|Definitely eat more barbecue, just go to Plano to do it. |
2014 was good to us, Dallas diners. We saw the opening of some of the city's most exciting restaurants along with some pretty devastating closings, but overall, things seem to be trending up for the foreseeable future. As such, that means that there is going to be a lot of excellent food to eat in the coming year, and you should make a conscious decision to break out of your dining rut and try some new things.
And this is, of course, the time of year when we make New Year's resolutions immediately before breaking them a few days into January. This year, though, you should resolve to just eat better in Dallas. Losing weight and quitting smoking is so ten years ago, so try one of these ten resolutions for Dallas diners instead.
1. Give the suburbs a chance.
For the longest time, the Dallas suburbs were a wasteland of chain restaurants and mediocre food, with a few notable exceptions. Now, this is entirely untrue. The migration of great Dallas restaurants, like Smoke, Dalat, EatZi's, and Lockhart Smokehouse, now means that there are plenty of great meals to be had north of I-635. You've always known about the excellent Asian and Indian food in Irving and Coppell, but now you have a few fine dining options for when you're meeting friends up north.
2. Eat some of John Tesar's old meat.
Chef John Tesar's 240-day dry aged ribeye was one of the most interesting menu items in Dallas this year, but it was relatively scarce. The process takes two-thirds of a year, which has meant that the beef has been really hard to come by. Now that Knife is finally hitting its stride after being open for most of 2014, you can look forward to much more of Chef Tesar's funky, flavorful beef in the New Year. More »