Many people have been coming to Buck Kao's Royal China since its beginning in 1974. Royal China offers beautiful Chinese-style lighting and wall hangings for an upscale, quiet, and romantic ambiance. Specialty dishes include hot and sour soup and steamed pan-fried pork dumplings. The menu also includes mixed drinks, wine and beer to complement any meal.
Mi Cocina is a great Mexican restaurant and bar located in the Highland Park Village shopping center. The atmosphere is festive, colorful, and lively. The chic decor and friendly wait staff make this restaurant feel like a party whenever you walk in. The traditional Tex-Mex entrees are served with a touch of class. The enchiladas, flautas, nachos, quesadillas and fajitas are exceptional, while the tortilla soup is a bit unique-- it has peas! After your meal, stroll through the shopping center and window shop.
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.
A favorite among local residents, Cane Rosso stands a class apart. The pizza here is made from scratch in the distinctive Neapolitan style, with fresh sauces and cheeses. Get ready for a gastronomic delight and revel in the flavors of Naples. Just reading their menu is sure to make your mouth water, as it offers a wide range of pizzas, appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts.
Lockhart Smokehouse's famed flavors draw people in from far and wide. Casual, as a good barbecue joint should be, their attitude towards meat is anything but casual. The Central Texas-style eatery churns out flawlessly smoked brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken. Meats are sold by the half-pound and sliced to order, so you can get the exact amount of meat you want every time.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop has been a favorite of many Americans and its ever expanding outlets are a proof of the same. The Potbelly Sandwich Shop on the Elm Street comes as a blessing to those of work in Downtown, Dallas because it is here that they can pick up their lunch and head to work. You can also sit at the restaurant and eat, this location of the restaurant chain is spacious and has comfortable seating spaces inside as well as at the patio. The staff here is highly efficient and they handle the crowd very well.
Located on Pacific Avenue, Chad Houser's Café Momentum is a restaurant that also provides jobs and life skills to disadvantaged youth. This non profit concept restaurant aims to help at risk teens by training them and teaching them about culinary art. The food prepared here reflects the chef's personal tastes for wonderful combinations of rich flavors and textures. The seasonal menu ensures that guests receive the freshest in-season ingredients prepared in the kitchen. With the 'tips' going towards donations for maintaining this philanthropic dining venue and training facility, this simple yet modern eatery provides diners with good food and good service.
McDonald's is a household name and more than a stopover for lunch it has become a synonymous to home. This location of the beloved fast food chain attracts most of the downtown, Dallas crowd, hence it is quite busy throughout its working hours. But their efficient staff is very friendly and prompt in their service, and they always get orders spot on. This is also a perfect spot for a quick lunch detour for those enjoying a shopping escapde in downtown, Dallas.
Although many people are introduced to The Zodiac while taking a break from all the shopping opportunities Neiman Marcus presents, the restaurant is an attraction in its own right. Located on the sixth floor of the hugely successful department store, the restaurant has scrumptious seasonal offerings for its patrons. With many dishes meant for the health conscious and those with special dietary requirements, this restaurant takes pains to cater to everyone. Braised pot roast, pumpkin ravioli and sautéed salmon filet are the kind of delicious items you should expect to see on the menu. There is a long list of wines and cocktails as well. Reservations are highly recommended.
Porta Di Roma offers its guests a taste of the traditional flavors of Italian cuisine with a menu composed of authentic classics and creative interpretations. Prepared from fresh, local produce, every dish is packed with flavor and created with finesse. The restaurant offers a range of delicious pastas prepared with seafood, chicken, veal and vegetables, hot calzones, hearty subs, and hand-tossed pizzas. With a full bar and food served late in to the night, Porta Di Roma is the perfect place for a relaxed meal or drink and light snack on your way home from an event. Porta Di Roma also offers a catering menu for lunch and private areas for events and meetings. With friendly service and the goodness of fresh food in every bite, this restaurant will soon become your go to choice for a taste of Italy.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is one of the finest steakhouses in town and is known for their succulent steaks, game birds, seafood and venison. Savor their Buffalo Filet Mignon, Quail Medallions, Pistachio Crusted Chicken, Steak and Lobster, and Steamed Hawaiian Sea Bass in elegant settings. Their lunch and dinner menu differ from each other, but you can be assured of delicious fare no matter whenever you go. Its century-old brick arcs, iron and wooden accents, light fixtures and candlelight give it a sophisticated look while the black and photos are pleasing to the eye. Compliment your meal with wine or any fine drink from their bar.