In a city filled with Tex-Mex restaurants, Rafa’s is a standout. It’s been around for over 40 years, and while it doesn’t look like much from the outside, the inside is brightly painted with Mexican art and framed cactus prints everywhere. It’s the type of place you’ll head to for a low-key dinner on Saturday, end up staying for four hours, and then come right back for brunch the next day. Sit at the bar and order a margarita while you make your way through the rest of the long menu - anything you order will be good, but you can’t go wrong with the chile rellenos or carnolas.
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Neighborhood Services in Devonshire serves comfort foods like flatbreads, pastas, and a great burger, in a dimly-lit space great for a date.
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Deep Ellum’s Angry Dog is a dark dive bar with plenty of TVs and bar food, like poutine, fried pickles, and a burger.
Katy Trail Ice House
Head to Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown to post up outside on their patio with friends, beers, and inevitably a burger or some tacos.
Town Hearth in the Design District has about 100 chandeliers and Ducati on the menu, but come here for a big night out to eat some very good steak.
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Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano
Javier’s in Park Cities serves very good Tex-Mex in a massive space. Make sure to wash it all down with a margarita.
Lockhart Smokehouse is in Bishop Arts, but you’ll be able to smell the classic BBQ meats miles away. Don’t miss the brisket and ribs.
Yutaka Sushi Bistro
Yutaka is in a strip mall uptown, serves some of the best sushi in the city, and has great lunch specials.
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