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8 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that are Food Network famous

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By COURIER DFW Staff

February 6, 2024

The Food Network is a gold mine for foodies. You can find inspiration for new recipes, discover restaurants you’ve never heard of, and see how people eat around the world. Unsurprisingly, Texas has been featured many times on various Food Network shows — including several restaurants located in Dallas-Fort Worth. Here are some of the TV-worthy DFW food joints that have gained fame through Food Network. 

A Taste of Europe on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Guy Fieri has become a cultural icon all his own thanks in part to his addicting TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” He’s made it out to DFW several times, and one of these visits featured A Taste of Europe. The Eastern European restaurant serves classic dishes like traditional borscht, schnitzel, and pierogies, and you can even buy merchandise straight from countries like Poland and Russia. When Fieri visited, he tried meat-filled potato pancakes, which he described as “crispy, creamy, and salty.”

Cafe Pacific on ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’

While “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” is currently running on the Cooking Channel, it got its start on the Food Network. The show follows cooks as they show off their favorite dishes from various restaurants, and during Season 5 they made a notable stop in DFW. Chef Kerry Vincent chose Cafe Pacific’s famous Pecan Ball dessert, which is made of “vanilla bean ice cream, toasted pecans, house chocolate sauce, and almond tuile garnish,” per the company website. Vincent was already a fan of the restaurant, but she noted that the Pecan Ball was something special. 

8 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that are Food Network famous

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Buttons Restaurant on ‘Heat Seekers’

Do you think you have what it takes to try the hottest foods in the country? That’s the idea behind this series from Chefs Aarón Sanchez and Roger Mooking. At the start of their second season, the pair traveled to Dallas’ Buttons Restaurant, where they were served super-spicy wings lovingly called Chicken Wangs. The secret to the hot sauce was none other than ghost peppers, one of the hottest peppers in the world. While Buttons Restaurant was already known in DFW, the TV appearance brought it plenty of positive press (and likely visitors).  

Liberty Burger on ‘Burgers, Brew & ‘Que’

Chef Michael Symon traveled to DFW for his show “Burgers, Brew & ‘Que” and stopped by Liberty Burger in Dallas. The burger joint is known for its fresh ingredients and environmental values, and has relationships with local farms in Texas to keep things local. 

During his visit to Texas, host Michael Symon stopped by Liberty Burger in Dallas. Known for its fresh, local ingredients, environmental responsibility, and massive handhelds, Symon sampled two of its most popular burgers: He highlighted The Nooner, a breakfast burger with cheese, bacon, hash browns, and a fried egg; and South of the Burger, an homage to Tex-Mex cuisine topped with lettuce, tortilla strips, pico de gallo, and refried beans. 

SĒR Steak + Spirits on ‘Guilty Pleasures’ 

Food Network’s “Guilty Pleasures” features chefs and famous foodies showing off their—you guessed it—edible guilty pleasures. Everything from desserts to greasy burgers were showcased, and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani chose a spot in Dallas for an episode. He went to high-end steakhouse Ser Steak and Spirits, where he enjoyed dessert rather than a main dish: Millionaire Pie. The restaurant’s famous dessert is made with a graham cracker crust and vanilla ice cream, and is topped with a fluffy meringue that Viviani described as being “like the foam of the cappuccino would like to be when it dies and goes to heaven.” 

Afrah on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

Another one of Guy Fieri’s stops on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” was the DFW-based Mediterranean restaurant Afrah. The shop is owned by three brothers of Southern Lebanese descent, and the business unsurprisingly saw a rise in visitors after their episode aired — so much so that they quickly had to move into a bigger space. While Fieri enjoyed the chicken shawarma, the restaurant is also known for its hummus and homemade baklava. 

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill on ‘Top 5 Restaurants’

In 2016, Food Network chefs Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian traveled to DFW for their show “Top 5 Restaurants.” For a segment on “Best Bar Foods,” they stopped by J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill in Arlington to sample its famous Irish Nachos, which are made of potato slices, tons of cheese, bacon bits, and more. Of the TV feature, owner Randy Ford told MyArlingtonTX: “You can’t buy advertising like this and if you could, you couldn’t afford it. It’s the greatest thing in the world.” 

8 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that are Food Network famous

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From Across the Pond on ‘Restaurant Impossible’ 

This entry is a little different from the others, but nonetheless counts. The DFW restaurant From Across the Pond was featured on “Restaurant Impossible,” where Chef Robert Irvine seeks to help save the failing establishment after they were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, it looks like Irvine’s efforts were not in vain: the restaurant is still thriving today, and the owners have even shouted out Irvine and Food Network for their assistance. 

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