Hungry on DART's Green Line? Here's a Big Honkin' List That Might Help

Victory Victory Tavern: Victory Park might be considered a cultural and entertainment wasteland, but this New American restaurant with upscale design and mid-range prices aims to change that. It helps that it's within earshot of the American Airlines Center.

Craft Dallas: The Big D outpost of celebuchef Tom Colicchio's fine-dining restaurant group recently experienced a shakeup in the kitchen. Long-time chef Jeff Harris left to start his own venture. However, a hiccup isn't expected with the announcement that Dallas native Tim Bevins will be taking over.

West End Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse: With brick arches, ironwork and candlelit tables, the main dining room is about as steakhouse as steakhouse gets. Some of the menu selections come from the restaurant's 48,000-acre Hill Country ranch.

RJ Mexican Cuisine: The West End is packed with tourist-trapping restaurants; this isn't one of them. Executive chef Ronald Von Hatten's menu here focuses on regional Mexican food, including gordita and queso fundido appetizers, with a little Tex-Mex thrown in to appease the natives.

Akard SushiYa: Local office workers congregate at the U-shaped sushi bar to enjoy a quiet meal prepared by the elderly sushi chef. Among the specialty rolls is the Tender Roll (tuna and crab meat wrapped in soy paper, then topped with salmon and masago). Bento boxes and entrees, such as tonkatsu, are also available.

Renaissance Tower: The office building's subterranean food court includes the moderately sized Renaissance Cafeteria, quick-service chains like Taco Bell and local favorites like Kuai Asian Fusion and Burguesa Burger.

St. Paul Original Italian Café: Greasy and thin-crust New York-style pizza slices and Italian-American entrees abound at this popular downtown restaurant about five feet from the train station's platform.

Stephan Pyles: This restaurant owned by the eponymous Dallas chef-deity who helped popularize contemporary Southwestern cuisine is kind of a big deal -- if you haven't already heard.

Pearl St. Draft Media Sports Lounge: This contemporary 4,000-square-foot plush temple to athletics boasts 21 high-definition televisions, videogame consoles, karaoke lounges, a small-plates menu and a dozen beers on draft. It's also loud.

650 North: In the new Dallas Marriott City Center hotel is a casual restaurant serving gussied up surf and turf, like Caribbean crab-coated tilapia main with a béchamel sauce and beef tenderloin with Burgundy-glazed onions with a la carte options. Deep Ellum Zini's Pizzeria: Three Lee Harvey Oswald posters with the words "Patriot," "Patsy" and "Pacify" loom over customers at this pizza shop in slowly resurrecting Deep Ellum. The 100 Pounder, with 100 pepperoni slices and one pound of mozzarella, is a big seller.

Anvil Pub: This self-proclaimed green restaurant has a green, greaseless kitchen, a beer selection that makes the geekiest of craft-beer geeks take notice and a menu filled with spins on classic pub grub in an environment reminiscent of an English public house.

Baylor University Medical Center All Good Café: Grandfatherly owner Mike Snider's Deep Ellum standby is decorated in a hodgepodge sort of way (check out the flock of origami birds hanging from the ceiling) and a popular brunch spot (the pancakes are worth the wait) with food that's been largely locally sourced. Live music takes over on the weekends.

It's a Grind: One the way to the train station, neighborhood residents can often be seen darting in out and of this café. The odd thing about It's a Grind is that it's a chain in an area filled with privately owned sleek and modern treasures, like Monica's Aca y Alla.

Fair Park pizzaLounge: Fair Park isn't just where fair-goers exit DART trains for the fried-food bonanza at the state fair. Neighborhood restaurants and bars, like this one, actually exist year-round here. pizzaLounge aspires to be a hip pie shop with gourmet pies in vegan and meat-lovers varieties, "Foodie Appetizers" like the cheese boards and specialty cocktails. The tin ceiling and dim lighting help.

The Meridian Room: In the Fair Park district there are more than hobos. There are bohos too, like those who frequent this classy-ish restaurant/bar with a diverse menu that includes traditional brunch options and not quite traditional pub grub, like a jalapeño soup, a tuna burger and a Guinness steak sandwich, along with a full bar. MLK Jr. Two Podners Bar-B-Que & Seafood: James Runnels and Fred Conwright, the "podners," have quite the little 'cue and soul empire in Dallas. From black-eyed peas, smoked meats of all kind and down-home daily specials, this Fair Park-area location is an alternative to the gut-busters at the fair.

Hatcher Brother Mans Bar BQ: While the ordinary smoked meat options are available, what sets apart Brother Man's is, to paraphrase BBQ blogger Daniel Vaughn, the opportunity to dine with images of black leaders like Obama, MLK and Janet Jackson's Super Bowl bare breast.

Lawnview Pee Wee Katfish: This family-owned and operated establishment does one thing and does it proudly. That's right, catfish.

Lake June Taqueria La Union: It's not much, and the area isn't exactly for the genteel, but a taco shop doesn't have to be fancy to be welcoming. Step inside to see for yourself.

Divino's Pizza: Pleasant Grove residents come here (and get delivery too!) for the expected pie-shop options, from pizza and calzones to stromboli and noodle-and-sauce platters. It can be a welcome alternative to the many Latin American dining options.

Buckner Old Homestead Gourmet: While this business doesn't have a store-front commercial location, it is a neighborhood mom-and-pop operation selling packaged cooking mixes (Italian Meatloaf, Ranchero Chile, Tropical Chicken Salad), flavored peanut butters, among them jalapeño, of course, and amaretto, as well as prepared desserts, like parfait with fresh fruit.



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