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1. Chino Chinatown3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110, Dallas
2. The Blind Butcher1919 Greenville Ave, Dallas
3. LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112, Dallas
4. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas
5. AF+B2869 Crockett St, Fort Worth
6. Gemma2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas
7. My Family's Pizza1919 Skillman St, Dallas
8. El Come Taco2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas
9. Barter3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas
10. Grub Burger Bar4925 Greenville Ave, Dallas
11. Pier247247 W Davis St, Dallas
Showcasing a fusion of Latin and Asian cuisines, Chino Chinatown's got bold flavors like duck fat yucca fries with Sriracha ketchup and steamed buns filled with cochinitia pibil and spicy peanuts.
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.”
The Local Urban Craft Kitchen -- another member of the Trinity Groves glutton -- is a smoked meat & gourmet sandwich-type place that's centered on a beer selection that's purely Texas, mostly DFW, and used as an ingredient. So if you don't like beer, you're out of… nevermind.
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.
Though you may not have the scratch to eat here every night, you're going to want to after you try their giant spicy beef rib or their smoked duck breast.
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.
My Family's Pizza is well known for its delicious pizza with a crispy crust, but the Lakewood location has the added bonus of the Pour House being right next door. Pick up your pizza and take it over for a few pints, or show up to the Pour House and order slices from there!
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.
Grub Burger Bar is the place to go for super inventive burgers topped with everything from peanut butter to absinthe sauteed mushrooms. Pair these creative bites with a Spiked Milkshake, draught cocktail, or a Grub 'Rita.
Get your hands on huge combo baskets of fried catfish, fried shrimp, and fried oysters, plus a side of hushpuppies (fried cornbread) to make sure you get enough crispy fried goodness for the day. Great sandwiches and dishes like their grilled salmon offer alternatives to the fried basket that you're going to want to order anyway.