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Dining Out in Dallas' Central Business District

Apr 30th, 2014

The Central Business District (CBD) and Downtown Dallas are one and the same. This densely populated area is home to tens of thousands of Texans, and the offices of many more.

If you live in the apartments by Dallas’ Central Business District or you work in the area, you may already be acquainted with these restaurants. If you are unfamiliar with one of these hot eateries and the description below piques your interest, perhaps the restaurant in question should be the culinary focal point of your next night on the town.

CBD Provisions

Named for the Central Business District, CBD Provisions caters to clients with an array of agendas. People on tight schedules congregate for a taste of Texas to discuss deals between meetings. Dressed-to-the-nines, couples journey to the restaurant every night for a culinary treat and cocktail. Sleepy young professionals who act like they are still in college slowly make their way for the eateries legendary brunch menu. An impressive, frequently changing menu showcases Executive Chef Michael Sindoni’s rare and impressive talents. The posh atmosphere, across from The Joule luxury hotel, makes it all the more impressive.

Zodiac Room

Located in Neiman Marcus at Central Expressway, the Zodiac Room is the perfect place to break up your shopping extravaganza with a snack, lunch, or coffee. While penny pinchers are sure to find most of the fare a little more expensive, the Zodiac Room is actually less expensive than you might expect of a Neiman Marcus eatery. This restaurant is conveniently located to AMLI Quadrangle and AMLI on Maple, especially if a Neiman Marcus shopping excursion has already been planned.

Ellen’s Southern Kitchen

Dallas may be grouped with the South by some, but the cosmopolitan metropolis is pretty far north in Texas and can’t lay claim to listening to as much country music and eating as much southern food as many of the state’s more southern cities. Even so, Ellen’s Southern Kitchen may be one of the best southern restaurants in the entire country. Located in Dallas’ historic West End, Ellen’s Southern Kitchen cooks with love daily from 7 AM to 9 or 10 PM daily. Favorite dishes include slow cooker pot roast, pork chop, and Joe’s mac ‘n’ cheese.

Pecan Lodge

Pecan Lodge is another Central Business District restaurant that can do Southern food well. Barbecue is what Pecan Lodge is known for, but the restaurant also serves up mac ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, and a mean chicken fried steak. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a southern favorite that isn’t on the menu. The next time you are hankering for ribs or other down home cooking, give this eatery a shot. The restaurant’s location makes it easily accessible to residents of Dallas Central Business District luxury apartments.


A steakhouse that knows its place in the world, Graze supports local, free range farmers and ranchers wherever possible. If you are craving steak but have a conscience that leads you to seek reassurance about the origins of your meat, this restaurant is the place for you. Graze’s Le Meridien Stoneleigh location lends to an exclusive upscale feel, but considering ambiance and the quality of its food, this eatery actually offers excellent value.

Downtown Dallas is a great place to live, not least because it has enough delectable culinary options to keep even the pickiest eater satisfied year-round. If you decide to dine at one of the restaurants, we wish you a pleasant experience and hope you enjoy your meal. The proximity of so many amazing food options is just one of several advantages of living near Dallas’ thriving Central Business District.

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