Best New Restaurants

Dallas-Fort Worth claims most of the best new restaurants in Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth claims most of the best new restaurants in Texas

Knife, salad
Knife, which ranked No. 7 on Texas Monthly's list of best new restaurants, doesn't scrimp on salads despite its emphasis on steaks. Photo by Marc Lee
Bar at Gemma restaurant in Dallas
Gemma is the third best new restaurant in the state, according to Texas Monthly. Photo by Kevin Marple
Stephan Pyles at San Salvaje
San Salvaje ranks No. 6. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Le Cep restaurant in Fort Worth
Le Cep in Fort Worth snuck in at No. 10 on Texas Monthly's list. Photo courtesy of Le Cep
Knife, salad
Bar at Gemma restaurant in Dallas
Stephan Pyles at San Salvaje
Le Cep restaurant in Fort Worth

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.

Dallas-Fort Worth also had the most honorable mentions: Blind Butcher and Oso in Dallas and Righteous Foods and Clay Pigeon in Fort Worth.

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.

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