Since late summer, a handful of new restaurants and bars have livened things up in Dallas, from blazing-hot Lower Greenville to the rising Cedars neighborhood. Trends that continue to surge include modern Southern comfort food (read: fried chicken), new Italian concepts and, of course, craft cocktails. Experience them first-hand with these 11 new openings in the city.
From drinks to dessert, this northern ’burbs restaurant oozes Southern charm from every corner. The sky-high biscuits are a hit, as are other comfort food favorites including gumbo, corn fritters, crispy catfish, and fried chicken. Classics with a modern twist like tea-braised pork shank, kale and cornbread, and sweet potato chip duck confit soar, too. If, by chance, you can enjoy any and all of the above in the converted Airstream outside, do.
This upscale, yet approachable concept merges the best of French and Mexican influences in both the food and drink menus. Coming from veteran barman Michael Martensen’s band of restaurant partners and with Chef Julio Peraza in the kitchen, we would expect no less. Its imaginative dishes range from rabbit rillettes to roasted goat tacos and adobo-marinated skate.
The brainchild of master restaurateur Phil Romano (Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Chili’s), this corner space at Trinity Groves borrows heavily from his Italian-American upbringing. To that end, pizzas, pastas, and braised meat dishes like the Pot Roast Ala Pope are in abundant supply, served up in a cool, clubby atmosphere reminiscent of a Rat Pack hideaway.
After her stint at Kitchen LTO, Chef Blythe Beck had fans wondering where she’d land. She’s put down Southern roots in Oak Cliff in the form of this genteel showplace that turns out the decadent regional cuisine for which she’s become famous. Signatures like chicken fried ribeye, fried oysters Rockefeller, and the iceberg babies salad remain from her LTO days, and cocktails and boozy desserts round out the offerings.
This bar represents the grit and spirit not just of owner Charlie Papaceno, but of its genuine, unpolished south side neighborhood. There’s no menu here, just requests that are well-executed thanks to Charlie’s bartending chops honed from years at beloved watering hole Windmill Lounge. The vibe is easy-going and the patio is large, so pull up a chair; you might just run into a bartender you know.
The team behind popular Oak Cliff bistro Boulevardier has struck neighborhood dining gold again with this bistro with a regional bent. Modernized Southern classics are the thing here, and chef-partner Nathan Tate’s devotion to local goods shows through in dishes like fried sorghum, the Down South Mezze Plate, and Nashville-style hot fried chicken. The cocktail list is as eclectic and thoughtful as the menu.
Since P&Q came from the folks behind Barcadia and Mudsmith, we kinda knew to expect something fun out of their renovation of an old car repair shop. Now the retro-styled space turns out burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs of many varieties, alongside cold brews and cocktails. The car theme is all over the place, with hand-cut fries named “dipsticks” and an old gas pump occupying a corner of the dining room. And if you wanna bring Fido, the patio is pet-friendly.
Between this sleek eatery and Saint Rocco’s, down-home Italian food -- in short supply for a long time in these parts -- is getting a piece of the culinary spotlight. Americano takes over the old Charlie Palmer space in the Joule Hotel, with a stylish renovation and an urban air. Dishes range from small plates like arancini and meatballs to thin-crust pizza and mains like osso buco and pasta Bolognese. Italian touches even extend to the well-made shortlist of craft cocktails.
We Texans fiercely defend our way of barbecue, so the entry of this Kansas City-style ’cue joint into the market seems like a gutsy move. But noted local chef-restaurateur Scott Gottlich, pitmaster/KC import Matt Dallman, and Matt’s wife Kimi are bringing a chef-driven sensibility to barbecue. Think gnocchi with pulled rib meat, barbecue mashed potatoes, and wood-kissed salmon... in addition, of course, to smoked brisket, chicken, sausage, and more. Upstairs, a venue called The Roost has its own menu and serves as a music hub.
With an impressive renovation of an old brick-lined art gallery, this restaurant-cocktail den has settled into Deep Ellum nicely. After all, it’s not every day you find Hungarian food served until 2am in Dallas, especially in an uber-hip space. There’s a great selection of craft beer and specialty cocktails on hand to accompany plates like chicken paprikash, lángos (deep-fried Hungarian flatbread), and the beef soup called Mama’s Gulyás.
This gritty bar doesn’t give off the first impression of having killer food, but the fried chicken -- either with waffles or biscuits -- is a hit. The bird isn’t the only draw here: B&B has thumping music, late-night eats, and cocktails with names like Foghorn Leghorn and Natasha Fatale, so it’s easy to turn a visit into an entire night out.
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Farah Fleurima is a Dallas-based word wrangler who loves her gin and tonics as crisp as her bacon. As a professional food stalker and beer/cocktail/straight-liquor tippler, she loves to write not just about her culinary conquests, but also her frequent travels. You can check out more of her musings at TheDallasDiva.com.
1. Ida Claire5001 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
2. Madrina4216 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
3. Saint Rocco's New York Italian3011 Gulden Ln #100, Dallas
4. Pink Magnolia642 W Davis St, Dallas
5. Industry Alley Bar1713 South Lamar, Dallas
6. Rapscallion2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas
7. Pints & Quarts5434 Ross Ave, Dallas
8. Americano1530 Main St, Dallas
9. 18th & Vine Barbeque4100 Maple Ave, Dallas
10. Armoury D.E.2714 Elm St, Dallas
11. Brick & Bones2713 Elm St, Dallas
This quirky Addison gem serves up Southern classics with a twist -- that goes for the food and drinks. Ida Claire, which has a retro, down-home theme, is dishing out plates like sweet potato chip duck confit (made with goat cheese fondue), remoulade crispy catfish, crawfish corn beignets, and a Southern tasting board: house-cured meats, low country ham, pimento cheese, smoked mustard, jam, and Ida's biscuits. The knowledgeable staff will help you pair whatever meal you choose with the proper cocktail, whether it's a modern gimlet, Collins, or G&T.
Madrina, an upscale, yet approachable concept spot in Oak Lawn doles out a popular French-inspired Mexican menu and beverage program. Its imaginative dishes range from rabbit rillettes, to roasted goat tacos, to chilaquiles with duck confit. You don't want to miss out on what's up for grabs here; stop in during happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, 4:00-6:30pm) for an almost unheard of deal-- everything on the food and cocktail menus is half-off.
This corner space at Trinity Groves serves up pizzas, pastas, and braised meat dishes in a cool, clubby atmosphere reminiscent of a Rat Pack hideaway. Strawberry arugula, beef filet, and veal milanese are just some of the inspired selections.
This spot serves up rich southern fare, with signatures like chicken fried ribeye, fried oysters Rockefeller, and iceberg babies salad, and cocktails and boozy desserts to round out the offerings.
Outfitted with pinball machines, pool tables, an old-school jukebox, and an outdoor patio, this divey hangout is the epitome of laid-back -- it doesn't even offer a cocktail menu, allowing you to pull up a bar stool, bob your head to whatever tune is playing, and order to your heart's content. That doesn't mean the bartenders are slackers, though: Industry Alley has become a launching pad for skilled, up-and-coming mixologists who train under beloved owner Charlie Pap, who plans entire nights around certain themes and drinks like Japanese sake.
Updated Southern fare shines at this establishment, like dry-aged rib eye carpaccio and Nashville-style hot chicken, and double up the heat with some shakes of the Fresno chile sauce on the table. The cocktails here are great too, especially the house mules that are made to order with rum, bourbon, gin, mezcal, or vodka and packed with ginger spice.
Greenville Avenue’s auto-shop-turned-burger-joint turns out a number of handhelds, including hot dogs and burgers made with potato buns and a secret sauce. Come for the eats, stay for the retro dining experience.
Americano, the casual Italian restaurant in the Joule Hotel, is simple in its dishes and its design. It’s got everything you’d expect from a contemporary Italian menu: handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, house-cured charcuterie, and whole-grilled fish. And the cocktail list has an Italian bent to match -- think Negroni on draft and Americano served three ways. Open at 11am every day, Americano dishes out its Italian roots to diners for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
At this Kansas City-style BBQ joint, a chef duo brings culinary sensibility to the down-and-dirty barbecue concept. Think gnocchi with pulled rib meat, barbecue mashed potatoes, and wood-kissed salmon, in addition, of course, to smoked brisket, chicken, sausage, and more. Upstairs, a venue called The Roost has its own menu and serves as a music venue.
This modern, urban space feels like a speakeasy with its low ceilings and dark accents, but with better beers, more inventive cocktails, and an excellently crafted eclectic menu. Co-owner Peter Novotny made sure to make Armoury stand out amongst the other Deep Ellum restaurants with Hungarian dishes like gulyás and spaetzle from his mother’s recipe book. However, you will find all sorts of diverse treats like Indian samosas, Spanish Chicharonnes, and a good ol’ fashioned American burger. Explore their long list of bottles, cans, and drafts and try one of their Boilermakers (beer mixed drink) or one of the many craft cocktails like the Jackie O (rye whiskey, sasparilla, angostura and black walnut bitters) or the Mr. Pink (gin, absinthe, raspberry, egg white, and orgeat).
This rough-'round-the-edges bar may not seem like the type of place that would hide a killer bar food menu, but the fried chicken -- either with waffles or biscuits -- is a hit. The bird isn’t the only draw here: B&B has thumping music, late-night eats, and cocktails with names like Foghorn Leghorn and Natasha Fatale, so it’s easy to turn a visit into an entire evening out.