Your Guide to Dining in the Design District

 

May 3, 2019

BY LARA WASSERMAN

The Design District can be a hard neighborhood to navigate as it is very spread out and many spots are hidden within the winding, small gallery streets. So we are here to help guide you so the next time you’re seeking a great meal in the area, you can know where to go at any time of the day!


For the morning:

Village Baking Co.

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Courtesy of @snap_151

Village Baking Co.

Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than a fresh-baked pastry to start your day. The owners, who started Village Baking Co. in 2004, have a passion for baking love into each and every baked good they create. And, if you just can’t get enough, they sell wholesale goods as well so that you can take the authentic Boulangerie right into your home!

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For the morning:

Mama’s Daughters’ Diner

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Mama’s Daughters’ Diner

If you’re in the mood for a good ol’ home-cooked meal, Mama’s Daughters’ Diner has you covered! Recognized by Paula Deen and Southern Living Magazine, Mama’s Daughters’ has been serving DFW since 1958! They’re open 7 days/week and serve breakfast all day.

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For the morning:

Ascension

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Courtesy of @rainbowvomitdallas

Ascension

A Dallas staple, Ascension has everything you need for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night! They definitely focus on coffee, though; their website even says that they consider being able to serve you your coffee a huge privilege! They serve breakfast daily from 7:00-11:00 and brunch on weekends from 8:00-3:00.

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For a date night:

The Charles

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The Charles

The Charles has only been open for a year, but has already been a huge hit! This Italian-inspired restaurant is trendy, fun, and delicious! The service is top-notch, and the decor is stunning. If you’re in the mood for Italian, make sure you hit up The Charles for your next date night!

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For a date night:

Town Hearth

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Town hearth

Be sure to reserve ahead of time; Town Hearth is always packed, even during the week! This spot has something for everyone: seafood, steaks, amazing Brussels sprouts, and one of the best burgers in town! Even the decor caters to everyone; there’s a motorcycle behind the bar, chandeliers covering the ceiling, a classic car in the kitchen, and old baseball game recordings that play in the bathrooms!

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For a date night:

Sassetta

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Sassetta

Another Italian spot, Sassetta is the nextdoor neighbor to Wheelhouse. The vibe is totally different from The Charles, so don’t worry about a repeat date night! Whether you want pasta, pizza, or something else altogether, Sassetta will get you taken care of!

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For a group:

Wheelhouse

Photo courtesy of Wheelhouse

Photo courtesy of Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse

Want to go out with friends but not really feeling something fancy? Wheelhouse shares a patio space with Sassetta, and it’s perfect when the weather is nice! You and your friends can sit on the patio to watch a game, eat brunch, or just catch up!

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For a group:

Delucca Gaucho Pizza

Photo courtesy of Delucca Gaucho Pizza

Photo courtesy of Delucca Gaucho Pizza

Delucca Gaucho Pizza

Delucca Gaucho is different from any pizza place you’ve ever been to. They don’t have a menu; instead, you and your group will be greeted with a charcuterie and antipasto platter. Once you order your beverage of choice, the wait staff will bring you lobster bisque. Finally, pizza will start roaming past you -- you can sample as many kinds as you’d like, or repeat the same slice over and over!

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For a group:

Foxyco

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Photo courtesy of Foxy

Foxyco

If you and your friends consider yourselves Wine-Os, book a table at Foxyco, stat! Their wine menu is about three times as long as their food menu. Not only that, but their decor is SO insta-worthy!

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For a group:

Pie Tap

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pie tap

For a more traditional pizza experience, head to Pie Tap! Voted Best New Restaurant in Dallas in 2017, Pie Tap is here to take care of all of your pizza needs. Not into pizza? They also have pasta, sammies, small plates, and salads!

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For fast casual:

Slow Bone

Slow Bone

Unless you’re booking a private event, Slow Bone is only open from 11-3 daily, so it’s perfect for a BBQ lunch! They have a super simple menu: choose how many meats you want, then pick two sides; each choice also comes with hushpuppies, too! Not a meat eater? They also offer a vegetable plate!

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For fast casual:

Taco Stop

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taco stop

Everyone in Dallas loves tacos...right?! Taco Stop is open every day but Sunday, and offers breakfast tacos from 7-10:30 before switching to lunch tacos until 3:00. They’re all handcrafted, so you can order them however you want! They have corn and flour tortillas, red and green salsa, as well as a variety of meats and toppings.

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For fast casual:

Rodeo Goat

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Rodeo Goat

Did someone say “burgers”? Rodeo Goat has an impressive twenty burgers on their menu! And, for those of you with specialty diets, they can sub chicken, turkey, veggie, quinoa, or impossible burger patties on any of their burgers!

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For a beer:

Ferris Wheelers

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ferris wheelers

This spot is basically an adult playground: they have beer, meat, and a huge backyard with a ferris wheel! Ferris Wheelers is open every day of the week and stays open late. It’s perfect for a summer beer, a birthday party, or just a quick bite!

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For a beer:

Peticolas

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Peticolas

If breweries are your jam, make your way to Peticolas Brewing Company! They have a taproom, a private event space, and they host events and brewery tours. Can’t make it to the brewery? Check out there website to find one of the dozens of spots they serve their beer around DFW!

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For a beer:

Texas Ale Project

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Texas Ale Project

If you’re interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes, Texas Ale Project hosts free brewery tours every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.! They have a family- and dog-friendly facility, so bring the whole fam! They book for private events, too, so you can share your love of beer with all of your favorite people.

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