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Aug 30, 2018
Pam Thomas

A Food Adventure to Supercharge Your Dallas Trip

Bigger bars, trendier nightclubs, bigger restaurants, classier meals, and more diverse options. These are the things you can look forward to in the current Dallas dining scene. The dining scene is a constant epiphany even for foodies although mainstays remain true to their roots. Traditional outlets, mom-and-pop shops, are starting to get creative with their menu by cleverly tweaking their ways to woo newer, younger customers. Staples like rare beef, Tex-Mex, comforting Southwestern cuisine, stuffed pork chops and succulent ribeyes will REMAIN, but an influx of flashy, award-winning chefs with impressive experience and repertoires under their belts thanks to newly acquired eyes from their various travels around the world.

There is also a bigger push towards purchasing ingredients from local farmers (farm-to-table is a modern concept sweeping the world right now), the creation of fusion food, and designing smaller and cozier dining areas. And if you've looked at social media lately, more restaurants are also getting on the bandwagon with the rising trend of minimizing food waste. It's a positive step for the environment and people applaud it!

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The mainstay is STILL creating new dishes by combining the best of Mexican, New Mexican, and Texan traditional cooking methods but formerly not-so-common ingredients are already piquing entrepreneurial-minded chef's interest. It lets aspiring cooks reign in the kitchen by creating new twists to old recipes. Many observers think this has to do not just with the influx of new faces in town, but also dramatic demographic changes to Dallas’ biggest neighborhoods. However, you can still find a large percent of restaurants keeping traditional Tex-Mex on their menus, reveling in their comfort zones while venturing out with new dishes every other month.

With all of this happening behind the kitchen walls and meeting rooms, it is just fantastic news for foodies, travelers, and even the food critics. If you’re ready to see a new side to what Dallas offers, food-wise, you’re really in luck! Check out the establishments below and let them have your feedback. Who knows, the chef might read his Twitter or Instagram comments and pick up your thoughts.

Traditional Fine Diners

Revolver Taco Lounge
2701 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 272-7163
Hours: Tue to Thur 11am - 11pm, Fri and Sat 11am - 2am, Sun 11am - 10pm, Closed on Monday
As seen on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, they feature Imported Monterey Cabrito, Al Pastor, Calabacita, Pescado, The Mexican Hot Dog, Kermit in Bangkok Taco (spice, spice, baby), Ceviche Yucateco, and many more. Boasting of in-house handmade corn tortillas, simple, fresh and flavorful ingredients and a cozy atmosphere, Revolver Taco Lounge keeps things simple, down-to-earth without missing a trendy beat. Be ready to beat the brunch crowd on Sunday because it can get packed!

Flora Street Cafe
2330 Flora St #150, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 580-7000
Hours: Mon to Thur 11am - 2pm, 5.30pm - 10pm; Fri and Sat closes at 11pm, Closed on Sunday
It may not have a fancy name but it sure packs a punch for its Modern Tex and Southwestern fare. Bowling unsuspecting customers over with the wide range of options in their menu, customers are won over with meticulously decorated dishes, craft beer, wine, and cocktails. If you want to see what goes on behind the stove, sit at the Chef’s Counter. Otherwise, the elegant space is amazing for everything from casual gatherings to corporate dinners. Even the wine pairing is not spared the theatrics (you pay for the ambiance, after all) and you’ll find their passion for food addictive and infectious.

Tacos Mariachi
602 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 741-1239
Hours: Tue to Sat 11am - 9pm, Sun 9.30am - 4pm, Closed on Monday
This establishment has no problems raking in positive reviews on the internet, people LOVE THEM because of how think-outside-of-the-box they are. Visitors are presented with an avalanche of options that are perfectly prepared for both the taste buds and the eyes, especially when there’s a special place in your heart for tacos. Even for picky eaters, there are three distinctive sauces to eat the tacos with and you just can’t go wrong with that!

Fusion Asian

Mot Hai Ba
6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0968
Hours: Tue to Thur 5pm - 10pm, Fri and Sat 5pm - 11pm, Closed on Sun and Mon
Spot-on is how people would describe the way the chefs adopted elements, ingredients and cooking methods from all around Asia, Europe, and America. Their experiments result in mouth-watering fares like Duck Meatballs, Fried Oysters, Sizzling Cake, Shrimp, and Pork Imperial Rolls, Shaking Beef, Banana Leaf Grouper and Bethel Leaf Wagyu Steak. The staff is personable, helpful and the space cozy. Be warned, though, booking a table is recommended during peak hours. Because there are vegan options, you'll get to feast on with your friends without feeling left out!

FreshFin Poké Co.
7800 Windrose Ave, Plano, TX 75024
(972) 846-4255
Hours: Sun to Wed 10am - 10pm, Thur 10am - 11pm, Fri and Sat 10am - 12am
FreshFin, unlike other flavor-focused and customer-driven restaurants, has a clear vision: to help customers find and eat the freshest ingredients responsibly and to support local fisheries. Their focus is on spreading the word and encouraging the world to be more conscious about the food they put past their lips. The Hawaiian-inspired poke creations (the rage is still billowing all over the world even as this article is written) are creations fueled by the popularity of sushi in many parts of Asia. Creating a convenient container with basic fish-based ingredients at lightning speed in a small restaurant seems to make perfect sense. For you, it means getting quick, fresh, delicious and healthy food on-the-go.

One Arts Plaza - 1722 Routh St Suite110, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2828
Seeing the making of and eating authentic Japanese food in a Zen-like atmosphere like this is delightful in every way in Tei-An. Chef-owner, Teiichi Sakurai (who specializes in making fresh-out-of-the-kitchen soba noodles), is known for making Japanese cuisine posh and contemporary. It has a Zen-like ambiance where East meets West. If there’s a party, ask for wine pairing suggestions where you can wash down the delicious noodles and sushi with premium, imported sake and Japanese whiskey straight from the bar. With lots of options like scallop sushi and seaweed salad to go for, you’ll be coming back for more!

1301 Custer Rd #510, Plano, TX 75075
(469) 666-0682
If you’re craving for something fiery, different and tasty, pop by Kumar’s to sample mind-blowing Indian cuisine. It has canopied courtyards designed to evoke a casual and cozy atmosphere. The swaying coconut trees complete the picture. On the table, the spotlight shines on banana leaves, crackling spices, and clay pot wood fired food. Together, they make your mouth water. However, because the place is often packed during weekends, call for a table. And then it is time for the traditional chicken chop, urulai roast, ulunthu vadai, tosai, rice crisps with onions and spicy chicken curry. Just get ready to dig in with your bare hands.

kumar's delicious Indian cuisine menu
Credit: Kumar's Facebook

Casual Fares

Sandwich Hag
1902 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 484-5971
Hours: Tue to Sun 11am - 8pm, Closed on Mon
 If you think you’ve tasted the best banh mi in Dallas, you'd better be ready for a truly unique culinary adventure at Sandwich Hag. Made from scratch and served right to the cozy patio together with aromatic curry, salads and strong Vietnamese coffee, it provides for a memorable culinary experience even for those with refined taste buds. As quirky as it is, they revel in providing you with the most complete and authentic dining experience and the loaded spring rolls just make it even more colorful. Give their ginger tofu, Vietnamese Pork Sausage, Veggie Curry, Lemongrass Pork spring rolls and coconut toast a shot.

Rodeo Goat
1926 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-4628
Hours: Sun to Thur 11am - 11pm, Fri and Sat 11am - 12am
If what you’re looking for are burgers the way burgers should be, Rodeo Goat is IT. Filled with flavors, coming in varying degrees of textures and colors, the burgers are gimmick-less and hits the sweet spot almost instantly. Unlike other establishments, this joint caters to individual needs and is environmentally conscious. With both indoor and outdoor dining areas and plenty of parking space, the restaurant makes for the perfect gathering spot. Have a go at options like Chaca Oaxaca, The White Animal, Olivia Darling, Sugar Burger or D.C.C. Cheeseburger to go with craft beers, drafts, and cocktails. Happy Hour lasts only from 4 pm to 7 pm from Monday to Friday but just holler for the 5-for-4 beer buckets (or the latest beer promos) any time throughout.

Whisk Crepes Cafe
F120, 1888 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 407-1899
Hours: Daily 8am - 10pm
No drama. No fanfare. You come here for sweet, savory crepes to devour together with a steaming hot cup of espresso by its side. The ambiance is unpretentious, people carefree and food nothing short of delicious. The place may be small but it has outdoor seating, making it perfect for summer gatherings. You start off by choosing between the buckwheat or flour batter (this depends on health reasons and personal preferences) and end it with a generous topping of extra cheese. A value-for-money and super fun place to enjoy unique crepes.

Wining and Dining

Fearing's Restaurant
The Ritz Carlton Dallas - 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-4848
Hours: Breakfast - Mon to Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm, Sat 11am - 3pm; Dinner - Mon to Thur 6pm - 10.30pm, Fri and Sat 6pm - 11pm, Sun 6pm - 10pm; Social Hour - 4pm - 6pm; Sunday Brunch - 11.15am - 3pm
Here at Fearing’s, it’s all about class, glamor, and privacy. The five-star rating comes with a price, though, but well worth the money if you’re looking to impress. It bears the name of the “father of Southwestern cuisine”, Dean Fearing. Complete with Lobby Lounge, the Rattlesnake Bar, spa and fitness center, the restaurant has a firebrand reputation for everything sweet and spicy to savory and traditional. With a world-renowned hotel name attached to it, you can expect world-class treatment, attentive staff, a cellar full of wine and dishes packed with personality. You’ll get what you paid for.

The Capital Grille
500 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 303-0500
Hours: Mon to Thur 11am - 10pm, Fri 11am - 11pm, Sat 5pm - 11pm, Sun 5pm - 9pm
Although you are given the royal treatment when dining at The Capital Grille, it does not require you to pay a king’s ransom to enjoy juicy, succulent steaks. You can get tender, melt-in-your-mouth steaks at value-for-money prices because of the large portions. It's time to ditch the diet, anyway? And if you're a small eater, share it out with your friends and waste not. It is one of the best family-friendly restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the friendly staff is on hand to offer you wine pairing suggestions at the drop of the hat.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 759-2277
Hours: Lunch - Mon to Fri 11.30am - 5pm; Dinner Mon to Thur 5pm - 10pm, Fri and Sat 5pm - 11pm, Sun 5pm - 9pm
This is a beautiful lakefront restaurant that embraces the farm-to-table concept and features delicious, authentic, Southern-style cooking and unforgettable atmosphere. The dining outlet is driven by a team of passionate people behind the stove. They cater to private lunches and dinners, company functions, celebrations, and parties. You’re in luck if you love seafood because people are singing praises about pairing their fresh oysters, shrimp cocktails and cod tacos with premium wine from their cellars.

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