The Design District: Eating Your Way Through Dallas' Trendiest Dining Hub

The Dallas Design District has long been known for its industrial warehouses and interior design showrooms. But it's only recently that the area has transformed into a magnet for foodies, boasting an ever evolving lineup of top-notch restaurants, eateries and pubs.

The District's foray into foodiedom started in 2010 when The Meddlesome Moth flew in offering beer geeks a solid lineup of brews and seriously good grub (think sesame duck wings and rabbit pot pie). Speaking of good grub, the Rodeo Goat cranks out burgers loaded with everything from candied bacon to brisket chili. And if brisket tantalizes your taste buds, then you're in for a treat at The Slow Bone.  

For those craving something more cutting-edge, check out two of Bon Appétit's Top 50 New Restaurants for 2013: Oak and FT33 , where you'll find dazzling creations prepared by award-winning chefs.

Next to Oak is the trendy Southeast Asian eatery, Pakpao Thai, featuring delicacies like braised pork belly and crispy tamarind duck. Mexican food fiends will want to cha cha over to El Bolero for upscale regional specialties. Or for phenomenal Italian fare, head over to the Sassetta for handmade pasta and ultra-thin pizzas.

And if you really want to impress a date, SER Steak & Spirits, on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel offers stunning city views and delicious modern American cuisine.

El Bolero
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This contemporary Mexican restaurant, by the same folks behind Oak and Pakpao Thai, eschews regular Tex-Mex standards in favor of showcasing Mexico's intriguing regional cuisine. El Bolero, which refers to Mexico's omnipresent street-side shoe...  Read More

Pakpao Thai
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Don't expect to find your usual bout of sates and curries at this popular Thai restaurant. Instead, plan on satiating your palate with a menu of elevated Southeast Asian fare, much of which has been constructed by Food Network's celebrity chef,...  Read More

When Oak opened in 2012, not only did it receive rave reviews from the local press, it also earned a nod from Bon Appétit Magazine for being one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the country. Along with a polished decor and inviting...  Read More

The Slow Bone
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Not only can Jack Perkins flip a mean patty at his iconic Dallas burger spot-- Maple and Motor, he can also smoke up some killer barbecue at his cafeteria-style (lunch-only) diner, which fired up the Design District in 2013. Recycled church hymn...  Read More

Sassetta Dallas
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Ultra-thin crust pizzas, homemade pastas and a selection of small plates rule at this casual-chic Design District hot spot. It's one of three food and drink venues (including a gastropub and to-go concept by the same owners)–set up in a...  Read More

District Food & Wine
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Since opening in the former Bridge Bistro space in 2016, District Food & Wine has racked up a number of glowing reviews for its phenomenal food, cozy ambiance and warm staff. The moderate price point; everything rings in under $20, is...  Read More

Rodeo Goat Ice House
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This Fort Worth based burger and beer emporium (by the same people behind the Meddlesome Moth) is known for pushing the burger boundaries by tricking out its patties with an array of unique accoutrements. The menu features around sixteen burgers...  Read More

The Meddlesome Moth
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The district started becoming known as foodie destination in 2010 when this popular gastropub flew in offering a solid lineup of brews,(over 100 global varieties) and a menu full of gourmet grub. Food-wise, you'll find a unique assortment of...  Read More

SER Steak + Spirits
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With its location on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel, the views from SER (pronounced sear) are, as you might expect, stunning. And if the views alone don't wow you, then the 26 oz prime porterhouse drenched in lemon-rosemary...  Read More

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Named by Bon Appétit as one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013-- FT33 (restaurant lingo for "fire table" number 33) was already creating a buzz before it opened late in 2012. The restaurant is the brainchild of James Beard Award...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene