With people digging out from the pandemic, the pace of restaurant openings in Dallas has really stepped up.
Nary a day goes by that there does not appear some kind of story about an opening, sometimes two. Lately, the openings have started to pile up, and before you know it, you have a list on your hands.
This list is not a forecast, looking into the future, of all the openings coming over the next few months, such as this.
Instead, this list is very here and now, with a bunch of restaurants all opening on practically the same day, like a giant wave of prosperity.
These restaurants have all just opened:
This sibling to The Charles, the buzzy eatery in Dallas' Design District from Duro Hospitality, is in the storied location that was once The Grape, where it's very quietly open, not even for reservations yet. The menu features creative Mediterranean-ish dishes such as pesto farfalle with fennel sausage; Calabrian chile ravioli with broccoli and ricotta; and charred carrots with dates and spiced cashews. Add an innovative wine list and doting VIP-level service for all.
Modest Rogers Kitchen & Bar
Charming new Oak Lawn restaurant is from chef Modesto Rodriguez, an El Centro alum who has worked at acclaimed restaurants such as Nonna and Carbone's. In a cute little space at 3811 Fairmount St., he's doing a tasty combination of Venezuelan, Spanish, and Mexican food. He opened quietly last week and is still a neighborhood secret, but that won't last long.
The space that was once Nick & Sam's Grill (and before that, Martini Ranch) is now an unusual restaurant serving all kinds of birds: chicken, duck, turkey, emu, quail, and even ostrich, with creative dishes such as duck tacos, turkey Cobb salad, ostrich burgers., and a Texas emu cheesesteak sandwich.
Parry Avenue Barbecue Company
New spot just debuted near Fair Park at 4300 Parry Ave. where owner Leo Morales and his pitmaster partner Derek Parker are doing a uniquely Latin-ish take on BBQ: brisket and ribs, but also brisket tacos and a play on Morales' grandmother's Colombian empanadas, filled with brisket.
Cozy cafe in East Dallas has been closed since the onset of the pandemic, but chef-owner Mark Wootton is in the early stages of a slow reopening. Thanks to a special permit, he can now serve beer and wine, and for the first time, the breakfast-and-lunch spot will extend its hours to include dinner, too. They're starting off slow, with brunch Thursday-Sunday; reservations can be made online.
Baldo's Ice Cream
Ice cream shop opened its first shop in early 2019 near SMU, where they established themselves as a neighborhood magnet for college students and Park Cities families. They're winning over a new round of neighbors with a second location, opened September 24, at East Dallas shopping center Casa Linda Plaza, at 9449 Garland Rd. They take a careful, artisanal approach to their recipes, and also offer cool, inventive flavors like strawberry shortcake, featuring strawberry jam-flavored ice cream with cake crumbles throughout.
Dickey's BBQ initially introduced this wings-themed concept as a ghost kitchen but then quickly took the next step with a brick-and-mortar location in Addison at 3765 Belt Line Rd., which marked its grand opening on September 30. They do wings, tenders, fries, mac & cheese, and have a full-service bar with TVs to watch sports.
Dallas burger chain founded in 1982 was taken over by James "Brent" Gamster in 2011, who had big plans to expand, and now they're finally opening a location in Oak Cliff at 1605 N. Beckley Ave., on October 4. Their menu includes burgers, salads, Tex Mex, and sandwiches.
Coffee concept with Australian roots just opened a location in Casa Linda, at 9005 Garland Rd., next door to Hypnotic Donut. Australians take coffee really seriously, and that's surely the case for Australian brothers Adam and Mark Lowes, who are building slowly and surely, from a first shop at 2650 Fitzhugh Ave. in 2017, to a second shop in Park Cities at 6913 Preston Rd. in 2019. This new location, just down the street from the Arboretum, is dog-friendly, bicycle-friendly, and especially latte-friendly.
Mall restaurant dedicated entirely to elotes is newly opened at Galleria Dallas, on the ice rink level - really, it's more of a food stand than a restaurant, but we digress - where it specializes in unique elotes experiences, featuring signature combinations, as well as a build-your-own option. This is the first location of this woman-owned business, but more are in the works.
RoPo & Logan
New Deep Ellum bar takes over the old Hide space at 2816 Elm St., where it's been quietly serving a menu of food and drink that any Midwesterner would love: A Chicago hot dog with Portillos-inspired crinkle fries, and an Italian beef sandwich, with shaved ribeye and hot giardiniera on buttery bread. Plus Chicago-style cocktails such as the "Green River," a frozen drink with citrus, vodka and Malort, a popular liqueur in Chicago with has a bitter licorice flavor.