ALL GOOD CAFE American. Everything really is all good at the All Good Cafe. The Deep Ellum hot spot uses local suppliers such as the Dallas Farmers Market as well as quality ingredients for every dish they prepare. Entrées range from daily Blue Plate Specials to classic favorites such as tuna salad and chicken fried steak. www.allgoodcafe.com. 2934 Main St., 214.742.5362. BREAD WINNERS American. Bread Winners is the perfect combination of upscale dining and a casual, friendly atmosphere, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a famous weekend brunch. Multiple locations. www.breadwinnerscafe.com. CINDI’S NEW YORK DELICATESSEN & BAKERY American. Cindi’s Deli is a taste of the Big Apple in Big D, and the menu runs the gamut. From buttermilk pancakes, Denver omelettes and chicken-fried steaks to German-style crepes, cheese blintzes, latkes and reubens, Cindi’s has it all. Multiple locations. www.cindisnydeli.com. CITY CAFE New American. With its cozy vibe and rotating menu of regional American favorites, City Café has been a Dallas institution for nearly two decades, serving a sophisticated menu that includes traditional comfort foods with a touch of Californian influence. To-go service available as well as afternoon tea service. www.thecitycafedallas.com. 5757 Lovers Ln., 214.351.2233. DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE American. This modern American grill and steakhouse is set in the vibrant midst of Uptown. Known in both Dallas and Manhattan for its stylish yet comfortable atmosphere, this steakhouse is great for meeting new friends or dining with a date. The menus are designed to share. www.delfriscosgrille.com/dallas. 3232 McKinney Ave., 972.807.6752; 154 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 817.887.9900. GARDEN CAFE American. Founded by an attorney with a green thumb, this quaint East Dallas eatery serves breakfast and lunch, primarily usng produce grown in the garden behind the restaurant. Have a cup of tea and enjoy the gingerbread pancakes. www.gardencafe.net. 5310 Junius St., 214.887.8330. KELLER’S DRIVEIN American. If you’re looking for an authentic drive-in experience, look no further than Keller’s. Grab a greasy burger, an order of tater-tots, an ice cold beer and enjoy. 6537 E. Northwest Hwy., 214.368.1209. LILI’S BISTRO ON MAGNOLIA New American. At Lili’s, guests will find a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, approachable wines by the glass and freshly prepared bistro fare (think chicken salad sandwiches, salads, sliders and amazing fries). www.lilisbistro.com. 1310 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.877.0700. LOVE SHACK American. Billed as “quite possibly the most perfect burger on the planet” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Love Shack serves up burg- ers made from meat ground fresh daily as well as old fashioned shakes and more. www.shakeyourloveshack.com. 110 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817.740.8812.
LUCKY’S CAFE American. This cute throwback diner is a local favorite, thanks to epic breakfast and brunch dishes (served all day), continuous coffee, a full bar and a fun waitstaff. 3531 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.522.3500. MEDDLESOME MOTH Eclectic. Touted as the finest gastropub in Dallas, Meddlesome Moth serves gourmet fare in a casual, pub-like atmosphere featuring more than 120 beers from which to choose and plates that make diners’ mouths water. www. mothinthe.net. 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.628.7900. OAK New American. This is why lingering was invented. Oak resides in the posh Design District and lures patrons into submission with a sultry, sleek atmosphere and gourmet dishes that range from duck and lamb to superior vegetarian options. www.oakdallas.com. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.712.9700. OLD CHICAGO PIZZA & TAPROOM American. Head to Old Chicago for enjoy pizza, paninis, salads and more in a casual, family-friendly setting. With 60-inch HDTVs, 36 beer selections on tap and daily drink specials, this Mockingbird Station pizza purveyor is also an ideal place to enjoy the big game. www.oldchicago.com. 5319 E. Mockingbird Station, Ste. 100, 214.821.5700; 8933 North Fwy., Fort Worth, 817.847.7170.
ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE— American. Founded in Portland in 1953, Original Pancake House is a national breakfast favorite. Visit one of OPH’s seven Dallas-Fort Worth locations for great coffee, crepes and near-perfect pancakes, plus seasonal specials and an extensive lunch menu. Multiple locations. www.ophdfw.com. PUBLIC SCHOOL 214— American. The education theme at Public School 214 would seem gimmicky if the food and drink weren’t so darn good, and the servers so knowledgeable about both. www. psontap.com. 3700 McKinney Ave., 214.599.6234. RAPSCALLION— American. Rapscallion is a contemporary neighborhood bistro on trendy Lower Greenville Avenue. The creative gourmet menu, infused with locally grown ingredients and a dash of Southern comfort, includes a rotating oyster selection, a scratch-made mezze plate and a heaping plate of Nashville-style fried chicken. www.dallasrapscallion.com. 2023 Greenville Ave., 469.291.5660. REMEDY— American. Remedy is the modern version of the old-school American soda fountain: a place where folks can gather and relax while imbibing in top-quality sodas, cocktails, ice cream sundaes and American fare. www.remedydallas.com. 2010 Greenville Ave., 469.294.4012. THE SECOND FLOOR— American. Scott and Gina Gottlich, of acclaimed restaurant Bijoux, have created a well-curated menu of updated classics at The Second Floor, located just where you think it is within the Westin Galleria Dallas, in addition to boasting the largest Scotch collection in Dallas. www.thesecondfloorrestaurant.com. 13340 Dallas Pkwy., 972.450.2978. SPIRAL DINER— Vegetarian. Vegans and vegetarians alike frequent this vegan café, where the menu is filled with vegan treats ranging from faux-barbecue sandwiches and pasta to a whole case of baked goods. Multiple locations. www.spiraldiner.com. 1101 N. Beckley Ave., 214.948.4747; 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.332.8834. STAMPEDE 66— Southwestern. Stephan Pyles, the first person in the Southwest to receive the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef in 1991, creates time-tested recipes from his family’s Philips 66 truck-stop diner combined with his signature Southwestern twists at downtown’s Stampede 66. There’s fried chicken, chicken-fried buffalo and bowls of red (that’s chili to any non-Texans) on the menu, all with flavor as big as Texas. www.stampede66.com. 1717 McKinney Ave., 214.550.6966. ST. PETE’S DANCING MARLIN— American. Pastas, pizza and more served on white tablecloths enable this local Deep Ellum restaurant to successfully maintain a special combination of casual comfort and class. www.dancingmarlin.com. 2730 Commerce St., 214.698.1511. THE PORCH— American. The friendly, relaxed environment earned the Porch its name. Anyone with an appetite should stop in for a bite. American classics range from the good old-fashioned cheeseburger to the Porch salad. There’s always room on the Porch. www.theporchrestaurant.com. 2916 N. Henderson, 214.828.2916.