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After having now lived in Dallas for almost a year, I thought it was about time I provide a little Dallas Restaurant Guide, for our friends when they visit!

Let’s get started with LOCAL flavors, and by that I mean Texas Barbecue!  I’m going to make this easy for you.  Go to Off The Bone.  You will thank me later!


Off The Bone BBQ – Southside – Dallas

Bubba’s Cooks Country is the place for fried chicken or country fried steak.  No matter how many times you read that sentence, it will read fried steak.  Steak… battered and fried to perfection.  No trip to Dallas is complete without trying country fried steak!

Meso Maya was voted Best Chef, Best Regional Mexican and Best Brunch by D Magazine for a reason.  It’s the only place we go for Mexican food!  I always order the Carne Asada and Francois’ favorite has to be the Salmon De Coco.

Local SWEETS would include Chill 360 (hand rolled Thai ice cream), Wild About Harry’s (a Highland Park staple for creamy frozen custard) and Bird Bakery in Highland Park Village.


Chill 360 – Deep Ellum – Dallas

For you EARLY RISERS that need your coffee, Ascension and Royal Blue Grocery serve up some of the best cups of jo in town.


Royal Blue Grocery – Highland Park

Located just around the corner from our home, we love the coffee and atmosphere of Magnolias Sous Le Pont.  Although it’s French, it totally reminds me of being back in Hong Kong.


Magnolias Sous Le Pont – Harwood District – Dallas

Early morning BREAKFAST favorites are Ascension, Bread Winners, and The Original Pancake House.  All offer traditional north American breakfast cuisine.


Ascension – Uptown – Dallas

If you’re more a BRUNCH kind of person, we loooove Le Bilboquet and here’s why… house made biscuits, duck confit gravy, potato hash and two sunny side-up eggs AND $5 mimosas and Aperol Spritz!


Le Bilboquet – Highland Park

Other favorites of mine are Top Knot (Japanese) and Mercat Bistro (French).


Top Knot – Uptown – Dallas



Mercat Bistro – Harwood District – Dallas

Some of our favorite LUNCH spots include CBD Provisions (North American), Urban Taco (South American), Café Toulouse (French), Taco Diner (Tex-Mexican), Eureka (Burgers).


CBD Provisions – Downtown – Dallas



Dolce Riviera – Harwood District – Dallas

DINNER favorites include Parigi (French-Asian bistro), Uchi (Japanese), Nova (southern comfort food), Boulevardier (French), Dolce Riviera (Italian). Town Hearth (North American) and Honor Bar (North American).


Boulevardier – Bishops Arts District – Dallas



Town Hearth – Design District – Dallas

Get your afternoon DRINK on at Pok The Raw Bar, Forty Five Ten Cooper Bar, Happiest Hour or Royal Blue Grocery (they will table serve any bottled wine for no additional charge), and Katy Trail Ice House.


Happiest Hour – Harwood District – Dallas



Katy Trail Ice House – Uptown – Katy Trail – Dallas

Some of our favorite late night COCKTAILS are served up at Rattlesnake Bar, The Library, Happiest Hour, the Midnight Rambler and NYLO Soda Bar.


Midnight Rambler – Downtown Dallas

If you’re like me, after a night of a few too many drinks, a little LATE NIGHT SNACK may be needed.  Only available in the south, Whataburger will have you saying, What a burger!  They’re open 24 hours, always made to order and BIG.  Panda’s (Chinese) is located in the heart of the gayborhood, so don’t be surprised if you’re seated next to a drag queen!  Always the best and open every night until 4am.

So there you have it.  Eat – Sip – Repeat!




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