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Best Local Cuisine in Dallas

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Fearing's

Named one of Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2007, Fearing's lives up to its reputation. It's located inside the Ritz-Carlton and boasts a very customer-friendly schedule, as it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. Sundays also feature a deluxe brunch where your options don't stop at waffles. Go ahead and try the steak and eggs plate, a tender sirloin steak, or fresh eggs with jalapeno, all served with a potato enchilada. So, pick a seat, relax with an aromatic glass of wine, and let Chef Fearing take care of the rest.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Pecan Lodge

Pecan Lodge has been named the best barbecue in Dallas two years running, an incredible distinction in Texas where competition is saturated and barbecue aficionados are as scrutinizing as they come. Along with wife Diane, founder and pit master Justin Fourton recreates both of his grandfathers' recipes, fusing West and East Texas into a delicious blend of styles. Burnt Ends is one of the more popular dishes, consisting of meat, fat and crust from brisket that has been twice baked and is packed with barbecue flavor. The mac and cheese is also to die for and comes topped with bacon bits. Be advised, the wait for service is generally slow depending on the crowd, so show up early and be prepared to lick your lips as you take in the aromas wafting from the kitchen.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Mia's Tex-Mex

This simple yet endearing joint serving Tex-Mex cuisine has been satisfying taste buds since 1981. The ambiance at the family-run restaurant is friendly and the food is excellent. Choose among their popular dishes such as Jack Hongos, Guacamole Salad, Lucychanga, and Spinach Quesadillas. If you're in for a quick meal, stick to the Luncheon Special. A favorite haunt of many movie stars and their fans, the only thing bigger than the eatery's reputation is the smile on their customers' faces.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Tillman's Roadhouse

Tillman's Roadhouse provides a casual approach to sophisticated dining. Located in a building from the 1950s in the Bishop Arts District, patrons are surrounded by memorabilia from times gone by. A favorite of area office workers, the unique blend of old and new provides an unusual oasis from the doldrums. The menu focuses on fish and seafood, although there are beef and chicken dishes as well. Choose from baby back ribs with Oriental coleslaw and barbecue sauce, blackened catfish, grilled trout, salmon and marinated chicken with lime and cilantro.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Hattie's

At Hattie's, you'll be pleasantly surprised the variety of entrées offered. It's always the best of what the season has to offer, put together creatively. A glance at the menu and you'll come across some interesting concoctions—buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and Tasso ham gravy, goat cheese and herb stuffed chicken breast, and BLT pasta. The menu looks different every season!

Dallas, TX, United States
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The Porch

The friendly tavern-next-door features an inspiring contemporary menu while staying true to its warm and homely appeal. Start off with one of their draft or bottled beer, or an innovative cocktail alternative. For a wholesome meal, The Porch offers an extensive variety of familiar dishes with unfamiliar spins. Choose a stuffed sandwich or melt, or opt for one of their specialties pulled from either side of the world, like Schnitzel, Smoked Brisket Enchiladas, Stroganoff and so on. Sides like Smoked Ham Mac & Cheese, Smoked Red Pepper Hummus and other adventurous choices truly tantalize the palate. Whether eating a downhome or uptown spread, you're guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, not to mention your wallet.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Babe's Chicken Dinner House

Babe's is a unique and entertaining place to get your Southern Comfort Food and good home cookin'. In the family style dining area you may be sitting beside another family. With no menus the choices are small but significant. Fried chicken, chicken strips, chicken fried steak and catfish would have to be the top of the line. Without asking salad, green beans, biscuits, corn and masked potatoes are brought to your table in a pass-around fashion. Enjoy the amazing chicken or fish and every once in a while catch a show while the waitresses dance around the restaurant in a synchronized song. On Fridays and Saturdays one should be aware of the wait time.

Carrollton, TX, United States
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Bubba's

Bring your Mom here so she can replicate some of the incredible, home-cooked dishes served here daily! If you come here more than once, you'll notice more regulars than at any other place in Dallas. Specialties include the Chicken Fried Steak ("smothered steak" to those who didn't grow up in the South!) and the excellent, tender Pot Roast. Hot, flaky biscuits are served with most meals and the chocolate cream pie is among the finest ever made.

Dallas, TX, United States
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