In Dallas County, there is definitely no shortage of amazing places to eat. In fact, we have the best BBQ, Tex-Mex, steakhouses, seafood--you name the cuisine, we have a hundred amazing places to choose from and dang it, sometimes that makes deciding where to eat stressful!
Part of my shtick as SouthDallasFoodie is I offer real time recommendations for restaurants on social media. My followers tweet or DM me their location and what they're in the mood for and I give them my two cents.
My criteria for giving a restaurant recommendation is fairly simple:
When I ate there, was the food delicious?
Was the meal worth the price on the receipt?
Would I go back?
Would I recommend this place to my best friend?
I have compiled the top 5 places that I typically recommend into a handy list for you, consider it your Dallas food "bucket list" for the new year.
Here are 5 restaurants you should totally visit in Dallas in 2017
1601 McKinney Ave Dallas TX, 75202
I get asked about Tex-Mex more than any other cuisine and without flinching, I ALWAYS direct hungry people straight to the El Fenix located in Downtown. The food is amazing. You will be munching on chips and salsa within 2 minutes (or less) from sitting down. That is a MAJOR selling point for me with El Fenix... when I'm hungry- NOW- this is always where I go. It's easily the most delicious Tex- Mex restaurant in the entire city, all locations are great, but McKinney is my favorite.
5330 Beltline Road Dallas TX, 75254
If you're looking for a beautiful place to eat in Dallas that won't completely break your wallet Chamberlain's is the perfect option. The Ambiance is absolutely beautiful the chef, Richard Chamberlain is so incredibly talented! They serve steak and seafood. I highly recommend the scallops- I can honestly say I have never had scallops prepared better than I've had at Chamberlain's. Everything on the menu was delicious, you will not be sorry.
5610 East Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75026
If you're looking for Italian in Dallas you have to go to the original Campisi's Egyptian Lounge on Mockingbird near Greenville Avenue. It's a very dark cozy spot in a very old building and the food tastes just like a real Italian grandmother is in the kitchen making it for you. There are several locations of Campisi's in the area but the one on Mockingbird is by far my favorite. I highly recommend the shrimp scampi appetizer- it's legendary and also the chicken parmesan is superb. And the crab claws. And the lasagna. Lord I'm hungry.
316 Cooper Street Cedar Hill TX, 75104
If you're in South Dallas County and you're looking for something different I highly recommend Trios in Cedar Hill. Chef Hector Angeles has a wonderfully creative menu filled with things you typically don't find in South Dallas, things like lobster! (Mmmmm, lobster...) Trios is in a old converted house with a beautiful patio outside and a really fun Sports Bar. They even have a house cat (outside) that will occasionally stroll by while you're eating which I am totally into. The price points are fantastic and it's tucked away in Old Downtown Cedar Hill. So quaint and so delicious!
The Galleria- 13340 Dallas Parkway Suite 1369 Dallas TX, 75240
If you're looking to go someplace very fancy and get a superb seafood dinner there's no place better than The Oceanaire located at Westin Galleria. The Ambiance there is super swanky, it's absolutely gorgeous. The blackened wild salmon is to DIE for but anything you order here is sure to be amazing. My husband took me there on our tenth anniversary I recommend that you request the table in the corner on the balcony for the best view and be sure to dress to impress!
South Dallas born and raised. Wife to a really cool guy, mother of two awesome little girls. I retired from sales and marketing last year to become a blogger full time so I can have more time with my family. Occasionally I'll go on a podcast to dissect and discuss various shows and reality stars on BravoTV. I also write for Girls On Food. I love fancy food but I also REALLY love Fritos and Little Debbie, so... :)