5 Dallas Restaurant Openings That Should Be On Your Radar

2021 is well underway, and there are several new restaurants in Dallas preparing to open their doors, as well as the return of an old Deep Ellum favorite. From the first Michelin-starred chef in Dallas at The National to Salt Bae’s first Texas steakhouse, these are the most prominent restaurant openings in Dallas right now.

Monarch (opening March 10th)

1401 Elm Street

Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant’s highly anticipated restaurant opens on The National’s 49th floor. The Monarch is a contemporary wood-fired Italian restaurant with great views of downtown Dallas that serves handmade pasta, steak, and seafood. The space will feature a wood-burning stove just outside the kitchen as well as a clam tank filled with fresh scallops, prawns and more from around the world.

Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dallas, “Salt Bae’s”, opens on February 27th.

Nusr-Et Steakhouse (opening on February 27th)

1900 N. Pearl Street

The new Nusr-Et Steakhouse location of the Nusret Gökçe (aka Salt Bae) Turkish restaurant in Dallas has already caused quite a stir (some of which aren’t that great), but the restaurant adjacent to Klyde Warren Park still has plans, a lot opening soon. US locations (Boston, Miami, New York) have popped up in recent years after “Salt Bae” went viral and dramatically salted beef. Now Dallas will get a taste of it after several delays.

Serious Dallas Pizza Deep Ellums Serious Pizza is finally reopening after a year of renovation. (Courtesy Serious Pizza)

Serious Pizza (Reopening Feb 26)

2807 Elm Street

After more than a year of being closed for remodeling, this Deep Ellum pizza staple is finally reopening with a lot more space to serve its slices New York-style. Serious Pizza, known for its 30-inch cakes, was acquired by Milkshake Concepts (Stirr, Citizen) in early 2020. 150 additional seats as well as an extended menu have been added. The delivery service is also in progress.

Buttercup Plano Buttercup in Legacy Hall is dedicated to chicken tenders and even serves them in waffle cones. (Courtesy Buttercup)

Buttercup (now open)

7800 Windrose Avenue (Legacy Hall), Plano

The FB Society’s newest concept (Ida Claire’s, Sixty Vines), Buttercup, is now open in the Legacy Food Hall under the motto “Tender Chicken Bites, Smartly Served”. The Plano restaurant is dedicated to waffle cone styling and chicken tenders with buffalo, wasabi, salty caramel and Thai basil flavors and lives up to its word. You can also keep it classic with chicken bites served with sauces like Sriracha Ranch and Atomic habenero.

Bonchon Dallas Bonchon recently opened its new headquarters in DFW. (Courtesy Bonchon)

Bonchon (now open)

4980 Belt Line Road, Suite 140, Addison

After opening their corporate headquarters in Dallas last year, this Korean chicken chain returns to North Texas with a new restaurant in Addison. This isn’t the first time Bonchon has landed in Dallas – a Lower Greenville location that opened and closed in about six months in 2014. However, the chain pledges again to support Dallas-Fort Worth with their new location (and one more on the way) in the colony. The restaurant offers chicken wings, kimchi mac and cheese, potstickers, and more.

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