A bunch of places in Richardson (Texas) worth eating at. If you think something's missing, let me know. —Stephen E.

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85c Bakery

Bakery (Asian)

Super delicious Asian bakery in Chinatown.

Recommended Order:

  • Coffee bread
  • Milk breads (all of them)
  • Red bean buns
  • Cream puffs
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Afrah

Mediterranean

The O.G. Mediterranean buffet in Richardson. Recently moved into a much bigger space.

Recommended Order:

  • Buffet (all the things)
  • Gyro plate
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Pistacho or cardamom gelato
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Albaghdady

Arabic / Dessert

Best spot for Arabic/Iraqi desserts. Also have kabobs, but I haven't tried them yet.

Recommended Order:

  • Any of the mixed desert platters (ie: everything)
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Ali Babba

Mediterranean

The king of mediterranean buffets. Gets busy. Go early, go often.

Recommended Order:

  • Buffet
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Angel Chicken Kitchen

American

Fried chicken everything. Near Cindi's Diner. (In Dallas, but close enough.)

Recommended Order:

  • Hill Country sandwich
  • Austin Heat sandwich
  • House made chips
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Bambu

Thai

Legit thai. Only place I've seen that serves raw peppercorn in their curry. Leslie Brenner loves this place.

Recommended Order:

  • Try the daily specials
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Bangkok at Beltline

Thai

Our go-to Thai spot. Not the same owners as the Downtown Dallas Bangkok, but just as good.

Recommended Order:

  • All the curries
  • Fried fish dishes
  • Pad Kee Mow
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Benny's Bagels

Bagels

Grumpy Asian couple serving up the best bagels in Richardson.

Recommended Order:

  • Bagels
  • Bagel Sandwiches
  • More bagels
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Café Amore

Italian

Neighborhood BYOB Italian joint.

Recommended Order:

  • Chicken Parm
  • Pasta Sampler
  • Pizzas
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Café Brazil

American / 24hr

If you're hungry at 3am, go here.

Recommended Order:

  • Quesadillas
  • Snickerdoodle coffee (kidding?)
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Cindi's New York

Deli

Richardson's only NY style deli. (In Dallas, but close enough.)

Recommended Order:

  • BLT
  • Reuben
  • Potato Pancake
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Curry Bliss

Vegetarian / Indian

New vegetarian Indian spot, super nice owners.

Recommended Order:

  • Malaai Kofta Curry
  • Navratan Korma
  • Masala Dosa
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Del's Charcoal Burgers

Burgers

O.G. burger spot in downtown Richardson. Around the corner from Albagdady.

Recommended Order:

  • Any burger
  • Root Beer in a frozen mug
  • Tater tots
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Dog Haus

Burgers

Fancy hot dogs, sausages and sliders. The patio is adjacent to a spot where the kids can play cornhole.

Recommended Order:

  • Sliders
  • Dogs
  • Tater tots
  • Impossible Meat Brat
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Eiland Coffee

Coffee Shop & Roaster

Super friendly coffee roaster making the best beans in town. They'll often make you a cup/espresso/etc just for buying a bag of beans. Now selling cups of coffee/tea too.

Recommended Order:

  • Everything
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EnjoyMint

Thai

The fast-casual version of Asian Mint.

Recommended Order:

  • It's all ok
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Sweet Firefly

Ice Cream

Best ice cream in Richardson. Go after eating at Shady's.

Recommended Order:

  • Literally everything
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Free Play

Bar / Arcade

More than just your average barcade. Kid friendly before 9pm.

Recommended Order:

  • Everything
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First Watch

Breakfast

Solid breakfast/brunch spot in East Richardson.

Recommended Order:

  • Power Quinoa Bowl
  • Millionaire's Bacon
  • Green Juice
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Flying Biscuit Cafe

Breakfast

New breakfast spot.

Recommended Order:

  • Grits
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Good Union BBQ

BBQ

Hard to compete with other BBQ options in DFW, but their sandwiches/fries are great. Patio looks out on a green space where the kids can run around.

Recommended Order:

  • BBQ Turkey Sandwich
  • Fries
  • Margarita
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Great Outdoors

Sandwiches

Expensive subs, but I keep buying them anyway.

Recommended Order:

  • Outdoorsman on wheat, w/everything, double vinegar
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Haystack Burgers

Burgers

Greasy burgers next to the Alamo.

Recommended Order:

  • Haymaker (drink)
  • Onion Rings
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Hoki Poki

Poke

Richardson's only Poke shop.

Recommended Order:

  • Only been once, need to go back
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Imperial Noodle

Chinese

Best hand pulled noodles in Texas. The chef came from Royal China (Dallas).

Recommended Order:

  • Imperial Cold Noodle
  • Eggplant Noodle
  • Dumpling Sampler
  • Green Onion Pancake
  • Hot & Sour Soup
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Industrial Pizza + Brew

Pizza

The best pizza in Richardson.

Recommended Order:

  • Imperial Pizza
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Jeng Chi

Chinese

All around great Chinese. The café in front serves loose leaf tea from the Cultured Cup.

Recommended Order:

  • Dumpling Sampler
  • Green Onion Pancake
  • Hot & Sour Soup
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Kabobi Express

Mediterranean

It's like Chipotle for Falafel.

Recommended Order:

  • Falafel Bowl, spicy, w/all the sauces
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Kirin Court

Chinese

Dim-sum, sum laude.

Recommended Order:

  • Dim sum, dummy
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Kung Fu Tea

Bubble Tea

Get 'yer boba tea here.

Recommended Order:

  • Taro Slush w/ boba
  • Red Bean Slush w/ boba
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LA Burger

Burgers / Vietnamese

Kimchi + Burgers = Good

Recommended Order:

  • K Town Burger
  • Seoul Dog
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Masami

Sushi

Neighborhood sushi joint. Not as nice as Sushi Sake, but half the cost. Eat here often.

Recommended Order:

  • Spicy Tuna Handroll
  • Fried Baby Octopus
  • Albacore Tuna
  • Double order of Aji sashimi, w/fried bones
  • Lunch Special Box
  • Black Seasame Ice Cream
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Monta Ramen

Ramen

Best ramen in DFW.

Recommended Order:

  • Miso Ramen + Egg
  • Black Garlic Ramen + Egg
  • Vegetarian Ramen
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NAM Noodles and More

Vietnamese

Surprisingly good vietnamese food.

Recommended Order:

  • Bahn Mi + Viet-Ton Soup
  • Thai Chicken Noodle
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Olive Burger

Burgers

Hole in the wall burger joint.

Recommended Order:

  • Jalapeno cheese burger
  • Fried Zuchini
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Pearl Cup

Coffee

Great coffee. Not Starbucks.

Recommended Order:

  • Pearl Latte
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Pho is for Lovers

Pho

Solid pho.

Recommended Order:

  • Chicken Pho + Meatballs
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Pho Pasteur

Pho

Best pho.

Recommended Order:

  • Chicken Pho + Meatballs
  • Grilled Pork Vermecelli Bowl + Eggroll
  • Pickle Lemonade
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Roman Cucina

Italian

Neighborhood non-BYOB Italian joint.

Recommended Order:

  • Chicken Strappato
  • Eggplant Parm
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Royal Sichuan

Italian

Authentic Sichuan dishes. Super cheap and everything is good.

Recommended Order:

  • Everything
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Royal Sweets

Indian / Chaat

Indian street food and deserts.

Recommended Order:

  • Try a bunch of stuff
  • Samosas
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Saigon Block

Vietnamese

The best Vietnamese in Richardson.

Recommended Order:

  • Imperial Rolls
  • #40 Vermicelli with charcoal broiled pork, egg roll
  • #44 Shredded pork, charcoal broiled thin slices of pork and egg cake served over crushed rice
  • Need to try more here, whole menu looks great
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Shady's

Burgers

Neighborhood burger joint. Has since expanded to a second location in Lakewood. Get ice cream at Sweet Firefly after.

Recommended Order:

  • Slim Shady
  • Margherita Chicken Salad
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Super Chix

American

Better than chick-fil-a and none of the liberal guilt.

Recommended Order:

  • Nashville Chicken Sandwich
  • Sweet Fries
  • Chicken Salad
  • Custard
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Sushi Sake

Sushi

Best sushi. Always busy.

Recommended Order:

  • Hamachi Kama (Grilled Yellowtail Collar)
  • Everything
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Sweet Daze

Deserts

If you want to instagram your deserts, go here. Next to Hoki-Poki.

Recommended Order:

  • Unicorn donut
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Taco Joint

Mexican

Tacos and taco related items. Eat here often.

Recommended Order:

  • Nachos
  • The Disaster
  • The Lester
  • Tradicional Salad
  • Early Bird Enchiladas
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Taco Ocho

Mexican

Also tacos. Not as good as Taco Joint, but still solid.

Recommended Order:

  • Latin loves
  • Beef Colorado
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Tasty Tails

Seafood

Solid NOLA style seafood joint.

Recommended Order:

  • PoBoys
  • Gumbo
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Thai Soon

Thai

O.G. Thai spot. Go late, as the chemicals from the nail salon next door need some time to dissipate.

Recommended Order:

  • Haven't been in a while, see nail salon
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Torchy's Tacos

Mexican

Not as good as Taco Joint, but good.

Recommended Order:

  • Chips/Queso
  • Dirty Sanchez
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Yoshi Shabu Shabu

Japanese

Shabu Shabu.

Recommended Order:

  • Shabu Shabu
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Yumilicious

Deserts

Best froyo.

Recommended Order:

  • Taro Root
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Zak's Donuts

Donuts

Neighborhood donut spot.

Recommended Order:

  • Blueberry Cake Donut
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ZaLat

Pizza

Yes, I know this isn't in Richardson. Yes, I know Richardson has many pizza joints. No, I don't really love any of them. Checkout Industrial Pizza.

Recommended Order:

  • The OG
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Zoli's

Pizza

Yes, I know this isn't in Richardson. Yes, I know Richardson has many pizza joints. No, I don't really love any of them. Checkout Industrial Pizza.

Recommended Order:

  • Brian Luscher
  • NY White
  • Lady Marmalade
  • Chicken Parm