If you were under the impression that there’s only TexMex and BBQ in Dallas, think again. Dallas has an exciting culinary scene that’s exploded in recent years and this is one city that seems to know exactly what we’re craving. From pop-up eatery to established gourmet restaurant, whichever way you turn you’re bound to stumble across some sort of delicious offering. So, we’ve handpicked five of our favorites – to make choosing between the masses that bit easier…
As a gateway to the trendy Design District, Oak sets the bar high for the rest of the neighborhood. Inspired by all cultures, the elegant dishes combine ideas from around the world to create a truly modern style of cuisine. We can’t fail to mention the cocktails; even just the names spark curiosity. Take ‘Lolita’, for example, made from gin, elderflower and cucumber, and ‘Love Potion #9’, a concoction of VeeV, strawberry, basil and sesame oil. These tempting drinks have clearly had some creative masterminds working away on them behind the scenes.
The Rosewood Mansion
It’s time to dim the lights because it’s about to get romantic in here. The intimate Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Boulevard is the epitome of grandeur with its snug ornamental fireplace and large Palladian windows. This might just be the place to hint for a proposal. Priding itself on haute cuisine “Texas style”, The Rosewood Mansion uses regional flavors and ingredients, proving that what Texas does, it does with flair. We’re a particular fan of their venison loin with a mouthwatering combination of celeriac, berry compote and chocolate sauce.
Dallas Farmers Market
The Dallas Farmers Market (in the Farmers Market District, no less) is about the event and atmosphere as much as it is about the food. And both, we can tell you, are amazing. From cooking demonstrations to expert chocolatiers to night markets, this truly is a foodie haven. The first thing you’ll notice is the delicious smells of the meat on the BBQ and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be queuing up for a taster in no time. We recommend one of Texas’ top BBQ joints, Pecan Lodge, (voted second best in the whole state, actually) where you’re sure to be in meat heaven. Just try not to overindulge; no one likes the meat sweats.
This New American themed restaurant situated on the lively North Henderson Avenue is definitely worth a visit. Wood cooking is a large part of their style, making those steaks extra juicy and succulent. The meat is even sourced from local ranches, a proud salute to Texas’ cowboy culture. A visit to Hibiscus (or indeed Dallas itself) wouldn’t be complete without a taste of their high quality Texan wines. A glass of lovingly made wine and a delicious steak? In our opinion, those are the only components you need for a great dining experience.
Abacus is the place to head if you’re looking for that ‘wow’ factor. Situated in Uptown Dallas on McKinney Avenue, the food here is creatively presented with an edge of sophistication. Lobster-Scallion “shooters” and “Bacon and Eggs” are amongst the options on the menu, intriguing as they are delicious. The only downside is that the food is so elegantly presented that you almost don’t want to eat it. Almost.