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The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now

By Farah Fleurima
July 15, 2014
Photo by: Jerry F. Nerviano

Here are ten places turning up the heat on the Dallas dining scene, including one that's risen again like a phoenix.

  • The Establishment

    Why It’s Hot: Attached to Bar Smyth, the buzzy cocktail den in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood is owned by Brian Williams, the restaurateur behind the still-hugely-popular Cedars Social just south of Downtown.
    Must Order: Oysters flown in from across the U.S. and served chilly-fresh. And boozy concoctions of fizzes, flips and punches.

    4513 Travis St.; 214-520-0900

  • Driftwood

    Why It's Hot: The restaurant gained new life after new owner Misery Loves Co. revamped the menu (showcasing executive chef Kyle McClelland's seafood), expanded the bar and added a formidable absinthe menu.
    Must Order: A mix of oysters paired with drip-serviced absinthe or pastis. 

    642 W. Davis St.; 214-942-2530

  • Potato Flats

    Why It’s Hot: Phil Romano's latest venture, at Trinity Groves, no less, has piqued interest in the fast-casual concept described as Chipotle-meets-baked-potatoes.
    Must Order: The fried baked potato seems as good a place to start as any.

    3011 Gulden Lane, #119; 469-518-9224

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Blind Butcher

    Why It’s Hot: Lower Greenville is devouring the tavern's smart cocktails, craft beer and house-cranked sausages. Now that the back patio is up-and-running, there’s even more room to revel.
    Must Order: Bacon bratwurst and pig ears with orange-fennel aïoli.

    1919 Greenville Ave.; 214-887-0000

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple


    Why It’s Hot: Bacon tastings. Oh, and chef-restaurateur John Tesar knows how to turn a restaurant niche topsy-turvy with creativity.
    Must Order: Any tastings of pork; the Ozersky or Magic burger; yellowtail crudo; and virtually any cut of steak. (Find more picks here.)

    5680 N. Central Expressway; 214-443-9339

  • Casa Rubia

    Why It’s Hot: The home of chef Omar Flores was named a James Beard Award semifinalist, upping the heat at the Trinity Groves tapas spot.
    Must Order: The sherry flight tasting, which includes three sip samples and a pick from the small-plates menu (go for the Moorish-spiced pork kebabs).

    3011 Gulden Lane; #116 ; 469-513-6349

  • Pakpao

    Why It’s Hot: The Design District Thai eater got tongues wagging by bringing on Vegas transplant, chef Jet Tila.
    Must Order: Tila’s menu tweaks include flawless, colorful tom kha gai and a pleasingly sticky pineapple fried rice.

    1628 Oak Lawn Ave., #120; 214-749-7002

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple


    Why It’s Hot: Cali-inspired continental cuisine backed by a fine wine selection (including a few on tap) charms visitors at the cozy East Dallas spot.
    Must Order: Dishes like roasted baby artichokes with a poached egg and guanciale-flecked baked oysters.

    2323 N. Henderson Ave., #109; 214-370-9426

  • San Salvaje

    Why It’s Hot: Stephan Pyles draws foodies with delicious Pan-Latin American fare.
    Must Order: Ceviche and Peruvian tiraditos, including blue fin with kaffir and coconut, yellowtail with crema, and grouper with fennel criollo and a hint of vanilla.

    2100 Ross Ave.; 214-922-9922

  • Stock & Barrel

    Why It’s Hot: NOSH alum Jon Stevens opened his new restaurant on the main strip of foodie haven Bishop Arts.
    Must Order: Small and snacky lump crab fritters (think fried seafood candy) and a harissa-spiced range chicken with quinoa salad.

    316 W. Davis St.; 214-888-0150


Places Mentioned


Seafood • Bishop Arts District

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Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves

Spanish • West Dallas

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New American • Knox-Henderson

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Blind Butcher

Gastropub • Lower Greenville

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Steakhouse • Mockingbird Station

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Stock & Barrel

American • Bishop Arts District

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San Salvaje

Latin American • Arts District

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