Food & Drink

An editor's guide to eating around town

Published On 04/18/2013 Published On 04/18/2013
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1. LA Burger 1017 E Trinity Mills Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006 (Carrollton)

Ben and Jon Lee expanded their Korean-American-Mexican fusion venture, setting up a 2nd shop right off Bush in Carrollton. They're serving up fries and hamburger buns designed with an anti-sogginess defense mechanism fit to endure the dousing of the family's marinades and sauces atop cheeses, kimchi, fried eggs, avocado, and everything else that comes with the Surgeon General's Warning.

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2. DaLat 2537 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

DaLat is a Vietnamese-American fusion restaurant that specializes in comfort food and stays open late so you can get your Pho fix until 2am. At this simple, chic diner-esque joint, you will find traditional dishes like beef and cabbage Pho and slow-cooked pork Ramen. But they also offer strangely satisfying options like Dorito-viche (ceviche on nacho cheese Doritos), meatball shooters (yes, drinkable shots of meat), Vietnamese Burger (pork burger Bahn Mi style) and Pho pizza. They also offer a list of Vietnamese inspired cocktails like the Vietnamese Iced Coffee (similar to a White Russian) to give you that liquid courage for Karaoke nights every Tuesday and Thursday.

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3. Bob's Steak & Chop House 4300 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Located in the Omni Dallas Hotel, and connected to the Dallas Convention Center, Bob’s steakhouse has a well-worn setting and rich history. All the cuts are aged and magnificent, and each dish comes with the restaurant’s signature gigantic glazed carrot. The wine list is notably extensive, and all the cocktails pair perfectly with any menu item.

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4. La Popular Tamale House 5004 Columbia Ave, Dallas, TX 75214 (East Dallas)

Focusing on tradition and family-style Mexican fare, La Popular Tamale House has been dishing out some of Dallas' favorite tamales since 1984.

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5. Cindi's New York Deli 306 S Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown)

Whether you're a New York transplant living in Dallas or just a visitor looking for a tasty, New York City-style sammy, any one of Cindi's five locations around the city can fill that void in your heart and your stomach.

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6. Jersey Joe's Deli 15340 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001 (Far North Dallas)

The name sounds like a place Tony Soprano might visit on his way to the Bada Bing!, but in reality, Jersey Joe's (and Joe himself) is friendly, safe, and inviting and they serve up some up the best sandwiches in Dallas.

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7. Meso Maya 11909 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230 (North Dallas)

This North Dallas Mexican establishment three unique rooms, a 20ft bar and high-end meals that don't break the bank, including the Queso Poblano, which has melted Chihuahua cheese, creamy queso blanco, roasted poblanos, fresh corn, and nopalitos.

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8. Tillman's Roadhouse Dallas 324 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

You won't question if your're in the west while saddling up inside Tillman's. The staff is dressed in western attire and there's plenty of taxidermy on the walls. BUT, if you need another reminder, order the chicken fried steak and ride off into the sunset (after you finish, of course).

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9. 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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10. El Fenix 1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown)

Although there are more than 20 different El Fenix (Los Fenixes?) locations, each offers the same quality Tex-Mex fare that you'd expect from a place that's been perfecting the style since before the Depression.

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11. Mesa 118 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Fortunately for you, there's more than just one table at Mesa. They dish out authentic Veracruzan food like shrimp ceviche, braised oxtail and holy Mole Mama Cata, their signature dish.

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12. 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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13. The Old Warsaw 2610 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

The Old Warsaw has been entertaining Dallas' elegant for over fifty years with equally extravagant dishes. Prime beef wellington and a merlot from Chile, is as tasty, and fancy, as it gets.

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14. Ser Steak + Spirits 2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207 (Stemmons Corridor)

At 27 stories high, the views at this lively hotel steakhouse is among the best in all of Dallas. The restaurant is complete with a 14-seat chef's table, sleek high-back leather chairs, iPad wine menus, a glass-encased wine room, and a wood-lined bar backed by stone. In addition to meaty cuts on the menu like a 45-day aged prime rib and a Wagyu spinalis, SER’s sides are sizzling -- do not miss the hand-tendered tater tots with house-made ketchup.

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15. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207 (Downtown)

If the location at the top of Reunion Tower, the most notable feature of the Dallas skyline, doesn't hint to you that this place means business, then the attached name Wolfgang Puck should. Before the food even arrives, you'll be stunned by 360-degree views (the floor rotates!) and polished, contemporary furniture full of tourists, celebratory family outings, and couples splurging for date night. It sets what seems like an unmeetable standard for the food, but the menu of Japanese fare like sushi, fresh grilled fish, and Szechuan beef is more than up to the task.

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16. Mughlai Indian Cusine 5301 Alpha Rd, Apt 14, Dallas, TX 75240 (Far North Dallas)

Not only will the tastes at Mughlai arouse your senses with its authentic Indian flavors, but so will the contemporary/traditional interior (and you thought that'd be a contradiction).

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17. Hypnotic Donuts 235 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201 (East Dallas)

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.

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18. Becks Prime 5931 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75230 (North Dallas)

Becks Prime, a premiere steakhouse and burger restaurant, grind their beef on-site ensuring a freshly grilled, tasty made-to-order burger every time. Perfecting the formula since '85, it doesn't get much better than this.

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19. 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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20. Kenny's Burger Joint 1377 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

Frisco's KBJ serves fries cooked "the old-fashioned way" (no vegetable oil), or shoveled into creations like Loaded Cheese (a mound of cheddar, plus jalapeno, bacon, chives, ranch), poutine (cheese/gravy), or Tex-Mex (pepper jack, guac, sour cream, pico). For dessert, try fry-shaped funnel cake topped with powdered sugar, chocolate, strawberry sauce, and whipped cream.