Dallas is a mixture of many different cultures, lifestyles and religions. It personifies America and seems to have a life all its own. There is plenty to do and see in Dallas, Texas including authentic arts, over 330 parks that collectively cover over 50,000 acres.
If you love water activities you have access to over 50 reservoirs and lakes where you enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing. In fact, White Rock Lake is known as Dallas’ version of Central Park in New York. In White Rock, which is in the center of Dallas, visitors and locals can engage in jogging and biking too.
If biking is your thing, there are over 500 miles of bike trails to enjoy in the various parks and includes bike lanes that run all over the city. Other enjoyable activities that are plentiful include horseback riding, tennis, ice-skating and sailing.
If you’re planning on visiting Dallas don’t forget to check out their bustling shopping scene, especially West End Marketplace which houses a collection of specialty shops you will want to browse through. You can even go to a real Farmer’s Market.
With all this activity, you are sure to be hungry. You’re in the right place when you’re in Dallas. This lively city has more restaurants per capita than popular New York City. Choose from a variety of restaurants that offer plenty of international flare including Italian, Tex-Mex, Seafood, Barbecue and Japanese not to mention delicious steakhouses that feature juicy, perfectly prepared steaks.
We have provided you with this list of the best places to eat in Dallas. It is full of incredible seafood places, beautiful fine dining establishments and just plain ole’ fun barbecue joints that will give you a taste of real, smoky barbecue that will thrill you.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Best: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
The main focus of the staff at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is care…and not just a little bit. Their goal, from the Chefs to the service staff, is to create a dining experience like you have never had before. This focus has been instilled into those who work for this family-owned and run business from day one. When H.D. Pappas came to the New World in 1897, he brought an impeccable attention to detail, a determination to treat every guest that comes through the doors special, and a passion for incredibly prepared and tasty food and attentive service. This is the mainstay of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and you will feel it from the first contact to the last. The secret to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse incredible flavor is the dry-aging process they use. In fact, there are only three copies of the process that exist. One of the copies stays with the Pappas Brothers and they keep one copy at each of their locations. Dining at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will give you new appreciation for just how incredible a steak can taste. Your dining experience here will be one that you will want to repeat again and again anytime you are in Dallas.
Visit: Five Sixty
Wolfgang Puck is a world-renowned Chef and restaurant owner of Five Sixty, a restaurant that is a prime example of the type of creative, contemporary place that he is famous for. Five Sixty is situated atop Reunion Tower, a 560 foot Dallas landmark that features a distinctive glowing ball. The floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking, 360-degree views of Dallas in a rotating dining room while you dine on delicious dishes such as the Lacquered Chinese Duckling that is served lo-mein noodles with wine sauce or the Beef Filet Au Poivre that is served with wok-fired field mushrooms and smoked shallot sauce. The full dining room offers guests private or semi-private seated dinners or the opportunity to have reception style events as well. At Five Sixty you will have a dining experience like you’ve never had along with one of the best views of the city you can get.
Visit: Fearing’s Restaurant
Fearing’s is considered one of the most well -known restaurants in Texas and for good reason. Whether you are a tourist, celebrity, sport’s star or local, you will love everything that Fearing’s has to offer from the different settings you can choose from to the incredible food. It holds the distinction of being called the “Table of the Year”and “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, titles they are very proud of. There are seven different indoor and outdoor settings to choose from that range from casual to more fine dining and don’t forget the Rattlesnake Bar. Chef Dean Fearing is one to want to mess around with complicated meals. His inspirations are dishes that will showcase the natural flavor of every fresh ingredient. One of his favorite flavor combinations is mixing sweet and savory together. A good example of this is the ‘Molasses-mopped Texas Rib-eye’ that has been cooked to perfection over mesquite wood. The produce is fresh and juicy and if you’re looking for a cocktail, you will want to try Dean’s Margarita. The tortilla soup is legendary and you simply have to try the Southwestern barbecued shrimp tacos, which is a signature dish of Fearing’s Restaurant. His motto is simple: “Bold Flavors, No Borders”. You won’t find food that offers flavors and tastes like Fearing’s dishes anywhere else.
The Grill on the Alley
Visit: The Grill on the Alley
Another well-known steakhouse located in Dallas is the wonderful Grill on the Alley. The classic American menu suits all kinds of tastes and features seafood, salads and specialty dishes that you can order for lunch and a huge selection of chops and steaks that are prepared eight different ways that you can choose from at dinner. Chef Phil Kastel prepares traditional side dishes with a unique flair and the signature desserts they are known for are so delicious you won’t be able to resist. The sophisticated atmosphere adds to your dining experience making your special occasion or intimate dinner even more special. There are so many dishes to choose from you will definitely want to return to try other selections. Whether you decide to try the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes or Opt to try the Double Cut Lamb Chops served with garlic mint sauce, you are in for a culinary journey you won’t forget.
The Mansion Restaurant
Visit: The Mansion Restaurant
Texas’ best restaurant is located in an incredible Mansion that used to be a private estate at one time. The Mansion Restaurant has been providing guests with an incredible dining experience for over 35 years and is THE culinary jewel of the Rosewood Mansion. The incredible European décor includes ornate details that that surrounds the guests with elegance and ambience. The cuisine is authentic Texas cuisine that is created from the highest-quality, local ingredients that have been prepared using advanced techniques that are sure to please. There is an exceptional wine selection to choose from that have vintages from all over the world and all over Texas as well. During the day, natural light fills the veranda which features large windows that overlook the terrace and arched ceilings that are awe-inspiring. In the main dining room, you will see honey-colored walls and modern lighting. The dark, rich paneling in the Library has been matched up with exquisite stained glass windows and a fire place that is hand-carved. Not only is the atmosphere and décor incredible, the food is too. If you’re looking for a very unique experience, think about The Chef’s table. This offers guests a private experience that is very popular for anniversaries and even proposals.
Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen
Visit: Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen
The Pappas family runs the largest family-owned and operated restaurant companies in the United States. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is the largest of all of these restaurants. The Pappas family has an obsession with superior service and high quality food that is obvious from the moment you walk into the restaurant. They have a focus on being unique and creating unique experiences for their guests and a passion for excellence that you will never forget. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen offers their guests Louisiana-style classics and fresh seafood that will please even the pickiest palate. If you’re stopping at Pappadeaux’s for lunch why not try the delicious soup and salad option or choose the delectable Atlantic Salmon Yvette which is salmon that has been char-grilled and is served along with crawfish, mushrooms, shrimp, and spinach that is in a sherry white wine sauce. It is served with dirty rice as well. There are tons of choices that are all prepared carefully with your satisfaction in mind.
Visit: Pecan Lodge
Texas Monthly calls Pecan Lodge one of the Top 4 BBQ joints in the world due to their mouth-watering brisket that is cooked over mesquite wood and a little oak thrown in for good measure. The BBQ pits are kept burning 24 hours a day, fueled by passion and wood. They make their own sausage, grinding and stuffing it daily. Their philosophy is to make anything from scratch that can be made from scratch. There are so many delicious dishes to try that deciding on only one will be a challenge. You must try their world famous brisket and the Southern Fried Chicken is a guest pleaser as well. Pair your entrée up with a delicious side dish or two and finish your meal with Aunt Polly’s delicious banana pudding. Meals at Pecan Lodge are special for many reasons, but it’s the great service and delicious food that will bring you back again for more.
Visit: Meso Maya
At Meso Maya, Chef Nico Sanchez is a stickler for detail and precision with every aspect of the dishes served. Whether it’s the leaves of the hoja santa that are heart-shaped and used to wrap tamales, or the delicious cochinita pibil, a pork dish, that is spiced flavorfully, you will definitely taste the authentic flavors of dishes that are native to the Southern Mexico and Central Mexico areas. The presentation is unique and the flavors will melt your resolve. Chef Nico has his own garden where he gets many inspirations for delicious dishes that you will love so much you will want to get them again. This large menu gives you the chance to try many different authentic dishes that you will really love. Good luck trying to decide on just one!
Off The Bone Barbeque
Visit: Off The Bone Barbeque
Texas is known for their barbecue and it’s places like Off the Bone Barbeque that have given Texas that claim to fame. This carefully prepared, delicious Texas Style barbecue will fall right off the bone. Customers have told Eddie, the owner/founder of this barbecue gem that the meat is so juicy and tender you don’t even need teeth to eat it! They also have delicious sandwiches that you may want to try like the Rib Sandwich or the Smoked Chicken Sandwich. Off the Bone, offers full catering services as well so if you are planning a corporate event or other special occasion, this is the place to call. Don’t forget to try one (or more) of their delicious desserts like the peach cobbler, chocolate brownies, or buttermilk and pecan pie. There’s also the homemade seven – up cake Off the Bone Barbecue’s goal is to make sure that every guest enjoys a unique dining experience, tasting delicious Texas cuisine that they won’t forget.
Mama’s Daughter’s Diner
Visit: Mama’s Daughter’s Diner
Mama started the diner in 1958, while raising her daughters. Her goal was to create a home away from home for the guests that came to her restaurant. At the time, the cost of her plate lunch was a mere 65 cents and that included the drink too! The employees of Mama’s Daughter’s Diner are her family. They are dedicated to helping her serve the same delicious, traditional home cooking that she has served since the doors of Mama’s opened.
The passion and dedication for taking care of the guests who came to eat with Mama can be felt the minute you walk through the doors. The walls are covered with the many things that Mama would say over the years. Things like “Eat your peas and get dessert!” And believe it when we say you will want to get your dessert; delicious choices including chocolate pie, coconut meringue pie and more.
There are so many wonderful classics to choose from when you dine at Mama’s Daughter’s Diner. Every day there are daily specials that include delicious selections like Meatloaf, Fried Chicken, Chicken and Dumplings and other classics. Choose from such side dishes as mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, okra and more. You will not come away from mama’s hungry after eating one of her daily specials.