Dallas and Forth Worth both have great food, and their proximity means many of the best places have locations in each city! Here are a few of my favorite Dallas and Fort Worth restaurants.
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Somehow I went to the Dallas-Fort Worth area three of the first five weekends in January. Instead of writing a series of posts on single places to eat in the area, I decided to do a round-up of a few favorite Dallas and Fort Worth restaurants. All of these places have locations in both cities unless otherwise noted. So if you’re headed to either place, look them up!
A name like that makes you want to go, just to check it out. The story’s on the menu, so I won’t ruin it here, but it’s funny.
Rodeo Goat serves great burgers. How great? On a Friday night at a large restaurant with mostly stools for seating, it still took 45 minutes to get a table for two. But you can always grab a drink at the bar while you’re waiting: they’ve got good variety on tap and even more in bottles if beer’s your thing. Even if you don’t want a drink, wander over – you don’t want to miss seeing the [stuffed] goat mid-leap!
The burgers are high quality and fun combinations. I got the Mike Rawling – Irish cheddar, candied bacon, blackberry compote and mustard. It may sound strange, but the blackberry was subtle and blended so well with the mustard! They’ve also got quality fries – thick cut and perfect for sharing.
When meeting up a Fort Worth local, we naturally asked him to pick where to eat. He immediately suggested Uncle Julio’s.
Think classic Mexican food with tortillas and tortilla chips made minutes before they arrive at your table. The menu has a whole section of fajitas, aka my idea of heaven. We went with a group of four, and literally everything was delicious. I ordered the grilled shrimp fajitas, and they were some of the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted – perfect with a mango Habanero sauce.
One of their draws is the chocolate piñata. What is that? A hollow ball of chocolate, filled with goodies and served hanging on a string. You hit it open and share with the table. We didn’t get on this time, but it was so much fun to watch surrounding tables crack it open!
When on a weekend getaway, brunch should always be on the agenda. Yolk is one of the most popular Dallas-Fort Worth brunch spots. We loved it! Good coffee (essential!) and better food. Logan got chicken and waffles and said it was one of the best he’d ever had. The waffle having bacon in the batter certainly didn’t hurt. I got a Yolk combo, which had standard offerings – eggs, bacon, sausage and a pancake/waffle/french toast. But I love getting a little bit of both sweet and savory in my breakfast, so it was perfect for me! Also turned out to be a huge portion; the two slices of french toast alone looked like a meal in itself. Another specialty? Strawberry orange juice. We didn’t try it this time, but I will when we go back!
Plan ahead: unsurprisingly, this place gets absolutely nuts on weekend mornings. You can get on the list in advance from the Yelp app.
Little Red Wasp
We stumbled across this place with friends after exploring downtown Dallas’ Water Gardens. Little Red Wasp a modern bistro complete with a fun cocktail menu and brunch offerings. Our weekend lunch visit meant the brunch menu was still available! One thing I really liked about Little Red Wasp was their menu had a ‘treat yo self’ feel but still offered vegetables. The salads were hearty and filling, and the roasted Portobello sandwich looked like enough to feed two people! Don’t skip their homemade chips – salty and perfect. It was a great little spot to get off our feet and grab a bite.
Feedstore BBQ: Southlake, TX
I ran across this place accidentally, on my way out of town after picking my brother up from the airport. We wanted something fast and too far off the highway, and stumbled upon Feedstore BBQ.
They serve at the counter, with huge portions and friendly staff. One plate of food is enough for two meals, so I always end up taking some home. My favorite is the sliced brisket – we are in Texas, after all – but the pulled pork is also fantastic. You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, but all their sides are delicious.
This one isn’t a chain, and it’s not technically in Dallas or Fort Worth. But it makes the drive heading home so much better!