The past year was a wild ride for food and drinks in Dallas. We got some great new chefs, great new restaurants, and cool food trends. For once, the good, new, and cool outdid the bummer news from Eater Dallas readers — so we’re guessing everyone needs a little more happiness in their lives. We’ll take that energy with us into 2024. But for now, let’s look back at what was a hit in 2023.
In July, we spoke to Le Rêve Gelato & Pâtisserie owner Andy Pham after his gorgeous supreme croissants flooded our social media feeds. Apparently you loved them too. Consider this a gentle reminder to go have more or try them for the first time. Pham is still serving them right now, in creme brule, chocolate hazelnut, pistachio, and coffee.
What else is there to say about this but yikes — big yikes? Other than after this report, it was discovered the Pond spit into the face of the woman involved in this case and yelled profanities at her. His lawyer disputed the accounts in both stories.
We asked if Loop 9 BBQ might be the next big chain to launch out of the Metroplex in this profile of Larry Lavine and his latest venture.
Chalking the success of this one up to gloating that someone finally left Austin to come north. Perhaps it’s wild because he’s a James Beard-nominee and brought his Second Bar + Kitchen concept to this tiny town. Or maybe everyone is just curious about Mineral Wells? All of the above?
When a recognizable face from TV comes to town, everyone wants to know what he’s up to. And Elliot is still hard at work opening a huge slate of restaurants in Fort Worth and points further west.
So, you’re really into hot dogs. But like, really.
And you’re really curious about where to spend your hard earned money at the flood of omakase services in town, which is relatable.
And you wanted to know if you should eat the Fruity Pebbles covered pickle (probably no, yes for a select few).
This was a huge year for James Beard nominees in DFW. We didn’t have any winners, but we had a lot of restaurants and chefs in the semifinals and in among the nominees. Traffic says we’re all proud!
If you’re surprised to see this story at number one, then we’ve gotta tell you: the searches for vegetarian and vegan food hitting Eater Dallas this year have been skyrocketing. Expect even more in 2024.