Austin gets all the love when it comes to Texas gastronomy, but guess what? Dallas has a lot of people with a lot of money who never, ever cook. It's secretly one of the best restaurant cities in the country. And these ten restaurants prove it.
Avila's is the definitive Tex-Mex restaurant in the same way that Katz's is the consummate deli, or Kreuz Market the archetypal Texas barbecue. It may not be the best, or it may be, but either way it's what that kind of food is all about. Oh, and it's awesome, by the way.
Dean Fearing is the godfather of luxury food in Dallas, which is why Fearing's, his immense fancy-casual restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, is such a sign of the times. The food is imaginative and refined, but you'd look crazy if you went there in a suit and tie.
The talented young chef Tim Byres has reversed field from his peers, embracing a primitivist aesthetic based on fire, wood, and smoke, the latter being so important that he named the restaurant after it. There's barbecue here, and it's great, but the best things are the big steaks and chops.
The food is eclectic and quirky at Bolsa, and really, much better than it has to be, given just how amazing the cocktail program is. It would probably be more accurate to say that Bolsa is an amazing lounge with a great food program.
Lucia is deservedly the most popular and admired Italian restaurant in Dallas. And the reason is that the food, while it looks and feels rustic, actually draws on creativity and skill of a kind you would never find in the Italian countryside. This is a contemporary classic, and Dallas knows it.
An airy, modern, and refined restaurant that still delivers the big flavors and meaty dishes that Texans crave, Oak has done a wonderful job of straddling innovation and tradition in a way few Dallas restaurants can.
For a landlocked city, Dallas enjoys some awfully good seafood -- and none are better than Driftwood, whose inspirations are drawn from around the world, and who executes its dishes an almost painterly loveliness.
The new school of refined, modern southern cooking -- aka Lardcore -- has generally taken an aggressive masculine slant, but Sissy's proves that classic flavors can be modernized without giving up any old-school Southern gentility.
Boulevardier sounds French and fancy, but at its heart this is a Texas meatery devoted to big, rich tastes and a casual atmosphere. Maybe think of it as, "Paris, Texas"
John Tesar may be -- at least according to D Magazine -- "the most hated chef in Dallas" but he's also one of the best, as this one-of-a-kind luxury seafood restaurant proves.