As is the tradition at Eater, we're rounding up the year with a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers and others to get a feel for the highlights and lowlights of the last year in eating in Dallas. We covered Top Restaurant Standbys; now it's time for Favorite Newcomers, related to you here in no particular order.Zio Cecio [Photo: Kelsey Foster/EDFW]
Q: What are the top restaurant newcomers of 2011?
José Ralat Maldonado, The Taco Trail: Cane Rosso, Good 2 Go Taco, Lockhart Smokehouse, Mesa, Tacos El Guero #2
Sarah, BigDFoodTrucks: Lucia, Zio Cecio, Meso Maya, Marquee, Lockhart
Daniel "BBQ Snob" Vaughn, Full Custom Gospel BBQ: Lockhart Smokehouse was easily the newcomer of the year. They brought true Central Texas Style BBQ to Dallas, and it's damn good.
Stephanie Hawkes, DFW Food Truck Foodie: 45 of the current 50 trucks rolled out in DFW in 2011; they are all newcomers and still working their way to the top.