This blog post was updated on February 19, 2016.

Dallas is a dynamic place, and if you’re in town and seeking a bite of something tasty, you’ll have a run of delicious options catering to all palates and budgets – from food trucks to luxury hotels. And Dallas isn’t just a culinary hub for the great state of Texas, it’s also one of the best and most diverse dining scenes in all of America! Yum.

Want to know where you should eat next time you visit Dallas? We’ve got you covered. Bon appétit, y’all!

Fine Dining, Texas Style

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Want get fancy? Dallas is a prosperous town and home to a number of fine dining restaurants.
For innovative high-end dining, book a table at Abacus. Keen for classic French cuisine? Go to The French Room. Connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine swear by Tei-An. For upscale creations cooked with southwestern flair, you can’t beat the Fearing’s Restaurant at the luxuriant Ritz-Carlton.


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Jo millington / Shutterstock

If some incredible barbeque is what you’re after, Texas is the place to be. For some mighty, Dallas-smoked meats, check out the popular Pecan Lodge in the fun and frisky neighborhood of Deep Ellum. You’ll find amazing low and slow wood smoked wonders at Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ in the Bishop Arts District, and if you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, head over to the aptly named Smoke, a chef-led smokehouse at the stylish Belmont Hotel. There are lots of other insanely delicious BBQ joints all around town, so feel free to wander and try any place that sparks your fancy!

Bishop Arts District

“Oddfellows - Bishop Arts” by John Tornow is licensed under CC 2.0.

Oddfellows – Bishop Arts” by John Tornow is licensed under CC 2.0.

If you’re headed to the Bishop Arts District—and you should be—Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ isn’t the only spot with incredible food. This hip and friendly quarter is well known for its great restaurants, bars, and shopping. Start your day off with brunch Oddfellows, where you can get some awesome red velvet pancakes. Yes, please! Later, grab dinner at Eno’s Pizza Tavern—an incredibly popular haunt—before satisfying your sweet tooth with a trip to Emporium Pies. Yum!

Trinity Groves

“Pork Belly Gorditas” by David Hale Smith is licensed under CC 2.0.

Pork Belly Gorditas” by David Hale Smith is licensed under CC 2.0.

Want to taste the next big thing? Head to Trinity Groves! This 15-acre complex of restaurants, art galleries, and retail stores is dedicated to fostering the next generation Dallas creators and entrepreneurs. That includes a Restaurant Concept Incubator program, encouraging chefs and restaurateurs to come up with unique dining concepts. There’s no better opportunity for you to taste something innovative! Who knows—you might just be getting a first look at the next big trend.

Lower Greenville

Wondering where to find gourmet popsicles (Steel City Pops), a panoply of food trucks parked around a beer garden (Truck Yard), and the potential of coming across the best coffee in Dallas (Houndstooth)? Head to Lower Greenville and explore one of the foodiest neighborhoods in the city to discover loads of popular bars, restaurants, shops, and nightlife hotspots.

There for the Fair?

“Texas Star” by Glenn Harper is licensed under CC 2.0.

Texas Star” by Glenn Harper is licensed under CC 2.0.

If you’re planning a visit to Dallas around October, be sure to check out the Texas State Fair. There’s a great range of food and drink to sample, including the obligatory Fletcher’s corndog, alongside all sorts of food and farming related exhibitions.

Do you have any favorite places to eat in Dallas? Let us know in the comments!


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