Dallas’ dining scene is on fyah right now with the latest batch of these 10 bar and restaurant openings. Dive right in, just don’t leave anything flammable near this list.
Dallas’ ramen craze has spread to the percolating dining hub of Lower Greenville with the June opening of this spot inspired by izakayas, or Japanese lounges. Aside from piping-hot bowls of noodle soups in tonkotsu, spicy miso, and garlic varieties, small plates perfect for stocking up and sharing dominate the menu, including sweet corn fritters, pork croquettes, and the not-to-be-missed crispy pork ears. Wine, beer, sake, and craft cocktails round out the menu in this handsomely sleek, wood-lined space.
At long last, this year’s most hotly anticipated restaurant -- an Uptown offshoot of the Austin original and Houston sibling -- has opened its doors. Uchi serves up its famed slate of high-quality Japanese-inspired seafood, like the raw uchiviche and the hot rock Wagyu or scallops, but also a short list of exclusive-to-Dallas specialties including the duck nabe and the oh-so-Dallas gyutoro, a beef shortrib that’s been braised for 72 hours. Maki rolls are on point, as is the sake list, and don’t forget to wrap things up with the legendary fried milk dessert.
This handy new late-night pie joint comes courtesy of the folks across the street. The owner of Vietnamese hotspot DaLat was jonesing to bring a pizzeria to life and found an ideal location a stone’s throw away when Pastazios Pizza closed. Now ZaLat dishes out New York-style pies that can be as simple (cheese and pepperoni) or as crazy as your post bar-crawl cravings demand (like the Reuben or the super-spicy Hottie). The strip mall eatery stays open 'til 4am and also delivers; note that if demand is incredibly high, ZaLat may send your pizza via Uber at an upcharge.
The partners behind Design District powerhouses Pakpao and Oak have now graced the neighborhood with serious regional Mexican cuisine. El Bolero’s wide-ranging, from-scratch menu features raw bar selections, appetizers (think guacamole, elotes, and flautas), soups, salads, quesos (plural!) and mains from all across our neighbor to the south, including crab chiles rellenos, chicken with pomegranate mole, and lobster fajitas. The buzz-worthy tacos are enveloped in fresh tortillas handmade on-site.
Chef-restaurateur Kent Rathbun, everyone’s favorite local Iron Chef veteran, expands his footprint in Plano (Jasper’s is also there) with this burger and BBQ joint seemingly bent on stuffing diners to the gills with fine smoked and grilled meats. Beef and pork rule the menu, with a grilled pork loin rack and pepper-crusted Wagyu brisket among standouts. But turkey breast, ginger-citrus rotisserie chicken, and wood-grilled fish can satisfy (somewhat) lighter appetites. Burgers range in style from classics to a Greek-style lamb burger to a cilantro turkey burger. All of it just begs to be paired with picks from the craft beer and cocktail menus, but you may opt to do like the menu says and ask about the bourbon flights.
Making a home in the burgeoning Sylvan Thirty complex, CiboDivino brings a cool Italian market/grocery/bar concept to West Dallas. Not only can you do your weekly food run among offerings of fresh ingredients to whip up at home, you can also pick up sandwiches and prepared entrees and sides from a refrigerated case on nights you don’t want to cook. Feeling ultra lazy? Pull up to the pizza oven, grab a seat, and make an evening of noshing on pie and vino from among the hundreds on hand.
Promising fresh, fast, and casual fare, this bar-restaurant popped up in the former home of Glass Boot Biergarten. Luckily, you can still get your draft beer fix here no problem, with local brands aplenty on tap and in cans. All signature cocktails go for $9, and wines by the glass are $7 or $8. The edible side of the menu features mostly sandwiches, ranging from the fried green tomato-centered High Fives BLT to a beefy French onion dip. Salads, meat, cheese boards, and sides like tater tots and potato salad round out the offerings, all of which taste best eaten from the expansive wood patio out front.
This storefront -- an offshoot of its sibling location on University Blvd -- is a quaint, French-flavored change from the bustling bars and restaurants in this booming neighborhood. There’s a multitude of European pastries like breads, croissants, and caneles, much like the original shop, but this one also serves quiche and classic sandwiches like the croque monsieur and ham and cheese on a baguette. Save room for sweet baked goods and a cup of espresso.
The team that brought you Downtown gin and oyster bar The Mitchell has launched a bespoke lounge-restaurant nearby in Deep Ellum. This swank space specializes in global street food-inspired small plates, with influences from Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia -- think empanadas, beef satay, and chermoula-marinated shrimp. It’s easy to settle into one of the comfy-cozy, cushioned booths and order a mess of bites as well as beverages from the curated beer and cocktail list. Don’t deny yourself!
The flavorful cuisine of Mexico City is the inspiration behind the eats at this recent addition to restaurant incubator Trinity Groves. The concept and menu are the brainstorms of a chef and a partner from TG neighbor Casa Rubia, so you know the kitchen craft will be solid. Tacos of all stripes (pastor, suadero, carnitas, bistec, and more) are the star of the show here, and you can even order them family-style, to be filled with Veracruz leg of lamb or braised pork shoulder. Sugar Skull can also boast a notable first at TG: it’s the first eatery here to serve breakfast as well as house-made Mexican sweet bread. Sounds like one-stop, dawn-to-dusk dining just became a thing in West Dallas.
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1. Wabi House1802 Greenville Ave Ste 100, Dallas
2. Uchi Dallas2817 Maple Ave, Dallas
3. ZaLat Pizza2519 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas
4. El Bolero1201 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
5. Hickory8100 Dallas Pkwy Ste 115, Plano
6. CiboDivino Marketplace1868 Sylvan Ave, D100, Dallas
7. High Fives1804 McMillan Ave, Dallas
8. Village Baking Co. Boulangerie1921 Greenville Ave, Dallas
9. On Premise2711 Elm St, Dallas
10. Sugar Skull Cafe3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas
This izakaya (Japanese lounge) inspired ramen spot brings the ramen craze to Greenville. Aside from the normal noodle soups (which include spicy miso and garlic), Wabi House also offers small plates like sweet corn fritters, pork criquettes, and crispy pork ears. And if you become a fan of the 'ramen yumminess' and full bar you can join the Wabi Fan Club.
This chic, Dallas outpost of the popular Austin original brings Japanese seafood and other dishes, plus some new just-for-Dallas plates. Check out the gyutoro, a 72-hour braised beef short rib, along with the hot rock Wagyu or scallops. Be sure to pair your entree with one of Uchi's many sake offerings -- with discounts during a daily "Sake Social House" -- and to finish with the famous fried milk dessert.
The first thing you need to know is ZaLat stays open until 4am. The second thing you need to know is that their thick-crust New York-style pizza is not limited to just cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. The menu at this little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint is massive. Try the Pho Shizzle (Pho-inspired with chicken, hoisin, Sriracha, and veggies), Elotes Pizza (Mexican-inspired corn, lemon pepper reduction, parmesan, cilantro), or the Loaded Notato (bacon, cheddar, jalapeños, bleu cheese, and ranch) among 15 other types of classic and inventive pies. We suggest you order takeout because nothing beats scarfing down slice after slice in the comfort of your own home, but ZaLat does have a small socializing area with a pool table.
Regional Mexican cuisine, made fresh with premium ingredients, is what you can expect to see on the menu at this unique restaurant in the Design District. A sister restaurant to local favorites Pakpao Thai and Oak, El Bolero boasts a similar modern, trendy vibe. Sample their authentic ceviches and lobster fajitas in the colorful, homey dining room while you sip on a spicy, refreshing cocktail.
Kent Rathbun brings this barbecue and burger focused spot to Plano. The flavors vary from St. Louis style pork spare ribs to a Mediterranean lamb sirloin burger, and the meat mains are accompanied by more sides like sweet potato fries or crispy Brussels sprouts. Enjoy 'em all on the open air, outdoor patio dining space.
This wine bar/grocery store/market place offers both the ingredients to prepare classic Italian food at home and a wide variety of prepared dishes available when dining in. Wood fired pizza, deli sandwiches, and fresh baked pastries are what's on the menu; pair them with a large glass of vino from CiboDivino's extensivem well-curated wine list.
The casual fare at this bar-restaurant is balanced by its expansive list of craft beers -- both on tap and canned -- and signature cocktails. Food highlights include the High Fives BLT, a three cheese grilled cheese (known as the Grilled Cheester) served with tomato basil dip, and the French Onion Dip: prime roast beef and Swiss cheese with carmelized onions, horseradish aioli, and aujus on a baguette.
Expanding from their original location on East University Boulevard, this popular bakery sells breads, pastry, and other classic goods. In the Boulangerie, they will be adding sandwiches and additional veinnoisere and patisserie.
This Deep Ellum restaurant takes cues from global street food, reinterpreting the classic flavors as small plates. Comfortable booths and chairs, along with a curated beer and cocktail menu, make for a relaxed, fun environment.
This Trinity Groves restaurant offers food inspired by the street foods of Mexico City, specifically the Yucatan, Oaxaca, and Veracruz based flavors. A menu of tacos, including those meant for breakfast, includes varieties like the Early Riser (eggs, refried beans, bacon, avocado, and cheese), Carne Asada, El Pescador, and Chicharron.