1) Richardson: LA Burger
With two existing locations in Irving and Carrollton, LA Burger now brings its unique brand of Los Angeles-inspired Korean fusion to Richardson. Think teriyaki-sauced burgers topped with kimchi, a bulgogi cheesesteak, and the all-important kimchi fries. Bonus: This location also has a full bar offering beer and cocktails.
2000 N. Plano Rd. Suite 115, Richardson
2) Carrollton: Bread Zeppelin
This unique fast-casual concept that stuffs chopped salad into fresh-baked, hollowed-out baguettes has expanded with a second location on Hebron Parkway near the Dallas North Tollway bordering Plano. Open for both lunch and dinner daily, patrons can choose from several different options like the Kale-ifornia (kale, pepitas, currants, a lemon-olive oil vinaigrette, and choice of protein) or build their own from a long list of ingredients.
3450 E. Hebron Pkwy Suite 108, Carrollton
3) Plano: Pho Bay
Plano's newest Vietnamese restaurant located just off 75 between Spring Creek and Parker is already mighty popular with the locals. Expect all the usual pho house fare including generously sized bowls of the beef noodle soup, spring rolls, bun bo hue, vermicelli dishes, and rice bowls, plus some ass-kicking iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk and bubble tea in flavors like jackfruit and avocado.
3933 N. Central Expy Suite 100, Plano
Salad specialists Endive recently launched a small fast-casual spot in the Village on the Green mixed-use development across from the Dallas Galleria. Touting "artisanal" creations, the menu includes salads and sandwiches with house-smoked meats and housemade dressings. Pick from selections like the Greek (cucumbers, olives, craisins, feta, cucumber-basil yogurt dressing) or build your own.
5301 Alpha Rd, Dallas
5) Lewisville: Lone Star Taps & Caps
This new craft beer bar off 121 and Josey Lane is further proof that growlers are hitting it big. Boasting 50 craft beers on tap with flat-screen monitors to give you the lowdown on each one, customers can grab a seat and enjoy a cold one or take it to-go in 32- or 64-ounce growlers. Expect to find local beers from brewers like Rabbit Hole, Deep Ellum, and Martin House, as well as selections by Clown Shoes, Oskar Blues, and Deschutes.
4740 State Hwy 121 Suite 500, Lewisville
6) Far North Dallas: Shiraz Mediterranean Grill
Authentic Persian fare hits the busy intersection of Preston and Frankford roads. Expect traditional dishes like kabobs, tadeek (crispy-bottomed rice), and the rose-flavored frozen dessert known as faloodeh, served in a classy, upscale atmosphere with a full bar.
18101 Preston Rd Suite 101, Dallas