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. 

Cafe Momentum

The Story: Café Momentum offers New American cuisine with a socially responsible ethos. They mentor teenagers released from the juvenile reformatory system, helping them to develop work skills and stoke the flames of culinary passion that can help them find a career path in the food and beverage industry. Café Momentum works with over 20 local farms that provide them with the seasonal ingredients that help their Chefs and students create an ever-evolving menu.

What to Eat: In addition to the thoughtful seasonal creations that come out of Café Momentum’s kitchen, the House Cured Charcuterie Plate and Smoked Fried Chicken have our Experts and locals coming back for more.

What to Drink: An eclectic selection of microbrews, and domestic and imported wines. 

The Vibe: A contemporary bistro-style dining room with exceptional service and feel-good vibes.

When to Go: Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5:30-9, Café Momentum consistently makes “Best of Dallas” lists and is incredibly popular. We highly recommend making reservations. They are often able to accommodate large parties if you give them enough notice, making this a fantastic location for a business dinner or family outing.

Cafe Momentum
Hot Spot
Dallas Downtown Historic, Dallas
$$$, Modern, Breakfast, New American, Restaurant, Gastropub
2 Recommendations

Hypnotic Donuts

The Story: What, pray tell, could be a more Southern treat than fried dough? Well, perhaps the Evil Elvis Donut at Hypnotic Donuts can answer that question, a yeast-raised donut with a delicious pinwheel of bacon, peanut butter, and banana slices on top. This popular and inexpensive donut joint, located in a strip mall, produces some of the most creative, inexpensive donut confections and fried chicken biscuits you could hope to find in Dallas. 

What to Eat: The Peace-Stachio donut with Brown Butter Glaze and Pistachios is a perennial favorite amongst locals and Experts. Their Chicken Biscuits come in multiple combinations of fried chicken and fixings. Our Experts like the Amy– Fried Chicken Biscuit with Bacon, Pickles, Southwest Spicy Mustard, Cheddar and Honey. Or if you’re the sweet and savory type (we sure as heck are), then try the Jim: Fried Chicken on a Glazed Donut with Sriracha. 

What to Drink: Nitro cold brew coffee, milk, or the regional bubble water of choice: Topo Chico. 

The Vibe: An unpretentious donut joint turning out beautiful, artisanal fried and baked goods.  

When to Go: They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the weekends. With a variety of legal Cannabis Dispensaries in Dallas, and Hypnotic Donuts’ murals depicting Bob Marley, Jerry Garcia, and what appears either The Dude from Big Lebowski, seems like the proper place for a wake and baked good sesh. This is also a fabulous place to get your nieces and nephews all hyphy on sugar before returning them to your siblings.

Hypnotic Donuts
Hot Spot
Dallas
$, Donuts, Coffee Shop, Fried Chicken
3 Recommendations

Yutaka Sushi Bistro

The Story: Chef Yutaka Yamamoto presents simple, elegantly plated sashimi and sushi rolls in this small and perpetually busy sushi restaurant that our Experts say has some of the best Japanese food in Dallas. 

What to Eat: Both the Uni and the Ceviche of Crab, Octopus, and Japanese Snapper come recommended by our experts. Eating Omakase (chef’s choice) at the bar is always a good idea.
What to Drink: Sake and imported Asian beers. 

The Vibe: A cozy, simple sushi restaurant with friendly staff and gorgeous food.

When to Go: Open from 5:45-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, your best chances are to come early or late in order to land a table, or plan in advance by making reservations.

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