Dallas’s dining scene continues to thrive, and is finally (slowly) beginning to earn attention from national tastemakers. On the heels of one of the city’s eateries being named one of the country’s best new restaurants, the coming months bring even more exciting news for eaters in Dallas.
In the coming months, these much-anticipated newcomers will make their debuts, bringing everything from Southern Italian fare to top-notch Jamón Ibérico and swanky steaks. Without any further ado, scope out Dallas’s most anticipated restaurants, all expected to open their doors sometime this fall.
- Who: Italian chef and former Cane Rosso pizzaiolo Dino Santonicola, who teamed up with his wife and hospitality industry veteran Megan Santonicola for Partenope.
- What: A Southern Italian restaurant that will serve classic dishes like pizza fritta, timbaletto di melanzane (eggplant stuffed with pasta, tomato sauce, cheese, beef, sausage, and boiled egg), and ragu Nepoletano, along with Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh pastas and desserts like limoncello panna cotta.
- Where: Inside the Titche-Goettinger building at 1901 Main Street, Suite 102 in Downtown Dallas
- When: Late September or early October 2019
The Mayor’s House
- Who: Acclaimed chef Graham Dodds, formerly of Hibiscus and the Statler Hotel’s restaurants, and property developer Jim Lake.
- What: A casual restaurant in a historic space that will seat about 120 diners. While no menu has been published just yet for the “vegetable-forward” spot, Dodds has been teasing dishes for the restaurant for months, including Scotch eggs with jammy yolks, fish and chips, and whole-duck carnitas tacos topped with pickled onions.
- Where: A historic Oak Cliff home formerly owned by 1930s Dallas mayor George Sergeant. Located at 635 North Zang Boulevard, the space has been renovated extensively to create multiple dining rooms and an expansive patio.
- When: Originally expected to arrive sometime this summer, Dodds tells Eater that the Mayor’s House will open sometime in mid-October.
- Who: Restaurateur Johnny Di Francesco, who founded 400 Gradi in Australia
- What: A Neapolitan-style pizzeria that hails from Australia and has earned serious acclaim in the world of pizza, including top honors at the prestigious Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza competition in Italy. Italian classics like risotto, fried calamari, and char-grilled steaks round out the menu.
- Where: 2000 Ross Avenue in Downtown Dallas
- When: Per a rep for the restaurant, expect to arrive in “mid-to-late September.”
- Who: Vandelay Hospitality, the new restuarant group from East Hampton Sandwich Company and Hudson House’s Hunter Pond.
- What: A steakhouse that will take inspiration from vintage Hollywood favorites like the Beverly Hills Hotel cocktail menu with a “comfortable, yet sophisticated” vibe. Expect top-notch steaks, cheeseburgers, French dip sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more classic American eats.
- Where: A 4,000 square foot space at 5007 West Lovers Lane in Bluffview
- When: October 2019
Unnamed Curtis and Luke Stone Steakhouse
- Who: Celebrity chef and food TV personality Curtis Stone, known for his much-acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Gwen, which he owns with his brother Luke. The duo partnered with restaurateur Stephan Courseau, who operates Le Bilboquet and Up on Knox.
- What: Details are still pretty scant for this forthcoming spot, including a name, but it’s likely going to be pretty steak-obsessed and employ live-fire cooking techniques. The restaurant will also have an adjacent butcher shop, much like Gwen.
- Where: 4514 Travis Street, in the space next door to Le Bilboquet in Uptown
- When: “Later this year.”
- Who: A Spain-based purveyor of top-notch Jamón Ibérico, a Spanish delicacy that’s made from acorn-fed Iberian pigs.
- What: In addition to Jamón Ibérico, cheeses, and wines that can be taken home, Enrique Tomás will also boast an in-store cafe boasting a menu of tapas, wine, and cocktails for enjoying on-site.
- Where: 2822 Henderson Avenue, in the space that formerly housed Mexican restaurant Mesero.
- When: No concrete timeline has been set, but Enrique Tomás is expected to arrive sometime this fall.
More openings to keep an eye out for this fall:
- Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse, an upscale barbecue spot that hails from Houston, is expected to arrive in Plano in mid-September.
- The first Texas outpost of Boston-based burger chain Wahlburgers, which appears on an A&E reality show of the same name, is expected to arrive this fall at the Star in Frisco.
- Zoli’s, Dallas’s best New York style pizzeria, will open its much-anticipated Fort Worth location in mid-October. As a bonus, this outpost will be paired with a location of its sister soft-serve spot Cow Tipping Creamery.
- Also in vaguely-timed burger news: Shake Shack will open its eighth DFW location in Addison sometime this fall.
- Acclaimed Dallas Vietnamese restaurant Mot Hai Ba is expected to debut a second location at Victory Park this fall, though no official opening timeline has been announced.
- Chef Uno Immanivong’s Red Stix Street Food, formerly open at Plano’s Legacy Hall, will open two locations in October — one near SMU in Dallas, and a second in Farmer’s Branch.