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Where To Eat In Dallas This Weekend

Eater logo Eater 1 day ago Rachel Pinn
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Exciting new eateries and the city’s best food events await

Dying for dining inspiration? The weekend is just a few short hours away, and if you still need a place to eat brunch, lunch, or dinner this weekend, Eater’s got your back.

As part of this brand new series, Eater editors and contributors will choose a group of brand new spots and reliable standbys every Friday that will provide a guide to everything you need to know about eating and drinking this weekend.

Even if you’re not able to hit all of the spots on Saturday and Sunday, add these five Dallas restaurants and food-focused events to this weekend’s bucket list. TGIF, y’all.

Friday, March 23

For brunch with a backbeat: Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar

This Saturday, brunch lovers in the know will get together and head to the Harwood District for the Three B’s: brunch, beats and bubbles. DJ Souljah will be spinning while guests eat and drink in the sunshine.

For a playful new start: Select Start Arcade and Bar

The bar formerly known as The Pharmacy in Deep Ellum is no more. The owners had to shut it down for legal reasons due to its name, but not to worry– it’s open once again, renamed and slightly reconcepted as Select Start Arcade and Bar. Now patrons can sip on floats featuring small batch sodas and play arcade games. It’s a win.

To listen to acoustic tunes for a good cause: Cafe Momentum

Sportscasting legend Eric Nadel’s Sunday Supper Series continues this Sunday night with Dan Dyer and Mia Borders. Each supper features a family-style dinner made up of the musical guests’ favorite dishes. Dinner includes beer, wine and bubbly, plus the opportunity to help others. Tickets are available online here.

For wine and music, in Ft. Worth or Dallas: Shipping & Receiving, Ferris Wheelers

Vino-palooza is a wine and music festival put on by recording artist Ryan Cabrera. Guests rock out to Top 40 artists while sampling dozens of wines, spirits, craft beers and bites. A portion of proceeds is donated to a local charity, so bottoms up. Both days’ events will feature Ryan Cabrera, Secondhand Serenade, Caroline Kraddick, Sam Anderson, and Cody Jasper. Grab tickets online.

For the latest brunch to hit downtown: The Commissary

The Commissary – the downtown cafe, butcher shop, bakery, gelateria, espresso bar and market – is anything but ordinary, and as such, neither is the new brunch served each weekend. Three words: Brunch. All. Day. It’s a full menu, from waffles to bagels, sandwiches and plates of pasta, that guests can call brunch, because it’s served with brunch cocktails all damn day.

To learn how to smoke meat from some of the greats: Lakewood Brewing Company

The pitmaster behind East Dallas’ One90 Smoked Meats will be putting on a barbecue class this Saturday and obviously there will be meat, sides, beer and tons of smoked knowledge for all who attend. Prepare for three hours of learning with Kyle St. Clair at Lakewood Brewing Company from noon-3:00 p.m. Grab tickets for $75.

For an epic wine dinner: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

On Friday night, winemaker Mike Hirby, who was formerly a sommelier, will feature his own Relic Wines accompanied by courses like roasted guinea fowl, roasted lamb and NY strip. For $195, guests can sample wines from one of the only wineries to continue to foot-stomp grapes to create their varietals.

To drink cocktails in the dark: Fearing’s Restaurant

Two very different events are happening at Fearing’s inside The Ritz-Carlton Dallas Hotel this weekend. Friday night starting at 7:00 p.m., Cody Jasper and his four-piece band will be performing in the Live Oak Bar, straight outta SXSW. Then on Saturday night between 8:30 and 9:30, Fearing’s will be observing Earth Hour with a lights-off cocktail hour, complimentary cocktails in the Rattlesnake Bar, and they’ll be donating a week’s worth of safe water for every Absolut Elyx cocktail purchased.

Friday, March 16

To give latte art a shot: Houndstooth Coffee

Visit the Houndstooth Coffee at Sylvan | Thirty where the roaster will be hosting a fundraiser along with Sprudge supporting the ACLU as part of an effort known as “Night of 1000 Pours.” Tomorrow’s party starts at 7:30 with pours starting at 8:00 p.m. There will be beer for sale by Four Corners, the proceeds from which will also go to support the ACLU. Find out more at

To taste St. Patrick’s Day dishes and maybe even shave your head: Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Over at The Thirsty Lion, where the 18th is the last day to catch the limited-time, Irish-inspired menu. Donate to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and brave budding philanthropists can participate in the head shaving event on Saturday, where participants pledge to shave their heads in an effort to combat childhood cancer.

To shop, buy, and eat local: Good Local Markets

Good Local Markets has just launched its 2018 season. That means locals can shop every one of the vendors – from produce to artisanal foods to handcrafted goods, all grown or made within 150 miles of Dallas – every Saturday at White Rock (9150 Garland Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and at Paul Quinn College (3837 Simpson Stuart Road) every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more info, visit

For a St. Patrick’s Day worth thanking your Lucky Charms for: Tillman’s Roadhouse

Green beer and Jameson specials are a given on St. Patrick’s Day, but visit Tillman’s Roadhouse in Bishop Arts for their own special kind of marshmallow magic. For the notoriously green holiday, Tillman’s is turning its house-made marshmallows green to make the restaurant’s famous tableside s’mores that much more festive. Enjoy it with green beer, corned beef specials and $5 Jameson shots.

For a mean, green, drunken Dallas tradition: Lower Greenville Avenue between Vanderbilt and Vickery

The Annual Lower Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade is going down this Saturday, March 17 starting at 9:00 a.m. Music, food, fun and lots of beer will be on offer from the likes of Stan’s Blue Note, The Grape Restaurant, Terilli’s, Dodie’s Reef, Blue Goose Cantina, Halcyon, Slater’s 50/50, The Dubliner Pub and more. For $12, Dallasites 21 and older can get a ticket to a day full of debauchery. Just don’t forget to wear green.

Friday, March 9

For folks who are over bottomless mimosas: Americano

What’s better than simple donuts? Nutella donuts. And what’s better than Nutella donuts? Bottomless Nutella donuts. Score them at Downtown eatery Americano this Sunday for six bucks during brunch.

Get a meatball fix on National Meatball Day: GAPCO

In celebration of National Meatball Day, the friendly pizza slingers at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company are offering $4.50 dishes of their deliciously saucy meatballs all day this Friday. They’re 100% beef and 50% off at either the original Greenville Avenue or new Peavy Rd. location.

Witness museum-worthy artistic transformation with a brunch cocktail in hand: LARK on the Park

In conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art’s Young Masters exhibition, LARK on the Park is hosting its Blackboard Transformation Brunch on Sunday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. Six students will transform the restaurant’s huge blackboards during brunch as they illustrate upon scaffolding for all to see. Brunch will be served a la carte.

For the royal treatment regarding crab eating: Truluck’s

Today, Truluck’s is offering a trio of a pound of Alaskan-King Crab, fried rice and a glass of sparkline Poema Cava for $55. Or, consider snagging some limited-time-only Bardi Snow Crab, considered “the sweetest, most succulent crab in the world.” while it lasts. Visit Truluck’s in Uptown or Southlake to grab that crab.

To finally try that Panwaffle everybody’s been talking about: Pazzo

Hear live music by DJ Souljah while brunching on American-Italian fusion between noon and 4:00 p.m. Consider the Panwaffle: “soft like pancakes and slightly crispy like a waffle,” invented by Pazzo owner Luke Zeutizius, and as seen on Ellen. Cocktails will, of course, be turned UP.

Cut into a delightfully local new steak menu: Fearing’s

The new Butcher Block Menu at Fearing’s features Texas Wagyu from A Bar N Ranch in Sherman, Texas, asparagus from Denton, Texas bleu cheese, tomatoes from Marfa and more. Texas Wagyu is Texas black angus cows bred with Japanese Wagyu cows, by the way, and the result is delicious. Call for reservations.

Welcome to newest baby to the neighborhood: Snowbaby

Just in time to kick off Spring Break, Snowbaby is hosting its grand opening on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A healthier, more wholesome version of shaved ice, without the artificial sweeteners or powdered milks, Snowbaby is a guilt-free dessert made from ingredients like cream, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. The coffee flavor made with local White Rock Coffee cold brew and cake crumbles come from local, gluten-free favorite Unrefined Bakery.

For a little wine and a little magic: Checkered Past Winery

Saturday night, Checkered Past Winery brings “Wine and Magic” to the stage. Trigg Watson, award-winning magician extraordinaire, will have shows at 7:00 and 9:30, while guests are offered wine (of course), charcuterie, and cheese as well as the March food special: a Paddy’s Day Pizza topped with caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, and corn beef.

Friday, March 2

To impress a dinner date with serious steaks: CBD Provisions

There’s a new steak menu in town and it’s at CBD Provisions. The gastrobar is now taking full advantage of the Commissary, the restaurant’s affiliated butcher shop, to offer diners 44 Farms and Bar N Ranch beef. Think Wagyu, grass-fed Black Angus, and more, aged 45 to 90 days.

To celebrate Texas Independence Day with “Modern Texas cuisine:” Stampede 66

Hailing from Big Spring, Texas himself, Chef Stephan Pyles has created a special multi-course menu to highlight some of the best of Texas in honor of Texas Independence Day. That dinner is available for Texans to enjoy today with corn dogs and funnel cake. See more here.

To drink negronis and eat all the truffles: Da Mario

Da Mario, Frisco’s new high-end Italian restaurant, s open for business in The Star. Featuring ingredients imported from Italy and menu items like tableside fettuccine alla fiamma, topped with shaved black truffles. A negroni cart allows guests to create their own customized version of the classic cocktail.

To celebrate some of Dallas’ most talented female chefs: Sixty Five Hundred

The annual event features a drink-and-dine-around format with several wine sponsors and food by local female chefs like Tiffany Derry and Dunia Borga. Proceeds from the evening will support women who would like to get into the culinary industry. The live auction prize is dinner for four to six people at 12 of Dallas finest restaurants. Tickets are available here.

To eat soup for a good cause: Fashion Industry Gallery

The 19th annual Empty Bowls event benefits the North Texas Food Bank, and features cooking demos, live music and a silent auction, not to mention bowls of samples from the likes of Asian Mint, Celebration Restaurant, Shake Shack, and many more. Diners will also have the chance to bid for original bowl artwork created by local artists. Get more info and donate here.

To taste the newest cider in town: The Truck Yard

Austin EastCiders — the number one cider in Texas and the number three nationwide — is launching its new Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor this Sunday, March 4 at the Truck Yard on Lower Greenville Avenue. Cider lovers who attend will find a photo booth, drink specials, live music from BJ Stricker & the Kings, Kirk Thurmond and more. The event is free, just RSVP to attend.

To eat and drink in true St. Patrick’s Day spirit: The Thirsty Lion Gastropub

Head out to the Toyota Music Factory in Irving for an epic St. Patrick’s Day-themed menu, available through March 18. Everything from traditional Scotch eggs to not-so-traditional corned beef mac & cheese will be on offer. A special St. Patrick’s Day beer flight will include Guinness Stout, Lagunitas Czech Pilsner, Peticolas Velvet Hammer, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone Tripel, 512 Pecan Porter, and Revolver Blood & Honey in 4.5 oz. sample glasses for $12.

Meet the new girl in town: Alice

No buzzy new restaurant is more colorful than Alice restaurant, an Asian-influenced spot that opened its doors on March 1 in the space formerly occupied by Joyce & Gigi’s. Diners can select from over 25 different Asian small plates, plus a list of cocktails and wines. Alice will stay open until 2:00 a.m. on weekends, with a DJ spinning 70’s and 80’s tunes.

a cluttered kitchen © Courtesy Fearing’s

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