Food & Drink

The 8 Most Underrated Restaurants in Dallas

Published On 07/30/2015 Published On 07/30/2015
Courtesy of Can Turkyilmaz
Wild Salsa
Off the Bone Barbeque
Courtesy of Joy  Zhang
The Porch Restaurant
Mi Cocina-West Village
Nora Restaurant and Bar
Nova's Dallas
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1. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House 1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

They say that a good friend is hard to find. But in this case, you just need a GPS or a fairly decent sense of smell. This beer garden and burger joint is everything its name says and more because who says you can't put a buddy between buns and devour him?

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2. Wild Salsa 1800 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

This downtown Mexicomida joint's got wood/LCD-lined walls, booths surrounded by large bead curtains, and a 20ft red-backlit bar. The menu's "Mexico City-centric, with modern takes on authentic fare. They're known for their top-notch quesos, including the Queso Blanco (with fire-roasted chile and scallions) or "Wild Queso" (with queso blanco, house made chorizo, sour cream, and house barbacoa).

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3. Off The Bone 1734 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215

Nestled in the middle of South Dallas, this homey meatery reliably nails everything from brisket to baby backs (both smoked over pecan wood) to standout sausage. Eat in or take-out, and don't forget to pick up a side of honey spiced baked beans or 3 meat charro beans.

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4. Nazca Kitchen 8041 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75231

Named for the Nazca Lines -- like crop circles, except in the shape of monkeys, jaguars, and other stuff that's more fun than circles -- Nazca Kitchen serves South American fare in a bright and breezy North Dallas space. Great for a casual dinner or colorful brunch, come in and sample super fresh dishes like chili chicken wraps, slow roasted pork vieja, and butter leaf tacos. Be sure to indulge in the much hyped bread pudding for dessert!

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5. The Porch 2912 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

With a reputation for mac 'n cheese that precedes its name, The Porch dishes up classic and modern Southern cuisine to Lower Greenville patrons' delight.

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6. Nora Restaurant And Bar 1928 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

This comfortably upscale, stone-floored dining room will first ply you with appetizers like bulanee (fried leek & potato pastries w/ cilantro & mint sauce) and crispy shrimp wrapped in rice paper, then fried & laid over fancy greens, or as Miss Piggy called it, "the hottest night of my life".

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7. Nova 1417 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

From its star- and planet-shaped lighting fixtures and funky menu font right down to its '60s-esque signage, Oak Cliff's Nova absolutely nails the space theme its name suggests. And by keeping the names of their dishes self-explanatory and lightyears away from the space realm, they keep the theme just significant enough to be fun but not cringe-worthy. Chef-driven dishes draw inspiration from all over for an always unpredictable meal of short ribs, tandoori cabbage, gnocchi, or chicken udon.