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Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 hot restaurants for December

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 hot restaurants for December

JoJo Eating House & Bar in Dallas
Maybe the main reason to visit JoJo is the amazing makeover of the old Tin Star space. Photo courtesy of JoJo Eating House & Bar
Spoon restaurant in Preston Center in Dallas
Chef's room at John Tesar's Spoon boasts plates on the wall and a spoon-inspired chandelier. Photo by Kevin Marple
David Garwacki, Cafe des Artistes
Cafe des Artistes features the smooth menu stylings of chef David Garwacki. Photo courtesy of Cafe des Artistes
Bowl & Barrel bowling alley and restaurant at Shops at Park Lane in Dallas
Oh my. Bowl & Barrel has some colorful balls. Bowl & Barrel/Facebook
Burger at Love Shack in Fort Worth
Love Shack's signature burger is the Dirty Love topped with an egg, here sharing a tray with fries and a shake. Love Shack at the Oui/Facebook
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Preston Center
The first branch of Hopdoddy is in Preston Center, one of the hottest restaurant neighborhoods emerging in late '12. Photo by Marc Lee
JoJo Eating House & Bar in Dallas
Spoon restaurant in Preston Center in Dallas
David Garwacki, Cafe des Artistes
Bowl & Barrel bowling alley and restaurant at Shops at Park Lane in Dallas
Burger at Love Shack in Fort Worth
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Preston Center

You have one month left to eat out in 2012, and you have 10 restaurants before you. That's one restaurant every three days. Better get eating.

Spoon
Spoon is chef John Tesar's version of famed New York seafooderie Le Bernardin and would easily be the hottest restaurant for this month regardless. But with Tesar emerging as the rising star of Top Chef Seattle, Spoon is about to become impossible to get in.

Bowl & Barrel
The thirtysomethings are already enchanted with B&B, merely for the novelty of being able to bowl within the loop. But Sharon Hage brings in foodie cred with her design of a menu that includes cheese and ham boards, oysters, hot dogs, and a bologna sandwich made on Empire sourdough bread with caramelized onions and Gruyère cheese.

Cafe des Artistes
This space at One Arts Plaza didn't swing as Screen Door, not even after they swapped out chefs and owners. Like the cavalry comes Alberto Lombardi to the rescue! Can he draw diners to this lonesome location? If you judge by the brisk opening party, the answer is yes.

Babb Bros BBQ & Blues
Barbecue is a tough category to crack, but the Babb brothers are giving it a go. This is the first restaurant to open in the Trinity Groves complex, which is, for the moment, a curiosity-seeker's destination.

JoJo Eating House & Bar
JoJo is where you can go to have a French chef, Laurent Poupart, make you pizza. Okay, also mussels and French onion soup. Really, the thing to do at JoJo is marvel at the amazing makeover of the old Tin Star space.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy is an Austin import so we're supposed to wrinkle our provincial noses, but the burgers are getting rave reviews, and they have Texas beer on tap. Hey, we like Torchy's too.

The Greek
At the other end of One Arts Plaza sits The Greek, from the owners of Ziziki's, who've taken over the old Commissary space. Can anything replace a burger hand-patted by Tesar? Hummus can.

People's Last Stand
Mockingbird Station bar-restaurant has a big cocktail program, big ambitions and a big heart. Cocktail classes begin this month, and the place has plans for live jazz. Bonus points for the cloth hand towels in the restrooms — classy.

T/X at Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel
New restaurant at the newly redesigned Stoneleigh has an upscale Texas theme. Chef is Marcelo Vasquez, who worked at the Omni in Fort Worth, and his menu includes shrimp and cheese grits, beer-braised short ribs, and lobster pancakes.

Love Shack
Keeping up with chef Tim Love's burger chain keeps us busy. The original stands in the Stockyards, but he closed the So7 branch and will transform the Denton outlet to a steakhouse. This Shack is all-TCU, with big-screen TVs, beer and sloppy nachos on the menu. Go Horned Frogs.

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