ALL GOOD CAFE American. Everything really is all good at the All Good Café, a longtime local favorite located in Deep Ellum. Entrées range from a Tex-Mex-infused breakfast menu to chicken fried steak. Check out the live music posters that have accumulated inside over the years. 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 CAFÉ MOMENTUM American. Chef Chad Houser (of Parigi, a longtime local favorite in the Oak Lawn neighborhood) founded nonprofit restaurant Café Momentum across from Thanks-Giving Square to provide downtown diners with gourmet fare and also helps at-risk youth develop important life skills through culinary training. Café Momentum is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended. www.cafemomentum.org. 1510 Pacific Ave., 214.303.1234. CAFE R&D American. Cafe R&D is the sister of Houston’s, located just across the street. For starters, check out the Hand-Cut Fries or the Dip Duo, featuring a tasty mix of guacamole and queso. The “West of Paris” Roasted Chicken with tabbouleh is a star entrée. 8300 Preston Center Plz., 214.890.7900. 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. ELLEN’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN American. Classic dishes made with only the freshest ingredients make up the menu at Ellen’s. Dive into the Angus bistro filet, Texas catfish, blackened salmon filet, buttermilk fried chicken or Cajun shrimp & grits. www.ellenssouthernkitchen.com. 1718 N. Market St., 469.206.3339. ELLERBE FINE FOODS American. Find a farm-totable approach to Southern-inspired American dining at Ellerbe Fine Foods, with entrées like Braised Rabbit Pappardelle and Grilled Airline Pheasant served amid contemporary ambiance in what was once an old gas station. www. ellerbefinefoods.com. 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.926.3663. FEARING’S RESTAURANT American. Chef Dean Fearing serves up noteworthy dishes such as a maple-black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin at his namesake restaurant, located in The RitzCarlton. Other must-tries include the barbecued shrimp tacos and the Dublin Dr Pepper Braised short ribs. www.fearingsrestaurant.com. 2121 McKinney Ave., 214.922.4848. 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. HG SPLY CO. American. At HG, which pays homage to all things hunted and gathered, the menu stars bold flavors and high-quality ingredients, and the experience is accompanied by an unobstructed skyline view from the rooftop. 2008 Greenville Ave., 469.334.0896. LOVE SHACK American. Chef Tim Love’s unassuming burger joint in the Fort Worth Stockyards serves up burgers 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. LUCILE’S STATESIDE BISTRO American. This popular bistro draws in visitors thanks to its friendly ambiance and superb food. Favorites include pizzas that are baked in the wood-fired oven, fried green tomatoes and herb-roasted chicken. www.lucilesstatesidebistro.com. 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.738.4761. MAX’S WINE DIVE New American. “Fried Chicken and Champagne?” Why not at Max’s Wine Dive?
Delve into gourmet comfort food, paired with a selection from the extensive wine list. Hankering for Sunday brunch? Try the Southern fried-chicken with red velvet pancakes, and don’t forget the mimosas. Multiple locations. www.maxswinedive.com. MEDDLESOME MOTH Eclectic. Touted as the finest gastropub in Dallas, Meddlesome Moth serves gourmet fare in a casual, pub-like atmosphere. With more than 120 beers from which to choose and plates that make diners’ mouths water (think lamb meat pie, steak-frites and five-spice pork belly), Meddlesome Moth is a great choice. www. mothinthe.net. 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.628.7900. ODDFELLOWS American. This award-winning cafe serves up some of the best macaroni and cheese ever created, followed by its popular fried chicken and waffles. But that’s not all; the ‘Fellows’ are known for their deliciously-flavored, hand-crafted, Fair Trade coffee that seems to keep visitors coming back for more. Serving delectable breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. www.oddfellowsdallas.com. 316 7th St., 214.944.5958. OL’ SOUTH PANCAKE HOUSE American. Forget IHOP; this local breakfast spot is a Fort Worth gem, serving melt-in-your-mouth flapjacks and more 24 hours a day. www.olsouthpancakehouse.com. 1509 S University Drive, Fort Worth, 817.336.0311. 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/locations/dallasmockingbird-station. 5319 E. Mockingbird Station, Ste. 100, 214.821.5700; 8933 North Fwy., Fort Worth, 817.847.7170. 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. 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. Drop by for “recess” (happy hour) or leave with “homework” (leftovers), but either way order the mac and cheese, topped with salt-and-vinegar potato chips. Extra credit if you try a new beer from the impressive, rotating draft list. www.psontap.com. 3700 McKinney Ave., 214.599.6234. RAPSCALLION American. From the team that brought contemporary French restaurant Boulevardier to the Bishop Arts District, 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. The desserts and drinks are just as important as the food, with the ingredients for all taking center stage. 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. SIMPLY FONDUE American. A fun and casual place perfect for a night out with friends, Simply Fondue offers, of course, fondue like aged whiskey cheddar and Wisconsin sharp cheddar, with an assortment of meats like tenderloin, chicken, sausage, and unexpected options such as wild boar, bison, quail and duck. Don’t forget dessert. www.simplyfonduefortworth.com. 111 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817.348.0633. SISSY’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN + BAR American. Gourmet culinary talent meets traditional Southern cuisine at this eatery in the heart of Dallas. Customers flock here often, pining away for their tenderly sweet crab cakes, crispy chile-fried Gulf oysters and their popular and beloved fried chicken. www. sissyssouthernkitchen.com. 2929 N. Henderson Ave., 214.827.9900. 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. 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. 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. TABLE 13 American. Step back in time with this swanky supperclub, where the martinis are strong, the singers are crooning and the Steak Diane is perfectly seared. www.table13addison.com. 4812 Belt Line Road, Addison 972.789.9558. TWISTED ROOT BURGER CO. American. Founded by three chefs who were sick of the same ol’, same ol’, this burger joint serves hand-rolled meat patties, hand-cut french fries, homemade ice cream, root beer — even ketchup and mustard. Did we mention it’s all homemade? Multiple locations. www.twistedrootburgerco.com. UNCLE UBER’S SAMMICH SHOP Sandwiches. With homemade recipes and one of the city’s best burgers, Uncle Uber’s serves up some of DFW’s most delicious sandwiches. This casual neighborhood spot sweetens the deal with locally made ice cream, a variety of microbrews and a menu to
please both carnivores and vegetarians. www. uncleubers.com. 2713 Commerce St., 214.653.8237. WHISKEY CAKE KITCHEN + BAR . With its Southern-inspired gourmet menu (think local goat cheese fondue, house-cured beef jerky and fried green tomatoes), a full-service bar featuring its signature whiskey cocktails and a killer brunch, this restaurant and bar in Plano offers tasty Texas hospitality in a contemporary yet casual setting. www.whiskey-cake.com. 3601 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, 972.993.2253.