Since I am not a big beef eater, normally don’t like steak houses and dislike chains, I thought I would have an issue finding places to eat for this NY gal.  But did find some some places I would definitely recommend.

Flora Street Cafe – Creative Cuisine, 2330 Flora Street, Suite 150, Dallas (214-468-8138) – Another James Beard winner, chef Stephan Pyles serves “elevated Texas Cuisine”.  His presentations are works of art.  Hard to get reservations.

FT33 – Creative Cuisine, 1617 Hi Line Dr, Suite 250, Dallas (214-741-2629) – Chef Matt McCallister, another James Beard winner, serves fresh ingredients in cutting -edge cuisine.  Menu changes constantly according to what’s been sourced that day.

Salum – New American, 4152 Cole Ave #103, Dallas (214-252-9604) – Knox-Henderson has another great place serving creative American fare.  Chef Abraham Salum is there cooking and making this friendly neighborhood place one  you want to keep coming back to.

Pecan Lodge – Barbecue, 2702 Main Street, Dallas (214-748-9800) – rustic BBQ that has been named one of the top in the city


Abacus Restaurant – New American, 4511 McKinney Avenue, Dallas (214-559-3111) – Knox-Henderson high -end dining institution.  Beautiful, modern surroundings serving innovative takes on American food.  A bit pricey but worth the extra cost.

Nonna – Italian, 4115 Lomo Alto Dr, Dallas (214-521-1800) – Highland Park area restaurant where Chef Julian Barsotti serves excellent Italian cuisine, including pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, and other classics.

Yutaka – Sushi, 2633 Mckinney Ave #140, Dallas (214-969-5533)  – Sushi Chef Yutaka Yamoto serves excellent sushi as well as other hot and cold dishes.  Expensive, but then who wants to eat cheap sushi!

Tei-An – Japanese, 1722 Routh St #110, Dallas (214-220-2828) – Trendy, upscale scene, in the Arts District, serving great sushi, homemade noodles, and other great treats.  Has a rooftop cocktail bar with great views.

Wayward Sons – 3525 Greenville Ave, Dallas (214-828-2888) – inventive farm-to-table dishes has been hot since it opened in 2015.  Chef Graham Dodds changes the menu with his finds at the local markets.  Start your mean with a Wayward Son cocktail made with gin, chartreuse and jalapeno.

Fearing’s – Creative American, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas (214-922-4848) – Chef Dean Fearing has a modern take on Southwest cooking that earned him a James Beard Award.

Uchi Dallas – Sushi, 2817 Maple Ave, Dallas (214-855-5454) – Chef Tyson Cole, straight from Austin, opened in 2015 another great sushi restaurant.  Also won a James Beard award.

Lucia Dallas – Italian, 409 W. 8th Street, Suite 101 (214-948-4998) – with 36 seats this trattoria is warm and romantic.  Books up quickly so get reservations well in advance.

Mirador Lunch, 1615 Main Street, inside Forty Five Ten, Downtown Dallas – Chef Nilton “Junior” Borges who helped Uchi earn 5 stars and then assisted Matt McCalliste at FT33, opened this spot.

Saint-Emilion Restaurant – French, 3617 W. Seventh Street, Fort Worth (817-737-2781) – Chef Bernard Tronche’s classic french restaurant in theGCultural District.  Great wine list as you would imagine.  Set in an old A-Frame home makes it even more intimate and evening.

Bonnell’s – Tex-Mex, 4259 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth (817-738-5489) – Chef Jon Bonnell’s casual Fort Worth Overton Park restaurant has a great, creative menu that he calls “creative Texan”.  Worth the journey.

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