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Five Essential Dallas Restaurants

Larry Lease

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There are a number of restaurants that are essential destinations for those who are in the area.Nick Karvounis/Unsplash

Dallas is home to a variety of restaurants that have become essential eats for those who either call Dallas home or come visit the Dallas area. From fine dining to the finest barbecue, these spots all make a splash on the city's DNA.

1. Cattleack Barbeque

Expect to wait in line at this Dallas barbecue hotspot. You can be guaranteed to find some juicy brisket. This Farmers Branch lunch spot is only open on Thursdays and Fridays, and on the first Saturday of the month for lunch. The smoked meats and sides are worth waiting in line.

2. Roots Southern Table

Looking for that good wholesome Southern cooking, then Roots is the perfect spot for you. They got amazing cast iron cornbread, while also offering some unique main courses like jerk lamb chops and Texas redfish. You have to end the meal with a piece of German chocolate cake.

3. TJ's Seafood Market & Grill Preston Royal

The best place for fresh seafood in the Dallas area in TJ's Seafood Market. Since Dallas is a landlocked city, they turn to TJ's for their fish fix, whether its grabbing quality filets to cook at home or chowing down on some fresh seafood. The fish tacos are the best at TJ. Their lobster roll also can't be ignored.

4. Keller's Drive-In

Skip the popular Sonic, and head over to the more than 50-year-old drive-in establishment for tasty burgers on poppy-seed buns, crispy onion rings, and thick milkshakes. The cheapest meal you can find in Texas, with everything under $5, but don't forget to bring cash.

5. Homewood Restaurant

Complete with a scratch-made menu and preserved ingredients, all from Chef Matt McCallister, Homewood has become Dallas' most inventive restaurant. Dig into the pork collar, roasted trout and other inventive entrees.

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