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Let’s be honest: Dallas loves food. From barbeque to taco shops, from Oak Cliff to Frisco, we can’t get enough of dining out in Big D.

And with this passion for new foodie adventures, it’s hard to keep track of what’s new and where to go for our next fixing of fresh seafood or comfort food.

Here, a roundup of the buzziest Dallas restaurants that have opened so far this year.

Get your bellies ready.


Café Momentum

It’s the small restaurant with a big heart. This downtown Dallas eatery teaches male post-release juvenile offenders everything about the restaurant business (from front-of-house management to bussing tables) in hopes of giving each one a skill he can use to enter the workforce. Plus, chef Chad Houser’s scallops over risotto gnocchi is a dish that practically melts in your mouth.

1510 Pacific St.; 214-303-1234 or


Public School 214

Get an education in the art of great beer and even better food at this hip new bar in Uptown. Sample any of the 24 craft beers on tap while feasting on bacon-cheddar tots served with Sriracha ketchup and a Colorado lamb burger topped with tomato, cranberry jam and Brie.

3700 McKinney Ave.; #148; 214-599-6234 or


Coconut’s Fish Cafe

There isn’t much not to love about this Devonshire neighborhood fish joint. The straight-up fish tacos are served with fresh mahimahi and ono for a simple, fresh appeal. Don’t expect white-tablecloth service; instead, walk up to the counter to order and then have a seat at a kitschy surfboard table.

5600 W. Lovers Lane; 469-729-9346 or



It’s shocking and quite refreshing to find an Uptown haunt that offers brilliant, creative food (the beet veggie burger and the panko-crusted onion rings are our favorites). Insider tip: Parking is tricky, so be sure to use the garage behind the building to avoid being ticketed.

3700 McKinney Ave., #126; 972-993-2222 or


Luscher’s Red Hot

It’s not just any old hot-dog joint in Deep Ellum. Daily specials include cheese-stuffed franks and buttermilk-and-cornbread corn dogs. Add a side of hand-cut fries and a cold beer, and you have yourself a pretty great Tuesday night.

2653 Commerce St.; 214-434-1006 or

Photo credit: Kye R. Lee/Guide Live


Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

Open a grilled-cheese restaurant in the heart of the eclectic and uber-cool Bishop Arts neighborhood and people will come. From the traditional grilled cheese you made on your hot plate in the college dorm to creative choices like the Grilled PB&J (cream cheese is mixed with the peanut butter for an ultra-creamy texture) and The Dude (ground beef and Manwich sloppy-joe sauce), every sammie satisfies and leaves your belly full of cheesy goodness.

310 W. 7th St.; 214-944-5515 or


Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Who ever said that a pâtisserie couldn’t count as a full-blown restaurant? We could live on the delicate and delectable macarons from this French-inspired bakery in Uptown. Stop by for a latte and breakfast of chef Andrea Meyer’s famous almond croissants, hot cross buns and pain au chocolat.

3700 McKinney Ave., #150; 214-613-3570 or

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