These are some of the must-eats in Dallas. Whether you live in the Lone Star State or are traveling through, you need to stop at these delicious places. Satisfying both your sweet and savory palate, every dish is truly a masterpiece and one worth experiencing. Trust me, once you try them you’ll never want to leave Texas.
1. Ahi Poke at Velvet Taco
#17 on the menu, the Ahi Poke taco is definitely a favorite at Velvet Taco. Fresh, raw, and tangy. Seriously, what could be better than sushi and tacos combined?
2. Pork Ribs at The Slow Bone
There are countless of BBQ places in Dallas, but The Slow Bone is a top contender. You can guarantee yourself that you’ll eat at least a half-slab of ribs… or more.
3. Skittles Sangria at The Common Table
Sangria and skittle are food, right? Taste the rainbow with this fruity drink while enjoying a nice brunch at The Common Table.
4. Cookies at JD’s Chippery
Located in Snider Plaza, these cookies are what dreams are made of. You can’t go wrong with any type but make sure to eat them warm.
5. Bacon Tasting at Knife
One piece of bacon is good but five is even better. Chef John Tesar shows (through his food) this is not your average steakhouse but rather a social dining experience.
6. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit at Whataburger
This may not be the healthiest meal, but it is one worth the calories. Served on the breakfast menu, this breaded chicken with honey butter sauce will give you a great start to your morning.
7. Fried Chicken at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
Sissy’s serves all the southern classics, but the fried chicken is to die for. You can get a bucket for just $25, and it is worth every cent.
8. Gooey Butter Cake: The Porch
Butterscotch ice cream. Sea salted caramel. That’s all you need to know about this delectable dessert. So what are you waiting for? Go to The Porch ASAP!
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at Hattie’s Restaurant
Served with sour cream and chives, these fried tomatoes from Hattie’s offer a burst of flavor. So eat your veggies while enjoying them at the same time with this dish.
10. Crab Cake Benedict at Villa-O Restaurant
Enjoy this Villa-O brunch speciality while indulging on bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, or frozen sfuzzis for just $10.
11. Margarita Popsicle at The Rustic
The Rustic is known for its home-style cooking and live music, but it’s also popular for its sweet drinks. Perfect for a sunny day (or any other day), this margarita with a popsicle will leave you with a brain freeze and maybe a little tipsy.
12. Beer Biscuits & Gravy at Barbec’s Restaurant
You may think you’ve had good biscuits before, but I bet these will blow your taste buds away. Allrecipes has a beer biscuit recipe, but nothing will beat Barbec’s.
13. Macaroon Gelato Sandwich at Paciugo Gelato & Cafe
Paciugo offers an assortment of gelato flavors, but the gelato sandwiches are especially delicious. Hugged by two soft macaroons, you won’t regret ordering one of these.
14. Chicken Fried Steak at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen
If you want some soul food, Ellen’s is the place to go (and it’s moving to a new location soon).
15. Brisket at Pecan Lodge
Offering an array of smoked meats, The Pecan Lodge is another BBQ favorite. Both tender and charred, this brisket has the perfect flavor.
16. Double Dip at The Rustic
If you love queso, this appetizer will have you licking the bowl clean. Served with potato chips, it starts off your meal just right.
17. Heavy Handed Blueberry Pancakes at Smoke
Topped with vanilla poached apricots and cream, Smoke lets you have dessert for breakfast. And who doesn’t love that?
18. Guacapotle Burger at Grub Burger Bar
The guacapotle is a signature burger at Grub Burger Bar, and it’s easy to see why. Chipotle aioli, cheddar cheese, and homemade guac makes this one of the best burgers you will find in Dallas.
19. Whiskey Cake at Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
While Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar serves tasty dishes and drinks, it’s the whiskey cake that makes the menu. A toffee torte with bourbon custard and spiced pecans, this dessert will have you love drunk in just one bite.
20. Strawberry Souffle at Rise n°1 Salon De Soufflé
French-inspired, Rise n°1 creates incredible soufflés that not only look beautiful but taste good too. This strawberry soufflé is seasonal, so get when you can!
21. Low Country Shrimp & Cheddar Grits at Hattie’s Restaurant
Hattie’s gives this southern classic a twist with its tabasco-bacon pan sauce. Full of flavor and spice, you’ll never want to eat grits alone ever again. And you can all thank D Magazine for releasing the recipe.
22. Honey Bastard at Cane Rosso
An off-menu item, the Honey Bastard is an all-time favorite at Cane Rosso. What makes this pizza stand out from others is its two unique (but delicious) ingredients: bacon marmalade and honey habanero.
23. The Drunken Nut at Emporium Pies
The Drunken Nut is not like any pecan pie you’ve ever tasted. At $5 it’s a little pricey for one slice, but it’s worth every sugary bite.
24. Bacon Cheddar Tots at Public School 214
Don’t let the name fool you. Public School 214 is a gastropub that is schoolroom themed. Served with Sriracha ketchup, these infamous bacon cheddar tots are truly a work of art.
25. Cheese Fries Surprise at Rodeo Goat
Cheesy fries are no surprise, but the amount of food you receive will be. You can be happy that your money is well spent because Rodeo Goat doesn’t hold back on the fries, cheese, bacon or jalapeños.
26. Italian Stallion from Jimmy’s Food Store
Jimmy’s Food Store creates a fine selection of Italian food and wine. If you want a meat-packed sandwich, the Italian Stallion is just for you with seven different kinds of meat.
27. Cream of Mushroom Soup from The Grape Restaurant
The Grape Restaurant is famous for its mushroom soup, which is both creamy and smooth. Just $4 for a cup, it’s the perfect starter to begin your meal.
28. Bacon Lollipops at The Meddlesome Moth
Meddlesome Moth not only has the city’s best beer menu, but it also has some amazing bacon bites. Placed on skewers, these bacon pops are flavorful, juicy and easy to eat.
29. Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese at Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse
Decadent, creamy, and rich, this course from Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse will make you forget about steak altogether.
30. Cuatros Leches Cake at La Duni
And ending on a sweet note, La Duni is known for its award-winning dessert: the Cuatros Leches Cake. It’s a vanilla sponge cake soaked in tres leches sauce and topped with meringue…and it is a must try.