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Eat steak like kings would at Brass Ram.
Kathy Tran

The 8 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, February 2023

Get down to El Carlos Elegante and Brass Ram this winter

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Eat steak like kings would at Brass Ram.
| Kathy Tran

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.

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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 pretty 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

Andrew's American Pizza Kitchen

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Looking for a kid-friendly, old school pizza joint with lots of options? This is it. Not only is the menu loaded with classic Italian dishes, but the types of pizza are...all of them. Scratch your itch for Chicago, New York, tavern, and Dallas style pizzas.

A black tabletop holds two pizzas.
Have your pie and eat it too and Andrew’s.
Kathy Tran

Escondido TexMex Patio

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This lively new spot is one to visit ASAP. Order wildly because all the Tex-Mex staples one expects are there. But make sure to try the Tex-Mex pizza, which instantly became the most popular thing on the menu. The guava frozen margarita is pretty great too.

A colorful tablecloth sits under various Tex Mex dishes.
Fajitas, anyone?
Kathy Tran

Quarter Acre

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The space that used to hold Rapscallion on Lowest Greenville has gotten a massive interior makeover. Chef and owner Toby Archibald is serving seasonal fare, with a focus on food influenced by his travels and his homeland of New Zealand. On the menu are a 48-hour beef short rib, parmesan-buttered grouper, and hot-smoked Glory Bay salmon, plus some vegetable-centered entrees.

A table holds a spread of various entrees.
Glorious global dishes at Quarter Acre.
Emily Loving

Poco Fiasco

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Pizza and martinis? Heck yes. This new Harwood pizza joint is a feast for the eyes, with it’s old-world charm, and for the palette, with its thin-crust, crispy pizzas and a slew of martinis.

A green tabletop holds various pizzas.
So many pizzas, so little time.
Kathy Tran

El Carlos Elegante

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This Mexican-inspired restaurant in the Design District may be one of the most delightfully designed restaurants to open in Dallas this year. The menu is no slouch, either. Some standout dishes include mole negro masa, osso buco carnitas, and beef aguachile.

Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall

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The signature dish at Tim Love’s new spot in the Fort Worth Stockyards is baked oysters. And yes, trying them is a must. But don’t miss the duck confit shepherd’s pie, if you’re looking for something hearty, or the fried bologna sandwich made with house-made mortadella, if you’re looking for an elevated take on a simple idea.

A plate holds baked oysters and a piece of garlic bread, with a grilled lemon.
Baked oysters are the signature dish at Tannahill’s Tavern.
Kevin Marple

Brass Ram

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 Nick Badovinus, the chef behind Town Hearth and Neighborhood Services, does it again with a Downtown “old school” steakhouse. Enjoy a steak dinner with a martini under the watchful eyes of a whole lot of rams.

A steakhouse dining room features white cloth covered tables, gold curtains, soft lighting, an in the foreground, a brass ram.
Sit down and stay awhile in Brass Ram’s cozy dining room.
Luis Martinez

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 pretty 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

Andrew's American Pizza Kitchen

Looking for a kid-friendly, old school pizza joint with lots of options? This is it. Not only is the menu loaded with classic Italian dishes, but the types of pizza are...all of them. Scratch your itch for Chicago, New York, tavern, and Dallas style pizzas.

A black tabletop holds two pizzas.
Have your pie and eat it too and Andrew’s.
Kathy Tran

Escondido TexMex Patio

This lively new spot is one to visit ASAP. Order wildly because all the Tex-Mex staples one expects are there. But make sure to try the Tex-Mex pizza, which instantly became the most popular thing on the menu. The guava frozen margarita is pretty great too.

A colorful tablecloth sits under various Tex Mex dishes.
Fajitas, anyone?
Kathy Tran

Quarter Acre

The space that used to hold Rapscallion on Lowest Greenville has gotten a massive interior makeover. Chef and owner Toby Archibald is serving seasonal fare, with a focus on food influenced by his travels and his homeland of New Zealand. On the menu are a 48-hour beef short rib, parmesan-buttered grouper, and hot-smoked Glory Bay salmon, plus some vegetable-centered entrees.

A table holds a spread of various entrees.
Glorious global dishes at Quarter Acre.
Emily Loving

Poco Fiasco

Pizza and martinis? Heck yes. This new Harwood pizza joint is a feast for the eyes, with it’s old-world charm, and for the palette, with its thin-crust, crispy pizzas and a slew of martinis.

A green tabletop holds various pizzas.
So many pizzas, so little time.
Kathy Tran

El Carlos Elegante

This Mexican-inspired restaurant in the Design District may be one of the most delightfully designed restaurants to open in Dallas this year. The menu is no slouch, either. Some standout dishes include mole negro masa, osso buco carnitas, and beef aguachile.

Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall

The signature dish at Tim Love’s new spot in the Fort Worth Stockyards is baked oysters. And yes, trying them is a must. But don’t miss the duck confit shepherd’s pie, if you’re looking for something hearty, or the fried bologna sandwich made with house-made mortadella, if you’re looking for an elevated take on a simple idea.

A plate holds baked oysters and a piece of garlic bread, with a grilled lemon.
Baked oysters are the signature dish at Tannahill’s Tavern.
Kevin Marple

Brass Ram

 Nick Badovinus, the chef behind Town Hearth and Neighborhood Services, does it again with a Downtown “old school” steakhouse. Enjoy a steak dinner with a martini under the watchful eyes of a whole lot of rams.

A steakhouse dining room features white cloth covered tables, gold curtains, soft lighting, an in the foreground, a brass ram.
Sit down and stay awhile in Brass Ram’s cozy dining room.
Luis Martinez

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