A big wave of new Dallas restaurants all opened at the same time



With people coming out of the pandemic, the pace of restaurant openings in Dallas has really picked up.

Not a day goes by without some sort of story appearing on one opening, sometimes two. Lately the openings have started to pile up, and before you know it you’ve got a list in your hands.

This list is not a forward-looking forecast of all the openings to come over the next few months, like this one.

Instead, this list is very here and now, with a bunch of restaurants all opening pretty much the same day, like a giant wave of prosperity.

These restaurants have all just opened:

This brother of The Charles, Duro Hospitality’s bustling Dallas Design District restaurant, sits in the historic venue that was once The Grape, where it’s very calmly open, not even for reservations yet. The menu offers creative Mediterranean dishes such as pesto farfalle with fennel sausage; Calabrian pepper ravioli with broccoli and ricotta; and grilled carrots with dates and spicy cashews. Add an innovative wine list and VIP level service for all.

Modest kitchen and bar Rogers
The charming new Oak Lawn restaurant is by chef Modesto Rodriguez, an El Centro alumnus who worked at renowned restaurants such as Nonna and Carbone’s. In a nice little space at 3811 Fairmount St., he cooks up a tasty combination of Venezuelan, Spanish and Mexican dishes. It opened quietly last week and is still a neighborhood secret, but it won’t last long.

Bird of Fire
The space that was once Nick & Sam’s Grill (and before that, Martini Ranch) is now a quirky restaurant serving all kinds of birds: chicken, duck, turkey, emu, quail and even ostrich, with creative dishes such as Duck Tacos, Turkey Cobb Salad, Ostrich Burgers, and Texas Emu Cheesesteak Sandwich.

Parry Avenue barbecue company
A new location just debuted near Fair Park at 4300 Parry Ave. where owner Leo Morales and his pitmaster partner Derek Parker do a typical Latin barbecue: brisket and ribs, but also brisket tacos and a play on Morales’ grandmother’s Colombian empanadas, filled with brisket .

Garden cafe
A cozy cafe in East Dallas has been mostly closed since the start of the pandemic, but now chef-owner Mark Wootton is finally in the early stages of a slow reopening. Thanks to a special permit, he is now able to serve beer and wine, and for the first time, this former breakfast and lunch spot will eventually extend its hours to include dinner as well. For now, they’re going slowly with brunch Thursday through Sunday; reservations can be made online.

Baldo ice cream
A heavily neighborhood-focused ice cream shop opened its first store in early 2019 near SMU, where they draw students and families from Park Cities. Their second location is in an equally nearby neighborhood, in East Dallas’ favorite mall: Casa Linda Plaza, at 9449 Garland Rd., Where they opened on September 24. They take a careful, artisanal approach to their recipes and also come up with inventive flavors like strawberry shortcake, with strawberry jam ice cream with cake crumbles all over the place.

Squadron leader
Dickey’s BBQ initially showcased this wing-themed concept as a ghost kitchen, but quickly took it to the next level with a brick and mortar location in Addison at 3765 Belt Line Rd., Which marked its inauguration on the 30th. October. They make wings, fillets, fries, macaroni and cheese and a full service bar with TV to watch sports.

Hamburgers Chips
The Dallas burger chain founded in 1982 was taken over by James “Brent” Gamster in 2011, who at the time he took over had big plans for many openings. six to eight in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, with openings every one to two years, he told DBJ in 2013. The last they opened, at The Boardwalk at Granite Park in Plano , was in 2017. This marks their first location in Oak Cliff at 1605 N. Beckley Ave., and it will open on October 4th.

Cafe UDL
The Australian-rooted cafe concept opened a location in the Casa Linda neighborhood at 9005 Garland Rd. (Next to Hypnotic Donut). Not everyone knows it, but they take coffee very seriously in Australia, as do brothers (and Australians) Adam and Mark Lowes, who opened their first store in Dallas at 2650 Fitzhugh Ave. in 2017, and a second store in Park Cities at 6913 Preston Road in 2019. This new location, just down the street from the Arboretum, is suitable for dogs, bikes and especially lattes.

The mall restaurant entirely dedicated to elotes has just opened at Galleria Dallas, on the rink level – really, it’s more of a food stand than a restaurant, but we’re moving away – where it specializes. in the unique elotes experiences, with signature combinations, as well as a personal building option. This is the first location for this woman-owned business, but more are in the works.

RoPo & Logan
The new Deep Ellum bar takes over the old Hide space at 2816 Elm St., where it quietly serves a menu of food and drink any Midwestern dweller would love: a Chicago hot dog with Portillos-inspired crinkle fries and a Italian beef sandwich, with sirloin shavings and hot giardiniera on buttered bread. Plus, Chicago-style cocktails such as “Green River,†a frozen citrus drink with vodka and Malort, a popular Chicago liqueur with a bitter licorice flavor.


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