10 Restaurants & Bars Epitomizing the Tastes of Dallas

  • BrainDead, Dallas

  • BrainDead Store Front

  • Sandwich and Salad at BrainDead

  • Menu at BrainDead

  • Pecan Lodge, Dallas

  • Oddfellows Buffalo Mac

  • Emporium Pies, Dallas

  • Emporium Pie, Dallas

  • Emporium Pies Indoor Sign

  • High & Tight, Dallas

  • Pecan Lodge Exterior

  • Truth & Alibi, Dallas

In the past few years, Dallas has gone through a transformation in its food, music and arts scene. Where it was once difficult to find diversity in flavors and experiences, there is now no shortage of opportunities to find a fun adventure or evening out.

Like many cities, Dallas encompasses neighborhoods, each with their own unique flare. To help get your exploration started, or to find a new favorite, it only seemed right to highlight some favorite stops in 3 unique neighborhoods to give you a taste of Dallas.

Bishop Arts

Tucked away in south Dallas, you’ll find any flavor your heart desires and creative activities like a wine walk or outdoor music.

A staple in the Bishop Arts is Oddfellows. When the weather is great, the bar windows are open for outdoor seating; it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a latte, local brew, or mint julep. Another must-try is the Buffalo Mac, an invention that brings together two delights in one great dish (buffalo wings and mac & cheese!).

Believe it or not, Dallas also does pizza well – the master is Eno’s. Options range from basic pizza’s to a few that are downright interesting – their “Meatball and the Goat” is one such exclusive option!

An obvious fan favorite for dessert is Emporium Pies. The line to try their treats almost continuously flows out the door. Pro tip: if someone wants to share, kindly decline, and use the opportunity to try multiple flavors. I highly suggest the Drunken Nut.

Deep Ellum

Everyone talks about Texas BBQ… In the heart of Dallas, that conversation starts and ends with Pecan Lodge. If you’re feeling risky, when you order the brisket, add on the “Hot Mess.”

If hidden doorways and secret locations are your thing, there are two speakeasies within blocks of each other. High & Tight is a barbershop by day and backroom bar by night. The second, Truth & Alibi, might look like your average candy store, but much more waits inside. Just be sure to visit their Facebook page for the password.

If you’re a beer snob like me who visits new cities looking for new craft beers – be sure to visit BrainDead Brewing. It certainly will not disappoint. Their selection of in-house brews and a few outside favorites is matched with an excellent menu for lunch, dinner or snacks in between. Try the BrainDead Red with the Picadillo Queso, Drunken Steak Salad or Bone-in Pork Belly.


As a transplant to Dallas, like many, I must admit I have a love-hate relationship with Uptown. On McKinney Ave., there are dozens of bars comprising the Dallas party scene… If that fits your interests, then this is your spot!

Honorable mentions to the party scene: Quarter Bar, Blackfriar Pub, The Ginger Man & The Standard Pour.

But – I must warn you – if you only stick to McKinney Ave., you’ll end up missing some great gems just outside the fray.

Parliament is a bar that allows you to step right into the 20’s. The mixologists are top notch, and they will definitely get creative if you give them the freedom to surprise you.

Just along the Katy Trail, a common stop for runners, walkers, and those in need of patio time is Katy Trail Ice House. It’s the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing afternoon or evening.

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse is the perfect neighborhood coffee-stop if you need a little break from your adventures or dive into a good book.

This only scratches the surface when touring the neighborhoods around Dallas. For more exploring, also look at locations around Lakewood, Lower Greenville, Trinity Groves, Knox/Henderson and of course, downtown.

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Lee D. Are you interested in traveling to Dallas? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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