No, it isn’t just you. It really does seem like a new restaurant opens up every single day in Dallas. And because we are all friends here, we thought we’d put together a little cheat sheet on the newbies causing the most buzz amongst Dallas foodies. Here are the eight places to check out ASAP.

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Cedar Grove

Chef Taylor Kearney wanted the cuisine to be approachable and affordable, so he divided the menu into snacks, buns and breads, large plates, and sweets. Nothing here will cost you more than $25, with the exception of the “meat and three” offered at market price.

4123 Cedar Springs Rd.; 214-522-3474 or cedargrove-dallas.com

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Dos Jefes

When Nick & Sam’s Grill closed its doors, the collective soul of Uptown brunchers wept a single tear. But when they learned Joseph Palladino was replacing it with this tequila and tapas lounge, they decided all was well in the world once again. While the small plates primarily skew Mexican, there are a few sushi rolls to give variety to the menu.

2816 Fairmount St.; 214-303-1880 or dosjefesuptown.com

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Flora Street Café

Chef Stephan Pyles’s highly anticipated Arts District restaurant offering modern Texan fare is finally open. Reserve your spot before heading to the symphony or a show at AT&T Performing Arts Center. Items to eye include the lobster tamale pie, South Texas antelope and the poblano infladito.

2330 Flora St. #150; 214-580-7000 or florastreet.com

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On The Lamb

Deep Ellum has blossomed into one of the hottest dining destinations in Dallas, and it’s all thanks to restaurants like this meat-focused spot led by chef Ross Demers. The menu will be ever-changing just like its charcuterie program. And while you must try the lamb (go figure), the cocktails and desserts are also both proving to be works of art that are getting a lot of well-deserved attention.

2614 Elm St.; 214-484-1118 or onthelambdallas.com

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Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar

What’s especially awesome about this Oak Lawn Avenue Italian spot is the fact that they will deliver booze to your doorstep, if you are trying to take the pizza party up a notch. If you pick up your order, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy one of Gabe Sanchez’s craft cocktail creations while you wait.

1212 Oak Lawn Ave. #131; 469-677-0997 or facebook.com/pietapdesigndistrict

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Sprezza

More pasta by chef Julian Barsotti (Nonna, Carbone’s)? Yes, please! But seriously, this place is killing it on Maple Avenue with inventive appetizers, piping-hot pizzas and decadent desserts. We aren’t here to tell you what to do, but... tagliorini followed by tiramisu is never a bad idea.

4010 Maple Ave.; 972-807-9388 or sprezzadallas.com

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Quill

This killer cocktail bar in the Design District is now serving food in an effort to enter the supper club realm. The menu features super-innovative dishes like tuna with chile pop rocks and more basic staples like sliders and truffle mac and cheese. Book a private party in the Ink Room for a customized dinner before it’s too cool.

1628 Oak Lawn Ave. #100; 214-484-8702 or quilldallas.com

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Whistle Britches

This town can never have enough Southern comfort food, and with Omar Flores at the helm, it’s already a recipe for success. This pickle-brined fried chicken is delicious and definitely worth the drive up to North Dallas. 

6110 Frankford Rd., 972-590-8991 or whistlebritcheschicken.com

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