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Here’s where you should eat in Dallas, according to Southern Living’s impressive list


Rapscallion's hot fried chicken is popular. Rapscallion wa sone of eight restaurants spotlighted as some of Dallas' best in 'Southern Living.' 
Rapscallion’s hot fried chicken is popular. Rapscallion wa sone of eight restaurants spotlighted as some of Dallas’ best in ‘Southern Living.’

When a national magazine highlights a local Dallas spot, we can’t help but be skeptical. We live here, we eat here. Could a magazine headquartered in Los Angeles or New York City (say it with me: “New York City?”) really know Dallas?

Wayward Sons, which got a mention in 'Southern Living,' turned heads in Dallas because of its garden 'charcuterie' board, which is vegetarian. Sure looks like meat, doesn't it?
Wayward Sons, which got a mention in ‘Southern Living,’ turned heads in Dallas because of its garden ‘charcuterie’ board, which is vegetarian. Sure looks like meat, doesn’t it?

Southern Living, which calls Birmingham, Alabama, home, took a stab at naming places in Dallas worth your money and time in its November issue. Here’s the great news: Writer Jennifer Mckenzie Frazier, a Dallas native, really gets it right.

In her “City Guide: The New Dallas” article, she picked places to eat, shop, stay and “do.” Each are a refreshing reflection of some of Dallas’ hottest spots.

“The truth is that the real Dallas,” Frazier writes, “beats anything you might have imagined. Dallas is breathtaking, especially when you drive into town at night, crossing miles of flatlands before this glittering metropolis appears. They don’t call it Big D for nothing.” Aw, shucks.

Dallas restaurants featured in Southern Living:

  • Rapscallion on Lower Greenville: Critic Leslie Brenner says you shouldn’t miss out on the restaurant’s duck and dumplings
  • East Hampton Sandwich Co., the shop with several locations in Dallas and its suburbs that was started by a twentysomething entrepreneur

If there’s something to be learned here, it’s that three of the eight restaurants are located 1 mile apart or less, on Dallas’ hot hot hot Greenville Avenue.

The Southern Living article also spotlights shops such as Bullzerk, known for its hilarious tees like “Keep Dallas Better Than Austin.” It recommends out-of-towners stop at Klyde Warren Park or stay at the Adolphus Hotel, among other hot spots.

None of the featured places paid to be in the magazine, a publicist confirmed; the writer picked them based on her own experiences and the recommendations of people who know Dallas well.

Hungry? You might be interested in this story: Delectable destinations to take out-of-towners in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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