Rodeo Goat
Henry's Majestic
Small Brewpub
Smoke Restaurant Dallas
Remedy
Al's #1 Italian Beef
Bar Louie
Muscle Maker Grill
Dallas Grilled Cheese Company
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1. Rodeo Goat 1926 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

An outpost of the original and super-popular Fort Worth location, Rodeo Goat has some of the best and most inventive burgers you'll find in Dallas. The creations here are as scrumptious as they are wacky, like the Sugar Burger, made with candied bacon, grilled peaches, caramelized onions, and jalapeño jam. Backing the burgers is a solid, Texas-heavy craft beer arsenal, plus some thick milkshakes that can be made boozy. Be sure to grab a spot on the outdoor patio and bar.

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2. Henry's Majestic 4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205 (Highland Park)

At Henry's Majestic, you'll find a somewhat fancy-yet-welcoming ambiance befitting its Highland Park location, but more importantly, you'll find well-crafted, interesting cocktails like the Sanchez Gimlet (blanco tequila, fresh arugula, lime, lemongrass). Also important: the food you'll be enjoying with said cocktails. Look for maple bourbon meatballs with fennel slaw, a "marrow-spiked" burger, and bowls of Texas pho.

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3. Small BrewPub 333 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This microbrewery's cute size (they've only got room for a handful of picnic-style tables) and bare, industrial interior certainly doesn't speak for how much a culinary powerhouse it is. Its constantly changing menu highlights an equal mount of game- and vegetable-based dishes, all rooted in American and Southern classics with modern spins that make them real game changers. Fruity ales and spicy peppered lagers brewed in tiny batches are what get your though the door, but the wild onion dumplings and rabbit bolognese are what keep you at the table.

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4. Smoke 2408 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

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.

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5. Remedy 2010B Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

This novel Lower Greenville soda shop/restaurant fires on all cylinders, with Southern comfort dishes from Head Chef Danyele McPherson, with a contemporary-yet-soulful menu dotted with the likes of jalapeño-chive hush puppies with hot sauce butter, a crispy cured pork belly BLT on griddled challah, and confit fried Amish chicken with sour cream & chive mashed potatoes. This spot also has a great bar program featuring cocktails and handcrafted booze-free sodas, plus rotating pastries and ice cream sundaes.

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6. Al’s #1 Italian Beef 5000 Belt Line Rd #310, Addison, TX 75254 (Addison)

Al's #1 Italian Beef comes straight out of the Windy City, and offers Italian beef sandwiches consisting of thinly shaved, Italian-spiced roast beef that slow-cooks and then chills in a hot tub of it’s own juices. Said beef is laid into a soft roll, and if you like, they'll add some giardiniera (spicy pickled veggies), and an extra ladle of that juice.

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7. Bar Louie 8166 Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75231 (Lake Highlands)

A solid little neighborhood bar for the area, Bar Louie is serving up old-fashioned bar food and plenty of cocktails with an emphasis on martinis. They are known for their happy hours, during which this particular location offers $3.25 drafts, $4.25 wine, $5.25 martinis, and half-price flat breads and select appetizers.

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8. Muscle Maker Grill 2217 Lower Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

Muscle Maker aims to cater to both your taste buds and your health, priding itself on creating your favorite foods in a healthy way, thus tricking you into living longer. They also put their money where their mouth is by providing all nutritional information next to every dish they offer -- which, yes, includes healthier takes on everything from chicken nuggets, to cheeseburgers, to fajita wraps. And (no surprise), protein shakes are also on offer.

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9. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. 310 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Your eyes don’t deceive you, this is an entire restaurant devoted to the art of grilling cheese. And yes, if you want a nostalgic American cheese on white, they can do that. But it doesn't stop there. For instance, you have the "Spicy Two-Pork," which is grilled sourdough, honey compound butter ham, bacon, Swiss, cheddar, and spicy jam. You could also grab the "JK’s Favorite," which comes with Parmesan-crusted sourdough, American, Cheddar, Gruyere, crumbled bacon, and Dijon mustard. They're even doing grilled cheese for dessert, like a raisin bread-mascarpone number with vanilla ice cream. Now if only they had beer. Oh wait, they do! Twenty-three taps, to be precise.

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