Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 most popular restaurant openings
For this edition of Where to Eat, CultureMap’s monthly article on where to eat in Dallas — launched in 2013 and since copied by others everywhere — we’re focusing on what just opened this spring.
Not Included on this list are five restaurants we deemed “overdone,” including three $super-$pendy restaurants – Carbone, Sadelle’s, The Mexican. Other recently opened restaurants that also aren’t on this list include Fiatto, Darkoo’s Chicken Shack, and Odelay Tex-Mex. Presenting a list of what is open this spring and not mentioning them would be remiss. So mention them we have.
Here’s what’s hot and new in Dallas in April:
Bread and Pastry Bresnan
A family-run bakery known for its European-style baked goods has opened its McKinney storefront at 301B E. Louisiana St., where it sells its brand name breads, pastries, cookies and pies. They were previously available at farmers markets and through weekly pop-ups at Brown Bag Provisions. They’re open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but owners Matt and Jenna Bresnan plan to expand hours eventually.
Chicago Avenue Hot Dogs
An authentic hot dog (and more) has just opened in Frisco, where it’s already impressing Chicagoans with hot dogs, fries and Italian beef sandwiches. Their Chicago hot dog comes with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickles and sports peppers piled high on a steamed poppyseed bun. They also have a chili cheese dog and a Maxwell Street Polish sausage grilled and topped with mustard and sliced grilled onions. The location features touches of Chicago culture, including checkered tablecloths and iconic street signs.
Pitmaster Tim McLaughlin’s new barbecue (Lockhart Barbecue) opened on April 4 at Farmers Branch at 4400 Spring Valley Rd. The menu features staples such as brisket, ribs, sausages and turkey, as well as salmon and prime rib. A range of sides with neat French and Asian touches include baked beans with soy-smoked onions and Anaheim allspice; hominy with epazote and cotija; macaroni and cheese with Vermont white cheddar cheese and smoked garlic; and Honey Miso Slaw with miso, honey, and pickled ginger.
The Quadrangle’s famous Thai restaurant has moved to another address in the Quadrangle, at 2688 Laclede St. #100, so it’s kind of an opening. Originally opened in 2014, it’s one of the only restaurants to survive an ongoing renovation at the Quadrangle, and it’s surely good for neighbors who can continue to enjoy well-prepared Crushcraft dishes such as OG Phat Thai, drunken noodles, their khao soi prices, and lighter fare such as yum gai chicken lettuce wraps — but in a new, festively decorated environment.
New concept with tacos, bowls and cocktails open mid-March in the West Village, in the former Taco Diner space of Hospitality Inspirado, the group behind Hugo’s Invitados. They welcome all guests with a particular emphasis on gluten-free. Taco Camarón features garlic cilantro marinated shrimp, jicama, red cabbage slaw, and chipotle aioli. The Honest Omelet, available all day, can be made with eggs or egg whites, plus spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, and a choice of cheese. The menu also includes avocado hummus, brie cheese bites, guacamole, queso and elote.
The East Coast-inspired chain just opened a new location at 5904 N. MacArthur Blvd. at Irving on April 14. Menu staples include oysters, cheeseburger, French chicken with chicken breast and skinny fries, and caramel sundaes. They do a quick brunch with Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote, Eggs Benedict with a choice of ham, lobster or smoked salmon and a Hudson sandwich with bacon, eggs, cheese American and lawyer.
The San Antonio-based vegan fast food chain has opened its first location in Dallas after more than a year in the making. “Chicken-free” fried sandwiches are their trademark, such as the Spicy Project, with breaded fried chicken with spicy garlic buffalo sauce and ranch. Other winners included macaroni and cheese, loaded fries (topped with onions, jalapeños and vegan queso) and a trio of burgers, including the decadent Mushroom Impossible, with caramelized onions, beer-marinated mushrooms and cheese. Smoked provolone.
In fantastic news for downtown Dallas and Italian food lovers everywhere, the Design District’s former Italian restaurant reopened at the Hotel Joule on April 8, for dinner only at first, with adding a lunch to follow. Under the direction of chef Jason Zygmont, it serves creative interpretations of modern and regional Italian cuisine, including tomato-braised meatballs, tuna carpaccio and stuffed castelvetrano olives, ricotta agnolotti, black spaghetti , tagliatelle bolognese, black pepper bucatini and thin crust pizza, with a three-day fermented dough.
The iconic 90s Italian restaurant was revived by This & That Hospitality (Ferris Wheelers, Tiny Victories, Alice) who reopened it on Henderson Avenue with high-end dishes and cocktails, including the signature frozen Bellini, for the weekend dinner and brunch. the menu is both nostalgic and modern, with wonderfully familiar and elegant dishes such as prosciutto and melon, tenderloin with garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes, Portobello mushroom fries and a small pizza. -lunch with prosciutto, bacon and sunny egg.
A French-inspired restaurant and bar opened in February at the Renaissance Hotel Saint Elm Dallas Downtown at 1907 Elm St. Named for New Orleans writer, producer and performer Allen Toussaint, it observes the hotel’s opening hours – breakfast, lunch and dinner daily – with food that incorporates French and Asian flavors, as well as NOLA-inspired cocktails. The menu features French favorites such as steak tartare, steak frites with NY strip, roast chicken, and an Asian-inspired Thermidor lobster.