I love food and love trying new restaurants especially when I am traveling. Prior to my business trip to Dallas, Texas, I had already researched a few restaurants in the area. Then I  recruited a couple of co-workers and made a plan to hit these spots while we were in the city. And if I do say so myself, I picked a pretty good list of restaurants. The food was so amazing , that I wanted to share with you. So here is my list of the 5 Dallas You Restaurants Shouldn’t Miss.

1. RJ’s Mexican Cuisine – Historic West End

The first thing you need to know about RJ’s Mexican Cuisine is that Happy Hour runs Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Yes, you read that right. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Want to start the party early? You definitely can do so at RJ’s with their $5 margaritas and half-price appetizers. RJ’s has the best tasting salsa I had while in Dallas and homemade chips to match. Their menu features a variety of tacos ranging from chicken tinga, pork carnitas, fish (tilapia) and beef. They also serve other Mexican favorites like chile relleno, chimichangas, tamales, and fajitas. If you want to try something outside of the normal Tex-Mex entrees, you HAVE TO try the Atlantic Salmon. You can read my reviews on that entrée and find out more about my visit to RJ’s here.

2. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then Ellen’s Southern Kitchen needs to be your first stop when you wake up in Dallas. On the weekends, make sure you arrive before 9 a.m. or you risk running into a line and a wait for a table. Do you have a big appetite and love biscuits and gravy? Then make sure you order the Big Ol’ Country Breakfast. I decided to venture away from my normal waffles or shrimp and grits and ordered the Grits Benedict. Cheesy grits, poached eggs, hickory bacon and hollandaise sauce. You can check out my full review of Ellen’s Southern Kitchen and Grits Benedict here.

3. Pecan Lodge

Although I did not get a chance to actually dine-in at Pecan Lodge, I was treated to their delicious BBQ and that is why its number 3 on my list. The AV guys I worked with ordered a couple Troughs from Pecan Lodge. Each trough contains 1 beef rib, 1 lb of pork ribs, 1 lb brisket, 1/2 pound of pull pork and 3 sausage links. The sauce was served on the side, just how I like it. When I tell you that this BBQ was EVERYTHING. Oh Em Gee! It was so good, that I did not want to eat anything else for the rest of the day. The flavor was on point and the meat was so tender. You have to go to Pecan Lodge.

4. Sissy’s Southern Kitchen

Sissy’s is a stylish modern decor restaurant with down home southern flavor. Hot fried chicken, savory pork chops, fried oysters and deviled eggs are just a few of the tempting items on the menu. If brunch is your thing, the chicken and waffles is a must or try your hand at Sissy’s Benedict with a lump crab cake. Drinks included tea from the Belvedere Tea Bar, spiked punch or for the fancy, Moёt Imperial Cocktails. Sissy’s is popular, even during the week, so make sure you make a reservation before you go. You can check out my full review of Sissy’s Southern Restaurant here.

5. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Five hundred and sixty feet atop the Reunion Tower sits Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. This restaurant rotates 360-degrees every hour giving you a full view of the Dallas skyline. Taste Wolfgang’s modern interpretations of Asian dishes. Be sure to order two, yes two orders of the Fujipeno roll. It is hands down thee BEST roll you will ever taste. Full of flavor and happiness, you won’t want to share. So order two rolls. Keep one order for yourself and let the table fight over the other. You can read my full story about my experience at Five Sixty here.

Have you been to any of these restaurants? What did you think? If not, what’s your favorite Dallas restaurants?



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