Pecan Lodge
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Bubba Cook's Country
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Cane Rosso
Meso Maya
Emporium Pies
Herrera's Cafe
Public School 214
El Bolero
Rodeo Goat
Jimmy's Food Store
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1. Pecan Lodge 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

This always-bustling, 4,500 square-foot bbq restaurant with a patio overlooking Main Street graces plates with some of the best smoked meat around -- a bold statement for Texas, where the smoker reigns king. The mesquite charred brisket, ribs, and pulled pork stand fine on their own but they're also killer on a sandwich, and in the event you can't decide which meat to get, there's always The Pitmaster, a behemoth of a sandwich with every single one along with coleslaw, bbq sauce, and fresh sliced jalapeños.

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2. Knife Modern Steak 5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

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."

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3. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

This rustic, high-windowed warehouse-style joint features communal tables, plaid sofas, rocking chairs, and a stacked firewood partition that is set off by industrial touches like Edison bulbs. Sink your teeth into Texas comfort foods like pulled pork sliders, thick burgers, smoked BBQ, and fried chicken. Don’t be surprised by some of the more interesting items like the Thai Cashew Pork Baguette and Pork Belly Ramen … Whiskey Cake whips up fresh comfort foods that you can’t get at grandma’s. Indulge in a long list of national craft brews whiskey flights, and whiskey cocktails like Little Rye Lies (rye whiskey, black tea syrup, and orange and angostura bitters). Yes, you can enjoy actual Whiskey Cake on a porch next to a fireplace if you’re so inclined.

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4. La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio 4264 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219-2312 (Oak Lawn)

Perfectly blending the European and Latin American traditions, La Duni is definitely the only place in Dallas where you can start off with a Pastel Gloria (a Danish-style pastry) and finish with the Asado Brasilero (seared picanha steak with chimichurri salsas). Plus, all of their pastries are baked in house and they've got killer cocktails and coffee.

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5. Bubba's Cooks Country 6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205 (University Park)

In an old Texaco-turned-art-deco-counter-serve, Bubba’s Cooks Country is a Southern comfort food mainstay in University Park, and has been providing Dallas with some of the area’s best down-home cooking since 1981. Family recipes rule the menu, with a simple menu boasting traditional dishes like chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade yeast rolls, peach cobbler, and of course, the crispy, golden, buttermilk-fried bird that made Bubba’s famous. Step up to the counter or drive through any day of the week for a taste of Bubba’s buttery, Southern creature comforts.

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6. The Slow Bone 2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

There is no shortage of barbecue restaurants in Texas. You'd be hard-pressed to find one that hasn't been awarded some accolade for its tender and juicy burnt ends or fall-off-the-bone ribs. The Slow Bone is one among the masses, and is a Dallas-based force to be reckoned with. The brisket is tender and juicy, and the ribs do fall off the bone, but have you ever had golden, expertly fried chicken to accompany your rack of baby backs? The Slow Bone is known for its barbecue, yes, but don't leave without at least a bite of the fried chicken... you didn't wait in line to miss out.

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7. Hattie's 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This upscale American bistro takes good ol’ fashioned down home-style cookin’ and low-country cuisine and makes it decidedly high class. With linen-colored walls, huge windows, a mix of antique and modern furniture styles, and colorful centerpieces, the atmosphere is as pleasantly bright and refreshing as the cuisine is rich and satisfying. While brunch is a big hit at Hattie’s, their lunch and dinner menu’s look just as enticing with options like Fried Green Tomatoes (no, Kathy Bates didn’t make them), Low Country Shrimp and Grits, and Bacon-wrapped, Jalapeño-stuffed Quail.Go for a classic cocktail or one with more of a southern kick like the Sweet Tea or Key Lime martinis.

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8. Cane Rosso 2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

This Texas pizza chainlet (it has locations across the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston areas) serves quality Neapolitan pies that stick to the rules of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, aka Neapolitan pizza's governing body. There are a ton of pizzas to choose from, from standard marinara and margherita to the Paulie Gee, an ode to the eponymous Brooklyn pizzeria. The menu also includes Italian sandwiches and a few pasta dishes. Ranch dressing lovers beware: owner Jay Jerrier has famously banned diners from ordering it on the side.

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9. Bandito's Tex-Mex Ice House 4700 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX (Plano)

A patio'd, garage doored, Willie Nelson-loving spot from the Bandito's Tex-Mex/Katy Trail Ice House folks, BTMIH is tapping the latter's beer selections (from DEBC's IPA, to Live Oak Hefe, to Austin Amber), while running menu items from the former like rib-eye tacos, and a poblano stuffed with fajita-beef-wrapped shrimp, 'shrooms, and cheese they call Bevo's Beach Party, starring Frankie Erwin-lon and Annette Funorakpo.

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10. Emporium Pies 314 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Pies so good you wouldn't want to waste by throwing 'em in someones face. Choose from scrumptious options like the Drunken Nut with bourbon pecan & shortbread crust, plus the prezel-crusted Smooth Operator with french silk chocolate filling.

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11. El Come Taco 2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (East Dallas)

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.

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12. Herrera's Café 4024 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Although the original Herrera's building suffered a structural fire and the restaurant had to be relocated, everything else about this place is as authentic as it was the day it opened in the early 1970s. Breakfast is served all day, and certain days of the week confer dinner specials such as Caldo de Res on Monday and Caldo de Pollo on Friday.

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13. Public School 214 3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (West Village)

Class is in session at PS214. Walk into this lively West Village restaurant at brunch time and leave after sundown with a degree in deliciousness. Serving up Southern favorites alongside tacos, pizza, and burgers. Your brain will thank you for the comfort food. And the cocktails.

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14. Lucia 408 W 8th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

It's hard to snag a table at this neighborhood Italian restaurant in the Bishop Arts District, but if you can, it's totally worth it. Chef David Uygur describes the eclectic menu of this cozy spot as “doing what an Italian would do with the list of ingredients that he can get in Dallas.” That means locally sourced game, handmade pasta, and bold, flavorful ragus. Favorites include the ramp and ricotta tortellini, mustard green gnudi, and Texas wagyu coulotte.

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15. Off-Site Kitchen 331 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212 (West Dallas)

With a passing glance at Trinity Park's Off-Site Kitchen, which on the outside appears to be any hold abandoned, vine-covered house, you'd be stunned to find its modern, lofty interior and mural-lined back patio that puts others to shame with its bar game selection. Locals stay for pitchers of domestic drafts and a game of pool, but the reason they flock in the first place is for a bite of the cheap "Murph-style" burger, an angus patty stacked with jalapenos, bacon relish, cheese, and the ultra-secret house sauce.

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16. El Bolero 1201 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Regional Mexican cuisine, made fresh with premium ingredients, is what you can expect to see on the menu at this unique restaurant in the Design District. A sister restaurant to local favorites Pakpao Thai and Oak, El Bolero boasts a similar modern, trendy vibe. Sample their authentic ceviches and lobster fajitas in the colorful, homey dining room while you sip on a spicy, refreshing cocktail.

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17. Cool & Hot 930 E 8th St, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

Sometimes one needs compact wallops of slick beef from the most famous taqueria hidden in plain sight. And best on a weekend morning when regrettable memory-coating greasy eats makes living bearable. Cool & Hot, a converted gas station with an attached car wash on 8th St above I-35 awash in blue and yellow with silly representations of their menu, is just the place for it. Find solace in the tiny, spongy flour tortillas scarfed in the covered eating area.

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18. 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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19. Angry Dog 2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

An award-winning burger joint that's been around since 1990 and has some of the best wings in DFW. Another must-try is their Grifter’s Queso, with ground beef, sour cream, guacamole & a side of salsa.

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20. Jimmy's Food Store 4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206 (East Dallas)

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.

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21. Pakpao Thai 1628 Oak Lawn Ave , Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Thai restaurant with French-style plating, from the owners of Oak and Belly & Trumpet.

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22. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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23. The Blind Butcher 1919 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

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.”

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24. CBD Provisions 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

This handsome Downtown modern Texas brasserie, adjacent to The Joule Hotel, is dressed completely in wood, exposed brick, marble, and vintage lighting, with an attractive menu to match. Treat yourself to the family-style Wagyu Rib Steak or the Pig Head Carnitas, and pair it with something from their unique cocktail menu.

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25. The Grape 2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

Helmed by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher (of Luscher's Red Hots fame), The Grape was originally opened in 1972 and has served approachable, European influenced fare at affordable prices ever since. The menu changes monthly, though, so the Grape never feels stodgy or old-guard. The charming, bistro-like interior and homestyle fare (blueberry pancakes, shrimp and grits) make The Grape a great brunch option

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26. Monkey King Noodle Company 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

From a dude who savored on the streets of Taipei and northern China, plus trained with a noodle master in NYC, all before getting his noodle restaurant on, MKNC promises both legit ass noodles, but also a show: the guy pulls noods in the kitchen window, rolling, kneading, slapping, and stretching wheat-and-water dough into those guys you're about to slurp up.

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27. The Meddlesome Moth 1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Founded by the guy who brought you Addison's Flying Saucer, The Meddlesome Moth offers up a similar gastropub vibe with a little more class (see: plentiful leather booths, polished red wood trim and suspended strained-glass portraits of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Elvis). Dine here any time of the day from the brunch, lunch or dinner menu (go for the eggs creole benedict, the dogfish head bratwurst or the grass-fed chuck burger) but don't miss out on the 40-draught and 85-bottle beer selection.

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28. Barbec's 8949 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (Lakewood)

While these guys serve a number of delicious options (especially for breakfast) one would be wise to try out their massive Beer Biscuits. They're covered in gravy and made with beer. What more could you want?

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29. Yao Fuzi 4757 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

This high-end restaurant brings together Chinese cooking and delicious cocktails within a sleek, modern interior. The crispy beef is a must-order menu item.

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30. LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen) 3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112, Dallas, TX 75212 (Trinity Groves)

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.

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31. Royal China 6025 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

Royal China, located on Royal Lane, is stocked with royally delicious dumplings, noodles, and all manner of Chinese treats.

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32. Lockhart Smokehouse 400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This classic Texas smokehouse serves up juicy cuts of meat the old-school way. Walk up to the counter, make your pick, and watch your protein pulled straight off the smoker, wrapped in butcher paper, and placed into your anxious mitts. The brisket is done Central-Texas style and has a delicious peppery, spicy bark.

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33. Pho Envy 8611 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75225 (University Park)

A Vietnamese noodle-ry that also dishes out goods like Shaken Beef Filet Mignon and a killer banh mi.

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34. Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer 4810 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Known for celebrating “low class cool,” Maple and Motor distills American comfort cuisine into a ten-item food menu comprised of burgers and sandwiches built upon foundations of bologna, brisket, and bacon. The burger is the menu’s gem; it’s a half-pound of ground beef flat grilled in its own juices, dressed in traditional Texas fashion with mustard, lettuce, red onion, and a dill pickle. Add a side of beer-battered onion rings and a brew, and you’re set. The space is bare bones-cool, with a few black leather booths and photographs in simple black frames lining the walls. The Maple and Motor team doesn’t pretend to be anything other than red meat-loving Americans and we dig it.

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35. Nick and Sam's 3008 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

An Uptown steakhouse founded by Ray Phil Romano, Nick and Sam's has steak, seafood, and complimentary caviar (!).

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36. Jonathon's Oak Cliff 1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

With not one but two daily happy hours, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and breakfast served all afternoon, Jonathon's Oak Cliff is pretty easy to love. The popular soul food spot, housed in a charming green clapboard building, serves classic Southern fare all day. While the (literally) award-winning chicken and waffles are the crowd-favorite on the brunch menu, the kitchen serves everything from breakfast tacos to pancake-battered sausages. For dinner, the burgers are the house specialty, ranging from the fresh veggie burger to the famous "Nooner Burger," stacked with bacon, ham, Swiss, and a fried egg. Whether searching for some hearty Southern fare, or a serious hair of the dog, Jonathon's will certainly deliver.

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37. 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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38. Olivella's 3406 McFarlin Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205 (Smu)

This Dallas pizza mini-chain serves super thin crust Roman style pizza and offers mouthwatering specials like their Rustica pie with sausage & bell pepper over house-made mozzarella. A great spot to bring a group, order a pitcher of sangria and hang out on their spacious patio.

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39. Avila's 4714 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Avila’s has been a Dallas staple for the past 25 years. The home-style dishes taste like they were made by the Mexican grandmother you never had. The salsa is on the spicy side, but you can always wash it down with one of their delicious house margaritas.

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40. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern 202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Founded as a rebuttal to fancypants pizza places like Il Cane Rosso, Zoli's serves up authentic NY-style slices in a no-frills storefront with a butt-kickin' back patio.

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41. Fearing's 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

The Ritz-Carlton location of this Victory Park restaurant should tell you more than you need to know about its high-caliber luxury, but its founder and executive chef Dean Fearing is even more telling of what you'll eat here. Fearing, known as the Father of Southwestern Cuisine who wrote best-selling 'The Texas Food Bible,' curates a menu full of modern Southwestern fare like spicy tortilla soups, bbq oysters, and mesquite grilled antelope.

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