Now that summer is officially (and thankfully) approaching its end, prepare for fall to be completely action-packed when it comes to new Dallas restaurants. Perhaps it's the impending cool(er) weather, but there's something about this time of year that makes you want to get out there and try something new.
In the past two weeks alone, a number of hot and interesting new concepts have made their Dallas debuts. These five recently opened spots are definitely worth adding to your 'to try' list.
Dolce Riviera — This buzzy new hotspot at The Harwood features housemade pastas and other Italian classics prepared by a chef who learned his craft in his native Italy. Considering the state of Italian cuisine in Dallas, here’s hoping that Dolce Riviera’s authentic fare takes off.
Shake Shack — You probably haven’t missed the arrival of this iconic NYC burger chain, especially if you live near the Crescent and have seen the lines pouring out the door at all hours of the day. Definitely go for the Link Burger, topped with Pecan Lodge’s famous jalapeno-cheese sausage.
Pakpao Plano — Chef Jet Tila continues to expand his fresh, Thai-inspired menu across DFW, and the latest location has officially opened its doors in Plano. Suburban fans of Tila’s killer pad thai, rejoice.
Monkey King Banana Stand — Andrew Chen takes it back to his roots at the original stand where Monkey King Noodle Company found its genesis. MKNC has since moved into a bigger, better home in Deep Ellum, leaving room for the Banana Stand, a test kitchen where pastry chef Cuong Vo goes wild with simple Asian desserts like Taiwanese egg tarts and matcha-infused ice cream.
JuiceLand — The arrival of Austin’s favorite health-obsessed juice chain is especially welcome news for vegans and vegetarians. Plenty of grab-and-go meat-free options abound in addition to a selection of nutrient-packed juices and smoothies. Try The Originator, a blend of fruit juices, peanut butter, hemp oil, protein, and other superfoods that tastes just like a PB&J.
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