BY KIMBERLY ROSE
Dallas, Texas is home to many different types of food. While you’ll find an abundance of taco and tex-mex restaurants, there are lucky finds I have come across that have more to offer and are perfect for ending a long day of museum hopping or shopping in Highland Park Village. I suggest eating in Downtown Dallas or uptown by Knox-Henderson. The more you stray away from the heart of Dallas, the more fast food and chain restaurants you will find. Be mindful of traffic, though, and take back roads to find these perfect dinner spots.
If you are in the mood for tacos (and in Dallas, who isn’t?), I recommend Velvet Taco. It’s right off of the highway and on the corner of Knox-Henderson. Velvet Taco gives off a retro diner-style vibe, without serving plain American food on roller skates. You have various types of tacos to choose from, and I usually find myself splurging for some potatoes as a side. Make sure to save some room for dessert, though, because they also serve big scrumptious pieces of red velvet cake for when you need something sweet. Velvet Taco has the perfect atmosphere for catching up with friends, whether it’s inside by the kitchen, or on their adorable outdoor patio by the highway. And while you’re there, you might as well feel free to plan a long night at Velvet Taco, because it’s open until 2 am on weekdays and 3 am during the weekend. It’s a perfect spot, whether you’re grabbing a piece of cake with friends after a night at the club, taking your family for a quirky atmosphere and delicious tacos, or even taking a quick lunch to-go. You can’t go wrong with Velvet Taco.
If you’re in the mood for a more authentic Texas meal, The Rustic is the place to go. Located off the highway on Howell Street, The Rustic is not only an outdoor concert venue but also a popular hangout spot for drinks and meals. You can spend Saturday nights listening to live bands with a margarita as big as your head or spend Sunday mornings with a big family style brunch and a bloody Mary to recover from the weekend. The Rustic also has great and spacious indoor seating, covered head-to-toe in country decor that any Texan can appreciate. Along with their strong drinks and big brunches, The Rustic serves the best dessert. My pick is always the peanut butter pie! Before ending your trip to The Rustic, take pictures with the many photo-ops the restaurant has to offer. Whether you snap a pic of the big lit up letters spelling out “off the beaten path”, or even by the funky outdoor beer signs, you can’t go wrong.
My favorite organic, healthy, but still unbelievably delicious restaurant is True Food Kitchen, by Preston Hollow Center. True Food Kitchen is “relaxed, eco-chic” and great for any occasion. They serve a number of cocktails and vegan meals that will make you want to come back for more. They’re also known for their many natural refreshers that will energize you after a long day at work. They change according to the season, but my personal favorite is the Matcha Horchata. When I’m at True Food, I always make sure to get the kale & avocado dip and the vegetable crudités as starters. The dip comes with humongous, crispy pita chips that make the starter also a perfect meal (and especially if you don’t like sharing). The vegetable crudité is a giant bowl of colorful vegetables that you won’t recognize, but will absolutely love. And if not, at least you have something pretty to take a picture of. The bowl comes with two healthy dips that are to die for. Most meals come with kale and/or sweet potatoes as a side and my go-to option is either the ancient grains bowl or the quinoa teriyaki bowl. Both are delicious and if they happen to sound a bit too healthy for you, True Food Kitchen also serves pizza. The restaurant has a beautiful interior and outdoor cabana with green accents and a minimalistic, contemporary style. I love going here for lunch with my girls or for dinner with my family, but I’ll take any excuse to splurge on True Food Kitchen.