Dallas? diverse population of Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Anglos is reflected in the over 6,000 restaurants that serve the culinary needs of residents and guests. If variety is the spice of life, the Dallas restaurant scene is on fire!

It may be hard to believe that Dallas was never really a cattle drive kind of city with the plethora of steakhouses here. Within the West Ends multi-block radius lies The Butcher Shop and The Palm, both of which serve the most superb beef this side of the Mississippi.

Some of the best upscale steakhouses in Addison/North Dallas include Del Friscos, Chamberlains, Mortons of Chicago, and Stone Trail. 311 Lombardis and Newports, in the West End, provide outstanding continental cuisine.

Dicks Last Resort and Planet Hollywood double as entertainment venues and restaurants. Bens Half Yard House, Champps, and Two Rows Restaurant and Brewery all combine a love of sports with beer and bar food.

Both Deep Ellum and Greenville Avenue have myriad eclectic dining options available. Monica Aca y Alla adds a unique twist to Mexican food and salsa dancing. Deep Ellum Café serves new American selections. Deep Sushi is perfect for those with a penchant for raw fish. Sambuca fills your tummy with Mediterranean food and soothes your soul with live jazz. The Angry Dog provides burgers, hot dogs and beer in a casual atmosphere. Bakers Ribs has delectable barbecue (in Deep Ellum). Flying Saucer is a fanciful beer and bratwurst emporium. Tenpo is a wonderful Japanese restaurant serving both sushi and tempura. Daddy Jacks lobster melts in your mouth. Liberty specializes in oriental style noodles with a comtemporary flair. Glorias is a favorite for those interested in South American cuisine. Snuffers has world-class cheese fries and burgers. St. Martins cozy atmosphere creates romance. Terellis is popular for Italian and jazz. Blue Gooses famous swirls, margaritas and Mexican food draw crowds daily. Cafe Izmir offers a unique dining experience (on Greenville Avenue). Then work off those calories dancing at The Red Jacket; catching a movie at the Granada; thowing back a beer or two at Stans Blue Note; or grabbing a live performance at Poor Davids Pub.

Dining in Uptown runs from ultra-classy to down-home casual. The Old Warsaw and Hotel St. Germain offer old world dining elegance. CorkAvanti offers tantalizing Italian plus a moonlight breakfast with live jazz Thursday through Saturday from 12am to 4am. Breadwinners is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jenniviness offers an intimate English setting for lunch or dinner. The Dream Cafe is dedicated to delectable, wholesome, organic dishes. Orleans offers flavorful pasta, pizza, and salads. Rooster puts a new American twist on Southern cooking.

East Dallas? Lakewood area offers La Dolce Vita, a delightful restaurant specializing in new American food and Matts Rancho Martinez, a Dallas favorite for Tex-Mex extraordinaire.

While in the Knox/Henderson area, choose from the Highland Park Pharmacys lunch counter for grilled cheese, Anzu for sushi, Aqua Knox for very different seafood, On the Border for Tex-Mex, Sipangos for dancing and dining, Cafe Madrid for tapas and Starbucks for coffee.

If you are hungry, Irving has alot to offer. Harveys Barbecue Pit is an Irving legend. Empress of China has impeccable Chinese food. Mustang Café has a breathtaking view of Mustang Square in Las Colinas and an eclectic American grill menu. Joes Coffee Shop is a locals? hangout that may have originated the "power" breakfast. Café Cipriani serves fine Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. Jinbeh allows you to choose between Japanese Hibachi cooking or sushi. Via Real provides upscale Tex-Mex. Cool River Cafe draws crowds as much for the people watching as it does for their steak and seafood. Ruen Thais original Thai recipes are mouthwatering good. Rainforest Café combines a fun, jungle-like dining and shopping experience in one.

F. Kuczaj