Dallas' 10 Biggest Restaurant Openings of 2013

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Catherine Downes
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.

Kitchen LTO
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.

*****

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Catherine Downes
CBD Provisions
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.

*****

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Catherine Downes
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.

*****

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Catherine Downes
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Smyth
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.

*****

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Catherine Downes
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.

*****


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Alice Laussaude
The Slow Bone Barbecue
With killer sides, Miss Jessie the smoker and a name that combines meat and eroticism, Slow Bone hits all the right barbecue notes. Owner Jack Perkins, the man behind the burgers at Maple and Motor, opened Slow Bone in April and has been going steady since then.

*****

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Catherine Downes
LARK on the Park
One of the craftier things Dallas has done as a city is turn an overpass into a park, and since March Klyde Warren has been the roost for LARK on the Park. On top of bringing some much needed greenery into the city's diet, LARK also promises that someday, maybe, Dallas will be a walkable city.

*****

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Catherine Downes
20 Feet Seafood Joint
20 Feet boasts po'boys, banh mi and every sea creature imaginable fried and served with chips. Old standards like clam chowder appear with fried clam rolls or other fare that's available as the season dictates. It's enough to make you forgive that they don't serve alcohol. One of the 50 Most Interesting Restaurants in Dallas.

*****

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Lori Bandi
Spoon Bar & Kitchen
The newest restaurant from chef John Tesar, now known across the country (or at least to reality cooking show fans) because of Top Chef Seattle, opened in February, and promised the chef substantial creative control. It may be neighbors with a Chipotle, but the scallops and foie gras provide their own ambiance. And it's good enough to even get the attention of Esquire.

*****

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Lori Bandi
Stampede 66
Texas as a culture can be hard to pin down but Stampede 66 has done a hell of a good job in the attempt. Stephan Pyles labored to make the most Texas-y restaurant possible, and materialized is snakeskin booths and chicken-fried steak with injectable gravy. One of our 50 Most Interesting Restaurants and, like Spoon, Esquire named Stampede 66 one of the best new restaurants in the country.

Honorable Mentions:
LUCK
Souk
Kozy Kitchen
The Shell Shack
Nickel and Rye
Mexican Sugar
Monkey King Noodle Co.
The Truck Yard
Taverna Rossa
Rice and Wheat
The Social House
Mudsmith Coffee
Dee Lincoln's Burger Bar

Location Info

Spoon Bar & Kitchen

8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
JohnRoberts007
JohnRoberts007

On the flip side, more than half of these restaurants will be closed at the end of 2014. I am not being cynical but are just simply stating facts. I wish you guys luck.


JR 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

I love Spoon   Still not sold on Stampede 66

ginger4v
ginger4v

Forget slowbone BBQ. This owner is extremely rude and cocky, Jack (Ass) feels he is a god send. I choose not to step in his establishment. He needs a good free serving of humility.

Greg820
Greg820

The Dallas dining scene has been excellent the last couple of years and 2013 was another great stepping stone.  Now, if we can KEEP great Chefs at great places for the long term we will be even better.  It does get tiring to invest your time getting to know a new restaurant only to have the Chef replaced by someone with a completely different point of view and palate.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@ginger4v If Jack was rude to you, you probably deserved his wrath. He's a great guy serving the very best BBQ in Dallas. 10 times better than the mesquite burnt crap they have at Pecan Lodge.

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