Staff Picks: Where to Dine in Dallas Parent’s Weekend Edition

By Shae Walker

There is no better way to cure homesickness at college than having your family come visit. In my opinion, what makes having family in town even better is getting to take them to your favorite restaurants around Dallas. With seemingly endless delicious restaurants throughout the city, finding the perfect spot to take your guests can feel a bit overwhelming. Read more to learn where the SMU Look staff members would take their family and friends around the city.

Photo By Ella McDonald

Ella McDonald: 

Ella, from the photography team, says she and her mom’s personal favorite is Knox Bistro, especially for their brunch. No matter what time of day you go Knox Bistro is sure to please with its excellent seasonal menu, chic ambiance, and fresh pastries served only on weekends. 

Photo by Shae Walker

Tyler Martin: 

Tyler, a writer on the digital team, says his favorite spot is Fachini. This sophisticated restaurant located in the gorgeous Highland Park Village serves some of the best Italian you can find in Dallas. Fan favorite dishes include the Rigatoni alla Vodka, Egyptian salad, 100 Layer Lasagna, and to finish the night the Tiramisu. 

Photo by Ivy Nielsen

Ivy Nielsen:

Ivy, from the social media team, loves Toulouse. Toulouse is a favorite among locals that specializes in classic French dishes with a modern twist. The ambiance of the restaurant is full of charm and the seats on the patio will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a cafe in the streets of Paris.  If you choose to dine at Toulouse Ivy suggests the Charcuterie accompanied by the refreshing Chanel No. 6. 

Photo by Lizzie Sexton

Lizzie Sexton: 

Lizzie, a writer on the digital team, loves Dahlia Bar and Bistro. If you are looking for amazing food in an Instagram-worthy setting this is your place. Every detail of Dahlia is picture-perfect from the delicious Southern European-inspired cuisine, and aesthetically pleasing cocktails to the ambiance that will make you feel as if you are dining in a botanical garden. 

Photo by Shae Walker

Shae Walker:

Last but not least, I could not forget my personal favorite, Pizzana. This  LA hotspot may be new to the area, but it is making a name for itself already. Located on Knox Street Pizzana serves handcrafted pizzas with flavors that will change your life. My all-time favorite dish is their famous Cacio e Pepe pizza, but I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.  

Shae Walker

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