This feeling? It’s the buzz of new restaurants opening in Dallas-Fort Worth. We predicted this would be a big year for restaurant openings, and April 2022 has the highest profile yet.
Some of the exciting newcomers include: Italian hot spot Carbone (Dallas Design District), Darkoo’s Chicken Shack (Old East Dallas), Mexican restaurant Don Artemio (Fort Worth), Nashville hot chicken place Hattie B’s (Deep Ellum) , the contemporary restaurant The Mexican (Dallas Design District) and a candle brunch at Sadelle’s (Highland Park).
Find them and many more below, listed in alphabetical order.
State Fair of Texas concessionaire Abel Gonzales — you know, the guy who created Fried Butter and Fried Coke — has opened a new restaurant near Love Field Airport. It’s a modest place that serves breakfast tacos, smoked brisket, and steak quesadillas. Every week, he bakes a favorite State Fair dessert, like the Big Tex Choice Award-winning fried PB&J or his famous deep-fried cookie dough. Gonzales is a hard worker, trying to recoup the money he lost during the pandemic – a story he tells well on the A&E show Fried Dynasty. Go see him for lunch.
AG Texican is at 7101 Harry Hines, Blvd., Dallas. Breakfast and lunch only: it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day except Sunday.
A brewery !
Get this: In 2012, Texas had 84 craft breweries. Today, there are more than 350. Many of these breweries have struggled during the pandemic, and three recently closed in D-FW. If you love craft beer, there’s never been a better time to support these small businesses. Some of my favorites are Peticolas, TUPPS, 3 Nations and Vector. What are yours?
find a handy map of Dallas-Fort Worth breweries from beerinbigd.com. Or, discover all our news on craft beer at dallasnews.com.
There’s no livelier restaurant in Dallas right now than Carbone, the New York Italian restaurant that’s finally opened in the Dallas Design District. The menu and design are fabulous and over the top. Prepare to spend big on a Caesar salad, lobster and shrimp ravioli, spicy rigatoni and wine. (Of course, wine!) It will be difficult to get reservations.
Carbon is at 1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas. Dinner only. Closed on Mondays.
Crispy and green
I can’t stop eating Crisp & Green’s #SquashGoals salad. #SquashGoals is a kale and quinoa salad with chicken, apples, maple-roasted butternut squash and white cheddar, all tossed in an apple cider and pumpkin seed dressing. I don’t care if it’s not fall, and I don’t even hate the hashtag in the name (although you have full permission to hate it). The food at Crisp & Green is reliable and fast, and the restaurant keeps popping up in new parts of North Texas.
Crisp & Green restaurants are open at 6565 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas and 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Rockwall and Southlake are next.
CrushCraft Thai Eats
The excellent Thai restaurant CrushCraft has moved to a new space in Uptown, a few blocks from the original. It’s still in the Quadrangle, which is undergoing a massive renovation. If you haven’t been there, go: Lots of buildings were bulldozed. We’re glad CrushCraft experienced this so we can continue to get khao soi and kra pao to go. If you ask Guy Fieri, the kheo wan (green curry) and drunken noodles are top notch.
CrushCraft Thai Eats’ new restaurant is located at 2688 Laclede St., Dallas.
Darkoo Chicken Shack
The former Khao Noodle Shop, which was once called the #2 best new restaurant in America by enjoy your food magazine, closed. In his place, Khao owner Donny Sirisavath opened Darkoo’s Chicken Shack alongside Jimmy Niwa, owner of Niwa Japanese BBQ. Darkoo’s sells Asian fried chicken with fries, cucumber salad, coleslaw and fried chicken skin, our Claire Ballor reports. It’s great to see Sirisavath’s Lao cuisine come to life and it’s good to see it paired with the Japanese influence of Niwa.
Darkoo’s Chicken Shack is located at 4812 Bryan St., Dallas.
Fort Worth’s newest restaurant, Don Artemio, oozes understated confidence. It is a contemporary Mexican restaurant serving dishes from the famous Mexican chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas. Soon one of his sons, Rodrigo Cárdenas, will move to the United States and take over as executive chef. I loved the nopalitos fritos, a fried cactus appetizer served on homemade blue corn tortillas; and Chilean sea bass with plantains and black mole. All of the restaurant’s design elements, from the clay bricks on the wall to the cowhide chairs in the dining room, were made in Mexico.
Don Artemio is at 3268 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. It’s a date or a business dinner, and it’s the best is to make a reservation on OpenTable.
Farm + Food
People seem to love Farm + Feed, a restaurant in Plano made by gamers, for gamers, reports special contributor Jeremy Hallock. There’s Xbox and Playstation 5, arcades and PCs. There’s even a board game area and a library with science fiction books. Games cost between $5 and $10 per hour, per person, depending on the time of day. Food includes pizza rolls, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corn Cheese Balls, and burgers.
Farm + Feed is located at 7401 Lone Star Dr., B120 in Plano.
Anyone remember the Eureka restaurant in Dallas’ West Village? (No?) An Italian restaurant named Fiatto has opened in its place, at the north end of the Uptown shopping complex, near McKinney Avenue and Blackburn Street. Dishes on the menu include pork bolognese and ricotta gnocchi, prawn scampi with broccolini and short rib pappardelle.
Fiatto is at 3700 McKinney Ave., Dallas, in the West Village. Dinner only.
Gahwena coffee station
I haven’t been to this new cafe in Duncanville, but it’s at the top of my list. Gahwena Coffee Station is owned by a 29-year-old University of Texas at Dallas graduate who opened a cafe because the neighborhood needed it, according to CultureMap. I’m interested in trying the Arabic latte, a mix of Turkish coffee, espresso and cardamom. Sounds seriously caffeinated.
The Gahwena Coffee Station is located at 711 S. Main St., Duncanville.
Nashville Hot Chicken may be overdone in Dallas, but Nashville native restaurant Hattie B’s does it better than anyone. Hattie B has six heat levels, and you should skip the hottest two unless you like pain. My go-to is the warm, fried chicken sandwich at a “hot” spice level. It’s a little moist, but the coleslaw, back sauce and pickles cool it down. Get to this fun restaurant in Deep Ellum ASAP.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is located at 3000 Main St., Dallas.
Le Mexican is a beautifully decorated and massive venue in the Dallas Design District, ideal for a business dinner or a group gathering of 10, 12, or up to 40 people. And who is the Mexican? That would be Roberto González Alcalá, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, whose family owns a $5 billion food business.
The Mexican is at 1401 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas.
Patriot Sandwich Co.
After veteran David Jordan never received $86,000 in restaurant revitalization funds promised by the Small Business Administration, he closed Patriot Sandwich Co. in Denton and sank into “a very dark place,” as he put it. describe. Then, an anonymous donor wired him $45,000, and this rambling little sandwich shop came back to life. Jordan needs your business to keep the restaurant running.
Patriot Sandwich Company is at 1507 S. Loop 288, Denton.
Reata, a Fort Worth staple, is leaving Sundance Square after 20 years, reports Ballor. Owner Mike Micallef says he’s looking for locations — anywhere there will be a better parking and valet situation, he says. In a surprising tactic, Micallef asks customers to tell him where they want to see Reata next. You have until June 2024 to visit the original.
Reata Restaurant is located at 310 Houston St., Fort Worth.
Brunch spot Sadelle’s now serves bagels, Benedicts and mimosas to the eager crowds of Highland Park Village. Sadelle’s was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, alongside Carbone. They’re also related: the two are operated by Major Food Group, the New York and Miami-based company that opens bold restaurants all over the world. Take a seat at Sadelle and you’ll be the hero of your weekend drinking clique.
Sadelle is at 1 Highland Park Village, Dallas. Reservations on Resy. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For a glass of nostalgia, head to Sfuzzi on Henderson Avenue in Dallas. This reborn Dallas restaurant serves up pizza and booze, two things we can’t help but adore. Longtime East Dallas drinkers may feel an extra rush of nostalgia when they walk upstairs: it’s the old Capitol Pub.
Sfuzzi is at 2401 Henderson Ave., Dallas.
Steak and Lobster Lounge Steve Fields
For another dose of local history, head to Steve Fields in West Plano. The original restaurant closed in Park & Preston in 2019, then moved across the intersection to its new home (formerly Brick House Tavern + Tap and Bennigan’s – remember that?) . Steve Fields serves up lobster tails and filet mignon, but its owner likes to think of the restaurant as D-FW’s affordable steakhouse — a place that’s not too snooty. “There’s still some ‘ahh’ when you walk through the door,” says designer and builder Bruce Russo, “but we’ve turned the music down, so to speak.”
Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge is located at 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano.
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