Cuisine Hopping in Dallas With These 8 Dishes

By Steven Lindsey  |  September 3, 2015

Though the long holiday weekend is upon us, not everyone is headed off for a final summer sojourn, either far away or closer to home. But that's doesn't mean you can't pretend. Here are eight dishes with flavors and presentations so authentic you're guaranteed a mini-vacation. 

  • A taste of Paris: Pan au chocolat at Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
    Start the day off on a sweet note like a true Francophile at this Uptown bakery. The flaky, buttery pastry is filled with Valrhona chocolate for a pairing with a cafe au lait that can't be beat.

    3700 McKinney Ave.; 214-613-3570

  • A taste of the Colorado Mountains: Rocky Mountain oysters at The Rustic
    Escape to the cooler climes of Colorado's majestic vistas with this always-daring dish at the Uptown restaurant and bar. Whether you call them calf fries or Rocky Mountain oysters, these crispy nuggets are always fun to order — especially for the uninitiated. Thankfully, they're served with buttermilk ranch, which makes anything great.

    3656 Howell St.; 214-730-0596

  • A taste of India: Chicken 65 at Shivas Bar & Grill Fine Indian Cuisine
    For authentic flavors of India (Chennai, to be more precise), the Chicken 65 dish at this Lower Greenville restaurant isn't your typical masala or curry endeavor. Juicy deep-fried chicken is coated in a spicy red chile sauce that pays tribute to the Buhari Hotel restaurant, where it was introduced in, you guessed it, 1965.

    1907 Greenville Ave.; 469-250-1429

  • A taste of Mexico: Micheladas at El Pulpo
    Nearly every restaurant in Dallas has a good, if not great, margarita, but there's something about the spicy, tomatoey Michelada as this Oak Cliff Mexican seafood restaurant (or any of its sister locations) that immediately transports you to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta or Cancun. Pour your choice of Mexican beer into the glass and you may never order a Bloody Mary again.

    2320 W. 12th St.214-941-5070

  • A taste of New England: Lobster rolls at TJ's Seafood Market
    End summer on the right note at the Oak Lawn seafood purveyor (or its Plano counterpart) where they serve Connecticut-style lobster rolls on custom-made brioche from La Spiga Italian Bakery in Addison. Drizzled in warm, drawn butter, the sandwich is available in petite and regular for appetites of any size.

    4212 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-219-3474

  • Credit: Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana

    A taste of Rome: Black Truffle Metro pizza at Olivella's
    At any of this small local chain of pizza joints across town you'll find thin-crust pizzas that are similar in size and presentation to those you'd find at tiny take-out spots in Rome, where customers order slices by the size of their choosing and pay by weight. Here, you get the whole pie with earthy black truffles, from a recipe passed down from one of the oldest pizza families in Italy.

    Multiple locations

  • A taste of the Hawaiian islands: Fish tacos at Coconut's Fish Cafe
    Visit Maui by way of Pavilion on Lovers Lane where this direct-from-Hawaii fast-casual seafood restaurant is turning out fantastic fish tacos as quickly as they can make them. Their open-face version has an island spin with mahi mahi or ono and a variety of 17 different ingredients, including tomato, cabbage slaw, mango salsa and a sprinkling of cheese.

    5600 W. Lovers Ln.; 469-729-9346

  • A taste of Peru: Picarones at San Salvaje by Stephan Pyles
    Traditional Peruvian donuts at chef Stephan Pyles' Pan-Latin Arts District restaurant are a great way to end a meal or enjoy after a nearby live performance or museum visit. They're made with sweet potato, flour, eggs, milk and yeast dough. After they've risen they're fried and then lightly dusted with sugar. You don't even need the accompanying guanabana ice cream, but why not?

    2100 Ross Ave.; 214-922-9922