The Best Business Lunches in Dallas

Working through a lunch break can sometimes be a real pleasure—especially in Dallas, where there’s no shortage of eateries from which to choose. Here, D CEO restaurant reviewer Todd Johnson rounds up eight of his favorites, and shares the “must have” menu items at each.

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Samar by Stephan Pyles

The king of Southwestern cuisine takes a journey down the Silk Road in this downtown Dallas den of Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Indian flavors. Samar’s Turkish spiced lamb pizza and chickpea masala are a far cry from the celebrity chef’s infamous chicken-fried venison and Heaven and Hell Cake that locals devour at his namesake restaurant. But that doesn’t make Samar any less memorable than its sibling up the road. In fact, I often prefer the more delicate and imaginative flavors at this jewel of a restaurant. Entrées range from exotic shawarma pita with spicy hanger steak and taboulleh to the fragrant chicken pan roasted with chorizo, butternut squash, and braised kale, a perfect dish for a chilly winter afternoon. If you can’t decide on what you want to eat, Samar offers a variety of small plates that can be combined at reasonable prices: one item for $5, two items for $9, three items for $13, and four items for $17. Don’t Miss: Dark chocolate and spice pecan baklava

Read the full D CEO feature by Todd Johnson here.