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Updated: May 18, 2021

What started as a simple $100 giveaway celebrating reaching 20,000 followers on Instagram turned into an even bigger idea as I started to see my loyal, local Dallas following begin tagging their favorite Dallas restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bakeries, salons and boutiques. The little hamster wheel inside my brain started turning and I thought, wait!, why don't I turn this into a complete local's guide to Dallas?? So, that's just what I've done. I've compiled all of your favorite Dallas spots into one ultimate local's guide to Dallas. Where to eat, drink, shop and play in Dallas.

Also, yes, this list is gigantic: 150+ Dallas spots. I recommend turning it into a bucket list, of sorts. I've included a "notes app" compatible checklist for you to download right to your phone.

The best part about compiling this list, you can't judge my choices because I did not pick them, you guys did 😂



Velvet Taco

Tacos 🌮 with Global Flavor

Norma's Cafe

Dallas Institution for Texas 🍗 Home Cooking


Market 🥐 and Bakery

Twisted Root

Gourmet Beef 🍔 Turkey and Vegan Burgers

Urban Taco

Modern 🌮 Mexican

Shake Shack

American 🍔 Fast Casual

Monkey King

Chinese Street 🍜 Noodles

LaVentana Tacos

Authentic Mexican 🌮 Street Food


Hand Made Burgers🍔 + Cold Beer

Milo Butterfingers

Sports 🍻 Tavern + Meatloaf

Modern Market

Farm Fresh 🥗 Eatery

Torchy's Tacos

Damn Good Tacos 🌮

Truck Yard

Outdoor Retro Food Truck 🚚 Yard

Revolver Taco

Authentic Mexican Taco 🌮 Lounge

Snappy Salads

High Quality Salads 🥗 Served Quickly


Tacos 🌮 with Meat Sliced Off a Mexican-style Spit


Dog 🐶 Friendly Restaurant + Bar


Ida Claire

Southern 🍗 Dishes and Cocktails

Fireside Pies

Artisan 🍕 Pizzas


Modern 🥒 Vegan

Meso Maya

Regional Mexcian 🌮 Cuisine

Saint Ann

Upscale 🍳 American


Rustic-hip Coffee House + Diner 🍳


Down to Earth 🍝 Italian


Father Son Mexican 🥑 Joint

HG Supply Co

American Fare + Craft 🍻 Beer


American Hot Spot with Skyline 🌆 Views

Whiskey Cake Plano

New American Plates + Whiskey 🥃


Southern Fare + Nashville Hot 🍗 Chicken

Mercat Bistro

French 🥐 Bistro Favorites

Sixty Vines Plano

New American Kitchen + Wine 🍷 Bar

City Hall Bistro at the Adolphus

Sophisticated Breakfast 🍳 Lunch Dinner and Brunch

Be Raw

Fresh Food + Juice 🍇

Lark on the Park

Seasonal, Globally Inflected 🥗 Dining

North Italia Plano

Contemporary Take on Italian 🍝 Classics

Fat Chicken

Country Style Fried 🍗 Chicken


Tex 🌮 Mex

Wild Salsa

Mexico City 🌮 Style Cuisine

Dot's Hop House

Craft Brews 🍻 + Cocktails + Casual Fare

The Rustic

Locally Sourced American 🍳 Eats


Pasta + Pizza🍕 + Italian Favorites

Pok the Raw Bar

Fast Casual Spot for Poké 🍣 bowls

Honor Bar

Sharable Snacks + Sushi + Sandwiches 🍞

Malai Kitchen

Modern Thai 🍛 + Vietnamese Cuisine

Seasons 52

Fresh Ingredients 🍅 for a Naturally Lighter Menu

Taco Diner

Handmade Tacos🌮 + Mambo Taxis

Earls Plano

Global 🌶 Comfort Food


Rustic-chic Gastro 🍔 Pub

Patina Green Home and Market McKinney

Farm to Table 🍅 Restaurant

NIWA Japanese BBQ

Japanese Favorites You Cook 👨🏻‍🍳 At Your Own Table


Authentic Pizza 🍕 from Naples, Italy

Sushi Bayashi

Sushi 🍣 + Traditional Japanese Dishes

Happiest Hour

Dallas Largest Patio ☀️ Bar + Lounge

High Fives

Bar + Ridiculously Tasty 👅 Sandwiches


Sophisticated 🥑 Mexican


Reimagined Tex 🌮 Mex


Casual Italian + Pizza🍕 + Pasta + Seafood


Modern Take on the 🍔 Gastropub

Flower Child

Organic 🍋 Healthy Food

True Food Kitchen​

Healthy 🥕 Chef Driven Seasonal Food

Bread Winners

Bakery🥐 + Bistro

Cattleack BBQ

BBQ 🍖 Smoked Meats + Sides

Pecan Lodge

BBQ 🍖 Smoked Meats + Sides + Desserts

Rodeo Goat

Burgers 🍔 + Ice House

Nickel And Rye

Texas Comfort Foods 🍗

Varsity Tavern

Food + Entertainment 🏈

303 Grill

Burgers 🍔 + Pub Dishes

El Bolero

Regional Mexican Cuisine 🥑 + A Colorful Patio

Meddlesome Moth

New American Gastropub + Craft Brews 🍻

Uncle Julio's

Authentic Border Style Mexican 🌮 Food

Blue Fish

Sushi + Sashimi 🍣 + Chef Inspired Rolls

Katy Trail Ice House

Casual Beer 🍻 Garden and Burgers


Salvadorian Tex 🥑 Mex

Cafe Madrid

Spanish Restaurant 🌶 and Tapas bar

Tipsy Alchemist

Handcrafted Cocktails 🍸 and Bottle Service


Specialty drinks + craft cocktails🍸 + gourmet small plates

Black Friar Pub

Hangout in a Wood-Frame House & Beer 🍻 Garden



Innovative 🥘 New American Fare

Al Biernat's

Upscale Steak + Seafood 🍤

Del Frisco's

Fine Dining 🍷 Steak House


Modern Japanese 🍣 Cuisine

Javier’s Gourmet

Upscale Mexico-City 🥑 Style Cuisine

Water Grill

Raw Bar + Fresh Seafood 🍤

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Celebrity Chef Dining in Reunion 🌃 Tower

Dolce Riviera

Elegant Yet Unpretentious Italian 🍝


Modern Asian 🍲 Dining


Coastal California Feel 🍤 with New American Bites

Perry's Steak House

Steakhouse and Grill 🍷


Nick and Sam's

Steak and Seafood 🍤


Japanese 🍣 Peruvian Fare

Capital Grill

Upscale 🍷 Steakhouse


Celebrity Chef Dining at the Ritz 🍷

Joy Macarons

Small Batch French 🍬 Macaron Bakery

Emporium Pies

Fine Pies 🍰 for Fine Folk

Carlo's Bakery

Home of the Cake 🍰 Boss

Kate Weiser Chocolate

Handcrafted 🍫 Chocolates

Encanto Pops

Pops on Pops on Pops 🍡

Steel City Pops

Gourmet Pops 🍡+ Local Ingredients

Sweet Daze

Casual Ice Cream + Designer 🍩 Donuts

Rise Souffle

Sweet + Savory 🍮 Souffles

Sablon Chocolate

Chocolate 🍫 Lounge + Waffle Wonders

Milk + Cream

Home of the Milk + Cream Donut 🍩 Bun

White Rock Coffee

Local Coffee Roaster ☕️ with 3 Coffeehouses

Davis Street Espresso

Locally roasted coffee + espresso + baked goods 🥐

Summer Moon Frisco

Wood Fired 🔥 Coffee


Coffee + Tea + Beer🍻 + Wine + Pastries

Magnolia's Sous Le Pont

Espresso ☕️ Drinks + Takeaway Bites


Comfort Food + Espresso + Craft 🍹 Cocktails

Wild Detectives

Bookstore 📚 + Bar Venue

Local Press and Brew

Juice🍍 + Coffee Parlor

Edison Coffee Co

Hip Coffee House + Live 🎶 Music


Creative 🥑 Toasts + Coffee + Booze


Plants 🌵 of Texas

Gypsy Wagon

Bohemian 🌸 Boutique

Jade and Clover

Curated 🌵 Lifestyle Shop + Gifts

Shop Buddy Love

Trendy Contemporary 👗 Women's Fashions

Kendra Scott

Jewelry 💎 + Home Decor + Gifts


Party 🎉 Store

Shop Pitaya

Women's 👗 Boutique

Willow Bend Plano

125 including 🛍 3 Anchor Stores


High Fashion 🛍 Luxury Shopping

Run On!

Specialty Running 🏃🏻‍♀️ Store

S.I.C Couture

Classic + Boho✌️ +Feminine Pieces


Beautiful💋 + Classic + Effortless Style

Society By Jackson Vaughn

Candles🕯 + Fine Home Fragrances

Apricot Lane

Apparel + Jewelry + Handbags👜

Beehive Fort Wroth

Women's 👗 Clothing Boutique

The Joule Spa

Subterranean Luxurious Spa 💆🏻

Fab Nail Bar

Nail 💅🏻 Salon Open Til Midnight

Blanc Hair Salon

Uptown Dallas 💇🏻 Hair Salon

Osgood O'Neil Salon

Dallas 💇🏻 Hair Salon

Revel Workshop

Design District 💇🏻 Hair Salon

The Fit and Fancy Grapevine

Med 💆🏻 Spa

Mini Luxe

Fashion at your Fingertips 💅🏻 Nail Salon

Vivian's Spa

Boutique 💆🏻 Spa

Salon 5014

Dallas 💇🏻 Hair Salon

The Do Cut + Color

Dallas 💇🏻 Hair Salon

Blush at Bishop Arts

Dallas 💇🏻 Hair Salon


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