Hot Dallas Restaurant Openings 2012

It's been a big year in food news here in Dallas — especially in the fall, when our city saw a crazy spate of openings. Some heavyweight chefs opened up new restaurants, and the hype on some of them was high long before the doors were open. Because people in Dallas take their food very, very seriously, we wanted to know diners' picks for the hottest restaurant openings of 2012. You can vote once daily through December 9.

The votes are in. See who won!

FT33, nicknamed for the VIP chef’s table, is the temple of creative cuisine from tattooed chef Matt McCallister. Located in the Design District, it has a pretty interior and pretty plates.

Stampede 66

Stampede 66 is chef Stephan Pyles’ love letter to Texas, with majestic longhorns over the bar and Frito pie on the menu. It forms the third part of a Pyles trilogy, along with the eponymous Stephan Pyles and Samar By Stephan Pyles.


Spoon comes from bad-boy chef John Tesar, formerly of the Mansion on Turtle Creek and currently a contestant on Top Chef Seattle. The focus is on seafood, with a beachy vibe to match.


The new restaurant from Brooks and Bradley Anderson (of Veritas Wine Room) and chef Nathan Tate (of Restaurant Ava), Boulevardier does charcuterie, steak frites, cassoulet, marrow bones and — no surprise from these oenophiles — a big wine list.


Start takes fast food and tries to make it guilt-free, with grass-fed burgers and cage-free eggs. It’s quickly become the go-to spot for Park Cities moms and their kids.

Tried and True

Tried and True is chef Nick Badovinus’ reworking of his Neighborhood Services Tavern concept, with a more relaxed vibe and menu.