Along with being celebrated as one of the most gay-friendly districts in the country, Oak Lawn, located minutes from downtown, is also undoubtedly one of Dallas' hottest neighborhoods for dining. No matter what kind of cuisine you’re after, the options are diverse enough to satisfy just about every culinary craving and budget.
Want to paint the town red? Here's where you'll find some of the city's most famous eating establishments. First up is the legendary Mansion on Turtle Creek, an opulent restaurant housed in the former estate of a 1920s-era cotton magnate. The restaurant showcases modern American and French cuisine and has served everyone from royalty to rock stars.
More celeb sightings and tasty treasures can be had at Al Biernat's, a neighborhood stalwart for over 15 years that's known for its impeccable steaks, wild game and seafood. There's also Nonna, a pocket-sized trattoria that consistently receives rave reviews from restaurant critics and locals alike.
Further cementing the area's status as a food destination is Uchi, Chef Tyson Cole’s sushi paradise– which, at the moment, is the most sought after reservation in town.
For something more casual, try the killer sammies at East Hampton Sandwich Co. or the gourmet pub grub at The Meddlesome Moth. There's also eatZi's, an epicurean marketplace and cafe that's great for grab-and-go.
Some of the city's best seafood can be had at TJ's Seafood Market & Grill, a cozy eatery that churns out insanely delicious lobster rolls. And if a lively neighborhood bistro is more what you have in mind, head over to Parigi, a local favorite serving up stellar seasonally-inspired dishes.
Finally, be sure to stop in at the Cosmic Cafe, not only for its vegetarian fare, but also to check out the eclectic decor.