Steakhouses: We can't think of a more fitting backdrop to savor a juicy steak dinner than at a restaurant fashioned after a late 19th century Texas saloon. The headlining act of executive chef Matt Ford's menu is a spectacular 32 oz prime porterhouse which undergoes both a wet and dry aging process to produce a deeply rich flavor. Other choice picks include an 8 oz. buffalo tenderloin and a 10 oz. platinum wagyu flatiron served with bourguignon sauce and Yukon Gold potato purée. Make sure to factor in an order of cast-iron cornbread, and whiskey-caramel-laced banana pudding for dessert.
Restaurants near American Airlines Center: Cementing Victory Park as Dallas' trendiest new dining destination is Billy Can Can, a handsome, wood and taxidermy adorned eatery modeled after a late-19th-century saloon. The restaurant comes by way of Tristan Simon (the same guy who transformed Henderson Avenue into a restaurant hotspot) and offers a seasonal, locally sourced menu focusing on modern Texas cuisine. We're talking everything from venison tartare and crispy oyster sliders to hot fried quail, wild boar pasta and giant tomahawk steaks. Drink-wise, there's a stellar lineup of inspiring cocktails as well as a curated list of Texas wines and craft beer. Not to be missed are the churros with warm chocolate mole dipping sauce.
2386 Victory Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75219
Steakhouses: "Score half-price on Texas wines, Texas beers and most Texas spirits during Texas Tea Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m."
Restaurants near American Airlines Center: "Score all Texas wines (and all Texas beers, and most Texas spirits) for half-price plus specially priced appetizers and free duros during Texas Tea Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m."
Best for Steakhouses Because: Billy Can Can is where to go when you want to enjoy terrific food and drinks in a casually upscale atmosphere.
Best for Restaurants near American Airlines Center Because: Billy Can Can is where to go for inventive cocktails and mouthwatering steaks.