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As the old saying goes, give us food or give us death. OK, that might be a tad dramatic, but Dallas does take its fantastic food scene very, very seriously. These recently opened restaurants are already dazzling foodies across the city, so don’t sleep on nabbing a reservation while you can. Now all you need to decide is which restaurant you’re going to check off your fall dining bucket list first.

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Imoto

Chef Kent Rathbun is back in the Dallas restaurant saddle and it was definitely worth the wait. Enjoy sushi and other indulgent high-end Asian eats in a shiny and sophisticated Victory Park locale. The best news? The menu includes a take on the lobster shooter from his Abacus days. Score!  

2400 Victory Park Lane; 214-257-7777 or imotodallas.com

billy can can restuarant
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Billy Can Can

Sometimes a restaurant pops up that makes you think, “Wow, I can’t believe it took so long for someone to make this happen.” That’s definitely the case with this Texas-infused saloon that’s a little bit rodeo, a little bit regal and a whole lot of fun. Hot fried quail washed down with a Gristmill cocktail, anyone?

 2386 Victory Park Lane; 214-296-2610 or billycancan.com

Macellaio meats
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Macellaio

The owners of Lucia have finally blessed the Bishop Arts District with their second restaurant, and it’s all about charcuterie, cured meats and small plates galore. We’re especially happy to see that 1) it accepts reservations via Resy and 2) the first-come, first-served bar has 19 seats versus Lucia’s four.

287 N. Bishop Ave.; 972-685-9150 or macellaiodallas.com

the charles restaurant
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The Charles

The Design District is home to this Italian hot spot, which merges the country’s flavors and fashion and gives it a Texas twist. Start with an elderflower Bellini, end with an affogato float and whatever you do, don’t miss an opportunity to snap a selfie in the bathroom. (Because if you don’t ’Gram it, did you really even go?)

1632 Market Center Blvd.; 469-917-9000 or thecharlesdallas.com

laurel tavern store front
Photo by Ben Gibson

Laurel Tavern

There’s a new kid on Greenville Avenue’s most popular block, and it comes all the way from Cali—bringing with it burgers, salads, fish tacos and more. The beers are cold, the cocktails are cool and we predict this place will give HG Sply Co a run for its money when it comes to the most popular patio.

1920 Greenville Ave.; 469-399-0613 or laureltavern.com

smacked cucumber fine china
Photo by Kathy Tran

Fine China

The Statler’s crown jewel has finally opened its doors, completing the food frenzy that has made it one of the most happenin’ hotels in town. Whether you’re craving dim sum, black garlic noodles or something fancy like large-format Cantonese roast duck, you can get it here (and you should).

1914 Commerce St.; 469-320-8996 or finechinadallas.com

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Photo by Kevin Marple

Zaytinya

This modern Mediterranean restaurant—located at the Cowboys’ headquarters in Frisco—is definitely worth the drive for its Turkish-, Greek- and Lebanese-inspired menu. This is the second Zaytinya location for Michelin-starred chef José Andrés (the Washington, D.C., original opened in 2002), and dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts with garlic yogurt more than live up to the hype.

6655 Winning Dr. #600, Frisco; 972-324-3060 or zaytinya.com

vidorra restaurant
Photo by Kevin Hann

Vidorra

This Deep Ellum newcomer is putting dope Dallas views on full display (with a side of mezcal or tequila). While reservations aren’t accepted for parties under eight, envisioning the flaming bowls of queso arriving at your table makes the wait time pass a little quicker.

2642 Main St.; 972-215-0640 or vidorradallas.com

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