Though neighboring Dallas’ restaurants may be better known, suburban cities like Richardson are more than proving their worth in the north Texas
dining scene. Choose from Brazilian steakhouse cuisine, fiery authentic Thai fare and tasty Tex-Mex – we’ve rounded up the 10 best restaurants for you to try.
Haystack Burgers and Barley
Haystack Burgers and Barley is a fast casual eatery specializing in mouthwatering gourmet burgers. It’s a laidback, unfussy joint with a cute, stylish Western theme that offers burger fans creations like the signature Haystack Burger topped with onion rings, cheddar, Applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles and The Barn Burner (with lettuce, chipotle mayo, grilled poblano, pico de gallo and pepper jack cheese). Better yet, Haystack’s burgers are served up alongside one of the best craft beer menus in the area featuring a number of Dallas brewed beers alongside ales from across the country.
Haystack Burgers and Barley, 100 South Central Expressway, Suite 17, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 479 9424
Ten 50 BBQ
Ten 50 BBQ teams its smoked-to-perfection meats – slow-roasted for up to 16 hours using charcoal made from a mix of hickory, pecan, oak and mesquite wood – with made-from-scratch sides and craft beers dished out in a laid back, stylish space. Choose from USDA prime beef brisket, pulled pork and ranch BBQ chicken and sides like corn on the cob, fresh cut fries, onion rings and four cheese mac ‘n’ cheese. Opt for a local craft beer from brewery’s including Garland’s Lakewood Brewing Company and Granbury’s Revolver Brewing and leave room for one of Ten 50 BBQ’s delicious homemade desserts like its much-loved banana pudding.
Ten 50 BBQ, 1050 North Central Expressway, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 234 1050
Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine
Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine guarantees an authentic dining experience with the restaurant’s traditional family recipes. Alongside classic Mexican eats like tacos, burritos and fajitas there’s a choice of Tex-Mex style enchiladas and house specialty dishes including pollo gordo – chicken breast stuffed with spinach, onions and mushrooms topped with cheese and chipotle sauce and served with mashed potatoes and garlic toast – and a couple of traditional Mexican desserts to finish. There’s also a pretty patio perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two on warmer evenings.
Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine, 2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 807, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 231 8667
Restaurant, American, Steakhouse, $$$
Texas serves traditional American and steakhouse-style fare in a flashy Texan-themed space. Fancy appetizers are aplenty on Texas’ menu with tempting options like fried quail eggs, crab cake croustades and sweet potato jalapeno soup available while beef, fish and ribs dominate the restaurant’s selection of entrees – guests are spoilt for choice with dishes like baby back pork ribs with molasses baked beans and coleslaw, a 16 ounce Delmonico steak and Idaho rainbow trout.
Texas, 3609 Shire Boulevard, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 664 9975
Located at the pretty II Creek Plaza shopping center, Marcus Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant serving a menu full of eclectic American and European-inspired eats in a cozy, casual environment. Enjoy tempting dishes like calamari with creamy marinara risotto and slow-smoked chipotle meatloaf. Every Saturday, diners are treated to live music while they dine.
Marcus Café, 2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 700, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 469 330 0900
Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
A longtime local favorite, Sushi Sake is the city’s go-to for authentic Japanese fare. Score a seat at Sushi Sake’s sushi bar where you’ll have the best view of your feast – think albacore tuna, sweet shrimp or flying fish roe – being prepared or relax at one of the restaurant’s cozy bench booths and choose from dishes like una ju (broiled eel filet with eel sauce and rice) or tonkatsu. There’s also a good selection of sake available to complete your authentic Japanese meal.
Sushi Sake, 2150 North Collins Boulevard, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 470 0722
Taco Ocho aims to offer a dining experience different to the Dallas Metro’s abundance of typical Mexican taquerias with a menu that takes in the cuisines of countries including Peru, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, to name but a few. Taco Ocho’s authenticity is reflected in its decor too: its vibrant, modern dining room features a beautiful, hand-painted mural depicting Latin American landmarks while an open kitchen allows guests to see delicious dishes like its Cusco tortas (with Peruvian stir-fried steak, potatoes, sautéed red onions, fresh cilantro and jalapeno aioli) being prepared.
Taco Ocho, 930 East Campbell Road, Suite 109, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 238 8080
Bar, Brazilian, Steakhouse, $$$
Blue Charcoal is a Brazilian steakhouse specializing in rodízio-style dining – an age-old South American serving style where ‘passadores’ present diners with a wide variety of skewered, fresh off the grill meats to carve for diners tableside. Diners begin their meal with a trip to Blue Charcoal’s salad bar featuring items like gourmet salads, delicious soups and cured meats before ordering from a wide selection of side dishes – fried banana, Brazilian-style polenta and yucca French fries. Main meals include meats like sirloin steak, pork ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken and marinated leg of lamb.
Blue Charcoal, 518 West Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 907 1862
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
For deliciously authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of Richardson, look no further than Noodle Wave – a popular Richardson restaurant whose strip mall location belies a cozy and stylishly modern interior. Guests can choose from a wide range of noodle dishes, Thai curries and stir fries or opt for a specialty seafood dish like the spicy catfish with peppercorns, carrots, bell peppers and kaffir lime leaves in a homemade red coconut curry sauce topped with crispy basil leaves. Fans of fiery fare will love Noodle Wave’s customizable dishes – you can choose from four levels of spice varying from mild to blazing hot.
Noodle Wave, 1490 West Spring Valley Road, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 690 3637
Casa Milagro specializes in Mexican and Tex-Mex fare. There’s a sophisticated but unstuffy dining room ideal for feasting on dishes like spicy shrimps sauteed in molcajete salsa and the house specialty chile rellenos (available with fillings like shredded chicken, slow-roasted pork or Monterey Jack cheese) while Casa Milagro’s pretty patio is perfect on balmy evenings for enjoying margaritas to the sounds of live Latin jazz.
Casa Milagro, 1403 East Campbell Road, Suite 110, Richardson, TX, USA, +1 972 234 6999