Dallas Observer Top 100 Restaurants

Dallas Observer Top Restaurants: Gorji #15

The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 15: Gorji is very nearly a one-man show, with chef-owner Gorji buying the ingredients, answering phone calls for reservations, greeting each table and cooking dinner with the help of a tiny handful of waiters and kitchen staff. The dining room is small, the atmosphere is intimate and each table is booked for only one party per night, which makes this one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas. The dining room is small, the atmosphere is intimate and each table is booked for only one party per night, which makes this one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas…

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The 10 Biggest Snubs from Our Ranking of the Top 100 Restaurants in Dallas

There are some very famous Dallas-area restaurants missing from our Top 100 Dallas Restaurants list. Our ranking is radically different from those by critics at other publications, or from the ratings on websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Why? There are two main reasons. One is that metro Dallas has over 100 restaurants with good things to eat, and some of them had to get cut.

The other is that some of the consensus favorites that have been topping “best of Dallas” lists for years fail to match their hype. A few of them are even genuinely bad. And I am naming names.

Almost every steakhouse
Ugh. Steakhouses. Knife and Gorji set themselves apart with perfectionist cooking and hospitality, and Town Hearth has its iconic submersible. Too many of the rest are places for a certain kind of good old boy to show off his ability to buy Napa cabernet and eat meat. Most are wildly overpriced. As D Magazine critic Eve Hill-Agnus discovered earlier this year when researching her own steakhouse ranking, many foster cultures of sexism among their staff. And, to be perfectly honest, these days if I’m not going to Knife, Town Hearth or Gorji, I just go to the grocery, splurge on a nice hanger steak and cook it on cast iron at home. At my house, side dishes aren’t an extra $15.

Read the full story of why some restaurants didn’t make the list below


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