Lately, the Stephan Pyles restaurant getting all the attention is Stampede 66. Stampede 66 this and Stampede 66 that. Well, Stephan Pyles has other restaurants too, you know! Like Samar — where, hello, it's suddenly Deals Central. The small plates menu is now half-price on Monday and Tuesday, and there are happy hour specials 4 to 7 pm on weekdays, including bottles of wine and carafes of sangria for $15.
God bless Lazaranda for bringing to Dallas the unusual Zarandeado style of grilling fish over charcoal — before learning the hard lesson that Dallas will pout until it gets its meat. Segue the menu update with steaks, rib-eye tacos and osso buco. But, come on: Here's your chance to sample a unique style of coastal Mexican seafood without having to leave town.
Peak & Elm
This sincere father-son venture opens on February 8 in the up-and-coming New East Elm neighborhood. Jesse Moreno Jr. and his dad, Jesse Sr., of La Popular Tamale House, are banking on a new kind of foodie to appreciate their modest brand of Mexican food. It's a gamble, but they've hedged their bets: P&E has a full bar.
Omni Dallas joins an Omni Hotel-wide initiative with a menu of six street foods from different regions: braised lamb tostado, char kway teow (stir-fried noodle dish), a Palestinian chicken musakhan sandwich, duck empanadas and a short rib sandwich. Do not dawdle; it's a limited-edition thing that's available only until the end of March.
20 Feet Seafood Joint
After more than a year in the making, it has arrived: 20 Feet Seafood Joint, the casual fish shack in East Dallas, next-door to Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House. Co-owners Marc and Sue Cassel worked together at the Green Room, and — voila — the menu includes Green Room mussels, along with clam chowder, lobster rolls, and fish and chips.
The Pop Diner mystery is about to be solved. For a year it sat in the West Village, elusive and inscrutable. This week it finally opens with a diner-like menu of burgers, hot dogs, wings and breakfast foods. A screaming neon menu doesn't usually bode well, but should all else fail, Pop Diner is open 24 hours. That alone merits a hurrah.
Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar
There's more here than fried chicken, including a lunch menu of Southern dishes such as ham and mortadella salad with biscuits and pimento cheese, catfish and oyster po' boys, muffaletta sandwich, and pickled shrimp salad. A seasonal dessert introduced in January was bananas Foster pudding, layered in a tall, glass-like a parfait.
Campisi's in downtown Dallas
Who has the best pizza? The topic never gets old. If you're classic Dallas, Campisi's thin-crust oblong is your go-to pie. The recipes are solid; they've been making them since 1946. But what's cool about Campisi's now is where it's showing up: Rockwall, Fort Worth and downtown Dallas, where it serves workers and residents with long, reliable hours — Sundays too.
The menu at this Renaissance Hotel restaurant has received lots of TLC. Chef Brad Phillips consulted with chef-proprietor Dean James Max to introduce a slate of new, seasonal menu items — Gulf oysters, tempura tuna, grilled flat-iron steak — plus cocktails by in-house mixologist Tyler Lott.
The Greenville Avenue hipster grocery specializes in local, pasture-raised, organic, etc., and the goodies coming out of the prepared case/sandwich station are amazing. One day they might re-create "The Combo" from Portillo's in Chicago, but with grass-fed beef and Brian Luscher's pasture-raised pork sausage; another day, they'll do a vegan banh mi sandwich (and sell out in 10 minutes). Then, maybe a sweet potato-red lentil-white bean curry. It's always creative and never the same.