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  • NorthPark Center

    8687 N. Central Expressway Lancaster/Balch Springs

    214-363-7441

    38 articles
  • Omni Dallas Hotel

    555 S. Lamar St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-744-6664

    11 articles
  • Society Bakery

    3610 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-827-1411

    5 articles
  • Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge

    5013 W. Park Blvd. Plano

    972-596-7100

    1 article
  • Abacus

    4511 McKinney Ave. Park Cities

    214-559-3111

    Since 1999, Abacus has represented the quintessence of creative dining injected with a good dose of common sense. Today, its neutral-beige interior feels like a time capsule from 1999; its menu, an abrupt collision between Texas steakhouse and Japanese sushi bar, is similarly dated. The good news is that the food can still be good, and occasionally great. Even better, the happy hour is one of the best deals in Dallas. Half of the menu is elegant renditions of Southwestern grilling classics — venison steaks, rib-eyes, quail, mac and cheese — and the other half is sushi. The Texas game side of the menu is the more successful. Best of all is an exceptionally well-cooked venison tenderloin, a bold red medium rare and the tender, simply grilled stuff of meat-fueled dreams. Two lamb chops are similarly divine and crusted in pecans.
    38 articles
  • Al Biernat's

    4217 Oak Lawn Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-219-2201

    Al Biernat is the czar of the front door, the dining room sheik, and that's all you need to know. Bred at The Palm where he held court as frontman for some 22 years, Al Biernat knows that great steaks and fine seafood vibrate beyond their requisite flavor profiles when jolted with charm. Al Biernat's is riddled with all of the staples: the jumbo shrimp cocktails and the jumbo lump crab cakes; the fried calamari crusted in potato; the iceberg wedge with the blue cheese gravel, the creamed spinach and creamed corn, and potatoes in six guises. Surprises bud from the uniformity. Al features elegant caviar service, blackened sea scallops with Polynesian rice, and Colorado elk to pair with his thick roster of prime Allen Brothers steaks (one of them, a Kobe-Black Angus hybrid filet). Plus, Biernat's diverse but tightly constructed wine list means that every bite will finish in vintaged savor. It's the epitome of meats and greets.
    36 articles
  • Ali Baba Mediterrian Grill

    1901 Abrams Rd. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-823-8235

    Ali Baba is one of Dallas' best bargains for excellent Middle Eastern food, despite a cramped location with odd hours. We especially like the golden chicken, a half-chicken baked on a rotisserie and crisped under a broiler. Boston Market take note: Whatever they do at Ali Baba, this is how you're supposed to make rotisserie chicken. The flesh is fork-tender and moist, not mushy, and the skin is as crisp and savory as Peking duck, with no gobs of yellow fat marring the underside. That's a lot of chicken, and it also comes with very fresh pita bread and "garlic sauce," which is a dollop of extremely pungent garlic mashed potatoes. Also good is the shish tawook, marinated chicken cubes with rice pilaf, and the mazza plate, which includes hummus, egg plant dip, tabouli, dolmas, pickles and olives. The mashwi shish, marinated cubes of beef or lamb with rice pilaf, wasn't quite up to the standard of the chicken entrées and had an overpowering grill flavor. Ali Baba also lists several vegetarian appetizers that could easily serve as entrées. Service is a bit spotty, and you might have trouble getting a table at lunch.
    12 articles
  • Ame

    418 N Bishop Ave. West Dallas

    214-782-9696

    Ame in the Bishop Arts District offers an upscale setting for Indian dishes backed classic French cooking. Think masala baked eggplant with a turmeric béchamel sauce. Lamb chops are cloaked in pistachios and herbs of a perfect mound of pistachio potatoes. Samosas have a surprising pop of heat. The wine menu is extensive and the cocktail menu interesting; try the Massala sour made with Old Forester bourbon. This is a white tablecloth and linen napkins spot in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. The space is bookended by bars; one at the entrance to Ame and another speakeasy style at the back of the restaurant designed to be European-like escape.
    1 article
  • Americano

    1530 Main St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-261-4600

    In a city that could use a few more casual Italian restaurants, Americano lands in the heart of downtown with a generous plate of spaghetti and meatballs. There are no red check table cloths, but the menu is decidedly Italian-American, with the simple pastas and braised and grilled meats you’d expect from the genre. If you’re looking for a simple meal, order thin-crusted pizza and a glass of house vino, and wrap it up with one of the best affogatos around. The restaurant uses the same equipment and coffee beans as Weekend Coffee, which is in the same hotel, and the espresso sports high notes of berries and cocoa, which complement the well-made gelato.
    14 articles
  • Antonio's Ristorante

    4985 Addison Circle, Addison North Dallas

    972-458-1010

    Luciano Cola's Italian restaurant combines rustic and elegant elements to create a casual atmosphere where friends and family can commiserate, businessmen can close deals and couples can cavort over a plate of antipasto misto della casa. Sure, there are plates of spaghetti drowned in red sauce. There is also lasagna Ripiena alla Romana (lasagna stuffed with meatballs, sausage and three cheeses), homemade gnocchi (Antonio's is a family outfit) and paglia e fieno (straw and hay). The latter is green and white fettuccine with ham, mushrooms, cream and Parmesan. The Cioppino Antonio, the house version of fisherman's stew, is huge in portion and popularity. Also popular are the pizzas, like the traditional and complex capricciosa. Ask about the daily risotto special.
    1 article
  • Arcodoro & Pomodoro

    100 Crescent Court, Ste. 140 Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-871-1924

    Arcodoro & Pomodoro is no longer the casual, family-friendly Italian joint it was when the restaurant was in residence on Routh Street, and that's a boon for serious devotees of Sardinian cooking. Now in nearby Crescent Court, the restaurant excels at hard-to-find dishes such as suckling pig, panadeddas and delicate "music bread." While the pastel décor is underwhelming, diners are advised to keep their eyes on their plates-especially when enjoying the irresistible grilled sea bass, plunked between crispy crab cakes and served over scallop spinach pasta.
    14 articles
  • Asador

    2222 N. Stemmons Freeway Downtown/Deep Ellum

    214-267-4815

    Being a casual bistro inside of a four-star hotel has its benefits like validated parking with an optional valet and high class ambience. The updated lobby's marble finishing offers a cool, sleek look and candlelight offers warm ambience that is striking and sophisticated. Aside from the absence of the famous chandelier, Asador stays true to the nearly three decades old hotel. In keeping with the casual theme, Asador's open dining room makes the restaurant an extension of the hotel lobby. The high ceilings and contemporary furnishings lend the dining room elegance, but the exposure to the lobby reminds diners they're eating in a hotel. Entree prices run in the $20 to $38 range, yet waiters are in jeans. Customers in the dining room can watch ESPN beaming from plasma TVs in the bar area. Tourist-heavy groups of diners adorned in jean shorts and baseball caps make up most of the clientele. The self-described American cuisine menu veers toward Latin and Southwestern influences while staying true to its organic intentions. Ingredients for every dish are beautiful and fresh.
    9 articles
  • Ascension Coffee

    1621 Oak Lawn Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-741-3211

    We work hard to be good at what we do. We are focused on incredible, high-quality, farmer-focused coffee from all over the world. We are fanatics. We spend much of our time sourcing the world’s best coffee, roasting it to perfection – enhancing their own characteristics and nuances – and brewing them with love for you, our customer. We are obsessed. We love talking to you about the flavor notes, about the brewing methods, and about the farms we support, but will happily serve you a cup of our finest and leave you to experience it without any pressure, without any pretense. You lead, we will follow. Our journey here is one of love for the bean & love for the people who care for them. We love wine, too, after all, one cannot live on coffee alone. We choose our wines from boutique wineries as well as the long-acclaimed vineyards around the globe so you can enjoy every glass we serve. We are Ascension. We hope we become your obsession.
    20 articles
  • Avanti Ristorante

    2720 McKinney Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-871-4955

    Owner Jack Ekhtiar's small restaurant is a place where hip meets classic. Dark wood frames live jazz. Rustic Mediterranean fare, predominately Northern and Southern Italian, is presented elegantly. Among the examples are farfalle carbonara, a 6-ounce Brazilian lobster tail over spinach linguini alfredo and shrimp as well as carpaccio Avanti with white truffle oil. On weekends, revelers can enjoy the Moonlight Breakfast from midnight-3 am. During that seating, guests can request the signature Avanti Omelet (Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and feta cheese) alongside escargot Chablisien, which is sautéed in garlic, vine-ripened tomatoes and mushrooms, then tossed with angel hair pasta, for the fancy-pants partier.
    7 articles
  • Bailey's Prime Plus Steakhouse

    8160 Park Lane Northeast Dallas

    214-750-8100

    Beef's the star at this upscale eatery, but the kitchen staff thankfully strays into the dairy section of the food pyramid to do miraculous things with liberal doses of cheese. The manly menu includes a terrific appetizer of Romano-encrusted crisp-tender asparagus; bacon-wrapped shrimp crammed with cheddar; "that salad," featuring brandied cherries and crumbled Oregon blue; filthy rich scalloped potatoes and an unforgettable four-cheese lobster mac that pairs beautifully with a rib-eye or filet. Still, the restaurant's true to steakhouse traditions, treating its guests with kid-gloves care: Leftovers-if there are any-are sent home in black boxes closed with gold monogram seals.
    6 articles
  • Barcadia

    1917 N. Henderson Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-821-7300

    True to its name, Barcadia is half bar, half arcade, and offers video games from Centipede and Dig Dug to Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat, plus skee-ball ramps and popular bar food. And with 24 draft beers to choose from and ample mixed-drink selections, Barcadia is not far from a Chuck E. Cheese with an adult twist. Not feeling gamey? Have a seat on the bar's spacious front patio, which is great for accommodating large groups of people-just make sure to watch out for falling wooden blocks from the giant Jenga game.
    7 articles
  • Barcelona Wine Bar

    5016 Miller Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    469-862-8500

    The Barcelona Wine Bar is a quaint Spanish-inspired spot with a nice large patio just off the hustle and bustle of Henderson Avenue. You'll need some time to peruse the large wine list; maybe have a sangria while you do that. Be sure to order the grilled bread, whipped goat cheese and potato tortilla. If you're partial to beets, their beet hummus is striking (and good).
    1 article
  • Beto & Son

    3011 Gulden Lane West Dallas

    469-249-8590

    3 articles
  • Billy Can Can

    2386 Victory Park Lane Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-296-2610

    For a certain kind of tourist or visiting family member, this fancified, all-frills saloon in Victory Park is a guaranteed hit. It presents a dressed-up, Wild West atmosphere that verges on kitsch (and, in the name, crosses that verge), while serving up food and drink vastly better than the gimmick might suggest. An adventurous, affordable selection of wines and cocktails backs up pretty killer renditions of skillet cornbread, Texas red chili, hot fried quail and summer okra succotash. Some of the mains, such as the big-boned pork chop, are over-the-top in a good way. Alongside Knife and Town Hearth, this is one of the best places to take out-of-town guests who ask for a stereotypically Dallas experience but still care about the food being good.

    Top pick: The crispy oyster sliders with comeback sauce make a pretty flawless appetizer, and the burger is a meaty dream bathed in Longhorn cheddar.

    The downside: Billy Can Can’s precisely cooked meats and lively atmosphere mean that something extra is lost in our takeout pandemic climate, but the restaurant is doing its best to compensate with regularly updated, multi-course family-style meals to go. Still, when it’s safe to go out again, this will be one of our first stops.
    5 articles
  • BlackFriar Pub

    2621 McKinney Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-953-0599

    This popular restaurant and bar attracts bustling Uptown crowds and folks who live in the surrounding neighborhood. Serving a delicious selection of food from appetizers to cheese boards to burgers and sandwiches as well as an abundant beer selection, BlackFriar's menu adds up to one serious pub and grub. BlackFriar provides plenty of seating inside and out, and has one of the best patios in Dallas – with decorative heat lamps, assorted seating, warm lighting and a full bar. Inside, the atmosphere is dimly lit and appropriately warm, with dark woods and lots of pub-style seating. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Sundays, brunch is available from noon to 4 p.m.
    5 articles
  • Blue Canyon Restaurant

    2101 Summer Lee Dr., No. 109, Rockwall Garland & Vicinity

    214-771-3512

    It's imported from Ohio, of all places. But this restaurant set on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard-a light-house-like wine bar detached from the dining room-tavern complex-is well-larded with Southwestern kitsch. Fake fur on chairs made of rough-hewn sticks. Whole aspen logs dangling from the ceiling. Pussy willows for table décor. A bucking horse set in ice. Prime steaks? Wood-fired and fair. Fish? Better, especially the trout and tuna. Strangely, there is not game. Yet. Won't be long before the quail and elk flock and herd, or at least it better not be. Blue Kitchen is the best culinary experiment yet on the Rockwall shoreline.
    2 articles
  • The Blue Fish

    3519 Greenville Ave. East Dallas & Lakewood

    214-824-3474

    A hip vibe bolstered by mixed wood and metal design elements bestow upon this Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi a sleek sheen. Whimsical signature rolls like the South Beach set atop a martini glass only accentuate it. As does the price. Salmon, crab, shrimp and avocado wrapped in cucumber with a vinaigrette and masago will set you back $12.95. The folks behind Blue Fish have been at it in this first area location since 1998. With restaurants all over DFW, the price doesn't keep sushi lovers from biting. The hip masses come for more than the raw fish and tangy rice. The restaurant offers a full menu, from potstickers and hibachi to the ubiquitous ahi tower and bento boxes.
    9 articles
  • Bob's Steak & Chop House

    1255 S. Main St. Grapevine

    817-481-5555

    There are steakhouses for celebrating business deals, steakhouses for wooing lovers and steakhouses where the only imperative is to enjoy a good plate of quality red meat. Bob's Steak and Chop Shop falls in the latter category. While parties flock to this local favorite, there are few better spots for a single eater to sidle up to the bar, drink a strong martini and eat beef. The flavorful steaks all come with a massive peeled-and-parsley-ed carrot, but the potato's left to the diner's discretion. Go with the home fries submerged in peppercorn gravy – a sufficient excuse for starting with a mere half-portion of the brawny blue cheese salad.
    4 articles
  • Bob's Steak and Chop House

    4300 Lemmon Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-528-9446

    There are steakhouses for celebrating business deals, steakhouses for wooing lovers and steakhouses where the only imperative is to enjoy a good plate of quality red meat. Bob's Steak and Chop Shop falls in the latter category. While parties flock to this local favorite, there are few better spots for a single eater to sidle up to the bar, drink a strong martini and eat beef. The flavorful steaks all come with a massive peeled-and-parsley-ed carrot, but the potato's left to the diner's discretion. Go with the home fries submerged in peppercorn gravy – a sufficient excuse for starting with a mere half-portion of the brawny blue cheese salad.
    8 articles
  • Boi Na Braza

    4025 William D. Tate Grapevine

    817-251-9881

    This is arguably the best Brazilian "espeto corrido churrascaria," or continuous service grill house, in the area. The space is palatial, if a bit banquet-hall-esque, the salad bar is ample and relatively fresh and the skewered meats, served by gauchos with wicked carving knives slipped into their belts, are for the most part juicy and tasty. Plus, the meats are served with such relentless constancy that complimentary angioplasty services are offered in the bathrooms.
    2 articles
  • Bolla

    2927 Maple Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-871-7111

    Bolla is chef David Bull's (late of the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Iron Chef gladiator, Mansion alum) interpretation of "modern" Italian. The cuisine is careful and exacting, though its strokes of originality sometimes come across more as mesmerizing charms than as means to flavorful ends. Risotto stumbles and pork diavolo confounds while duck leg confit ravioli, beef tartare and roasted beet salad revel in an off-kilter exquisiteness. Bull's culinary installations seem like demolitions administered by Rembrandt.
    4 articles
  • Boulevardier

    408 N. Bishop Ave., #108 Oak Cliff/South Dallas

    214-942-1828

    This quaint French bistro in the Bishop Arts District has one of the best brunches in the city, a celebrated wine list, phenomenal French cuisine and a stellar oyster program. It almost feels arrogant of them to also have one of the best bars in the city. And, yet, here we are. Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., get half-off of every bottle of wine on their list and discounted oysters. Watch the chalkboard for the best picks. Not a wine-drinker? No problem. Their hand-crafted classic cocktails will get you wherever you need to go.
    19 articles
  • Bread Winners Café & Bakery

    3301 McKinney Ave. Uptown/Oak Lawn

    214-754-4940

    A friendly and casual bakery-café with a French bistro feel shelling out generous portions, Bread Winners is a Dallas Observer favorite. Cakes, pies and pastries are made fresh daily, perfect for those on the go or for noshing on the brick patio. It's difficult not to arrive and find the place packed-especially during brunch, when the flat iron steak and eggs and scrambles are king and queen. That shouldn't stop you. The wait for a table is rarely more than 15 minutes.
    16 articles
  • Bullion

    400 S. Record St. Downtown/Deep Ellum

    972-698-4250

    With a collection of specially commissioned sculptures and a dining room that’s literally a gold bar on the side of a skyscraper, Bullion is one of the most ambitious restaurants Dallas has seen in years. It’s also one of the best, with a deep cast of talented chefs producing elegant, but not pretentious, updates on classic French foods. Dig through the superb bread basket, share maybe the city’s best beef tartare and revel in the exquisitely cooked seafood. (Grab a side order of crispy bistro-style pommes frites, too.) A superb, all-French wine program, outstanding desserts by pastry star Ricchi Sanchez and world-class people-watching complement the excellent dinners.

    Top pick: Many of the best meals are rotating daily specials, which change seasonally and always represent chef Bruno Davaillon’s technique at its peak.

    The downside: Last year, we heard lots of reports that Bullion’s service falls down somewhat when the customer isn’t recognized as a newspaper food critic. Some of that lesson has been learned, reportedly, but a literal gold bar full of sculptures is probably always going to play favorites to some extent.

    Fun fact: The entrance, at the corner of Young and Record streets, is a grand spiral staircase direct from the sidewalk; ask the valet if you need an elevator.
    6 articles
  • Cafe on the Green

    4150 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving/Las Colinas

    972-717-0700

    One of five restaurants at the tony Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Cafe on the Green looks out onto the front nine of the Four Seasons Las Colinas’ award-winning golf course. As one might expect from a high-end hotel restaurant, it plays host to breakfast, brunch and lunch buffets galore, with everything from made-to-order omelets to chilled seafood, sushi and an entire dessert room (yes, a dessert room) chock-full of impeccably prepared pastries. Come dinner time, the lights in the tastefully appointed neutral dining room dim and the menu goes a la carte, featuring inventive American dishes with global touches like pork belly with saffron-braised endive and Coho salmon with masa harina spaetzle. Of course, a hotel restaurant wouldn’t be a hotel restaurant without steaks, and carnivores won’t be disappointed: Prized and pricy Texas Akaushi occupies the menu alongside more traditional prime beef.
    3 articles
  • Cafe Pacific

    24 Highland Park Village Park Cities

    214-526-1170

    Cafe Pacific opened in 1980, but it wasn't until 2004 when it was reviewed at the Observer. Back then the restaurant was described as a cliché and right now that claim still holds true. There's sole amandine on the menu and the waiters are starched and wrangled with ties. The food is fine enough, but you get the sense that most of the customers in the dining room are here more for the familiarity than that haute cuisine. The restaurant bills itself as a seafood concept, but skip the seafood platter. Appetizers and mains are a better place to spend your money. Just make sure you save a little time to sit at the bar. The customers imbibing there may have been in those same stools since the place first opened. Chances are, they'll be there for many more years to come.
    3 articles
  • Cantina Laredo

    6025 Royal Lane, Ste. 250 North Dallas

    214-692-2990

    Every bit as good as the original Addison location, possibly better, and in much more stylish surroundings. As always, we enjoyed the flawless tomatillo and tomato salsas, outstanding shredded beef enchiladas and succulent carnitas, served with a deliciously rich wine chipotle sauce. But Cantina Laredo also demonstrated a deft touch with fresh fish, and dessert features one of the better flans you'll find in Dallas, this one tinged with orange peel. Friendly, professional service completes the picture of one of Dallas' finest Mexican restaurants.
    2 articles
  • Cape Buffalo Bar and Grill

    17727 Addison Rd. Carrollton/Farmers Branch

    972-381-9796

    From the curbside out front, Cape Buffalo Grille looks like just another far North Dallas bar and grill. There's a huge patio, happy hour specials, and a massive central bar with plenty of seating and a full menu from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., but what distinguishes Cape Buffalo from other neighboring establishments is that it also has a stage. "The Buffalo" has been hosting live shows for a while now, and recently remodeled to keep up with the large crowds drawn by local acts. Sports and comfort food score here with favorites that include pineapple mango tuna, Hebrew National franks and namesake Cape buffalo burgers. Be sure to blow your recommended caloric intake with the junk fries -- curly, french and waffle fries with potato chips, Jack and Colby cheeses, bacon, chives and ranch.
    1 article