Feb 21, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A swanky but never uptight steakhouse from chef John Tesar.

Mille Lire

Feb 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Modern takes on regional Italian at this inviting restaurant in Oak Lawn.

Hello Dumpling

Dec 14, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The price is right for tasty Bejing-inspired dishes at this casual dumpling and noodle house.

Liberty Burger

Nov 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A plethora of proteins, killer toppings, and a lively bar make this neighborhood spot very popular.


Oct 12, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Locals love Ziziki's for the Sinatra tunes, friendly staff, and some of the best Greek food in Dallas.

Water Grill

Jul 20, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Dallasites are hauling in fresh seafood and raw oysters from both coasts, thanks to this small upscale chain from California. The look on the inside is rather Victorian/eclectic, with an old diving helmet on display, but splashing fountains make the patio especially inviting. Wild “Eastern Sea” scallops came with perfectly…


Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

“Come late. Stay later” is the Wheelhouse motto, and it’s easy to do, what with games to be played and dogs to be patted on the covered patio. Not to mention pitchers of your favorite cocktail. And though the vibe may be relaxed, the food is elevated: think…


Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

You’ve got to be determined to find this spot close to Baylor hospital. Looking like a ski lodge from the back (with its A-frame structure and great view of the skyline) and an old house from the front (which it actually is—we love the weathered wood floors), it has one…

Shake Shack

Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

It feels weird to go to a fancy building like the Crescent for a burger, but this isn’t just any burger. The little shack that captured Manhattan’s heart now has outposts in Texas, serving up meaty burgers (we like the SmokeShack, with its smoked bacon, cherry peppers, and potato bun),…


Jun 23, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The lines are clean and classic at this new space in the Design District: booths are butterscotch-hued, tables are marble-topped, and a wall of glass looks out on the covered patio. The menu description didn’t begin to do justice to a most generous salad of five types of…


Jun 23, 2017 By Texas Monthly

It’s official. Casa Linda hit the culinary jackpot with the addition of this strip-mall hole-in-the-wall. The incredibly cool West Texas–inspired decor features a great mural of Marfa by artist Rainer Judd. And the food is no slouch either. Possibly one of the best burgers in town, this beauty is a…

Cane Rosso (White Rock)

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Brunch on the tree-shaded patio is inviting; the indoor space can be cacophonous at this popular, family-friendly White Rock location. Sip on a mimosa and enjoy a breakfast panino or perhaps an individual iron skillet filled with eggs, Swiss chard, kale, mushrooms, and other goodies. Dessert pizzas are worth…

Harvey’s Charcoal Hamburgers

May 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. We know we can’t be the only ones who remember Goff’s on Lovers Lane, and we still salivate thinking of those luscious burgers with house-made hickory sauce. So we’re delighted that Harvey Gough is back, slinging burgers in a small spot in a…

Lovers Seafood & Market

May 24, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The folks behind Shinsei have branched out, and they appear to be on the right track. We loved the New Orleans gumbo, a mix of ocean morsels in a rich roux, and weren’t at all disappointed with the pricey lobster roll, Maine style, with copious bits of tender meat and…

Flower Child

May 24, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The name alone hooked us, not to mention the mantra: “Healthy food for a happy world.” Drawn to the Mother Earth bowl (to which we added a slab of salmon), we found it crammed with grains, sweet potato, avocado, portobellos, and a heap of tangy arugula. We finished our repast…

Texas Scratch Kitchen

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Yes, everything is made from scratch here. We like the laid-back elegance of the decor, especially the colorful photos of bluebonnets, oil wells, and Longhorn cattle. If you’re going for the TCFS (Texas chicken-fried steak), be warned it’s big enough for two hungry people. And it’s top quality, made with…

Green Papaya

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Red and black walls, comfortable booths, and a few jolly, plump Buddhas placed around the room give a decidedly Asian feeling. We marveled first at the precise wrapping on the translucent rice-paper rolls (bursting with shrimp, marinated green papaya, and vermicelli), then even more at their layers of flavor. Ca…

Deli News

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

There’s one on just about every block in NYC. In Dallas, there are just a few. But if you want the real deli experience, sit down in this no-nonsense room and sample an ABC sandwich of New York rye bread, mountainous layers of corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw (yes,…

The Mansion

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Even after dozens of visits over the years, the lovely old mansion never fails to dazzle or make us feel special. Our beautifully presented appetizer was a large portion of creamy burrata with small heirloom tomatoes (properly peeled) accented with flash-fried basil leaves plus a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, all…

True Food Kitchen

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Go at 11 for lunch and there may not be quite such a wait at this attractive, wildly popular spot. By noon it will be full and the decibel level will be off the charts. Lasagne bolognese with chicken sausage, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, and lemon ricotta is a fine version…

Montlake Cut, Dallas
Montlake Cut

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

“Dressed AUS hiramasa”: the menu description at this pleasant seafood house reads like code, but it is in fact referring to small slices of yellowtail kingfish from Australia dressed with ponzu, charred scallions, and delicate pink trout roe. The appetizer whetted our appetite for Montlake’s fish and chips, and while…

Town Hearth

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Some chefs cook for one another, others for their customers. Dallas’s Nick Badovinus is in the latter camp. He created fans galore in 2008 with casual Neighborhood Services and did it again in 2015 with seafood splash Montlake Cut. In January, his magnum opus, Town Hearth, finally opened. A tongue-in-cheek…

Zaguán Latin Cafe & Bakery

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Getting ready to run a marathon? Just finished your morning workout? To replenish the energy you used, head to this small and charming Latin cafe and order the Zaguán brunch: an omelet (or scrambled eggs) stuffed with five different vegetables, an arepa filled with cheese, and a large pile of…

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The restaurant’s name intrigues: “hop” indicates beer and “doddy” is a Scottish word for cow. But even though beef is the mainstay in the excellent burgers here, any of them can also be made with bison, turkey, or salmon, and there’s also a vegan patty. We’ve always been partial to…

Sallio Bistro

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We should know by now that gazpacho with tomatoes as a base is best served in the summer, but we couldn’t resist, and this version met our expectations pretty well (although it was pureed to a fare-thee-well). Risotto Florentine was extremely creamy and enhanced by two large shrimp and shavings…


Mar 1, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A lovely golf course is the backdrop for sophisticated Mexican food.

TJ’s Seafood

Jan 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Be prepared to make new friends or hear more than you ever wanted to know about your neighbors (read: the tables are too close together). That said, it’s been years since we ordered fish and chips; the batter, made from an award-winning Ballast Point beer, transformed the pieces of white…

Henk’s European Deli

Dec 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Ever heard of a Hot Amsterdam sandwich? Neither had we, but now that we know about this toothsome combination of Dutch ham and Gouda on grilled bread, it will be easy to recommend it to others; pair it with the puckery red cabbage and one of the almost thirty varieties…

Coffee House Cafe

Dec 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Walking in the front door of this neighborhood gathering place to the sound of joyous barking, we made our way to the charming covered patio, where dog lovers can wolf down mighty good food in the company of their four-legged friends. Our choice this day was an order of the…


Dec 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Do not leave this comfortable eatery without ordering the fried Castelvetrano olives stuffed with nduja (a spreadable pork salumi). With thirty to a bowl, they’re a lovely, and addictive, beginning to a meal. Our table was in a pasta frame of mind and what better place to indulge than this…


Nov 17, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This appealingly casual location of Olivella’s (we prefer this one to the SMU spot because of its wonderful patio) will satisfy lovers of thick and thin crusts alike. Regarding the latter, that round brick oven in the corner turns out crusts that ought to be in the Guinness Book of…