Thursday, April 25, 2013
7 great restaurants near the new George W. Bush Presidential Center
You'll see why we think Dallas is so delicious.
Dozens of dignitaries, including five presidents, visited Dallas for the dedication of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center on the Southern Methodist University campus. Nearly 500,000 people will visit the new library in its first year. And those people need to eat! Here are seven restaurants in a variety of cuisines that'll satisfy most any out-of-towner. Each restaurant chosen is within walking distance or a very short drive of the new presidential library.
Olivella’s: A staple for Park Cities pizza lovers, Olivella’s is known for its wood-fired pies and intimate atmosphere. Patrons are sure to find some inventive recipes, like the Al Gorgonzola (gorgonzola, mozzarella, pear and walnut), as well as an impressive selection of wines. The restaurant also makes the mozzarella cheese in-house, a testament to both its artisan skill and unwavering dedication. Not in the mood for pizza? Try one of their enticing salads or mouthwatering subs. Dining at Olivella’s like a trip to Italy, only cheaper — almost all their dishes are under $20. 3406 McFarlin Boulevard
Torchy's Tacos: Originally started in Austin, Torchy's Tacos serves the best "gringo tacos" in Dallas. You're not going to find authentic lengua, for instance, but you will find greasy, cheesy tacos that will make your mouth happy. Start with the green chile queso. Then move to their interesting selection of tacos, like the Fried Avocado with beans and pico, or the Trailer Park, with fried chicken and green chiles. Get your Trailer Park "trashy" and ditch the lettuce for queso. It's that kind of place. 5600 SMU Boulevard (with several other Dallas locations)
Kuby’s Sausage House: Kuby’s Sausage House is truly a one-of-a-kind find in Dallas. Opened in 1961 in Snider Plaza, this quaint spot functions as both a retail shop selling a variety of meats, cheeses, and baked goods, as well as a restaurant. Expect an authentic German menu with homemade sausages, potato pancakes, Ruben sandwiches, and cabbage salads. If you don’t stay to dine, at least check out the shop and witness a unique sliver of Dallas history. 6601 Snider Plaza
Nodding Donkey Kitchen: This sports bar and haven for SMU students doesn't skimp on good food. They serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays, but the best crowds are on game nights, where you can nom on upscale bar food like their excellent Buffalo Chicken Sandwich or any of their burgers, which come with the option of turkey, bison, or chicken if you don't want the beef. (But this is Texas: Try the beef.) Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. and includes a $4 Donkey Punch -- moonshine-and-juice cocktail served cutely in a mason jar, though this drink is definitely not cute. Come prepared to kick a few back. 5600 SMU Boulevard
Zoe’s Kitchen: If you’re looking for something as fresh as the spring breeze, pop over of Zoe’s Kitchen in Snider Plaza. This Mediterranean fusion restaurant boasts a wide variety of stuffed pitas, hummus, and kabobs alongside a more traditional deli menu. The hearty salads stand out above the rest both because of their size and delicious vegetable options. The kitchen caters to health nuts with plenty of gluten-free choices, and fresh fruit is always available as a side. No need to feel guilty after lunch here. 6800 Snider Plaza (with several other Dallas locations)
East Hampton Sandwich Company: A simple sandwich shop this is not. East Hampton Sandwich Company serves a lobster roll that's got food lovers saying it just might be Dallas' best. Visitors from Maine, maybe you'll be skeptical, so perhaps the Fried Chicken Jack is a better dose of the Texas food you're looking for: melted pepper jack cheese, arugula, bacon, avo, and jalapeño cream sauce atop fried chicken on a locally-made bun. You'll also find vegetarian sammies and hearty chowders. Go home with a "donut bag," which tastes much better than it sounds. 6912 Snider Plaza
Campisi's: If you want some old-fashioned Dallas history, head to Campisi's on Mockingbird Lane for a slice. You'll find framed articles of the alleged mob family, including one account that Jack Ruby ate at Campisi's the night before the Kennedy assassination, says the LA Times. The pies at Campisi's are good: Maybe not Dallas' best, but they come served with a serious side of Dallas nostalgia. The family has been slingin' dough at that very Mockingbird Lane location since 1950. 5610 East Mockingbird Lane