March 30, 2016

Dallas Restaurant Guide

I've been living (and eating) in Dallas long enough that I feel like I can produce a really great restaurant guide.  I have a lot of favorite restaurants, but there are just so many in this city that there are still so many I want to try.

While traveling in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I relied heavily on other blogger's restaurant guides and I realized a Dallas guide could probably be really helpful to some of you, if you're traveling in Dallas!

Bread Winners: This is my Mom's favorite brunch spot when she comes to visit me.  It's a great casual place to go for brunch because they have a really big menu and a lot of great/unique items.  My favorite is the Southern Benedict (Eggs Benedict with brisket, biscuits and fried onions) and the cheesy grits.  

Common Table: A consistent favorite among my friends; I've been to countless birthday dinners/brunches here.  Almost everything I've had is delicious especially the burger and mac and cheese.  Brunch is really great and the skittles sangria is a favorite amongst some of my friends too!

Nick and Sam's Grill: I've had some great customer service here and although I've only been for brunch (can you tell brunch is a big deal in Dallas?), I've heard the food is always good.  The omelet bar is amazing and so are the cinnamon rolls! 

Taverna: Great Italian food in a cute area with a little bit of shopping right around it.  I've one (of the many) risottos, a carbonara dish and bruschetta (highly recommend) an everything was delicious!

The Standard Pour: In Uptown, there's a great spott hat has amazing mac and cheese and other great dinner options.  They're known for their jumbo moscow mules that serve about 4 or 5 people.
This is a fun place to go on Friday or Saturday nights.

Diggs Tacos: This was one of the first restaurants I ever went to near SMU and it's still one of my favorites.  I love the brisket tacos because it's a great mix of Texas Barbecue and Mexican food!

Meso Maya: While most people turn to Mi Cocina for Mexican food, my favorite is Meso Maya! My Spanish teacher recommended it last year as the best and most authentic Mexican food in Dallas, and I would completely agree.

Pecan Lodge: For great barbecue, head to Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum.  Be prepared to wait on a line (sometimes it can be pretty long), but I promise it's worth it.  The barbecue is really good! You can find this spot on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, which also happens to be my favorite show.

St. Ann: I've never heard of anyone disliking this restaurant; it's just so good.  Every time I've been I have ordered the scallops because they're just so delicious but I have also tried the truffle mac and cheese which is incredible too. The atmosphere is really nice especially in the warm weather because they have a great outdoor patio!

Sissy's Southern Kitchen: This is my favorite typical "southern" food in Dallas.  Tons of great comfort food options, but I personally love the squash puppies and the shrimp and grits!

Al Biernat's: A great steak restaurant in Dallas! The sweet potato mash is out of this world.  I've never really been a fan of sweet potato mash, and I'm still not-- unless i'm eating it here! I don't know how they make it but it's just mouth watering.  Another favorite of mine here is the salmon!

Steel City Pops: It gets hot in Dallas, so popsicles are a must in the summer time! Steel City Pops has a lot of different popsicle options.  Some are juice based and refreshing while others are milk/cream based and a little more decadent.

Cane Rosso: A new addition to my favorite restaurants list is Cane Rosso for their delicious pizzas! The Honey Badger is so good and is technically not on the menu.  Ask your waiter about it because it is truly amazing.  Some sort of spicy sausage and honey drizzle (I can't describe it well but trust me, it's great).  Also the desert pizza is so yummy!

Anyone else starving after reading this post?! I'm ready to go get something to eat..


  1. These are all fun Dallas options! I Absolutely love the captain crunch french toast at Nick & Sams, it's delicious! I'm so glad I'm not the only person who has a hard time "loving" Mi Cocina. I'll take the deliciousness that is Meso Maya any day!
    I'd definitely add Hattie's for brunch, and Neighborhood Services for dinner, but your list is spot on with so many of my Dallas faves!

  2. The Pecan Lodge is AMAZING!!! It is definitely worth the wait!



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