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You Dallas Observer readers out there really know how to have a good time, don't you? Gracious, so many ideas for great food, drinks, shopping, nightlife and culture in Big D. How do you fit it all in? Seriously, don't you people have JOBS? Don't you have to go to ... Sorry. Sorry. Just had a touch of envy there. What we meant to say is thank you, readers, for pointing us out to all the great places we really should visit soon to relax, and congratulations and thanks to the many Readers' Choice Contest winners who make this place a Big D-light. And there's more to come. If you don't see your favorite place on this list, stay tuned. We'll have plenty more to say about the Best of Dallas on our blogs.


FOOD & DRINK

BEST BAKERY
Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery
3301 McKinney Ave.
214-754-4940
breadwinnerscafe.com

BEST BARBECUE
Pecan Lodge
2702 Main St.
214-748-8900
pecanlodge.com

BEST BEER SELECTION
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
14999 Montfort Drive
972- 991-7093
beerknurd.com

BEST BLOODY MARY
Anvil Pub
2638 Elm St. 214-741-1271

BEST BREAKFAST
The Original Pancake House
2900 Lemmon Ave.
214-528-7215
originalpancakehouse.com

BEST BURGER
Twisted Root Burger Co.
2615 Commerce St.
214-741-7668
twistedrootburgerco.com

BEST CHEF
Stephan Pyles
stephanpyles.com

BEST CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK
Babe's Chicken Dinner House
1006 W Main St., Carrollton
972- 245-7773
babeschicken.com

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
Royal China Restaurant
6025 Royal Lane
214-361-1771
royalchinadallas.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP
Mudsmith Coffee
2114 Greenville Ave.
214-370-9535
mudsmithdallas.com

BEST DINER
Norma's Cafe
1123 W Davis St.
214-946-2111
normascafe.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Easy Slider
easyslidertruck.com

BEST FRIED CHICKEN
Babe's Chicken Dinner House
1006 W Main St, Carrollton
972-245-7773
babeschicken.com

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT
Ziziki's Taverna
5000 Belt Line Road, No. 30
972- 233-1199
zizikistaverna.com

BEST HOT DOG
Angry Dog
2726 Commerce St.
214-741-4406
angrydog.com

BEST ICE CREAM SHOP
Paciugo Gelato
2115 Abrams Road
214-828-8777
paciugo.com

BEST INDIAN
Kalachandji's Palace & Restaurant
5430 Gurley Ave.
214-821-1048
kalachandjis.com

BEST ITALIAN
Campisi's
5610 E. Mockingbird Lane
214-827-0355
campisis.us

BEST LOCAL BEER
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
2823 St Louis St.
214-888-3322
deepellumbrewing.com

BEST MARGARITA
Gloria's
214-303-1166
gloriascuisine.com

BEST MIDDLE-EAST RESTAURANT
Ali Baba
1901 Abrams Road
214-823-8235
alibabamedgrill.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Local Oak
409 N. Zang Blvd.
214-946-4625
thelocaloak.com

BEST PIE
Emporium Pies
314 N Bishop Ave.
469-206-6126
emporiumpies.com

BEST PIZZA
Il Cane Rosso
2612 Commerce St., No. 101
214-741-1188
ilcanerosso.com

BEST RESTAURANT FOR KIDS
Magic Time Machine
5003 Belt Line Road
972-980-1903
magictimemachine.com

BEST SALSA
Gloria's
3223 Lemmon Ave.
214-303-1166
gloriascuisine.com

BEST SANDWICH RESTAURANT
Jimmy's Food Store
4901 Bryan St.
214-823-6180
jimmysfoodstore.com

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
3520 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-521-4700
pappadeaux.com

BEST STEAKHOUSE
Bob's Steak & Chop House
4300 Lemmon Ave.
214-528-9446
bobs-steakandchop.com

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
Blue Mesa Grill
7700 W Northwest Highway
214-378-8686
bluemesagrill.com

BEST SUSHI
The Blue Fish
3519 Greenville Ave.
214-824-3474
thebluefishsushi.com

BEST TAQUERIA
Torchy's Tacos
5600 SMU Blvd.
972- 993-8226
torchystacos.com

BEST TEX-MEX
Chuy's Mexican Restaurant
4544 McKinney Ave.
214-559-2489
chuys.com

BEST THAI RESTAURANT
Royal Thai
5500 Greenville Ave. No. 608
214-691-3555
royalthaitexas.com

BEST VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Cosmic Café
2912 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-521-6157
cosmiccafedallas.com

BEST WINGS
Plucker's
5500 Greenville Ave.
214-363-9464
pluckers.com


NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC

BEST BARTENDER
Andrew Thompson, The Twilite Lounge
2640 Elm St.
214-741-2121
thetwilitelounge.com

BEST BLUES BAR
Poor David's Pub
1313 S Lamar St.
214-565-1295
poordavidspub.com

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Sober
djsober.com

BEST DANCE CLUB
Lizard Lounge
2424 Swiss Ave.
214-826-4768
thelizardlounge.com

BEST DIVE BAR
Lee Harvey's
1807 Gould St.
214-428-1555
leeharveys.com

BEST GAY BAR
Round-Up Saloon
3912 Cedar Springs Road
214-522-9611
roundupsaloon.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Gloria's
3223 Lemmon Ave.
214-303-1166
gloriascuisine.com

BEST HONKY-TONK
Billy Bob's Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
817-624-7117
billybobstexas.com

BEST KARAOKE
The Goat
7248 Gaston Ave.
214-327-8119
thegoatdallas.com

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Ave.
214-824-9933
granadatheater.com

BEST LOCAL MUSIC RELEASE
Don't Disconnect by Sarah Jaffe
sarahjaffe.com

BEST METAL BAR
Trees
2709 Elm St.
214-741-1122
treesdallas.com

BEST OUTDOOR PATIO OR DECK
The Truck Yard
5624 Sears St.
469-500-0139
texastruckyard.com

BEST ROCK BAR
Trees
2709 Elm St.
214-741-1122
treesdallas.com

BEST STRIP CLUB
The Lodge
10530 Spangler Road
972-506-9229
the-lodge.com


SHOPPING & SERVICES

BEST AFFORDABLE JEWELRY
Sam Moon Trading Company
11826 Harry Hines Blvd
972- 484-3084
sammoon.com

BEST DALLAS FASHION DESIGNER
Lucy Dang
lucydang.com

BEST DAY SPA
King Spa and Sauna
2154 Royal Lane
214-420-9070
kingspa.com

BEST EYEWEAR SELECTION
Warby Parker
2008 N Henderson Ave.
972- 426-7272
warbyparker.com

BEST FARMERS MARKET
Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S Pearl Expressway
214-664-9110
dallasfarmersmarket.org

BEST FURNITURE STORE
IKEA
7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco
888-888-4532
ikea.com

BEST HOTEL
The Belmont Hotel
901 Fort Worth Ave.
214-393-2300
belmontdallas.com

BEST GIFT SHOP
We Are 1976
1902 N Henderson Ave.
214-821-1976
weare1976.com

BEST GUN RANGE
DFW Gun Range
1607 W Mockingbird Lane
214-630-4866
dfwgun.com

BEST HAIR SALON
Avalon Salon
3699 McKinney Ave.
214-969-1901
avalon-salon.com

BEST HOME DECORATIONS AND ART
DFW M'Antiques
424 W Davis St.
214-941-4195

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING STORE
Culwell & Son
6319 Hillcrest Ave.
214-522-7000
culwell.com

BEST NAIL SALON
Onyx Nail Bar
4123 Cedar Springs Road, No. 109
214-599-0255
onyxnailbar.com

BEST RECORD STORE
Good Records
1808 Greenville Ave.
214-752-4663
goodrecords.com

BEST TATTOOS
Elm Street Tattoo
2811 Elm St.
214-653-1392
elmstreettattoo.com

BEST VAPING SHOP
Vape Lounge
2741 Belt Line Road, Carrollton
972- 416-5181
vapeloungellc.com

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING
Dolly Python
1916 N Haskell Ave.
214-887-3434
dollypythonvintage.com

BEST WINE/LIQUOR STORE
Spec's
9500 N. Central Expressway
214-369-2800
specsonline.com

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORE
Milk & Honey Boutique
1906 N. Henderson Ave.
214-826-1700
milkandhoneyboutique.com


CULTURE & PEOPLE

BEST ART EVENT
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
214-855-1881
deepellumartsfestival.com

BEST ART GALLERY
Kettle Art Gallery
Kettle Art Gallery
2650-B Main St.
kettleart.com

BEST ARTS AND CRAFTS TEACHERS
Oil & Cotton
837 W 7th St.
214-942-0474
oilandcotton.com

BEST DISD SCHOOL
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
2501 Flora St.
972- 925-1200
dallasisd.org

BEST EXHIBITION
Aurora Dallas 2013
dallasaurora.com

BEST FESTIVAL
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
deepellumartsfestival.com

BEST LOCAL ACTOR
Justin Locklear

BEST LOCAL ACTRESS
Liz Mikel

BEST MOVIE THEATER
Angelika Dallas
5321 E Mockingbird Lane. No. 230
214-841-4713

BEST MURAL
Robot vs. Dinosaur by Frank Campagna

BEST MUSEUM
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field St.
214-428-5555
perotmuseum.org

BEST MUSIC RADIO STATION
KKXT-FM 91.7
kxt.org

BEST MUSICAL
Wicked

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD
Bishop Arts District
bishopartsdistrict.weebly.com

BEST NEW THING IN TOWN
The Truck Yard
5624 Sears St.
469-500-0139
texastruckyard.com

BEST NEWS RADIO STATION
KERA-FM 90.1
kera.org

BEST PARK FOR NATURE LOVERS
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
8525 Garland Road
214-515-6500
dallasarboretum.org

BEST RADIO TALK SHOW
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning
kiddnation.com

BEST PLAY
Barbecue Apocalypse

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Dallas Summer Musicals
dallassummermusicals.org

BEST THEATER DIRECTOR
Kevin Moriarty

BEST TV NEWS ANCHOR
Clarice Tinsley

BEST TV NEWS SHOW
Good Day on FOX


SPORTS & RECREATION

BEST BIKE SHOP
Richardson Bike Mart
9040 Garland Road
214-321-0705 bikemart.com

BEST BIKE TRAILS
White Rock Trail
whiterocktrail.org

BEST GYM
24 Hour Fitness
5706 East Mockingbird Lane
214-827-8700
24hourfitness.com

BEST HIKING TRAILS
White Rock Lake whiterockdallas.org

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE
Tenison Park Golf Club
3501 Samuell Blvd.
214-670-1402
tenisonpark.com

BEST SPORTS BAR
Bryan Street Tavern
4315 Bryan St.
214-821-4447
bryanstreettavern.com

BEST SPORTS COLUMNIST
Randy Galloway

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR
Dale Hansen

BEST SPORTS RADIO STATION
KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket
www.theticket.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO
Sunstone Yoga
2907 Routh St.
214-764-2119
sunstoneyoga.com

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