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Dallas' restaurant scene continues to boom
Dallas' restaurant scene continues to boom
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The Most Anticipated Dallas Restaurant Openings, Summer 2016

Burgers, artisanal toasts, freshly-pressed juice, and more ahead

Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Summer can be a bit of a sleepy time in the Dallas restaurant scene. It’s hotter than hell, which means that most of us just stay at home in front of an air conditioner in favor of risking heat exhaustion to go out to dinner. This summer is different, though – the next few months are completely packed with exciting restaurant openings.

Heavy rains in the Spring delayed a few projects scheduled to open earlier this year, but warmer weather will hopefully make for more favorable construction conditions. Instead of sticking to your usual hermit-like summer plans, grab a fancy fan and head out these eight exciting new restaurants as they open this summer. Is there an important opening missing from this list? Shout it out in the comments.

Milk & Cream

  • Location: 5420 Ross Ave.
  • Details: Milk & Cream brings SoCal’s "milky bun," a donut-like pastry filled with ice cream, to Ross Ave just in time for summer. The menu for the mostly take-out spot will feature constantly rotating ice cream flavors, like Madagascar vanilla and lavender.
  • Projected opening date: June 2016

Image credit: Milk & Cream

Cedar Grove

  • Location: 4123 Cedar Springs Rd.
  • Details: Formerly known as DISH Cedar Springs, Chef Taylor Kearney will lead the kitchen at this more casual concept that will focus on shareable plates at lower price points. Notably, Kearney will bring his charcuterie program from Front Room Tavern to the concept.
  • Projected opening date: June 14

Image credit: DISH Cedar Springs

The Halal Guys

  • Location: 5444 Lemmon Ave.
  • Details: The famed NYC food cart continues its Texas expansion in Dallas. Chicken and rice platters, drizzled with plenty of white and red sauce, will no doubt make for excellent drunken late-night eats.
  • Projected opening date: July 2016

Image credit: The Halal Guys/Facebook


  • Location: 1520 Greenville Ave.
  • Details: An Austin export, Haymaker’s focus is on comfort fare and excellent craft beers. Construction is still underway on the Lower Greenville location, but it won’t be long before you’re able to dig into poutine and a pint on the patio at Haymaker.
  • Projected opening date: Originally Spring 2016

Image credit: TKTK

Toasted Coffee + Kitchen

  • Location: 5420 Ross Ave.
  • Details: Toasted Coffee + Kitchen is a mostly self-explanatory concept. In addition to freshly-baked artisanal toasts topped with fresh ingredients, coffee, cocktails, and sandwiches will also be on the menu.
  • Projected opening date: Summer 2016

Image credit: Toasted/Facebook

Haystack Burgers & Barley

  • Location: 3838 Oak Lawn Ave
  • Details: This suburban favorite migrates from Richardson to Uptown this summer, bringing its extensive menu of craft beers and killer burgers along with. The Turtle Creek-adjacent location is Haystack's first expansion, and will feature a large patio and full bar.
  • Projected opening date: August 2016

Image credit: Haystack Burgers & Barley


JuiceLand BK

  • Location: Sylvan | Thirty
  • Details: Austin’s most popular purveyor of freshly-pressed juices, smoothies, and vegan fare makes its Dallas entrance this summer. If juice isn’t your thing, healthy grab-and-go options will also be available.
  • Projected opening date: August 2016

Kate Weiser Chocolate

Kate Weiser Chocolate

  • Location: NorthPark Center
  • Details: Chocolatier Kate Weiser toyed with expanding her bonbon empire with a Plano pop-up last year. Now, she will occupy a small stand between Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co.
  • Projected opening date: Late Summer 2016

Image credit: Kate Weiser Chocolate

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