The Appirio Guide to Dallas Restaurants and Bars

February 12, 2019 Heena Banga

Here at Appirio, we’re happy to help our business partners, customers, and workers with a food and drink guide when they’re traveling to various cities for events and workshops. This time it’s about one of the leading corporate destinations in the U.S. - Dallas, Texas. 

Whether you’re traveling to Dallas on a business trip or for pleasure, you’ll love the city for all of its authentic and delectable foods. Excitingly, our Appirio consultants have shared some fabulous places where you can dine and drink. From colonial to town-like and from cultural to contemporary, here’s a savory list of places and foods to try in Dallas. 


Ferris Wheelers

The Barbeque and the Patio make a great combination with a Ferris wheel and a stage for bands. The menu offers a huge variety of smoky dishes,  so if you love the smoked meats, this place is a must for you. You might also catch a show by singers and bands (such as Dylan Scott or Lanco), either for free or for as little as  $10.
The Rustic

This is a popular place but lives up to its hype. The Rustic stimulates all your senses with live music, food, full bar, and space for private parties. 

At Rustic, the owners ensure all the homestyle meals are prepared with farm-fresh and local ingredients: seafood from the Gulf, steaks from local ranchers, and dairy and produce from local farmers. You can also enjoy a variety of local craft beers and creative cocktails. 

Cane Rosso

If you’ve never thought of Dallas as a destination for  Italian cuisine, think again.  After a trip to Italy where he fell in love with  true Italian pizza, the owner opened Cane Rosso in early 2011 with the mission to create the same type of experience as he  had enjoyed in Italy, Cane Rosso started essentially as a food truck but now has five locations in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area, one in Houston, and one in Austin. 

At Cane Rosso, you can expect the pies to have fresh ingredients prepared in-house (including the sauce and mozzarella), resulting in some of the best and most authentic pizzas you’ll find in Dallas. They prepare their wood-fired pizzas in specially built ovens from Italy and have a variety of other Italian dishes like pasta, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. 

Cane Rosso has been named “Best Pizza in Dallas” by D Magazine five years in a row (2011-2015) and is listed among Eater National's 38 Essential Pizzerias in America.

Dunston's Steak House

If you don’t mind smelling like a tenderloin (thanks to the smoke from the mesquite wood grill), you’ll love the Dunston Steak House, a great place to go with a group of friends or colleagues. The Lovers Lane location in Dallas has been open since  1969. If a restaurant can last for 50 years, you know it has to be good.

The restaurant’s interior is decorated with authentic Southwest Airlines items (the airline is based out of Dallas). There’s a  huge fireplace -- perfect for a  date night --  or you can talk business with a client at the back bar featuring a large variety of whiskeys, beers, scotch, and classic cocktails. Dunston’s also has something you don’t see everywhere these days: a sprawling and well-stocked salad bar, 

Cosmic Cafe 

Lest you grow concerned with all the meaty choices in the preceding sections, rest assured that Dallas is not short on vegetarian eateries, One of our consultants at the India office, who is a vegan, recently visited Dallas  and found Cosmic Cafe to be an  amazing place with  truly immersive vegetarian food featuring the flavors of India. Offering curried vegetables, Indian breads, a vegetarian hummus plate, and non-dairy desserts (just a few of the cafe’s best-selling dishes), the restaurant has been rated among the healthiest in the country.

The ingredients are carefully chosen and combined to create truly delicious dishes. The cafe also offers yoga and meditation classes.

Company Cafe

The  Company Café & Bar is a dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Greenville (with an online bakery) that serves up breakfast, lunch, and brunch every day of the week. It’s a hip joint that employs hip workers serving delicious southern-style favorites including biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles, and it’s all gluten-free. Other menu items include french toast, build-your-own omelets, sandwiches, salads, and burgers (with a veggie burger option). They’re open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., so you’re on your own for dinner.


Ascension Coffee & Wine Bar

This unique, Australian-style coffee and wine bar has an amazing selection of beverages: from lattes,  green tea and chai, to kombucha, beer, wine, and port., This bar also offers an extensive food menu with a distinct international flair: from hummus and Vegemite to paninis and a coffee-rubbed steak salad. They have several locations (and more coming) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Read about their upcoming events -- including wine tastings and live music -- at the website.

The Woolworth Dallas

Located in the original Woolworth department store building downtown, this one-of-a-kind cocktail bar is the perfect place to relax after a day of work. Enjoy eight-dollar craft cocktails during happy hour every weeknight and Saturday until 7 p.m. Stay for dinner and choose between shared plates, salads, sandwiches, or main dishes including seafood and steak. They have several gluten-free and low-carb options, as well as some vegetarian fare. The food is seasonal and locally sourced, and they have event spaces available to rent for special occasions.  

Lee Harvey's

Lee Harvey’s wood-paneled walls and vintage beer signs pair perfectly with its vinyl booths and living room lamps. It’s a classic watering hole, where you go to be comfortable while you enjoy food and beverages with friends. No matter the weather -- there’s indoor and outdoor seating with picnic tables and fire-pits -- come down for the beer, stay for the food and live music. The menu changes often, so check the website for updates, and to see which bands are playing. This is a dog-friendly place, so bring you can bring your favorite canine with you. 

Even if you’re in Dallas only for a few days on business, we hope you can spare some time for dinner or a quick drink at one of these places. 

For strategic and technical guidance for all of your cloud endeavors, reach out to our consultants. You can book a meeting with us now for the dates you are planning your trip, and our consultants will be glad to meet you in person. 

Wishing you happy dining in Dallas!

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Heena Banga

Heena Banga is a Customer Story Analyst at Appirio.

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