We live in one of the greatest culinary cities in the nation. If there’s a type of food you want, you’ve got it — a delicious reality that can sometimes make decisions hard to come by.
I’ve lived in Dallas for more than 30 years, which means I’ve had three decades of experience with our city’s restaurant scene. From elegant to casual, there’s no shortage of epicurean experiences in Big D.
Looking at the prized establishments within our most coveted neighborhoods, here are the top dishes I recommend as “must-tastes” in the new year.
Establishment: Cafe Pacific
Neighborhood: Highland Park
Dish: Lemon sole Amandine
Why You Must Try: Sole is a savory cut made even better when covered with an almond crust and delicate butter sauce. Red potatoes and a roasted vegetable medley create the perfect complement to this classic and beloved dish.
Establishment: Cane Rosso White Rock
Style: Neapolitan pizza and casual Italian fare
Neighborhood: East Dallas (there’s also a location in Deep Ellum)
Dish: Burnt ends pizza
Why You Must Try: I’ll let you in on a little secret: This pizza isn’t on the menu, but rather a special known only by locals and frequent diners. A perfect pie, it features bubbling cheese topped with Lockhart brisket, caramelized onions, Hatch chiles and hot sauce — and it is worth every bite.
Establishment: Woodlands American Grill
Neighborhood: North Dallas (Preston Road and Forest Lane)
Dish: Horseradish-crusted salmon
Why You Must Try: I love salmon and am always on the hunt for its perfect preparation. I think I found it: Woodlands’ salmon adorned in a horseradish panko crust. A tasty combination of crunchy texture and bold flavor, the fish is paired with a polenta cake and honey-braised cabbage.
Style: Continental Mexico City cuisine
Dish: Red snapper mojo de ajo
Why You Must Try: Javier’s has the magical touch when it comes to authentic Mexico City fare — and snapper, in particular. One of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, and one of my all-time favorites, the snapper is sautéed in a flavorful garlic and lemon sauce and served with vegetables.
Establishment: NHS Bar & Grill
Neighborhood: North Dallas (Preston Road and Royal Lane)
Dish: Pan-roasted Carolina trout
Why You Must Try: NHS Bar & Grill is the casual sister of the original Neighborhood Services. Although the atmosphere is more laid-back, the fare is just as sophisticated. The pan-roasted Carolina trout is served with crisp arugula and lemon caper beurre blanc, and it is not to be missed.
What dishes do you recommend to residents and visitors of Dallas? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box.
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