The fall always represents a promising time for new restaurants, but fall 2017 around Dallas-Fort Worth is totally next level. On top of the usual various newcomers, big and small, there are a number of large developments going up in the suburbs of Dallas that will vastly increase the places that local diners can grab a meal.
Here's our list of all the restaurant openings you'll ever want to know about. The list is comprehensive and alphabetic, from A to Z.
Agu Ramen, a Hawaii ramen chain launched in 2013 by chef Hisashi "Teddy" Uehara, will open a location in Dallas, at Mockingbird Station, where it will take over the old Urban Taco, which is moving into the former Fish City Grill space. Texas is the first market for Agu outside Hawaii; there are currently five locations in Houston. Dallas opens in October.
Al Biernat's, Park Cities' most favorite steakhouse, will open a second location in North Dallas, in the former Del Frisco's space at 5251 Spring Valley Road, in mid-October.
Allumette Cafe is a casual chef spot opening with a menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups, all the S-es, in downtown Plano at 1045 15th Pl., in the space most recently occupied by the cake bakery Bake Rejoice. It will open in early fall.
Arepa TX is the Latin-American restaurant specializing in Venezuelan-style arepas, like cornmeal pockets laden with a variety of fillings. It will open a second location at 5940 Royal Ln., in the space previously occupied by Natalie's on September 28. Arepa opened its first location in Frisco in the spring.
The Artisan is a casual-eats option coming to Dallas' Arts District in the Hall Arts building at 2330 Flora St., on the Texas Sculpture Walk and Hall Arts Event Terrace, where it will be open for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. It will open in late 2017.
Barnes & Noble Kitchen is the new concept store and the first in the Southwest to offer not just books, but a restaurant with an expanded menu including beer and wine. It'll open in November.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill, the upscale Nebraska-based sushi restaurant with locations in Fort Worth and at Preston Hollow Village in Dallas, is opening a third DFW location in the fall in Uptown Dallas at 3220 McKinney Ave.
Bulla Gastrobar, the celebrated tapas bar from Florida, is headed to Plano's Legacy West with small plates and Spanish specialties as paella and arroz caldoso. It'll open in 2018.
Bullion is the new restaurant from former Mansion chef Bruno Davaillon, opening in the 400 Record building in downtown Dallas. It'll be two concepts in one: A regular restaurant serving modern French food, and a to go canteen with sandwiches and lunch options.
Carlton Provisions is a new barbecue restaurant opening at Legacy Food Hall in Plano from catering whiz Jordan Swim and Chili's founder Larry Lavine. Carlton Provisions will reside in the food hall's beer garden.
Cinnaholic, the award-winning gourmet cinnamon roll chain that just happens to also be vegan, is opening its first branch in Dallas proper. It'll go into the 1700 Pacific building, with an anticipated opening in November.
Circo is the import from New York's Maccioni family which will open with an over-the-top build-out at 2619 McKinney Ave. that includes a glass-bottomed pool.
Commissary is a new bakery-market concept from Joule Dallas hotel owner Tim Headington, with breads and pastries made by pastry chef Ruben Torano, plus coffee, gelato, and to-go goods.
Cooper's Meat Market, the San Antonio butcher, is opening an outlet at Sylvan Thirty with butcher and to-go market, plus a small restaurant with chef Kenny Mills (Chop House Burgers, Capital Grille, Sullivan's).
Don Chingon is a new restaurant from the owners of Social House aims to redefine Tex-Mex, with novel dishes, a stellar atmosphere, and attentive service. It'll open at 2237 Greenville Ave., in the former gas station at the corner of Belmont Avenue, across the street from what used to be the Whole Foods Market, in September.
Eatzi's will open a branch at Preston Royal Village Shopping Center, across the street from Central Market, in the space previously occupied by Copper Lamp, at 6025 Royal Ln. It's set to open in October.
El Corazon de Tejas, the Tex-Mex restaurant from cousins John and Gilbert Cuellar, will open a branch in McKinney, at 1222 N. Central Expy. in a former El Chico's. It'll open in early fall.
El Vecino is a neighborhood Tex-Mex from John McBride, great-grandson of Mike Martinez, who co-founded the El Fenix chain. It will open in the fall in the White Rock Center, formerly Lake Highlands Village, at the corner of Buckner Boulevard and Northcliff Drive.
Ferris Wheelers is the whimsical restaurant off I-35 with a spinning Ferris wheel and barbecue from pitmaster Doug Pickering, featuring Texas staples such as brisket, ribs, sausage, smoked turkey breast, and Carolina-style pork shoulder. It'll open September 25.
Fine China is a pan-Asian restaurant and one of six opening in the fall at the newly renovated Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas, helmed by former Uchi chef Angela Hernandez. It'll be open for lunch and dinner, with a cocktail bar featuring sake, Japanese whiskies, and high tea.
The Flying Biscuit Cafe is the breakfast-brunch restaurant going into in the same Richardson center that's home to hot concepts Halal Guys and Hot Dog Haus. Flying Biscuit debuted in Atlanta in 1993 and is famous for its biscuits and grits. It'll open in mid-October.
Forno Nero is a spinoff of Cavalli Pizza opening in the fall at Plano's Legacy Hall, where it will serve a condensed version of the Cavalli menu, centered on Neapolitan-style pizza.
Gung Ho is the name of the new Chinese-American restaurant going into the old Remedy space on Greenville Avenue. Opening in the fall, it's from Elias Pope, owner of HG Sply Co. and will feature Kirstyn Brewer, formerly of Victor Tangos, as chef.
Harlowe MXM is a new restaurant in Deep Ellum from the Bread Winners folks, and follows the mode of its sibling Henry's Majestic, with a sophisticated menu and brunch. "MXM" stands for Malcom X at Main. It'll open on September 21.
Harwood Tavern is a new restaurant and bar from the owners of Green Door Public House, the successful and popular bar and grill by the Dallas Farmers Market, opening in the fall at 333 S. Harwood St., in what was ever-so-briefly the upscale Mexican restaurant Agave Azul.
Hookline is a new seafood restaurant coming to Plano from Del Sur Restaurant Group, who own Hook Line & Sinker and Urban Taco. It will open at 5805 Granite Pkwy., in The Boardwalk at Granite Park in the fall.
Jalisco Norte is a new concept from restaurateur Tim McEneny (Dish), featuring acclaimed Mexico City chef Jose Meza Arroyave. It will open in October at 3858 Oak Lawn Ave., in the newly renovated center at the corner of Blackburn Street.
Kuai Asian Kitchen, the downtown dumpling favorite, will open a third location in late 2017 in a prime center behind Galleria Dallas, in what was previously a location of Tin Star.
Lala's Mexican Café is a fast-casual restaurant from Michelle Mireles, who also owns Jorge's TexMex Café at Dallas' One Arts Plaza. Lala's will follow a fast-casual format that's dedicated to serving the needs of its Preston Center neighborhood, and will open in the fall.
Laurel Tavern is a California concept with burgers and a casual vibe, going into the space at 1920 Greenville Ave. previously occupied by Clark Food & Wine, with an opening set for the fall. The first Laurel Tavern opened in Studio City, in the San Fernando Valley area north of Los Angeles, in 2008.
Malibu Poke is the fast-casual poke concept from Jon Alexis, owner of TJ’s Seafood. It'll offer a tech-based ordering system where diners customize their poke bowls without waiting in the traditional assembly line. It'll open at Turtle Creek Village at 3888 Oak Lawn Avenue in the fall.
Mamoun's Falafel, the oldest falafel restaurant in New York, will open its first Dallas location in the West Village in Uptown at 3839 McKinney Ave. It's going into the former PD Johnson space, between Eagle Post and Edohana Sushi, and is slated to open in the fall.
Meso Maya, the Mexican concept from restaurateur Mike Karns with branches in downtown Dallas and at Preston Forest, makes its Plano debut. It'll open September 25 at 4800 West Park Blvd. with pollo con mole, cochinita pibil, carne asada, house-made corn tortillas, and cocktails such as the acclaimed avocado margarita.
Midici is a Neapolitan-style pizzeria concept from California that's opening in late fall in the West Village space that has been home to a couple of bars, including the Lemon Bar and Lazare. In 2001, it was originally Ferre, the Tuscan Italian restaurant from Patrick Colombo, and was also an Alberto Lombardi concept called Pescabar.
Mockingbird Diner is the Southern home-cooking restaurant opening by the end of 2017 near Dallas Love Field. It's a collaboration between Maple & Motor owner Jack Perkins and chef Jeana Johnson, former owner of Mot Hai Ba and Good 2 Go Taco.
Mola Mola Poke is a new poke restaurant opening at Inwood Village with a chef-driven menu and an extra-attentive approach to ingredients. That includes striving for organic and seasonal goods. It'll open in late fall.
Mudsmith coffee house and burger stand Pints & Quarts will join forces to open a first-of-its-kind burger stand-combination-coffee house at The Centrum. They'll open in the fall, as part of a major renovation of the iconic Oak Lawn building.
OMG Tacos is the ultra-hip late-night taqueria that got its start in Richardson. Its second branch at The Shacks, the new food park in The Colony from Lucy Billingsley, is newly opened.
Overeasy is one of the handful of restaurants opening at the newly renovated historic Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas. Overeasy is an all-day cafe with menu of Graham Dodd's farm-to-table cuisine, cocktails, beer and wine, and a gourmet coffee bar.
Popbar, famous for handmade gelato-on-a-stick, will make its Texas debut this fall, with openings in both Dallas and Tarrant County. The first branch will open in September at WestBend, the University District mixed-use development in Fort Worth. A second branch will open at Richardson Restaurant Park, in the same center as Halal Guys and Flying Biscuit Cafe.
Ramen Hakata, a well-respected ramen spot with two branches in Dallas' northern burbs, opens a third, this one in Frisco, at 8300 Gaylord Pkwy. Boasting a full selection of small plates, it's set a date for mid-October. Its other two locations are in Addison and Lewisville.
Roll & Poke is a new restaurant from a California emigre that will fulfill the promise of its catchy title by serving sushi and poke. It's opening at 3311 Preston Rd. in Frisco in late September.
Sachet is the new casual Mediterranean restaurant from Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder, the husband-and-wife team behind acclaimed Henderson Avenue restaurant Gemma. It'll open at The Shops at Highland Park at 4720 Oak Lawn Ave. on September 20.
Sallio Italio is a spin-off of Sallio Bistro, the Mediterranean restaurant at Preston Road and Forest Lane, and comes from Larry and Karen Williams, who own Amberjax at Trinity Groves. It's taking over the Patrizio space in Uptown Dallas and will open in the fall.
Scout is a new restaurant and entertainment venue in the newly renovated historic Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas. Scout will feature a menu of chef Graham Dodd's American favorites, plus craft beer, cocktails, bowling, billiards, and ping pong.
Smithy is a new neighborhood restaurant-bar concept from the folks who own The Woolworth downtown, going into the Hibiscus space on Henderson Ave. The menu will be overseen by Woolworth chef Ron Von Hatten and will utilize the wood-fired oven left by Hibiscus, which they are now restoring. They aim to open in November.
Southside Pizzeria is a pizza spot at 1210 S. Lamar St., near Alamo Drafthouse and Gilley's, that will open in September on the ground floor of South Side Flats, a four-story mixed-use apartment building.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is the Portland, Oregon-based concept with seasonal menus, fresh ingredients, and craft beer. It's one of the eateries going into Toyota Music Factory in Irving where it will open on October 24.
Top Round Roast Beef is a Los Angeles-based concept with roast beef sandwiches and curly fries that will open its first Texas location at Toyota Music Factory in Irving in November.
Tri Tip Grill is chain with both California and New York roots whose menu resides somewhere between a steakhouse and a BBQ restaurant, with tri tip steak being the signature item. They also do pulled pork, ribs, burgers, salads, and chicken. The first location in Texas opens at The Star in Frisco on September 21.
Up on Knox is a Knox Avenue restaurant opening in what used to be the Chili's, a block from its sibling Le Bilboquet. It comes from restaurateur Stephan Courseau who is partnered with chefs Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop, formerly of Lark on the Park to do an American brasserie, including an oyster bar. It'll open in mid-fall.
Whistle Britches, the Southern restaurant with fried chicken from chef Omar Flores, will open in February 2018 at 6121 W. Park Blvd. in Plano, at The Shops at Willow Bend.
Whole Foods Market Las Colinas, the Austin grocery chain, opens its first location in Irving at 6741 N MacArthur Blvd on September 28.
The Yard is another backyard-style outdoor party spot opening in McKinney, this one aspiring to gourmet status, from 33 Restaurant Group, of Taverna Rossa fame.
Zaytinya is the restaurant from celebrity chef Jose Andres coming to The Star in Frisco. The original opened in Washington, D.C. in 2002 with cocktails, Mediterranean wines, and a menu of small plates spotlighting the cuisines of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Opening date is still TBA.
Zoli's NY Pizza is the revival of the New York-style pizzeria which ruled Bishop Arts until it closed in 2016. Now rising at 14910 Midway Rd. in Addison, and set to open in early fall, it'll feature the epic pizzas of pizzaiolo Lee Hunzinger, along with pastas, sandwiches, and a variety of American-Italian specialties.
The Star in Frisco has already seen some restaurant openings, and these are still to come:
Dee Lincoln Prime
East Hampton Sandwich Co.
Howard Wang's China Grill
The Common Table
The Donut Kitchen
Yucatan Taco Stand
Toyota Music Factory in Irving has seen a few restaurants open and these are still to come:
Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse
Gloria’s Latin Cuisine
Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizza
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Uncle Gino's Cucina Italia
Alamo Drafthouse 8 Screen Movie Theater
Plano's Legacy West has already seen a number of restaurants open, and more are still to come:
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (opened May)
Earls Kitchen+Bar (opened June)
Haywire (opens November)
Legacy Food Hall (opens October)
Sprinkles (opened May)
Taverna (opens October)
Toulouse (opens November)