Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Dallas has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at a wide variety of popular restaurants. No matter what your seafood preference, Dallas has it all. If you're in the mood for New England fare, such as lobster or New England clam chowder, visit Daddy Jack's or Kenny's Wood Fired Grill. If you're in the mood for an elegant, romantic seafood dinner, go to Cafe Pacific or Oceanaire Seafood Room. Want to try some fresh gulf seafood? Visit the local favorite, Hook Line and Sinker for fried catfish and fresh oysters or S&D Oyster Company. Dallas isn't in Louisiana, but several local spots serve some of the best Cajun seafood, including Dodie's Seafood Cafe.
10 Kenny's Wood Fired Grill
This elegant restaurant is located in Addison (North Dallas). It has the atmosphere and decor of a 1940s Chicago chophouse combined with New England-style seafood. Meals begin with Kenny's famous popovers, and some of the most popular menu items include the 8 oz. filet topped with a half-pound crab cake and wood-grilled salmon. Vodka drinkers will be delighted that Kenny's has Grey Goose vodka on a signature frozen tap system. (9723929663)
9 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. 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. 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)
8 Truluck's - Dallas
There are a handful of Truluck's around the DFW metroplex, but the Uptown location is the favorite. This restaurant specializes in stone crab claws and steaks, and one of the most popular sides is the scrumptious parmesan mashed potatoes. If you're expecting top-notch service, you won't be disappointed with Truluck's. (2142202401)
7 Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill
This elegant seafood restaurant is located in the North Dallas neighborhood of Addison. It has won several awards, including the "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator between 2002 through 2007. Some of the most popular menu items include the lobster and shrimp mac n cheese, grilled redfish and crab legs with roasted onion mashed potatoes and asparagus. (972-503-3474)
6 Hook Line & Sinker
This Uptown dive is one of Dallas' best kept secrets. Hook Line & Sinker doesn't have a website, but it does have some of the best seafood in town. The atmosphere is casual and the crowd is one of the most diverse in Dallas. Some of the best dishes there include the 1 lb of boiled shrimp and 1 lb of boiled crab legs (served with corn on the cob and boiled potatoes), the fried catfish basket and the Mexican shrimp cocktail. Don't miss the raw oysters during the winter months. (214-965-0707)
5 S&D Oyster Company
This New Orleans-style restaurant, with its sea shack-inspired dining room, has kept Uptown well fed since 1976, thanks to savory po' boys, barbecued shrimp, and gumbo. Of course, oysters are the joint's specialty, and they're prepared just about any way imaginable � steamed, raw, fried, etc. What's more, tasty, downhome sides like coleslaw and hush puppies are themselves worth a visit. Casual and always ready to accommodate families, S&D gets particularly busy on weekends. (214-880-0111)
4 Café Pacific
Fresh, excellently prepared cuisine is served by a white-jacketed waitstaff at this Highland Park treasure. The menu options range from grilled seafood accompanied by tasty dips to more substantial items like goat cheese-stuffed rack of lamb. The chef's signature creation, fried shredded sweet potatoes, is complimentary and delivered at the start of every meal. Pecan Ball, the signature dessert, perfectly ends any meal. Excellent wines at reasonable prices are an added bonus. The interior is stately with black and white marble floors and vintage-style cafe curtains. (214-526-1170)
3 Oceanaire Seafood Room
A cheery, '30s-era ocean liner motif welcomes diners to this popular seafood restaurant, where the specialty is fresh fish flown in daily. Select a plate from the oyster bar's abundance, or order treats like Dover sole and bluefin tuna. Maine lobster, weighing up to seven pounds, is typically available and makes for quite a decadent feast. The bar serves both classic and signature cocktails --- try a Perfect Screwdriver or a Harvey Wallbanger. (972-759-2277)
2 Dodie's Seafood Cafe
When Cajun food cravings strike, Dodie's is sure to satisfy. This family-run seafood restaurant's appeal is universal among the locals, who love to sit on the patio, people-watch and dig into spicy Cajun treats. Be sure to try the Cajun tamales (crabmeat-stuffed jalapenos), jambalaya and Dodie's famous "swamp fries," which come smothered in gravy and cheese. Non-seafood eaters, take heart -- Dodie's has roast beef po' boys, blackened chicken and red beans and rice. (214-821-8890)
1 Daddy Jack's Lobster & Chowder House
Lobster Madness specials, stuffed shrimp and -- without question -- the best lobster bisque in Dallas make this casual cafe a must for seafood fanatics. Every dish at Daddy Jack's Lobster & Chowder House comes from Jack's family recipes and is prepared with plenty of TLC. There are even steaks and vegetable pasta dishes for the "landlubbers." So, settle in at this family-friendly seafood place where the staff is jovial and the atmosphere is festive. (214-826-4910)
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