A Dining Guide for Recent Dallas Transplants: Where to Find the Best Tacos, Fried Chicken & More
If you’re new to town, you’ll want to dive right into Dallas’ dining scene. Refer to this handy guide for the best of the city's signature dishes.
For Tex-Mex: Herrera’s Café
Why: We’ve yet to find a Tex-Mex spot that comes close to whipping up the enchiladas, tacos, burritos and refrieds like this family-owned restaurant on Maple Avenue. (Sadly, the original location is closing on August 18, so head over to Denton Drive after that.)
Also Try: Manny’s, Mia’s, Ojeda’s
For Chicken Fried Steak: Norma’s
Why: With its crisp and light batter that never falls off the meat before its time and a classic cream gravy (or brown, if requested), this mini-chain keeps the iconic dish simple and outstanding.
Also Try: Mama’s Daughter’s Diner, Bubba’s, Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
For Southern Fried Chicken: Bubba’s Cooks Country
Why: Like the best country cooking, Bubba’s keeps things simple and no-frills, turning out a tremendously juicy bird with a perfectly seasoned coating.
Also Try: Babe’s (owned by the same family), Sissy’s Southern Kitchen, Pecan Lodge
For Barbecue: Pecan Lodge
Why: Taste the current king of pitmaster-crafted barbecue, in slabs of brisket, ribs and rich sides.
Also Try: Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse (Inwood location), Off The Bone BBQ, Lockhart Smokehouse
For Steaks (and Scenery): Nick & Sam’s
Why: It’s the quintessential place to see and be seen while digging into a bone-in ribeye and lapping up the city’s favorite lobster mac 'n' cheese.
Also Try: Pappas Bros., Del Frisco’s, Capital Grille
For Meet Market Dining: The Rustic
Why: This Uptown resto/live music venue packs in the pretty young urbanites (note: the wait for a table and packed parking lot). It’s a great place to scope or be scoped.
Also Try: Ocean Prime