Kathy Tran

TJ's Seafood Market

There are few seafood markets in Dallas as good as TJ’s. So go ahead and ogle the counter cases, with their beautiful and impeccably sourced cuts of fish, scallops, crab, lobster and more. Yes, shopping here can be more expensive than a trip to Tom Thumb, but that’s because TJ’s buys from ethical purveyors and sells an exceptionally high quality of product. Oh, wait, we’re supposed to be talking about the restaurant side. If you’re feeling lazy, sit down at a table and have them cook the fish for you. The philosophy at TJ’s is exactly what it needs to be: Keep the recipes simple, stupid. Let the spotlight shine on the ingredients.

Top pick: Swing by for lunch and grab a salmon patty burger — it’s more indulgent than it sounds — or a roll stuffed with tuna salad, which is made, as the menu says, “not from a can.” The difference is clear. Many of the sandwiches here make especially good, portable takeout, by the way, although the best takeout of all is a slab of seafood you can cook yourself at home.

Fun fact: Owner Jon Alexis is so serious about safety that he started his own business dedicated to conducting coronavirus tests for restaurant workers; now many other dining spots around town use his service, too.