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Where to eat in the Big D, day or night


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You won’t go hungry in Dallas, thanks to an abundance and variety of food and restaurant choices. The Omni Hotel, attached to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, offers the closest dining, with seven well-reviewed restaurants including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, the southern style offerings of Texas Spice, The Owners Box Sports Bar & Grill, the Biergarten (a modern take on the classic German beer garden), Café Herrera with Tex-Mex fare, sushi and Korean offerings at Black Ship Little Katana, and Coal Vines, a landmark in Dallas, known for having the best New York-style pizza in the city.

Just steps away from the Omni Hotel is Bullion, a contemporary French restaurant with a great lounge, for dinner. Four blocks away from the Omni you’ll find Cindi’s NY Deli Restaurant and Bakery, at 306 S. Houston St., for a breakfast or lunch option. The Adolphus Hotel, located on Commerce Street, about six blocks from the convention center, offers the award-winning upscale French Room restaurant and the laid-back Rodeo Bar and Grill.

Take about a 10-minute walk from the convention center to the Main Street District in Downtown Dallas and you’ll find many options including the seafood spot Dallas Fish Market, CBD Provisions, a modern Texas brasserie serving comfort food, and Ravenna Italian Grille and Bar at 1155 S. Field St., known for its modern Italian food and late hours.

For those craving Mexican food, there’s Wild Salsa or Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, or a bit further, long-time Tex-Mex fixture El Fenix. If you prefer a burger, check out Chop House Burger, a “chill” hangout started by the same group that owns the Dallas Chop House, a steakhouse that is also on Main Street. Can’t get enough steak? Well, locals recommend the “ultimate” Texas steakhouse experience, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse on Ross Ave., a Hill Country-inspired fine dining restaurant featuring elk, bison and more in a Western ambiance. For barbecue, there’s Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse at 325 N. Saint Paul St. About 10 blocks farther to the northeast, Pecan Lodge gets good reviews for its barbeque.

If you do have a car or feel up to taking a shared ride or taxi, there are plenty of restaurants in the Uptown area, which is a little more than 3 miles from the convention center. McKinney Avenue in Uptown is where you’ll find lots of food options such as modern American dishes, tapas, pizza and more steakhouses. Get a true Texas night at The Katy Trail Ice House, a beer garden and restaurant located in the heart of Uptown on the Katy Trail, or visit The Rustic for southern cooking and live music.

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