Not all of Highland Park, TX, is about seeing and being seen. Sometimes, it’s just about great food. But it’s Dallas, so looking good and eating good go hand in hand, especially if you choose to dine at one of the 9 best Highland Park restaurants.
6617 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
Bubba’s Cooks Country has been a Park Cities institution for decades. Dine in the retro diner-like dining room or take out from a charming window. There’s also a drive-through option for when a 10:45 AM craving for a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit sandwich craving hits. Fried chicken and chicken tenders reign supreme here along with a dizzying array of soulful sides. Our favorite is Thursday because that’s when the squash casserole is served up, but you’ll always have the option for mashed potatoes and green beans like your grandmother used to make. And don’t forget to order an extra yeast roll — it’s heaven with honey and butter.
Zizikis on Travis Walk
4514 Travis St. #122, Dallas, Texas 75205
One of two bustling locations in Dallas, Ziziki’s on Travis Walk boasts some of the best Mediterranean food in the Lone Star State. You cannot miss the artichoke dip and their house-made pita bread. It’s fabulous every single time. Other appetizer hits include the panko-crusted goat cheese and tender Greek keftedes, lamb meatballs served in a plum tomato sauce with feta. The souvlaki are served with the crispiest potatoes on this side of Athens, but if pastichio is what you’re craving, get ready for a hearty portion of pasta perfection. Their cocktail and wine menu is carefully curated, and you’ll love the outdoor seating options.
Mi Cocina Highland Park Village
77 Highland Park Village, Dallas, Texas 75205
There are several Mi Cocina locations in the DFW area, but there’s only one jewel in the crown and that’s the MiCo in Highland Park Village. The dining room boasts a veritable who’s who of Dallas and Highland Park society. If the Mambo Taxi — their famous frozen cocktail — doesn’t knock you out, a look at the jewels on the women at MiCo HPV might. Family-friendly Mexican food with something to satisfy everyone is a hallmark of the Mi Cocina menu. We love Ernie’s Chicken and the queso-slathered Sunset Enchiladas. Start with a cup of Chicken and Rice soup or an order of flautas for the table. Truly an institution among Highland Park restaurants.
3130 West Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235
New to the neighborhood and just what was needed, the Fort Worth BBQ joint has set up its smoker right across from Love Field on Mockingbird Lane. Taking over the former Mockingbird Diner’s cathedral-like space, Heim has added patio tables outside for some fresh air. Sides rotate, so don’t get your heart set on one because it’s liable to be sold out — same with their meats. Go early if you want your favorite, but everything we’ve tried is a big hit. The green chile mac and cheese will knock your socks off. And you can even get it loaded with pulled pork or brisket on top.
4912 Cole Ave., Dallas, TX 75205
Make reservations to dine at Javier’s or stop by the lounge and cigar bar to see and be seen. There’s no hokey Tex-Mex here. Javier’s serves elegant and elevated dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Our recommendation is the Filete Con Champiñones, a beef tenderloin filet with mushrooms and brandy sauce. If you love seafood, the Alambre De Red Snapper is what you want to order. Don’t miss Javier’s mom’s flan for dessert — and you might as well order a tres leches cake too. Just for comparison’s sake, of course.
4270 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
Just south of the crossroads of Old Highland Park at Preston and Armstrong, Sachet offers bright, contemporary Mediterranean fare with an elegant flair. Pastas like Green Campanelle with green salsa verde and entrees like Iberico Secreto merge Mediterranean flavors with Texas style. Closed Sundays and Mondays, and make sure you have your reservation in hand. This dinner-service-only restaurant is the perfect place for special occasions and a mid-week pick-me-up.
7713 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209
From the talented restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, Shinshei is a decade strong and still shining. From perfectly rolled sushi to a cocktail menu that will keep you trying to guess your favorite — ours is the Roxy Amelia with Roxor Artisan Gin, St Germain, blackberry and lemon juice — this neighborhood favorite is a must-try if you’re in the area. The interiors are stunning and perfect for conversation. With private dining and to-go orders available, whenever you’re in the mood for a party or a quiet night in, Shinshei has you covered.
4217 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Al Biernats is a Dallas institution. With ritzy but comfortable interiors and impeccable waitstaff, it’s no wonder they’re always booked. Our dream menu: baked goat cheese and portobella and Wagyu carpaccio for the table, Brad’s grilled pear salad, the 12 oz filet mignon with sides of creamed spinach, frito misto cauliflower, garlic smashed red potatoes, and mushroom risotto. And we can’t forget the bourbon spiked chocolate bread pudding and Al’s Famous coconut cream pie for dessert. Oh, and bring your readers, because the wine list is enormous and very well rounded.
The French Room (The Adolphus Hotel)
1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
Technically not in Highland Park, but just a hop away is the famed Adolphus Hotel and the exquisite French Room. Newly remodeled, bright, and uber elegant, The French Room has entertained Dallasites and celebrities for decades. Even royalty! Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stayed at The Adolphus during their 1991 State Visit. If dinner is too rich for your budget but you want the full experience, afternoon tea here is unmatched. And, as of March 2021, dinner service has been suspended. Reservations are required and a children’s tea menu is available. We recommend bringing your mother or best girlfriend for a champagne tea.