As 2013 draws to a close, we're surveying friends of Eater about the year in dining. Here now, local food writers weigh in on the top restaurant newcomers of the year (do feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts via the comments).
CBD Provisions. [Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]
Q: What was the top restaurant newcomer of 2013?
Carol Shih, SideDish: "CBD Provisions."
Teresa Gubbins, CultureMap: "Mot Hai Ba."
José Ralat-Maldonado, The Taco Trail: "I know I should say something like Mot Hai Ba or Zoli's (the latter is on my regular neighborhood restaurant rotation), but the joint that excited me the most was El Come Taco. The Fitzhugh Avenue taqueria was opened in the fall by Luis Villalva who has worked at Revolver Taco Lounge and the Taco Party food truck. The tacos at El Come Taco are available in several DF-style options like suadero, cabeza, al pastor (from a trompo, the vertical spit upon which traditional al pastor is cooked). There's also sesos (calf brains). The gringas are also fantastic. The service is attentive, friendly and best when you allow Luis and staff to lead the way. Just say you want tacos and they'll do the rest."
Kevin Gray, Dallas editor of UrbanDaddy: "CBD Provisions. The menu nails that mix of comforting and elegant, and the whole place infuses some very welcome energy into downtown. Bring some friends and share the pig head carnitas."
Steven Doyle, CraveDFW: "It may be too obvious, but Matt McCallister at FT33 is really rocking with innovation. I love how his mind works and it translates so well on the plate."
foodbitch, blogger: "Spoon. I felt like I was in New York City rather than Dallas when I was in there."
Whitney Filloon, Eater Dallas: "I love everything about CBD Provisions but I'm going to say Monkey King Noodle Co.. Their spicy beef soup is probably my most-eaten meal of the year... Can't say enough good things about those handmade noodles."