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

By Steven Lindsey | May 18, 2015 By Steven Lindsey  |  May 18, 2015

Take your taste buds on a flavor vacation this summer with some of the city's best drinks and dishes, from savory to spicy to sweet and everything in between. Here are 30 things to eat and drink this summer in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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    TX Quail at The Standard Pour
    A classic Southern dish for summer inspired by chef Cody Sharp's family meals as a kid, succulent Texas quail is served with farro piccolo succotash and cherry BBQ sauce at this Uptown cocktail den.

    2900 McKinney Ave.; 214-935-1370

  • Sautéed Spring Veg at Victor Tangos

    This quirky take on fried rice features the freshest available veggies of the season, which could include peas, fiddlehead ferns, leeks and Chinese broccoli. It's all nestled on puffed rice and sweet soy then topped with a poached egg at the Knox-Henderson gastropub. 

    3001 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-252-8595

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    Chop Chop Salad at Front Room Tavern
    Head to University Park for a refreshing salad blend of napa cabbage, avocado and watermelon, along with both fresh and pickled veggies.

    6101 Hillcrest Ave., University Park; 214-219-8282

  • Green Tea Cheesecake at Kin Kin Urban Thai
    Matcha-infused green tea cheesecake with a strawberry compote is a sophisticated way to end any spicy Thai meal at this West Seventh District restaurant in Fort Worth.

    2801 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth; 817-984-1363

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    Seasonal Brews at Malai Kitchen
    They brew their own beer at this West Village Thai-Vietnamese fusion spot. The light Belgian Tripel will make way for the summer seasonal beer, Malai Bock, a caramel-colored, light, nutty brew with hints of banana.

    3699 McKinney Ave.; 214-599-7857

  • Ahi Tuna Nachos at Kenny's Wood Fired Grill
    Rare tuna is piled atop crispy wonton chips then drizzled with wasabi aïoli and sweet soy at this Addison icon.

    5000 Belt Line Rd., Addison; 972-392-9663

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    Charcuterie Board at Blind Butcher
    Settle in with a perfect snack for summer. Housemade meats take on the starring role in this charcuterie board, great paired with an ice-cold beer on the patio at Blind Butcher in the Lowest Greenville neighborhood.

    1919 Greenville Ave.; 214-887-0000

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    Retro Rita at Spork
    Sip and slurp your way through Blue Curaçao, Cazadores Blanco Tequila, lime, agave, orange juice and Grand Marnier at this Far North Dallas restaurant inside a refurbished Sonic Drive-in.

    6110 Frankford Rd.; 972-930-0668

  • Baby Radishes at Proof + Pantry
    This gorgeous garden-fresh dish features radishes bathed in a velvety butter coating, perched in “rye soil” to emulate actually pulling radishes from the ground. The “rye soil” also adds the perfect amount of crunch and texture.

    1722 Routh St.; 214-880-9940

  • Lobster Puffs at Savor Gastropub
    Dine on the patio at this Klyde Warren Park eatery where you can enjoy Maine lobster and Comté cheese fritters served with a creamy rémoulade for dipping and possibly sharing.

    2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.; 214-306-5597

  • Sugar Snap and Purple Cabbage Salad at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
    Green peas, sugar snap peas, red cabbage, red grape tomatoes and red onion are topped with a green onion vinaigrette for a delightful taste of summer, and a light way to start a meat-heavy meal at this Addison Brazilian Steakhouse.

    4300 Belt Line Rd., Addison; 972-503-7300

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    Octopus Tiradito at Cafe Momentum
    Octopus tentacles are sous vide in olive oil, citrus zest, garlic and ginger at this nonprofit Downtown restaurant that provides at-risk youth with real-world restaurant skills. After 24 hours of compression, the octopus is sliced thin to order and finished with olive oil, lemon zest, toum (a garlic meringue) and Murray River salt.

    1510 Pacific Ave.; 214-303-1234

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    The Poison Ivy at The Ivy Tavern
    Fresh grapefruit and lemon juice, thyme-infused simple syrup and Tito's vodka are mixed together then topped with club soda and a sprig of thyme served over ice at this Lemmon Avenue tavern.

    5334 Lemmon Ave.; 214-559-4424

  • Ice Box Pie at SER
    Nicknamed "millionaire's pie" at the Hilton Anatole, layers of graham cracker crust, raspberry sherbet, vanilla ice cream and fluffy meringue provide a tart, sweet and creamy mix of flavors and textures.

    2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.; 214-761-7470
     

  • Red Pegasus Reduxe at Midnight Rambler
    Inspired by the classic apéritif, the Americano, and named after Dallas' iconic red pegasus icon, this Downtown nightspot cocktail is made with Martini & Rossi Rosso, Texas Cedar-infused Suze and club soda.

    1530 Main St.; 214-261-4601

  • Pizza Capricciosa at CiboDivino
    Pizza-on-the-patio perfection is what you'll find at Sylvan Thirty's new Italian market. Tomatoes, Italian ham, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, olives and basil make up this multifaceted flavor combination on a most excellent crust.

    1818 Sylvan Ave.; 214-573-8700
     

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    Lobster Roll at 20 Feet Seafood
    Hit the dog-friendly patio at this Lake Highlands seafood joint for a New England summer classic.

    1160 Peavy Rd.; 972-707-7442

  • Ice cream tacos at Melt Ice Creams
    You'll need a spoon (and a sweet tooth) for one of these dessert tacos filled with your choice from some of the most inventive ice cream flavors in Fort Worth.

    954 W. Rosedale St., Fort Worth; 817-886-8365

  • Modern Star Canyon Margarita at Stampede 66
    This is Texas, so there's always room for two margaritas on a must-try list such as this, especially when one is as much fun to watch being made as it is to drink. Created tableside at chef Stephan Pyles' Victory Park-area restaurant on a cart, this marg features Don Julio Silver Tequila, prickly pear fruit purée, Patron Citronage, lime and candied jalapeño. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze it (so your cocktail doesn't get watered down as it melts).

    1717 McKinney Ave.; 214-550-6966

  • Inside Out Quinoa Burger at True Food Kitchen
    This über-healthy sandwich is one of the most popular items at the Preston Center outpost of this chain.

    8383 Preston Center Plaza; 214-377-3333

  • Fire-Roasted Artichokes at Del Frisco's Grille
    This Fort Worth steak staple takes an entire artichoke and broils it with a lemon vinaigrette drizzled on top then garnishes it with basil oil and chives. Served with Parmesan peppercorn sauce for dipping, it's light yet satisfying.

    154 E. Third St., Fort Worth; 817-887-9900

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    Five-Spice Calamari at Jasper’s
    Start off your meal at this Plano New American favorite with an innovative take on calamari, seasoned with Chinese five spice and resting atop glorious sweet-chile glaze.

    7161 Bishop Rd.; 469-229-9111

  • Ice Cream Sammies at Coolhaus
    You'll often find this sweet-treat food truck at Klyde Warren Park with a variety of inventive ice cream flavors and cookies for enjoying separately or in a dreamy ice cream sandwich.

    2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. (Klyde Warren Park)

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    Spring Rolls at Miss Chi Vietnamese
    Protein-packed, but never heavy, the shrimp, chicken and pork spring rolls at this Preston Center Vietnamese cafe are phenomenal dipped in rich peanut sauce.

    6030 Luther Ln.; 214-692-1000

  • 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 at their new Oak Lawn location.

    4023 Lemmon Ave.; 214-599-7873

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    Soba at Tei-An
    The cold noodles made in-house at this One Arts Plaza restaurant are some of the city's best. And did we mention they're cold?

    1722 Routh St.; 214-220-2828

  • Oysters at Gemma
    Fresh, raw, briny oysters are ever-changing at this cozy Knox-Henderson spot, but always benefit from the jalapeño-ginger beer granita.

    2323 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-370-9426

  • Strawberry Float at Highland Park Soda Fountain
    Step back in time with a classic (nonalcoholic) drink from the Knox-Henderson soda counter circa 1912.

    3229 Knox St.; 214-521-2126

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    Sashimi at Tei Tei Robata Bar
    Is there anything cooler than fresh sashimi? The Henderson Avenue sushi bar serves some of the best in the city.

    2906 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-828-2400

  • Aceitunas (Arbequina Olives) at Casa Rubia
    These confit olives are a great way to begin a meal at this Spanish-inspired Trinity Groves eatery.

    3011 Gulden Ln.; 469-513-6349

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20 Feet Seafood Joint

SeafoodLake Highlands
Food25 Decor18 Service20 Cost$20
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Miss Chi Vietnamese

VietnamesePreston Center
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Start Real Food Fast

AmericanMockingbird Station
Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$13
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Tei-An

JapaneseArts District
Food27 Decor25 Service25 Cost$41
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Tei Tei Robata Bar

JapaneseKnox-Henderson
Food26 Decor23 Service24 Cost$43
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Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves

SpanishTrinity Groves
Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$58
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Victor Tangos

AmericanKnox-Henderson
Food26 Decor25 Service24 Cost$42
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Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$59
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Del Frisco's Grille

AmericanUptown
Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$47
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Kin Kin Urban Thai

ThaiFort Worth
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Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

AmericanAddison
Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$37
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The Standard Pour

Cocktail BarUptown
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Front Room Tavern

GastropubUniversity Park
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Blind Butcher

GastropubLower Greenville
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Malai Kitchen

AsianWest Village
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Spork Dallas

AmericanFar North Dallas
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Proof + Pantry

AmericanArts District
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Savor Gastropub

GastropubUptown
Food24 Decor26 Service23 Cost$37
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Cafe Momentum

AmericanDowntown
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The Ivy Tavern

Bar And GrillLove Field
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Midnight Rambler

BarDowntown
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Del Frisco's Grille

AmericanFort Worth
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Stampede 66

AmericanVictory Park
Food21 Decor25 Service23 Cost$53
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Highland Park Soda Fountain

AmericanKnox-Henderson
Food17 Decor17 Service19 Cost$11
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Melt Ice Creams

Ice Cream ShopFort Worth
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Jasper's

New AmericanPlano
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