Trinity Groves: Devour Dallas' Most Delicious Dining Destination



Nestled at the foot of Dallas' Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge lies Trinity Groves, a dazzling dining enclave known for its chef-driven incubator restaurant concepts.

Along with spectacular views of the city, Trinity Groves offers a wide range of culinary gems to choose from, including its crowning glory– Casa Rubia, an über-popular tapas bar that dishes up modern Spanish and Catalan-inspired specialties.

Those in the mood for a bit of Marrakesh-style glamour will want to head next door to Souk, a lively Moroccan bistro offering hookahs, belly dancing and mouth-watering tagines. There's also Resto Gastro Bistro, a chic dining spot serving creative global fare, and Beto & Son, churning out innovative Mexican-style creations.


Craving a burger? You're in luck, Trinity Groves is home to Dallas' best hamburger joint, Off-Site Kitchen. It's also where to find mouthwatering steaks at The Hall Bar & Grill.  For sushi and ramen, look no further than Sushi Bayashi. And for barbecue, brews and live blues, Babb Bros BBQ & Blues is the place to go.  

If you think these spots sound tasty, then feast your eyes on the rest of the list. There's sure to be a restaurant to satisfy even the pickiest eater in your group.



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Babb Bros BBQ & Blues
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It's pretty gutsy to open up a Midwestern-style barbecue joint in a city where Texas barbecue reigns king. But the trio of brothers behind Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues have managed to pull it off successfully by offering a perfect mix of succulent hickory-smoked meats and live music in a decidedly laid-back setting that includes picnic tables and a wall of guitars. The menu provides plenty of ways to indulge your inner carnivore: there's everything from pulled pork and jalapeno sausage to juicy brisket and stellar St. Louis pork ribs. Add in a side of tobacco onion straws, and definitely leave room for banana pudding, it's a real crowd-pleaser.


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Kate Weiser Chocolate
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Forget about Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, Dallas has its own version tucked into the backside of Trinity Groves. Founded by Dallas based chocolatier Kate Weiser, this little jewel box of a boutique-cum-dessert cafe is also Weiser's workspace where she creates chocolate nirvana--and there's seemingly no limit to her imagination. Weiser's eye-popping bonbons, which come in flavors like buttery popcorn (with a white chocolate and sweet corn ganache enrobed in Valrhona chocolate) and key lime pie (with a white chocolate graham cracker ganache and key lime pate de fruit) are nothing short of a revelation. She also concocts everything from truffles and candy bars to macarons, ice cream and seasonal goodies--all equally inventive and delicious. Do try to nab one of the tables so you can enjoy your macarons and bonbons with a cup of drinking chocolate or espresso.


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Sushi Bayashi
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With its simple blond-wooded interior and communal tables, Sushi Bayashi could fit as easily in a Tokyo suburb as it does in Trinity Groves. Which is exactly the idea that chef/owner Yuki Hirabayashi had when he fashioned the place after the community restaurants he use to frequent in his hometown Tokyo neighborhood of Shitamachi. The food is equally unfussy, as much of the wow factor is down to high-quality ingredients that haven't been messed around with too much. Hirabayashi has created a series of hit dishes that include sushi, sashimi and rolls, as well as traditional ramen and Japanese curries. A massive chalkboard, taking up the wall behind the sushi counter, displays the menu as well as specials, which cover everything from a weekly tomato ramen to Sagoshi (Spanish mackerel) flown in fresh from Japan. To drink, there's wine, an ample selection of saké and Japanese beer, including a lager that's made from sweet potato.


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Resto Gastro Bistro
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This lively restaurant wins fans for its fab food, great libations and spot on service. The eclectic menu majors in boldly flavored fusion hits such as lobster corn dogs served with lemon marmalade, pork belly gorditas with yuzu créme fraîche and miso glazed sea bass. The wine list is equally eclectic and includes around twenty-five selections by the glass. While the rustic-chic dining room has its charms, it's the terrace, with its spectacular view of downtown, that's the biggest draw. Be sure to start or end with craft cocktails, they're equally innovative and highly satisfying.


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LUCK- Local Urban Craft Kitchen
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With its whopping selection of over forty local brews on tap, awesome patio and top-notch grub, it's no wonder that this trendy gastopub maintains a steady flow of folks at all hours of the day. There's an excellent rotating roster of ales, ciders and lagers which come from independent brewers within a 75-mile radius, including neighboring Four Corners Brewery in Trinity Groves. Not just for drinking-- beer also shows up in the food--where the list of locally sourced edibles includes options that range from bierocks (a meat and cheese-filled turnover) with beer-cheese fondue to beer braised ribs and beer ice cream. While elsewhere on the menu lies everything from salads and burgers to a mesquite-smoked pastrami sandwich that will make your taste buds swoon.


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Beto & Son
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Further cementing Trinity Groves' reputation as the city's premier foodie hub is Beto and Son, a colorful cantina boasting a high-end take on Mexican cuisine. Tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and stacked enchiladas all feature, alongside guacamole made at the table. But it doesn't stop there. Other options include Mexican-style poutine, tater tot nachos, tortas and noodle bowls topped with everything from seared salmon to roasted carnitas and chili relleno. The Margarita lineup, like the Dos Flores Margarita with St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, hibiscus and Sauza Blue– is definitely worth exploring. As for dessert, head straight for the flan. Here that means a dense chocolate cake topped with velvety flan, whipped cream and a dousing of cajeta. Trust us, you'll lick the plate clean.


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Souk Moroccan Bistro and Bazaar
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With its lively vibe, seductive Marrakesh-style interior and aromatic tagines, it's easy to be seduced by Souk's charms as soon as you cross the threshold. The food is undeniably Moroccan, though a few Mediterranean options feature too. On the menu, starters such as goat cheese filled phyllo cigars and mezze platters with spreads, breads and ma'akouda (a fried potato cake), pave the way for the main event of shawarmas, kebobs and terrific tagines. Be sure to try the Moroccan-inspired cocktails. The Moroccan Kiss (an off-menu item) with champagne, pomegranate juice and elderflower liqueur, is sensational. As is the belly dancer who rocks the kasbah on weekends.


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The Hall Bar & Grill
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Steakhouse honcho Bob Sambol, founder of the legendary restaurant chain Bob's Steak and Chop House, has hit another home-run with this clubby, saloon-style steak den nestled on the back side of Trinity Groves. And while the name refers to the collegiate sports hall of fame and the interior is decked out with photos of college football players, the place isn't really a sports bar (though they do broadcast games on the flat screens over the bar). The Hall is about one thing: meat. And it's churning out some of the juiciest cuts in town. Expect to find all the classic steakhouse fare, ranging from Wagyu sirloins and filet mignons to slow-roasted prime rib– made from 28-day-aged USDA beef. The kitchen also turns out fish in the form of jumbo fried shrimp, broiled Atlantic cod and pan seared Scottish Salmon. And aside from steak and fish? Well, you can kick off with Creole strudel filled with seafood and andouille sausage or roasted green chili hummus served with housemade herbed crisps. Save room for dessert–the Heath bar brownie sundae is said to be sensational.


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When chef-restaurateur Nick Badovinus opened his pocket-sized burger joint in the Design District back in 2012, it became such a hit with locals that it was almost impossible to get in during the short hours it was open. Fortunately, with a recent relocation to Trinity Groves, Off-Site Kitchen not only keeps later hours, it's also sporting grander digs, complete with communal tables, patio dining-- and games--like shuffleboard, ping-pong and bumper-pool. Most importantly, the burgers (priced at $5.99), are as epic as ever. People swear by OSK's traditional stock cheeseburger, but if you want to kick things up a notch, order it "Murph Style" with roasted jalapenos, smoked bacon relish and a secret sauce so addictive that you'd think it had crack in it. Burgers aren't the only draw, the 48-hour cracked pepper brisket sandwich is a force to be reckoned with as well.


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Casa Rubia
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This sleek and sexy tapas spot was an instant hit when it opened in 2014, and it's still one of the hottest tables in the city. Both the restaurant and its chef, Omar Flores--have received numerous accolades, including a James Beard semi-finalist nomination for "Best New Restaurant of 2014" and a 2015 semi-finalist nod for "Best Chef: Southwest." You won't find the usual tortilla española and patatas bravas here. Instead, expect to be wowed with a menu studded with intensely flavored Spanish and Catalan-inspired dishes. Look for everything from sumptuous jamón Ibérico and boquerones (Spanish anchovies with piperade, quail eggs, and herb olive oil) to more complex plates like Setas, a dish of Maitake mushrooms with smoked pear butter, manchego and a farm egg. The daily paella is also superb. A list of sherries, cavas and other wines by the glass are as much of a draw as the food, and perfect for experimenting with as you nibble.


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