Looking for delicious ways to explore Dallas? You’re in luck– locals consider eating out as much a national pastime as watching football. And as such, the city is home to a flourishing dining scene with enough terrific culinary options to satisfy any craving and budget. The only problem you'll have is trying to narrow down which ones to choose.
In the mood for handmade pasta, salumi platters and finely crafted regional specialties? Then look no further than Lucia in Bishop Arts. Reservations are practically impossible, but once you get in, you'll understand why. Ditto for Nonna, a cozy neighborhood eatery off Oak Lawn that excels at neo-Italian fare like gourmet pizzas, pastas and wood-fired meats.
Of course, when it comes to the best, it's impossible not to mention the city's most acclaimed, upscale dining destinations. First up is Flora Street Cafe, the latest creation of chef Stephan Pyles. Located in the Dallas Arts District, the restaurant serves sumptuous elevated Texas-inspired dishes that look like they belong on the wall of a museum. Over in Uptown is where another of Dallas' star chefs, Dean Fearing, can be found. His namesake restaurant in the Ritz Carlton is famous for its modern take on southwestern cuisine.
And although Dallas is not widely considered the barbecue capital of Texas, Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum certainly has done its share to put the city firmly on the BBQ map. Come for the ribs and house-made sausages, but stay for the brisket, it can hold its own against any in the state.
There's also everything from modern Japanese to locally sourced seasonal fare and sophisticated steaks. In short, if you’re looking for a great meal, you’ve come to the right place.