight out of the 1960s, Table 13 is a favorite for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Shrimp scampi, steak Diane, and a giant Chateaubriand for two are all prepared well, and the service here is generally impeccable.

Osteria Pane Vino

Tucked inside an otherwise unremarkable strip mall, Osteria Panevino is Addison’s best option for Italian cuisine. Dig into fritto misto, scallops served over lobster tortellini, and freshly-made pappardelle tossed in a hearty bolognese.

Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

The menu at this dad-friendly, meat-obsessed spot isn’t exactly modern, but there’s no shame enjoying the still-excellent ahi tuna nachos, Caesar salads, and wood-grilled meats.

Gyu-Kaku

Grilling your own dinner isn’t exactly common at U.S. restaurants, but this Japanese spot makes it easily accessible. Order a selection of proteins (miso marinated steak, shrimp, and spicy pork bulgogi), veggies, and other snacks, all of which are grilled over a flame right at the table. Build-your-own s’mores provide a sweet finish, complete with DIY roasty marshmallows.

Super Chix

An upgraded version of a fast food chain that shall not be named, the Addison outpost of this chain (formerly owned by Yum Brands) serves up a superior chicken strip, available on a sandwich or served with a variety of dipping sauces. Custard, fries, and Stubborn sodas round out the offerings.

Neighborhood Services

Chef Nick Badovinus’ sleek steakhouse is an obvious date night destination, but don’t sleep on the nightly specials, which serve up comfort fare like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and chicken and dumplings. For those times when prime beef is in order but the wallet is empty, dig into the hefty butcher’s burger.

Canary

For more than a decade, Canary by Gorji has reliably been Addison’s best restaurant. Inventive Mediterranean fare, like lamb tongue crostini and gorgonzola-stuffed eggplant, is served alongside Prime steaks and equally solid fish dishes. Notably, it is also Dallas’ only no-tipping restaurant.

Mercy Wine Bar

A favorite of lushes and winos everywhere, Mercy Wine Bar is an excellent happy hour haunt with plenty of bottles and solid specials. Arrange a cheese plate with varieties that suits the wines on the table, or dig into a panini if something more substantial is in order.

Zoli's NY Pizza

A pepperoni pizza with jalapeno pesto and basil
So much pepperoni awaits at Zoli's NY Pizza in Addison
Kathy Tran

It’s an Addison newcomer, but Zoli’s is familiar to DFW pizza enthusiasts everywhere. Some of the city’s finest round and square pies are on offer, topped with everything from double pepperoni and jalapeno pesto (the Christian Pescroni) to bacon marmalade.