Popular East Dallas spot Vietnam Restaurant may look unassuming, humbly decorated as it is with vinyl booths, a few televisions and a fish tank, but the neon bowl of soup that marks the brick building tells you everything you need to know. Pho, the traditional Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, is the most popular menu item here, whether you play it safe with sliced rare beef and brisket or dare to try it traditional-style, loaded up with tendon and tripe. There’s a wide array of other Vietnamese dishes on the menu including vermicelli (rice noodle) bowls and banh mi sandwiches. A full bar includes Asian beers like Tsing Tao, or opt for one of the slushy, brightly colored bubble teas with chewy tapioca pearls in flavors like mango or even avocado.
La Calle Doce's menu merges succulent seafood and tantalizing spices in authentic recipes from Acapulco, Veracruz, and other seaside sources. Chilled ceviche takes advantage of free swim to meld lime-juice-doused morsels of fish with tomato, onion, and cilantro ($9.95). The pescado a la parrilla suffuses a whole grilled catfish with herbs and spices ($13.95), and the camarón à la veracruzana teams sautéed shrimp with a quartet of bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro ($14.95) before they break up to seek solo careers in bowls of pico de gallo. A range of beef, chicken, and traditional Tex-Mex dishes curb tastes for the terrestrial, and a variety of classic Mexican drinks, such as horchata ($2.50+) and tamarindo ($2.50+), subdue spicy selections.
It's no surprise that visitors to Bangkok Inn can find handmade dishes of traditional Thai food. After all, it's quite literally a mom-and-pop restaurant. Threechok and Patcharee Chuskul founded the restaurant more than 30 years ago, treating visitors to feasts of satay chicken, basil and ginger stir-frys, and noodle dishes that balance and blend a medley of complementary colors, flavors, and textures. Today, Threechok and Patcharee's kids, Bambi, Chuck, and Daisy, welcome guests to the family business, treating new friends and regulars to warm service and plates of pad thai, steamed fish with ginger, and five types of curry, all of which can be paired with beverages brought from home.
Daddy Jack’s luminescent sign hangs over its corner spot in the Sundance Square district, beckoning diners to walk past the outdoor patio and detect the aroma of fresh lobster, clams, and a perfectly grilled steak here and there. Fresh seafood satiates East Coast cravings at both dinner and lunch with blackened shrimp and jumbo sea scallops and lobster tails. Pasta dishes entangle mussels, lobster, and clams in housemade sauces, while completely vegetarian dishes forego the seafood for mushrooms, tomatoes, and balloon animals. Wines journey from around the globe—from Chile to New Zealand—to wash down meals.
For a classic steakhouse dinner that’s guaranteed to impress your boss, your family or a first date, look no further than Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Dallas. Art Deco chandeliers, a wall of wine bottles – more than 5,000 in all – and plush carpeting scream Uptown swank, while the effortlessly amiable staff provide tips and tricks for navigating the menu. Start off with ahi tuna tartare served with wonton crisps, or the signature fried asparagus: crispy spears crowned with jumbo lump crab. While freshly-cut prime steaks – including an impressive-looking bone-in cowboy ribeye – are obviously the centerpiece at this upscale eatery, many folks opt for the massive pork chop, carved tableside and flanked with housemade applesauce. Whichever way you go, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and au gratin potatoes with a crispy browned top make worthy accompaniments.
Casual but classy seafood haven S&D Oyster Company has been a Dallas staple since 1976, offering up a simple taste of New Orleans via Uptown. The timeless dining room has changed little since then, still decked out in red-and-white checkered tablecloths and neon beer signs. Start with meaty shrimp cocktail or a platter of freshly shucked Gulf oysters while you peruse the rest of the well-edited menu, which includes fried shrimp or oyster po’ boys, seafood gumbo and the quintessential New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, served with crusty French bread that’s ideal for soaking up the spicy sauce. Round out the experience with crunchy fried hushpuppies or an order of the whiskey sauce-soaked bread pudding. Red apron and bowtie-clad servers, many of whom have been here for decades, are utmost professionals and will mix up cocktail sauce to your liking tableside.