Welcome to Dallas, y’all!  We like to shop.  We like to dress up.  And we like to eat out.  I’ve lived in Dallas my whole life, and restaurants come…and restaurants go.  But the best Dallas restaurants that can withstand sophisticated palates, real estate and oil market booms and busts, and thousands of new people moving to the Dallas area every day…these restaurants have made The Curious Cowgirl’s Dallas Restaurant Guide.

 

Dallas Skyline at dusk

 

The Best Dallas Restaurants

I have curated a list of what I consider to be the best Dallas restaurants, complete with over 35 suggestions for my favorite spots offering Mexican, Tex-Mex (they are different things, y’all), Italian, and French.  Hamburger joints made my list, as did a very special Ice Cream Shop. Whether you are in Dallas for business, visiting a college kiddo at Southern Methodist University, or here for a girls’ shopping weekend, you are going to get hungry!  And I always say, life is too short for a blah meal.  Am I right?

Hungry?  I know I am!  Let’s look at a few of my favorites:

 

Corn tortilla taco with corn and peppers

 

Mexico City & Tex-Mex

There are so many Mexico City and Tex-Mex Restaurants to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one.  And, in my full Dallas Restaurant Guide, I picked a few.  Want a teaser?  I am obsessed with Jalisco Norte.  Their tortilla soup is to-die-for.  And their guacamole…I could eat it every single day.  If a Tex-Mex restaurant does not have good guacamole…I could care less what the rest of the menu is like.  But Jalisco Norte’s guac….out of this world!

Other outstanding dishes:  Lovely baked chicken in mole sauce…very nice traditional Mexico City fare.  And a gorgeous interior décor, which always makes good food taste even better!  Located in the Turtle Creek Shopping Center, there’s Valet, which is helpful even though there’s a large parking lot.  I like to eat on the earlier side at dinner time, but the later it gets, the more crowded Jalisco Norte gets, so make reservations just to be on the safe side.  I’d hate for you to miss out on this guacamole!

By the way….you might be wondering about the best places to shop, while you are in Dallas.  I have a FREE Shopping Guide, organized by neighborhood, which you can scoop up for yourself by clicking on the button below:

 

Dallas Shopping Guide

 

 

Grilled salmon with salad and a lemon wedge

 

Upscale American

Some of the best restaurants in Dallas offer fantastic upscale American fare.  My husband and I are BIG fans of Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.  The manager, Michael Bratcher takes excellent care of everyone who dines there, and the fresh fish dishes are always delicious!  We eat there for lunch, and dinner, and special occasions.  Michael sees my husband coming, and he has his glass of iced tea ready and waiting for him!  Kind of an inside joke, but the staff is really really good!  My 50th Birthday Party was held in one of their party spaces upstairs.  Excellent service.  Excellent food.  Super nice people!  Valet is available.  Reservations highly recommended, even at lunch.

I have other Upscale American favorites too!  Check out my complete Dallas Restaurant Guide by clicking here!

 

flour tacos with arugula

 

Street Tacos

Yes, all my readers who are not from Texas.  Street Tacos are their own category of Mexican food.  And there’s a new kid in town…and the tacos are excellent.  bartaco offers several different options, and every one I’ve tried is delicious.  2-3 bites, and you are ready for your next taco.  And…giant bonus points because the corn tortillas don’t fall apart after one bite.  That makes me crazy.  This is a chain, and I don’t go to very many chains, but this one is very very good!  Located in Preston Center West, there’s plenty of parking.  Reservations are not necessary yet….but this spot is new…so stay alert!

 

Eggs Benedict on a Clean White Plate

 

Brunch

Wow….Brunch has really become a thing, y’all!  For the Empty Nester crowd, this is a new landscape, as for many years we were raising kids, attending sports events and dance recitals…what is this Brunch you speak of?  Now, our kids are all about The Brunch, so let’s get with it, y’all!

My husband and I don’t look for the best Dallas restaurants serving brunch with bottomless mimosas….we actually want to eat good food.  (Call us crazy).  There’s quite a few good choices, and you can get my complete list here, but one of my favorites is Le Bilboquet, Why?  Because this French Bistro has excellent Eggs Benedict.  And Hollandaise sauce is hard to get right.  And these folks get it right!

OK….so I know that’s not all the major food groups.  There’s steak restaurants, and lunch spots.  There’s BBQ, and there’s dessert spots.  And I have suggestions for all those categories!  You can get the complete list by clicking here!

From Bishop Arts to the Dallas Design District…there’s great dining out options all over Dallas!

Dallas friends, did I miss one of YOUR favorites?  Let me know fun places to eat in Dallas in the comments!

Happy Dallas Dining, y’all!

 

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