The Required: Dallas

The Required: Dallas

A definitive guide to Dallas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 12, 2020
The Required: Dallas

The Required: Dallas

A definitive guide to Dallas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 12, 2020

Hello, Dallas. Welcome to The Required club.

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more–no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Knife Dallas

The Story: Knife Dallas brings the concept of the classic American Steakhouse into modern times, delineating between “New School” and “Old School” on their menu. They’ve done away with white linen service and servers in penguin suits for a more contemporary, “upscale casual” atmosphere. The chefs at Knife pride themselves on sourcing naturally raised meats from smaller ranchers like 44 Farms, which they then dry-age in house, and using seasonal ingredients alongside perennial favorites.
What to Eat: Your favorite cut of meat (for us that’s ribeye or rack of lamb), cooked to your specification. Our Experts also give the Wild Mushroom Risotto, and sides like Creamed Spinach with Roast Shallots, and the Roasted Okra with Tomato and Bacon high marks.

What to Drink: New and Old School Cocktails with your appetizer course, and a big domestic red to pair with the main event. 

The Vibe: A sleek, modern dining room with rich wood tables and a gorgeous green tile backsplash on the bar. Knife feels like the proper place to have a business meeting or a first-time introduction between family members and significant others. 

When to Go: They offer lunch and dinner service daily with varying hours, so check their hours for the date you want to go and consider making reservations.

Knife Dallas
Spot
Glencoe, Dallas
$$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Steakhouse
3 Recommendations

Nonna

The Story: Conceived as a neighborhood eatery focusing on seasonal regional Italian cuisine, Nonna specializes in housemade salumi, pasta, and wood-fired pizza.

What to Eat: The wood-fired White Clam Pie gets high marks from our Experts, as does the Ravioli of Maine Lobster. Otherwise, go with your gut, and when in doubt ask your server what’s best that day. Remember: their menu is subject to daily changes depending on what’s best from local farmers.

What to Drink: Craft cocktails and imported Italian wine varietals. 

The Vibe: An upscale casual bistro with some high top tables, as well as big ol’ six tops for when you want to bring the wrecking crew (aka your friends and family).  

When to Go: They’re open Monday through Friday 5:30-10 p.m. for dinner service.  Nonna’s dining room is not nearly as big as their reputation for excellence is, so we recommend calling ahead for reservations.

Nonna
Spot
Dallas
$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Italian
6 Recommendations

Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill

The Story: The concept behind Chef/Owner Nick Balvodinus’ Neighborhood Service is simple: “honest food and drink in the American Tradition.” A closer look at the menu shows that Chef Balvodinus interprets “American” to include Hawaiian Ahi Tartare, Tex-Mex Tortilla Soup, and Coq Au Vin–– in other words, soul foods from the various cultures that give the U.S. its character.

What to Eat: Our Experts say the Crispy Asparagus with Pecorino and Asparagus and the Veal Shoulder Schnitzel with Cracked Pepper Spaetzle are not to be missed.

What to Drink: Classic cocktails and draft microbrews. 

The Vibe: Bare wood tables, black and white photos of oil workers, military men, and an antique American flag framed in glass on the wall give this place the air of an uncomplicated family bistro. This is the perfect place for a family dinner with picky eaters as just about every item on the menu is somebody’s idea of comfort food.

When to Go: Open for dinner from Monday-Saturday from 5 p.m onwards, the place isn’t huge so reservations are recommended.

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