Without a doubt, one of the most frequently asked questions that shows up in my inbox is, “Where are your favorite places to eat in Dallas?” Considering I’ve written posts listing my favorites in other places like Paris and Harbour Island, I should most definitely have one dedicated to my own hometown, don’t you think?
Here’s the thing: Dallas is a really wonderful, fabulous city with lots (and lots!) of really wonderful, fabulous places to eat. There’s a restaurant (or five) to suit any craving. Needless to say, my list is long and narrowing it down was difficult. While I love to try new restaurants, there are handful of spots that are always and forever in my rotation. That’s what I’ve included here: my hit list of personal favorites at which I’d happily eat any day or night of the week.
Urban Flower Grange Hall – If you follow me on Instagram then you already know I’m here at least once (and usually twice) every week. Nestled inside one of the coolest stores in the city, this restaurant is such a gem – not to mention, home to the city’s very best chicken soup. It’s the perfect spot for a quick solo lunch or to meet a group of girls on a Saturday. Every single item on the ever-changing menu is unique and totally delicious. It’s plated beautifully and always with artful touch. My go-to order is a cup of the seasonal soup to start and the chicken salad with avocado on the side.
The T Room – Located inside Forty Five Ten’s “For Home” store, the gorgeous space is light and bright. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch with girls. The menu is full of delicious salads and sandwiches – including a tuna melt that is to die for. They have a great patio along with a side room that can be rented out for private parties. Fun fact: this is where I celebrated my bridal shower.
Origin – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a great spot for something quick and casual. The menu has all kinds of healthy options – from paleo-friendly pancakes to to veggie-focused salads and entrées. My all-time favorite dish on the menu is the Warm Brussel Sprout Salad. It’s heavenly. I almost always order that with a side of avocado. It’s a good choice for a working lunch, and they also have a bar option if you’re dining solo.
Honor Bar – This restaurant is located in Highland Park Village so it’s always buzzing. It’s part of the Hillstone restaurant group so you know what to expect there – great salads (I always order the Emerald Kale salad), a delicious burger, and the best french fries. It makes for a great lunch spot before or after some shopping. At dinner, it has a dark and cozy feel to it, making it a fun date-night option.
Flower Child – This is the kind of place that you makes you feel healthier just by walking through the door. It’s a fast casual restaurant with a focus on all-natural and organic ingredients. The menu includes a variety of options, including salads, grain bowls, loads of veggies, and wraps. Everything is made fresh. I’ve tried numerous dishes and every single one has been delicious. My favorites include the Kale Salad with salmon or the Mother Earth Bowl. One note: this place is almost always packed. There’s usually a line to the door but the good news is that it moves really fast. They also have an online ordering system that makes picking up to-go orders really easy.
Parigi – My mom used to dine here when she was pregnant with me. That tells you just how long this place has been around – not to mention, might also explain part of the reason I love it so, so much. It’s a small space with modern bistro-like feel. It’s elegant but not at all stuffy. The seasonal menu has something for everyone – from lighter dishes like grilled fish to more indulgent items like pizza and fettuccine. The dessert menu is not to be missed. They’re known for their Chocolate Glob and their Peach Cobbler. Insider’s tip: tell your waiter you want the “half ‘n’ half” and you’ll get a taste of each.
R + D Kitchen – This is another Hillstone favorite. Located in Preston Center, it’s a great spot to meet friends for a casual dinner during the week. The menu has something for everyone – from lighter fare like salads and roasted salmon with veggies to heartier dishes like burgers and spaghetti. They also have a small, but delicious sushi menu. (It’s actually one of my favorite places for sushi in Dallas. I crave their Thai Tuna roll regularly.) There’s a small patio for outdoor dining along with ample seating at the bar which makes it an ideal spot if you’re dining solo.
Montlake Cut – I love seafood and this is one of my favorite places to have it. The restaurant is cozy and cute. The food is simple and so amazing. I love their crudo and tartare starters, and I usually opt for one of their simple seafood preps for my entrée. If you like oysters, this is a great place to have them.
Sassetta – This Italian restaurant hits all the right notes: beautiful space (casual, but super chic), great vibe, and delicious food. It’s a lighter take on Italian with a menu that focuses on small plates, pizzas, and pastas. It’s a fun spot to go with a group so you can order a bunch of things and share.
Gemma – This is the kind of restaurant that’s perfect for all occasions – dinner with girlfriends, date night, or family dinner with your in-laws. It’s a warm, feel-good kind of place. The menu is a polished spin on American comfort food. My favorites include the butter lettuce salad, the turkey meatballs, and the steak frites. They also serve delicious cocktails so don’t miss out on one of those!
Nonna – This restaurant serves up some of the very best Italian in the city. Everything is made in-house – including the pastas, which are truly exceptional. The dessert menu is short but oh-so sweet, and the wine list is superb. It’s a great choice for date night. Note: the space is tiny so reservations are a must!