You’ve been making the most of your summer—spending a long weekend in Grapevine and seeking out Texas’s glorious swimming holes. Now it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled programming of checking out the city’s best new restaurants as often as possible. Here are seven to get you started.
City Hall Bistro
We’ve already waxed poetic about The Adolphus’ latest and greatest all-day eatery; with its sexy design and Southern European menu (yep, it’s a thing), we feel safe betting that this is just the beginning for this buzzy new downtown spot.
1321 Commerce St.; 214-651-3686 or adolphus.com/city-hall-bistro
If you’re a Texan who prays to the beef gods but wants to switch things up a bit, this Argentinian steakhouse is right up your alley with steaks, fresh veggies and homemade empanadas that will blow you away. They also have 10 varieties of caipirinhas (Brazil's national cocktail made with cachaça—sugarcane hard liquor—sugar and lime) ranging from lychee to blackberry acaí. Buena onda!
1807 Ross Ave.; 214-220-0348 or corrientes348.com
This darling Park Cities hangout has quickly become the new casual, cool new hot spot. There’s a lively happy hour with half-price martinis and oysters, and for dinner you can enjoy everything from a lobster roll and shrimp scampi to a cheeseburger and fried chicken. Psst: Save room for the key lime pie.
4448 Lovers Ln.; 214-583-2255 or hudsonhousehp.com
Surely you’re south of the border while you’re sipping on tequila and peering out at cacti. Nope. You’re at Dallas’ hottest new Mexican restaurant. Its delicious take on traditional dishes will give you some serious ordering anxiety. Good luck choosing between soft-shell crab tacos and seafood chile rellenos.
4931 W. Lovers Ln.; 214-891-5673 or jose.mx
Don’t Tell Supper Club
Come for dinner, stay for the club. Yep, this novel new spot transitions from restaurant mode into a burlesque party space when the clock strikes 11 p.m. With offerings including everything from Champagne with Pop Rocks to aerialists and fire breathers, we have a feeling this is a bachelorette’s dream.
2026 Commerce St.; 214-432-8282 or donttellsupperclub.com
Junction Craft Kitchen
Hankering for Southern staples like fried tomatoes or shrimp and grits but your dining partner is craving Asian flavors like miso pork belly? At this aptly named locale, both cuisines live in harmony on one awesome menu. We recommend the shrimp and octopus agua chile ceviche and small plate poached carrot to start (it’s far more exciting than it sounds).
2901 Elm St.; 214-377-0757 or junctiondallas.com
The Mansion Bar
OK, fine, The Mansion Bar is anything but new. But when there is a recently launched happy hour with longer hours, live music and fresh cocktails, we have to tell you about it. We can’t wait to sip on the Singapore Sling (Damrak gin, sling biz, bitters, pineapple) and the Shrub You the Right Way (Maker’s Mark, peach shrub, crème de noyaux, ginger beer). Plus, they’re serving Krug Grand Cuvée by the glass. New, happier hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Day made.
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.; 214-559-2100 or rosewoodhotels.com