The Best of the Design District – Dining and Entertainment
(Above Picture: Ascension Coffee)
The Design District, overflowing with its home décor showrooms and warehouses, has crafted a unique identity fueled by its host of exciting restaurants, cozy cafés and modern apartment buildings. Dallas was once the third largest garment center in the country and the Design District now houses a new generation of fashion entrepreneurs. With its proximity to downtown and easy highway access, creative professionals are putting down roots in this neighborhood where upscale living combines with a trendy, urban environment.
Here are our top picks for a delicious end to your day just steps away from your new home:
Ascension offers the best of three worlds – an Australian-style coffee shop, European-style laid-back food, and an elevated American café experience. The coffee is excellent and the atmosphere lends itself to conversation and lingering over a book with one of their simple, yet satisfying sandwiches.
In the mood for something fun and different? Cidercade is a grown-up version of an arcade with 165 games, 24 ciders and plenty of meads on tap. The food menu is limited — but feel free to bring your own, order in or hit up the food trucks usually present on the weekends.
With a full bar featuring 40 draughts and more than 85 bottles, Meddlesome Moth is indisputably one of the best beer bars in Dallas. Whether you’re hanging out in the spacious, stylish interior or soaking in the sunshine in the outdoor area, it’s the perfect place for a brew or two (or more!).
In search of a more traditional foodie experience? Oak is the pinnacle of contemporary fine dining – and its wine list may be even better than the food. Merging global experiences with classical techniques, the cocktails and curated wine list are extraordinary. This is a perfect place for a classy, intimate drink/dining experience.
Peticolas Brewing Company
Founder Michael Peticolas learned beer-making from his mother, who brewed her own crafts in El Paso in the 90s. Now, Peticolas Brewing is winning awards and is at the forefront of the craft beer movement in Texas. Spend a perfect day playing ping-pong or foosball in their tri-level taproom as you sample their selection of notable beers.
Shannon Wynne, who founded some of Dallas’ best spots (including Meddlesome Moth), created Rodeo Goat to showcase updated classics like delicious burgers with gourmet toppings and craft beer. People give rave reviews to the food, spacious patio, and low-key, relaxed environment.
If you’re in the mood for modern regional Italian, Sassetta, a sister restaurant to Wheelhouse, is your first stop. It’s known for the bright orange front door, delicious pizza, and great takes on Italian favorites like fritto misto, parpardelle, and dry-aged meatballs.
Slow Bone is true to its name – it’s classic barbeque, cooked low and slow to outstanding results. While the main courses and most of the sides are traditional, you can still branch out if you feel like it. Jalapeno mac and cheese, anyone?
Town Hearth is a swanky, high-end steakhouse with an inventive menu. There are 64 crystal chandeliers in the dining room, aircraft leather on the booths, and the napkin rings are made from vintage license plates. If you’re in the market for a motorcycle, a ’74 Ducati is listed on the menu as a “primo side” for a mere $75k.
Wheelhouse is a fresh take on the gastropub. As you’d guess from a restaurant located in the Dallas Decorative Center, the striking interior is a draw — but then, so is the amazing industrial-style patio. Decisions, decisions!
The restaurant scene in the Design District is evolving and exciting and there are plenty of great drink deals and happy hours to decompress in your neighborhood after work.