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Listen up, Dallasites. There’s a whole new crop of restaurants in town. And your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make some reservations, get out there and try these six spots.

Kin Kin Urban Thai

This city needed another Thai restaurant--seriously. And chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin’s take on traditional Thai cuisine is modern but still approachable. We can’t get enough of Eddy T’s dumplings (made fresh in-house every day), fried Bangkok shrimp in a sweet plum sauce or pad kee mow noodles (be prepared for a spicy kick).

Kin Kin Urban Thai, 3211 Oak Lawn Ave.; 972-925-0006 or


The newest haunt to open on Lower Greenville features a can’t-be-beat combination: comfort food and craft cocktails. Chef Ian Tate’s menu features ingredients straight from his family’s farm, and he gives even the most classic of Southern dishes a welcome update (like chicken that’s tea-brined, then fried).

Rapscallion, 2023 Greenville Ave., #110; 469-291-5660 or


This might be the hottest contemporary Japanese restaurant to hit Dallas--ever. So make a reservation to taste dishes like baby yellowtail tuna in ponzu or short ribs mixed with Asian pears and farm greens. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting at the door and finally eating your dinner after 11 p.m.

Uchi, 2817 Maple Ave.; 214-855-5454 or

Off-Site Kitchen

Bravo, Trinity Groves! You’ve added yet another amazing eatery to the Dallas dining scene with Off-Site Kitchen. Prep your taste buds for a quarter-pound Angus burger with a mix of toppings like caramelized onions, roasted jalapeños and smoked-bacon relish all smooshed between freshly baked Village Baking Company buns.

Off-Site Kitchen, 331 Singleton Blvd., #100; 214-741-2226 or

Paul Martin’s American Grill

Since Dallas is a smorgasbord of cuisines, it’s nice to have an all-American grill like Paul Martin’s in the mix. You’ll feast on dishes like Texas redfish or a French-dip roast-beef sandwich. And whatever you do, do not miss out on the mac and cheese, which uses Tillamook cheddar and bits of crispy prosciutto.

Paul Martin’s American Grill, 3848 Oak Lawn Ave., #210; 214-521-0116 or

Ida Claire

This spot on Belt Line offers up true comfort meals in a truly comfortable environment: The private dining room is a repurposed Airstream trailer, and throngs of quirky plates and knickknacks line the walls. Expect chicken and waffles, homemade gravy and Nana-approved fired chicken, plus homemade cakes and pies for dessert.

Ida Claire, 5001 Belt Line Rd.; Addison; 214-377-8227 or

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