Ambiance: Quaint, Welcoming Why we love it: Open Sesame is a hidden gem offering truly authentic Lebanese cuisine. The unpretentious setting and friendly service is only made better by the flavorful and affordable dishes. Go for: Dinner Standouts: Appetizer Sampler, Lamb Shish Kabab, Tawook Know before you go: Their patio is pet-friendly.
Ambiance: Casual, Modern Why we love it: Arepa Tx offers classic arepa dishes with a modern twist and refreshing artisinal pops and serves them up in a family-friendly setting. Chef Mary Ann Allen creates the flavorful corn cakes that are then stuffed with fillings ranging from meats to fish and veggies. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Brisket Arepa, Avocado BLT Arepa, Fried Yuca Know before you go: They have lots of vegan offerings too.
Ambiance: Beautiful, Romantic, Fresh Why we love it: Dolce Riviera is stunning as the serene dining room and bar area open to a patio lined with palm trees and twinkling lights. Offering an equally exquisite menu of fresh Italian dishes with made-in-house pastas makes this a winning dining experience. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Standouts: Burrata & Pomodori, Gnocchi con Crema, Branzino Know before you go: Their valet service is located on McKinnon Street.
Ambiance: Quaint yet Trendy, Rustic Why we love it: The Heritage Table offers a full menu, from breakfast to dinner, in an adorable converted Victorian home. Made-from-scratch dishes, craft coffee and cocktails are best enjoyed on their homey, wrap around porch. Go for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Standouts: Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Corn Chowder, Seasonal Fried Pies Know before you go: They also do catering.
Ambiance: Exposed Brick, Rustic Industrial Why we love it: Summer Moon serves up rich espresso drinks created with their own wood-fired roasted coffee and their unique "moon milk" to create a one-of-a-kind coffee experience. Go for: Coffee Standouts: Summer Moon Latte, Half Winter Moon Know before you go: There's plenty of plug-ins to keep you charged up.
Ambiance: Clean, Casual Why we love it: Bluffview Growler offers craft beer from local breweries as well as cider and root beer straight from the tap and ready for growler filling. Get your favorite brew or be adventurous and try their four-beer flights to find a new one. Go for: Beer Standouts: Beer selection Know before you go: They also have Kombucha.
Ambiance: Sleek, Casual, Trendy Why we love it: This hip gastropub offers a menu full of tasty sandwiches, small plates and large plates as well as beer, wine and cocktails. With garage doors opening up to a large covered patio, Wheelhouse has an open-air setting that is hard to beat. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Trout Dip, Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, Fish & Chips, Paloma Shandy Know before you go: On the patio, you'll find cornhole games as well as seating.
Ambiance: Upscale Casual, Sleek Why we love it: From tuna tartare to souvlaki, Sallio Bistro's Mediterranean-inspired menu offers something for everyone. In addition to their standard offerings, they have a blackboard that is filled with daily specials to keep it interesting. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Standouts: Watermelon Salad, Pork Chop, Tempura Brussels Leaves Know before you go: They provide specialty salts to complement your meal.
Ambiance: Bright, Friendly Why we love it: XO Coffee Company serves up signature espresso drinks , sweets and light bites in a sunshine-filled cozy shop. Find plenty of plug-ins for working solo as well as games like a giant tic tac toe to play while chatting with friends. Go for: Coffee Standouts: Lavender Latte, Cold Brew Nitro Coffee Know before you go: There's even a kids menu with items like hot chocolate and Frozen Dirt.
Ambiance: Spacious, Modern, Bright Why we love it: Wifi, delicious coffee, spacious patio seating, plus a great bar for cocktails in the evening makes this a great meeting spot morning, noon or night. Go for: Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch, Dessert, Drinks Standouts: S'Mores Tableside, Thin Mint Cocktail, Espresso Cocktail
Ambiance: Casual, Quick, Trendy Why we love it: This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up their famous burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard and whips up new creations using ingredients from local hot spots. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: ShackBurger, Link Burger, Fries, Dallas Pie Oh My Know before you go: They even have treats for your four-legged buddy.
Ambiance: Hip, Friendly Why we love it: The popsicles at Steel City Pops go beyond the traditional childhood treats. These all-natural gourmet treats can be fruity like strawberry lemonade or creamy like toasted marshmallow and will knock your socks off. Go for: Treat, Dessert Standouts: Guava, Carrot Cake Know before you go: They also offer Cookie Pops.
Ambiance: Casual, Airy, Modern Why we love it: Choose from a vast menu of street taco combos and adult beverages in a quick, casual setting. At Cinco Tacobar, the fresh, house-made corn tortillas are filled to the brim with goodies like grilled chicken, slow roasted pork and griddled rib eye plus all the fixings. Go for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Fajita Rivera Taco, Shrimp Alambre Taco Know before you go: They have a salsa bar that offers extra condiments like cilantro, pico de gallo and a variety of sauces.
Ambiance: Small, Modern Rustic Why we love it: Lovers Seafood & Market serves fresh seafood dishes and in an intimate, upbeat setting. Whether it's a fried shrimp platter, a fresh fish plate or a decadent lobster roll, you'll find your favorite here. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Shrimp & Grits, Brussels Sprouts, Fish Tacos Know before you go: They have complimentary valet parking available.
Ambiance: Casual, Hip Why we love it: The fan fave food truck, Easy Slider, serves up the same popular sliders - as well as some new options - in a brick-and-mortar setting that’s perfect for social eating and drinking. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Standouts: The Classic, The Notorious P.I.G., Loaded Tots Know before you go: Parking is very limited (typical for Deep Ellum); outdoor patio seating available
Ambiance: Order at Counter, Beachy Vibes Why we love it: Poke Bop serves up healthy poke dishes that are perfect for a quick lunch, dinner or meal on-the-go. Go for: Lunch, Takeout Standouts: Poké Donut, Salmon Crunch, Mochi Ice Cream Balls Know before you go: The sushi donuts are only made in the morning before they open. Once they sell out they don't make more, so get there early to grab one.
Ambiance: Earthy, Clean, Modern, Airy Why we love it: Fresh and healthy doesn't get much better than this. Flower Child brings locally-sourced ingredients alive with creative combinations in the form of salad, bowl and wrap - offering fast casual dining that is virtually guilt free. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Take-Out Standouts: Organic Kale Salad, Avocado Hummus, Mother Earth Bowl Know before you go: There is a beautiful outdoor patio surrounded with flowers and greenery so come early to snag a spot on sunny day.
Ambiance: Open, Trendy, Laid-Back Why we love it: From the composition-style menu to the chalkboard specials, school's "in" at this chef-driven gastropub specializing in craft beers and a seasonal menu. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Happy Hour Standouts: Bacon Cheddar Tots, Grilled Steak Salad, BBQ Bison Burger Know before you go: Great food and drink specials during "Recess" (Happy Hour).
Ambiance: Hip, Industrial Why we love it: Southern comfort cuisine with a Korean twist defines the creative, flavorful dishes at Chicken Moto. Known for their delectable fried chicken, you'll want to indulge in this favorite along with sides like curry fries, spicy charro beans and a cold beer. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Not Your Mama's Fried Chicken, Elotes Corn on the Cob Know before you go: Even though there is not a patio, when the weather is nice the garage doors go up - letting in the breeze and sunshine.
Ambiance: Trendy, Upscale Why we love it: This stylish spot is not only a great place to grab rooftop drinks with a view of Uptown, but it's also an eclectic fusion restaurant, creatively combining unique Japanese and Peruvian flavors. Go for: Happy Hour, Late Night Dinner Standouts: Truffled Hamachi, Texas Wagyu, Koji Fried Chicken Know before you go: This is a high energy, "see and be seen" spot morphing to a nightclub atmosphere as the night wears on.