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Where To Eat Right Now — Dallas’ 10 Best New Restaurants

From New Neighborhood Spots to a Top Chef's Down Home Dream

BY // 05.02.19

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 over the past couple months, so we narrowed down a list of the absolute best to make it a little bit easier to choose where to go next. From sports bars to ramen joints to the greatest neighborhood spots, we’ve got tons of new options.

Beverley’s Bistro & Bar

3215 N. Fitzhugh Avenue

An upscale neighborhood bistro in the Knox area, Beverley’s brings a modern feel to a sidewalk bistro. The interior has a classy feel, with marble white tables, black chairs and comfy, red booths. The open windows let in the fresh air and there’s also the option to sit outside. Former Mirador executive chef Josh Sutcliff is the head chef and well-known Dallas bartender Ravinder Singh is concocting cocktails at the bar.

The menu offers American fare, including seafood, locally-sourced produce and steak. A few of the protein options are the chicken schnitzel, a double cheeseburger and steak tartare. For seafood, there’s charred Spanish octopus, mussels and frites, and branzino. Specialty cocktails include a gin and tonic with lavender bitters, black pepper, thyme and lemon oil, and a Whiskey Business drink.

Alamo Club

1919 Greenville Avenue

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This new Lower Greenville spot is an old school neighborhood restaurant with classic food. The ambiance is dark and ominous, with a speakeasy vibe. It was opened by Austin Rodgers earlier this year, with a goal of creating a “home away from home.” The interior is cozy with a mix of dining tables and high top community tables. There’s also a patio for al fresco dining.

A menu of comfort food is cooked up by Chef Kyle Newberry and includes the Club Spaghetti, a house-made pastrami sandwich, seared snapper, a bacon cheddar burger and crispy chicken sandwich. The bar, manned by Kyle Buckelew, serves classic drinks with funny names, such as the Stirred Not Shaken, Shaken Not Stirred, and The Patio Banger.

Spaghetti at Alamo Club
The Club Spaghetti at Alamo Club.

The Henry

2301 N. Akard Street, Ste. 250

A snazzy new addition to brand-new Union in the Victory Park/Uptown area, The Henry has gained popularity for its brunch, delicious cocktails and rooftop bar. PaperCity‘s own Billy Fong checked out the place. The very large location, 15,000 square feet that is, has multiple floors. This is the first location of restaurant in Texas and third in the country.

The spot is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as regular and reverse happy hours. Dishes range from Korean prime skirt steak to Scottish salmon and grilled portobello tacos. For weekend brunch, there’s bread pudding French toast, rancheros and smashed avocado toast. And health nuts can rejoice with the Flower Child Scramble with eggs, Brussel sprouts, roasted mushroom, kale and parmesan.

Homewood

4002 Oak Lawn Avenue

This highly-anticipated Oak Lawn neighborhood restaurant from Chef Matt McCallister has finally opened its doors. The new spot is comfort focused. The interior includes dark wooden panels, green booths and brass fixtures. It truly looks homey, which was the goal. There’s a multi-level bar and patio as well.

Menu items consist of meat and fish entrees, pasta, soups and salads, and a raw bar. Entrees are a roasted half chicken, steelhead trout, sirloin steak and pork loin. There’s also a section just for sweets & cheeses, which includes pecorino camomilla & potato foccacia, rice pudding with roasted strawberries, and warm rhubarb galette with whey jam.

Homewood Restaurant
Chef Matt McCallister’s latest restaurant, Homewood, is now open in Oak Lawn. (Photo by Kathy Tran)

Tulum

4216 Oak Lawn Avenue

Tulum is another Oak Lawn hotspot that has drawn a lot of attention lately. It’s a Mexican restaurant from Mike Karn, owner of Firebird Restaurant Group. The interior includes a bar and dining area. There’s also a lounge area in the back for those waiting for a table. Wicker basket light fixtures hang over the dining area, which is kind of dark, but is brightened up with colorful pillows and artwork.

Unique Mexican small plates, mains and cocktails fill the menu. Small plates include pollo tamal, which is corn mesa filled with chicken breast, chihuahua cheese, red chile guajillo and serrano salsa verde. The main menu has scallops, filet mignon, Jamaican jerk chicken, lamb chops and red snapper, just to a name a few items. And there’s an oaxaca cocktail with sombra mezcal espadin, cien anos reposada tequila, passion fruit, agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice.

La La Land Kind Cafe

5626 Bell Avenue

This Lower Greenville coffee shop has made this best restaurant list for its standout food options. La La Land’s 23-year-old owner, Francois Reihani, opened up the spot to help employ foster kids who have aged out of the system.

The menu at La La Land, along with coffee and matcha drinks, offers toast, pastries and breakfast empanadas. La La avocado toast is a favorite with mashed avocado, red pepper flakes and cilantro. The banana brulee toast is a sweet option with hazelnut spread and caramelized bananas. Baked egg, bacon, and potato empanadas are also something you should arrive early for, as there is limited availability each day.

JINYA

625 High Market Road, Ste. 185

JINYA made our recent Best New Ramen Restaurants list for a reason. I will dare to say that it is the best ramen in the city. The California-based ramen joint is open at South Victory. It has a fun atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re not even in Dallas anymore

The restaurant is known for its signature stocks and noodles that are made thin or thick, depending on the dish. A favorite is the Spicy Chicken Ramen with chicken broth, chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts and green onion. They also have a great happy hour from 3 pm to 6:30 pm every day with $4 sake and beer, $7 cocktails, and small plates starting at $3.25.

Dibs on Victory

2401 Victory Park Lane

The new hotspot to hang out at after a sports game or show at the American Airlines Center, Dibs has a killer patio that overlooks Victory Park. Phil Schanbaum and Brandon Hays of This & That Concepts opened up the restaurant to serve every day food in a comfortable setting. The two-story space is fun, open, and it’s a great gathering area for sports fans or just people who love patio bars.

The menu includes simple starters like wings, meatballs and nachos. Burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and chicken pot pies fill the handhelds and big plates menu. There’s also beer, wine and cocktails. The $13 Gin Diesel is a mixture of Aviation gin, Italicus, lime, simple syrup and lavender bitters. They also have Giggle Water, like from Harry Potter, with Deep Ellum Vodka, coconut, lime, basil and cucumber mint simple syrup.

Dibs on Victory
Dibs on Victory, a new American bar and restaurant, brings patio power to Victory Park.

Maple Landing

5855 Maple Avenue

This Dallas Love Field spot was created as a homage to Southwest Airlines and CEO Herb Kelleher. Dallas restauranteurs, Jonathan Calabrese and Tony Winkler, brought Maple Landing to Medical District as an after-class, neighborhood hangout for UT Southwestern students.

The bar-restaurant serves brisket, burgers and brunch. There’s a specific brisket menu with a brisket sandwich, brisket melt, pastrami brisket sandwich, brisket poutine, brisket tacos, brisket baked potato, and brisket & sausage plate. The burger menu also has a unique Kimchi burger with gochujang spiced mayo and challah bun.

The highlight of brunch is the Bloody Mary Bar for $5.50, served from 11 am to 3 pm on weekends.

Elm Street Cask & Kitchen

1525 Elm Street

This new downtown restaurant cooks up Southern comfort food in a bourbon bar & grill environment. Elm Street Cask even has a Whiskey Bible with more than 200 whiskey options. The space is uber cool with a modern saloon look. There’s also outdoor seating with a view of The Eyeball on Main Street.

The food menu includes shrimp & blue corn grits, beer can chicken, and bourbon braised short rib. There’s also a great brunch menu with chicken n’ waffles, crab cake eggs benedict, and The Hangover Burger with a fried egg, chorizo & beef patty, bacon, cheddar and hollandaise.

Elm Street also has one of the best happy hours in Dallas with $5 bites, beer, wine and cocktails on Mondays through Fridays from 2 pm to 7 pm.

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