10 New Dallas Area Restaurants Worth Sampling For Fall 2018

The weather in the Dallas area may be cooling off, but the food scene seems to be getting hotter– with new restaurants opening practically every week.    

One of the most exciting developments has been occurring in Victory Park, where a slate of new dining spots are setting up shop, including Billy Can Can, a modern, steak-slinging saloon– and Imoto, an upscale Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail lounge.

Things are popping in Bishops Arts too. New arrivals include Macellaio, an industrial-chic restaurant devoted to salumi and charcuterie–and Taco Y Vino, an intimate wine bar and taqueria set up in a 1920's Craftsman bungalow.  

Adding to the lineup of stellar restaurants in Deep Ellum is Izkina, a cozy tapas and cocktail joint tucked inside of a hip, new hostel. And then there's Ruins, an indoor-outdoor eatery featuring Oaxacan and South American fare along with a phenomenal selection of mezcal.  

That’s just a sampling of what’s on the plate this season. Read on to find out which new eating establishments you should be trying this fall.


Outlying Dallas Suburbs
Photo courtesy of Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

Paula Deen fans will be happy to know that the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cuisine has bestowed the metroplex with a Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Fairview. Fried chicken, blackened catfish, spare ribs, shrimp and grits, it's all there, and so is a large retail store where customers can buy items from Deen's home, kitchen and lifestyle collections. The best part? It's all-you-can-eat family-style, which means you can score two or three main dishes plus three of Paula's famous fixings, like baked mac and cheese, collard greens and candied yams, for less than $20 per person. And yes, Paula's signature Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is also included.

San Martin Bakery & Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs

The popular Guatemalan restaurant chain, San Martin Bakery & Restaurant, is launching its first U.S. location in Uptown this September. Not only does the menu features European-style breads and Central American-style pastries (think empanadas and pastelitos), it also boasts a goldmine of savory items, ranging from Mexican chilaquiles and pupusas topped with sunny-side eggs to a variety of sandwiches, soups, pastas, rustic pizzas (baked in stone ovens) and even grilled burgers. On the beverage front, they offer everything from Guatemalan chocolate and coffee drinks to smoothies, horchata, beer, wine and sangria. Best of all, San Martin's will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fish & Fizz
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Crunchy fried cod, crispy chips, bubble 'n squeak and Laherte Freres Champagne? Welcome to Fish & Fizz, the first eatery in the metroplex dedicated entirely to the quintessential British comfort classic, fish-n-chips. The nautically-themed restaurant, which opened in August— is the brainchild of British chef, Nick Barclay, who was at the helm of some of Dallas' most popular restaurants in the 1980s before he and his wife, Kelli, moved back to Cornwall to open a boutique hotel. As for the offerings, fish and chips may get top billing, but don't sleep on the Cornish pastries or bangers and mash. As for the fizz, there's five global choices by the glass as well as wine, beer, cider and even Cornish tea. Speaking of Cornish tea, we hear the Cornish cream tea ice cream is heavenly.

Taco Y Vino
Photo courtesy of Taco Y Vino

Beer and margaritas may be most people's go-to drinks when it comes to tacos, but the owners behind this new taqueria-cum-wine bar and bottle shop are proving that wine and tacos can make an even better match. Doled out in threes, diners can choose from around eight gourmet taco options, ranging from barbacoa and blackened catfish to fried avocado and even braised jackfruit. The menu also branches out with seafood stuffed jalapenos, tamale bites and quesadillas. As for wine, there's around fifteen globally sourced selections on offer by-the-glass. Not a wine drinker? No problem, there's craft beer and unique drinks like frescamosas, a Mexican take on a mimosa with sparkling wine with aqua fresca.

The Charles
Photo courtesy of The Charles

Making an early summer showing in the Design District is The Charles, a renaissance-chic eatery featuring a lineup of housemade pastas and wood-fire-grilled fish and steak. Owners Chas Martin and Chef J Chastain use classic Italian fare as inspiration for the menu, but the dishes stray from the traditional. Expect to see the likes of risotto made with ancient grains (farro, quinoa, and kamut), fennel crusted pork chops and olive oil poached halibut with broccolini pesto. Must-haves include the wood-fired oysters, any of the grilled vegetables, and the ricotta gnudi with brown butter honey. Wine lovers take note, this is the only place in town where you can order Billecart-Salmon Champagne by the glass.

Photo courtesy of Vincent Martin

Adding to the ever-growing culinary lineup in Deep Ellum is this indoor-outdoor eatery and bar from the team behind Armoury D.E., a buzzy Hungarian-themed spot nearby. This time, they're rocking a menu filled with Oaxacan and South American inspired fare. Dishes include tacos filled with everything from trompo-style roasted pork to wild boar and lamb's tongue as well as tortas and apps like battered fried cactus. And if you're a mezcal maven, then this is your place. Expect to find a hefty drinks menu with over 100 tequilas and mezcals plus rum, whisky, liqueurs and cervezas. Oh, and talk about rocking, expect to also find live music on tap 4-5 nights a week.

Victory Park
Photo courtesy of Scott Harben

New to Victory Park is Imoto, a spacious, two-story stunner spotlighting Pan-Asian fare. The restaurant is the latest venture from Dallas culinary couple, Kent and Tracy Rathbun and features a menu packed with shareables as well as a traditional sushi bar headed up by Nobu alum, Jimmy Duke. Expect to find dishes ranging from honey-soy glazed Korean fried chicken and grilled lamb curry claypots to tempura lobster shooters with kaffir red curry—a fan favorite from Chef Rathbun's former restaurant, Abacus. Pair everything up with a contemporary cocktail or a selection from the global wine list. Also keep an eye out for weekend DJs and daily specials.

Photo courtesy of Izkina-Chef Joel Orsini

Deep Ellum has a hip new hostel (the only hostel in the city) and with it comes a cozy, candlelit cocktail and tapas joint— which can be found tucked away behind the stack of suitcases in the lobby. The menu showcases everything from cured meats and cheeses (imported from Spain) to grilled baby octopus with sofrito sauce, fried anchovies, patatas bravas and of course, tortilla Española. They don't skimp on booze offerings either. There's a nice selection of local and international beer, wine and Spanish-inspired cocktails, including several shared-style punch-bowl options. Even better? You can score $2-$3 pinxtos (bite-sized snacks) plus $5 cocktails, sangria and beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Oh, did we mention Izkina hosts DJs on the weekends?

Photo courtesy of Macellaio

This charcuterie-centric spot in Bishop Arts has been gathering crowds since it opened earlier this summer. And for good reason. It's a casual spinoff from David and Jennifer Uygur, the folks behind Lucia, one of the city's best Italian restaurants. But instead of a Lucia remake, Macellaio (meaning butcher in Italian) is something of a sequel, specializing in David Uygur's signature house-made salumi. Beyond charcuterie, the seasonally changing menu features a roster of Mediterranean-inspired snacks, small plates, breads and mains. Highlights include slow-roasted grits with wild mushrooms and poached egg; fig leaf wrapped whole branzino, and lamb sirloin with charred eggplant and Yemeni sauce. And if you're the adventurous sort, don't miss the duck tongue confit, which is served alongside a garlicky onion dip. Can't decide what to order? No problem, Macellaio also offers a chef's pick, family style menu for $55 per person.

Victory Park
Billy Can Can
Photo courtesy of Billy Can Can

Cementing Victory Park as Dallas' coolest new dining destination is Billy Can Can, a handsome, wood and taxidermy adorned eatery modeled after a late-19th-century saloon. The restaurant comes by way of Tristan Simon (the same guy who transformed Henderson Avenue into a dining hotspot) and offers a menu highlighting modern Texas cuisine. We're talking everything from Texas venison tartare and fried redfish po'boys to red brick chicken mole, skate wing schnitzel and steaks galore. Drink-wise, there's a stellar lineup of handcrafted cocktails as well as wine, beer and house-made sarsaparilla. Not to be missed are the churros with warm chocolate mole and lime curd.


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene