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Peek inside Snowbird at the Star in Frisco.
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The 11 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, November 2022

Snowbird rings in from Frisco and Hotel Vin opens a new spot to eat and see bands in Grapevine

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Peek inside Snowbird at the Star in Frisco.
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New restaurants are opening rapidly in Dallas, and this map answers the vital question, “Where are the buzziest places to eat right now?”

In this month’s update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, the heatwave is burning everything up, and so are a few exciting dining destinations. New additions to the list are two from the ‘burbs: Snowbird is a must-try cocktail bar in Frisco and WineYard is a new spot to dine and see live music at Hotel Vin in Grapevine.

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Snowbird Cocktails and Kitchen

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The folks out in Frisco don’t have to head to Dallas for a fancy night out anymore. In the Star entertainment complex, this cocktail lounge with a 35 foot bar is the spot to get all sorts of drinks, including one loaded down with Pop Rocks. There’s also a kitchen, led by Dallas native chef Walter Bandt, with loads of cute eats to match the cute drinks.

On a table are a wooden slab with a bone-in steak, plus two plates of appetizers. Blue velvet furniture is visible in the background.
Sitting down to a meal at Snowbird in Frisco.
Snowbird Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen

Cathedral Italian Bistro

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Luke Rogers has been keeping his latest restaurant under wraps. But the buzz is slowly getting out as folks take to Facebook to rave about the garlic knots with umami butter, rigatoni and wagyu bolognese, and the veal osso buco.

The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro in Plano is highlighted with dark pink and yellow white neon lights.
The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

WineYard Grille + Bar

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Eat and be entertained at the Hotel Vin in Grapevine. This new spot offers what it describes in a press release as “Texas meets European-fusion barbecue menu” along with beers, wines, cocktails, and hot tunes from great musicians. And this winter it will host the hotel’s ever-popular bubbles experience, where diners get to reserve their own igloo for stargazing and champagne.

Onēsan Dim Sum Sushi

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With its sophisticated cocktail list, curated sushi offerings, and Korean dim sum that include ton-katsu and glazed ribs, this spot looks like a solid go-to for cocktails and light bites.

Dea Restaurant Dallas

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The folks behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood and Market have added Mediterranean to their portfolio. This spot in Inwood has a heavy Italian influence, including a fresh pasta program, but diners can also get Mediterranean seafood dishes and wines from the region.

A bone sits on a light blue plate with bone marrow inside, coated in balsamic vinegar with bread on the side.
Wood-roasted bone marrow is a signature dish at Dea.
Dea

It’s back! And it’s better than ever because the newly reopened Hide on Lowest Greenville serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to go with its inventive cocktail program. Stop in for the ribeye and cheddar sandwich or a honey butter chicken biscuit and enjoy the roof deck while the weather’s so darn nice.

Jia Asian Bistro

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Lakewood has been hurting for more excellent Chinese food. Jia Asian Bistro opened right at the Spillway to fill that void with its delicious menu, plus an offering of Thai dishes. It’s a welcome expansion into the neighborhood.

Caterina's

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That old-school Little Italy energy comes to life in Tim Love’s newest restaurant, Caterina’s, in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Try a plate of beef carpaccio to start. Order a plate of caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The house-made pastas cover all the expected bases, while the veal chop and roasted chicken is comfort food but better. 

A plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms and Italian parsley.
Beef carpaccio at Caterina’s.
Kevin Marple

The French Room

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One of Dallas’s most beautiful dining rooms is opening for dinner for a limited time with a series of special events in October, November, and January. For October, diners can enjoy one of six evenings with Chef Laurent Quenoix, the owner and executive chef of Bistro LQ in downtown Los Angeles. Each month will feature a guest chef offering a $125 tasting menu. Reservations are required.

A French-inspired dining room with white table clothes and golden wood finishes,
The dining room at the French Room.
The French Room

Trinity Groves welcomed its first new restaurant under its new CEO Julian Rodarte — and the concept is kind of a mood board based on his wife and Trinity Groves Director of Marketing Alexa “Lexy” Rodarte. The energy is highly pink, and the menu is positively delicious. Drop in for “high” tea service infused with CBD or order the red snapper, one of the menu’s most outstanding and over-the-top dishes.

A woman pours aioli on a plate next to a whole red snapper.
Lexy’s whole red snapper is a full-table dish.
Adriana Herrera

Stepchild

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Newly inside Exchange Place, the food hall at AT&T Discovery Center, is Stepchild by chef Misti Norris. The menu combines Cajun-inspired and Southern favorites alongside worldly plates, from a frog legs appetizer to pre-order only five-day aged Koji chicken. It’s here for a limited time, so run, don’t walk.

Five-day aged Koji chicken with dipping sauces, served on a wooden board.
The five-day aged Koji chicken at Stepchild. 
Stepchild

Snowbird Cocktails and Kitchen

The folks out in Frisco don’t have to head to Dallas for a fancy night out anymore. In the Star entertainment complex, this cocktail lounge with a 35 foot bar is the spot to get all sorts of drinks, including one loaded down with Pop Rocks. There’s also a kitchen, led by Dallas native chef Walter Bandt, with loads of cute eats to match the cute drinks.

On a table are a wooden slab with a bone-in steak, plus two plates of appetizers. Blue velvet furniture is visible in the background.
Sitting down to a meal at Snowbird in Frisco.
Snowbird Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen

Cathedral Italian Bistro

Luke Rogers has been keeping his latest restaurant under wraps. But the buzz is slowly getting out as folks take to Facebook to rave about the garlic knots with umami butter, rigatoni and wagyu bolognese, and the veal osso buco.

The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro in Plano is highlighted with dark pink and yellow white neon lights.
The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

WineYard Grille + Bar

Eat and be entertained at the Hotel Vin in Grapevine. This new spot offers what it describes in a press release as “Texas meets European-fusion barbecue menu” along with beers, wines, cocktails, and hot tunes from great musicians. And this winter it will host the hotel’s ever-popular bubbles experience, where diners get to reserve their own igloo for stargazing and champagne.

Onēsan Dim Sum Sushi

With its sophisticated cocktail list, curated sushi offerings, and Korean dim sum that include ton-katsu and glazed ribs, this spot looks like a solid go-to for cocktails and light bites.

Dea Restaurant Dallas

The folks behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood and Market have added Mediterranean to their portfolio. This spot in Inwood has a heavy Italian influence, including a fresh pasta program, but diners can also get Mediterranean seafood dishes and wines from the region.

A bone sits on a light blue plate with bone marrow inside, coated in balsamic vinegar with bread on the side.
Wood-roasted bone marrow is a signature dish at Dea.
Dea

HIDE

It’s back! And it’s better than ever because the newly reopened Hide on Lowest Greenville serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to go with its inventive cocktail program. Stop in for the ribeye and cheddar sandwich or a honey butter chicken biscuit and enjoy the roof deck while the weather’s so darn nice.

Jia Asian Bistro

Lakewood has been hurting for more excellent Chinese food. Jia Asian Bistro opened right at the Spillway to fill that void with its delicious menu, plus an offering of Thai dishes. It’s a welcome expansion into the neighborhood.

Caterina's

That old-school Little Italy energy comes to life in Tim Love’s newest restaurant, Caterina’s, in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Try a plate of beef carpaccio to start. Order a plate of caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The house-made pastas cover all the expected bases, while the veal chop and roasted chicken is comfort food but better. 

A plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms and Italian parsley.
Beef carpaccio at Caterina’s.
Kevin Marple

The French Room

One of Dallas’s most beautiful dining rooms is opening for dinner for a limited time with a series of special events in October, November, and January. For October, diners can enjoy one of six evenings with Chef Laurent Quenoix, the owner and executive chef of Bistro LQ in downtown Los Angeles. Each month will feature a guest chef offering a $125 tasting menu. Reservations are required.

A French-inspired dining room with white table clothes and golden wood finishes,
The dining room at the French Room.
The French Room

Lexy's

Trinity Groves welcomed its first new restaurant under its new CEO Julian Rodarte — and the concept is kind of a mood board based on his wife and Trinity Groves Director of Marketing Alexa “Lexy” Rodarte. The energy is highly pink, and the menu is positively delicious. Drop in for “high” tea service infused with CBD or order the red snapper, one of the menu’s most outstanding and over-the-top dishes.

A woman pours aioli on a plate next to a whole red snapper.
Lexy’s whole red snapper is a full-table dish.
Adriana Herrera

Stepchild

Newly inside Exchange Place, the food hall at AT&T Discovery Center, is Stepchild by chef Misti Norris. The menu combines Cajun-inspired and Southern favorites alongside worldly plates, from a frog legs appetizer to pre-order only five-day aged Koji chicken. It’s here for a limited time, so run, don’t walk.

Five-day aged Koji chicken with dipping sauces, served on a wooden board.
The five-day aged Koji chicken at Stepchild. 
Stepchild

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