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The Hottest Restaurants in Dallas Right Now, January 2015

Where to eat today, tonight, tomorrow, this weekend.

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

January additions to the map include Remedy, the hottest new thing on already-hot Lowest Greenville, and Small Brewpub, an Oak Cliff drinking destination serving up some very inventive plates.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
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This dark Lower Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin is a carnivore's dream, especially if you like craft beer and/or whiskey. Get the ever-changing charcuterie plate and one of the poutine variations (duck confit with luscious duck gravy is a standout). Housemade sausages are a must and vegetables are worthwhile, too, particularly the very bacon-y Brussels sprouts.

2. Gemma

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2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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There's a reason Gemma has been topping end-of-year lists from practically every publication in the state. Thoughtfully executed dishes like crispy sweetbreads with grainy mustard or duck two ways with barley fried rice are complemented by warm and attentive service. Do not skip dessert by pastry chef Stephanie Childress. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls who want to eat well.

3. Knife

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5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 443-9339
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John Tesar's getting no shortage of attention for his fresh take on the steakhouse, and it's well-deserved. Start off with a bacon tasting and ground-to-order steak tartare before moving on to a "new school" cut of prime Texas beef like the tri-tip, downright affordable at a mere $26; or simply grab a spot at the bar and order up a cocktail and the $12 Ozersky burger, which comes with a side of awesome onion rings or super-crispy salsa verde fries.

4. Proof + Pantry

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1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-9940
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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.

5. Stock & Barrel

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316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 888-0150
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Former Nosh chef Jon Stevens' first solo venture is shaking up Bishop Arts with a sleek industrial interior and a menu that manages to be simultaneously approachable and adventurous: Think oh-so-trendy avocado toast with Spanish chorizo, truffled spaetzle with wild mushrooms, and Wagyu meatloaf. Toffee croissant bread pudding is a must for dessert.

6. Clark Food & Wine Co.

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1920 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 515-5500
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Craft cocktails, wine on tap, and smoked proteins galore await at this newest addition to Lower Greenville's ever-expanding dining scene. 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.

7. Henry's Majestic

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4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(469) 893-9400
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Fantastic cocktails from barman Alex Fletcher (including tasty draft options like the Vietnamese coffee-inspired 8AM) and a great patio make this Acme F&B replacement 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 chef Roe DiLeo.

8. Neighborhood Services

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(972) 789-9639
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Nick Badovinus has brought his beloved concept northward to the Village on the Parkway. 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.

9. OSO Food & Wine

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11910 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75230
(972) 789-1630
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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.

10. TJ's Seafood Market

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Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 691-2369
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Jon Alexis's ode to fine seafood is better than ever in its new Preston and Royal location. Oyster fiends will be delighted with the super-fresh options here; if you prefer your seafood cooked, look to pistachio-crusted sea bass or broiled Thai-style oysters. Thanks to the full bar, you can wash it all down with a rosemary and grapefruit-tinged gin & tonic or a smoked Dark & Stormy.

11. Remedy

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2010 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 294-4012
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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.

12. Small BrewPub

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333 West Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208
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.

1. Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
This dark Lower Greenville bar from Goodfriend owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling and chef Oliver Sitrin is a carnivore's dream, especially if you like craft beer and/or whiskey. Get the ever-changing charcuterie plate and one of the poutine variations (duck confit with luscious duck gravy is a standout). Housemade sausages are a must and vegetables are worthwhile, too, particularly the very bacon-y Brussels sprouts.
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Gemma

2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
There's a reason Gemma has been topping end-of-year lists from practically every publication in the state. Thoughtfully executed dishes like crispy sweetbreads with grainy mustard or duck two ways with barley fried rice are complemented by warm and attentive service. Do not skip dessert by pastry chef Stephanie Childress. Major bonus: Gemma is open till 1 a.m. for night owls who want to eat well.
2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

3. Knife

5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
John Tesar's getting no shortage of attention for his fresh take on the steakhouse, and it's well-deserved. Start off with a bacon tasting and ground-to-order steak tartare before moving on to a "new school" cut of prime Texas beef like the tri-tip, downright affordable at a mere $26; or simply grab a spot at the bar and order up a cocktail and the $12 Ozersky burger, which comes with a side of awesome onion rings or super-crispy salsa verde fries.
5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Proof + Pantry

1722 Routh St Ste 102, Dallas, TX 75201
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.
1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201

5. Stock & Barrel

316 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Former Nosh chef Jon Stevens' first solo venture is shaking up Bishop Arts with a sleek industrial interior and a menu that manages to be simultaneously approachable and adventurous: Think oh-so-trendy avocado toast with Spanish chorizo, truffled spaetzle with wild mushrooms, and Wagyu meatloaf. Toffee croissant bread pudding is a must for dessert.
316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

6. Clark Food & Wine Co.

1920 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Craft cocktails, wine on tap, and smoked proteins galore await at this newest addition to Lower Greenville's ever-expanding dining scene. 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.
1920 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Henry's Majestic

4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Fantastic cocktails from barman Alex Fletcher (including tasty draft options like the Vietnamese coffee-inspired 8AM) and a great patio make this Acme F&B replacement 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 chef Roe DiLeo.
4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

8. Neighborhood Services

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Nick Badovinus has brought his beloved concept northward to the Village on the Parkway. 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.

9. OSO Food & Wine

11910 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
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.
11910 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75230

10. TJ's Seafood Market

Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75230
Jon Alexis's ode to fine seafood is better than ever in its new Preston and Royal location. Oyster fiends will be delighted with the super-fresh options here; if you prefer your seafood cooked, look to pistachio-crusted sea bass or broiled Thai-style oysters. Thanks to the full bar, you can wash it all down with a rosemary and grapefruit-tinged gin & tonic or a smoked Dark & Stormy.
Preston Royal Shopping Center, 6025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

11. Remedy

2010 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
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.
2010 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Small BrewPub

333 West Jefferson Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75208
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.
333 West Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

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