Recently named the “Next Best New Food City” by GQ, Dallas has many different restaurants and bars/breweries for any meal you desire. Here are a few recommendations based on the meal you’re in the mood for.

Breakfast/Brunch:

  • The Rustic: Named one of D Magazine’s “Best Brunch Restaurant in Dallas,” as well as one of “11 Excellent Dallas Brunch Spots” by Eater Dallas, The Rustic is a must for brunch. Open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm, enjoy family-style favorites such as Nashville-style fried chicken, donuts, baby fried toast, and then wash it down with a mimosa or Bloody Mary. You’ll also want to stay for the live band at 12:30pm.

Brunch at The Rustic

  • Yolk: Eating with the family? Yolk’s breakfast has something for everyone, including kids! While the Yolk is one of Foursquare’s “15 Best Places for Eggs Benedict in Dallas,” the menu has a wide variety and offers many other popular options like Steak and Eggs, Red Velvet French Toast, Santa Fe Frittatas, and mimosas.
  • Knife: Located in the Highland Dallas hotel, Knife Dallas is not an average brunch place, boasting a chic and upscale décor. With a kitchen manned by a James Beard nominated Chef, Knife has some of the best burgers in the area, as well as delicious brunch offerings. Favorites include their grilled cheese, Ozersky burger, and french toast. We recommend the ultimate brunch with the short Rib Benedict, consisting of a poached egg, braised short rib, a toasted English muffin and hollandaise.

Lunch:

  • The Rustic: In addition to having great brunch options, The Rustic also has a robust lunch menu. The food is made from scratch daily and features dishes such as the Rustic burger topped with brisket, Nashville-style spicy fried chicken and cheese on toast, and a double queso dip. In addition to the great food, The Rustic features outdoor seating with a casual vibe and their famous beers in large iced goblets.
  • Rodeo Goat: If you like having your voice be heard, head over to Rodeo Goat where you can participate in their “Battle of the Burger” between The Dad Bod (a burger topped bacon and a mac n’ cheese patty) and The Inner Beauty (a cheeseburger with fried pickles and bacon) where your order constitutes a vote for that burger. Rodeo Goat offers other hilarious and tasty burgers too, such as the Hot Bastard with habanero cheddar, Brad Sham Burger, and the Nanny Goat Burger. Rodeo Goat also features fantastic fries and a large drink selection and has 4.5 stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
  • Pecan Lodge: In the heart of Deep Ellum, the Pecan Lodge offers some of the best Texas barbecue around. As it is a very popular restaurant, there may be a wait, but it is worth it just to try their brisket, beef rib, and mac ‘n cheese! You cannot leave without trying Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding, an old family recipe that customers love. Pecan Lodge may very well be one of the most hyped restaurants in the city with over 3300 Yelp reviews, but it lives up to it with a 4.5 star overall rating. If you’re in the mood for barbecue, make sure you stop by the Pecan Lodge.

Dinner:

  • Abacus Jaspers: Offering five locations in the DFW area, Abacus Jaspers is a very popular restaurant and guaranteed great time. With personalized menus for each location, enjoy dishes ranging from small plates such as maki rolls or large, shareable plates. Make sure to try the lobster shooters and the wide variety of sushi but you’ll want to save space for dessert as they serve a mean vanilla bean cheesecake.

Jasper's Richardson location

  • Reata: Known as the “go-to restaurant in Fort Worth,” Reata is a dinner experience you won’t want to miss. Customers love the service and the old world design which gives the restaurant a legitimate western-period feel. Some of the most popular dishes include carne asada with cheese enchiladas, filet mignon with mashed potatoes and corn, and the mahi mahi with cheese grits.
  • rise: If you want to try something a little different, try this French restaurant that specializes in soufflés, both sweet and savory. For dinner, try savory delicacies like the crab soufflé, jambon and gruyere soufflé, or the truffle-infused mushroom soufflé. Rise doesn’t restrict you to eating with just humans, as they have a dog friendly patio. Whether you’re near their Dallas or Fort Worth locations, this is a restaurant worth adding to your food bucket list.

Dessert:

  • rise: If you’re in the mood for dessert, this restaurant does dessert just as well as they do dinner. Try the chocolate, cranberry, bread pudding, or praline pecan soufflés. If you’re not a fan of soufflés, try the Classic Crème Brûlée or the Tarte au Fruit. This popular restaurant has 4.5 stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor and also allows dogs on the patio. With locations in both Dallas and Fort Worth, there is no reason you should miss this!

Cranberry Soufflé at rise

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  • Emporium Pies: Located in Deep Ellum as well as the Bishop Arts District, Emporium Pies boasts a selection of seasonal, handmade pies. Emporium Pies currently offers seven seasonal pies, including the Smooth Operator (chocolate pie with a pretzel crust), the Drunken Nuts (shortbread crust with a filling butter, bourbon, brown sugar and Texas pecans) and the Basic Beach (orange pistachio cream pie with Earl Grey whipped cream on a graham cracker crust). With a 4.5 star rating on both Yelp and TripAdvisor and recommended by Eater Dallas, you can safe knowing that Emporium Pies is local favorite.
  • Steel City Pops: After spending a hot summer’s day exploring Dallas/ Fort Worth, reward yourself with gourmet, gluten-free popsicles made with fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. Choose from three different kinds of pops: fruity, creamy (dairy and non-dairy), and cookie (dairy-based with a house-made, gluten-free cookie inside). If you’re craving a fruity pop, try the Arnold Palmer pop (sweet tea and lemonade), if you want a creamy pop try the horchata (tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch) or a cookies & cream pop.
  • Sablon Chocolate Lounge: If you’re a chocoholic (or want to turn into one), check out North America’s first and only premium dining lounge offering “couverture chocolate dishes, drinks and savory bites.” Choose from hot chocolates, chocotails, Belgian frappes, frappistas, grand chocshakes, sugar waffle wonders, chocolate fondues, sweet crepes, sundaes and chocpizzas.

Drinks:

  • The Rustic: With 40 beers on tap, including 35 local craft beers and a collection of local spirits and wines, the Rustic is the place to grab a drink with your friends. Grab a seat inside or sit at the picnic tables outside and enjoy a Frose, Frozen Moscow Mule, a Rimy Rita or other amazing drinks.

Drinks at The Rustic

  • Reata: Dallas Observer calls the rooftop bar/patio one of the “12 Best Rooftop Patios in Dallas-Forth,” Reata serves great drinks with a great view of Fort Worth. Reata takes at pride in their wines, only procuring wines from remote vineyards such as White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from Texas. Reata also has an extensive cocktail list with some of the favorites being the Jalapeño & Cilantro Gimlet, Tipsy Texan and Margarita Fresca.
  • Community Beer Co.: One of Eater Dallas’ “13 Essential Breweries,” Community Beer Company is a must for beer enthusiasts. Open houses and tours occur Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm plus the taproom is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm. Make sure to try their Funnel Cake Ale- brewed to celebrate the state fair and their Witbier, winner of the Gold and Bronze (Belgian Style Witbier) at the 2014 World Beer Cup and the 2016 Great American Beer Festivals respectively.

Community Beer Co.

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