Dallas is north Texas' liveliest metropolis, known for culturally-focused attractions like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Dallas Zoo. Visitors can take in performances by the Dallas Opera, the Texas Ballet Theater, and the Dallas Black Dance Theater at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts or explore the jazz and blues lineage of area district Deep Ellum, known for its performances by legendary performers like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith in the early 20th century. Hip new restaurant openings in the city as of late include the White Rock Alehouse and Brewery, the Taiwanese shaved ice joint Snowbaby, and SMITHY Fine Spirits and Provisions, housed within the city's historic Henry Potter Ironwork and Blacksmith Shop.
1.White Rock Alehouse and Brewery
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White Rock Alehouse and Brewery is a lively brewpub opened in 2017 by Greg Nixon and Dave Kirk, located in Dallas' lovely White Rock Lake district. The brewery is known for its award-winning craft beers, which are prepared in house at the company's brewing facility. Year-round brews include selections like the company's Big Thicket Blonde Ale, White Rock IPA, Dave's Perfect Pils, Bonnie Barge Brown Ale, and Weiz Ass Bass German Hefeweizen. Diners can enjoy drafts or flights alongside delicious gastropub fare throughout the week, including artisanal flatbread pizzas and shareable appetizers like fried chicken sliders, brewmaster's beer mustard pretzels, and ahi tuna nachos. Creative cocktails are also served up, along with a selection of fine international wines.
7331 Gaston Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75214, Phone: 214-989-7570
2.Botolino Gelato Artigianale
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Botolino Gelato Artigianale is a gourmet gelato joint along Dallas' Greenville Avenue, opened in 2017 by Carlo Botolo Gattini. Authentic Italian-style treats are served up throughout the week, crafted from scratch in house with natural, local ingredients. Gelato flavors range from traditional favorites like pistachio, coffee, and chocolate sorbetto to adventurous offerings like red guava, olive oil, and mascarpone fig. Seasonal flavors play on international influences, including a Mexican-inspired cornbread tres leches offering. Coffee-infused gelatos feature beans and brews from local company Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. In addition to gelatos, diners can also enjoy a selection of Italain-inspired cakes, popsicles, and frozen treats.
2116 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, Phone: 469-776-9077
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Fine China is a hip new restaurant located within the Statler Hotel, opened in 2018 by executive chef Angela Hernandez. The restaurant specializes in contemporary American-Chinese offerings, featuring an extensive family-style menu showcasing delicious dim sum offerings like fried chili prawns, sticky grilled pork ribs, crispy pork wontons, and chicken lettuce wraps. Diners can enjoy dim sum selections a la carte or order shareable Sum To Share platters for the table, featuring a chef's assortment of favorites. Noodle and rice entrees include wok-fried flat noodles, dan dan noodles, and egg fried rice, while specialty entrees range from half soy chickens and Cantonese roast duck to eggplant mapo tofu and wok-fried crab omelettes. Clever cocktails play off of the tradition of Asian-style tea service, including the Sino-French Connection, which pairs Takara Soju, sage, hibiscus, and dried lime.
1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 469-320-8996
4.Pok The Raw Bar
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Pok The Raw Bar is a hip fast-casual poke joint offering from restaurateur Brandon Cohanim, opened in 2017. The health-conscious restaurant is known for its chef creation and build-your-own bowls, including concoctions with options of toppings like shiitake tofu kimchi, salmon Asian pear, and beet and sweet potato. All bowls are 100% gluten-free, making the restaurant a great choice for diners with alternative dietary needs. Diners can build their own bowls with bases like bamboo rice, citrus kale, or kelp zucchini slaw, topping them with selections such as yellowtail, tofu, sliced serrano peppers, matcha-salted taro chips, or sweet yuzu sauce. A full menu of ceremonial matcha tea are also served up throughout the day, along with wines, beers, and sake.
3699 McKinney Ave #306, Dallas, TX 75204, Phone: 214-484-1139
5.Dallas Grilled Cheese
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Dallas Grilled Cheese is a delightful artisanal grilled cheese joint helmed by Diana Ezzell and Matthew Davis, offering two locations in Dallas' Bishop Arts District and Mockingbird Station adjacent to the SMU campus. The restaurant, which was founded in 2015, offers creative takes on the traditional American staple, including variants stuffed with peanut butter and jelly, bologna, Manwich sloppy joe sauce, and Dijon mayo. Artisanal sandwiches include a bacon jalapeno popper grilled cheese, which pairs freshly-roasted jalapenos with jack and cheddar cheese and savory bacon, or the restaurant's unique Cubanesque sandwich, which takes cues from the classic Cuban favorite and is stuffed with roasted pork, sliced ham, and Swiss cheese. Cheese-focused appetizer selections include four-cheese bacon mac and cheese, pretzel-fried mozzarella bites, and signature Cheesiest Fries topped with cheddar, jack, and gouda cheese.
310 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208, Phone: 214-944-5515
6.SMITHY Fine Spirits and Provisions
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SMITHY Fine Spirits and Provisions is a delightful chef-driven restaurant housed within Dallas' former Henry Potter Ironwork and Blacksmith Shop, a four-generation blacksmith shop that is known for its work on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The restaurant, which was opened in 2018 by executive chef Ronald Von Hatten, serves up high-quality food and libations throughout the week at brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night service, combining French, Mexican, and Asian influences to create truly special New American delicacies. Diners can choose from high-quality entrees like cedar plank salmon with maple mustard, hot chicken platters with peri-peri spice and local honey, and flat iron steaks with coffee-coriander crusts. An impressive drink menu highlights fine international spirits, local draft brews, and an excellent selection of after-dinner drinks.
2927 N Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206, Phone: 214-316-1984
7.Miriam Cocina Latina
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Miriam Cocina Latina is a new restaurant concept helmed by restaurateur duo Miriam Jimenez and Shannon Wynne, opened in spring of 2019. The restaurant serves up excellent Mexican-style plates throughout the week, including an extensive menu of tacos stuffed with options like beef brisket, chicken pibil, diablo shrimp, slow-fried pork carnitas, and Atlantic chile arbol salmon. Enchilada platters are also available at lunch and dinner, featuring ingredients like Oaxaca cheese, mole poblano, and tomatillo sauce. Diners can enjoy combination platters stuffed with Mexican favorites like chile con carne or try signature house entrees like the La Dominicana burger, which tops an Angus beef patty with rosa sauce, chimichurri, and yuca fries. Drink menus highlight imported beers, international wines, and tequila-forward cocktails.
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-855-5275
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Snowbaby is a unique Taiwanese-style shaved ice joint, opened in 2018 within Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood by Chrissy Kuo. The restaurant serves up unique takes on the popular ice cream-snow cone hybrid dessert, prepared with sweetened condensed milk and ingredients free of all artificial additives. Diners can select from Snowbaby flavors like locally-sourced Whiterock Coffee cold brew or creamy organic coconut, with seasonal selections offered on a rotating basis throughout the year. Topping selections range from honey and oat granola or seasonal fruit selections to sweet treats like cake bites or cookie crumble from local bakery Unrefined Bakery. Asian-style bubble waffles are also served up, along with fruit bubble teas.
6404 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214, Phone: 214-843-1193
TacoLingo is the latest offering from the REACH Restaurant Group, known for their work at Dallas-area favorites like Pie Tap Pizza Workshop and Ojos Locos. The restaurant, which was opened in 2019, serves up excellent taco selections throughout the day, crafted with housemade corn or flour tortillas pressed to order. Taco selections include traditional flavors like carne asada, pork carnitas, or barbacoa, served up alongside global fusion treats like buffalo chicken, Wagyu beef cheeseburger, or sweet chili tempura shrimp. Steak and chicken quesadillas are also on the menu, along with sizzling fajita boards and a full selection of south-of-the-border shareable appetizers. Regional and imported brews are served up on tap, along with a full menu of creative margaritas.
2301 N Akard St Ste 270, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-613-4041
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10.Tortaco Meson Mezcal
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Tortaco Meson Mezcal is a clever fast-casual Mexican fusion joint in Dallas' downtown area, located within the Dallas Arts District. The restaurant, which was opened in 2016 by executive chef Nico Sanchez, eschews traditional Mexican and Tex Mex menus for a unique menu of globally-influenced south-of-the-border fare, including hearty torta and taco options prepared with ingredients like truffle aioli, house-smoked burnt brisket ends, Fuji apple slaw, and spicy housemade remoulade. Hearty Mexican-style bowls are also served up, along with elegant entrees like chicken verde, steak frites, and oven-roasted bone-in pork chops with tamarind glaze. All offerings are affordable, making the restaurant a great choice for diners looking for unique eats on a budget.
2100 Ross Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 469-998-7342
11.Deep Ellum Hostel
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Deep Ellum Hostel was opened in 2018 within a restored historic building near area attractions like the Dallas Museum of Art. The hostel offers private suites and dorm-style accommodations, including female-only and mixed-gender bunk bed accommodations with simple amenities like USB outlets and reading lights. En suite restrooms are available within private rooms, though dorm accommodations share a joint restroom. All guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning and use of unique amenities like a shared kitchen, book exchange program, and vinyl record player. The hostel's hip Izkina bar and restaurant serves up Spanish-inspired tapas and cocktails, helmed by award-winning chef Joel Orsini and accessible to guests and non-guests alike.
2801 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226, Phone: 214-712-8118
12.Lone Chimney Mercantile at the Dallas Farmers Market
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Lone Chimney Mercantile at the Dallas Farmers Market is a one-of-a-kind art and home decor store housed within the newly-renovated Dallas Farmers Market, owned and operated by photographer Annie Holland. The unique store showcases more than 300 of Holland's beautiful, colorful photos and prints, which feature clever images of the surrounding Dallas, Austin, Houston, Waco, and Oklahoma regions. Landmarks like Deep Ellum, The Pegasus, and the Lakewood Theater are framed within century-old window framing, recovered from Dallas area homes. Canvases and prints are also sold, along with home goods, jewelry, ceramics, and craft items from more than a dozen local makers.
920 S Harwood St Suite #116, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-734-8691
12 Unique Things To Do in Dallas This Summer
- White Rock Alehouse and Brewery, Photo: White Rock Alehouse and Brewery
- Botolino Gelato Artigianale, Photo: Botolino Gelato Artigianale
- Fine China, Photo: Fine China
- Pok The Raw Bar, Photo: Pok The Raw Bar
- Dallas Grilled Cheese, Photo: Dallas Grilled Cheese
- SMITHY Fine Spirits and Provisions, Photo: SMITHY Fine Spirits and Provisions
- Miriam Cocina Latina, Photo: Miriam Cocina Latina
- Snowbaby, Photo: Snowbaby
- TacoLingo, Photo: TacoLingo
- Tortaco Meson Mezcal, Photo: Tortaco Meson Mezcal
- Deep Ellum Hostel, Photo: Deep Ellum Hostel
- Lone Chimney Mercantile at the Dallas Farmers Market, Photo: Lone Chimney Mercantile at the Dallas Farmers Market
- Cover Photo: trongnguyen/stock.adobe.com