Here's the place to head if you've been disappointed that Dallas doesn't feel more Texan. It's a tongue-in-cheek version of the Lone Star State: massive mural of the state map, steer horns behind the bar, purposefully rough-hewn wooden floors, and the twang of country music. But its all artfully done, which is not surprising as the owner is Dallas' foremost restaurateur, Stephen Pyles. With Pyles name attached, you also know that the food is going to be good. That stands even when the names of the dishes are off-putting like the Sonofabitch (a savory cowboy stew) or the Freeto-Chili pie (a messy dish that comes in a bag but is addictively delish, with a nice slow burn). Other specials include the tacos (if you're feeling flush, go for the wagyu steak and Oaxacan cheese version), the chicken and dumplings, and the chicken-fried buffalo steak. For dessert, the pineapple upside down cake with cream cheese ice cream is out of this world (if not the state). Its an ideal place to spend a rowdy birthday. Note: The restaurant offers complimentary valet parking.