There's something to be said for classic, old reliable restaurants. But we won't be saying anything about those right now, because it's time to talk about 10 new restaurants that opened this summer that are ready to help you spend your fall getting fatter. Let's go!
Hypnotic Donuts Denton
The guys who brought you creations like the Evil Elvis, Canadian Healthcare, and chicken biscuits so good that you feel like you better understand the meaning of love when you have one, have taken their talents to North Dallas, specifically Denton, to create some of the most incredible and ridiculous concoctions ever made in the history of donuts.
While we're talking about Hypnotic, we should go ahead and let you know about Cultivar as well; it's partnering up in the same space and serving as the yin to Hypnotic's yang. Or the coffee to their donuts, if you will. Cultivar takes its coffee very seriously, and you'll find single-origin beans that they roast themselves, perfectly prepared espresso, and other caffeinated treats. The biggest problem is that it'll be virtually impossible to go there and not end up with some donuts. If you consider that to be a problem, that is.
Combining upscale cocktails and a relaxed vibe, Proof & Pantry comes from mix-master Michael Martensen, the man who brought you those highly addictive cocktails at Cedars Social and Smyth. The tight but elegant food menu includes meant-for-groups options, like a whole roast chicken with root veggies & crispy potatoes (you could probably take it down though). Also: there's a ham tasting! And you definitely don't want to miss cocktails like the I'm Rich (white rum with lime curd and house grenadine).
Craft beer (more than 20 taps), craft cocktails, and vinyl are the stars of the show at OTR. You can grab a drink at the bar and then browse the record collection, which is more than 2,000 strong. Besides that, OTR will also be bringing in plenty of live entertainment, featuring DJs, soul, funk... who knows, maybe an eight-track throw-down could be in the future? Only one way to find out.
Chocolate is good. Kate Weiser’s chocolate is something else entirely that adjectives cannot properly capture. Caramelized pineapple? Mango habanero? Red wine & berries? Her creative confections are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Craft cocktail icon Eddie "Lucky" Campbell (formerly of The Mansion and Bolsa) has opened his newest haunt, Parliament, which is ready to greet you with its large, bound menu of extensively listed libations. In the mood for a Champagne cocktail? There's a whole section! Absinthe? You better believe it. Never had a Ramos Gin Fizz? Do something about that! You have lots of drinking to do here.
Houndstooth, an Austin staple, has made its way to Dallas and is making all of your caffeinated dreams come true. Taking over the old Pearl Cup spot (RIP), Houndstooth brings a fresh new vibe to the Knox area. It has a sleek design, and they pride themselves on finding the finest coffee, tea, and pastries. They were also just voted best coffee in Austin (and we begrudgingly acknowledge that Austinites have good taste sometimes), so welcome them to Dallas.
Just-opened Cold Beer Company is living up to its name with a tap wall sporting two dozen craft drafts... but they're far from limited to just suds. They offer bar snacks like their Bar Trash (aka spicy homemade Chex mix), in addition to more substantial bites like Wagyu meatball sammies and brisket-topped hot dogs. Finish things off with some Oatmeal Eskimos (aka vanilla ice cream sandwiched between a pair of fresh-baked cookies).
Just in time for the mercury to drop, Ramen Hakata is here with soul-warming bowls of goodness, whether you want to go for a hot bowl of garlic miso ramen or a little Nagasaki seafood ramen (don't worry, the broth is still pork-based!). Don't miss the pork belly buns... because, well... do we really need to explain that?
Ashwood gives you everything you could want in a sports bar. The expansive menu checks all the boxes (wings, quesadillas, burgers, etc.), while adding on creations like Chicken Diablo... aka cheddar-and-serrano-stuffed chicken tenders wrapped in bacon. The flat-screens are plentiful. The booze is more plentiful. The specials are constant ($2 pints on Mondays, etc.). You might be a constant as well.
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1. Hypnotic Donuts235 W Hickory St, Denton
2. Cultivar Coffee1146 Peavy Rd, Dallas
3. Proof and Pantry1722 Routh St, Dallas
4. Off the Record2716 Elm St, Dallas
5. Kate Weiser Chocolate3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas
6. Parliament2418 Allen St, Dallas
7. Houndstooth Coffee1900 Henderson Ave, Dallas
8. Cold Beer Company3600 Main st, Dallas
9. Ramen Hakata3720 Belt Line Rd, Addison
10. Ashwood Bar & Kitchen5500 Greenville Ave, Dallas
The guys who brought you creations like the Evil Elvis, Canadian Healthcare, and chicken biscuits so good that you feel like you better understand the meaning of love have taken their talents to the city of Denton to create some of the most incredible and ridiculous concoctions ever made in the history of donuts.
Housed in the same space as Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas, Cultivar takes its coffee very seriously. The micro-roastery and cafe pours out single-bean origin beans into perfectly prepared espresso, lattes, and all the other buzzy brews you could imagine. It’s serious coffee for serious coffee drinkers. The shop is only open from 7am–3pm and closed on Mondays, so get there early!
Upscale cocktails and food mix with a casual and refined space at Proof and Pantry, brought to you by mix-master Michael Martensen of Cedar's Social and Smyth fame.
Craft beer (more than 20 taps), craft cocktails, and vinyl are the stars of the show at OTR. You can grab a drink at the bar and then browse the record collection, which is more than 2,000 strong.
Kate Weiser's offers truly unique chocolate flavors, for instance, caramelized pineapple, mango habanero, and red wine & berries. Plus,, the show-stopped French Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich.
With craft cocktail icon Eddie "Lucky" Campbell at the helm, this bordello-lit drinking den in State Thomas boasts a lengthy leather-bound menu that has something for everyone. If you appreciate history and cocktail artistry, go for a Ramos Gin Fizz. And if you appreciate a good deal, there's an incredible happy hour where you can score standards like Old Fashioneds and gimlets for half their typical price.
Taking over the old Pearl Cup spot, this Austin transplant brings a fresh vibe to Knox-Henderson with its sleek design and well rounded menu of premium coffee, craft beer, and wine. The strong and savory Japanese iced coffee-- hot coffee brewed and then poured over ice-- is a stand out here. Houndstooth's friendly baristas here know their stuff-- and they'll gladly show teach your their skills. Houndstooth regularly offers classes where they'll show you the ropes of home brewing.
CBC boasts a fairly impressive tap wall and some seriously good food. Great starters like the chips and dips and a spicy in-house Chex Mix called Bar Trash. You can follow that up with a Wagyu meatball sandwich with provolone and marinara. Don’t forget about the beer!
Ramen is all the rage right now and Ramen Hakata does it really well. You will find several different bowls of ramen, like garlic miso ramen, spicy miso ramen, and appetizers such as chashu buns (steamed buns filled with pork belly and spicy edamame).
The epitome of what a sports bar is and should be, Ashwood brings all of the essentials; quesadillas, tacos, beer, buffalo wings, TVs, booze, and burgers. They have $5 pitchers during games, plus a full bar stocked with everything you could need for all of your drinking pleasures. This is a great place to catch a game and not be stuck with typical "bar food".