A great thing about living in the DFW area is that there are plenty of amazing restaurants for any and all tastes. Outside of the national chains, which are abundant in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, there are also a great number of local eateries, regardless of whether a person is looking for traditional American, Mexican, Italian, seafood, sushi or more. Here is a look at the best locally based restaurants in the DFW area.

Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano
4912 Cole Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-4211
www.javiers.net

Javier’s is a traditional Mexican restaurant in the DFW area that prides itself on choosing to avoid the popular Tex-Mex flavors for something a little more authentic. Javier Gutierrez prefers to present food like people might expect to receive a meal when dining in Mexico City. This restaurant has been a Dallas staple for almost 40 years now and it remains a popular spot, albeit a little more expensive than others in the area. The restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. on weekends. There is also a full bar with a large selection of tequilas.

Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House
5330 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 934-2467
www.chamberlainssteakhouse.com

Ever since chef Richard Chamberlain opened up his steak house in Dallas in 1993, he has received a lot of praise for his DFW restaurant. He won awards such as “One of America’s Top Tables” from Gourmet and “One of America’s Top Restaurants” from the Zagat Guide. Where Chamberlain excels is in the steaks themselves. With everything a steak lover could want on the menu, a person could choose filet mignon, prime ribeye, New York strip, porterhouse, lamb chops and much more. There is also an extensive wine list and cigar collection on the menu as well. Chamberlain’s is open Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Gemma
2323 N Henderson Ave Suite 109
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
gemmadallas.com

After running a successful restaurant in the Napa Valley area of California called PRESS, chef Stephen Rogers and Alison Yoder moved to Dallas and opened their own restaurant called Gemma, a New American styled eatery. The design of Gemma is refreshing for a Dallas restaurant and feels more like a coastal stop than a DFW diner. The restaurant even brings a California feel to the menu, with lots of seasonal vegetables as well as some tasty seafood. This is not just a California restaurant transplanted to Texas, however. With everything from bass to pork chops and steak to chicken porchetta, there is something here for all tastes. After dinner, don’t skip over the dessert menu for even more tasty delicacies. Gemma is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Hibiscus
2927 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2927
hibiscusdallas.com

Hibiscus is a chop house in the DFW area that specializes in wood cooking. This is one of the top seafood destinations in the Dallas area, with executive chef Nicholas Ocando committed to elemental cooking. The thing that really sets Hibiscus apart from the pack, on top of the seafood, they also serve some of the best steaks in the entire DFW area. Now over 11 years old, Hibiscus offers great farm-to-table steak while remaining a sophisticated and classy dining experience. Whether someone wants king salmon or a large porterhouse steak, Hibiscus has you covered. There is also a 14-page wine list to choose from. Hibiscus is open from Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tei Tei Robata
2906 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 752060
(214) 828-2400
www.teiteirobata.com

For people in the mood for not only Japanese cuisine but an oriental mood, Tei Tei Robata has you covered. This is a place where people can try something brand new, as many of the menu items are different and unlike anything you will find in chain restaurants. The restaurant specializes in charcoal grill cooking and brought washu beef to the wood grill for DFW food enthusiasts. Tei Tei Robata turns 20 years old in 2018 and has built up a loyal following in Dallas, with the chefs delivering unique tastes to anyone who loves oriental cuisine. The hours are  5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday.

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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos. Examiner.com.