A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to join in on a Dallas Food Tour. Whether you live here, or are just visiting the Big D, if you're looking for fun things to do in Dallas, I absolutely suggest taking a Dallas Food Tour. You'll hit 4 of the best, hottest restaurants in Dallas, while simultaneously sightseeing and learning about our great city. There are four different Dallas Food Tours available: West Village Restaurant Hop, Uptown Foodie Walk, JFK Dine and Dealey and the Farmers Market Tour. I picked the Uptown Foodie Walk because, admittedly I don't spend as much time as I should in the uptown area, and I really wanted to learn more about this part of our city.
FIRST STOP: THE RUSTIC
Our initial meeting spot was The Rustic. For some reason I still think of the Rustic as a new restaurant, but they've actually been a major player in the Dallas restaurant scene for a few years now. They also own Mutts, the dog park next door that I HIGHLY recommend visiting if you're traveling to Dallas with your pup! The Rustic is an amazing place to eat, drink and take in one of their many weekly concerts in their giant backyard.
The Rustic has something for everyone -- I'm not joking, they have calf fries on the menu. Although I watch a lot of Anthony Bourdain and, because of this, am willing to try almost anything once, I was relieved to see familiar tasty treats on the table at 11am. I'm not sure I could have done calf fries that early in the morning!
My general starting time for calf fries is usually somewhere in the 3pm - 4pm range. 😂
When we arrived, Jason (our amazing tour guide) had the table ready with a plethora of snacks to share: Chorizo Empanadas, Texas Goat Cheese with Wood Grilled Baguettes and Cactus Fritters.
How cute are those skulls with Santa hats on!?! Love it!
Next they brought us dessert - peanut butter pie - holy crap.
I'm used to eating meals out with my boyfriend who knows the rules - Camera Eats First! Since this was a group effort, my apologies for not getting the best foodie shots.
I think these pictures of the peanut butter pie still conveys its delicious message effectively though, wouldn't you agree?
After dessert, we walked around the restaurant a bit checking out their digs.
There was of course time for the obligatory selfie stop, too!
As you can see above, my friend Larissa was wearing a "Janis Joplin" name tag. We each got to pick a famous Dallasite to be for the day, I was Lou Diamond Phillips.
SECOND STOP: BABOUSH
After the Rustic, we walked a few short blocks over to Baboush, an Eastern Mediterranean (Lebanese) and Moroccan restaurant. The interior was absolutely beautiful, and true to theme.
If you like hookah, this is a great spot for you!
We started our meal here with a plate of moroccan olives, moroccan sweet tomatoes, babaganoush, hummus and pita bread for dipping.
Followed by the Chicken Shawerma with Hummus and, as shown below - don't quote me on this, I believe the Beef Shawerma with fries.
Note to self: stop scarfing down food and listen to what Jason the tour guide is telling you you're eating! 😂
After a group photo, we were on our way to the next location!
THIRD STOP: BISOUS BISOUS
One of my favorite macaron spots, Bisous-Bisous Pâtisserie, was our next stop.
You might remember them from Park and Palate back in October!
Armed with four macarons to go, I opted to save mine for later. Next, we hopped in the trolley and headed for Klyde Warren Park. This was shockingly my first time on the trolley, did you know it is dog friendly??
FOURTH STOP: TNT
After a stroll through Klyde Warren, we found ourselves at our final location TNT: Tacos and Tequila. TNT has some of the best chips and dip you'll find in the metroplex.
And not to mention some great decor.
We finished the afternoon with a hearty steak taco.
Our guide Jason made the food tour of Uptown one to remember. When we arrived back at our original meeting place, the Rustic, we parted ways with a group full of new friends and with the fullest of bellies!
If you're on the hunt for something different and fun to do in Dallas, I absolutely recommend doing one of the four area Dallas Food Tours for an afternoon of fun!
*I received a free food tour in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions and thoughts are my own!