ALL GOOD CAFE— 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— Bread Winners is the perfect combination of upscale dining and a casual, friendly atmosphere, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a famous weekend brunch. Walk into any of its four locations and you will be greeted with a tempting array of fresh baked breads, pastries and desserts. Take advantage of happy hour from 4-7pm, Mon-Fri, and daily specials. Multiple locations. www.breadwinnerscafe.com.
CINDI’S NEW YORK DELICATESSEN & BAKERY— 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.
FEARING’S RESTAURANT— Chef Dean Fearing serves up noteworthy dishes such as a mapleblack peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin at his namesake restaurant, located in The Ritz-Carlton. 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— 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.
JASPER’S RESTAURANT— Chef/Owner Kent Rathbun repeats the success of his Knox-Henderson restaurant, Abacus, by focusing on quality ingredients. Dishes are refreshingly simple and include the applewood-smoked bacon cheeseburger, hickory grilled flat iron steak, and desserts such as the Rocky Road ice cream sandwich. www. kentrathbun.com/jaspers. 7161 Bishop Rd., Plano, 469.229.9111.
KELLER’S DRIVE-IN— If you’re looking for an authentic drive-in experience, look no further than Keller’s. Grab a greasy burger, an order of tatertots, and ice cold beer and enjoy. 6537 E. Northwest Hwy., 214.368.1209.
LUCILE’S STATESIDE BISTRO— 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.
OAK— 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.
OL’ SOUTH PANCAKE HOUSE— 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— 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.
THE SECOND FLOOR— Scott and Gina Gottlich, of acclaimed restaurant Bijoux, have created a wellcurated 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. .
SISSY’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN + BAR— 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— 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. www.spiraldiner.com. 1101 N. Beckley Ave., 214.948.4747; 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.332.8834.
THE PORCH— 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. www.theporchrestaurant.com. 2916 N. Henderson, 214.828.2916.