If you're planning a big night at the American Airlines Center, you're in luck - this area has a wide variety of great restaurants of all cuisines and atmospheres right within walking distance. No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll be able to dine in style before or after your concert, NBA Dallas Mavericks game or NHL Dallas Stars Game.
If you're a visitor to Dallas and you want to try some delicious Texan fare, you can't go wrong with Tex Mex or barbecue. While there are several great options for both of these regional specialties, Luna De Noche Gourmet Grill in Victory Park is literally steps from the American Airlines Center entrance AND it has some of the best tableside guacamole and gourmet Tex-Mex (think: marinated ribs, Mexico City street-style tacos, etc.) in all of Big D. More in the mood for some good 'ole Texan barbecue? Head on over to Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in the West End, just across from the American Airlines Center. This famous barbecue joint features some of the best pork ribs and fried onion rings in all of Texas.
Locals will enjoy several top-notch Asian cuisine restaurants like Kenichi Dallas, as well as Mediterranean fare from Medina Oven and Bar.
Have a great night!
10 Medina Oven & Bar
If you're in the mood to take your taste buds to Morocco, don't miss Medina Oven & Bar. This Moroccan-themed restaurant features some of the best Mediterranean fare in all of Big D. Start out your meal with one of many delicious appetizers, like the hummus, calamari or the goat cheese Harrisma Phyllos. The pita bread there is freshly made and great, as well. Some of the most popular main dishes there include the lamb sausage pizza, seafood with couscous, and shrimp brochettes. Medina has some of the best baklava in town, and it also features wonderful cocktails, like the pineapple-infused vodka martini. (2149790003)
9 Kenichi - Dallas
Conveniently situated in Victory Park, Kenichi Dallas is an Asian Fusion restaurant that specializes in sushi! It's the perfect place to take sushi beginners and veterans alike. Some of the most popular rolls there include the Godzilla (eel, cucumber, topped with avocado, strawberry & teriyaki sauce) and the Morgan (snow crab, cucumber, avocado, topped with yellowtail, sriracha, serrano thai basil vinaigrette). Kenichi also features fresh wasabi and a wide variety of Sake and Nigori. And if you're not in the mood for sushi, don't miss the Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs - these tasty ribs are tender and falling off the bone, but what do you expect? You're in Dallas after all! (2148718883)
8 Naga Thai Kitchen & Bar
Naga Thai is the premier Thai restaurant in the Dallas area! It features classical Thai cuisine fused with a modern ambiance to appeal to everyone from the Thai traditionalist to the first time Thai diner. It features a variety of delicious traditional dishes like Stuffed Crab Rangoon, scrumptious Shrimp Fritters, or the popular authentic Pad Thai, as well as vegetarian tofu dishes full of flavor. Start off your meal with a Mojito or Lychee Martini. Naga brings sparkle and spice to Dallas' chic Victory Park and honors its founders' enduring commitment to traditional Thai flavors at value prices in an upscale environment. (2149530023)
7 Dallas Fish Market
Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the Dallas Fish Market is the perfect spot for a classy business lunch or an elegant, romantic dinner for two. It's also a great place to go when you have evening plans at the American Airlines Center! Some of the most popular menu items there include the fried green tomatoes, calamari, sea bass with a truffle crust, Alaskan halibut and fresh oysters. And don't forget the sushi - the perfect meal when you want to save room for snacks at the AAC later. End your meal with the chocolate marquee cake with raspberry compote and creme Chantilly or the peanut butter tart with caramel and chocolate ice cream. (2147443474)
6 Bob's Steak & Chop House
The quintessential old-school steakhouse, Bob's Steak and Chop house is traditionally styled with crisp table linens, mahogany booths, and a polished bar. Start off your meal with the mozzarella and poblano stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp or the lobster bisque soup. Then move into the main course with Bob's main specialty, the choice cuts of USDA Prime Midwestern corn-fed beef. Other starters like Maryland crab cakes and a tangy blue-cheese salad whet the appetite for a perfectly prepared rib-eye, porterhouse, or succulent rack of lamb - all served with hefty portions of potatoes and Bob's signature sugar-glazed carrots. Complementing everything are select wines and desserts. (214-528-9446)
Located inside the elegant Ritz-Carlton Dallas hotel in the Uptown neighborhood, Fearing's is one of Dallas' finest restaurants. The chef, Dean Fearing, is the person who put the Mansion on the map, and diners will not be disappointed with his namesake restaurant. The cuisine is considered to be New American or Southwestern, and some of the specialties there include the tortilla soup, fried lobster, buffalo tenderloin and the butternut squash taquito. Start off your evening at the Rattlesnake Bar, located in the lobby of the Ritz, and then finish off your meal with an over-the-top dessert, like the banana pudding. (2149224848)
4 House of Blues
Welcome to House of Blues where chefs pay homage to southern-inspired cuisine while also creating regional faire that showcases local specialties. Whether you want to try a house favorite like Jambalaya with Rosemary Cornbread or are in the mood for a delicious steak or gourmet burger, the House of Blues menu has a little something for everyone...kids too! Our restaurants are filled with lively music and adorned with original folk art which creates a fun dining experience that will keep you and your guests rockin' all the way home. Combined with House of Blues' legendary hospitality, our restaurants are truly a tribute to the sights, sounds and tastes of southern culture. (2149782583)
3 Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse
Around since 1910, this legendary BBQ spot serves large portions of melt-in-your-mouth barbecue topped with savory sauces that'll have you toting your own jar home. Choose from pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, sausage, ham or turkey. Sides come in hearty portions and include coleslaw, potato salad and green bean casserole. Fried onion rings have a following all their own, and local and national celebs make sure to visit Sonny Bryan's whenever they can. For dessert, don't miss one of their delicious cobblers (think peach and blackberry), and the Texas-style banana pudding, complete with vanilla wafers, is not to be missed. (214-744-1610)
2 Dick's Last Resort
Expect some good-natured ribbing from your server when you walk through the doors of this popular local BBQ spot. The wait staff is known for its funny comments and sly jibes. It's also good to know that, if they can dish it out, they can also take some of the same! In addition to the rudely funny jokes and puns, these servers also dish up tasty fried catfish and tangy BBQ, as well as burgers, steaks, and seafood. Rinse it all down with a cold beer; they have plenty to choose from! Reservations accepted for group of 10 or more. (214-747-0001)
1 Luna de Noche Gourmet Grill
Widely applauded for its well-executed Tex-Mex fare, Luna de Noche has a reputation for offering heaping portions. The restaurant, one of several in the area, tempts diners' resolve with dishes like jalapeno meatloaf, beef short ribs, tuna tacos, and a variety of grilled chicken selections. You can also stick to classics, like enchiladas, fajitas, or combination plates that let you sample a little of many things. In the mood for a little culinary drama? Take advantage of tableside preparations of guacamole or queso flameado, where chorizo, cheese, mushrooms, and onions are ignited before your eyes. Luna de Noche also serves an appealing Sunday brunch. (214-420-3050)
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