If you're a food lover and you're planning a trip to Dallas, you're in for a special southern treat! While it's true that Dallas is filled with restaurants of all cuisines, foodies should make plans to try some of the best the Texas region has to offer in the form of Tex-Mex, steak and barbecue. Get ready to chow down in Dallas!
Cheese enchiladas — Photo courtesy of Herrera's Cafe Facebook page
True to its name, Tex-Mex originated in Texas, and it is a blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and Texas food staples. While you can find versions of it around the U.S., you haven't had real Tex-Mex until you come to Dallas. Tex-Mex features several popular menu items including frozen margaritas, fajitas and brisket tacos that you won't see in Mexico. Some of the best places to find these mouthwatering plates include Mariano's Hacienda, where the first frozen margarita was created and where you will discover the BEST steak fajitas in Texas. Other great spots are Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurant and Herrera's, where cheese enchiladas are not to be missed.
Bob's Steak and Chop House Dallas — Photo courtesy of Bob's Steak and Chop House Dallas Facebook page
Dallas is a meat-lover's city, so it should be expected that foodies will find some of the best steak restaurants in the world here. Big D has both old-school, boy's club steak establishments like Bob's Steak and Chop House, along with very elegant spots like III Forks and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Expect to drop a pretty penny at Dallas' finest steakhouses, but don't worry - they are worth every cent! In Dallas, some of the most common (and delicious!) steakhouse sides include grilled asparagus, candied carrots, scalloped potatoes and creamed corn.
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse — Photo courtesy of Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse Facebook page
A foodies' list for Dallas simply wouldn't be complete without Texas barbecue. Different that other regional barbecues, Texas barbecue specializes in beef brisket typically smoked with mesquite wood. One of the best places to try "elevated" barbecue is at Smoke, which has the only barbecue brunch in town, complete with pulled pork BBQ eggs benedict and smoked brisket cornbread hash. If you're more in the mood for a rustic, down-to-earth barbecue joint, head on over to the original Sonny Bryan's location (don't miss the ribs!) or Mike Anderson's BBQ on Harry Hines Blvd. While Dallas barbecue joints do have the traditional barbecue sides of potato salad, coleslaw and beans, try some local specialties like baked macaroni and cheese, fried okra, English pea cold salad and banana pudding.
Foodies rejoice - you're in Dallas! While you might leave Big D packing a few extra pounds, it's going to be worth it.