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: 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.
Ambiance: Order at Counter, Clean, Trendy Why we love it: FreshFin Poke Co. offers build-your-own sushi bowls with a large variety of fresh, nutrient dense ingredients, fish flown in daily and all at wallet friendly prices. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Umami classic, Orange Theory or if you're really hungry- the Mainland Hero Know before you go: There is limited seating so be prepared to sit at the bar-style counters or ask for a lid and take your bowl to go!
Ambiance: Fast Casual Why we love it: What started out as a food cart in NYC has turned into a global phenomenon. The Halal Guys offers premium seasoned meats, rice, pita sandwiches and signature sauces that are out of this world. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Standouts: Chicken, Gyro, Falafel Know before you go: The hot sauce is on-fire hot!
Ambiance: Casual, Classic Why we love it: Chicken - in every form - takes center stage at this homestyle restaurant dedicated to serving everything from comfort food classics to more creative dishes like Fried Chicken & Donuts. Go for: Dinner, Drinks Standouts: Deviled Eggs, Two Piece, Granny’s “Special” Lemonade Know before you go: A spacious patio and oversized outdoor checkers make this the perfect place for a relaxing dinner or drink.
Ambiance: Tropical, Trendy Why we love it: With cocktails served in coconuts and tiki cups, this spot gives us the ultimate vacation vibe. Enjoy drinks with friends on the patio while listening to tropical tunes at Pilikia. Go for: Late Night Drinks, Happy Hour, Polynesian Bites Standouts: The Shark Tooth, The Vanilla Trade, Piña Colada Know before you go: Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Ambiance: Quaint, Inviting Why we love it: Authentic Mediterranean cuisine and Turkish hospitality are great reasons to visit Ephesus Mediterranean Grill. From the fresh, complimentary bread to the flaky baklava for dessert, the meals are sure to please. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Red Lentil Soup, Lamb Chops, Chicken Shawarma Know before you go: If you want a glass or wine with your hummus, this establishement is BYOB so come prepared.
Ambiance: Energetic, Inviting Why we love it: This iconic bar & grill has undergone a major renovation and is primed for greatness. Chelsea Corner now serves up creative, casual fare and boozy cocktails in a cool environment which includes a spacious bar, cozy booths and two climate controlled garden patios. Go for: Drinks and Apps, Brunch, Game Watching Standouts: Crab Deviled Eggs, Chelsea Original Pizza, Pink 75 Know before you go: They have multiple TVs showing the big games.
Ambiance: Casual, Hip Why we love it: Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry is set up to get you in and out the door quickly while offering farm fresh chicken and scratch sides. This neighborhood spot has a spacious bar offering local drafts, cocktails and wine in case you want to linger and chat with friends over a cold one. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Fried Chicken, Red & Green Chili Mac & Cheese Know before you go: They also offer family packed meals including traditional sides for an easy take-out dinner.
Ambiance: Spacious, Eclectic Why we love it: With shimmering chandeliers and vintage motorcycles on display, Town Hearth is not only a feast for the palate but for the eyes as well! From the impressive menu filled with incredible steaks and sides to the vast craft cocktail list, this is a must-visit spot in the Dallas Design District. Go for: Dinner Standouts: 55 Day Dry-Aged Bistecca, Macaroni Casserole, Bone-in Ribeye Know before you go: You can buy the '74 Ducati BIke - it's listed on the menu!
Ambiance: FastCasual, Hip Why we love it: This neighborhood gem serves juicy, creatively crafted burgers that go perfectly with a local beer on tap or one of their Nutella shakes. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Barn Burner Burger, Onion Strings, Haystack Burger
Ambiance: Beautiful, Modern Why we love it: A gorgeous setting and breathtaking views of downtown Dallas set the scene at Mirador. This chic restaurant, located on the fourth floor of upscale boutique Forty Five Ten, delivers drinks and dishes that are as prettily plated as they are delicious. Go for: Lunch, Dinner Standouts: Coconut Shrimp Chowder, Farro Bowl, Mirador Burger with Fries Know before you go: You can also reserve for private luncheons and special events.
Ambiance: Modern, Casual, Order at the Counter Why we love it: Healthy dining is now quick, casual and fresh at Pōk The Raw Bar, where you'll find fish flown in daily, locally sourced ingredients and signature Matcha drinks to refresh. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Matcha Standouts: Spicy Ponzu Tuna Bowl, The Ceremony Matcha Know before you go: Inside seating is limited so go in between meals or on a nice day and sit outside.
Ambiance: Vibrant, Friendly, Classy Casual Why we love it: The upbeat vibe and fresh seafood dishes make Water Grill a popular spot. Grab a booth for intimate dining or casually nosh on offerings from the raw bar with a glass of wine, cool draught or a Bartender's Special Cocktail. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Standouts: Chilean Sea Bass, Raw Bar, California Spiny Lobster Know before you go: Take a peek at their fresh seafood tank parked by the open, bustling kitchen.
Ambiance: Sleek, Intimate Why we love it: This speakeasy-style cocktail den offers carefully crafted drinks in a cozy, modern setting that allows for genuine conversation and relaxed imbibing. Go for: Cocktails Standouts: Central 75, Brujeria Know before you go: Jettison is tucked behind next door's Houndstooth Coffee.
Ambiance: Modern, Industrial Why we love it: Niwa brings the art of Yakiniku—traditional Japanese BBQ—to Dallas by giving diners the opportunity to prepare their food on personal roasting tables. Go for: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Standouts: Hamachi Crudo, Filet Mignon, Spicy Brass Monkey cocktail
Ambiance: Small, Clean Why we love it: The traditional Mexican paletas are taken to new heights at Encanto Pops. In addition to classic flavors like vanilla and strawberry, they offer creative creations like the cream-based Cookies & Lime or the refreshing Watermelon & Hibiscus. Go for: Treat, Snack, Dessert Standouts: Mexican Chocolate, Cucumber Lime Jalapeno, Coconut Know before you go: They are closed on Mondays.