If you’re lucky enough to work in walking distance of The Joule, you’re probably already well-versed in Americano’s lunch situation. If not, mark this down as your next destination for an afternoon break with a date. Share one of their amazing pizzas or dig into a bowl of homemade pasta and follow up with an espresso to avoid that post-lunch slump.
Flying Horse Cafe serves some of the best coffee Downtown. Not to mention, they offer Hypnotic donuts and bomb breakfast tacos. Meet up before your morning meetings and share a Homer donut for a sweet start to your day.
Because sometimes you just need to ditch the protein bar and indulge in truffle fries and a little QT with your person. Chop House Burger gets busy around lunchtime, but the line moves quickly and y'all will have plenty of time to polish off a burger and play catch-up on the day.
Leave the work phone on your desk and treat yo’ self to a FULL hour-long lunch at this underground steakhouse. Dakota’s is a prime dinner-date spot, but don’t overlook it as a daytime option for when you’re struggling to align the schedules. Who doesn’t love a steakhouse meal at a lunch menu price? Added bonus: They offer valet so you can avoid driving around in circles looking for an open spot.
For those days when you need a break from your cubicle prison, soak up some Vitamin D and stroll hand-in-hand around Klyde Warren Park. With a variety of food trucks lining the park, there are plenty of options for a quick bite to enjoy together in the fresh (fluorescent-light-free) air.
This chic coffee shop inside the Joule Hotel will give you a caffeine kick and a place to lounge with your SO for a midday date. You can grab a seriously strong cold brew and flip through books at The Taschen Library, or cozy up and chat on one of the downstairs couches.
Spice up both your lunch and dating routine by stopping by Cafe Izmir’s Downtown location for delicious and authentic Mediterranean food. The tapas-style menu is perfect for sharing, and between the good company and turkish coffee -- you’ll return to work refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon.
Don’t stress over getting dinner reservations at this new Downtown hotspot, and treat your boo for one of the best lunches both of you will have in a while. This higher-end and inventive restaurant comes from none other than Dallas legend Stephan Pyles. With options like a seared king salmon and Texas Akaushi wagyu ribeye, this will make up for those rescheduled dinner dates.
If one of you works Downtown and the other in Uptown, meet in the middle at Meso Maya for a delicious lunch date. The Loncho Especial is a far cry from your average soup and salad combo, and we won’t tell the boss if you two sneak in an Avocado Margarita... just maybe steer clear of tequila shots (this time).
Mix things up by ducking out to the farmers market right on the outskirts of Downtown. Head to The Shed for a wide variety of local vendors serving up delicious bites, or have a lunch you won’t feel guilty about at Mudhen Meat & Greens.
1. Americano1530 Main St, Dallas
2. Flying Horse Cafe1401 Commerce St, Dallas
3. Chop House Burger1501 Main St, Dallas
4. Dakota's Steakhouse600 N Akard St, Dallas
5. Weekend1511 Commerce St, Dallas
6. Café Izmir211 N Ervay St Ste 100, Dallas
7. Flora Street Cafe2330 Flora St, Dallas
8. Meso Maya Downtown1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas
9. Dallas Farmers Market920 S Harwood St, Dallas
Americano, the casual Italian restaurant in the Joule Hotel, is simple in its dishes and its design. It’s got everything you’d expect from a contemporary Italian menu: handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, house-cured charcuterie, and whole-grilled fish. And the cocktail list has an Italian bent to match -- think Negroni on draft and Americano served three ways. Open at 11am every day, Americano dishes out its Italian roots to diners for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Located inside the Magnolia Hotel, Flying Horse Cafe is more than just coffee. The indie cafe has a large repertoire of menu items beyond your standard espresso drinks and drips, offering cold-brews, cold-pressed juices, frozen drinks, panini breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and snacks. They do take their coffee seriously, though: the beans are sourced from farms around the world and roasted in their own facility in California, giving each blend a personal, Flying Horse touch.
There’s something to be said about a restaurant born from a burger. Chop House’s sister restaurant, Chop House Burger, is one of those places. Serving lunch and dinner every day but Sunday, the Downtown burger bar is bustling with people craving their high-quality prime patties. Non-beef alternatives are strong: the fried chicken sandwich, tuna burger, falafel burger, and ground turkey burger are there to sate the palate of those avoiding red meat. Go for the burger, don’t leave without a milkshake.
Dakota’s is, and has been, a dining icon in the Arts District for decades. It’s a subterranean steakhouse -- the only underground patio in Dallas. Dining at Dakota’s is an experience; the menu is in line with any other white tablecloth steakhouse, but its unique location and New Orleans-style ambiance make it a stand-out. And luckily for us, Dakota’s believes that no meal is complete without wine -- their extensive cellar is all the proof we need.
Weekend Coffee is a high-end, full-service coffee shop located in the Joule Hotel. It’s a part of the third wave craft coffee movement, and if you don’t know what that means, they offer cuppings and home brewing classes every month (free of charge) to keep you well informed of the roasting scene. Weekend features beans from Seattle’s Victrola Coffee Roasters, and at any given time, any day of the week from 6am to 6pm, you can sip on Victrola’s Empire Blend, their Streamline Espresso, or a rotating single origin option. It’s everything you’d expect from a Downtown Dallas hotel coffee shop, with bright lights and white décor to aid the coffee in energizing its guests.
Café Izmir is a Downtown Dallas staple for Mediterranean fare. A casual, tapas-heavy restaurant (with multiple locations), the menu features traditional recipes highlighting Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, and Iranian cuisines. They’re open for lunch Monday through Saturday, boasting a solid selection of pita sandwiches and hummus. And for dinner, the menu opens up and offers a prix-fixe dinner for two. There's also a full bar, and an entire section of the menu (lunch and dinner) devoted to dip.
Flora St. Cafe is a 5,000 square foot fine-dining restaurant in the Arts District serving elevated Southwestern cuisine to anyone lucky enough to secure a reservation. Experience James Beard Award winner Stephan Pyles’ seriously sophisticated dishes through a seven-course tasting menu or a la carte, with wine selections from an impressive, extensive cellar. The artful presentation of the dishes paired with the various art installations (there’s one on the ceiling, and it moves) and the wall draped by a three-dimensional silk tapestry are begging for their debut on Instagram.
Meso Maya, located in a renovated tortilla factory (seriously), is not for sating Tex-Mex cravings. With adobos, moles, and salsas from scratch, and in-house nixtamalized masa for the freshest of tortillas, Meso Maya touts its authentic Mexican roots for lunch and dinner, every day. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional dishes, from queso fundido and tacos to posole and budin azteca. And with upwards of 40 tequila and mezcal selections to choose from, you can expect a proper margarita, whether it be a classic or a house specialty like the avocado margarita, their star sipper.
The Dallas Farmers Market is a 26,000 square food hall, and is home to four restaurants as well as artisanal food vendors. The Market is open every day, The Shed -- an open air pavilion featuring local farmers and their products -- is open Friday through Sunday. Both The Market and The Shed provide a wide variety of options for residents and tourists alike, with an ever-changing roster of vendors, a seating area inside and out, and a view of the Dallas skyline.