Dallas Restaurants & Attractions

Dallas is a city with great restaurants, 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 we’re often asked for new recommendations on where to dine. Below is a list of favorites we’ve highlighted in the most recent issue of Spark magazine--all within an easy drive from Dallas Market Center. Happy indulging!

- Cindy Morris | President and CEO, Dallas Market Center

DALLAS EATS

Commons Club
The new Virgin Hotels Dallas is home to this playful and vibrant spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Luxe velvet, gold fixtures, a huge bar, and a great view of the kitchen’s inner workings make for an entertaining meal. Add live music and the Drag Brunch, and there’s your weekend. Dine-in or carryout. 1415 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. 469-436-7150. $$$. Walk-in

Ellie’s
In the sleek and chic HALL Arts Hotel, chef Eric Dreyer hosts diners looking to indulge in Napa-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the tune of daily live music in a beautifully artistic setting. Dine-in or carryout. 1717 Leonard St., Dallas. 972-629-0924. $$$. Walk-in

Desert Racer
The latest in chef-entrepreneur Nick Badovinus’ lengthy list of successful restaurants, Desert Racer pivoted during the pandemic and spun off three pop-ups—Vantina, Ese Pollo, and Burrito Jamz ’03—serving tacos, chicken, and burritos, respectively. Carryout. 1520 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-827-1520. $$. Walk-in

Flatbread Company
For delicious pizza with a side of charity, visit Flatbread Company. The spot donates $3.50 from each pie to a local cause each week, directly benefiting the community. Dine-in or carryout. 1720 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 972-918-3999. $$. Walk-in

José on Lovers
With a kitchen run by James Beard-lauded chef Anastacia Quinones and an expansive, yellow umbrella-dotted patio to die for, José is modern Mexican food with plenty of old-school heart. From chef AQ’s famous aguachile at dinner to brunch’s concha French toast, every meal at José is a creative, colorful delight. Dine-in or carryout. 4931 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. 214-891-5673. $$$. Reservations required

Las Palmas
One part nostalgia, two parts Tex-Mex, Las Palmas has a vibe that just won’t quit. From the Elvis and Johnny Cash tunes to the old-school lights above the bar, the ambiance here just feels good. The food is also a draw—try the wagyu fajitas drenched in bone marrow butter for an indulgent dinner. Dine-in or carryout. 2708 Routh St., Dallas. 972-863-7900. $$$. Walk-in

Nori Handroll Bar
Deep Ellum is home to several gastronomical delights, but Nori is special. Its long, shotgun-shaped bar is manned by several sushi chefs who will attend to your every need, from hot towels to hot tea, temaki to takoyaki. 2814 Elm St., Dallas. 469-436-6674. $$$. Walk-in

Original Market Diner
When you’ve been working hard and all you need is drip coffee, fried eggs, and pancakes, the Original Market Diner is the ideal place to satisfy your cravings. There’s pie, too—but only if you clean your plate and say please. Dine-in or carryout. 4434 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas. 214-521-0992. $. Walk-in

Sēr Steak + Spirits
Steak and views are the two main attractions at this penthouse steakhouse perched atop the Hilton Anatole. Live music, a well-curated wine list, and expertly crafted cocktails combine for the ideal evening out. Dine-in or carryout. 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., 27th Flr., Dallas. 214-761-7479. $$$$. Reservations recommended

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Sloane’s Corner
Ideal for downtown business lunches, Sloane’s is a pretty little spot with beautiful food and a knowledgeable staff. Think American cuisine with international spins. Sloane’s also recently launched a pickup-only Sicilian-style pizza pop-up called Pizza Leila. Dine-in or carryout. 2001 Ross Ave., Ste. 215, Dallas. 214-484-1395. $$$. Walk-in

Taco y Vino
This cozy Bishop Arts District wine bar also cooks up tacos, and, really, it’s hard to come up with a better combination. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, and if you’re looking for a curated selection from which to choose your nightcap, you’ve found it. Dine-in or carryout. 213 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 469-372-0022. $$. Walk-in

Terry Black’s Barbecue
The newest spot for barbecue in Dallas might just be the largest. The second location of the Austin-based restaurant opened in Deep Ellum to much praise, and it’s easy to see why: a fast-moving line, full bar (including the famous frozen Black’s margarita), sides for days, and rows of smokers full of brisket, sausage, beef ribs, and more make it a home run. Dine-in or carryout. 3025 Main St., Dallas. 469-399-0081. $$. Walk-in

The Charles Dallas
This swanky den, with interiors by Sees Design, offers respite via comforting pasta bowls and incredibly well-paired bottles. In back, Bar Charles allows for socially distanced drinking. Or grab a finish-at-home pasta kit and glass of wine to go. Dine-in or carryout. 1632 Market Center Blvd., Dallas. 469-917-9000. $$$. Reservations recommended

Uno Mas
If you’re looking for a fun spot that combines a chill patio with spicy Tex-Mex, this is it. Think fajitas, tacos, fundido, enchiladas, and house-made chips and salsas served alongside frozen margaritas and beer. Dine-in or carryout. 2929 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. 214-471-5117. $$. Walk-in

DALLAS DRINKS

Bishop Cidercade
To feel like a kid again, visit this Dallas Design District hot spot, where you can play all the arcade games you want while sipping more than 25 drinks on tap, including ciders and hard kombucha. Ten bucks lets you play all day. 2777 Irving Blvd., Dallas. 214-364-7728.

Dibs on Victory
If 24-karat gold wings don’t get your attention, maybe the huge bar on your way to the American Airlines Center will. There’s a large second-floor patio to chill on and plenty of cocktails, wine, and beer to be had. Dibs is an ideal spot to catch a game any night of the week. Dine-in or carryout. 2401 Victory Park Lane, Ste. 190, Dallas. 214-903-6536. $. Walk-in

Drakes Hollywood
Drake’s was made for celebrations. Whether it’s a big win at work, a birthday, or just because it’s a Tuesday, get out the sparklers and order some of the best martinis in town to wash down those pizzas, pastas, and steaks in an Old Hollywood setting. Dine-in or carryout. 5007 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas. 214-651-4114. $$. Reservations recommended

Las Almas Rotas
The cocktail menu at this small but mighty bar in Fair Park has a strong focus on mezcal, but it also includes plenty of tequila numbers for pairing with tasty Mexican food. At the pandemic’s onset, staff cleverly devised a makeshift drive-thru in the restaurant’s adjacent alleyway with much success. This place has ample patio seating, too. Dine-in or carryout. 3615 Parry Ave., Dallas. 972-685-5666. $. Walk-in

Paradiso
Dallas boasts many beautiful spots for sipping a cocktail, and the Bishop Arts District’s Paradiso is certainly among them. The cocktails are nothing if not well-made and unique, and they go well with the delicious southern European fare.Dine-in or carryout. 308 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas. 214-944-5865. $$. Walk-in

Texas Ale Project
The Dallas Design District is home to the Texas Ale Project, where the first Saturday of every month means free brewery tours at 2 p.m. Or visit the taproom Thursday through Sunday to sample any of the brewery’s beers. 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas. 214-965-0606.

DALLAS ATTRACTIONS

Dallas Zoo
Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoo in Texas, and it’s home to more than 2,000 animals on 106 acres. Tickets and parking permits must be purchased in advance, and guests 10 years and older are required to wear face coverings. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469-554-7500. $17 adult admission

Dragon Park Gardens
Technically an open-to-the-public private park, this small yet magical space in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood is home to sculptures, flora, and endless Zen. It’s a little-known secret owned by Mark Mahan of Select Salon, just across the street. Call the salon when you arrive for permission to peruse. 3520 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. 214-727-9879. Free admission.

Frontiers of Flight Museum
A designated Smithsonian Institution, the museum houses more than 25,000 aviation and spaceflight artifacts. Planes, rockets, flight gear, communication devices, and over 100,000 square feet of STEM-inspired aviation history make it a treasure. 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. 214-350-3600. $10 adult admission

Klyde Warren Park
For outdoor play, food trucks, and playgrounds for both dogs and kiddos, Klyde Warren Park is the ultimate urban green space, stretching over the slice of Woodall Rodgers Freeway that connects downtown with the Uptown neighborhood. Restaurants along the green offer patio seating. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. Free admission

Museum of Illusions Dallas
Instagrammers flock to the Museum of Illusions to capture an everlasting memory. Secure a time slot and purchase tickets in advance online, where you’ll also find safety guidelines. 701 Ross Ave., Dallas. 214-432-1582. $19 adult admission

Nasher Sculpture Center
This small and easy-to-conquer museum in the Dallas Arts District is peppered with sculptures that incite pause and reflection. It’s the perfect spot for a hard-earned shopping break. 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214-242-5100. $10 adult admission

Reunion Tower
Dallas’ notorious microphone-shaped building affords 360-degree city views. Tickets to visit the GeO-Deck, which clocks in at 470 feet high, must be reserved in advance online, where you’ll also find safety guidelines. 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas. 214-712-7040. $18 adult admission

The Museum of Biblical Art
This museum, which was rebuilt in 2010 after a fire in 2005, offers programs, galleries, and inspiration for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. 7500 Park Lane, Dallas. 214-368-4622. $15 adult admission