Many have asked and not many have received…until now. Most people know I am a total foodie (shout out to the fam for raising me that way) and while this list is ever evolving, I wanted to share my favorite fifteen places that I get my grub when I’m home. I’m breaking this bad boy down by category since the food scene in Texas is insane. So here it is: my top three places to get coffee, brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour in Dallas.
C O F F E E
Royal Blue Grocery
Before I got my Nespresso machine (thanks Mom!), I was seriously addicted to this place. It started out with the convenience factor since it’s the perfect stop on my morning commute, but I then came to love the baristas and the Stumptown medium roast all too much. It’s also my favorite place to work from!
If you want a quality cup of coffee and a spot to catch up with a friend, look no further than the home to “the pattern of coffee and people”. While I’m a fan of their pour overs, if a barista ever offers to make you something off the menu…let them. They will rock your caffeinated world.
Magnolias Sous le Pont
When I heard my co-worker describe this place as a coffee shop where “West Elm meets Anthropologie” I knew I was going to fall in love, even if it was just for the decor. Good news is their latte game is strong, so you can grab some pretty coffee in an even prettier spot.
B R U N C H
While most people are turned away by the long wait on the weekends, this is somewhere that I actually think is worth the wait. First, it’s somewhere that has something for everyone (hence the “Food for All” motto)! My favorite plates are the Chicken & Waffles, the Buffalo Mac, and Short Rib Hash. And as an added bonus, they also have great coffee to compliment their great food.
Home to my favorite brunch drink in Dallas (try the Peche Mignon and thank me later), this brunch spot is most definitely for the ladies. It happens to be my mom and I’s favorite breakfast spot when she’s in town. Make sure to get order their Quiche Lorraine!
Public School 214
While I originally fell in love with this place for the mac n’ cheese (what’s new?), their breakfast game is on point. They serve “just about bottomless” mimosas for $10. While a lot of places have great mimosa deals, what really keeps me coming back for more? The freakin’ Eggs Benedict Pizza. It will rock your world.
L U N C H
While their baked goods are amazing, this bakery also has the best chicken salad and plenty of good sandwiches (I’m picky, okay?!) to go around. But be sure to grab a dessert for later once you order your lunch, because their sea salt peanut butter bar is heaven.
I don’t know know how or when eating ramen for lunch became socially acceptable, but if you want a quick spot to grab some Asian food then be sure check this place out. The best thing about Wabi is their $8 lunch special. My personal favorite is the Dry Garlic!
As far as downtown lunch spots go, this is by far my favorite because it is both adorable and affordable. You can find this cafe inside the historic Post Office (which is the coolest!) offering a great soup, salad, and sandwich game.
D I N N E R
Mesero was actually my first meal when I moved to Dallas…and the first place I knew I’d be a regular. Why? Because they have the BEST margaritas and queso in town (priorities, people). You can typically find me at the location on Knox & Mckinney. It’s the closest to my apartment and feels like home (literally, it’s tiny and the staff are like family).
This is a hidden gem (seriously, most people pass it while trying to find it) and probably has my favorite vibe of any restaurant in Dallas. It seems that everyone at NHS is having the BEST time when they are there! What I recommend ordering: start off with the fried asparagus and the meatballs, move on to their chicken pot pie (served only on Thursdays), their straight up fish, or a filet for your main course, and grab a side of their mac ‘n cheese or brussel sprouts. You’re welcome.
One of my most recent restaurant finds is making the cut because it was some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. (A growing theme here on the blog…I love carbs, sue me.) All of their pasta is handmade daily and their appetizers are amazing! We had the stuffed squash blossoms and the spaghetti suppli (fried pesto pasta balls that taste like heaven).
While it is probably my favorite culinary experience in the city, a full dinner here should be saved for very, very special occasions due to its infamous price tag. However, their “Sake Social” hour (every day from 5:00-6:30PM) is a total steal! And the best thing is, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. It’s all phenomenal.
I’m a sucker for a stellar view, so when I found out about this rooftop I was stoked! The first time I went for a drink and tried their spinach artichoke dip (best ever), I knew I would be coming back…especially since they have $5 cocktails and bites. If you work downtown, it’s a great place to stop after you get off since it’s just down the street.
HG Sply Co
The rooftop. Enough said (apparently a growing theme in the happy hour category here). Anyways, one of the things that sets HG apart from the rest is their sunset toast, where they hand out a free drink to every one in the restaurant just to thank them for spending their evening at HG Sply! My favorite drinks are the Frozen Moscow Mule (great twist on a classic) and the Double Under (think a better version of your standard margarita).
Well, now I’m hungry (just being honest)…so I’m gonna go get some food. Hope to see you guys at some of my favorite spots here in Dallas!