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We celebrated the best Dallas has to offer on Thursday, August 17—all under one roof. Our 2023 Best of Big D food and drink winners showcased our city’s best at the historic Longhorn Ballroom, and it was a night to remember!

Thursday, August 17

Longhorn Ballroom
216 Corinth St, Dallas, TX 75207

6-7 p.m.
Exclusive VIP entrance

7-10 p.m.
General Admission

See you next year!

2023 Best of Big D Event

Here's an exclusive sneak peek of the Best of Big D food lineup:

Full Menu

Burger Schmurger
Maverick Burger

Casa Rosa Restaurante
White Wings (Chicken breast wrapped around Jack cheese and Jalapeno and wrapped in bacon. Served with BBQ sauce and chips and salsa)

Cattleack Barbeque
Wagyu Pastrami Burnt Ends

Evan’s Meat Market
Chicken & Andouille Gumbo (Cajun-style with tender chicken, house made andouille sausage and perfectly rich dark roux)

Fortune House

Gar Hole

Isla & Co.
French toast with Marscapone Whipped Cream and Strawberry Compote

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar
Smoked Shrimp Spring Roll Bite with a Tahini Peanut Sauce

Mi Cocina at Klyde Warren
Mambo Taxi

Parlor’s Ice Creams
Milk & Cookies Ice Cream (vanilla ice cream with pieces of our house-baked chocolate chip cookie)

A variety of mini pops (Vanilla Bourbon, Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache, and Toasted Coconut)

3 Guisado Buffet with Chicken, Beef and Vegetarian (Served with fresh tortillas)

Sauerkraut Cake (dark chocolate cake, sauerkraut, brandied cherry, salted white chocolate ganache, swiss meringue, coffee)

Elotes (roasted corn, crema de Oaxaca, mayo, queso fresco, lime, tajin & takis) and Manchamanteles (Oxtail braised in one of the seven traditional moles in Oaxaca. Served on tostada with queso fresco.)

Saigon Block
Egg Roll, Shrimp paste over sugar cane, Vermicelli with grilled pork

too thai street eats
Papaya salad (Thai style) with Fried Chicken Skin, Thai Tea, Moo ping (Grilled BBQ Pork in Skewer)

Chicken Tinga Taco

Urban Donut
Design Your Own Donut Bar

Wu Wei Din Chinese Cuisine
Xia Long Bao, Pan Fried Pork Bun, Cucumber Salad, Golden Kimchi


VIP Menu

Bodega Provisions
Mex Pimento Cheese & Salsa Macha (Delightfully crunchy potato chips topped with our famous Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese and our house made Salsa Macha)

Mini truffles or chocolate bar samples

EBESU Robata & Sushi
Nigiri Sushi & Rolls

Rodeo Bar
Stetson Slinger (Fresh Lemon Juice, Orgeat, Jameson, and Bourbon)

Cheese plate


Here's an exclusive sneak peek of the Best of Big D entertainment lineup:



Parker Twomey

40 Acre Mule

Longhorn Ballroom Players: R&B Band

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How are the Best of Big D 2023 winners selected?

For eleven months, the D Magazine editors revisited old favorites and checked out the latest openings. They asked for suggestions, talked to the experts, and compared notes. Our editors select winners based entirely on merit and grit. Advertising does not affect the editor’s list in any way, shape, or form.



When will the Best of Big D 2023 winners be announced?

The complete list of winners will featured in the August 2023 issue of D Magazine and will be featured in the September/October 2023 issue of D Home. You can view the 2022 D Magazine‘s list of winners here.

Where can I get tickets to this year’s Best of Big D event?

We look forward to hopefully seeing you next year!


How much are tickets?

$95 for General Admission

$125 for VIP

A limited number of Reserved VIP Boxes (reserved seating areas including 12 VIP tickets) are available.

What do GA and VIP tickets include?

A $95 general admission ticket gets you unlimited access you access to offerings from 20+ restaurants and bars, a full night of entertainment, fantastic photo ops, and a year-long subscription to D Magazine.


A $125 VIP ticket get you early access to the event an hour before the general public, first dibs on all the food and drinks, access to the VIP Saloon, and specialty cocktails and bites reserved exclusively for you.

When and where is the event?

This year’s Best of Big D event took place at the historic Longhorn Ballroom on Thursday, August 17.

VIP Admission: 6-7 p.m.; General Admission: 7-10 p.m.

Where do I park?

Ride share is strongly encouraged. Complimentary self-parking is available.

What is your refund policy?

Tickets will be refunded only in the event of cancellation. No ticket exchanges will be issued.

Can I get more information?

Contact our Events Team here for more general event questions. Contact Rachel Gill here for advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Contact our Programs Team here for more general questions about the program and winner selection.

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