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Imagine a place where you can order a variety of cuisine types from Japanese and French to Spanish, Greek, Italian and American without ever leaving your seat.

Yes, we know Cheesecake Factory’s been doing the same thing for years, but the Second Floor at the Exchange does it with so much more finesse. And far fewer menu pages.

The recently opened eatery in the AT&T Discovery District features a trio of concepts all under one roof. Except unlike a traditional food hall where you have to stand in line and order from multiple food stands, here you can order anything from any venue. All from a single server.

OunceIchi Ni San and Hard Shake represent the threesome of your (culinary) dreams with chef-driven fare that wow with their attention to detail in both presentation and technique.

Here’s the beef. And it’s Wagyu from Texas’ Beeman Ranch. | Joy Zhang

Start with some maki rolls and snow crab onigiri from Ichi Ni San, then move on to burgers, steak frites and a layered vegetable casserole from Ounce. Each concept has its own specialty cocktails, but Hard Shake offers even more to wet one’s thirsty, thirsty whistle.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em: This old fashioned will light up your taste buds. | Joy Zhang

In addition to the impeccable food and adult beverages, the balcony patio makes the Second Floor at The Exchange one of our favorite new hangouts. Sure, Governor Abbott has announced that businesses can open up again at 100% capacity and masks will no longer be required in public, but we’re going to continue to be as safe as possible for ourselves and others.

The people watching’s great and if you sit facing the towering video wall from AT&T, you’ll never run out of things to look at.

The Second Floor at The Exchange
211 South Akard Street, Dallas
Free parking with validation at 1212 Jackson Street
Free valet parking at 208 South Akard Street

All photos by Joy Zhang