Spring is a time for new things to flourish, and that includes Dallas restaurants. Recent openings feature new barbecue, new biscuits, new pizza, and new sushi.
Here are 8 hot new restaurants in Dallas right now:
The Biscuit Bar
Founded by husband-and-wife Jake and Janie Burkett, The Biscuit Bar is a fast-casual Southern concept newly opened in Plano that does biscuits, biscuit sandwiches, tater tots, and sweet potato tater tots. There's also a full bar with beer and cocktails. Menu favorites include The Hoss, named after Janie's father, made with fried chicken, bacon, jack/cheddar, honey butter, and sausage gravy; and the BBar burger, which is a burger on a biscuit. There's also a chicken biscuit, and the "FABB," which has fig, arugula, and bacon. "Nanner Puddin" has bananas, vanilla pudding, ‘Nilla wafers, and whipped cream.
Barbecue stall at Plano food hall Legacy Hall is from Chili's founder Larry Lavine and Jordan Swim of Vestals Catering. It is the only food stall operating in the Box Garden, the outdoor patio and entertainment venue. Their menu includes brisket, pastrami, five-hour ribs, and turkey. Sides include bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos, french fries, apple-fennel cole slaw, poblano creamed corn, and beans. Desserts include a trio of puddings — banana, coconut, and chocolate — plus cookies, seasonal cobblers, and pies.
Pizza chain based in Los Angeles does Neapolitan pizza in an upscale atmosphere, but with the affordability of a casual restaurant concept. Unique options include chicken pesto, truffle and vegetable, and bacon and egg. They also serve appetizers, salads, and gelato. The Dallas location is in West Village, next to Cru Wine Bar in a space that was previously Lemon Bar and Lazare.
Vegan/plant-based "meals to go" company opens its second Dallas location at Preston Forest Square, at the southwest corner of Preston and Forest roads. Offerings are 100% vegan with many gluten-, soy-, and nut-free options. There's a yummy BBQ plate with BBQ-baked tofu, mashed potatoes, and broccoli; a buffalo chickpea wrap with a spicy mix of chickpeas, veggies, and hot sauce, combined with Romaine lettuce and carrots in a whole grain wrap, served with house-made ranch dressing; and spaghetti and "meatballs," with whole wheat spaghetti, bean- and nut-based "meatballs," and a savory mushroom marinara sauce.
Arizona-born healthy restaurant chain opened its first DFW location in Las Colinas, the seventh location overall and the firsht outside Phoenix. Protein bowls are a core component of the menu; the most popular is the teriyaki chicken bowl, which can be served with superfood forbidden rice, brown rice, or sweet potato hash. Three more locations are coming to the Dallas area in 2018, including two locations in Plano and one at The Hill, at Walnut Hill Lane and US 75.
Petro Tower Grill
Restaurant and bar in the Cambria Dallas Downtown hotel on the first floor of the historic Tower Petroleum Building is aimed at travelers and local business people. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves burgers, filet mignon, tortilla-crusted salmon, and pasta primavera. A daily happy hour runs from 5-7 pm, with cocktails and shareable plates such as sliders, flatbreads, a charcuterie board, wine, and beers.
Classy pizzeria took over the former Palomino Euro Bistro space at Crescent Court, where it features an indoor/outdoor design with grape vines, wine barrels, and harvest tools creating an ambience similar to a vineyard tasting room. There's an extensive selection of wines on tap, and a "wine country" cuisine. Menu items include shared items such as oysters, hummus, and meatballs. There are charcuterie boards, salads, pastas, burgers, steaks, avocado toasts, and last but not least, exceptional pizza.
SushiFork is in the hot college zone of SMU Boulevard east of US 75, in the space that used to be World of Beer, and Verts Mediterranean Grill. Opening in mid-May, the menu features standard rolls such as the California roll with krab (not crab), cucumber, and avocado; and a Philly with smoked salmon and cream cheese. They also have a create-your-own option, where you choose your protein, fillings, and toppings. Most rolls are $5 — making this a good option for the student population nearby or anyone who likes cheap sushi. SushiFork also offers the currently-trending sushi burrito, a cross between a sushi roll and a burrito.