Where to eat in Dallas for Texas-OU weekend

The lamb shank at FT33 is artfully plated and full of hearty and complex flavors. (Credit: Jeff Gregory)
The lamb shank at FT33 is artfully plated and full of hearty and complex flavors. (Credit: Jeff Gregory)

Are you headed to the #HotSeatBowl this weekend to watch Charlie Strong’s Longhorns face off against Bob Stoops’ Sooners? If you’re gonna be there longer than the four hours of game time, you’re going to need to eat. I visited Dallas this spring on a barbecue tour (read that story here) and last spring for a travel/dining story¬†(read that story here), and the restaurants below were some of the ones that left the biggest impression on me.

18th & Vine: Sophisticated space that serves great Kansas City-inspired barbecue downstairs (get the burnt ends) and jazz upstairs.

Cane Rosso: You can now get some of the best pizza in Dallas right here in South Austin, but why not check out the original in Deep Ellum?

FT33: Industrial chic space with serious focus on letting the ingredients be the stars.

Knife: Want an amazing dry-aged steak and some pretty solid people watching? Head here.

Lucia: Exceptional pasta in an intimate space in the Bishops Arts District.

Tei An: One of the five best sushi restaurants I’ve visited in Texas, located right in the middle of the downtown Arts District (for the record, the others are Kata Robata in Houston and Otoko, Kyoten Sushiko and Uchi in Austin)

Don’t trust my judgment or need dozens more options? Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News recently released her top restaurants in Dallas, as did Teresa Gubbins of Culture Map. And the national magazine of Texas, Texas Monthly, has several burgers from the Metroplex on its Best Burgers in Texas list and several barbecue joints on its Top 50 barbecue list.

Enjoy. Maybe wait until after the game to eat.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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