Food & Drink

Dallas's best BYOBs, yo

Published On 08/29/2013 Published On 08/29/2013
Pho Crimson, Dallas TX
Aaron Miller
Smith & Ratliff
Aaron Miller
Qariah
Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller
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1. Babe's Chicken Dinner House 6475 Page Rd, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

This literal brick barn is a sight for sore eyes in Dallas' swanky Frisco suburb. The vintage tractors and mounted longhorns might not make for a believable fried chicken restaurant, but the quake-inducing crunch of the buttermilk coating on Babe's soft and tender chicken will assure you you're in the right spot, as will a hefty side of biscuits and gravy. And maybe a meringue pie for desert, if you brought your loose pants.

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2. Peak & Elm 132 N Peak St, Dallas, TX 75226 (East Dallas)

Peak & Elm serves up a selection of contemporary Mexican dishes, evoking a sense of community and family with every bite. Come by on Friday for free margaritas!

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3. Qariah Restaurant 1811 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

From a Lebanese family who made their mark running fast-food restos and quickie marts, this booth-lined, colorfully tiled spot is more casual diner than lounge, while its sidewalk patio is more sidewalk patio than not-sidewalk-patio.

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4. 20 Feet 1160 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

20 Feet Seafood Joint is all about high-end seafood in a low-key setting -- upscale cuisine sans pretension. The place is a classic fish shack, with wall-lights encased by lobster-traps, rounded wooden doors dotted with portholes, and fish-netting strung from the ceiling. Patrons order at the counter and seat themselves, either in the dining room or along the spacious patio the restaurant shares with the adjacent Goodfriend Beer Garden. To start, the menu offers a variety of mussels, oysters, and whole belly clams, all served with butter and a house dipping sauce, and for entrees, the fan favorite is a blackened shrimp scampi topped with parmesan grits (but make sure to leave room for the homemade key lime pie). Contrary to 20 Feet's no-frills get-up, the food is remarkably fresh, tastefully plated, and consistently delicious.

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5. Crimson Asian Cuisine 3000 Blackburn St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

The first-time venture of a pair of food-loving friends (one the wife of a Yummilicious partner), this 30-seater ushers traditional Vietnamese into a gently modern setting, with crimson accents, artistic imitation branches, and an inset, softly lit stone wall, which really highlights Jackson's chest-dominating General Beard.

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