The world will be watching the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this weekend when the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburg Steelers go head to head at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX for Super Bowl XLV. If you were lucky enough to get tickets for the big game or if you are coming to town for one of the many Super Bowl events, you may want to take time to enjoy some of Dallas’ favorite spots.
Hang out with the locals and get a real taste of Texas flavor at the hip, yet homey Horne and Dekker for their Sunday morning Hang Over Brunch; The Porch for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Cobb Salad or for a taste of the finer things in life, Kent Rathbun’s Abacus.
You can’t come to Texas without having a heapin’ helpin’ of good ole‘ Texas BBQ
Off The Bone: Voted Best Barbecue by D Magazine readers. This transformed Dairy Queen dishes out the best smoked ribs, sausage and beef in the Metroplex. If you’re in the Arlington area, you have to make the trek to 5144 Mansfield Parkway, Forest Hill, TX 76119. You’ll be so glad you did.
Angelo’s Barbecue: Don’t expect fancy plates or tablecloths, Angelo’s is a good old-fashioned barbecue joint. Featured on Good Morning America, The Food Network and many others, this Fort Worth tradition started more than 50 years ago, serving some of the best barbecue you have ever tasted.
Smoke: Chef/co-owner Tim Byres combines old-fashioned smokehouse flavors with local seasonal ingredients to serve up southern-style cuisine. The menu features more than the traditional barbecue flavors, with items like Texas BBQ Beef Coffee Cured Beef Brisket, Dry Rubbed Pork Spare Ribs and Pit Roasted Cabrito; all smoked on the giant smoker, located out back. They also serve a great brunch on Sunday.
Fernando’s: You would never guess that a Mexican restaurant tucked into a corner of a shopping center on Northwest Highway and Midway Road would attract celebrities and former presidents, but Fernando’s has done just that. Fernando’s menu features great Tex-Mex, regional and Mexico City specialties like Camarones Coyoacan, Serrano Style Fajitas and Chicken enchilada with sour cream sauce.
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano: This popular high-end Mexican restaurant is a great place to see and-be-seen while you enjoy terrific Mexican martinis and Javier’s signature dish, filete Cantinflas- sliced beef tenderloin stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and smothered with chile mulatto sauce. If you are more daring, go for the fajitas de cabrito (goat fajitas). They are incredibly tender and juicy.
Steak Done Texas Style
Charlie Palmer’s: Located in Downtown Dallas in the elegant Joule Hotel, Charlie Palmer’s Executive Chef Scott Romano puts a personal twist on the classic steakhouse dishes to make your dinner a rare and wonderful dining experience.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse: This family owned steakhouse focuses on a proving you with a quality dining experience. They serve Dry-Aged Prime Beef as well as incredible seafood. Pappas Bros special Game Day Menu features Prime Ribeye and Porterhouse steak.
III Forks: Located in North Dallas, III Forks serves the ultimate in Texas French cuisine.It is a restaurant that has recreates the grand lifestyle of Texans who believed that fine dining was a perfect combination of great food, great service, great atmosphere and great music spent with the ones you love.