by Elizabeth Campbell
From the Editor: In a busy convention schedule, going to dinner can be one of the only relaxing times of the day. In the following article Elizabeth Campbell gives you a sample of the dining possibilities in the area around the Anatole. This is what she says:
Texans enjoy bragging about the great things we have to offer, and what trip to the Lone Star State would be complete without the best barbecue around or delicious Tex-Mex cooking? While you are here for the convention, take time to venture out and let your taste buds do some exploring.
A short cab ride from the Anatole are a number of restaurants with reasonable prices and terrific food, including steakhouses and barbecue and vegan cuisine. Enjoy and have fun y’all!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
2525 Wycliff Ave.
Phone: (214) 780-0999
Store Hours: Mon.–Sun. 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Founded in 1941, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit still smokes its meats at each restaurant location. According to Dickey’s website, when spicy cheddar sausage was added to the menu, it was the first change in fifty years. Today Dickey’s serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, Polish sausage, turkey breast, and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with complimentary ice cream and dill pickles.
Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse
2202 Inwood Rd.
Phone: (214) 357-7120
Restaurant hours: Monday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
This famous restaurant features vintage school desks and photos of famous folks who have enjoyed the barbecue over the years. Sunny Bryan’s also has a gluten-free menu.
Dunston's Mesquite Grilled Prime Steaks
8526 Harry Hines Blvd.
Phone: (214) 637-3513
Restaurant hours: Monday through Thursday: 11:00a.m. –10:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Dunston’s features prime beef at a reasonable price, and the restaurant is famous for its mesquite-grilled steaks. The restaurant has the look and feel of a high-end steakhouse with reasonable prices. Make sure to check out some of the favorites such as a chicken-fried rib-eye or fried catfish.
Texas Land and Cattle Company
3130 Lemmon Ave.
Phone: (214) 526-4664
Call for restaurant hours.
Known for its signature smoked sirloin and Texas rib-eye steaks.
Mama's Daughters’ Diner
2014 Irving Blvd.
Phone: (214) 742-8646
A quote from the website: “Mama’s been home cookin’ breakfast and lunch for the good folks in the Dallas area since 1958, baking our own pies, cornbread, and rolls.”
Original Market Diner
4434 Harry Hines Blvd.
Phone: (214) 521-0992
Restaurant hours: Monday–Wednesday 6:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Thursday/Friday 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m., and Sunday: 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The diner features homemade pies, daily specials, and burgers.
Note: the menus are in PDF form and don’t appear to be accessible.
El Fenix Mexican Restaurant
1601 McKinney Ave.
Phone: (214) 747-1121
Open seven days a week: Sunday–Monday 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Serving the best in Tex-Mex cuisine since 1918.
Ojedas Mexican Restaurant
4617 Maple Ave.
Phone: (214) 528-8383
Restaurant hours: Sunday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Note: this site is written in Flash, and it is very difficult to navigate because music is playing in the background, making it difficult to listen to a screen reader.
A quote from a review on the City Search website: “The original location on Maple Avenue opened in 1969, and not a whole lot has changed in forty years. Everything about the place is comfortable, from the sincere waitstaff to the old-school decor to the endless number of combo plates. We like Ojeda's dinner: guacamole salad, tostada with queso, two beef enchiladas, puff taco, and rice and beans. Countless famous faces have dined at Ojeda's, including President Bill Clinton, Owen Wilson, and Dr. Phil.”
4436 Lemmon Ave.
Phone: (214) 528-0200
Hours: Monday–Sunday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Acrylic murals in rich gold, purple, and orange tones adorn the concrete walls of this former Pizza Hut turned Indian food favorite. Throbbing Hindi dance music and a polite turban-wearing owner and his wife greet you at the door. Regulars favor the inexpensive buffet, which includes salad with fresh chutney and raita, naan, and basmati rice as staples. Hot and spicy dishes include tandoori chicken, creamed spinach, cauliflower and potatoes, and creamy tikka masala sauce.
3917 Cedar Springs Rd.
Phone: (214) 528-9999
From the website: Late-night Oak Lawn hangout serves authentic Hunan and Szechuan delicacies to starved bar-hoppers and businessmen alike.
Delivery till 4:00 a.m.
Full bar, great desserts.
2912 Oaklawn Ave.
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 noon–10:00 p.m.
Check out one of the restaurant’s signature dishes made with tofu, grilled asparagus, bell peppers, and onions.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Dallas and at the luxurious Anatole Hotel. At the convention look for the restaurant guide that will have more information and restaurant listings.