Ready, Get Set, Make Choices, Enjoy

Toulouse serves a menu of French bistro classics indoors and out on a covered patio alongside the historic Katy Trail.

Shopping is almost everything when it comes to attending Dallas Market Center’s Total Home & Gift Show, but it isn’t everything. You’ve still got to eat, right? The question is where?

Dallas prides itself in being home to more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, so no matter what your craving, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your every taste. Here are just a few recommendations from Dallas Market Center’s CEO Cindy Morris, all in neighborhoods within easy driving distance.

Hibiscus. 
This popular modern chophouse, with its cozy, club-like atmosphere, offers a decidedly Texas take on surf-and-turf. A captivating collection of cocktails sealed its reputation as a first-rate site for celebrations. 
2927 N. Henderson Ave., 214-827-2927.

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar. 
Talk about Southern comfort! Sissy’s serves up tantalizing twists on regional favorites like buttermilk-soaked fried chicken, cast-iron Texas quail and Jim Beam bourbon bread pudding. The mac and cheese recalls Grandma’s. 
2929 N. Henderson Ave., 214-827-9900.

Toulouse. 
Poised beside the historic Katy Trail, this beloved bistro channels all the elements of the best type of old-world café. Just make sure you save room for dessert—the beignets and coffee, warm chocolate fondant and the pear tart satisfy even the most sophisticated sweet tooth. 
3314 Knox St., 214-520-8999.

CBD Provisions. 
Located in a reinvigorated corner of downtown, this modern Texas brasserie, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, embraces sustainable sourcing and local produce. The Texas Grass Fed Beef Burger consistently delights. 
1530 Main St. 241-261-4500.

Meso Maya. Meso Maya holds court in a 75-year-old former tortilla factory. The herradura salmon, pollo fresco and avocado margaritas warrant every bit of their formidable buzz. Diners have been known to scrape the bottom of the queso bowl with their spoons. 
1611 McKinney Ave., 214-484-6555.

Pecan Lodge. 
Venture to Deep Ellum for the most talked about barbecue in town. Here, the pits smolder around the clock, smoking brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausages to perfection. Insiders suggest saving room for a sweet ending, whether it’s Aunt Polly’s banana pudding, Texas Tumbleweed cookies or homemade peach cobbler. 
2702 Main St., 214-748-8900.

 

Omelettes with everything at Mama’s Daughters’ Diner.

Omelettes with everything at Mama’s Daughters’ Diner.

Mama’s Daughters’ Diner. 
For arguably one of the best breakfasts served morning and afternoon, take a seat at this amiable American eatery run by three generations of women in the Dallas Design District. Not quite up for pie right after cleaning a plate of pancakes? Order a slice of apple crumb, strawberry banana or chocolate cream to go. 
2014 Irving Blvd., 214-742-8646.

Boulevardier. 
This delightful French bistro in the Bishop Arts District consistently ranks among the top places to eat in the region. The wood-grilled gulf oysters and the Bouillabaisse Boulevardier delight, but the robust menu is widely acknowledged as top-to-bottom strong. 
408 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 108, 214-942-1828.

So take your choice and enjoy. Just remember: reservations are a good thing.

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