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Mammaw’s Fried Chicken at Restaurant Beatrice.
Kathy Tran

The 13 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, August 2022

Caterina’s in Fort Worth and the Stepchild pop up are standouts this month

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Mammaw’s Fried Chicken at Restaurant Beatrice.
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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. Places to check out include a buzzing hotspot Downtown, an “atypical” Mexican restaurant, and dim sum in North Dallas.

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Akira Back Dallas

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Snowboarder turned Michelin star awarded chef Akira Back opened an outpost of his Japanese and Korean influenced sushi restaurants at Grandscape — bringing with him one of the most pedigreed spots in this new development. That includes a private dining room, a “mystery box” of sushi for adventurous diners, and whimsical dishes such as the Pop Rockin’, which embeds Pop Rocks in a sushi roll — but hear us out, it’s really good. Go there to order sushi with a presentation and ingredients not found anywhere else in the Metroplex.

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

District Dallas

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The combo of relaxed neighborhood restaurant with a bar that takes up the center of the room and better than casual food with a sommelier on hand to help with your wine and whiskey selection from their massive library is unusual. That’s exactly what District brings to the extremely popular Addison restaurant district it landed in. Try brussel sprouts, ahi tuna poke, and the duck-filled beggar’s purses to start. District also recently added brunch service.

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

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.

Goodbye Horses

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Some folks don’t like all the razzle dazzle, and this new place by SMU is designed just for them. There are burgers, beers, and the owner and former Nonna chef Julian Barsotti. Who wouldn’t want to hang if it is named after this song and that’s the vibe? 

This ‘90s Dallas favorite is back in a new location — and with some of its original menu items. Those who remember going to previous iteration so Sfuzzi will recognize the frozen Sfuzzi and frozen blueberry mojito, as well as the Breakfast Pizza, with its bacon, egg, and prosciutto combo. The Sausage Rustica pizza, with sausage from Jimmy’s, is a winner, as is the bread-crumb free chicken parmesan.

On a black background, white plates hold pasta, potatoes, beef carpaccio, and a cocktail.
The Italian dishes on offer at Sfuzzi.
Kathy Tran

Hugo's Invitados

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Hugo’s Invitados opens in the spot Mi Cocina vacated in the West Village, assuring the locals that their access to Mexican food will remain uninterrupted. This is the second location after its debut in Las Colinas, and on the menu are adventurous dishes, from Spanish octopus hummus to duck confit chile relleno.

Carbone Vino

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Carbone Dallas may still be impossible to get into but its sister restaurant, Vino, is saving space for walk-ins. If a lighter atmosphere and fare sounds good, grab and outside table or just belly up to the Rococo bar and enjoy a classic cocktail.

On a white tablecloth, assorted Italian dishes are placed with a focus on pasta and seafood.
An array of appetizers at Carbone.
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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 come across as comfort food but better.

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

Tatsu Dallas

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Tasting menus are becoming a trend at Dallas sushi restaurants. This one, off Deep Ellum, offers a $170 per person service, in a 10-person venue. With two services Tuesday through Sunday, that means a very limited number of reservations.

Beehive Restaurant Lounge

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The buzz on the beehive is that the cocktails in this joint are too good not to get Instagrammed. Head downtown for a glamorous night out and try some light bites, including volcano shrimp balls and the tofu lettuce bowl.

Sassetta

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Sassetta brings fine Italian dining to the Joule hotel downtown. Don’t miss the burrata panzanella salad, made with toasted bread crumbs, burratta, heirloom tomatoes, and sourdough vinaigrette. The pork parmesan, which finds a nice cut of meat crusted in cheese, is also a delight.

A pizza is served on a marble top with a bottle of olive oil and a tray of seasonings.
Pizza at Sassetta.
Thanin Viriyaki/Sassetta

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

Restaurant Beatrice

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Cajun and Creole cooking comes to Oak Cliff at this French and Acadian inspired spot. Southern comfort food is front and center, with Mammaw’s fried chicken and shrimp and grits. Vegan green gumbo and vegan jambalaya put a twist on old classics.

A pair of hands hold grilled meat over a black coal grill.
Grilling outside on the patio at Restaurant Beatrice.
Kathy Tran

Akira Back Dallas

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

Snowboarder turned Michelin star awarded chef Akira Back opened an outpost of his Japanese and Korean influenced sushi restaurants at Grandscape — bringing with him one of the most pedigreed spots in this new development. That includes a private dining room, a “mystery box” of sushi for adventurous diners, and whimsical dishes such as the Pop Rockin’, which embeds Pop Rocks in a sushi roll — but hear us out, it’s really good. Go there to order sushi with a presentation and ingredients not found anywhere else in the Metroplex.

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

District Dallas

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

The combo of relaxed neighborhood restaurant with a bar that takes up the center of the room and better than casual food with a sommelier on hand to help with your wine and whiskey selection from their massive library is unusual. That’s exactly what District brings to the extremely popular Addison restaurant district it landed in. Try brussel sprouts, ahi tuna poke, and the duck-filled beggar’s purses to start. District also recently added brunch service.

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

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.

Goodbye Horses

Some folks don’t like all the razzle dazzle, and this new place by SMU is designed just for them. There are burgers, beers, and the owner and former Nonna chef Julian Barsotti. Who wouldn’t want to hang if it is named after this song and that’s the vibe? 

Sfuzzi

On a black background, white plates hold pasta, potatoes, beef carpaccio, and a cocktail.
The Italian dishes on offer at Sfuzzi.
Kathy Tran

This ‘90s Dallas favorite is back in a new location — and with some of its original menu items. Those who remember going to previous iteration so Sfuzzi will recognize the frozen Sfuzzi and frozen blueberry mojito, as well as the Breakfast Pizza, with its bacon, egg, and prosciutto combo. The Sausage Rustica pizza, with sausage from Jimmy’s, is a winner, as is the bread-crumb free chicken parmesan.

On a black background, white plates hold pasta, potatoes, beef carpaccio, and a cocktail.
The Italian dishes on offer at Sfuzzi.
Kathy Tran

Hugo's Invitados

Hugo’s Invitados opens in the spot Mi Cocina vacated in the West Village, assuring the locals that their access to Mexican food will remain uninterrupted. This is the second location after its debut in Las Colinas, and on the menu are adventurous dishes, from Spanish octopus hummus to duck confit chile relleno.

Carbone Vino

On a white tablecloth, assorted Italian dishes are placed with a focus on pasta and seafood.
An array of appetizers at Carbone.
Major Food Group

Carbone Dallas may still be impossible to get into but its sister restaurant, Vino, is saving space for walk-ins. If a lighter atmosphere and fare sounds good, grab and outside table or just belly up to the Rococo bar and enjoy a classic cocktail.

On a white tablecloth, assorted Italian dishes are placed with a focus on pasta and seafood.
An array of appetizers at Carbone.
Major Food Group

Caterina's

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

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 come across as comfort food but better.

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

Tatsu Dallas

Tasting menus are becoming a trend at Dallas sushi restaurants. This one, off Deep Ellum, offers a $170 per person service, in a 10-person venue. With two services Tuesday through Sunday, that means a very limited number of reservations.

Beehive Restaurant Lounge

The buzz on the beehive is that the cocktails in this joint are too good not to get Instagrammed. Head downtown for a glamorous night out and try some light bites, including volcano shrimp balls and the tofu lettuce bowl.

Sassetta

A pizza is served on a marble top with a bottle of olive oil and a tray of seasonings.
Pizza at Sassetta.
Thanin Viriyaki/Sassetta

Sassetta brings fine Italian dining to the Joule hotel downtown. Don’t miss the burrata panzanella salad, made with toasted bread crumbs, burratta, heirloom tomatoes, and sourdough vinaigrette. The pork parmesan, which finds a nice cut of meat crusted in cheese, is also a delight.

A pizza is served on a marble top with a bottle of olive oil and a tray of seasonings.
Pizza at Sassetta.
Thanin Viriyaki/Sassetta

Stepchild

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

Restaurant Beatrice

A pair of hands hold grilled meat over a black coal grill.
Grilling outside on the patio at Restaurant Beatrice.
Kathy Tran

Cajun and Creole cooking comes to Oak Cliff at this French and Acadian inspired spot. Southern comfort food is front and center, with Mammaw’s fried chicken and shrimp and grits. Vegan green gumbo and vegan jambalaya put a twist on old classics.

A pair of hands hold grilled meat over a black coal grill.
Grilling outside on the patio at Restaurant Beatrice.
Kathy Tran

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