You all know we are MAJOR foodies, so we are constantly on Yelp or other apps to find new, fun places to eat! Having lived in Dallas for over two years now, we have gotten a chance to try a ton of restaurants and find places that we go to on the regular. We thought we would share a quick little list of the restaurants we love and what our favorite dishes are to get there!
We know when we are traveling or visiting a new place, we always try to find all the best local places, so if you’re ever in Dallas or if you’re from Dallas, we hope this will help you find some new places to try out (or some new dishes!)
We eat here at least once a week (yes, we are that obsessed) and if you have seen our Instagram pages, you know how much we eat when we go here.
They have a HUGE buffet that is a veggie lover’s dream. They have tons of fresh salads, roasted vegetables, hummus, babaghanoush, soups, and other warm dishes- YUM!
They also have a ton of meat options (kabobs, roasted chicken, lamb, shwarma, etc.)
Our favorite thing to get is the “Cedar’s Special” which is the buffet + a meat dish. We almost always get the roasted chicken, which is SO good. We have also tried the chicken kabobs and salmon kabobs, which were also delicious!
Every time we bring someone new to this place, they fall in love with it, too!
We love this restaurant for Mexican food! Although we don’t usually eat the “typical” Mexican food like enchiladas, tacos, etc, We LOVE their fajitas and their salmon. They are extremely accommodating when it comes to food allergies like gluten and dairy, which is so helpful!
We started eating at this place at their first location in Austin when we lived there. They have a ton of burgers to choose from including turkey, ahi, salmon, bison, veggie, and tons more. We have tried a lot of them and they’re all incredible. They also have amazing shakes and fries!
We usually order the bison or classic burger, add a fried egg on top, and get it wrapped in lettuce. They also have really good gluten-free buns, if you have a gluten allergy!
Oh, and they have a delicious salad that has watermelon, arugula, and avocado! SO good!
This is also a Mexican/Latin restaurant. Again, although we don’t order the “typical” Mexican food, we LOVE their “Salmon de Coco” which is salmon with fresh vegetables and coconut rice. It is SO good! They also have really good Carne Asada.
This is another major favorite of ours! They see a ton of paleo-friendly options and have an awesome rooftop. We haven’t had a chance to try their cocktails, but we have heard they’re really good.
Our favorite thing to get there are the “create your own bowls” where you get to choose a protein/meat, two sides, and a sauce. We usually get steak with roasted brussel sprouts and parsnips, add an egg, and get guacamole on the side. Trust us, it is delicious! They also have a really good hummus appetizer and tons of other amazing dishes. You really can’t go wrong here!
Oh, and their desserts are SO good! They have several amazing ones, but our favorite is the flourless chocolate cake topped with coconut milk ice cream- aka heaven! They also have this chocolate kettle bell. Isn’t that so fun?!
We love all of these places because they are a build-your-own salad bar and they have TONS of options to add in. I think I choose almost every veggie they have, but thats what is so great about them- no measly salads here!
We don’t even need to go into detail here because we are pretty sure everyone knows about this one. Our favorite thing to get is the salad bowl with barbacoa, chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, corn salsa, and of course, guacamole and salsa! We don’t use the dressing that it comes with because with the salsa and guac, that is enough of a dressing for us!
This is another one we don’t really have to go into detail about. If you have ever been to a Whole Foods bar, you know why it is so amazing! Our favorite location to eat at is the Whole Foods off of Park Lane. This one is pretty big and has a ton of options to choose from. We try to stay away from here (except when our parents are visiting) because we cannot control how much we put in our brown boxes and end up spending $30 on a salad!
This place I found out about when I worked at Ernst & Young. We went there on a team lunch, and at first, I’ll be honest- when I found out we were going to a sushi buffet, I was a little grossed out, but when we got there, and I saw the options, I changed my mind. They had a ton of sushi rolls, sashimi, kabocha squash (my FAVE), seaweed salad, etc. They also have tempura and stuff like that. It is not the prettiest scenery, I will warn you 😉
This is one of those 24/7 places, but it is much better than IHOP in my opinion. They have a ton of options other than just breakfast foods, but my favorite thing to order there is the “Californiacation” which is an egg-white omelette with veggies and a side of fruit or potatoes. They also have AMAZING pancakes, but they don’t have any that are gluten-free or “healthier” if that is what you’re looking for!
This is another Mexican restaurant, but again, they have great fish and meat. Our favorite thing to get there is the fresh fish of the day or the Carne Asada which is served with sautéed tomatoes and onions. It come with rice and beans, but I usually will just ask for extra veggies instead.
This place is a great lunch or casual grab-and-go. They have a ton of salads, sandwiches, and that sort of thing, but our favorite thing to get is the half roasted chicken. You get to pick two sides so we usually get steamed green beans and broccoli. They also have a condiment bar with pickles, olives, jalapeños, pickled carrots, garlic, hot sauce, mustard, etc. I load up on these (sometimes a little too much to where I get heartburn ;)) Oh, and if you have a dairy allergy, they are super accommodating and can make it without butter.
We used to frequent this place in college a lot. It is a really cool place because its a build-your-own sandwich bar. You fill out what you want on paper bags and then they build your sandwich specific to what you ordered. I usually get the “lettucewhich” which is a sandwich wrapped in lettuce. I like to get the turkey and load up on all the veggies! They also have bowl, normal sandwiches (their bread is amazing!), shakes, and cookies. Their shakes and cookies are to die for, too! I haven’t had one since college, but trust me, they’re good!
Another cool thing about them is that you can have them scoop out the bread so that you really are just eating the outer part of the bread and cutting down on some of the carbs without sacrificing the bread. Pretty cool, right?
This restaurant is such a cool place! They have them in Arizona, California, and Denver, I believe! Almost everything on their menu is super healthy, which we love! They have great salads and appetizers like hummus with veggies and pita for dipping. Their entrees are also great! We love their baked spaghetti squash, the salmon dish, and their bison burger which comes with sweet potatoes and a kale salad. We have also heard that the curry is good and that their green drinks and cocktails are also super refreshing!
This place is ALWAYS packed, especially in the summertime! They have all sorts of popsicles and its actually right next to HG Sply Co on Greenville. They have a bunch of “fruity” popsicles like watermelon, but they also have other sweet ones like pumpkin, coffee, etc. Don’t miss out on these!
Whether you’ve had gelato or not, you need to try this place! It took us right back to being in Italy. We don’t have ice cream or gelato very often because of the dairy, but once in a while we will treat ourselves to some. We definitely sample more than a few flavors before making our final decision of what to order, but our favorite flavor is pistachio or something with chocolate in it, duh!
If you all have any other recommendations that we didn’t mention or you don’t think we have heard of, we are always open to finding out about new places!