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Fall in Dallas means the temperatures slowly become more tolerable, people creep onto their patios for happy hour and a slew of buzzy restaurants open up all around town. Here, the seven restaurants that you are going to want to get in line for.

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This successful McKinney-based restaurant will officially open its doors in Dallas this week at its second location, in Lakewood. Serving new American fare with Texan undertones, executive chef Adrian Maricich is offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Menu items not to miss include the collard green salad, honey basil cocktail and the spot’s namesake dish: sugar bacon.

6400 Gaston Ave.; 972-290-0731 or

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Toasted Coffee + Kitchen

So apparently dreams do come true. This soon-to-open spot is dedicated to coffee and delicious toast. But not just your average toast. We’re talking country bread, bananas, coarsely chopped chocolate and sunflower sauce. Want something more savory? How about levain bread, arugula, Roma tomato slice, bacon and mozzarella?

5420 Ross Ave. #180; 972-925-0512 or

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Dallasites were confused and downright devastated when the original Zoli’s in the Bishop Arts District closed its doors last year, but news of a bigger space in Addison softened the blow. At the new 4,500-square-foot location, expect the New York-style pizza and garlic knots that you have come to know and love as well as sandwiches, pasta and more. Fingers are crossed for a November opening.

14910 Midway Rd., Addison;

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Bird Bakery

If you could serve cute on a plate, this is where you could order it. Our mouth is already watering thinking about Cuvee Coffee and pimento popovers. The bakery takes orders for custom baked goods and also offers a light breakfast and lunch menu.

7A Highland Park Village;

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Honor Bar

The people behind Hillstone are opening this new concept in the old Patrizio spot in Highland Park Village. Expect a similar menu to Hilllstone?sandwiches, salads and specialty cocktails?but with a brighter, cozier vibe.

25 Highland Park Village;

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Easy Slider

This wildly popular food truck is going brick and mortar with a super-cool shop in Deep Ellum. Finally, people can get a Sweet & Lowdown (strawberry jam, bacon, goat cheese and beef) without having to track down the truck. The joint was supposed to open in early 2016, so time is a-tickin’ on when we can chow down on burgers and Southern bar snacks.

2701 Main St.; 214-668-1910;

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Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard & BBQ

There’s not a ton of information about this whimsical barbecue project, but we do know it will go up in the Dallas Design District and that there may be an actual Ferris wheel involved. There are also plans for a huge (think Rustic-sized) backyard patio for live music and lots of BBQ. So yeah, we’re on board.

1950 Market Center Blvd.

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