Dallas Dining Tips for AIAA Aviation

More than once in the past week I was asked by folks attending AIAA Aviation in Dallas for BBQ and Tex-Mex restaurant suggestions.

My initial reply was to remind folks that I’m in Fort Worth and only go to Dallas when I absolutely have to.

So I reached out to my friends for recommendations and here’s what they said. (Please note: I haven’t been to any of these places myself.)


Slow Bone www.slowbone.com – Open 11a-3p daily, this is said to be a casual joint. Plus it seems to be relatively close to the Hilton Anatole. 2234 Irving Blvd.

Blind Butcher theblindbutcher.com – Open 4p-2a, this place is a bit more upscale and farther away. 1919 Greenville Ave.

Smoke smokerestaurant.com – It’s said you’d better make reservations for this place over on 901 Ft. Worth Ave.

Pecan Lodge www.pecanlodge.com – This was called the “best BBQ around” but be warned – they run out of meat as the day progresses. 11a-3p Tue-Thu & Sun, 11a-10p Fri-Sat.


El Bolero elboleromexican.com – This is a new location in the Oak Lawn district and appears to be open all day. 1201 Oak Lawn.

El Fenix elfenix.com – The original and most authentic. 1601 McKinney

Sol www.solirlandesgrill.com – Classic architecture and authentic food. 1525 Main St.

Iron Cactus ironcactus.com/dallas – Patio upon patio upon patio. Three floors of patios. 1520 Main St.


Whether it’s Tex-Mex or BBQ I’m certain you’ll find some good food in Big D. And when AIAA brings a conference to Fort Worth I’ll be able to give you first-hand recommendations.

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