If you’re looking for entertainment, tourist attractions, and great places to eat, you’ll find of these in Dallas. The city is also home to its own Design District, where you can find stylish clothing and accessories and grab a bite to eat in between your shopping excursions. Whether you’re a designer looking for some creative inspiration or your Dallas vacation includes shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques, here are a few Design District restaurants that will make your trip worthwhile.
310 Houston St, Dallas, TX 76102
Reata Restaurant is one of the best Design District restaurants for Mexican-inspired dishes. Check out the soup of the day or choose the tortilla soup or jalapeño and cilantro soup to start off your meal. Other delicious starters include bacon-wrapped shrimp with pico de gallo and onion jam or calf fries with cream gravy. If you’re visiting Reata with a group, order the sampler platter so you can try all the delicious appetizers the restaurant has to offer. Tasty salads include chicken Caesar salad with asiago cheese and sourdough croutons or wedge salad with pico vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese. Delicious main dishes include charbroiled rib eye with chef’s butter or grilled chicken on a bed of tomato blue cheese salad. Complete your meal with a refreshing cocktail such as Reata lemonade with Stoli, Bacardi, and Chambord or the Cosmopolitan with Cointreau and fresh lime juice.
V-Eats at Trinity Groves
3015 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212
If you’re looking for delicious vegetarian food in the Design District, order takeout from V-Eats. Appetizers include cauliflower bites with orange sambal dip and avocado frites, and you’ll love the Impossible burger with all your favorite fixings. The vegetarian “chicken” with ginger rice and fried oyster mushrooms is also a great choice for lunch or dinner. If you’re in the mood for tacos, try the vegan al pastor with grilled pineapples and a vegan piri piri sauce. You can order each of your entrees with a side of chips and guacamole or crispy fries and enjoy a meat-free meal that is filled with flavor.
1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Meso Maya is an ideal spot for gourmet Mexican food, especially if you’re dining with someone special or enjoying a meal with friends. Start your lunch or dinner with house-made guacamole or salsa served with warm and crispy tortilla chips or try the queso poblano or ceviche. The tostaditos are some of the best in town, and you can order them topped with beef, chicken, or black bean and cheese. Add a tasty salad to your meal such as the kale verde salad, house salad, or chicken salad. You’ll also love the budin Azteca, available with chicken, beef, or vegetables. There are several tacos and enchiladas to choose from as well, and you can end your meal with a sweet treat such as flan de queso (cheesecake), chocolate cake, or cafe de olla.
1790 N Record St, Dallas, TX
Ellen’s is the place to go when you’re looking for comfort food and Southern classics in the Design District. If you’re visiting Ellen’s for breakfast, try the Big Ol’ Breakfast platter with two eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and your choice of biscuits or toast. You’ll also want to try the grits Benedict with hickory bacon, fresh spinach, garlic, and tomatoes. You can also customize your own omelet to include fillings such as asparagus, jalapeños, ham, chicken, chorizo, mushrooms, or onions. For lunch, choose from sandwiches like the Angus cheeseburger made with the quality beef Texas is known for. Or, you can opt for the Yard Bird, a fried or grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, mustard, and butter pickles. Comfort food entrees include the meatloaf meal served with crispy onions and two sides or Texas catfish with two sides. Chicken-fried chicken or steak with creamy gravy and two side dishes makes a filling lunch or dinner as well. Tasty side dish options include baked beans, black-eye peas, asparagus, or the soup of the day.