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30 Things You Need to Eat and Drink This Summer in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima
May 19, 2014

Welcome to your Best Summer Ever. From now until Labor Day, be sure to consult our Dallas summer page, a one-stop resource that will be regularly updated with the season's best restaurants, dishes and more. 

Summer brings atomic-level temperatures to Texas, so we've got to choose our seasonal dining and drinking wisely. Think of this, our guide to the season's best bar and restaurant offerings, as a definitive resource to the food and drinks that define summer in Dallas. Good luck crossing all 30 off your summer bucket list.

1) Fresh-fruit margarita at Lark on the Park
2) A Plate of ’Cue at The Slow Bone
3) Lobster roll at 20 Feet Seafood
4) Fresh salad at Bread Zeppelin
5) Bananas Foster dessert at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
6) Dim sum at Kirin Court
7) Strawberry-Tarragon Fizz at AF+B
8) Berry Lean Smoothie at Elixir Juice Bar
9) Glazed-donut ice cream sandwich at Glazed Donut Works
10) Inside Out Quinoa Burger at True Food Kitchen
11) Blackberry Sidecar at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
12) Five-spice calamari at Jasper’s
13) Fried chicken and waffle ice cream at Coolhaus
14) Shrimp spring rolls at Miss Chi Vietnamese
15) Hot dogs at Twisted Root
16) Mahi mahi wrap at Start Real Food Fast
17) Old Doodad at So & So’s
18) Seafood quesadillas at Pier 247
19) Soba at Tei-An
20) Strawberry float at Highland Park Soda Fountain
21) Corn Chow Chow Burger at Relish
22) Sashimi at Tei Tei Robata Bar
23) Aceitunas (Arbequina olives) at Casa Rubia
24) Bubbly Blonde at Hopdoddy
25) Ceviche at Revolver Taco Lounge
26) Mambo Taxi at Mi Cocina
27) Berry-basil ice cream at Melt Ice Creams
28) Oysters at Gemma
29) Build Your Burger at Vagabond
30) Pea gazpacho at Victor Tangos

  • Fresh-fruit margarita at Lark on the Park

    Matt Orth & Co. are ready to use house-squeezed juices for your summer 'ritas.

     

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    A Plate of ’Cue at Slow Bone

    When you're in a picnic mood, nothing's finer than a mess of smoked meats and rich sides.
     

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Lobster roll at 20 Feet Seafood

    This New England summer classic can be yours in East Dallas.

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple

    Fresh salad at Bread Zeppelin

    Stay cool with a bowl of greens topped with cheese, veggies and a grilled chicken breast.
     

  • Bananas Foster dessert at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen

    Enjoy a taste of New Orleans, with a scoop of ice cream on top!
     

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Dim sum at Kirin Court

    There's no better way to spend your brunch time on the weekends than with a lengthy selection of Chinese snacks.

  • Strawberry-Tarragon Fizz at AF+B

    Herbs and berries play nice in this refreshing and summery cocktail.
     

  • Berry Lean Smoothie at Elixir Juice Bar

    This juice bar at Shops at Park Lane whips up pure-juice blends as well.

  • Glazed-donut ice cream sandwich at Glazed Donut Works

    This late-night treat is only offered on weekends; the line up the block in Deep Ellum is a giveaway of how popular they are.
     

  • Inside Out Quinoa Burger at True Food Kitchen

    This über-healthy sandwich is one of the most popular items at the Dallas outpost of this chain.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Blackberry Sidecar at Ruth’s Chris Steak House 

    The steak showplace crafts a wonderfully fruity version of the cocktail standby.

  • Photo by: Farah Fleurima

    Five-spice calamari at Jasper’s

    This new addition to the Plano restaurant's menu sits in a glorious sweet-chile glaze.

  • Fried chicken and waffle ice cream at Coolhaus

    Luscious ice cream gets a salty kick with fried chicken skins at the food truck that stops often at Klyde Warren Park.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Spring rolls at Miss Chi Vietnamese

    Shrimp, chicken and pork varieties of the cool treat are phenomenal dipped in rich peanut sauce.
     

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Hot dogs at Twisted Root

    It's not just burgers and shakes at the local mini-chain; you can have a hot dog topped with the trappings of any of the specialty sandwiches.
     

  • Mahi mahi wrap at Start Real Food Fast

    Fresh fish is tough to come by at any traditional fast-food joint, so we're happy Start bucks the trend with this delight.
     

  • Old Doodad at So & So’s

    The drinks are silly yet seriously good at Uptown's newest lounge/restaurant hot spot.
     

  • Seafood quesadillas at Pier 247

    This ocean-food oasis in Oak Cliff stuffs the Tex-Mex appetizer with shrimp and melty cheese for a dish you'll want to savor.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Soba at Tei-An

    The cold noodles made in-house are some of the city's best. And did we mention they're cold?

  • Strawberry float at Highland Park Soda Fountain

    Step into the '50s with a classic (nonalcoholic) drink from the Knox-Henderson soda counter.

  • Corn Chow Chow Burger at Relish 

    Watch the Klyde Warren Park revelry from the comfy shade of this burger window.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Sashimi at Tei Tei Robata Bar

    Is there anything cooler than fresh sashimi? The Henderson Avenue sushi bar serves among the best in the city.

  • Aceitunas (Arbequina olives) at Casa Rubia

    These confit olives are a great way to sink into the Spanish-cuisine vibe at the Trinity Groves eatery.

  • Bubbly Blonde at Hopdoddy

    This white-wine sangria simply screams summer.
     

  • Ceviche at Revolver Taco Lounge

    Hamachi and red snapper are among the fish that get lime-marinated and served up at this Mexican cuisine haven.

  • Mambo Taxi at Mi Cocina

    Summer in Dallas doesn't really kick off before your first Mambo Taxi of the season.
     

  • Berry-basil ice cream at Melt Ice Creams

    Here's an ice cream flavor combo you don't see every day, but that's how Melt generally rolls.
     

  • Oysters at Gemma

    Raw, briny oysters topped with jalapeño-ginger beer granita are sublime.
     

  • Build Your Burger at Vagabond

    While you can, enjoy this baby in the back patio, especially if there's a bocce ball tourney going on.
     

  • Pea gazpacho at Victor Tangos

    Chef Kirstyn Brewer speckles this cold soup with smoked trout roe and pickled green strawberries.

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Places Mentioned

Victor Tango's

American • Knox-Henderson

Food25 Decor20 Service19 Cost$30
 
 
 
Twisted Root Burger Co.

Burger • Deep Ellum

Food23 Decor18 Service17 Cost$16
 
 
 
Ruth's Chris Steak House

Steakhouse • Far North Dallas

Food26 Decor22 Service25 Cost$63
 
 
 
Mi Cocina

Mexican • Highland Park

Food21 Decor19 Service20 Cost$25
 
 
 
Jasper's Restaurant

American • Plano

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
Tei-An

Japanese • Arts District

Food26 Decor27 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Tei Tei Robata Bar

Japanese • Knox-Henderson

Food25 Decor20 Service21 Cost$56
 
 
 
Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar

Southern American • Knox-Henderson

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LARK on the Park

Fine Dining • Uptown

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20 Feet Seafood Joint

Seafood • Lake Highlands

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Miss Chi Vietnamese

Vietnamese • Preston Center

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Slow Bone BBQ

Barbecue • Design District

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Start Real Food Fast

Fast Food • Mockingbird Station

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Burger • Preston Center

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Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves

Spanish • West Dallas

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Gemma

New American • Knox-Henderson

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AF+B

American • Fort Worth

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