Classic cars and old-fashioned hamburgers are Keller's specialties. Very popular with all age groups, this hamburger institution is a great place to eat and enjoy beautiful weather. Rustic drive-in and parking carports give this place a nostalgic twist. Just flash your car lights to get the wait staff's (once known as car-hops) attention. The fish sandwich, chicken strips, homemade chili and other favorites provide you with a wide range of choices, not to mention the habit-forming hamburgers.
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.
Tacos La Banqueta is the place to go to get your late night taco fix on a weekend. They're open until 4 a.m. on weekends in order to serve post-party patrons what many consider to be the best tacos in Dallas. Variety is key, and they serve several types of meats, including al pastor tacos, chicken tacos, and tripas. Cilantro lovers will rejoice when visiting here, since the tacos are piled high with the stuff!
The menu at Via Real will appeal to both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food lovers alike. Grilled fresh fish is served daily and the Cancun plate, large Gulf Shrimp and bacon-wrapped scallops, comes complete with Spanish rice and black beans. Lighter fare includes Squash or Spinach Enchiladas, perfect for vegetarians, and classic favorites such as Tacos and Flan are also available. The main dining room is picturesque, with its flowing waterfall and courtyard-like decor.
Upon entering Central Market for the first time, visitors are amazed at the variety of fresh produce including items that are only in season a few brief weeks each year. The seafood displays are something you would expect to see in a coastal region; the breads and pastries will tempt any palate, and you get to the select from more than 400 cheeses. Central Market also offers classes on everything from proper use of kitchen knives to sushi to holiday theme menus. After this shopping experience you will be geared up to take on Gordon Ramsay.
Concerned about your financial future? Then visit this place early in the morning to sip espresso, read a free copy of the Wall Street Journal, and wait for the opening bell to ring in the news of the stock market. You can also watch popular financial newscasts such as CNBC's "SquakBox", MSNBC, CNN or listen to David Johnson's stock tips on News Radio KRLD 1080. Enjoy great food such as pasteries and sandwiches while you relax in a comfortable and educational environment. This place offers free wi-fi service and parking, as well as live music featuring local and regional musicians and bands. There has rarely been a more congenial atmosphere for contemplating the collapse of your finances.
What do you need for a good game? A passionate spirit and a bucket full of chicken wings from the masters themselves. WingBucket's serve succulent wings which are second to none. It is here that you will find one of the best chicken wings with delicious sauces and sides. Though the place is a bit busy because of its downtown location, it is always worth the wait at WingBucket. Along with the signature wings, also try their chicken and waffles and the chili cheese fries.
Chop House Burger is not just your average burger joint. Don't be fooled by the casual ambiance; they take their burgers very seriously here! From the locally sourced Angus beef, Old-fashioned Milk-shakes and deliciously crunchy Fries, you won't be disappointed. The quality of the ingredients and the nice preparations make these burgers a cut above the rest. Their signature Chop House Burger good choice, with a side order of their special Truffle-Parmesan fries. Kids can also choose from their Kids specials. Other favorites to try here are the Ahi Tuna, and the Wine Country Burger.
If you're looking for a sugar fix while in Downtown Dallas, or want to gift someone special a sweet treat; stop by Fluellen Cupcakes. It's likely as you walk out of that bakery with a box of delicious cupcakes, someone will sigh in envy at your box and commend you on your choice. Popularly believed to be one of the best in town, Fluellen Cupcakes has a creative and quality concious approach to their creations. Constantly adding and developing new flavors, you'll be spoiled for choice. Popular favorites include the Red Velvet, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, though you could always try a special like the Pineapple Coconut and Wedding Cake.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches is popularly known for it's delicious Submarine Sandwiches. With several branches across the country, it offers visitors quick, fresh sandwiches with a variety of gourmet fillings like salami, provolone, home-made tuna, apple-wood smoked ham and more. Only the most intrepid would venture to attempt the J.J.Gargantuan, a humongous sandwich filled with a variety of delicious cold meats and condiments. Stop by for one of their signature sandwiches, friendly service and a good value for money meal.
A cup of coffee at Starbucks sets everyone in a good mood. The downtown location of the coffee chain aims at doing just that, as it is in close proximity for many who work in this neighborhood. Young professionals drop by here for their quick caffeine fix. The place is a bit secluded hence ideal if you wish to sit peacefully and read a book or get some work done. The staff is very friendly and their service is quite prompt.
Sometimes it's better to take a break from the regular coffee chains and try something more local, the Flying Horse Cafe inside the The Hotel Magnolia lets you do just that. Here, you will be able to enjoy the flavors of freshly-brewed coffee in an informal setting. Along with coffee, do try some of their baked goods which are unique in flavor. The place also serves sandwiches, wraps and salads and hence is a great spot for a quick lunch. The place is not hard to find, just look out for the giant, red flying horse on Commerce Street.