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Which Hotspot is the Best New Restaurant of All?

BY // 07.17.18

Editor’s note: Dallas’ restaurant scene is more active than ever, and, even for the most avid foodies, it can be hard to keep up. We rounded up the latest and greatest in food happenings to determine the new restaurants you absolutely need to check out this month.

These are your must-visit Dallas restaurants for July.

Fine China

If you were a fan of Uchi’s now-defunct sister restaurant, Top Knot, you’ll love this new Asian eatery in The Statler hotel from Top Knot’s head chef. Angela Hernandez has crafted a delectable menu of American-Chinese cuisine, including dim sum, cold dishes, noodles and large dishes.

The fare is best enjoyed family-style among good friends – Fine China does, after all, have the largest communal table in Dallas (a 28 top). Ordering the Cantonese duck, roasted and served with peach hoisin and steamed buns, is a must.

Looking for something more casual? Head next door to R&B (Ramen & Bao) for a quick lunch or late-night snack.


This new Italian restaurant from chef Julian Barsotti (Nonna, Carbone’s, Sprezza) pays homage to the old-school red-sauce establishments of the 1950s, while giving a nod to some of New Orleans’ most noted institutions (think Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace and Antoine’s).

From the lush decor to the classic tableside caesar salad, Fachini sets a nostalgic mood. Must-try dishes include cast-iron steaks, veal chop marsala, lobster fra diavolo and 100-layer lasagna.

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Culinary power couple Tracy and Kent Rathbun have brought Dallas its newest Pan Asian dining option with the opening of Imoto in Victory Park. It’s Kent’s return to the Dallas restaurant scene after leaving Abacus in 2016. Tracy recently opened Lovers Seafood Market and plans to expand Shinsei with a new location.

Their joint venture is a culmination of the pair’s respective careers in the restaurant industry and shared love for Asian cuisine. Aside from the tasty cuisine, Imoto offers quite delicious craft cocktails.


Considering how cute Smithy is, you’d hardly guess that the restaurant was once a ironwork shop. The bar and restaurant, from the same team that created The Woolworth, takes inspiration from its roots, hence the name. Take in the industrial-chic surroundings or head out to the covered patio for a meal of globally-influenced fare and craft cocktails.

The Charles

The team behind The Charles is not Italian – but they know a thing or two about la bella vita. The Design District eatery exudes Italian charm, from its Siena-inspired marble tile to its Mediterranean flavors. Order one of the house-made pastas or wood-fire-grilled fish.

Billy Can Can

I didn’t know that Dallas had been wanting for a proper saloon until I stepped foot in Billy Can Can. The rustic-chic restaurant from Tristan Simon’s Rebees has quickly become a hotspot, adding instant foodie cred to the Victory Park neighborhood.

Executive Chef Matt Ford (Americano, CBD Provisions, Craft Dallas) draws inspiration from a variety of different cultures and flavors, including Creole, Cajun, Southern, German and early Tex-Mex. The menu consists of unusual comfort food, like Crispy Oyster Sliders on sweet potato rolls, and Hot Fried Quail.

The wide selection of libations and Wild Wild West atmosphere alone make it worth stopping in for a drink.


Welcome Foxyco, a new restaurant from Stock & Barrel’s Jon Stevens in the Design District. The restaurant is not all too different from its sister concept, but it does have one big distinguishing factor. Its wood-fired grill is one of only two in the city, and it makes for deliciously smoky dishes.

Try the Whole Branzino with preserved lemon and baby zucchini or the Lamb Rack with mint-chile salmuera and crushed yukons.


Dallas has a constant influx of new bars and restaurants – but how many places actually feel new? In my opinion, Ruins is the most exciting opening of 2018 thus far.

The bar and restaurant, which comes from the team behind Armory D.E., feels more like Tulum than Deep Ellum, with its romantic, cavernous interior and tropical house soundtrack. Go for cocktails and Oaxacan-inspired bites at Ruins – and stay for the late night dancing.

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