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Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 best new restaurants for December
If you've seen our master list of new restaurants opening around Dallas-Fort Worth, you know that these are good times for diners, with dozens of new spots coming soon.
If you like to be absolutely au courant, then you've come to the right place. Below is our list of the newest restaurants that have opened their doors:
Walk-up stand in the former El Padrino space in Oak Cliff sells flavorful street food, including tacos, burgers and Cuban sandwiches. There's nothing ordinary here — not even the burger, which is griddled with a squirt of homemade adobo ketchup to give it caramelized crust. A Cubano taco has pork and ham with a mango-jicama-cilantro pico and melted Swiss cheese.
Clark Food & Wine Co.
Greenville Avenue restaurant from one-time Mansion chef Randall Warder does American cuisine with European touches. Close your eyes and picture yourself in Spain or Italy, with a menu of brisket meatballs, chicken liver mousse, smoked catfish dip, flatbreads, cheese boards, vegetable boards, charcuterie plates, artisan sandwiches and salads.
High-end California burger chain is opening in the 3700M complex at West Village on December 8, with 40 craft beers on tap; a modern yet rustic atmosphere; and a menu that includes osso buco "riblets"; a burger with bone marrow porcini butter; breakfast burrito with flat iron steak, potatoes and fried egg; and butterscotch rum pudding sprinkled with sea salt for dessert.
Restaurant in the old Acme F+B space features an unusual collaboration between Bread Winners Cafe and chef Roe Dileo, who gained fame with her recent appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. The menu features charcuterie, rotisserie chicken, meatballs, burgers, pho, and a brunch with Bread Winners-style dishes such as black cherry French toast.
The best of the new healthy chains, Modmarket — "modern" plus "market" — is a Colorado newbie that's cheaper and tastier than the rest. The menu includes appetizing sandwiches and salads such as mixed greens with chicken, feta and almonds. Pizzas such as the exceptional bianco with spinach, tomato, basil and roasted garlic can be ordered in whole or half versions, in whole-grain or gluten-free crust options. Flower Mound and Plano are open now, with Southlake and Preston Hollow still to come.
Chef Nick Badovinus hits Addison, with the same robust flavors and sassy attitude as the original on Lovers Lane and the NHS Bar & Grill in North Dallas. Pastas are made by hand, and in keeping with Dallas' current obsession with aged meat, there are steaks aged for up to 60 days. Appetizers come cold, like oysters on the half shell, or hot, like the sticky spare ribs with pineapple teriyaki.
Oso Food & Wine
New restaurant from Michael Cox (Mi Cocina, Star Canyon) resides at the prized intersection of Preston and Forest where it promises to be the neighborhood restaurant everyone wants to have. The menu is, loosely, Mediterranean, with delicacies such as bacon-wrapped dates and pork chop Milanese. Chef Kelly Hightower is rolling out dishes such as crispy chicken liver fra diavlo on polenta with honey-glazed bacon.
NorthPark Center is the new home for Vietnamese native Tuyet Davis, previously of La Pagode, East Wind and Lemongrass Asian Bistro in Deep Ellum. At Pho Kitchen, she's doing a minimal menu with Vietnamese classics, including two kinds of pho (chicken or beef), plus banh mi sandwiches, noodle bowls, and sweet rich iced coffee and iced tea.
Fort Worth chef Lanny Lancarte hit reset for this healthy-focused restaurant in the old Alta Cocina space, putting him in step with the current healthy wave hitting Dallas via chains such as Seasons 52, LYFE Kitchen and Modmarket. Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, Righteous does unique grains, salads, tacos with freshly caught shrimp, juices and coffee from Portland's famed Stumptown.
TNT Tacos and Tequila
Hip young sibling of Blue Mesa Grill is now open in the Quadrangle, following branches in Austin and San Antonio. The menu is described as "modular," with tacos such as spicy Buffalo chicken, burritos, salads and sides. Choose your filling from options such as chimichurri beef, pulled pork and a vegetarian category featuring fried artichoke hearts. Margaritas come in all fruit flavors, breakfast is served all day and the brunch is as bountiful as Blue Mesa's.
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