Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives loves Dallas. Over the show’s many seasons, Guy Fieri has visited Texas countless times, often stopping through Dallas to feast on barbecue, burgers, pizza and more. There are over a dozen Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives restaurants in Dallas alone, representing some delicious and diverse flavors.
When in Texas, you’d better be hungry for barbecue, especially beef brisket. Guy visited legendary Pecan Lodge for brisket and the slow-smoked pork, in a sandwich. While loading up, request a tub of banana pudding. And for a whole new take on loaded potatoes, get their Hot Mess, a sweet potato filled with cheese, chipotle crema and barbacoa.
Those looking for good pizza are in luck. Guy has visited several great spots for pie. Tutta’s Pizza combines the best of pie and ‘cue, including the Texan, which tops a pizza with smoked brisket, house barbecue sauce and red onions. Cane Rosso is a local favorite for its offbeat Neapolitan creations, including versions topped with bacon marmalade and spicy honey. Guy loved the Delia, which had bacon marmalade, roasted tomatoes and arugula, for a sweet, spicy, crisp creation. Spicy brisket sandwiches are the must-try at One90 Meats.
For a taste of Tex-Mex, head to Avila’s for chile rellenos or brisket tacos that won Guy’s admiration. Look for the neon signage of Pepe’s and Mito’s, where a hilarious for fiery, fabulous Tex-Mex.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has also tracked down some of the best burgers in Dallas. Twisted Root Burger Co. makes more than 2,000 burgers a week, combining barbecue flavors with beefy patties, and changing up the meat with venison and bison. Louie's uses fresh Angus beef for its juicy options.
Check out those and all of the Dallas restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
For real deal barbecue, head to this popular spot. Guy adored the smoky brisket and he couldn’t get enough of the slow-smoked pork sandwich. In addition to the ’cue classics of brisket, ribs and pulled pork, the restaurant is renowned for its mac ‘n’ cheese and Aunt Polly’s banana pudding. Locals love the Hot Mess, a sweet potato stuffed with barbacoa, cheese, chipotle cream and butter.
Chef Matt Pikar’s restaurant is the first Afghan place Guy has visited on DDD. The cuisine is redolent of spices like turmeric, cardamom and saffron. Guy loved the tender lamb shanks served over fragrant basmati rice and topped with raisins, carrots, pistachios and slivered almonds. The Kofta Chalao, Afghan meatballs, were another feast of spice and flavor.
Avila reflects founders Anita and Octavio Avila's Mexican and Texan roots. The menu features specialties like chile relleno, pollo con calabaza -- a Mexican chicken stew with squash and corn -- sauteed pork in cascabel pepper sauce and, of course, the brisket tacos that Guy raved about on Triple D.
Owner Jack Perkins is grilling only burgers at his dive, and he is making over 600 a day. The half-pound burger with lettuce, bacon, cheese and jalapenos tantalized Guy's taste buds. Loyal customers enjoy customizing their burgers by adding an extra patty, chili, grilled onions and a fried egg.
Drop by Louie's to sample the Don, a burger that Guy says is "super-mondo juicy." The fresh-ground Angus patty is basted with a soy-and-garlic-laced secret sauce, layered with Swiss cheese, bacon and jalapeno, then nestled between slices of rye bread. Also try the thin-crust pizza slathered with crushed tomato sauce and topped with Angus beef-and-pork butt sausage, Wisconsin cheese, onions and green peppers.
At this eatery they're serving over 2000 burgers a week with a gourmet twist. The barbecue sauce in the half-pound Western Burger with pepper Jack, bacon, onion strings and jalapenos was the "kicker" according to Guy. He also enjoyed the venison and bison burger with a side of spicy fried pickles.
At Tutta’s there’s a pizza for every appetite but they’re known for their smoked-meat topped creations. The Texan features smoked brisket topped with their house-made barbeque sauce, red onions, pepperoncini peppers and melted mozzarella cheese.
Chef Jay Jerrier ditched the tech industry and followed his dream to make crazy Neapolitan pizzas like the Delia pie, topped with bacon marmalade, roasted grape tomatoes and arugula, that left Guy speechless. Cane Rosso’s most popular pie is The Honey Bastard, which is not even on the menu. This spicy-sweet pie includes mozzarella, hot soppressata, bacon marmalade and habanero-infused honey.
Chef Jesus Carmona is serving up real-deal Tijuana street tacos and more in Dallas. His grilled octopus tacos are topped with a spicy pesto salsa and cooled with avocado and cheese. The chef was inspired to make his signature Mole Fries by a vendor selling potato chips dipped in mole. His version substitutes crispy fries topped with house-made mole, crema fresca and cotija cheese. “I came here for tacos, I’ll come back for the fritas,” gushed Guy.
Chef Omar Flores is dishing out comfort food with a Southern spin and making some seriously crispy fried chicken at Whistle Britches. The Hot Dang is their Nashville-style hot chicken served on thick Texas toast, with cool dill ranch and house-made pickles. Their chicken and waffles are served with a drizzle of jalapeno hot honey, house-made sausage gravy and a wedge of watermelon. “That’s wrong in so many ways that it makes it right,” Guy said of the dish.
At this dive, Chef Pedro Rojos is switching things up and serving some dynamite Mex-Tex dishes. The caldo albondigas --- a Mexican meatball soup --- was "outstanding," according to Guy. The beef tacos nortenos had an excellent char that also impressed him. Try ordering the beef enchiladas too.
Guy’s been to more BBQ joints than most people so when one impresses him it’s worth trying. Chef and Owner Kyle St. Clair’s brisket was so tender that Guy remarked, “You don’t even need a knife; you can cut that with a bad look.” Have it on the Spicy Brisket Sandwich which is layered on a brioche bun with a roasted poblano, in-house smoked cheddar, pickles and red onion.
For a passport to Thailand in Texas head to Jack Nuchjasem’s CrushCraft. Chef Nuchjasem is channeling the flavors he loved growing up near Bangkok into his authentic dishes. “That’s one of the best curries I have ever had,” Guy said after tasting the Green Thai Curry.