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2400 Allen Street in Uptown
Dallas, Texas 75204


State & Allen Kitchen+Bar is one of those Dallas neighborhood restaurants that's as real and as effortlessly fun as the people who frequent it.

A place for a quick cocktail, or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list.


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How to Grill the Perfect 4th of July Burger

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The 4th of July and Summer cookouts are right around the corner. If you’re planning a backyard bash, then State & Allen – purveyors of some of the best burgers in Dallas – has a few tips on how to grill the perfect 4th of July burger:


Start with the Right Meat

You want that meat juicy, right? Then don’t go to lean! We realize many enjoy using leaner varieties of ground beef in recipes, but when it comes to burgers, opt for an 80/20. Ground chuck with a little ground sirloin would be an excellent combination!


Another tip on the meat: make sure it’s freshly ground. The meat that’s been previously frozen has been packed down, lending itself to a more tough burger. You’ll get maximum juiciness out of freshly ground meat. 


Dimple the Patty

Here’s a trick to keep perfectly flat patties every time: as you’re shaping the meat, make the patty about 1 inch thick, then dimple the middle of the patty. As the meat cooks, it will expand and you’ll get a perfect patty.

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If it Sticks, Don’t Flip

Clean and spray the grate before beginning your grilling, but once the meat is on, let it rest. Test the corner of the meat and if it pulls way easily, then you’re ready to flip!


Only Flip Once

Once you’ve flipped the meat, let it sit! It is tempting to want to continue prodding at the meat, but the more you flip, the more tough the meat will be because the juices leak out every time. 


Enjoy your 4thof July plans, and if you’re looking for the best burger in Uptown Dallas and aren’t in the mood to grill, come see us at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar! Your tastebuds will thank you! Serving lunch and dinner daily. 

Will You Be Our Valentine?!

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Love is in the air…


Okay – maybe it’s super commercialized love, but nonetheless, Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Want to know where you can spend Valentine’s Day for a truly memorable, fabulous evening? State & Allen, of course!


Amazing Scratch Kitchen Entrees


Take a few minutes to peruse our Facebook or Instagram pages and you’ll quickly see what all the fuss is about! Our team of chefs don’t make just standard, run-of-the-mill entrees. They are constantly using fresh, local ingredients to create equisite new dishes. How about Pan Seared Scallops with crispy Pork Belly Risotto and roasted corn or Portobello and Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli in a white wine sauce? These are just two of the amazing Dallas chef specials our team has created recently. If you want to impress your date this Valentine’s Day – or just want to eat great food with your girlfriends – State & Allen Kitchen + Bar is the place.


Huge List of Handcrafted Cocktails, Wine, Beer, and More


Looking for great Dallas drink specials? Look no further that State & Allen! State & Allen has an extensive list of wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails, premium liquor, and more. Not sure what to order? Our servers can help direct you toward a beverage that would be the best pairing for your meal. And of course, ask about our Valentine’s Day Drink Specials!


Amazing Dallas Patio


One of the things our guests love about State & Allen is the ambiance. Even on a cool evening, we crank up the heaters and the patio is a perfect place for people watching, a charcuterie board, and a glass of vino. Inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming, never stuffy, with a casual elegance perfect for a Valentine’s Day visit. 


Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at State & Allen!

*Menu and specials subject to change. Ask your server for current specials and menu items.

3 Reasons We Love State & Allen for a Holiday Date Night

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Whether you’re out looking at Christmas lights in Highland Park or getting some last minute shopping in at Northpark or West Village, State & Allen is the perfect place to take a load off and enjoy a wonderful holiday date night in Dallas, Texas


1.   Fabulous Gourmet Entrees


Our chefs pride themselves on an innovative menu, constantly combining new flavors and ingredients for delicious favorites reinvented. A few customer favorites include the Three Cheese Manicotti & Venison Bolognese served with roasted asparagus and garlic bread – or the Crab Crusted Salmon with gingered rice, sautéed spinach, all drenched in a lemon soy butter. We’re also partial to the Bourbon BBQ Wagyu Burger if you’re looking for the best burger in town. Pair with a bottle of wine, and your meal is complete.

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2.   Handcrafted Cocktails & the Best Bar Menu Around


Pick your poison: scotch, bourbon, wine, craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, and more – State & Allen is proud to offer one of the best bar menus in Dallas. It is one of the reasons we make such a fabulous holiday date night spot. Impress your date with a holiday cocktail (December Daquiri anyone?) or a bottle of wine from our curated wine menu to top off an epic night. 


3.   Best Patio in Uptown Dallas


Yes, we know it’s winter, but we’ll turn the heaters on and you’ll have one of the best seats in the house for people watching and enjoying all the sites and sounds of the season from the best patio in Uptown Dallas. Want to bring your pet along? Don’t forget the patio is always dog friendly! 


State & Allen is the place to be this holiday season to enjoy warm drinks, gourmet comfort food, and the company of those you hold dear. Call or visit us online to reserve your table today.  

Perfect Dallas Girls Night: Wine Glass Painting at State & Allen!

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Looking for something fun and different to do with your girlfriends?


How about painting wine glasses at State & Allen?!


Wine Glass Painting at State & Allen


Join State & Allen on Tuesday, October 23 from 7-8:30, for our wine glass painting event. Our friends at Le Painted Grape will be here to walk you through a step-by-step process to creating your own beautiful work of art on a wine glass. Display it or drink out of it – the choice is yours! The October theme will be “Pumpkin Spice” so it’s sure to be something fun and perfect for Fall. 


Tickets to the event are $33.46 each and include all of the supplies, wine glass, and instruction needed to create your masterpiece. Worried because you’ve never painted before? Le Painted Grape will give you all the tools you need to go home with a fun work-of-art with no experience required! This is just a chance to have fun with your friends and enjoy a little vino while you’re at it.


Order Dinner & Drinks at State & Allen


Speaking of vino…the event does not include food or drinks, but you can order those separately either while you’re painting, before, or after the event. State & Allen has a robust selection of red, white, and sparkling wines to choose from, along with an extensive menu of scratch kitchen, gourmet food that is absolutely mouthwatering. Try one of our bistro entrees, salads, sandwiches, or order a few appetizers for the table. Just be sure to save room for dessert too!


Ready to have some fun? Grab a few friends and make plans to join us for a Dallas girls’ night at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar! Order tickets now for the Le Painted Grape Wine Glass Painting Event on October 23 at 7pm.  

Get the Best Lunch Specials in Dallas at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar!

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Not sure what to get for lunch today? Tired of the frozen meals you keep bringing to lunch and popping in the microwave?


State & Allen has the perfect solution for you: daily lunch specials! In fact, our lunch specials are so delicious and priced just right, we’d be willing to bet they are the best in Dallas! So what’s on the menu? Read on –


Mondays – Half Priced Pizza


So Mondays are a bonus day, because not only will you get half priced gourmet pizza during lunch hours, but you can get it all day long! Freshly tossed crust, a plethora of gourmet toppings, and ooey gooey cheese make State & Allen the perfect place to get over the Monday blues. Just don’t forget to order a craft beer to go with it!


Tuesdays – $8.95 Chef’s Special


Tuesdays are a wildcard when it comes to our Dallas lunch special, but don’t you worry. If you’ve ever eaten any of our scratch kitchen entrees at State & Allen, then you know you’re in for a treat! Everything from sliders, to beef tenderloin, to Mexican sopas – you just never know what our chefs have up their sleeves!


Wednesdays - $8.95 Shrimp Fettuccine & Fresco Cream Sauce


One of our most popular entrees, just downsized to lunch portions and easier on the wallet....don’t miss Wednesdays at State & Allen! Our guests rave about the smoked fresno cream sauce, tossed with sun dried tomatoes, shrimp, and bacon, then drizzled on al dente pasta. Stop by this Wednesday to find out what the fuss is about!


Thursdays - $8.95 Texican Entrees


With all of the Tex-Mex in Dallas, it’s easy to forget that State & Allen also has an amazing Tex-Mex menu that we like to call “Texican.” Street tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more – come in to find out what we’re serving this Thursday!

Tacos El Carbon with Mexican Salad - Scratch Kitchen Tex-Mex at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar!

Tacos El Carbon with Mexican Salad - Scratch Kitchen Tex-Mex at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar!


Fridays - $8.95 Beer Battered Fish & Chips


No need to cross the pond for delicious fish and chips; State & Allen’s got you covered! Join us on Fridays for Dallas drink specials and the best deep fried fish and chips around!


Mark your calendar to join us at State & Allen this week for Dallas lunch specials! Served 11am-4pm each weekday, we know you won’t be disappointed. 

What’s New at State & Allen?

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At State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, we love keeping the menu fresh. Just when you think you’ve got our Dallas restaurant and bar all figured out, our chefs add some new, unique, and fabulous menu items to the list.


Ready to see what’s new at State & Allen? Read on for some of our favorite new items in each category:


Appetizer – Crispy Indian Potato Dumplings

You had us at “dumpling!” Fried morsels of potato, peas, red curry aioli, and mint chimichurri make for a delightful start to any meal.

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Salad – Beet & Hazelnut Salad

Ready for something other than the standard house salad? Then order the Beet & Hazelnut Salad! Sliced pear, radish, orange slices, and goat cheese are layered on a bed of arugula, then topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette. It’s an adventurous salad that sounds strange – but tastes amazing.

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Sandwich – Bison & Chorizo Grilled Cheese

This one has quickly become a new customer favorite and it’s easy to see why! The ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich is taken up a notch with bison, chorizo, crispy onions, tomato, and Anaheim chile cheese for a little added kick. You have to taste it to believe how good it is!


Bistro Entrees – Seared Scallops

You don’t have to go to a fancy schmancy seafood restaurant to get top quality Dallas seafood! Our seared scallops are out of this world, served over a bed of cauliflower puree and accompanied by chorizo’d brussel sprouts.


Dessert – Homemade Spiced Baklava

End your meal with one of our favorites: our homemade, Dallas scratch kitchen, spiced baklava. Flaky layers of pastry are layered with pistachios and hazelnuts and drizzled with a thick, whiskey-honey syrup.


So what are you waiting for? Try some of our new menu offerings at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar in Uptown Dallas today!

Why Does State & Allen Serve Free Range Eggs?

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If you join us at State & Allen for our weekend brunch in Dallas, you’ll notice that our menu specifically states that all of our eggs are free range. Some might wonder why this matters, because, an egg is an egg right?


At State & Allen we believe in clean eating and producing the freshest, highest quality meals around. Our meals are prepared fresh in our scratch kitchen, with simple cooking methods that let the natural flavors shine through. In our efforts to select the best quality foods for our customers, we’ve chosen free range eggs, and here are a few reasons why:


1.  Higher Nutritional Content


While all eggs are considered complete proteins and are abundant in vitamins and minerals, free range eggs have even higher quantities of nutrients than their conventional counterparts. This is because what goes into the chicken matters. And if a chicken is happy and able to go out and roam, selecting its own food in the process, it produces better quality eggs.  Studies have shown free range eggs to have more Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and other nutrients than conventional eggs.


2.  Less Saturated Fat & Cholesterol


One recent study shows that free range eggs contain 1/3 less cholesterol and ¼ less saturated fat than conventional eggs! While cholesterol levels in eggs shouldn’t be alarming, it’s always nice to know that you can get a healthier, more nutrient egg with less of the stuff you don’t want.


3.  More Omega-3s


Omega-3 fatty acids are important to our body because our body needs them for heart health and so much more, but we can’t produce them ourselves. Studies show Omega-3s to be 2-4 times higher in free range eggs.


Join us for Dallas brunch this weekend at State & Allen, where you’ll be served nothing but the best: free range eggs! 

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Uptown Parking Made Easy at State & Allen

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We’ve all been there.

Those times when you have to arrive at a restaurant 15 minutes early just to find a parking spot and avoid obscene valet costs, because you know you’ll be circling and stalking anyone who looks like they are even remotely walking toward a parked car. And in the end, you’ll end up deciding to park in front of some townhomes and hoping you don’t get caught.

Here’s the good news: at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar in Uptown Dallas, Texas, parking is a cinch! In fact – parking is convenient and free!

Convenient Parking

State & Allen Kitchen + Bar has 45 covered parking spots located just behind the restaurant. Just head down State Street or Allen Street, and as you approach State & Allen, look for the entrances on the right.

Free Parking

You heard that right, each of our 45 parking spots are free of charge. Save your $10 parking fee and buy a drink or two instead. You can thank us later. Craft beer, wines, liquors, and perfectly blended mixed drinks are all available at State & Allen.

3 Hour Limit

Parking has a 3 hour limit, but don’t let that stop you! If you want to stay longer, just let the server know. We will validate your ticket for another 3 hours and make sure you are not towed. It’s as simple as that!

Join us this week at State & Allen and rest assured that parking is not going to be a problem! Having free Dallas parking for our loyal patrons is a top priority at State & Allen and our sister restaurant, The Nodding Donkey. State & Allen is open 7 days a week and loves being your Dallas neighborhood restaurant and bar! We look forward to serving you this week.

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What Sets State & Allen Apart

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When founders Jonathan Calabrese and Tony Winkler were putting together a concept for State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, they knew they wanted their new Uptown Dallas restaurant and bar to be set apart. To be effortless and fun. A true neighborhood restaurant where friends could meet to mingle, watch a game, and enjoy a few drink specials. In laying the groundwork, they put together a plan for an incomparable experience with great food, location, design, and service.

  •  FoodWhether you join us for lunch, dinner, happy hour drinks and apps, or Sunday brunch, you’ll notice that our menu is anything but typical. At State & Allen, our goal is to plate the best food; food that inspires surprise and delight, while being simple and unpretentious. At the heart of each dish you’ll find fresh food purchased from local farmers and artisans. Our chefs believe food should be simple, local, fresh, and delicious. That’s why our chef-driven concept hinges on an appreciation for local foods and flavors – harnessing those flavors and turning them into unforgettable meals.


  • Location: Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, we love being your neighborhood restaurant and bar! A hub for young professionals, Uptown is an upscale area of Dallas with many modern conveniences right at your fingertips. Yet, there’s a comfort and ease that comes with the walkability and vibrancy of the area.  It’s where we feel right at home.


  • Design: The design for our Uptown restaurant and bar mirrors the vibe of Uptown itself. It’s not stuffy and frou-frou. But it’s not a dive either. State & Allen offers a comfortable atmosphere that’s laid back and fun – and designed as such! Warm brick, butcher block tables, French-bistro style garage doors that can open on game days, honey cedar planked walls, etc. – these are the elements that feel cozy and inviting, offering casual elegance to your everyday meal.


  • Service: Our team prides itself on offering impeccable customer service – whether it’s when making a reservation or placing an order with one of our wait staff. Count on State & Allen to offer top notch service!
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Bistro Menu at State & Allen

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At State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, we never want to fall into a rut with our menu. We are not just your everyday Uptown restaurant and bar; our chefs are committed to creating fresh, unique meals that are truly unique.

That’s why our team recently decided to change things up a bit and create an all-new dinner menu. New flavors, new pairings, same great quality and price that you’d expect from a meal at State & Allen.

Our Bistro menu is loaded with new dishes that are sure to become your new go-to favorites. What’s your favorite protein? We’ve got a little bit of everything, so there is something for everyone.

·         Chicken: Chicken and pasta, roasted chicken, spicy chicken and rice, we’ve got the variety you crave. Try our Tomato Braised Chicken with Mushroom Ravioli. Or maybe a little comfort food? Our half roasted chicken is served with buttery smashed potatoes, grilled corn, drizzled with a lemon, thyme sauce and homemade crispy onions. Perfect for a cold Fall evening.

·         Seafood: Fresh salmon, shrimp, and a variety of market fresh seafood are all served to please. Feeling adventurous? Go for the Proscuitto Wrapped Scottish Salmon. It’s flaky salmon wrapped in tender prosciutto and served with seasonal veggies, creamy polenta, and an arugula pesto. Or if you enjoy the traditional shrimp fettuccine, then try our take on it with sundried tomatoes and bacon.

·         Steak & Pork: Ask your server for our daily steak and Porterhouse Pork menus. Because our chefs are always on the look out for the best meats, our menus vary daily, bringing you the most tender, premium steaks.

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Join us at State & Allen Kitichen + Bar this week and try our new Bistro favorites, or any of our salads, pizzas, or burgers. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!