Feature

22 Most Anticipated Dallas–Fort Worth Restaurants of 2017

By Steven Lindsey  |  January 3, 2017
Credit: Water Grill

With each new year comes an abundance of opportunities for a fresh start, whether it's learning a new skill or shedding those extra holiday pounds. Well, the latter will be exponentially more difficult once you see this list of Dallas–Fort Worth restaurant launches ready to lure us in with diet-busting dishes and drinks. Several popular spots will debut additional locations, including Greenville Avenue Pizza Company in East Dallas, Super Chix and Neighborhood Services in Frisco, Fogo de Chão in Uptown and Haystack Burgers and Barley in Turtle Creek Village, but this is a look at 22 shiny new concepts (including two back from the dead) to anticipate in 2017.

  of  
  • Credit: Brian Hutson

    Piatello Italian Kitchen
    ETA: Open now (coffee bar); January 14 (full restaurant) 
    Chef Marcus Paslay (pictured above), chef-owner of Clay Pigeon Food & Drink in Fort Worth ventures into Italian territory with this spot in the booming Waterside development. A coffee bar featuring handcrafted beverages utilizing AVOCA Coffee Roasters beans opens today with the full restaurant opening in fewer than two weeks. Expect antipasti, housemade pastas and pizzas, as well as a full bar with craft brews, local spirits and a focused selection of top-notch wines.

    5924 Convair Dr. Ste. 412, Fort Worth

  • Credit: Water Grill

    Water Grill
    ETA: January 11
    Since 1989, this Southern California chain has impressed diners with its impeccably prepared seafood. When the 7,500-square-foot Uptown space debuts next week, it'll not just be the first location in Texas, but the first outside of California. Specialties include wild Alaskan red king crab legs, live wild North American hard-shell lobster, creative takes on ceviche (pictured above) and Large Channel Island red sea urchin. The bar will feature 20 locally brewed beers on tap, a massive 500-bottle wine list (plus 35 by the glass) and handcrafted cocktails utilizing locally sourced produce. 

    1920 McKinney Ave.; 214-306-7111

  • Credit: Pōk the Raw Bar

    Pōk the Raw Bar
    ETA: January 14 
    The brainchild of two SMU students (Brandon Cohanim and Francois Reihani), this West Village spot will be the first of many poke concepts to open in 2017. The chic space will focus on three specialties: a raw bar, matcha and, of course, poke. Poke bowls and build-your-own options (pictured above) feature tuna, salmon and albacore flown in daily, while vegans can opt for tofu as their protein. Sashimi tacos and crispy rice burgers present other options for diners. Meanwhile, the matcha bar will transform into a sake lounge at night with cocktails made from the tea, as well as sake. 

    3699 McKinney #306A

  • Credit: HIDE

    HIDE
    ETA: January 27 
    Experimental craft cocktails top the list of highlights for this new Deep Ellum bar from proprietor Nick Backlund and director of beverage/principal bartender Scott Jenkins (pictured above). The menu features 30 signature drinks, many made with science lab–worthy gadgetry including centrifuges. Classic concoctions can also be ordered and a menu of top-notch bar food will be offered to complement the cocktails. The sleek, minimalist space includes "floating" liquor shelves and a hydroponic herb garden too.

    2816 Elm St.

  • Credit: Heritage Pizza/Facebook

    Heritage Pizza Co.
    ETA: January 
    Making the trek to Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony can be like a mini road trip for many, so it's a good thing new restaurants will soon be calling the development home. This "craft-casual" brick-oven pizzeria is from the people behind Taverna Rossa, so they already know a thing or two about pizzas. The counter-service restaurant will feature 40 beers on tap by the pint, plus growlers to go.

    3750 Plano Pkwy. Ste. 600, The Colony

  • Credit: Milkshake Concepts

    Nikkei
    ETA: January 
    Dallas gets a new fusion twist with this Japanese-Peruvian spot from Milkshake Concepts' Imran Sheikh (pictured above). Menu items include several communal dishes, such as sushi and Lima Lomo, a beef filet with spicy teriyaki and cranberry salsa. The cocktail program goes the extra step with hand-cut ice and house infusions. Like Sheikh's STIRR and Citizen endeavors, the modern space will become very lively in the late hours, especially with its large rooftop bar called Mizu.

    2404 Cedar Springs Rd.

  • Credit: Benjamin Brignola

    The Brixton
    ETA: February 
    Also known as the "Stark Raving Chef," Patrick Stark (Sundown at Granada) will lead the kitchen at this Shops at Legacy eatery that doubles as a live music venue. Stark will channel his rock star looks to create "rock star food" to pair with craft cocktails that complement the soundtrack of live bands for a sensory experience.

    5800 Legacy Dr., Ste. C-11, Plano

  • Credit: Garrett Hall

    Fat Chicken
    ETA: Late February  
    On NYE, Resto Gastro Bistro at Trinity Groves served its last meal, but that doesn't mean goodbye for owners DJ Quintanilla and Linda Mazzei, who plan to completely reconceive the space (pictured above) and menu. The focus, as the name suggests, zooms in on all things chicken from Southern fried and oven roasted to grilled and pot pies. Sounds very similar to Street's Fine Chicken, so we hope it finds its own groove.

    3011 Gulden Ln.

  • Credit: Betty Ringer Ice Cream

    Betty Ringer Ice Cream
    ETA: March 
    Just in time for high Texas temperatures, this new ice cream concept at Sylvan Thirty from Stephen Smith (Nib Chocolates) will feature a variety of frozen delights, as well as cookies, chocolates and caramels. Ice cream flavors include traditional vanilla and chocolate (pictured above), as well as new takes on other classics such as mint chocolate chip made with fresh mint leaves.

    750 Ft. Worth Ave., Ste. H120

  • Credit: Bullion

    Bullion
    ETA: April
    Ever since chef Bruno Davaillon (pictured above) ended his much-lauded run at The Mansion Restaurant, food fanatics all over North Texas wondered what his next move would be. Well, the wait is over with the official announcement of this Downtown spot, named after gold bullion. Interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will be elegant yet casual with the ambiance of a French brasserie. Davaillon's contemporary French cooking includes new takes on classic dishes, including many lighter versions that showcase his specific point of view, which means it won't be long before we're indulging in escargots beignets, salmon rillettes and potted duck confit with foie gras. Doesn't sound very light, but definitely delicious.

    400 S. Record St.; 214-865-6482

  • Credit: 33 Restaurant Group

    The Yard
    ETA: April 
    Owner Preston Lancaster (pictured above) merges a traditional ice house with a backyard party at this concept on three quarters of an acre in Downtown McKinney. The tree-lined space will feature picnic tables, outdoor games and fire pits. A local chef will be brought on board for the menu, which will focus on "gourmet backyard cuisine."

    107 S. Church St., McKinney

  • Credit: Trophy Park Sports Lounge

    Trophy Park Sports Lounge
    ETA: Spring
    From brothers Jeremiah and Oscar Miranda (pictured above, left to right), the team behind Trophy Room in Uptown, Trophy Ranch in Fort Worth and Wholesome Grub in Plano, comes this new concept to the Dallas Cowboys' Frisco development, The Star. The 14,000-square-foot space will feature bowling lanes, gaming lounges, two bars and a large dining area. Outside amenities include a bocce court, golf putting green and a massive 30-foot screen for watching local teams battle for victory. As far as food, it'll be modern American.

    9 Cowboys Way, Frisco

  • Credit: Zoli's

    Zoli's NY Pizza
    ETA: Spring 
    When the Bishop Arts–adjacent pizza place from Cane Rosso pizza maestro Jay Jerrier closed rather suddenly to make way for a new development, fans of the New York–style pizza lost their minds. But it wasn't long before word of Zoli's 2.0 grabbed headlines and eased the reaction, even if it now means driving to Addison for the signature pies. Rather than opting for just a simple relocation, however, Jerrier teamed up with Cody Sharp and Lee Hunzinger to fine-tune the pizza dough, as well as introduce freshly baked bread for a line of new sandwiches including the spicy chicken Parm (pictured above). Pasta and large-portion entrees will also debut. For anyone who can't wait for the opening, a series of pop-up dinners will fill in the gaps from now until then.

    14910 Midway Rd., Addison

  • Credit: Circo Dallas/Facebook

    Circo Dallas
    ETA: Spring
    The extravagance of NYC comes to Uptown with this lavish import for upscale Italian. Tuscan recipes from the kitchen of mamma Egidiana Maccioni get transformed into artistic masterpieces of color, texture and shape. Known as a place "where food, art and fashion converge," the over-the-top Dallas space will feature outlandish amenities including a glass-bottom second-story pool surrounded by cabanas for cocktails and spa treatments, as well as bartenders in the restrooms should thirst strike. Framed letters from Jackie Kennedy round out the oddities with a nod to the city's more notorious history.

    2519 McKinney Ave.; 214-708-7383

  • Credit: Freshfin Poke Co./Facebook

    Freshfin Poké Company
    ETA: Spring
    Get ready for more Hawaiian-style poke with a fast-casual concept focusing on chef-driven bowls that push the boundaries of what Dallasites are just learning to expect from the fresh fish craze. Dishes utilize fish from responsible and sustainable fisheries from around the globe, as well as local ingredients for seafood sensations and vegan delights. 

    3611 Greenville Ave.

  • Credit: Bowls and Tacos/Facebook

    Bowls and Tacos
    ETA: Spring
    The totally retro (and long-abandoned) gas station on Commerce Street (pictured above with the opening team) has been crying out to transform into something cool for years. In the hands of the guys behind Braindead Brewing, the cool factor will be off the charts for their hyper-focused concept featuring tacos, poke bowls, Braindead beers and margaritas. The fast-casual eatery will also have a huge patio.

    3400 Commerce St.

  • Credit: Harlowe MXM

    Harlowe MXM
    ETA: Spring
    Henry the black Labrador and namesake of Henry's Majestic now has a sister. And a sister restaurant. The name references French bulldog Harlowe, as well as the Deep Ellum location (Malcolm X and Main). The menu will be similar to Henry's Majestic with a focus on wood-fired plates. A large pooch-friendly patio and a 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck with Downtown skyline views offer diverse alfresco options, as well as breezy spots for enjoying live music.

    2823 Main St.

  • Credit: The Union Bear/Facebook

    The Union Bear
    ETA: June
    After closing its West Village location more than two years ago, the chef-driven gastropub has new owners and a new location at The Boardwalk in Granite Park, another massive new development in Plano. The full-service restaurant will feature a variety of American favorites, including pizza, as well as beers brewed in-house and 24–30 additional craft taps. A large 3,000-square-foot patio and lounge overlooks a lake in front of the Hilton hotel.

    5880 State Highway 121, Ste. 101, Plano

  • Credit: Kathryn Kemp

    New American/Chinese concept
    ETA: Early summer
    The closure of Remedy on December 31 came as a shock to many given the immense popularity of the Lowest Greenville restaurant with chef Danyele McPherson at the helm. But Elias Pope and 80/20 Hospitality (HG Sply Co.) saw bigger things when the space next door became available. McPherson remains as culinary director, but Kirstyn Brewer (pictured above) comes on board from Victor Tangos to run the kitchen as executive chef. Other than that, details are scarce, but the suspense should do wonders.

    2010 Greenville Ave.

  • Credit: Corrientes 348

    Corrientes 348
    ETA: Summer 
    Thankfully for patrons of the many venues in the Dallas Arts District, it didn't take long to fill the space formerly occupied by Stephan Pyles prior to his Flora Street Cafe launch. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will be completely transformed as it brings to life a sexy new Argentinean steakhouse concept with a family-style focus. The upscale design will be anchored by a large open-flame grill, and there will also be a large bar, main dining room, patio and three private spaces to accommodate a total of 300 guests.

    1807 Ross Ave. #200

  • Credit: Legacy Hall

    Legacy Hall
    ETA: Fall
    Plano's first food hall should be nothing short of spectacular. With 55,000 square feet of space that can accommodate a whopping 1,500 people, the three-story building includes a live entertainment venue, as well. More than 20 local chefs and artisans will occupy food stalls on the first floor near the beer garden. Head upstairs to the second story where a fast-casual eatery awaits, while the top level houses a craft brewery and tap room.

    7200 Bishop Rd., Plano

  • Credit: Haywire

    Haywire
    ETA: Fall
    If people can't find what they're looking for at the massive Legacy Hall, they'll likely be able to satisfy their cravings across the street at this three-story restaurant and bar (pictured above). Specializing in Texas favorites (similar to the offerings of the company's Irving restaurant, The Ranch at Las Colinas), the restaurant will focus on fine-dining level ingredients in casual comfort food. The bar will offer a large selection of Texas spirits and beer, plus there's a promise of an "unparalleled wine list."

    7200 Bishop Rd., Plano