Dallas' 10 Biggest Restaurant Openings of 2013
The Dallas dining scene famously is chaotic and hydra-like. Every week sees news of restaurants failing, but for every one that closes it seems two more spring up to take its place. In honor of new beginnings, we've put together a list of the 10 most noteworthy restaurants that opened in 2013.
The "limited time offer" kitchen is unique among all the other restaurants that opened this year. Kitchen LTO (snapper pictured above) opened this summer after a reality showy vetting process that pitted chef/designer teams against each other to see which pair would get to run the restaurant for its first four months. The idea is to be a perennial pop-up, with a chef and designer chosen three times a year by the Dallas public. The first iteration of Kitchen LTO features chef Norman Grimm, and the wheels are already turning to see who will take over after him.
The Joule, the swanky boutique hotel, had been going through a lot of renovations by the time they announced in September that their anchor restaurant, Charlie Palmer, was on its way out. By October CBD Provisions had taken its place, with chef Michael Sindoni at the helm and with pig tails, kale salad and some killer Cuban sandwiches on the menu.
Tanoshii Ramen Bar
After opening a po'boy restaurant, and before opening a Vietnamese place, husband and wife team Joey and Chi Le brought Dallas its first ramen joint. Tanoshii's ambitious menu covers street ramen, soupless ramen, hot pot, steam buns and more.
Catherine Downes Oaxaca old fashioned
This secretive cocktail nook is noteworthy for its discreet entrance and lack of sign. It's a small, menu-less joint where you tell the bartenders what you like and they concoct a drink to suit your tastes. It's a fabulous place to feel 1 percent for a little while, or at least to bring a date.
Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern
In August the masterminds behind Il Cane Rosso brought to Dallas New York-style pizza so good it shut down their computers on the first day. The glitch barely slowed them down though, and Zoli's is now the spot to go to for authentically Brooklyn pizza.