When in Dallas, Texas

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 75212

Trinity Groves
Trinity Groves

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.


Wofgang Puck's Five Sixty...is 560 feet high!

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
Sun – Thurs, 5pm – 10pm CT (Lounge until 11pm)
Fri & Sat, 5pm – 11pm CT (Lounge until 12am)
Reservations strongly recommended 


Chicken Scratch
Chicken Scratch

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
Mon – Thurs, 11am – 9pm CT 
Fri & Sat, 11am – 10pm CT

Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano 


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
Sun – Wed, 5:30pm – 10pm CT 
Thurs –  Sat, 5:30m – 11pm CT
Stampede 66
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
Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 2pm CT 
Mon – Wed, 6:00pm – 10:30pm CT  (Bar opens at 4pm)
Thurs –  Sat, 6:00pm – 11pm CT (Bar opens at 4pm)