Spring is in the air... but you may not have noticed because it's competing with the smell of new places for next-level Thai food, ramen, and other deliciousness. Follow your nose (or GPS) to these 10 new Dallas hotspots for all your eating and drinking needs. 

Kin Kin Urban Thai

Fort Worth
Here’s one for you, Fort Worth. Kin Kin Urban Thai has the staples covered -- pad Thai, pad kee mow, tom kha, curries... you know the drill; but Kin Kin also changes things up a bit. You won't want to miss non-traditional offerings like the Thai Scottish egg (an early favorite), which features egg wrapped in a shrimp and chicken mixture flavored with curry and kaffir lime, in lieu of the traditional sausage. You'll also be pleased to see an abundance of pork belly up and down the menu, along with handcrafted cocktails, local and Asian beer, and a similar geographically diverse spread of whiskeys. Also don't miss out on the green tea cheesecake for dessert.

Braindead Brewing

Braindead Brewing

Deep Ellum
The nonstop influx of new beer into Dallas continues with this Deep Ellum brewpub. Full disclosure: right now it's definitely a lot less "brew" and more "pub," but that will change once it unleashes the liquid in its fermentation tanks sitting behind the bar. However, even though it's not serving its beer just yet, it does have 40+ taps to satisfy your craving for it. Aside from a killer tap list, the fine folks at Braindead have churned out the Coma Burger, with a brisket/bacon/Wagyu sirloin patty, sweet onion jam, smoked cheddar, crispy shallots, and stout mustard -- which is drawing considerable attention. Add in some outstanding queso and the warm cookies they make with spent grains/serve up with milk, and you should have no trouble sleeping.

Café Momentum

Café Momentum

Downtown
Food and drink aside, the people at Café Momentum are doing a phenomenal thing by providing at-risk youth who have spent time in the juvenile detention system the opportunity to learn not only culinary skills, but job and life training as well. While it’s one thing to do a good deed, it’s another to pull it off and provide amazing food and service along with the heartwarming backstory. Now you can enjoy the likes of shrimp & grits beignets and smoked fried chicken along with the feeling of making the world a little better. Or as the menu says: "Eat. Drink. Change Lives."

Ten Ramen

Ten Ramen

Oak Cliff
This recently opened ramen joint didn’t make a big hubbub about the opening, but that hasn't stopped long lines from forming out the door at lunch. There's no seating -- you will be standing in line, then standing waiting for your order, then standing while you eat. There’s also not a ton of space: there's probably room for about 15 people. And yet, the well-executed authentic ramen makes it well worth the effort. 

Kessler Park Eating House

Kessler Park Eating House

Oak Cliff 
The door has barely swung open for Kessler Park Eating House, but it has already created a considerable buzz. It’s not a huge shock though, since it's helmed by Jon and Christine Erdeljac of nearby Jonathon’s. You should know a few things about the menu. They will be making all of the buns in-house. They will also make all of the pasta in-house. They are responsible for bringing jalapeño-coffee-glazed wings into your life. Also, they're going to be debuting brunch soon -- and, if you've been to Jonathon's, you already know why you should be excited. 

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Luscher’s

Deep Ellum
Chicago-style dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and other Windy City faves done with a slight Texas accent have made Luscher's a hotspot in Deep Ellum. The BBQ Oak-Roasted Fran’s Chicken sandwich is stellar, along with the combo, which is a beefed-up version of the Italian beef sandwich (they add sweet and spicy sausage to it). The "Uncle Herky" burger is also a must: two Wagyu patties with American cheese, mustard & mayo, grilled onions, and horseradish pickles. Anytime the folks from The Grape are responsible for bringing another burger into the world, it's wise to pay attention. 

Spork

Spork

North Dallas
Have to give a shout-out to the 'burbs for Spork, as they are repping not only North Dallas, but in true suburbanite fashion, recycling. Spork is an old Sonic that has been repurposed into a chill new place with an outdoor patio and eclectic menu. It's sort of a classic American drive-in meets a contemporary chef-inspired menu. You have the classic build-your-own-burger, but then there’s also a fresh gulf catch sandwich, and you have regular old grilled cheese and chicken tenders for the kids (but, you also can have pretzel-crusted tenders to take it up a notch). Also, for the adults, there’s a pretty decent tap list and even some signature cocktails that are worth a try.

Twenty-Seven

Twenty-Seven

Deep Ellum
David Anthony Temple or Chef DAT has come up from the underground and finally started his own restaurant. A true pioneer of underground dining, Chef DAT was slinging some of the finest fare in all of Dallas as a stowaway in other kitchens on the weekends. The new home base serves dinner Thursday-Saturday with two separate seatings at 6:30 (a three-course meal) and 8:30pm (a six-course tasting menu). You can tailor your menu a bit to your specific tastes with requests like garden, wild game, and sea (for any pescatarians out there). Options change frequently based on the market, but no matter what's on the menu, it's an experience you aren't likely to forget.

Sushi Bayashi

Sushi Bayashi

Trinity Groves
Bringing serious sushi (shocking, right?) to Trinity Groves, SB isn't the place to go for overwrought maki with dragon blood sauce and a volcano erupting in the middle of the plate. It's just turning out simple, fresh, well-executed sushi that's done thoughtfully enough to not require much excess production. Also, you're about to go on a ramen kick, because the ramen here is ALSO delicious, smooth, and rich with a flavorful broth and toothsome noodles. 

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Uptown
This French bakery is deep with Gallic indulgences, like pain au chocolat, macarons, Ă©clairs, and all things sugar and butter. Bisous Bisous is a tiny, classy-looking shop with nicely packaged sweets to take to-go. The proprietor spent time studying pastries in Paris, and you are here to reap the benefits.

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1. Kin Kin Urban Thai 2801 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Fort Worth)

Kin Kin Urban Thai has the staples covered -- pad Thai, pad kee mow, tom kha, curries... you know the drill; but Kin Kin also changes things up a bit. You won't want to miss non-traditional offerings like the Thai Scottish egg (an early favorite), which features egg wrapped in a shrimp and chicken mixture flavored with curry and kaffir lime, in lieu of the traditional sausage. You'll also be pleased to see an abundance of pork belly up and down the menu, along with handcrafted cocktails, local and Asian beer, and a similar geographically diverse spread of whiskeys. Also don't miss out on the green tea cheesecake for dessert.

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2. Braindead Brewing 2625 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Aside from a killer tap list, the fine folks at Braindead have churned out the Coma Burger, with a brisket/bacon/Wagyu sirloin patty, sweet onion jam, smoked cheddar, crispy shallots, and stout mustard -- which is drawing considerable attention. Add in some outstanding queso and the warm cookies they make with spent grains/serve up with milk, and you should have no trouble sleeping.

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3. Cafe Momentum 1510 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

Food and drink aside, the people at Café Momentum are doing a phenomenal thing by providing at-risk youth who have spent time in the juvenile detention system the opportunity to learn not only culinary, but job and life skills. While it’s one thing to do a good deed, it’s another to pull it off and provide amazing food and service along with the heartwarming backstory. Now you can enjoy the thoughtful, local fare with notes of international flair, likes of shrimp & grit beignets and smoked fried chicken (and the solid selection of European wines).

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4. Ten Ramen 1818 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This Oak Cliff ramen joint is pretty bare bones, but don't let that dissuade you from stopping by. Yes, there's no seating; yes, you will be standing in line, then standing while you eat. But, c'mon: these springy maze-men noodles swimming in milky shoyu broth with chopped pork, a gloriously runny poached egg, topped with fried garlic seriously make it well worth the effort.

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5. Kessler Park Eating House 1619 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

Helmed by Jon and Christine Erdeljac of nearby Jonathon’s, Kessler Park Eating house makes all buns and pasta in-house. It's also responsible for bringing jalapeño-coffee-glazed wings into your life.

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6. Luscher's 2653 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Deep Ellum’s Luscher’s Red Hots is slinging gourmet, Chicago-style dogs with a slight Texas twist. The Post Oak Red Hot is a tribute to Chicago’s dog scene, with a pork and beef frank, poppy seed bun, brown mustard, pickle relish, onions, tomatoes, and sport pepper. But Luscher’s doesn’t discriminate in its meat repertoire; sandwiches and burgers highlight attention to lamb, “eye-talian” beef, fish, chicken, and bratwurst. If you are one of those meat-free folks, give the Tex Cobb salad a shot. Counter service and a laidback atmosphere allow for some much-desired alone time between you and your feast.

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7. Spork 6110 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 (North Dallas)

Spork is an old Sonic repurposed into a chill place with an outdoor patio and eclectic menu. It's sort of a classic American drive-in meets a contemporary chef-inspired menu. You have the classic build-your-own-burger, but then there’s also a fresh gulf catch sandwich, and you have regular old grilled cheese and chicken tenders for the kids (but, you also can have pretzel-crusted tenders to take it up a notch). Also, for the adults, there’s a pretty decent tap list and even some signature cocktails that are worth a try.

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8. Twenty-Seven 2901 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

From David Anthony Temple, or Chef DAT, Twenty-Seven serves dinner Thursday-Saturday with two separate seatings at 6:30 (a three-course meal) and 8:30pm (a six-course tasting menu). You can tailor your menu a bit to your specific tastes with requests like garden, wild game, and sea (for any pescatarians out there). Options change frequently based on the market, but no matter what's on the menu, it's an experience you aren't likely to forget.

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9. Sushi Bayashi 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 106, Dallas, TX 75212 (Trinity Groves)

Bringing serious sushi (shocking, right?) to Trinity Groves, SB isn't the place to go for overwrought maki with dragon blood sauce and a volcano erupting in the middle of the plate. It's just turning out simple, fresh, well-executed sushi that's done thoughtfully enough to not require much excess production. Also, you're about to go on a ramen kick, because the ramen here is ALSO delicious, smooth, and rich with a flavorful broth and toothsome noodles.

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10. Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie 3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

This French bakery is deep with Gallic indulgences, like pain au chocolat, macarons, Ă©clairs, and all things sugar and butter. Bisous Bisous is a tiny, classy-looking shop with nicely packaged sweets to take to-go. The proprietor spent time studying pastries in Paris, and you are here to reap the benefits.

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