8/21/12

anna recommends: my top 5 restaurants in Dallas.


welcome to "anna recommends" where i recommend whatever i feel like. today? food.

while in Utah i really enjoyed eating at places that are only found in Utah (Pizza Factory!, 25 Main! mmmm) but towards the end of my trip, i began to crave my "Texas restaurants" again. that caused me to contemplate my most favorite places to eat in the Dallas area. there are some seriously swanky places here and i always love me some good food, but i've narrowed it down to 5 (for now). so if you're ever in the Dallas area and are hankering for some seriously delicious food, i'd recommend checking out any of these restaurants:
i first found out about BJ's when some friends suggested we grab dessert there for my sister's birthday last year. boy was i in for a surprise! all we had were pizookies (best dessert EVER) and i was h-o-o-k-e-d. now i just want to go there all the time.
BJ's is a little-bit-of-everything type of restaurant where you can order anything from their bacon cheeseburger pizza to their gourmet mac-n-cheese (my personal fave it is so cheesy and even has bacon in it. ohmygosh i just cannot even explain to you how good it is).
and you MUST, MUST, MUST try one of their pizookies (a pizza style dessert made out of cookie and ice cream).
as far as price goes, its about the same as Cheesecake Factory or PF Changs. but well worth the money. i will say this about BJ's though, the service is not the best. i definitely frequent this restaurant for the food and nothing else.
for locations go here. to view their menu go here.

this is probably my most visited place to eat in all of Dallas. i used to, literally, eat there once a week. these peeps sure do know how to make some delectable subs. absolutely nothing else compares to a Jersey Mike's sub. not Firehouse, Subway, Quiznos, Jimmy Johns etc. i have basically, never been disappointed.
Jersey Mike's is a laid back sub shop that serves freshly cut meats and cheeses (just like if you're at the deli!) on the most scrumptious bread EVER. guys, i'm not even kidding. their bacon is so crunchy and if you order your sub Mike's Way (which i recommend) your sandwich will ooze with just the right amount of condiments and toppings. try their red pepper relish, it is delish. and even better? the service there is wonderful. i've never had a bad experience when eating at Jersey Mike's. mmmm. now i want me some JM's. price wise they are in the same range as all the other sandwich shops. and they have reward cards that allow you to earn free sandwiches. um, YES!
click here for locations and here for their menu (the #9 Mike's Way with jalapenos and red pepper relish is my absolute favorite. if you're looking for a hot sandwich, i suggest the Big Kahuna.)

so, we do have In-n-Out in Utah, but its still one of my most favorite TX restaurants. if you ask me, the burgers live up to the hype. meat so locally fresh, gooey cheese melting off your toasted-to-perfection patties... and their fries! oh. my. yum.
if you're a noob to In-N-Out, you should know they make a mean (in the most delicious way) Neapolitan shake as well as extremely tasty cheese fries. you can also try your burger "animal style" (which means they marinate your meat in their "special sauce" and give you grilled onions on your burger instead of raw ones.) they also serve animal style fries (the special sauce is spread over the top of your fries). they even have a protein style burger that comes wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. oh! and you can get grilled cheese there too which is also wonderful. if you've never been, In-N-Out is definitely worth a try at least once. pricing is comparable to McDonalds or Burger King.

Brio is a delicious Italian restaurant that i'm thrilled by every time i eat there. my favorite part about Brio is the Tuscan Tasters (you must try the Sausage & Pepperoni flat bread and the BRIO Burger!) which are all just $3.95. for that price you can get a little bit of everything!
{a table full of Tuscan Tasters for 5}
we like to go and order one or two of everything and just eat and chat the night away. its an incredibly lovely, inexpensive, time.
you can find locations here and their menus here.
*please note the Tuscan Tasters menu isn't always available. i like to call ahead prior to my visit to make sure they'll be serving from it that night.

Palio's has the absolute best pizza evs. their crust is so thin and crispy and their marinara sauce is sweet and delicious. my favorite is: mushrooms, bell peppers, olives and pepperonis on pizza. i've dined in and done take out, both of which are equally as satisfying. and on Tuesdays the location that i frequent does 2-for-1 pizzas (holla!!). so naturally, we go on Tuesdays. all the time. if you're looking for a surprisingly light yet satisfying pizza that is loaded with flavor, i'd recommend stopping in at Palio's. prices are competetive with Papa Johns or Pizza Hut.
*Palio's even accepts iThinkLocal cards! yet another reason to dine there.

so there you have it, folks. are you hungry yet?

xx

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