Finding a good restaurant in Dallas – Fort Worth is easy. Thankfully, so is discovering a unique one with daring and creative menu items you won’t find anywhere else! Here are 11 of our local favorites you will want to visit for a memorable dining experience.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Blind Butcher
Five guys created this comfortable and casual pub-like setting that features fine dining options that are REALLY fresh. Local ingredients are almost exclusively used, and practically everything is made, cured, ground, and baked in house. Over 24 drafts and 50 bottles of beer are also featured. Duck and quail are favorites, and sausage and cheese boards are quickly devoured.
1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas.
2. Meddlesome Moth
The stained glass and artsy décor brings people in, but offerings like bacon lollipops, papaya guacamole, and shrimp and grits keep locals coming back.
1621 Oaklawn Ave., Dallas.
3. Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine
Tasty game selections abound here, including unique combinations like elk tacos, buffalo tenderloin, and breast of pheasant. Seafood dishes are a popular choice as well. Don't fill up before dessert; Bonnell's crème brulee is its own food group.
4529 Bryant Irvin Rd., TCU/ West Cliff, Fort Worth.
4. HG Sply Co.
If the ambiance of outdoor seating overlooking the clear fork of the Trinity River isn't enough, the exciting food choices will win you over. There are numerous unique burger options and tex-mex fare, but choices like cauliflower grits, vegan queso, and quinoa meatballs are what people rave over. Finish off your meal with their specialty flash-fried banana walnut bread pudding, topped with almond milk ice cream and candied walnuts over bruléed bananas.
1621 River Run, TCU/ West Cliff, Fort Worth.
5. Scratch Kitchen
This kitchen and catering establishment is family owned and exclusively cook from scratch. What makes this different is that it's not a sit-down restaurant! All of the dishes are made to take home. The menu changes daily and it is always delicious. Best of all, it is reasonably priced!
2125 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake.
It's hard to know where to start with this delightful hidden downtown restaurant with indoor/outdoor service and drinks as interesting as the food! Hearty servings, down-home cooking, and trendy variations on classics keep the menu interesting. People can't get enough of their "Chuck Norris" gravy, delectable bulgogi tacos, sauce options for various entrees, including sriracha, gogo, cajun, and adobo, and the beyond sinful desserts. You can either splurge here or stick with healthy options, but the farm-to-table fare is always a people pleaser.
2948 Crockett St., Arlington Heights Area, Fort Worth.
7. Public School 214
Although there is more than one location for this school-themed restaurant, its colorful décor reminiscent of a classroom, and flavorful menu make it worthy of being added to the list. Seasonal items update regularly and menus also vary by location. At Public School 214, choices that take you to the head of the class include edamame hummus, a moody burger with brown bag fries, and a schoolgirl fave: Nutella cookie sandwich.
3700 McKinney Ave. #148, Uptown, Dallas.
8. Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge
Brie and cranberry nachos, fried duck wings, spicy chicken and waffles, and beet fries are among the crowd favorites here at this trendy, health-conscious restaurant. The owners pride themselves in avoiding lab-engineered processed food, and they offer plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
401 W. Magnolia Ave., Southside, Fort Worth.
1617 Hi Line Dr. Suite 250, Design District, Dallas.
10. Frank Underground (Private Dining)
Lover of a totally unique experience? Daring? A true foodie? Then Frank is for you. You have to
contact the restaurant
ahead of time (generally a week in advance) with your interest and party size, and cross your fingers that you are selected for this private dinner party experience! Each night is a different food theme, but all are memorably delicious!
Frank is a private dining experience in Deep Ellum, Dallas; location information will be given at the time your reservation is booked.
11. Whiskey Cake
The "whiskey" in its name may draw folks in, but they return for the consistently great choices and focus on serving local produce. They even include a section in the menu listing where various selections come from! Diners will love the infusion of fresh ingredients and unique blends... but save room for dessert! Their whiskey cake is a signature item and worth every calorie.
3601 Dallas Pkwy., Plano.
What appeals to you with these restaurants? Have you tried any of them and what did you think? Are there others that should make the list?