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5 Dallas Restaurant Openings Diners Need to Know About Right Now

New spots for queso, fried chicken, and so much more

grilled fish tacos, tortilla chips, margarita, and flautas at Queso Beso
Score grilled fish tacos, margs, and more at Queso Beso
Queso Beso [Official Photo]

Dallas is home to literally hundreds of restaurants, and there’s a new spot that opens (practically) every day. It’s tough to keep up with every single new eatery that’s debuted in recent weeks, but here’s five brand new openings to know about right now.

Thursday, December 19

What’s Cluckin’

Now open at 6505 West Park Boulevard, What’s Cluckin’ brings Chicago-style fried chicken and other favorites from the Windy City to Plano. According to CultureMap, pretty much every part of the yardbird (including gizzards and livers) is marinated for 24 hours, then deep-fried to perfection and served alongside Chicago favorites like deep-fried pizza puffs and a signature Polish sausage served on a bun with grilled onions.

Queso Beso

Although a cheesy kiss may sound unappealing, the menu at Queso Beso is decidedly more attractive than its name. Head to this new Downtown eatery from Dallas hospitality giant Headington Companies at 1525 Main Street for fried chicken flautas, octopus tostadas, plenty of margaritas, and of course, queso.

Mesero

At the end of November, this perennial Tex-Mex favorite opened a new location in Preston Hollow to giant crowds. Per the Dallas Morning News, the new location at 7775 Firefall Way in Preston Hollow Village makes six for the chain founded by Mico Rodriguez.

Hiccups Teahouse & Churroholic

This new destination for churro sundaes and more over-the-top drinks and desserts opened its doors in Richardson at 744 South Central Expressway earlier this month, and it’s already taking over Instagram. In addition to the sweets, Hiccups also boasts a menu of Asian dishes like kimchi fried rice, pad Thai, and pho.

Foxtrot

Even though it’s not really a restaurant, fancy corner store Foxtrot is definitely a food destination. The Chicago-based chain’s second DFW location just arrived at 6565 Hillcrest Avenue in University Park, attracting throngs of hip shoppers. A coffee bar, beer on tap, and wines by the glass awaits, along with tons of snacks from local purveyors like Bisous Bisous Patisserie, Emporium Pies, and Joy Macarons.

Tuesday, November 26

Ozeki Ramen, Sushi and Izakaya

Japanese favorites await at the new Ozeki Ramen, Sushi & Izakaya, now open at Southlake Town Square at 432 Grand Avenue West. The menu spans sushi, traditional ramen, and an izakaya (Japanese pub) menu. That pub menu includes Japanese fried oysters, sushi samplers, and chicken karaage or Japanese-style fried chicken with shishito and coleslaw.

Ozeki Ramen, Sushi & Izakaya is a family affair, headed up by owner Shawn Kim and his cousin, chef Aden. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Fireside Pies

The wood-fired pizza and pasta chain opened a new location in Lake Highlands at 6750 Abrams Road Suite 105 on November 19. According to Lake Highland Advocate, the new restaurant offers two unique spaces, with a fireplace dividing the bar and booth areas.

Mallow Box

Gourmet marshmallows are the name of the game at Mallow Box, which just opened its first retail location at the Willow Bend food court in North Plano area with a grand opening on November 15.

The made-from-scratch Mallow Box marshmallows are whipped up in flavors like chocolate and cream, maple bourbon with bacon bits, lemon, and banana rum. Customers can then top these fluffy marshmallows with M&Ms, peanuts, coconut, and more. There’s also a s’mores bar, drinks, shakes, and other treats.

Sky Blossom

This new rooftop bar and restaurant serves up Asian fusion dishes with a view. Sky Blossom opened recently at the Mid-Elm Lofts building at 1514 Elm Street, reports CultureMap Dallas. Get there for lunch, dinner, and cocktails, with dishes like prawn garlic noodles or bulgogi burgers and drinks like lychee martinis.

The Biscuit Bar Deep Ellum

The Biscuit Bar is bringing fluffy carbs to Deep Ellum: this destination for savory and sweet biscuit sandwiches opened its third location on Thursday, November 21 at 2550 Pacific Avenue. It’s located in mixed-use project The Epic, which includes a boutique hotel and office and residential space.

Like the other locations, The Biscuit Bar Deep Ellum offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals. But this new shop caters to Deep Ellum revelers with extended late-night hours. There’s also a happy hour from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays to cater to the area’s night shift medical employees.

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