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Dallas’ Best New Restaurants for Fall — Where to Eat Right Now

10 Must-Try Hotspots

BY // 09.03.19

Editor’s note: The Dallas restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new hotspots, must-try places and major food events coming along on a daily basis. Even the most dedicated foodie can have trouble keeping up. Don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered.

Dallas has been exploding with new restaurants opening just in time for fall, so we narrowed down the list to the absolute best to make it a little bit easier to choose where to go next. From a Mediterranean oasis and Cambodian cuisine to a massive island bar and vegan kitchen, there are a lot of worthy restaurants to try.

Here are Dallas’ 10 Hottest Restaurants for September and perhaps beyond:

Paradiso

308 N. Bishop Avenue

Opened just a week ago, this chic Mediterranean restaurant is already making a name for itself. Paradiso is a part of the newest development in Bishop Arts, which comes from Exxir Hospitality. The spot sits amongst two other concepts from the company, Botanist and Good Companions (now open), which are situated around a picturesque courtyard on Bishop Avenue.

All the food is inspired by Southern Europe’s coastal approach to dining. This includes wood-fired pizzas, wild-caught fish. mezze and handmade pastas. For pizzas, you’ve got anchovy, vegetable, Italian sausage, mortadella, soppressata and margherita. Seafood main dishes include salmon, halibut and a wood-fired whole branzino.

Or if you’re more interested in the pastas, choices are between cacio e pepe, tarragon mushroom linguine, chilled angel hair and linguine a la chitarra puttanesca.

Te Deseo

2700 Olive Street

Adding on to another brand new development, the Harwood District, this Latin American restaurant is heating up the scene with four bars and tons of exotic touches. The new spot opened earlier this month and marks the eighth restaurant in the district. Multiple levels, including a rooftop bar, Te Deseo is great for drinks or dinner.

There are several small plates that can be ordered here, including charred octopus, stuffed arepas, elote, and flautas. For mains, there is seafood and meat like the Chilean Sea Bass, Angosto Steak, and Lomo with an eight ounce filet. Award-winning beef is provided by Allen Brothers and specialty products such as pastes, chiles and seasonings are coming from all over the region.

Tejas

250 N. Bishop Avenue

The newest kid on the block in Bishop Arts, Tejas is also part of the Exxir Hospitality development that’s currently taking over the neighborhood. Down the block from Paradiso, Tejas is an ode to Texas and its taco and burger culture. The space is more casual than the other concepts, with Texas murals on the walls, wooden tables and booths.

Breakfast tacos are just $2.95 each and include options like Potato, Egg, Cheese and Bacon, a Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese and an Avocado, Bacon and Charro. And they’re served all day. Other tacos include brisket, chicken and pork.

Tejas burger
Tejas will make all of their hamburger buns and tortillas in-house.

As for burgers, these are also cheap (starting at $5.25), and include the Burger Done Right with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Tejas spicy ketchup. Then there’s the Burger Done Righter (with bacon) and Spicy Smash Burger with a fried egg, serrano, American cheese and pickled red onion.

Kamp Fire

460 N. Lamar Street

A new addition to downtown Dallas, Kamp Fire is totally focused on Cambodian cuisine. The new spot celebrated its grand opening on August 31 and brings a menu of classic Khmer, Cambodian, cuisine. Being in a small space with only eight bar seats, the restaurant is primarily to-go style dining.

Founders Paul Try and Kevin Top are serving dishes like egg rolls, Kamp fry wings, chicken fried rice, twa ko, nom kong (donuts) and more. Kemp Fire also have vegan dishes including num kachay, lort cha with Beyond Meat, and chrouk.

Hinodeya Ramen

2023 Greenville Avenue, Ste. 130

One of our picks for Dallas’ Best New Ramen Restaurants, the much-anticipated Hinodeya Ramen finally opened in Lower Greenville. The ramen joint comes from Japan and took over the former BBBbop space next to Rapscallion. This is the first location outside of California. In 2016, the restaurant opened its first restaurant outside of Japan in San Francisco.

What makes this ramen restaurant unique is its use of dashi broth to make dashi-style ramen. It’s made with fish stock, bonito skipjack tuna and konbu seaweed, instead of chicken or pork stock. The menu includes house ramen, clam ramen, chicken ramen and vegan ramen. You can also get Shishito peppers, edamame, gyoza dumplings and fried oysters.

Hinodeya Ramen Dallas
New ramen spot from Japan, Hinodeya Ramen, just opened in Lower Greenville.

Ka-Tip

1011 Pearl Expressway, Suite 190

One of the newest additions to the Dallas Farmers Market, Ka-Tip serves Thai street food. Initially a pop-up spot with a location in the Shed, the restaurant’s permanent location inside of Harvest Lofts will have a grand opening soon.

Currently in their soft-opening, there are just six items available on their delicious menu, with more to be gradually added on. For now, you can get Knom Jeeb (pork & shrimp dumplings), Poh Pia Tod (fried vegetable egg rolls), Yum Woon Sen (glass noodle salad with shrimp), Tom Kha Gai (coconut soup with chicken), Pad Thai with shrimp, and Geng Kyow Wan Gai (green curry with chicken and rice).

Toller Patio

3675 Ross Avenue

This dog-friendly and incredibly spacious outdoor patio has opened in Old East Dallas. Toller Patio is a retro-inspired bar and kitchen that serves cocktails and bites. Patio furniture is bright and colorful and there’s also a fun giant mural of the furry mascot, Toller. Yard games make it a great place to spend an evening.

As for food, there are wings, chips & queso, Pimento cheese, Buffalo dip, hummus, salads, sandwiches and sweets on the menu. But the drinks are the main reason to come by and grab a bite. From the same minds that brought us HIDE, the bar has created some signature cocktails to cool off with like the Pink Drink with vodka, strawberry and lemon and Basil Smash with gin, lime, yuzu, and Thai basil.

Toller Patio
Dogs can eat french fries too. Courtesy of Toller Patio

77 Degrees

2107 N. Henderson Avenue

One of the most recent openings, 77 Degrees is a crazy multi-level island bar that stands out on Henderson Avenue. Besides plenty of rum and tequila drinks, the four-deck rooftop bar is serving tapas like pulled pork tacos, chips and dips, and eccentric pineapple bowls.

The El Loco pineapple bowl has fresh fruit, tahin, chamoy, Flaming Hot Cheetos and candies. There’s also red snapper in a Gulf Coast Ceviche with ahi chombo, mango, lime and plantain chips. And the Guacamole 77 has fruity mix of mango, pomegranate seeds and tahin, which will be served with plantain chips and blue corn tortilla chips. Island flavors galore.

Viridescent Kitchen

5760 State Highway 121, Suite 140, Plano

This vegan restaurant just opened next to The Boardwalk at Granite Park in Plano. It was opened by owners Laura Thornthwaite and Gabrielle Reyes this July, and features a dine-in menu, grab-n-go meals, and take-home market products. Here, plant-based chefs are cooking up daily vegan dishes, which give guests a diverse taste of various cuisines.

Some of these rotating dishes include “burger” bowls, vegan meat tacos, nachos, wraps, sandwiches and more. Desserts include ice cream and treats from Artemis & Apollo. And there’s been brunch from Ish Vegan Cafe, including a Cajun inspired brunch plate with gluten-free pancakes. Breakfast items include loaded oat bowls, avocado toast and oat muffins.

Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse (Coming Soon)

3916 Dallas Parkway, Plano

Coming this month to Plano is Pappas Restaurants Inc.’s newest concept, a barbecue smokehouse. Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse is opening its second Texas location in the Dallas area. The first opened in Webster.

The new spot will serve aged hickory-smoke USDA Prime Beef Brisket from Creekstone Farms, Jalapeno & Cheddar Sausage, Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly, St. Louis Style Ribs and Big Boy Beef Rib. Other hearty dishes include Mississippi Catfish, Tim’s Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Southern Grilled Salmon. There will also be a full-service bar with cocktails like a Frozen Whiskey Smash, Strawberry Habanero Mule and Leisure Sweet Fizz.

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