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. 

Mansion Restaurant

The Story: Located in the posh Rosewood Hotel on Turtle Creek, as the name implies The Mansion offers old school formal dining at its best. With an emphasis on New American and French-influenced cuisine.

What to Eat: In keeping with New American and French traditions, the menu at The Mansion changes with what’s best and seasonally available. Our Experts recommend going for the seasonal chef’s tasting menu, or if you’re looking for less of a commitment, try the nightly risotto.

What to Drink: Fine wines and craft cocktails. 

The Vibe: Fancytown French, pistachio green window treatments, ornate wallpaper and all. You’ll want to dress to impress and make a morning or night of it when visiting.

When to Go: They offer breakfast and dinner service daily, so check their website and make sure to make reservations for the date you want to go.

Stock & Barrel

The Story: Chef and owner Jon Stevens has dedicated Stock & Barrel to the art of elevated comfort food, which for him equates to plenty of handmade dumplings, pasta, and fried potato dishes.

What to Eat:
The Red Curry Queso with Chorizo, Pickled Onion and Thai Basil gets points for creativity and deliciousness from our Experts. Other dishes to try: Crab Fried Spaghetti with Spicy Hollandaise, Goat Cheese Dumplings with Jumbo Shrimp and seasonal accompaniments.

What to Drink: Craft cocktails, microbrews on tap, and select wine varietals both domestic and imported. 

The Vibe: Upscale new Texas chic with grey upholstered booths, table and bar seating.

When to Go: They’re open seven days a week with varying hours, so check their website the day you want to go, and reservations never hurt, especially on the weekends.

Stock & Barrel
Spot
Bishop Arts, Dallas
$$$, Modern, American, Breakfast
3 Recommendations

Macellaio Meats

The Story: The sister restaurant to Lucia, at Macellaio Meats the menu is geared towards the hardcore carnivore. This salumeria cures and prepares all of their meats in house, utilizing traditional Italian and New American techniques and flavor profiles.

What to Eat: Our Experts say to go with the Chef’s Salumi Misti to ensure you and your dining companions get the best of what’s in house at the moment. The Chicken Liver Mousse with Mission Figs and Flatbread and the Rabbit Casserole also get high marks.

What to Drink: Craft cocktails and both imported and domestic wine varietals. 

The Vibe: An upscale casual bar devoted to the art of cured meats and great drinks.

When to Go: They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., making this the perfect place for post-work drinks and hearty plates to savor.

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