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A sample of the dishes on offer at District.
Kathy Tran

The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, June 2022

A 10-seat sushi restaurant, a San Francisco neighborhood joint, and a couple of barbecue spots join the dining scene

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A sample of the dishes on offer at District.
| Kathy Tran

New restaurants are opening at a rapid clip 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, summer is here, and so are a few exciting dining destinations. Places to check out include a tiny sushi restaurant serving over a dozen courses selected by the chef, a couple of new barbecue spots, the first outpost of a San Francisco neighborhood joint, and the cutest cafe on Greenville Avenue.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Alley Noodle Bar

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7701 Stacy Rd Suite 700
McKinney, TX 75070
(469) 625-1110

McKinney has a cute new fast casual noodle bar owned by Tuan Tran. The Alley Noodle Bar is differentiating itself by offering Vietnamese-style noodle dishes. Order its pho, garlic noodles, spring rolls, fried tofu, chicken, or shrimp. 

2. FIZZ

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3310 Dallas Pkwy #115
Plano, TX 75093

There is a new stop in Plano called Fizz for coffee, cocktails, and champagne. The place has a drink list of 50 sparkling wines and 20 Champagnes. It also features a wealth of options for building a personalized charcuterie board and a 1,200-square-foot patio. 

The interiors of Fizz Champagne lounge, with moody lighting, modernist red chairs, and neon decor.
Fizz is a Champagne lounge in Plano.
Fizz

3. 42 BBQ Smokehouse & Market

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3613 Shire Blvd
Richardson, TX 75082
(972) 707-0656
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Richardson lands a new fast casual barbecue joint, and they want to feed you like family. All the usual barbecue suspects are there: smoked brisket, pork spare ribs, and house-made sausage, plus sides. 

A man holds out a tray of pork spare ribs from 42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market.
42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market’s pork spare ribs.
42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market

4. Gillespie's Tavern at the Shire

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3600 Shire Blvd suite #112
Richardson, TX 75082
(469) 367-4651
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If it’s an Irish pub ye crave, Gillespie’s Tavern at the Shire in Richardson is now open and serving whiskeys (of course), fish and chips, Shepard’s pie, Shiner beer cheese soup, and a host of other Irish favorites. The owners also have Apollonia’s Italian Kitchen in the same development. 

5. District Dallas

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5100 Belt Line Rd #544
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 239-9300
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This San Francisco neighborhood bar and grill opened its first Texas outpost in Addison, bringing an extensive wine list and gastro dishes. Ask the in-house sommelier to pair your meal with a glass. The duck “beggar’s purses” and the ahi tuna poke, which is all squared, are delicious orders. 

The U-shaped bar inside District in Addison. It’s lined with blue and brown barstools and the bartop is made of blonde wood. A U-shaped ceiling feature mirrors the bar.
The bar inside District in Addison.
District

6. Shawley Cafe

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2146 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 836-5411
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Richardson also has a new Ethiopian restaurant, Shawley Cafe. The service is traditional large shared plates, best eaten with one’s hands. The menu is heavy on meat dishes, including kitfo (beef tartar), lega tibs (sautéed beef cubes with vegetables ), and siga begomen (beef and greens). 

7. Douglas Bar and Grill

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6818 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 205-5888
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After some delay from its expected February opening, Douglas Bar and Grill is ready for diners in Snider Plaza. Pitmaster Doug Pickering is at the helm and serves barbecue during the day and evening menu that encompasses an array of Southern favorites. 

A plate of brisket with sausage and sides of mac and cheese and potato salad from the Douglas.
The brisket barbecue plate at Douglas.
Douglas Bar and Grill

8. Cafe Duro

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2804 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 888-8485
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The cutest little cafe on Greenville Avenue is a beautiful spot to get an espresso and handmade sausage kolaches or blueberry danishes. Later in the day, stop in for a cocktail and a pizzetta — and pick up some necessary Italian staples. 

The interior of Cafe Duro, with checked floors, yellow walls, and dark wood cabinets and tables. Stephen Karlisch

9. Mi Cocina Uptown

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 600-8044
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Go for the size alone: this Mi Cocina is the franchise’s largest at 11,500-square feet that includes huge patios and an upstairs bar with premium bottles and an “upscale” experience. 

The dining room at Mi Cocina’s Uptown location, with beige furniture and dark wood accents.
A small snapshot of part of Mi Cocina’s extensive new Uptown location.
Mi Cocina

10. SER Steak + Spirits

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2201 N Stemmons Fwy Floor 27
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 761-7479
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Have the steakhouse experience at the top of the Hilton Anatole’s tower wing at Ser Steak + Spirits. There are spectacular views of Dallas in every direction from this Design District spot. There’s a lively bar, and sometimes a piano player, whiskey flights, and if the price points make you gasp, you can still try the small plates of steak to sample the flavor of the joint.

A dining area in Ser Steak + Spirits with burnt orange leather chairs and dark wood furniture.
One dining area in Ser Steak + Spirits in the Hilton Anatole.
Ser Steak + Spirits

11. Dolce Riviera

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2950 N Harwood St #115
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 458-6623
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Visit the Italian Rivera, or something very like it, at this newly reopened Harwood District restaurant. Try the show-stopping octopus anti pasta, and cuttlefish ink pasta with rock shrimp is a notable pick from the pasta menu of freshly made options. 

The blue and white dining room of Dolce Riviera, with floors and furniture of warm blonde wood. Kathy Tran

12. Tatsu Dallas

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3309 Elm St ste 120
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 271-7710
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Serving up omakase-style sushi, this restaurant seats only 10 people at a time and offers no menu. Instead, savor an 18-course meal of primarily raw fish, selected by the chef based on its sustainability.

1. The Alley Noodle Bar

7701 Stacy Rd Suite 700, McKinney, TX 75070

McKinney has a cute new fast casual noodle bar owned by Tuan Tran. The Alley Noodle Bar is differentiating itself by offering Vietnamese-style noodle dishes. Order its pho, garlic noodles, spring rolls, fried tofu, chicken, or shrimp. 

7701 Stacy Rd Suite 700
McKinney, TX 75070

2. FIZZ

3310 Dallas Pkwy #115, Plano, TX 75093
The interiors of Fizz Champagne lounge, with moody lighting, modernist red chairs, and neon decor.
Fizz is a Champagne lounge in Plano.
Fizz

There is a new stop in Plano called Fizz for coffee, cocktails, and champagne. The place has a drink list of 50 sparkling wines and 20 Champagnes. It also features a wealth of options for building a personalized charcuterie board and a 1,200-square-foot patio. 

3310 Dallas Pkwy #115
Plano, TX 75093

3. 42 BBQ Smokehouse & Market

3613 Shire Blvd, Richardson, TX 75082
A man holds out a tray of pork spare ribs from 42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market.
42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market’s pork spare ribs.
42 BBQ Smokehouse + Market

Richardson lands a new fast casual barbecue joint, and they want to feed you like family. All the usual barbecue suspects are there: smoked brisket, pork spare ribs, and house-made sausage, plus sides. 

3613 Shire Blvd
Richardson, TX 75082

4. Gillespie's Tavern at the Shire

3600 Shire Blvd suite #112, Richardson, TX 75082

If it’s an Irish pub ye crave, Gillespie’s Tavern at the Shire in Richardson is now open and serving whiskeys (of course), fish and chips, Shepard’s pie, Shiner beer cheese soup, and a host of other Irish favorites. The owners also have Apollonia’s Italian Kitchen in the same development. 

3600 Shire Blvd suite #112
Richardson, TX 75082

5. District Dallas

5100 Belt Line Rd #544, Dallas, TX 75254
The U-shaped bar inside District in Addison. It’s lined with blue and brown barstools and the bartop is made of blonde wood. A U-shaped ceiling feature mirrors the bar.
The bar inside District in Addison.
District

This San Francisco neighborhood bar and grill opened its first Texas outpost in Addison, bringing an extensive wine list and gastro dishes. Ask the in-house sommelier to pair your meal with a glass. The duck “beggar’s purses” and the ahi tuna poke, which is all squared, are delicious orders. 

5100 Belt Line Rd #544
Dallas, TX 75254

6. Shawley Cafe

2146 E Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

Richardson also has a new Ethiopian restaurant, Shawley Cafe. The service is traditional large shared plates, best eaten with one’s hands. The menu is heavy on meat dishes, including kitfo (beef tartar), lega tibs (sautéed beef cubes with vegetables ), and siga begomen (beef and greens). 

2146 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson, TX 75081

7. Douglas Bar and Grill

6818 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
A plate of brisket with sausage and sides of mac and cheese and potato salad from the Douglas.
The brisket barbecue plate at Douglas.
Douglas Bar and Grill

After some delay from its expected February opening, Douglas Bar and Grill is ready for diners in Snider Plaza. Pitmaster Doug Pickering is at the helm and serves barbecue during the day and evening menu that encompasses an array of Southern favorites. 

6818 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205

8. Cafe Duro

2804 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
The interior of Cafe Duro, with checked floors, yellow walls, and dark wood cabinets and tables. Stephen Karlisch

The cutest little cafe on Greenville Avenue is a beautiful spot to get an espresso and handmade sausage kolaches or blueberry danishes. Later in the day, stop in for a cocktail and a pizzetta — and pick up some necessary Italian staples. 

2804 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Mi Cocina Uptown

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The dining room at Mi Cocina’s Uptown location, with beige furniture and dark wood accents.
A small snapshot of part of Mi Cocina’s extensive new Uptown location.
Mi Cocina

Go for the size alone: this Mi Cocina is the franchise’s largest at 11,500-square feet that includes huge patios and an upstairs bar with premium bottles and an “upscale” experience. 

3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. SER Steak + Spirits

2201 N Stemmons Fwy Floor 27, Dallas, TX 75207
A dining area in Ser Steak + Spirits with burnt orange leather chairs and dark wood furniture.
One dining area in Ser Steak + Spirits in the Hilton Anatole.
Ser Steak + Spirits

Have the steakhouse experience at the top of the Hilton Anatole’s tower wing at Ser Steak + Spirits. There are spectacular views of Dallas in every direction from this Design District spot. There’s a lively bar, and sometimes a piano player, whiskey flights, and if the price points make you gasp, you can still try the small plates of steak to sample the flavor of the joint.

2201 N Stemmons Fwy Floor 27
Dallas, TX 75207

11. Dolce Riviera

2950 N Harwood St #115, Dallas, TX 75201
The blue and white dining room of Dolce Riviera, with floors and furniture of warm blonde wood. Kathy Tran

Visit the Italian Rivera, or something very like it, at this newly reopened Harwood District restaurant. Try the show-stopping octopus anti pasta, and cuttlefish ink pasta with rock shrimp is a notable pick from the pasta menu of freshly made options. 

2950 N Harwood St #115
Dallas, TX 75201

12. Tatsu Dallas

3309 Elm St ste 120, Dallas, TX 75226

Serving up omakase-style sushi, this restaurant seats only 10 people at a time and offers no menu. Instead, savor an 18-course meal of primarily raw fish, selected by the chef based on its sustainability.

3309 Elm St ste 120
Dallas, TX 75226

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