Lunch Around the World
5 ways to lunch around the world without leaving Dallas' Knox District
Regardless of what you crave for lunch, you can find it in the Knox District. In fact, the options are so diverse that you could indulge in cuisine from all over the world — from Mexico to Italy to France — without leaving the neighborhood.
On a gorgeous day in Dallas, there is no better place to be than a patio. At this one you can feast on hand-crafted Italian cuisine while you imagine yourself basking in the sun on the Amalfi Coast. All pastas are homemade, and ingredients are locally sourced and always fresh. Regulars go crazy for the Presto Piatti: four courses — soup, salad, entrée, and cannoli or tiramisu — for only $13. Mamma mia! What a deal!
Dying to jet off to Paris but just don't have the time or dime? Lunch at this French-inspired bistro is the next best thing. Tables are dressed with white tablecloths and beautiful flowers, and the whole dining room is bathed in natural light. On the menu are dishes such as poached salmon, steak tartare and lobster salad. A favorite among local socialites, this is the place to impress a client or even your visiting mother-in-law.
This longtime Travis Walk establishment transports diners to the Mediterranean. Start your lunch with the trio of dips — artichoke hummus, spicy htibiti (red pepper and feta) and Ziziki — served with warm pita bread. Although you can't go wrong with any of the lunch entrées, the free-range lamb burger has quite a fan club. If you can't make up your mind, the Greek platter offers a bit of everything, with spanakopita, pastistio and chicken souvlaki.
This beloved Texas chain serves Tex-Mex staples like chips and queso and umpteen combination plates. The fun atmosphere is a great place to unwind and even enjoy a margarita — assuming it's not a working lunch, of course. The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo never fails: beef Tex-Mex enchilada, cheese ranchero enchilada, chicken tomatillo enchilada, seasoned ground sirloin crispy taco and homemade tostada chips dipped in chile con queso.
Sometimes you are just in the mood for a salad, soup or sandwich, and this beautiful eatery within Forty Five Ten does them all better than most. Popular items include the tuna melt, Asian pear salad and house-made quiche, and you can mix and match to your heart's content. It's all served in a stylish atmosphere befitting the haute address.