Dallas may be flush with barbecue, but these days it’s two hot Asian spots that really have our hearts pumping. Here, the best new ways to get your spice on.
Mot Hai Ba: The Lakewood eatery, opened by Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare (Good 2 Go Taco), features communal tables and the food of Northern Vietnam. What’s Northern Vietnamese cuisine, you ask? Well, while you’ll still find the pho noodle soup ($12) you know and love, you can also expect off-the-beaten-path dishes like frog legs fried with dill ($5) and a spectacular grilled five-spice half chicken seasoned with lemongrass ($17). (6047 Lewis St., 972-638-7468)
Pakpao Thai: High-profile restaurateurs Richard and Tiffanee Ellman (Belly & Trumpet, Oak) are infusing Thai food with innovative touches at their latest spot in the Design District--think a happy hour menu that boasts fried cashews and beef jerky. As for entrées, while the traditional salmon with green curry ($17) is plenty tasty, leave room for the stellar braised pork belly ($9). It tastes like bacon on steroids. (628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 120, 214-749-7002)