Dallas chefs like to take risks and create their own twists on traditional foods; part of the attraction of dining out in Dallas. These restraurant highlight the unique, authentic, and funky vibes you’ll find while exploring the Big D.
Twisted Root Burger – Deep Ellum
Everything here is twisted. There are two locations in Dallas, but check out the original in Deep Ellum, the funky part of town, which fits Twisted Root’s atmosphere perfectly. The tables are made out of bottle caps, the signs hanging on the walls are witty, and the cheeseburgers are juicy and packed with flavor. There are always beef, buffalo, turkey, and vegan burgers on the menu, but other in-season specialties such as elk, kangaroo, and venison. Twisted Root features fresh, local ingredients, from the homemade pickles and ketchup to the hand-cut fries. Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives gives Twisted Root two thumbs up.
Twisted Root Burger Co, 2615 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 741 7668
The Blind Butcher – Greenville Avenue
Located on Greenville Avenue, in an area filled with unique eateries and fun bars, The Blind Butcher features gastropub fare from charcuterie boards and beef tartare with a quail egg to handmade sausages and duck fat fries. A fan favorite is the poutine; there are four different kinds: pork belly, duck, mushroom, and a Texas-themed poutine that includes pulled pork and BBQ fries. There’s a decently-sized patio that is dog-friendly and great for a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon. The Blind Butcher features beers that highlight local drafts, but it also makes a mean cocktail.
The Blind Butcher, 1919 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX, USA +1
La Ventana – Downtown
Lovers of street tacos, unite! La Ventana has strictly patio seating, so it’s perfect for a nice sunny lunch or a snack in between bar hopping. La Ventana customers order from a walk-up window. The menu ranges from breakfast tacos and burritos to taco bowls. There are at least ten different kinds of meat to choose from. The prices are great; one can really feast for a few dollars.
La Ventana, 1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX, USA +1
Jimmy’s Food Store – East Dallas
Jimmy’s has the authenticity of a shop you’d find in Rome. It opened in 1966, and it carries everything you need to make a delicious Italian feast. The shop boasts freshly made pastas and pizza dough made in-house (both thin-crust and regular). At the back of the deli, there are prepared packages of tiramisu, dips, cured meats, and handmade sausages. It is also where you can order one of Jimmy’s delicious Italian sandwiches. Pick up a bottle of wine from the fantastic Italian wine selection. There is limited seating, so make lunch a picnic.
Jimmy’s Food Store, 4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX, USA +1
Il Cane Rosso – Deep Ellum
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Il Cane Rosso – Deep Ellum
Owner Jay Jerrier, trained at the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in Naples, where he perfected his technique. Cane Rosso features a wide variety of pizzas cooked to perfection in wood-fired ovens. It offers savory pasta dishes, appetizers, and even dessert pizzas but for those in the know, the off-menu pizzas are the best. The ambiance at Can Rosso is a big crowd pleaser; it has a large patio and two large and spacious rooms with high ceilings. Wooden tables, funky décor, and brick walls bring people of all ages together for an enjoyable evening out in Dallas.
Cane Rosso, 2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, USA +1