The time has come for Texas Monthly's annual Where To Eat, i.e., the best new restaurants of the last year. Food critic Patricia Sharpe evaluated establishments across the state, opened between November 1, 2013, and October 31, 2014, to determine her list for 2015, and four in Dallas-Fort Worth made the cut.
Speaking of cut, Knife came in at No. 7 out of 10. "Among Texas steakhouses, Knife stands alone," Sharpe writes. And she has more gushes for John Tesar's "modern palace of protein," including a "revelatory" ham tasting and the "most famous steak in Texas," aka, a tomahawk rib-eye aged 240 days.
Gemma on Henderson Avenue, which both D Magazine and Dallas Morning News crowned Restaurant of the Year for 2014, was the highest-ranking DFW establishment at No. 3. It has "evolved from a halting start into one of Dallas' most sought-after dining destinations," reads the entry.
At No. 6 is San Salvaje, the "riotously decorated venture" from Stephan Pyles. "Despite the unfamiliar words on the menu, many of the dishes are surprisingly comforting," the article reads.
Le Cep, the "unlikely dining venue" in Fort Worth, snuck in at No. 10. "Perhaps the greatest novelty of dining here is that the chef is actually in the kitchen, as opposed to on TV or off at some posh gala," Sharpe writes about this French fine-dining restaurant in Cowtown's cultural district.
Houston has three restaurants in the top 10, including Caracol (No. 1), Pax Americana (No. 4) and Coltivare (No. 8). Austin had two: Olamaie (No. 2) and Odd Duck (No. 5). San Antonio took the No. 9 spot with Starfish.