The Steakhouse, Tillman’s Roadhouse consistently makes the Foodable Top 25 Dallas Restaurants list and was the No. 11 ranked restaurant this December. With an approachable menu of popular dishes that are presented in a sophisticated, yet fun way– it is no wonder that the guests can’t help to share their dining experiences at this restaurant on social.
Besides appearing on the Dallas Foodable Top 25, the restaurant has be recognized by D Magazine for the Best Chicken-Fried Steak and Best Brunch in Dallas and in 2012, the restaurant was named a Diner’s Choice Winner by OpenTable.com.
The Beginning of Tillman’s
Dallas has a saturated dining scene of steakhouses and even though the local thriving culinary scene continues to get more crowded– Tillman’s Roadhouse remains a Dallas dining favorite. Tillman’s consistently evolves without losing its originality. Tillman’s started as Tillman’s Corner in 1992 when owners, Sara and Ricky Tillman opened the restaurant long before the Bishops Arts district was the lively section of Dallas as it is now. Eventually, Sara Tillman teamed up with the designer Rob Dailey, who remodeled the space and Chef Dan Landsberg, who developed a new menu. And evidently, the loyal following approved of the changes and the rest, as they say is history. Now there are two Tillman’s locations; the original in Dallas and Fort Worth.
A Unique Take on Popular Dishes
At the core of every successful restaurant is a solid menu. As you can see from the dishes prepared from Executive Chef Cody Brandt in the video above, these are not dishes seen everyday. Tillman’s offers a unique take on dishes people know and love. The intriguing dessert, Tableside S’mores are served with an open flame and a marshmallow trio, cinnamon graham crackers, and dark chocolate– so diners can make their own right at the table. The dish that is showcased above, Cracklin’ Pork Osso Bucco features a bruised pork shank which is garnished with their “Crispy Listeners,” stewed pork ears that are cooked for four to five hours.
Some other notable favorites are the Mac and Cheese, Duck Nachos, Pork Ribs, Chicken Fried Steak, Goat Cheese Tater Tots, and the Truffle Popcorn. A yelp reviewer left this comment raving about the popcorn brought to the table before their meal, “not going to lie, I had dreams about truffle popcorn after our first visit.”
The Friendly Atmosphere
Sure, there are restaurants out there with menus that do most of the leg work. But guests are seeking so much more than tasty food for their evening out. When the atmosphere of a restaurant is also compelling, this completes the dining experience for the guest.
Tillman’s Roadhouse offers a unique Western-chic ambience with repurposed barn-wood and hand-crafted steel tables. The tables are homey and one-of-a-kind chairs are scattered throughout the restaurant, while above hangs crystal chandeliers. Diners have plenty to look at with the walls decorated extensively with art. The visuals are even brought to life, with vintage stills and movie images that are projected on the walls. Tillman’s has found that perfect balance of providing a relaxed and comfortable environment, with the right amount of classic and sophisticated decor.
The food and atmosphere of a restaurant are important, but service is also a major focus by the steakhouse. Tillman’s has always offered a sense of community. Diners have grown up going to the restaurant and their customers are so much more than patrons. “We become friends with everybody. It is like a family,” said Sara Tillman. Tillman’s delivers a friendly authentic Texan dining experience that diners are not likely to forget.