Dallas Does Lunch: 10 Tasty Spots For A Midday Munch

Life is too short to waste your lunch time snacking on tasteless fast food or boring sandwiches. And fortunately, you don't have to. Dallas is home to some of the best lunch grub you could ask for. Need something fast and cheap? Perhaps a place where you can sit outside? Or is it a fine dining experience you're after? In a city where eating out is a favorite past time, you've got plenty of delicious options.

For terrific Chinese fare, head to Kirin Court, a bustling Cantonese restaurant in Richardson that boasts some of the area’s best dim sum every day of the week.   

In the mood for Mexican? Then you’ll want to check out Meso Maya, a sprawling cantina housed in an old tortilla factory near the Perot Museum downtown.

Or for those who prefer something a little lighter, Flower Child offers a menu packed with healthy choices that are anything but bland.

And if you’re looking for a place serving lunch in style, chef Bruno Davaillon’s buzzy French brasserie, Bullion, is sure to please without breaking the bank.

Need more suggestions? Then keep reading, you can’t go wrong with any of the stellar spots on this list. 


Flower Child
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All too often eating healthy translates into a meal of tasteless salads, but thankfully that isn't the case at Flower Child, a buzzy eatery specializing in delicious organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The menu covers salads and mix-n-match veggies bowls (think salmon over organic greens with Indian spiced cauliflower and red chile glazed sweet potatoes) as well as whole wheat and flax & chia seed wraps filled with everything from spicy tofu to grass-fed steak. Portion sizes are good, and prices are reasonable, with most entrees ringing in under $20. Plus, they offer craft beer, wine, kombucha on tap and house-made lemonade in seasonal flavors like rose petal. There's a menu for kids, too.

Tacos Mariachi
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Jesus Carmona's acclaimed taquerias (with locations in Oak Cliff and on lower Greenville Avenue) are a must for some of the best Tijuana-style street tacos in town. Find all the usual suspects: pollo al pastor, barbacoa, carne asada, lengua (beef tongue) plus a slew of eclectic options ranging from tacos stuffed with smoked salmon to the fan favorite--pulpo tacos with grilled marinated octopus, asadero cheese, avocados, and cilantro pesto salsa. Pair it all up with agua frescas, Mexican cervezas or one of their exotic frozen margaritas. The borracho fries, topped with carne asada, guacamole and roasted poblano chile con queso are also a worthy accompaniment.

Cane Rosso
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Seriously delicious wood-fired pies with top-notch artisan toppings have earned this Neapolitan-certified pizza joint a cult following that even includes Guy Fieri of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The long list of pizzas includes everything from a classic Margherita to inventive picks like the Honey Bastard, with mozzarella, hot soppressata, bacon marmalade and habanero honey. And while pizzas may be the main attraction, don't sleep on Cane Rosso's house-made pastas or Italian sandwiches, either. During the week, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can score a 10'' pizza-salad combo and select sandwiches with salad or rosemary Parmesan tots for $13-$15.

Meso Maya Downtown
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Located within stumbling distance to the Perot Museum, this sprawling cantina is the place to go for a modern take on Central and Southern Mexico cuisine. That translates to dishes such as cochinita pibil (a Yucatan-style pork dish); Oaxacan mole, and Budin Azteca, a multilayered tortilla casserole that's much like lasagna. It's also a good place to score some pretty standout enchiladas and tacos. Better still, Meso Maya offers a lunch special that includes a salad or soup, plus an enchilada or taco with rice and beans for only $12. In a hurry? Then hit the taco-to-go window at La Ventana, situated adjacent to the restaurant's courtyard. And as with all Mexican restaurants, margaritas are a priority.

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop
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This funky Deep Ellum sandwich shop cranks out some of the finest things between sliced bread, which is probably why it's always packed around lunchtime. The rotating menu features more than twelve spectacular options, ranging from Cubans and veggie bahn mis to shaved ribeye steak topped with blue cheese. Speaking of steak, their shaved ribeye salad, with roasted red bell peppers, grilled mushrooms and blue cheese is also worth pursuing. And don't even get us started on the burgers, which can be had with fries for only $6 after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

San Martin Bakery & Restaurant
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The first stateside location of this popular Guatemalan restaurant chain, which landed near downtown Dallas in late 2018, serves as an all-day bakery, coffee shop, and restaurant. Its offerings include scores of freshly made breads and pastries (think guava-cream cheese croissants, empanadas and pan de muerto) as well as a vast, reasonably priced menu featuring everything from Mexican chilaquiles and pupusas topped with sunny-side eggs to sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, pizzas and burgers. The cafe also churns out Guatemalan chocolate and coffee drinks along with smoothies, horchata, beer, wine and sangria. Note that breakfast items are served until noon during the week and until 4 p.m. on weekends.

Pecan Lodge
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Featured on such shows as Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man Fire Food, this Deep Ellum hot spot is as famous for its long lines as it is for its epic barbecue. But if you come for lunch, chances are the lines will be less lengthy, and the offerings will be more plentiful since they tend to sell out of the most popular items earlier in the day. Expect to tempt your taste buds with house-made sausages, mesquite smoked brisket and mouthwatering ribs. Other must-haves include a brisket and chipotle cream cheese stuffed sweet potato dubbed the Hot Mess and banana pudding.

Kirin Court Chinese Restaurant
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This perennially popular Cantonese restaurant in Richardson not only provides one of the best pushcart dim sum experiences in the metroplex, it also offers it every day of the week. The extensive selection features around forty options, ranging from soup dumplings to taro cakes, congee, barbecue pork buns and chicken feet. In addition to dim sum, diners can also order specialty items such as roast duck and hotpots from the menu. The restaurant also has a lunch special that includes a main course (think mu shu pork, kung pao chicken, Mongolian beef) with soup, egg roll and rice for $8.95.

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For those wanting to add a bit of dazzle to their mid-day mealtime, this glam French brasserie, run by Michelin Star-awarded chef Bruno Davaillon, should hit the spot. Located above the ground floor of the former Belo Building in downtown Dallas, Bullion ups its lunch game with a two-course, $29 prix fixe menu that includes choices such as onion soup gratiné and rabbit orecchiette or fresh fish. A la carte options all fall under $25 and run the gambit from smoked salmon salad and croque monsieur to brie omelets, steak frites and roasted chicken. The burgers aren't too shabby, either. Desserts are definitely worth the splurge.

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This Oak Lawn dining spot by the folks behind the popular Henderson Avenue restaurant, Gemma, boasts a terrific Mediterranean-inspired menu drawing from the cuisines of Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. For lunch, you can expect to find an assortment of inventive mezze options (think roasted turnips with Syrian red lentil purée and yellow beet hummus) along with everything from sandwiches, salads and house-made pastas to entrees like Moroccan lamb chops and grilled trout. Whatever you do, be sure to get an order of wood oven baked pita bread. And don't sleep on the Tunisian donuts with lavender honey and chocolate sauce. Sachet also offers a family style lunch menu ($35) for parties of 15 or 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