Although these spots aren’t featured on the Margarita Mile, any foodie would be happy to chow down at the following restos:
Best for Girls’ Night: Lexy’s
Pink décor, Parisian-inspired marble and a Champagne vending machine—need we say more? Order something bubbly for the table and dig into brisket-avocado croquettes, caramelized Brussels sprouts and half-tempura, half-roasted whole red snapper.
Best for a Nightcap: Elm & Good
Located in the Kimpton Pittman Hotel where we stayed, Elm & Good mixes a mean old fashioned. Head there on select nights in February for Uncle Nearest whiskey tastings and live music in honor of Black History Month.
Forget about the Blooming Onions you’ve devoured in the past—this restaurant will teach you a thing or two about real-deal Australian food (for instance, they take their coffee and cocktails very seriously). Don’t miss the pork sausage rolls with sweet chili sauce and the mushroom toast with poached egg and crème fraîche.
Come here for brûléed banana French toast, mimosas and a shockingly rejuvenating cappuccino. We also loved the blue crab dib, the Italian sausage and egg pizza and the stunning oyster bar, decked out with rose petals for Valentine’s Day.
Most Insta-Worthy: Catbird
Views, views, views. Make sure your phone is charged to snap pics on the ever-so-chic rooftop between drinks and apps. (We were particularly fond of the Old Jalisco cocktail, the East Coast oysters and the Tejano Cubano sliders.)
Best for Pre-Dinner Drinks: Rodeo Bar
Located in The Adolphus, a historic Dallas hotel that’s been around since 1912, Rodeo Bar is an ’80s-themed watering hole that boasts throwback tunes, an old-school jukebox and the most refreshing Ranch Water in the city.
Best Tasting Menu: Rye
We’ll never run out of good things to say about this eclectic spot in Lower Greenville. You could order a la carte…but the chef’s tasting is an exquisite way to end a vacation or celebrate a special occasion. Our favorite dishes include the molasses-glazed nopales, the Duroc pork belly lollipops and the Chicago Style dessert, a masterpiece of popcorn crème brûlée, cheddar fritters, caramel popcorn, cheddar sponge cake and caramel sauce. As for cocktails, we loved the Blurred Limes, made with dill-infused tequila, cucumber, aloe, lime and celery bitters.