Yutaka Sushi Bistro

A Dallas mainstay for 10 years, Yutaka remains consistently excellent in the ever-growing sushi scene. While other sushi restaurants may rely on crazy rolls or elaborate presentation to distinguish themselves, chef Yutaka Yamoto keeps things simple, choosing to stand out with top-notch, fresh fish and carefully selected seasonal specials like Japanese sardine and baby snapper. Wait with the crowd on Friday or Saturday, or come for a quiet dinner on a Monday night.

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Deep Sushi

The gourmet toast movement hit Dallas hard this year, but one spot keeps things simple while simultaneously making some of the best (and most affordable) toasts in town: Local Press + Brew. The healthy Oak Cliff coffee shop and juice bar uses fresh, hearty bread from local bakery Wheat & Sour topped with quality ingredients like Full Quiver Farms cream cheese, locally produced apple butter, cultured grass-fed butter and Himalayan salt. Don't skip their avocado toast — it's made simply with organic avocado, olive oil, red chili flakes and salt on whole wheat bread, but it's the best Dallas take on this trending toast.

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Babe's Chicken Dinner House

Hutchins BBQ
Rachel Cleaver

Frank Sinatra once crooned of New York: "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere." When it comes to the culinary world, making it means coming to New York to cook dinner for the James Beard House, an honor bestowed on Hutchins BBQ this year. The praise heaped on the McKinney joint (there's a second location in Frisco) is well deserved; traditional barbecue meats such as brisket, rib and sausage are standout examples of the craft, while the chicken and turkey drip with moist smoky flavor. There's not a weak link among the sides, and regulars know to save room for free peach cobbler. Recognition from the Beard Foundation for Hutchins' barbecue prowess is a high honor, but only confirms something we've known here in Dallas for some time.

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Pecan Lodge

The kind of crowd who loves cold-pressed juices are thirsty for all manner of health-conscious beverages, and Roots on Tap knows that. This new juice spot opened this year in Expo Park but offers more than just cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Roots on Tap makes their own nut milks, like cashew, almond and a blend called Almondretto (almond, coconut water, turmeric, vanilla bean and dates) and "spa waters" like the Aloe-ha Colada (aloe, pineapples, oranges) and tea/coffee smoothies. But all the healthy ingredients in the world won't interest folks unless it tastes good, and Roots on Tap has definitely hit the flavor mark. If only clean-eating always tasted this good.

In a city that gets as hot as Dallas, chilled caffeine options become incredibly important. Cold-brew isn't hard to find anymore — it's in just about every coffee shop in Dallas — but one local roaster consistently drips out some of the best cold-brew we've ever had: Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. Beautifully smooth with hints of chocolate, warm vanilla and toasted marshmallows, Noble Coyote's cold-brew is made with small batch, ethically sourced, fresh-roasted single origin coffee that's been cold-brewed for 16 hours. It's bottled in adorable 16-oz. bottles that are easy to find around Dallas at spots like Whole Foods, Cox Farms Market and on nitro tap at bars like LUCK, Eight Bells Alehouse and Braindead Brewing.

Davis Street Espresso is the coffee purist's coffee shop. Davis Street does coffee their own way: The shop has no Wi-Fi and doesn't use disposable to-go cups, making this the kind of shop where local business owners and families gather to savor coffee and commune with each other. If you don't speak the language of third-wave coffee, Davis Street hosts classes in everything from cupping to cold-brew to help you increase your coffee confidence. Try the cold-brew, served in recycled Topo Chico bottles, or do as the locals do and savor a classic cup of exceptional coffee.

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Ascension Coffee

bbbop
Kathy Tran

It may seem curious that a boundary-stretching Asian fusion restaurant serving Korean food is one of Dallas' best kid-friendly restaurants, but bbbop Seoul Kitchen R&D in Oak Cliff has become a family-friendly mainstay in Oak Cliff. The eatery regularly hosts fundraisers for local school organizations, has a great patio with games like bocce and has become a Thursday night hangout for families with its "Off-Key Karaoke Night," which fills the restaurant with parents and youngsters every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Magic Time Machine

In 2016, farm-to-table means little, if anything. It's become a dubious marketing term for most restaurants that tout it, but one McKinney restaurant takes its sourcing seriously: Patina Green Home and Market. Chef Robert Lyford's kitchen is a revolving door of local farmers whose product dictates much of Patina Green's menu. A farmer pops by with 40 pounds of summer tomatoes? Lyford will whip up something with 'em on the fly. Lyford also teaches summer cooking and pickling classes using local produce and is a frequent fixture at McKinney's farmers market. Hand-crafted, minimally produced items in Patina Green's market are meticulously sourced from Texas producers like Windy Meadows Family Farm and Confituras, an Austin jam maker, making this eatery an ideal spot to grab lunch and stock up your pantry.

We may have found a unicorn: A local company that produces lard-, gluten- and MSG-free tamales that, even without the animal fat, are hands-down the best tamales we've had all year. Sold around town at farmers markets and select grocery stores, the Tamale Company makes flavorful, indulgent tamales in packs of six. Throw a pack in a pot of boiling water for a quick, easy dinner that tastes as homemade as you can get without spending a day making your own masa. With flavors like ancho chili pork, chicken tomatillo and black bean and corn, even Tamale Company's vegetarian goods will rival your abuelita's tamales.

2016 has been the year of delivery in Dallas. Thanks to services like Uber Eats, Postmates and Sourced Craft Cocktails, you can have everything from condoms to craft cocktail ingredients (with recipe) delivered right to your door. Our favorite food delivery service has proven consistent, quick and filled with options: Caviar. The service pairs with local restaurants, frequently adds new spots and offers free delivery from restaurants near-by. The app's real-time GPS tracking makes it easy to predict exactly when your food will arrive. Sometimes it's by bicycle, if the restaurant is in the neighborhood.

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