This Pizza Has Fried Chicken for Crust
1. OAK1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
2. Hypnotic Donuts235 W Hickory St, Denton
3. Great American Hero4001 Lemmon Ave, Dallas
4. Jimmy's Food Store4901 Bryan St, Dallas
5. East Hampton Sandwich Co.6912 Snider Plaza, Dallas
6. Smoke2408 Preston Rd, Plano
7. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop2713 Commerce St, Dallas
8. Latin Deli5844 Abrams Rd, Dallas
Outfitted with soft lighting and even softer leather booths, OAK's sleek and comfortable interior is outdone only by its globally-inspired menu and extensive collection of craft cocktails.
The guys who brought you creations like the Evil Elvis, Canadian Healthcare, and chicken biscuits so good that you feel like you better understand the meaning of love have taken their talents to the city of Denton to create some of the most incredible and ridiculous concoctions ever made in the history of donuts.
This shop is a Dallas gem and has been around for over forty years. There’s reason for that... let’s just say it’s in the details. Details like using Farmers Market-fresh produce, healthy ingredients, the best pickles in town (not kidding), freshly squeezed limeade & lemonade, a pet-friendly patio, and even the convenience of a drive-thru. And if you’re a first-timer, you’ll get a free cup of fruit. Order the #28 -- a Cuban panini (grilled) with roasted pork, baked ham, turkey, cappacoli, Swiss cheese, spices, sliced Dill pickles, and grain Dijon mustard.
This Dallas mainstay is the go-to local spot for all-things-Italian. Founded in 1996, the specialty food store has been a family-owned crowd favorite for over 50 years. Daily, the staff hand-rolls meatballs and bakes Italian sweets (with old, family recipes, of course) in the back of the shop, while in front, they help patrons select gourmet groceries and bottles from their carefully curated Italian wine selection. Locals can order hefty, fresh sandwiches at the counter, sample house-made olives, and shop for everything from imported balsamic vinegars, to handmade pastas. The imported cheese and meat selections are expansive, the antipasti bar is stuffed, and in true Italian fashion, dollar espresso shots are available all day. And while the folks at Jimmy's offer wine tastings on Saturdays, the wine room tucked behind the store is open to guests all week.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. has found a way to provide quality, hand-crafted food with the speed and efficiency of fast-food. The Dallas spot serves gourmet sandwiches, many of which are centered around the standout Southern fried chicken. An East Coast sensibility is seen in chowder and whoopie pies, plus sandwiches with appropriate fillings like crabcakes and lobster (the lobster grilled cheese with havarti and American cheese is probably the best grilled cheese you'll ever have). Every order comes with a pile of house-baked potato chips, but the menu offers a battery of sides as well. Don't sleep on the sweet potato fries.
The eclectic Southwestern decor and back patio at Smoke makes diners feel less like they're outside a strip mall in West Plano and more like they're in a adobe home in New Mexico. Quiet suburban crowds gather on the multicolored seating for brunch, lunch, and dinner and leave with loosened belts because they've stuffed themselves to the brim with Latin-inspired and Southwestern fare like bbq spare ribs, coffee-cured brisket, and grilled quail prepared by James Beard Award-winning Tim Byres.
It's no surprise that one of the best sandwich shops in in the city is nestled in Dallas' historic Deep Ellum (they've got all the good stuff). Operating like an old-school deli, the bare-bricked Uncle Uber's serves up classics like the the Cuban, quirky specialties like the Veggie BunME, and downright deviously tasty stuff like shaved ribeye steaks and glutenous quarter-pound patty burgers. And no self-respecting Deep Ellum restaurant would be caught dead without a draft selection from the Deep Ellum Brewery.