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The Best Restaurants In Dallas 2021: Our Top 100 List

The Best Restaurants In Dallas 2021: Our Top 100 List

The best restaurants
across Dallas and the surrounding cities.

Even while in a pandemic, Dallas restaurants rallied to not only keep their doors open and staff paid but supplied Dallas customers with unforgettable meals. We’ve eaten at hundreds of establishments, taking no freebies and eating anonymously, and we have identified the best restaurants in Dallas and its surrounding cities. From quick bites to dive bars to fine dining, these are the restaurants making Dallas the destination that it is, even when all the meals are takeout.

Cattleack Barbeque
Cattleack Barbeque
Chris Wolfgang

In an industrial park in Farmers Branch, Cattleack Barbeque lives up to every bit of hype it’s received from Texas Monthly, which named it the third-best barbecue joint in the state. There’s never been a better time to visit, either, as the pandemic has trimmed the restaurant’s notorious lines by more than half, meaning you can grab a tray of barbecue without making lunch a multi-hour affair. Fabulous fatty brisket and extraordinary pulled whole hog are the stars of the show, as is a vinegar-based coleslaw made from pitmaster Todd David’s mother’s recipe. Grab another bite of slaw and you’ll be prepared to tackle that next slice of Texas hot link.

Top pick: Some weeks, the Cattleack crew smoke beef ribs rubbed with a pastrami spice mix. The ribs are jaw-dropping; order an extra, take it home and throw it in a pot of beans the next day. In fact, order extra of everything in general, and you’ll be cooking the best beans of your life.

The downside: There really isn’t one now that the lines are nearly gone, but when crowds do return, they’ll get to enjoy a series of newly-painted murals of Texas barbecue icons while they wait. Your enjoyment of certain sausages here may hinge on how much grease you enjoy in a link.

Fun fact: Join Cattleack’s mailing list, and you’ll receive an email anytime there are no lines — and you’ll hear about specials like boudin and fancied-up Frito pie, too.($$)

13628 Gamma Rd., Farmers Branch, 75244
972-805-0999, website

Cattleack Barbeque

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