According to Bundle, Dallas residents dine out more often than residents of any other national metropolitan city. So it’s no wonder that the metroplex has turned into a foodie’s haven offering a multitude of gastronomic delights around every corner.
While there are many great area restaurants that have stood the test of time, these are some of the newest ones offering a dining experience that promises to be a cut above the rest.
Spoon Bar & Kitchen
8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX 75225
Price: $12 to $50
From his culinary stints at The Mansion and The Commissary to a contestant on Top Chef, John Tesar keeps his foodie fan’s following his every move by consistently proving he’s a master in the kitchen. Tesar’s latest endeavor, a seafood centric spot in Preston Center, is already sending taste buds into overdrive within just 2 months of opening. Tesar’s visually stunning dishes offer unique combinations of tastes and textures. Oysters, octopus and lobster figure prominently here, as does an offering of raw, crudo selections that you won’t find on most restaurant menus, like geoduck, a large saltwater clam with chili oil and Himalayan salt or exotic Kumamoto oysters. Other notable entrees include thinly pounded tuna with foie gras over a toasted baguette and Singapore style chili lobster with a sweet and savory tomato chili based sauce. If you can’t decide what to order, try a tasting menu with 6 courses, an amuse bouche and dessert that features lobster, scallops, eel, monkfish, char, tuna and Kobe beef. While seafood dominates the menu, there are a few non-aquatic dishes offered, such as the sous-vide fillet with marrow and a foie gras emulsion. Leave room for desserts like the gingerbread roulade with goat cheese mouse, grapefruit meringue and orange sorbet, as they all are equally as original and stunning as the rest of the courses.
1617 Hi Line Dr, Ste 250
Dallas, TX 75207
Price: $11 to $33
Just opened in October, the highly anticipated brainchild of former Stephen Pyles chef, Matt McCallister, features an ever changing menu of modern and innovative dishes using seasonal ingredients. Standouts include bourbon-glazed pork belly with persimmon and caramelized rutabaga or succulent short ribs with vanilla-lemon polenta and candied citrus. Along with the food is an excellent selection of wines chosen by sommelier and general manager, Ryan Tedder, winner of the 2012 TexSom best sommelier award. Tedder says that he has created an innovative wine list for the restaurant that offers good food synergy. FT 33 delivers a complete package of ambiance, style, beverages and cuisine that's comparative to that of any Michelin star restaurant you will find and for a fraction of the cost.
1717 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Price: $8 to $30
If you were a fan of Stephan Pyles former Star Canyon restaurant, you will like his latest modern Texas style eatery even more. From the vibrant western themed decor complete with longhorns, snake wrapped booths and cowhide leather couches to the tapas style dishes offering a blend of Latin, Cajun and southern influences— Stampede 66 has garnered a loyal fan base within the 4 months it’s been opened. The menu is divided into sections featuring bocaditos like faux gras mousse with jalepeno jelly, tacos with fried sweetbreads served with an assortment of delicious salsas, tamales with pork barbacoa, and bowls of Freeto chili pie. Other menu selections feature farm birds, fish and game; including venison meatloaf, quail with blue corn chorizo stuffing and black jambalaya with soft shell crawfish. Drinks and desserts are just as inspirational as the food, from frozen passion fruit margaritas that are made at your table to salted caramel butterscotch pudding. So saddle up and head on over for a culinary experience that only Pyles can do.