Let's be realistic. The second I start planning a trip somewhere I am immediately looking for food, checking Food Network reruns for the ooey-gooiest cheesiest items I can shove in my mouth. So when the DFW Autoshow came onto my radar I started rounding up five things to eat in Dallas for those of you headed to DFW. For those of you who belong to my food appreciation frame of mind I've rounded up the five things you must eat while you're in Dallas.
As the fourth most populous metro area in the U.S., planning what to eat during a trip to Dallas can be overwhelming! There are so many choices. We steer you in the right direction with a few of our favorites spots. We hit on everything from Southern food to bbq to healthy choices.
Airport Food: Better in Texas!
I know, I know you're shaking your head at me saying “Seriously, she's leading off with airport food? Time to click elsewhere!”. But wait! I swear Dallas Love Field has some great food. Home to Sky Cannon by Stephan Pyles you can eat food by a great Dallas chef without ever leaving the airport. Chef Pyles has one a AAA Five Diamond Award as well as a James Beard Award for Best Chef. Everything on the menu is great but I would highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits. Enjoy them at the bar with a Texas whiskey while you wait for your flight.
Family Style in Greater Dallas
Traveling for business frequently I always ask accounts for their recommendations for food. One account said to me “You have to go to Babe's Chicken Dinner House!”. There was one nearby so I headed right over for lunch. They sat me down at this huge long picnic style table. At Babe's you specify what meat you'd like (Hickory Smoked Chicken, Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Finger, Catfish, Ribs at some locations) and the sides (biscuits, salad, beans, mashed potatoes, corn) come family style. I ordered Hickory Smoked Chicken and it became very clear when my food arrived that it was my first visit to Babe's. In addition to my plate which had three GIANT pieces of chicken, they brought out all the sides individually. So there I was by myself with one plate and five sides in front of me. Awkward. The taste though- WOW! Babe's has become one of my very favorites although I don't go there by myself anymore. There is takeout available which I highly recommend if you are solo and want to try it. Babe's is a small family operated chain with 9 locations in the DFW area.
No Menu Needed in Ft. Worth
Joe T. Garcia's is everything that is right about Texas dining. Casual, on the patio, and filled with great margaritas I made my first trip to Joe T. Garcia's with the lovely folks of Visit Ft. Worth on a press trip. Since then I have made many return pilgrimages. Don't like a lot of choice's? Great Joe T's is your spot. For dinner service you won't get a menu because there are two choices- cheese enchiladas or fajitas which come in chicken or beef. Either choice is a solid one! Not jazzed about either of those items? Come at lunch and order from a larger menu.. Joe T's is the perfect spot to sit and catch up with friends on the patio on a gorgeous Texas evening. It is also located close to the Stockyards and Billy Bob's – The World's Largest Honky Tonk so you can cover a lot of ground.
Two Locations, Twice the Flavor!
Smoke has two locations for you to choose between in either Dallas or North in Plano. Chef Tim Byres wrote a James Beard Award winning cookbook and his menu is just as delicious. Containing largely meats you can't go wrong with most choices but I highly recommend the Coffee Cured Natural Beef Brisket or a personal favorite Seared Scallops. If you love unique cocktails Smoke is the right choice for you. From infused bourbons to tequila cocktails that stray far from the average plan to try one or two!
Healthy Choices in the Big D
As a traveler with some food sensitivities and restrictions, eating out can be a little tiring. Some days I just want to grab food and go back to my hotel room but I want it to be healthy. This is where Snap Kitchen comes into my Dallas area food recommendations. Snap Kitchen sells portioned nutritionally balanced food. It comes in containers that you can heat and eat. I'll often buy my lunch, dinner and breakfast for the next day there. For frequent travelers they have a frequent buyer program where you can earn dollars to use later.
Favorites of mine include their Red & Green Salad, the Crispy Salmon, and their Deconstructed Spring Roll.
Where do you eat in Dallas? I'd love for you to chime in in the comments below with your favorites!