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The bustling and sophisticated Dallas Metropolis is an expansive urban conglomeration of commercial districts and residential neighborhoods that spans the northeastern corner of the Texas Prairies and Lakes region. Although the region's gastronomic range was, of old, largely limited to gratuitous availability of regional specialties such as Southwestern cuisine and sensational steaks – foods for which Texas is justifiably famous – but with little else to tempt the adventurous taste bud, in recent years the Dallas restaurant scene has branched into a bold new world of culinary diversity.

The expression ‘Texan food' evokes images of smoke-filled roadhouses, hearty helpings of homestyle cooking, Tex-Mex delights and ribs dripping in sweet Southern barbeque sauce. And, true to form, the Dallas metropolis offers these in abundance, with a multitude of top-notch eateries showcasing the finest in Southwestern cuisine; steaks of every cut and size, artfully prepared and presented in all their sizzling, succulent glory; and excellent dining spots for Tex-Mex extraordinaire, along with a wealth of ‘Taquerias' – restaurants that specialize specifically in delectable variations of taquitos.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek Restaurant is a famed Dallas restaurant in the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, within the immensity of the Sheppard King estate. Rated as one of the top fine dining establishments in the United States, the restaurant serves Chef Dean Fearing's award-winning modern adaptations of Southwestern cuisine in transcendent surroundings that set the standard for sophistication.

A legendary Dallas dining destination for the ultimate in Tex-Mex cuisine, Matt's Rancho Martinez, is a bustling, boisterous, down-to-earth restaurant where renowned fourth generation Tex-Mex chef, Matt Martinez Jr. proudly continues the family tradition. Matt holds the honor of being the first chef to re-introduce traditional ‘range-style cooking,' using a similar technique to the cowboys of latter days. Focusing on indigenous foods that are high in flavor but low in fat, the restaurant's menu includes all the familiar Tex-Mex favorites and an array of delectable grilled dishes, all served with heavenly chili concoctions and Matt's own special seasoning blends.

The fast-paced commercial centers of this sprawling metroplex, dotted in amongst the quiet residential boroughs, can lay claim to some of the nation's finest restaurants - including premiere French dining establishments and upscale destinations serving first-rate New American fare – as well as a bevy of creative epicurean architects who have been responsible for launching many a new culinary trend.

Lavendou Bistro brings a piece of the French countryside to Texas. The graciously warm and elegant setting serves as a perfect backdrop to the impeccable hospitality and authentic cuisine on offer at this world-class restaurant. Talented chef Jean-Marie Cadot has created an exceptional menu of unpretentious culinary marvels showcasing the light, flavorful fare of Southern France.

The surge of new innovative restaurants that have materialized in the region, boasting greater variety in cuisine types and cooking styles along with a number of unique gastronomic concepts, has caused a stir on the local dining scene and significantly added to the region's culinary diversity. Indonesian and Pakistani eateries have emerged from the ashes of similitude left by the old expansible dining scene, together with a variety of ethnic restaurants that sport everything from Middle Eastern influences to new expressions of fusion foods with truly global inspirations.

Drawing on the unique and complex multi-cultural history of the islands of Indonesia, Bali Moon Euro Indonesian brings an exotic slice of Indonesian flavor to Texas, with the help of ‘Chef Nyonya' (Chef Lady) Judith Owen, whose passion for Indonesian cuisine stems from her own Dutch-Indonesian heritage, serving innovative fusion-style cuisine that delights the palate with explosions of harmonious, mildly spicy flavors and heady aromas. Based on age-old Indonesian family recipes and European-style dishes infused with Indonesian flavors, Chef Judith's inspired menu features such enchanting specialties as Rendang Daging, a delectable dish of braised beef tips simmered in a spicy savory sauce, and Ayam Kuning, a serving of succulent chicken, masterfully prepared in a turmeric and coconut sauce.

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