Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Knife Modern Steak5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas
2. Bowen House2614 Boll St, Dallas
3. The Blind Butcher1919 Greenville Ave, Dallas
4. Gemma2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas
5. Scotch & Sausage2808 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
6. Stock & Barrel316 W Davis St, Dallas
7. Proof and Pantry1722 Routh St, Dallas
8. VH1115 N Beckley Ave, Dallas
9. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas
10. El Come Taco2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas
11. Barter3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas
From James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar, Knife Modern Steakhouse is a sleek, elegant update on the classic steakhouse. Dedicated to using only the highest-quality ingredients with local Texas roots, Knife sources its meat from the nearby 44 Farms in Carmen, Texas. Classic cuts like a bone-in rib eye or filet mignon are what you can expect to see on the restaurant's "Old School" menu, and more adventurous selections, like Waygu, Akaushi and Tri-Tip steaks, wood-fired over an open flame, are decidedly "New School."
Bowen House in Uptown is an upscale neighborhood (it's literally set inside a refurbished Victorian home) watering hole bound to satisfy all your cocktail cravings. Go for a custom drink-- just tell the bartenders what sort of drinks you like and they'll mix up something specially for you-- or a classic cocktail (the Old Fashioned is top notch). A highly impressive food menu will help you settle in.
It’s hard to focus on a single menu item because The Blind Butcher makes their own pickles, hand cranks their own sausages, fries pig ears, makes a mean charcuterie board, and is beloved for their sinfully good poutine. The Butcher features an obscenely large beer list with craft drafts from some of America’s favorite breweries (think Ommegang and Lagunitas), local Texas breweries, and their own house brew. This restaurant has a distinctly industrial, relaxed feel in it’s home in an old warehouse, yet it brings a stylish urban atmosphere that has been described as “New York comes to Dallas.”
It's worth planning ahead and getting a reservation before you go to Gemma, as it's no surprise that there's usually a line for the N Henderson Ave spot with craft cocktails made from super-fresh ingredients and menu hits like veal cheeks served over black pepper spaetzle.
Though the name pretty much lays bare what you can expect from this Oak Lawn eat-and-drinkery, you can expect to enjoy sandwiches, whiskey with an 'e', and cold beer as well.
Stock and Barrel is a hip American-cuisine destination with a neighborly feel, and an entire section of its menu dedicated to French fries. Order offerings such as crushed Yukons with Parmesan and smoked paprika mayo, or try out the meats, seafood, and sides coming out of the wood-fired grill.
Upscale cocktails and food mix with a casual and refined space at Proof and Pantry, brought to you by mix-master Michael Martensen of Cedar's Social and Smyth fame.
VH serves American cuisine, with a slight Tex-Mex twist, at its casual venue in Oak Cliff. The full bar offers a good variety of wine, beer, and cocktails. If you decide to come for brunch-- which you should-- the carnitas hash is a fan favorite.
This stylish thai restaurant is exactly what it needs to be: authentic street food gone gourmet meets Texas grit. Both bohemian and industrial, diners sit under a corrugated metal roof and colorful streamers, Bangkok license plates, subway tiles, and exposed wood. With such an extensive menu you might have trouble picking between the Gaang (coconut milk-based curries), Phat (wok-fried noodles and rice), and Kap Khao (rice dishes), but we crave the OG Phat Thai (chicken and tofu served over rice noodles and bean sprouts with veggies and a toasted peanut topping). Sip on imported Thai beer or a rotating local craft brew while you anxiously wait for your flavor-packed bowl goodies.
El Come Taco focuses on simply prepared street tacos made with corn tortillas and filled with brisket, sirloin, or if you're craving a crunch, crispy grasshopper. The add-ons are minimal (most tacos are topped with nothing more than cilantro and chopped onion), letting the juiciness of the meat and the grainy texture of the tortillas speak for themselves.
Paying homage to Dallas's culinary history, Barter makes as good of a date spot as it does an after-work hangout with friends. Everything from fajitas, to lamb chops, to poutine will line your stomach for their delicious cocktails.