The Ultimate Top 10: The Most Beloved Dishes at Some of Dallas' Most Beloved Restaurants

If Dallas had a food hall of fame, the Post Oak Red Hot at Luscher's would belong in it.
If Dallas had a food hall of fame, the Post Oak Red Hot at Luscher's would belong in it.
Luscher's Red Hots

There’s no mistaking that Dallas' dining scene has experienced a major transformational upgrade in the past decade. The city may still have some work to do, but finally, Dallas can proudly stand up as one of the great American food cities. Beyond its gastronomical progress, this city has landmark restaurants that have been around for decades, places that consistently offer dishes that make you happy for having eaten them, dishes you return to because they never get old. But there are also relative newcomers — many of them inexpensive, beautifully unhealthy everyday eats — that have found their way into the Dallas food lexicon.  

These are the hallowed 10 — the most beloved dishes at some of Dallas' favorite restaurants. Whether you're a DFW native or just in town for the weekend, these are the dishes worth waiting in line for. 

Steak, grilled onion, blue cheese, roasted garlic mayo — Uncle Uber's Shaved rib-eye is everything a sandwich should be.
Steak, grilled onion, blue cheese, roasted garlic mayo — Uncle Uber's Shaved rib-eye is everything a sandwich should be.
Amanda Albee

Uncle Uber’s Shaved Rib-Eye Steak 
It’s probably proper that Uncle Uber's doesn't call this a Philly, because there’s nothing traditional about this sammich. It still has the thinly sliced steak and grilled onions like the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak, but the blue cheese, romaine and roasted garlic mayo create a flavor combination that will leave you wondering why they all aren’t made this way. The accompanying tomatoes are thick and crisp, and the baguette is soft enough to prevent tooth damage but substantial enough to avoid sogginess at the same time. Get a side of hand-cut fries for a complete coronary risk and you’ll happily buy a bigger pair of pants for this grinder.

What makes Mot Hai Ba's pho so good? For starters, the broth takes 48 hours to make.EXPAND
What makes Mot Hai Ba's pho so good? For starters, the broth takes 48 hours to make.
Amanda Albee

Mot Hai Ba’s Braised Beef and Tenderloin Pho
This soup has been satisfying customers’ taste buds since the popular restaurant opened in 2013. It features both definitions of spicy — abundant with fragrant seasonings and hot enough to make you sweat. New chef Peja Krstic leaves just the tiniest sliver of fat on the unbelievably tender braised brisket and tenderloin because, let’s be honest, it's delicious. As a northern-style pho, the emphasis is on the flavor of the broth rather than added distractions like bean sprouts and hoisin. Chef Krstic’s broth is lovingly simmered in spices and other natural flavor-enhancing ingredients for 48 hours. When it hits your table, add house-made Sriracha, Thai chilis and enough fresh basil and cilantro to start a small herb garden, and you’re ready to slurp your way to Vietnamese nirvana.

Herrera's sour cream chicken enchiladas may be one of the most beloved Tex-Mex dishes in Dallas.EXPAND
Herrera's sour cream chicken enchiladas may be one of the most beloved Tex-Mex dishes in Dallas.
Amanda Albee

Herrera’s Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, aka the #17
This is not Mexican food, nor is it health food. It is, however, possibly Dallas’ most beloved Tex-Mex dish. With 40 years of loyal customers flooding this Dallas family establishment, Herrera’s has survived a major closing, splinter group reopenings with yet more closings and another resurrection — now it's here to stay on Sylvan Avenue. The spacious dining room and patio mean diners no longer have to line up for this sacrament of cheese, beans and salsa. Soon after ordering, the hungry receive two corn tortillas firmly swaddling moist shredded chicken. The dish is then baptized with thick, homemade sour cream sauce and consecrated with a few fresh-cut jalepeños. 

The Saudero taco at La BanquetaEXPAND
The Saudero taco at La Banqueta
Amanda Albee

La Banqueta’s Suadero Taco
Now this is Mexican food, or at least the closest you’ll get to it within the Dallas city limits. According to this taco stand’s full name, these are tacos puro D.F., short for Distrito Federal, otherwise known as Mexico City. Ever since the bastardization of the crunchy shell and nouveau tacos with odd fillings like fried chicken and curried shrimp, many Mexican-Americans insist this is the only true taco. Go with the suadero, similar to brisket, and avoid prime lunch hour unless you want to fight for a parking spot. If your taste buds lean toward gringo, go with the red sauce. The green sauce is only for those who can handle puro Mexicana picante.

Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot should have been given a key to the city by now.EXPAND
Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot should have been given a key to the city by now.
Amanda Albee

Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hot
With a Bon Appetit nomination for “America’s Best New Restaurants of 2015," Luscher’s is churning out Dallas’ most famous Chicago-style dog. These dogs are so good, in fact, that some may argue they're better than Chi-Town's very own — though probably not anyone from Chicago. This showboat begins with a firm sack of seasoned beef and pork topped with finely diced onions, spicy brown mustard and piccalilli, Luscher’s own sweet and sour pickled blend of cucumbers and red bell peppers. A pillow-soft poppy seed roll from local bakery La Francaise embraces the wiener and all of its juicy toppings, including a marinated serrano pepper sprawled across the top. Get a side of their beer-battered onion rings and prepare to enjoy yourself so well that you may need a post-prandial nap.



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