01 Jan 10 Tasty Destinations For Your Dallas Dining Bucket List: #1 Flora Street Café
Looking for delicious ways to explore Dallas? You’re in luck– locals consider eating out as much a national pastime as watching football. And as such, the city is home to a flourishing dining scene with enough terrific culinary options to satisfy any craving and budget. The only problem you’ll have is trying to narrow down which ones to choose.
In the mood for handmade pasta, salumi platters and finely crafted regional specialties? Then look no further than Lucia in Bishop Arts. Reservations are practically impossible, but once you get in, you’ll understand why. Ditto for Nonna, a cozy neighborhood eatery off Oak Lawn that excels at neo-Italian fare like gourmet pizzas, pastas and wood-fired meats.
Of course, when it comes to the best, it’s impossible not to mention the city’s most acclaimed, upscale dining destinations. First up is Flora Street Café, the latest creation of chef Stephan Pyles. Located in the Dallas Arts District, the restaurant serves sumptuous elevated Texas-inspired dishes that look like they belong on the wall of a museum. Over in Uptown is where another of Dallas’ star chefs, Dean Fearing, can be found. His namesake restaurant in the Ritz Carlton is famous for its modern take on southwestern cuisine.
And although Dallas is not widely considered the barbecue capital of Texas, Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum certainly has done its share to put the city firmly on the BBQ map. Come for the ribs and house-made sausages, but stay for the brisket, it can hold its own against any in the state.
There’s also everything from modern Japanese to locally sourced seasonal fare and sophisticated steaks. In short, if you’re looking for a great meal, you’ve come to the right place.
#1 FLORA STREET CAFÉ
Trying to get a table at this sleek Dallas Arts District restaurant (especially at dinnertime) can be tricky. Which is no surprise, as this is the new flagship restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Stephan Pyles. And though it may be one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area (think: walls of glass with dazzling views of the Meyerson Symphony Center) you’ll probably be too distracted by the Instagram-worthy dishes to notice. But the pretty presentation is only part of the story: Good flavor combinations and cutting-edge cooking techniques are also in play here. Showcasing elevated Texas cuisine, the menu offers up everything from pork barbacoa tacos and lobster tamales to coffee-and-brown sugar marinated Wagyu rib-eye steaks. The wine list is of a caliber to match the food as are the inventive cocktails. Don’t skip dessert, not-to-be-missed is the chocolate sponge cake with hazelnut cream….