Dallas is a city with an amazing variety of restaurants and shopping destinations, from classics to new standards. I know that our loyal customers have their favorite Tex-Mex eatery, steakhouse or sushi bar. But it’s probably no surprise that each market I’m asked for new recommendations on where to eat and where to conduct “retail research.” In order to help, below is a list of some of my favorites in neighborhoods within an easy drive from Dallas Market Center. Happy indulging!

- Cindy Morris | Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Knox-Henderson

Just to the west of Central Expressway between Highland Park and Uptown, this laidback neighborhood exerts its gravitational pull on everyone from urban hipsters and young families to locals pounding the pavement with their pooches. Longtime favorites like the Highland Park Soda Fountain and Froggie’s 5 & 10 share real estate with newer additions including Steve Alan and Victor Tangos. Abundant options for patio dining provide some of the best people watching anywhere in Big D.

 

Restaurants:

Gemma
Owned by a culinary power-couple who made their name in the overheated Napa Valley restaurant scene, Gemma has quickly racked up local accolades including The Dallas Morning News’ Restaurant of the Year for 2014. Superlative seafood may take center stage but the chicken, duck and rabbit don’t disappoint. Nor does the two-page wine list, heavy on California vintages.
2323 N. Henderson Ave., #109, 214-370-9426, www.gemmadallas.com


Mesero/Mr. Mesero
Industry insider Michael Rodriguez (the savvy restaurateur behind local faves Taco Diner and Mi Cocina) triumphs again with this Mexican-meets-American cantina. Younger cousin Mr. Mesero likewise offers appealing American fare such as the Big D Dog on a brioche bun along with the signature Mex.
Mesero: 2822 N. Henderson Ave., 214-821-6426, www.meseromiguel.com
Mr. Mesero, 4444 McKinney Ave., 214-780-1991, www.mrmesero.com

 

The Porch
This casual crowd-pleaser specializes in classic favorites with a twist like short rib stroganoff with cremini mushrooms and the house-ground Scottish salmon burger. Oenophiles will appreciate the extensive wine list, though the seasonal farm-to-market margaritas made with 100% blue agave silver tequila cannot help but tempt.
2912 N. Henderson Ave., 214-828.2916, www.theporchrestaurant.com

 

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar
Talk about Southern comfort! Sissy’s serves up tantalizing twists on regional favorites like buttermilk-soaked fried chicken, cast iron Texas quail and Jim Beam bourbon bread pudding. The mac and cheese recalls Grandma’s—so long as she never deigned to crack open a box.
2929 N. Henderson Ave., 214-827-9900, www.sissyssouthernkitchen.com

 

Toulouse
Poised beside the Katy Trail, this beloved bistro channels all the elements of the best type of old-world café. Strive to save room for dessert—the beignets and coffee, warm chocolate fondant and the pear tart satisfy even the most sophisticated sweet tooth.
3314 Knox St., 214-520-8999, www.toulousecafeandbar.com

 

Victor Tango’s
East meets west in this appealing fusion of cuisines and notable rotation of craft cocktails. The whole fish, gulf shrimp and lollypop lamb chops are sure to sate even the most ravenous appetites, but those in the know recommend leaving room for dessert. [Hint: the place gets packed on Thursday and Friday nights so plan a visit accordingly.]
3001 N. Henderson Ave., 214-252-8595, www.victortangos.com

 

Retail:

Coco & Dash
This light-infused, 2,000-square-foot storefront—co-owned by Teddie Garrigan and her daughter, Courtney—showcases an alluring range of upmarket home furnishings and accessories that includes antiques, original art, jewelry and seating. Chinoisserie such as pagoda-style tulipieres and painted vases plus a foo dog or two, fosters an atmosphere of classic elegance.
2815 N. Henderson Ave., 214-370-9743, www.cocoanddash.com

 

Forty Five Ten
Fashionistas flock to this ultra-chichi shop for their designer fix (think Dries van Noten, Givenchy, Moschino, Thakoon as well as the most promising emerging talents in both women- and menswear). Pause for a midday respite at the T Room alongside the local ladies who lunch.
4510 McKinney Ave., 214-559-4510, www.fortyfiveten.com

 

Grange Hall
By turns moody, opulent and indelibly quirky, this much-admired boutique boasts a curated covey of everything from jewelry and home accessories to handbags, coffee table books and fresh flowers. The imaginative window displays alone are worthy of a gander.
4445 Travis St., Suite 101, 214-443-0600, www.ufgrangehall.com

 

The Gypsy Wagon
Nestled inside a century-old building, The Gypsy Wagon caters to urban cowgirls thanks to its auspicious amalgam of boho apparel, bags, footwear, jewelry and more. From handmade cowboy boots to linen overalls, everything within these walls feels fresh, flirty and unapologetically fun.
2928 N. Henderson Ave., 214-370-8010, www.the-gypsy-wagon.com

 

Mecox
Design-minded Dallasites stalk this rarified shop for inspiration—not to mention fabulous furniture, lighting, mirrors, art, antiques and one-of-a-kind accessories. The accommodating staff willingly dispenses advice on even the most vexing décor dilemmas.
4532 Cole Ave., 214-580-3800, www.mecox.com

 

Milk & Honey Boutique
Prized for its affordable-yet-chic apparel, Milk & Honey Boutique unveils on-trend clothing for her with an emphasis on enticing patterns and sensual fabrics. The boutique also proves statement-necklace central for those in search of budget-friendly bijou.
1906 N. Henderson Ave., 214-826-1700, www.milkandhoneyboutique.com

 

Nest
Known around town as a major multi-tasker, Nest does double duty (make that triple) as an art gallery, gift emporium and interior design storefront. The impressive selection of candles and home fragrances only enhances its reputation as a sweet spot for hostess gifts.
4524 McKinney Ave., 214-373-4444, www.nestdallas.com

 

Planet Blue
Leading the way as the lifestyle and fashion destination of Southern California, Planet Blue brings its bohemian beach culture fashion to Dallas with a diverse selection of contemporary apparel and accessories brands for the perfect boho-chic look from day to night.
3010 N Henderson Ave., Ste 100, 972-925-0304

 

The Gypsy Wagon
For an especially bohemian retail experience, check out this eclectic favorite that stocks cowboy boots, hats, handbags, scarves and a whimsical collection of gift items with seasonal influences.
2928 N. Henderson Ave., 214-370-8010, www.the-gypsy-wagon.com

 

Uptown/Downtown/Deep Ellum

As the epicenter of Big D’s business, culture and nightlife scene, Uptown, Downtown and Deep Ellum thrum 24/7. Luxury high-rises dot Uptown’s urban skyline while Downtown’s acclaimed Arts District boasts a trio of world-class museums (The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art) in addition to important performance venues including the Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center and Wyly Theatre. Deep Ellum, meanwhile, offers a completely different vibe with its edgy roster of bars, shops and live music venues that sizzle long after the rest of the city calls it a night.

 

Restaurants:

Americano
Dallas’ favorite new date destination, which opened at The Joule Hotel in the Fall of 2015, dishes up house-made pastas and pizza while also offering Negronis on tap besides an extensive wine list. The artichoke risotto has earned widespread acclaim as has the Italian wedding soup.
1530 Main St., 214-261-4600, www.americanodallas.com

 

Café Momentum
Eat well while doing good at the nonprofit Café Momentum where at-risk youth practice and perfect their culinary skills with delectable results. Open Thursday-Saturday for dinner from 5:30-11 p.m.
1510 Pacific Ave., 214-303-1234, www.cafemomentum.org

 

CBD Provisions
Located in a reinvigorated corner of downtown, this modern Texas brasserie—serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week—embraces sustainable sourcing and local produce. The Texas Grass Fed Beef Burger consistently delights the droves.
1530 Main St., 214-261-4500, www.cbdprovisions.com

 

Dream Cafe
Crab cake benedict, savory omelets and granola-crusted French toast are some of the choice early-morning items on the menu, but any of the generously portioned American fare kicks the day off right. Gluten-free items include chicken enchiladas as well as shrimp and grits.
2800 Routh St., Suite 170, 214-954-0486, www.thedreamcafe.com

 

Fearings
When internationally acclaimed chef Dean Fearing brought his “elevated American cuisine” to the Ritz-Carlton in 2007, the upscale eatery became an instant classic, landing on “best of” lists around the world. Reservations are recommended—as is starting off lunch or dinner with Dean’s Tortilla Soup.
2121 McKinney Ave., 214-922-4848, www.fearingsrestaurant.com

 

Meso Maya
The swankier cousin of El Fenix, Meso Maya holds court in a 75-year-old former tortilla factory. The herradura salmon, pollo fresco and avocado margaritas warrant every bit of their formidable buzz. Diners have been known to scrape the bottom of the queso bowl with their spoons.
1611 McKinney Ave., 214-484-6555, www.mesomaya.com

 

Nick & Sam’s
Founded in 1999 with a mission of pairing high-quality steaks and seafood with an impressive lineup of wines, this Uptown mainstay never disappoints. Crowd-pleasers include the fried lobster, prime-aged rib eye and Colorado long-bone lamp chops.
3008 Maple Ave., 214-871-7444, www.nick-sams.com

 

Pecan Lodge
Venture to Deep Ellum for the most talked about barbecue in town. Here, the pits smolder around the clock, smoking brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausages to perfection. Insiders suggest saving room for a sweet ending—whether it’s Aunt Polly’s banana pudding, Texas Tumbleweed cookies or homemade peach cobbler.
2702 Main St., 214-748-8900, www.pecanlodge.com


S&D Oyster Company
No need to swoop into the Big Easy for authentic New Orleans-style seafood. S&D Oyster Company has dished it up in Dallas since 1976. Oysters may earn top billing but don’t overlook the sensational seafood gumbo or broiled whole flounder, available only when fresh.
2701 McKinney Ave., 214-880-0111, www.sdoyster.com

 

Stampede 66
The brainchild of an architect of the Southwestern Cuisine movement, this unabashedly Texas destination caters to carnivores. Favorites include the double tomahawk pork chop with Texas caviar, the chicken-fried buffalo steak as well as the grilled quail. Valet parking available during lunch and dinner.
1717 McKinney Ave., Suite 101, 214-550-6966, www.stampede66.com

 

Tei-An Soba House
Reserve a table in this ultra-serene One Arts Plaza setting for an aesthetically pleasing experience with Japanese cuisine. An impressive assemblage of sakes and Japanese whiskeys along with ever-changing specials continues to enhance Tei-An’s superlative reputation.
1722 Routh St., Suite 110, 214-220-2828, www.tei-an.com

 

Uchi
As The Dallas Morning News’ Restaurant of the Year for 2015, Uchi manages to thrill with its sublime sushi, sashimi, tempura, agemono and more. The 10-course Chef’s Tasting Menu is considered one of Big D’s premier dining experiences while even the humble miso soup earns raves. Reservations recommended.
2817 Maple Ave., 214-855-5454, www.uchirestaurants.com

 

Retail:

Blue Print
The Dallas design scene got a big boost when five longtime pals harnessed their collective decades of buying experience in France in the UK to open this charming shop filled with artwork, antiques, accessories and furniture. The home-like setting enables customers to better visualize the goods in their own digs.
2707 Fairmount, 214-954-9511, www.blueprintstore.com

 

The Lotus Shop at the Crow Collection of Asian Art
Located across Olive Street in the Belo Pavilion, the Lotus Shop offers alluring Asian-themed items, from handbags fashioned from antique saris to hand-stitched tablecloths to jewelry, all sourced from Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Closed Mondays.
2112 Flora St., 214-979-6433, www.crowcollection.org

 

Nasher Sculpture Center Gift Shop
This light-filled space just inside the museum stocks artful gift items including baubles from Alexis Bittar and bags by Moss Mills not to mention exhibition catalogs, art books and seasonal items. Proceeds benefit one of the premier sculpture museums in the world. Also closed Mondays.
2001 Flora St., 214.242.5510, www.nashersculpturecenter.org

 

Neiman Marcus
This century-old flagship also serves as the luxe retailer’s corporate headquarters—as well as one of the city’s finest examples of Renaissance Revival architecture. Sated with shopping? Head to the sixth floor for lunch at the Zodiac Room with its famed popovers served with strawberry butter.
1618 Main St., 214-741-6911, www.neimanmarcus.com

 

Stanley Korshak
Synonymous with luxury, this Uptown monolith of women’s and men’s finery remains the largest independent department store in the country. Take note of exclusive offerings from coveted European labels like Acne Studios, Bogner, Brunello Cucinelli, Lanvin and Harrys of London as well as superior selection of on-trend shoes.
500 Crescent Court, Suite 100, 214-871-3600, www.stanleykorshak.com,

 

Traffic Los Angeles
Trolling for edgy labels by emerging designers? Motor over to Traffic LA in downtown’s acclaimed Joule Hotel to browse the trend-setting duds for men and women from lesser-known talents like Raquel Allegra, Gunner Johnson and Paul Smith.
1604 Main St., 214-261-4590, www.shoptrafficla.com

 

Market Center/Design District

For world-class collections of home furnishings, decorative accessories, antiques and artwork regardless of era, style or country of origin, look no further than the thriving Dallas Design District. Once a members-only destination exclusive to designers and industry insiders, most showrooms and galleries today welcome anyone with an affinity for beautiful objects and sublime spaces. But décor isn’t the only reason to visit. Of late, the bustling restaurant scene is luring a whole new crowd.

 

Restaurants:

18th & Vine
Kansas City-style barbecue (the birthplace of the renowned ‘burnt end’) arrived in Dallas when this handsome lunch and dinner spot opened its doors in October 2015. The briskets became an instant classic; sides like fried okra, apple sider slaw and BBQ mashed potatoes warrant attention as well.
4100 Maple Ave., 214-443-8335, www.18thandvinebbq.com

 

Ascension
Ascension has generated plenty of buzz thanks to its sensational selection of coffee beans sourced around the globe and roasted here at home. A diverse wine list along with innovative entrees for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch make this a natural choice for refueling.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-741-3211, www.ascensiondallas.com

 

El Bolero
For authentic yet original cuisine, el Bolero draws on the various regions of Mexico for its inspired assortment of dishes. Kick-start your dining experience with the cerviche de huachinango (red snapper, tomato, red onion, watermelon, lime) or bypass an appetizer in favor of a selection from the massive tequila menu.
1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-741-1986, www.elboleromexican.com

 

FT33
This dinner-only destination from Dallas native Maggie Huff has earned widespread praise thanks to her ongoing obsession with local ingredients. Check out the rotating menu online not only for the evening fare but also to learn which purveyors she’s using. Reservations highly recommended.
1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 250, 214-741-2629, www.ft33dallas.com

 

Mama’s Daughters’ Diner
For arguably one of the best breakfasts served morning and afternoon, take a seat at this amiable American eatery run by three generations of women. Not quite up for pie right after cleaning a plate of pancakes? Order a slice of apple crumb, strawberry banana or chocolate cream to go!
2014 Irving Blvd., 214-742-8646, www.mamasdaughtersdiner.com

 

Original Market Diner
Oozing vintage charm, this family-run breakfast, lunch and dinner destination delivers the chops when it comes to honest, unfussy fare. The daily blue-plate specials would stick to anyone’s ribs (chicken and dumplings Wednesday; turkey and dressing for Sunday dinner) as do the splurge-worthy, hand-dipped milkshakes.
4434 Harry Hines Blvd., 214-521-0992, www.originalmarketdiner.com

 

The Meddlesome Moth
For one of Big D’s biggest beer selections (40 on tap alone!), flutter on over to The Meddlesome Moth. All menu items come with suggested beverage parings: “Berkshire Pork Cheek: English Bitter.” Small plates resonate with those who prefer to sip and nibble well into the evening.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-628-7900, www.mothinthe.net

 

Oak
As one of the buzziest places in town, Oak caters to an upscale, high-energy crowd with its flavorful take on New American Cuisine. Favorites at this dinner-only destination include the squid ink pasta, Niman Ranch lamb and any of the succulent seafood selections.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 110, 214-712-9700, www.oakdallas.com

 

Pakpao Thai
Bangkok’s legendary food stalls influence the traditional dishes at this well-priced favorite that boasts a secondary location in Preston Hollow at 7859 Walnut Hill Lane. The substantial menu includes vegan entrées as well as gluten-free options. House specialties range from the chicken coconut soup to Pad Kee Mow or “drunken noodles.” Call a half-hour before arriving at the restaurant to add your name to the queue.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., #120, 214-749-7002, www.pakpaothai.com

 

SĒR Steak + Spirits
Poised on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole with sweeping views of the city, SĒR excels in steaks, chops and the freshest fish. Monthly wine tastings and frequent wine dinners keep this elegant eatery on the radar of locals as well.
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, 214-761-7479, www.sersteak.com

 

Retail:

Laura Lee Clark
The showroom of longtime Dallas design luminary Laura Lee Clark Falconer recalls the gracious interiors of a boutique hotel. Her clean-lined aesthetic translates into furniture, lighting, artwork, accessories and books from the likes of Neirmann Weeks, Lucy Smith, Visual Comfort and more. Items range from five-figure chandeliers to scented candles by the likes of Nest and Belle Fleur.
1515 Slocum St., 214-265-7272, www.lauraleeclark.com

 

Trinity Groves

With the spectacular Margaret Hunt Hill suspension bridge serving as a gateway, Trinity Groves stands as a testament to urban renewal done right. The thriving restaurant scene, in particular, has compelled a whole new generation to rediscover west Dallas. From Amberjax Fish Market Grill, Casa Rubia and Resto Gastro Bistro to sweet stops like Cake Bar and Kate Weiser Chocolate, Trinity Groves takes wining and dining to lofty heights.

 

Retail:

Ceylon et Cie
Uber-designer Michelle Nussbaumer’s chic storefront showcases a bold range of furnishings and accessories with a worldly point of view. Shoppers reap the rewards of her frequent buying trips to far-flung locales: think exotic treasures like gem-encrusted boxes, suzani-clad ottomans and all manner of Chinoiserie.
1319 Dragon St., 214-742-7632, www.ceylonetcie.com

 

Scout Design Studio
Scour this warehouse-turned-showroom for vintage finds with an emphasis on swank mid-century modern furniture, distinctive artwork and out-of-the-ordinary accessories. The savvy staff happily offers their expertise on the most bedeviling design dilemmas.
155 Howell St., 214-741-2414, www.scoutdesignstudio.com

 

Uncommon Market
The thrill of the hunt lures legions to this 45,000-square-foot, insider-favorite, which offers a staggering range of antiques, quirky accessories, atypical lighting and innumerable one-of-a-kind items.
100 Riveredge Dr., 214-871-2775, www.uncommonmarketdallas.com

 

The Whimsey Shoppe

For more than a quarter century, The Whimsey Shoppe has beguiled area Francophiles with its French-themed antiques hand-selected by designer Suzie Patterson. Hotfoot it over the pedestrian bridge to the newer sister gallery, Le Grenier.
2923 N. Henderson, 214-824-6300, www.thewhimseyshoppe.com

 

Bishop Arts/Oak Cliff

Boasting more than five-dozen independent shops, restaurants and galleries, Bishop Arts, nestled in the heart of Oak Cliff, has become a haven for entrepreneurs with a host of aesthetic ambitions. Affordability helps distinguish this often-quirky community, making it an ideal antidote to cookie-cutter culture or more-of-the-same suburbia.

 

Restaurants:

Bolsa
Inside one of Oak Cliff’s most iconic kitchens, the Bolsa chefs transform the freshest local ingredients into flavorful farm-to-table fare. Acclaimed entrees include the catfish and grits as well as the Windy Hill goat croquette. Cocktail aficionados relish creative concoctions like the Peruvian Botanist and the Bitter End.
614 W. Davis St., 214-943-1883, www.bolsadallas.com

 

Boulevardier
This delightful French bistro consistently ranks among the top places to eat in the region. The wood-grilled gulf oysters and the Bouillabaisse Boulevardier delight, but the robust menu is widely acknowledged as top-to-bottom strong.
408 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 108, 214-942-1828, www.dallasboulevardier.com

 

Hattie’s
Infused with Southern comfort from the white tablecloths to the gracious service, this Oak Cliff institution serves up twists on tradition. Perennial favorites include the bacon-wrapped meatloaf, mac and cheese-crusted filet of beef and slow-roasted pulled pork.
418 N. Bishop Ave., 214-942-7400, www.hatties.com

Lockhart Smokehouse
Consistently ranked among Big D’s top barbecue joints, Lockhart Smokehouse excels with beef (brisket and shoulder clod), pork (chops and ribs) and birds. Anyone who likes a little heat should make a point to sample the blue cheese slaw.
400 West Davis St., 214-944-5521, www.lockhartsmokehouse.com

 

Oddfellows
From the banana cream pie French toast to the Buffalo Mac with blue cheese, this high-energy hipster hangout delivers big at breakfast, lunch and brunch. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, Oddfellows evokes an upscale (and decidedly tastier) college café where you might savor conversation over coffee and, say, a chocolate bacon waffle sundae.
316 W. 7th St., 214-944-5958, www.oddfellowsdallas.com

 

Smoke
Nestled in the boutique Belmont Hotel, this award-winning eatery distinguishes itself with the quality of meats on the extensive menu as well as the engaging atmosphere. Smoke blazes from breakfast to dinner seven days a week.
901 Fort Worth Ave., 214-393-4141, www.smokerestaurant.com

 

Stock & Barrel
Serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday in addition to a well-received Sunday Brunch, Stock & Barrel offers an ever-changing menu that keeps the flames of its wood-fired grill flickering well into the evening. The dog-friendly patio plus a beer menu filled with locally crafted brews have attracted a devoted following—as has Chef Jon Stevens’ sublime fried potatoes.
316 Davis St., 214-888-0150, http://stockandbarreldallas.com

 

TEN
New in 2015, this diminutive ramen restaurant from Tei-An mastermind Teiichi Sakurai manages to pack outsized punch in terms of flavor and freshness. Located in the Sylvan Thirty development, the shop’s signature noodles in delectable broth are melt-in-your-mouth sublime.
1888 Sylvan Ave., www.facebook.com/TenRamenDallas?fref=ts

 

Retail:

Bishop Street Market
Far more than a greeting card shop, this popular retailer has become a relied-upon resource for gifts for any occasion—from affordable bling by Simon Seebag to home fragrances by Nest to Jack Black’s lotions and potions for men.
419 N. Bishop Ave., 214-941-0907, www.bishopstreetmarket.com

 

Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo gave treats from this funky artisan chocolatier as favors at his 2011 wedding. No wonder. With bold blends like Fungus Amongus Toffee (made with porcini mushroom powder) and Albatross Fudge (the secret ingredient: dehydrated blue cheese), the unexpected flavors always score.
408 West Eighth St., 214-943-5943, www.dudesweetchocolate.com

 

We Are 1976
Design devotees flock here to ogle the latest offerings in everything from decorative accessories to apparel presented by the coolest kids on the block. The in-house gallery features the work of local artists who often drop by to discuss their projects and process.
313 N. Bishop Ave., 214-821-1976, www.weare1976.com

 

The Wild Detectives
The crackerjack staff at this renowned local bookstore/bar can introduce even the most prolific readers to their new favorite writer. Frequent author appearances and community events have turned this into a cultural epicenter of Oak Cliff.
314 W. Eighth St., 214-942-0108, www.thewilddetectives.com

 

Park Cities

Collectively known as the Park Cities, Highland Park and University Park serve as an oasis of fine dining and upscale shopping. Bound to the east by Southern Methodist University (home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum as well as some 10,000 scholars), this exclusive enclave exudes elegance at every captivating corner.

 

Restaurants:

Al Biernat’s
In a city that loves its steaks, Al Biernat’s consistently ranks at the forefront of local favorite lists. (Non-meat-eaters point to the lobster risotto and Chilean sea bass as reasons to indulge.) Reservations strongly recommended.
4217 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-219-2201, www.albiernats.com

 

Bistro 31
The luminous interior of this popular lunchtime haunt mirrors its enticing menu, filled
with flavorful dishes that energize shoppers for marathon retail-therapy sessions. A devoted clientele gravitates to the lobster bisque regardless of the season.
87 Highland Park Village, Suite 200, 214-420-3900, www.bistro31dallas.com

 

Henry’s Majestic
From the clubby bar to the canine-friendly patio, the tavern exudes the kind of welcoming vibe that makes even first-timers feel utterly at home. The extensive small-plate menu includes unexpected options like grilled baby octopus and lamb meatballs.
4900 McKinney Ave., 469-893-9400, www.henrysmajestic.com

 

Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano
For the most authentic Mexico City-style sustenance this side of the Rio Grande, reserve a table at this romantic, dinner-only favorite. The well-versed staff excels in helping to pair palettes with fare like codorniz la talla (charbroiled quail) or something scrumptious from the sea.
4912 Cole Ave., 214-521-4211, www.javiers.net

 

Nonna
The wood-burning oven at the heart of this Italian eatery hints at the kitchen’s delights, including pizzas and authentic, regional dishes. The menus, which detail the local sources used, vary nightly while the wine menu impresses the most discerning.
4115 Lomo Alto, 214-521-1800, www.nonnadallas.com

 

Knife
For a decidedly Texan take on the traditional steakhouse, head to Chef John Tesar’s latest concept centering around Lone Star State-raised beef, pork and lamb. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner plus Sunday brunch, Knife also outrivals others in poultry, pastas and vegetarian fare.
5300 E. Mockingbird Ln., 214-443-9339, www.knifedallas.com

 

The Theodore
This NorthPark Center eatery, which aims to “reinvent mall dining,” offers an array of eclectic cocktails inspired by the outdoorsy President Roosevelt’s favorite destinations: Yosemite, Glacier Bay and Badlands, to name a few. Ravenous following a retail marathon at Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany’s? Dive into the lamb shank pie, roasted pheasant salad or broiled lobster.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, #1804, 469-232-9771, www.thetheodore.com


Retail:

Elements
As a go-to for everyone from trendy undergrads to chic grandmothers, Elements has dressed fashion-forward Dallasites since 1999. Curated collections feature contemporary labels like McQ by Alexander McQueen, M Missoni and Rick Owens Lilies for apparel; bling by Kelly Wearstler; handbags from Clare Vivier; and Eugenia Kim shoes.
4400 Lovers Ln., 214-987-0837, www.elementsclothing.com

 

Highland Park Village
Sure, Dallasites love the gridiron, court, diamond and rink, but make no mistake: shopping remains the city’s most enduring pastime. And no place within the city limits sets hearts aflutter quite like America’s first shopping center, which dates to 1931. With its distinctive Mediterranean-Spanish architecture and stable of high-end shops (Tom Ford, Chanel, Hermes, Hadleigh’s, Carolina Herrera, Lela Rose, Harry Winston, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Dior and more) along with restaurants (Café Pacific, Mi Cocina, Celebrity Café) and services (Avant Garden for flowers; a Frédéric Fekkai salon), this outdoor retail mecca never fails to dazzle and delight.
47 Highland Park Village, 214-443-9898, www.hpvillage.com

 

Madison
With arguably the best hostess-gift selection anywhere in the city, this Highland Park boutique stocks everything from linens, candles, stemware and china to coffee table books, satin baby pillows and gold bangles. It’s also monogram-central with extensive options for stitching, embossing and engraving.
45A Highland Park Village, 214-528-8118, www.madison214.com

 

Lower Greenville

Restaurants:

Blind Butcher
The casual pub setting belies the seriousness of the meats at this cozy watering hole, which thrums each night until 2 a.m. Larger parties often gravitate to the extensive appetizer menu that includes cheese and sausage boards. Chicken-fried quail, the FBLT (fois gras mayo, jowl bacon, lettuce and tomato) as well as the chocolate marrow cake keep luring back locals.
1919 Greenville Ave., 214-887-0000, www.theblindbutcher.com

 

HG Sply CO.
With its emphasis on honest fare and classic beverages, this lunch-dinner-brunch spot elevates casual dining with innovative recipes that include bison chili, curried sweet potato soup, quinoa burgers and the renowned coffee-crusted rib-eye with crispy Brussels sprouts. When the fickle North Texas forecast permits, embrace the opportunity to dine on the roof and enjoy unobstructed views of the downtown skyline.
2008 Greenville Ave., 469-334-0896, www.hgsplyco.com

 

Rapscallion
Those preferring their Southern cooking with a Cajun/Creole kick will savor the selections at this casual cousin of Boulevardier. The cornmeal-crusted catfish with littleneck clams as well as the crawfish hush puppies have won rave reviews, but it’s “The Long Walk To Nashville” (a brined, hot-fried chicken served with mala sauce) along with the 120-bottle wine list that have put this new establishment on the city’s competitive culinary map.
2023 Greenville Ave., #110, 469-291-5660, www.dallasrapscallion.com

 

Remedy
Seeking an antidote to lackluster fare and underwhelming atmosphere? Consider a dose of Remedy’s hot chicken and waffles at lunch or brunch, or the Hobo Dinner (wine-braised beef short rib with gnocchi) for your evening meal. The Lower Greenville staple takes its soda fountain seriously with a host of adult libations available alongside kid-friendly floats.
2010-B Greenville Ave., 469-294-4012, www.remedydallas.com

 

Wayward Sons
Opening its doors in December 2015 right across from the landmark Granada Theater, Wayward Sons stands as the latest brainchild of popular local chef Graham Dodds of Hibiscus fame. The rustic space includes a patio and kitchen garden where the staff grows vegetables and herbs not only for the comfort food on the menu but also for the eclectic array of cocktails.
3525 Greenville Ave., 214-828-2888, www.waywarddallas.com

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