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Sushi Bayashi at Trinity Groves.
Sushi Bayashi at Trinity Groves.
K. Davidson

The Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now, March 2015

A monthly guide to the latest and greatest in Dallas dining.

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Sushi Bayashi at Trinity Groves.
| K. Davidson

It's time for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, a monthly guide intended to answer the age-old question: "Where should I eat tonight?"

New additions to the March Heatmap include a Trinity Groves ramen and sushi destination and two new Deep Ellum spots specializing in sausage and beer, respectively.

Added: Braindead Brewing, Luscher's, Sushi Bayashi

Removed: TJ's Seafood Market

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Blind Butcher

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Avowed carnivores will feel right at home at this dark Lowest Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin. Poutine is trendy right now, but nobody does it quite like Blind Butcher, particularly the insanely delicious duck version. Other menu standouts include the "tripe and tails," spicy fried pig ears, and the selection of handmade sausages (the chicken variation is always changing, and always good).
John Tesar's house of meats at The Highland Dallas is putting a fresh spin on the classic steakhouse with unusual (and unusually affordable) cuts like tri-tip and culotte. The bacon tasting gets a lot of attention, but the sleeper hit of the menu is the housemade blood sausage. The Ozersky burger is a must, and a bargain at only 12 bucks.

Proof + Pantry

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Misery Loves Co. (that's Driftwood partners Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II) and chef Kyle McClelland are giving One Arts Plaza a much-needed injection of something new and exciting with a well-edited cocktail menu and shareable plates like roast chicken and a fancy ham tasting. Bone marrow with onion marshmallows sounds strange but tastes delicious.

Clark Food & Wine Co.

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Craft cocktails, wine on tap, and smoked proteins galore await at this Lowest Greenville spot from chef Randall Warder. Expect trendy items like avocado toast, bone marrow, and things in jars (e.g. smoked fish dip and awesome pork rillettes) in a rustic-but-sleek, laid-back setting. Even "BBQ Snob" Daniel Vaughn was impressed by the smoked shrimp and Arctic char.

Henry's Majestic

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Killer cocktails from barman Alex Fletcher (including tasty draft options like the Vietnamese coffee-inspired 8AM) and a great patio make the newest venture from the Bread Winners team worth a visit. On the food side of things, expect housemade potato chips with creamy onion dip, oysters with pancetta and kimchi butter, and a burger dialed up with bone marrow from Hell's Kitchen contestant Roe DiLeo.

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Nick Badovinus knocks it out of the park yet again with the newest addition to the NHS family. Expect the same NHS flavors you've known and loved with some new twists, including dishes like buffalo quail legs, chicken fricassee pot pie, and dry-aged steaks alongside fantastic cocktails.

OSO Food & Wine

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Industry vets Michael Cox and Kelly Hightower are dazzling diners with a modern spin on Mediterranean flavors in a chic, colorful dining room. A giant pork chop milanese gets fresh with an herbal salsa verde, bacon-wrapped dates are stuffed with spicy pork chorizo, and a luscious braised lamb shank rests on a bed of fluffy apricot-studded couscous.
This 1920's soda fountain-themed sibling of neighbor HG Sply Co. is already knocking it out of the park with modern versions of homey favorites like perfect fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a killer housemade bologna sandwich. Cocktails are inventive and delicious (think a kaffir lime rickey), and do not skip the dessert menu, with daily rotating options like a dark chocolate grasshopper pie and potato chip-laden sundaes. The 90's hiphop soundtrack is a nice touch.

Small BrewPub

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The first of many exciting new additions to the Jefferson Tower redevelopment, head to Small for interesting beers, tasty and fairly priced cocktails, and a very creative menu from former FT33 sous chef Misti Norris that includes items like pig trotters, fried chicken feet, and fantastic housemade charcuterie. Leslie Brenner recently gave it three stars, no small feat for a bar.

Cafe Momentum

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Charitable pop-up sensation Cafe Momentum has found a permanent home downtown, and the kitchen of talented young men led by Chad Houser, Eric Shelton, and Justin Box is putting out refined dishes like smoked carrot pappardelle with mole chicken sausage and octopus tiradito with aji amarillo. Former Oak pastry chef Sarah Green is on desserts, but best of all: The cost of your meal goes to supporting one of the most worthy organizations in town.

Public School 214

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Uptown is seriously psyched for the arrival of PS214, thanks to a creative menu of fancy scratch-made bar bites like buffalo cauliflower, bacon and cheddar-stuffed tots, and chorizo mac and cheese topped with crunchy salt and vinegar potato chips. Cocktails are made with fresh juices and housemade syrups and bitters, and craft beer drinkers will find plenty to their liking. Bonus: Nutella ice cream sandwiches.
Tim Byres' unique brand of "new firewood cooking" is reaching new heights at Smoke's West Plano branch thanks to an impressive custom-built hearth in the kitchen. The Marfa-cool dining room is reminiscent of the Belmont Hotel original without being a carbon copy. Expect Smoke classics like "The Big Rib" and cabrito masa pie.

Braindead Brewing

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Deep Ellum gets its very own brewpub with the arrival of laid-back Braindead. The house-brewed beers aren't ready for drinking just yet, but fret not, there's plenty of other stuff on tap. The menu by chef David Pena includes everything from housemade chicharrones and fancy popcorn cooked in duck fat to mussels cooked in wheat beer and the formidable T.A.B.L.E. sandwich (housemade bacon, honey sriracha aioli, arugula, tomato, avocado, and a fried egg on sourdough), and everything's made from scratch.

Luscher's Red Hots

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The highly anticipated Deep Ellum spot from The Grape chef-owner Brian Luscher was more than worth the wait. Can't go wrong with the Wagyu Italian beef with housemade giardiniera, or gild the lily with "The Combo" (which tacks on a housemade Italian sausage link). The juicy Uncle Herky burger is also a must-try. Don't skip the fries, skin-on beauties that remain crispy even after they cool off.

Sushi Bayashi

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Sushi has joined the Trinity Groves lineup, and Yuki Hirabayashi is offering the neighborhood a true taste of Tokyo. The tonkotsu ramen is one of the city's better versions, and there are many other unique dishes you won't find elsewhere, from dessert udon (it's kind of like a funnel cake) to Chanpon noodles, a mixture of seafood and pork belly in a soy milk-laced pork and chicken broth.

Blind Butcher

Avowed carnivores will feel right at home at this dark Lowest Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin. Poutine is trendy right now, but nobody does it quite like Blind Butcher, particularly the insanely delicious duck version. Other menu standouts include the "tripe and tails," spicy fried pig ears, and the selection of handmade sausages (the chicken variation is always changing, and always good).

Knife

John Tesar's house of meats at The Highland Dallas is putting a fresh spin on the classic steakhouse with unusual (and unusually affordable) cuts like tri-tip and culotte. The bacon tasting gets a lot of attention, but the sleeper hit of the menu is the housemade blood sausage. The Ozersky burger is a must, and a bargain at only 12 bucks.

Proof + Pantry

Misery Loves Co. (that's Driftwood partners Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II) and chef Kyle McClelland are giving One Arts Plaza a much-needed injection of something new and exciting with a well-edited cocktail menu and shareable plates like roast chicken and a fancy ham tasting. Bone marrow with onion marshmallows sounds strange but tastes delicious.

Clark Food & Wine Co.

Craft cocktails, wine on tap, and smoked proteins galore await at this Lowest Greenville spot from chef Randall Warder. Expect trendy items like avocado toast, bone marrow, and things in jars (e.g. smoked fish dip and awesome pork rillettes) in a rustic-but-sleek, laid-back setting. Even "BBQ Snob" Daniel Vaughn was impressed by the smoked shrimp and Arctic char.

Henry's Majestic

Killer cocktails from barman Alex Fletcher (including tasty draft options like the Vietnamese coffee-inspired 8AM) and a great patio make the newest venture from the Bread Winners team worth a visit. On the food side of things, expect housemade potato chips with creamy onion dip, oysters with pancetta and kimchi butter, and a burger dialed up with bone marrow from Hell's Kitchen contestant Roe DiLeo.

Neighborhood Services

Nick Badovinus knocks it out of the park yet again with the newest addition to the NHS family. Expect the same NHS flavors you've known and loved with some new twists, including dishes like buffalo quail legs, chicken fricassee pot pie, and dry-aged steaks alongside fantastic cocktails.

OSO Food & Wine

Industry vets Michael Cox and Kelly Hightower are dazzling diners with a modern spin on Mediterranean flavors in a chic, colorful dining room. A giant pork chop milanese gets fresh with an herbal salsa verde, bacon-wrapped dates are stuffed with spicy pork chorizo, and a luscious braised lamb shank rests on a bed of fluffy apricot-studded couscous.

Remedy

This 1920's soda fountain-themed sibling of neighbor HG Sply Co. is already knocking it out of the park with modern versions of homey favorites like perfect fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a killer housemade bologna sandwich. Cocktails are inventive and delicious (think a kaffir lime rickey), and do not skip the dessert menu, with daily rotating options like a dark chocolate grasshopper pie and potato chip-laden sundaes. The 90's hiphop soundtrack is a nice touch.

Small BrewPub

The first of many exciting new additions to the Jefferson Tower redevelopment, head to Small for interesting beers, tasty and fairly priced cocktails, and a very creative menu from former FT33 sous chef Misti Norris that includes items like pig trotters, fried chicken feet, and fantastic housemade charcuterie. Leslie Brenner recently gave it three stars, no small feat for a bar.

Cafe Momentum

Charitable pop-up sensation Cafe Momentum has found a permanent home downtown, and the kitchen of talented young men led by Chad Houser, Eric Shelton, and Justin Box is putting out refined dishes like smoked carrot pappardelle with mole chicken sausage and octopus tiradito with aji amarillo. Former Oak pastry chef Sarah Green is on desserts, but best of all: The cost of your meal goes to supporting one of the most worthy organizations in town.

Public School 214

Uptown is seriously psyched for the arrival of PS214, thanks to a creative menu of fancy scratch-made bar bites like buffalo cauliflower, bacon and cheddar-stuffed tots, and chorizo mac and cheese topped with crunchy salt and vinegar potato chips. Cocktails are made with fresh juices and housemade syrups and bitters, and craft beer drinkers will find plenty to their liking. Bonus: Nutella ice cream sandwiches.

Smoke

Tim Byres' unique brand of "new firewood cooking" is reaching new heights at Smoke's West Plano branch thanks to an impressive custom-built hearth in the kitchen. The Marfa-cool dining room is reminiscent of the Belmont Hotel original without being a carbon copy. Expect Smoke classics like "The Big Rib" and cabrito masa pie.

Braindead Brewing

Deep Ellum gets its very own brewpub with the arrival of laid-back Braindead. The house-brewed beers aren't ready for drinking just yet, but fret not, there's plenty of other stuff on tap. The menu by chef David Pena includes everything from housemade chicharrones and fancy popcorn cooked in duck fat to mussels cooked in wheat beer and the formidable T.A.B.L.E. sandwich (housemade bacon, honey sriracha aioli, arugula, tomato, avocado, and a fried egg on sourdough), and everything's made from scratch.

Luscher's Red Hots

The highly anticipated Deep Ellum spot from The Grape chef-owner Brian Luscher was more than worth the wait. Can't go wrong with the Wagyu Italian beef with housemade giardiniera, or gild the lily with "The Combo" (which tacks on a housemade Italian sausage link). The juicy Uncle Herky burger is also a must-try. Don't skip the fries, skin-on beauties that remain crispy even after they cool off.

Sushi Bayashi

Sushi has joined the Trinity Groves lineup, and Yuki Hirabayashi is offering the neighborhood a true taste of Tokyo. The tonkotsu ramen is one of the city's better versions, and there are many other unique dishes you won't find elsewhere, from dessert udon (it's kind of like a funnel cake) to Chanpon noodles, a mixture of seafood and pork belly in a soy milk-laced pork and chicken broth.