If you learn one thing from this list, let it be that the city is made up of so much more than barbecue and Tex-Mex. Dallas chefs are bold and not afraid to try new things, and as a result, a list of elite establishments have risen to the top of the food chain, covering casual to fine dining, creative menus, and everything else. Whether you’re craving a killer omakase, a local ribeye steak, or a savory soufflé, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our list of Dallas’s best restaurants—and we hope you’re hungry.
Courtesy Cattleack BBQ
An improbably obscure location—deep within a mostly faceless collection of low-slung industrial buildings near the Galleria—hasn’t done a thing to deter the crowds from Cattleack, one of the most celebrated barbecue joints in Texas. Nothing about the place evokes the energy and atmosphere of its esteemed peers, at least not visually, but you’re not here to admire cheesy, howdy-y’all, barbecue-themed decor. Rather, you’re for the meat—so get in line and pray they don’t run out of beef ribs.