Are right, y’all, Big ‘D’ (also known as Dallas) is a place where legends are made! Home to the Dallas Cowboys, J.R., The Texas State Fair (the largest in the country), world renowned architecture, museums and city parks…and of course, AMAZING food!! Dallas is the 9th largest city in the U.S. and the 4 largest metropolitan area. It is a culturally rich city with world-class symphonies, art museums, opera, and more. And they love their sports teams in Big D. From the Cowboys (football), to the Mavericks (basketball), to the Stars (ice hockey), to the Rangers (baseball).
There is an area of Dallas that we just love, both for the food, but for the concept, too, called Trinity Groves, near the Bishop Arts District and the famous Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. The Trinity Groves project is home to the Restaurant Incubator program. This program encourages new chefs and restaurateurs to create and present their concepts to a team of experienced restaurateurs who will then support them and help them bring their vision to reality. They have converted warehouses into spaces where these chefs and restaurateurs can bring their cuisine and concepts to the public with minimal investment. The food and experience is really one-of-a-kind. And such a great cause!
The address is 425 Bedford Street, Dallas TX 75212http://www.trinitygroves.com/about/
Now…Let’s talk FOOD. I can honestly say, I think you could dine out for every single day for lunch and every single evening for dinner, and you wouldn’t even begin to have made a dent in the number of eating establishments there are in the Dallas metropolitan area. The number of dining choices to choose from is truly astounding.
Below you can click into 4 killer good restaurants in Dallas that we dined at during our stay. Some of the best chefs in the country call Dallas their home. It is truly a foodie’s paradise.
[NOTE: The full write-ups for Chicken Scratch, Javier’s and Stampede 66 will be live in the coming days.]FIVE SIXTY
This amazing fine-dining restaurant by the legendary Chef Wolgang Puck sits atop the iconic Reunion Tower in downtown. Puck puts a modern take on Asian classic dishes. And you want to talk about the view? Unbelievable. You’ll have an absolutely unforgettable dining experience at FIVE SIXTY.Five Sixty 300 Reunion Blvd. Dallas, TX 75202 Phone: (214) 741-5560 Hours: Sun – Thurs, 5pm – 10pm CT (Lounge until 11pm) Fri & Sat, 5pm – 11pm CT (Lounge until 12am) Reservations strongly recommended $$$$
This family friendly, walk-up and order restaurant by the award-winning Chef Tim Byres takes fried chicken to amazing heights. There is a good variety on the menu, and it’s all so fresh and incredibly flavorful. Atmosphere is laid back and comfortable, including a fun outdoor picnic area with a cool bar, The Foundry, just right next door. We love CHICKEN SCRATCH!Chicken Scratch 2303 Pitman St Dallas, TX 75208 Phone: (214) 749-1112 Hours: Mon – Thurs, 11am – 9pm CT Fri & Sat, 11am – 10pm CT $$$$
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano is a Dallas institution. Dallasites having been enjoying this Mexico City-inspired restaurant for over 35 years. It’s not Tex-Mex…it’s fine Mexican cuisine from beef tenderloin, to snapper, sauteed shrimp, to amazing chicken. A perennial favorite!Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano 4912 Cole Ave Dallas, TX 75205 Phone: (214) 521-4211 Hours: Sun – Wed, 5:30pm – 10pm CT Thurs – Sat, 5:30m – 11pm CT $$$$ STAMPEDE 66
Celebrated Chef Stephan Pyles creates an incredible dining experience in Stampede 66. He calls it Modern Texas Cuisine. We call it damn good. A must when in Big D.Stampede 66 1717 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75201 Phone: (214) 550-6966 Hours: Lunch: Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 2pm CT Dinner: Mon – Wed, 6:00pm – 10:30pm CT (Bar opens at 4pm) Thurs – Sat, 6:00pm – 11pm CT (Bar opens at 4pm) $$$$