Dallas Does Lunch: 10 Tasty Spots For A Midday Munch

Life is too short to waste your lunch time eating 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? Fortunately in a city where dining out is a favorite past time, you've got plenty of delicious options.

In the mood for casual French fare? Then try Mercat Bistro, a bustling Parisian-style cafe in the up and coming Harwood District near Uptown. For exceptional Mexican fare, head over to Meso Maya, a rustically chic cantina housed in an old tortilla factory near downtown's Klyde Warren Park. If you want to actually eat in Klyde Warren Park, you can't find a better spot to dine alfresco than at Savor Gastropub, where the views are as spectacular as the food.

Have some extra time to spend or want to make it a memorable occasion? Then try to snag a table at Flora Street Cafe the Dallas Arts District. It's the newest culinary venture by famed chef and restaurateur Stephan Pyles.

And lunch in Big D can't get more classic than at the Zodiac, located on the 6th floor of the iconic flagship Neiman Marcus store downtown. The restaurant has been serving fine cuisine alongside complimentary consommé and popovers for over sixty years.

While you're on the lunching bandwagon, be sure check out the rest of 10Best's restaurant hit list.



Highland Park Soda Fountain
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This neighborhood institution has been serving griddled sandwiches and malted milks to generations of locals since 1912. It's even a favorite lunchtime spot for former first lady Laura Bush. The place was originally named the Highland Park...  Read More

ENO's Pizza Tavern
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Crisp, ultra-thin pizzas, killer toppings and a massive selection of craft brews, it's hard not to fall head over heels in love Eno's. Housed in a cozy historic building in the trendy Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, Eno's is one of the best...  Read More

The Theodore
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Credited with turning NorthPark Center into a dining destination, behold The Theodore-- (after Theodore Roosevelt)-- a handsome looker of a bar and eatery offering a slice of quintessential Americana-- both in terms of the food and the whimsical...  Read More

Meso Maya Downtown
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From top-shelf margaritas to a cracking selection of Mexican fare– everything at this sprawling downtown cantina is blow-your-mind delicious. Sure, they've got terrific enchiladas and tacos here, but the interior Mexican specialties (think...  Read More

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop
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The sandwich artists at this funky mom and pop shop crank out some of the finest things between sliced bread, or in this case-- grilled sourdough, baguettes and buns. The rotating menu of sandwiches includes everything from sinfully delicious...  Read More

Pecan Lodge
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Dallas may be filled with barbecue joints, but not many come close to delivering the smoky goodness that this legendary barbecue haven does. In fact, the 'cue at Pecan Lodge is so good that Texas Monthly named it one of the top BBQ joints in the...  Read More

Mercat Bistro
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If you want somewhere more French than this Uptown eatery, you'll need to hop a flight over to Paris. And though it bills itself as a European contemporary bistro–everything about Mercat– from the menu items scrawled across the mirrors over...  Read More

Savor Gastropub
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With its sweeping views of Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District, this glass-encased jewel box is a spectacular dining destination, if only for the setting alone. But there's more to Savor than what meets the eyes. Seasonally inspired...  Read More

The Zodiac
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When the Zodiac opened in 1953, it served as a glamorous lunch retreat for white gloved ladies during their downtown shopping excursions. Today the restaurant, located on the 6th floor of the flagship Neiman Marcus store, still echoes a bygone...  Read More

Flora Street Cafe
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Trying to get a table at this sleek Dallas Arts District restaurant (especially at dinnertime) can be tricky. Which is no surprise, as this is the new flagship restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Stephan Pyles. And though it may be...  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