Was in Dallas last weekend- the food scene has majorly improved since I was last there four years ago. Pecan Lodge was great, not Franklin’s great, but holds up to anything else in Austin or Hill Country. Get brisket, beef rib. Skip the links and anything pork.
Knife was ok. Very good piece of meat (they didn’t have any of the 240 day dry-aged ribeye), but the regular dry-aged ribeye was on point, and everything else was kind of…Dallas-y, including the crowd and the service.
Rapscallion was, by far, the very best meal I’ve ever had in Dallas, and would hold up in NY (where I’m from) and LA (where I live). Pretty damn delicious. Eclectic, Southern-tinged food. Lots of wood-fired cooking, long-aged meats, must-order mala Nashville hot chicken. Go go go! Downside: all-domestic wine list.
Midnight Rambler is a sensational cocktail bar. Former Milk & Honey guys, they have a lab in the back with all the requisite science-y bar tools (circulator, rotovap, etc) and have a lot of “improved” cocktails on the menu i.e. cocktails with an additional modifier. Not that you would know this, all you’re going to get is great drinks. But also, a must go.