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Eat This: Our Favorite Suburban Restaurants to Explore [Not Live]

 

We’re no stranger to developing a bit of a dining routine in the city — we could hit up El Come  for lunch every day and we’re almost on a first-name basis with the folks at the Jimmy’s Food Store deli counter. But there’s also something to be said for starting the new year off with new experiences and new flavors, and luckily there are *plenty* of opportunities around. So let’s all hit pause on our favorite Friday night spots and take a little culinary road trip instead, with ten spots to visit all within an hour away from Dallas.

Tex Tapas | 109 Industrial St., Denton

Grab some tickets to a show at Dan’s Silverleaf and head next door for a tapas-inspired menu of Texas favorites with a twist. Pro tip: make sure to order the Crispy Feta and Green Curry Meatballs to share. And if you’re still hungry, you can’t go wrong with the Green Chile Meatloaf with Tobacco Onions.

Curry’s Indian Cafe | 1901 Long Prairie Road, Ste. 124, Flower Mound

Just a heads up: This will be the best Indian food you will ever have in DFW. Hidden away in a strip mall, this tiny cafe offers a buffet of piping hot curries, along with the best samosas around. Make sure to call ahead to confirm hours.

Rye | 1111 W. Virginia St., McKinney

After closing and re-opening in 2018, Rye is back in its historic downtown McKinney location with a handcrafted American menu of seasonal plates all designed to share. Indecisive diners, rejoice because trying just about everything on the menu is highly encouraged.

Keiichi | 500 N. Elm St., Denton

Once you’re lucky enough to score a reservation for any of the 14 seats at Keiichi, you’ll never want to spend date night anywhere else. The Japanese/Italian menu changes every night, so you’re in for a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll be telling your friends about for weeks.

Haywire | 5901 Winthrop St., Ste. 110, Plano

Take a break from the long lines at Legacy Hall and head next door for quintessential Texan fare. With a whiskey bar on the bottom floor, tons of different dining rooms on the second floor, and a Marfa-inspired rooftop cocktail bar, consider this place the Cowboys Stadium of Texas restaurants.

Hutchin’s BBQ | 9225 Preston Road, Frisco

1301 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Dallas boasts plenty of good barbecue joints, but this all-you-can-eat buffet situation is truly an enthusiast’s dream come true. Try a little bit of everything (don’t forget the fried catfish) and grab a sweet tea refill for the trip home.

Jeng Chi | 400 N. Greenville Ave., Ste. 11, Richardson

Head north to Richardson for classic Chinese fare like Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and homemade noodles, or bring a crowd and order as much of their extended dumpling menu as you can. Don’t leave without tasting the "juicy" dumplings — the warm broth and meatball are worth the trip alone.

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House | Multiple locations

You can always tell who has visited a Babe’s and who is still in the dark about this glorious Texas establishment — the folks that spend their cheat days here (or any day, no judging) will talk about it *constantly*. And for good reason: it’s truly the best fried chicken around. Stretchy pants are encouraged.

Cuban Dulceria International Bakery | 2662 N. Josey Lane, Ste. 228, Carrollton

Visit this Carrollton dulceria for guayaba y queso pastelitos, dulce finos and the best Cuban sandwich you’ll ever have. Be sure to order a double espresso to avoid the post-sandwich nap, and take some fresh baked-in-house bread home with you for later.

Taj Chaat House | 1057 W. Rochelle Road, Irving

Take a vegan/vegetarian to this Indian fast food style spot in Irving and they’ll love you forever. Don’t let the extensive menu overwhelm you — start with enormous and perfectly-formed dosa and go from there. Be sure to stop by the chutney station once you receive your order.

WHERE TO EAT IN JANUARY