The 18 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, November 2021

Elephant East serves up pan-Asian cuisine.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over just yet, but now that more and more Texans are getting. vaccinated and restaurants can operate at full capacity, many diners in Dallas and beyond have fully returned to restaurants.

In this month’s update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, find regional Mexican cuisines in a chic underground space, a massive new ice house in McKinney, and a bar that bills itself as a “singeasy,” plus Mediterranean eats at Anise in the Village, late-night dim sum at Neon Kitten in Deep Ellum, and so much more.

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Hutchins BBQ

1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

This McKinney barbecue favorite just made a comeback after a lengthy shutter caused by a fire, and it made a major hire during the closure. Acclaimed Texas pitmaster John Mueller is now in charge of the smokers here, and is introducing new offerings like peach-habanero sausage alongside the barky brisket and super-tender ribs that Hutchins fans have come to love.

The Stix Icehouse

301 Eldorado Pkwy #100
McKinney, TX 75069

A treehouse is under construction at The Stix Icehouse, an indoor/outdoor bar on 14 acres in McKinney designed as a place to play for grownups and kids. There’s room for cornhole, table tennis, wiffle ball, swings, disc golf, and pool, along with live music — and a menu packed with burgers, hot dogs, Frito pie, and fried pickles, and drinks like frozen margaritas and a hefty draft list.

Sushi Kushi

2680 Old Denton Rd
Carrollton, TX 75007

There’s a new option for all-you-can-eat sushi priced at just $35. Sushi Kushi opened quietly in September, but its classic sushi favorites like seared salmon nigiri and fried tempura rolls have already made an impression online, thanks to a visit from food YouTuber Mikey Chen.

Koryo Korean BBQ

2560 Royal Ln #105
Dallas, TX 75229

This longtime Koreatown staple closed for months during the pandemic, and just reopened under new ownership. Fortunately, diners can look forward to the same beloved recipes for slow-simmered Korean soups and top-quality meats grilled over charcoal.


5630 Village Glen Dr
Dallas, TX 75206

The latest restaurant to debut at the newly revamped Village development, Anise boasts sleek Mediterranean eats and sommelier-selected wines. Snack on crispy octopus served with pimenton aioli, roasted lamb flatbread, or whole-roasted cauliflower served with green tahini sauce. 

La Mina

5630 Village Glen Dr
Dallas, TX 75206

A below-ground entrance leads to La Mina, a new option for Mexican cuisine in the Village, helmed by Petra and the Beast alum Tony Ibarra. Try dishes like Norteño-style braised beef or Market Fish Veracurz cooked in banana leaves and end the meal with chocoflan with cherries for dessert.

Carte Blanche

2114 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

This Greenville Avenue newcomer is a bakery by day, and tasting menu destination at night. Wife-and-husband chef duo Amy and Casey La Rue are turning out luxe four or twelve course tasting menus at a price point that belies the quality of the dishes on offer.

Joe Leo Fine Tex-Mex

2722 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

The menu at this Fitzhugh Avenue newcomer is dedicated to classic Tex-Mex dishes, from beef and veggie fajitas served with jalapeno jumbo shrimp brochette to verde-smothered chicken enchiladas.


1920 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

A second outpost of the McKinney original, Rye is now slinging inventive fare on Greenville Avenue. The menu is packed with small, shareable dishes that range from crispy fried artichokes to charcuterie boards and stunning seared scallops. Don’t sleep on the cocktails, either — there’s a solid espresso martini on the menu.

Thunderbird Pies

7328 Gaston Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75214

A pandemic-era pop-up that grew into its own standalone restaurant, Thunderbird Pies is now slinging its Detroit-style pies in East Dallas. Not familiar with the style? Think thick, focaccia-like crust, Wisconsin brick cheese, and toppings like cupping pepperoni.


1812 N Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

This much-anticipated collaboration between pitmaster Aaron Fraklin and sushi whiz Tyson Cole has finally made its debut in East Dallas. The wide-ranging menu includes dishes like crispy chicken karaage, curried brisket rice, and smoky meats like bavette or oak-smoked salmon.

Elephant East

2850 N Harwood St Suite 120
Dallas, TX 75201

At Pan-Asian eatery Elephant East, chef Thomas Griffin serves everything from bao with pork belly to Korean-style popcorn fried chicken with soy-garlic sauce. Find this new outpost in Harwood’s La Rue Purdue, the European-inspired alleyway or “hidden street.”


2525 Elm St Suite #150
Dallas, TX 75226

This Deep Ellum newcomer brings a showy drinking destination complete with intricately prepared cocktails to the neighborhood. On the food side of the menu, look forward to dishes like Burmese tea leaf salad and massive wagyu steaks, plus cocktails like a seriously over-the-top libation called the Barcelona Pick Pocket that’s made with whiskey and over 30 different spices.

Neon Kitten Izakaya & Dimsum House

2805 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

A newcomer to Deep Ellum, Neon Kitten slings inventive dim sum dishes until 1 a.m. five nights a week. Share plates of shrimp and pork siu mai and charcuterie boards while sipping on cocktails like the Fukuoka, a fall-friendly mix of Japanese whiskey, soy sauce, and vanilla. 


205 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75201

At this chic new spot inside the Thompson Hotel, chef de cuisine Jeramie Robison has created an eclectic menu of dishes with a range of culinary influences. Start with brussels sprout skewers sauced with chili and lime or pimento pepper dip with jumbo lump crab, then dig into pan-seared filet with pumpkin seed pesto, Japanese fried chicken, or miso-glazed salmon.


1401 Elm St 50th Floor
Dallas, TX 75202

This luxe sushi spot in Downtown only has 60 seats, which means that a reservation is a must. In addition to the stunning skyline views, find hamachi sashimi, tuna-stuffed maki rolls, and chic cocktails like the Purple Reign, mixed with Westward whiskey, oloroso sherry, honey-jasmine syrup, and lemon.

Milagro Tacos Cantina

440 Singleton Blvd Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75212

Head to this Singleton Avenue taqueria for some of Dallas’s finest tacos. Prepared by taquero Jesus Carmona, the taco fillings here range from classic carne asada to octopus, crispy pork belly, and chicharron-style cod. Birria tacos served with consome for dunking are also on the menu, along with burgers, burritos, and plenty of beer to wash down all of the above.


200 N Bishop Ave Suite 113
Dallas, TX 75208

New Bishop Arts bar Casablanca calls itself a “singeasy,” with private karaoke lounges and an indoor/outdoor space meant to channel the ‘70s. The drinks list leans toward everything tropical and frozen (and includes a Moroccan tea service that’s spiked with rum), while Chef Nick Hurry is serving snacks like cardamom-infused lamb skewers.

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