Dallas’ 7 Best New Restaurants for the Last Weeks of Winter

ONrboretum Annie saw her shadow this Tuesday, which means six more weeks of winter. Luckily we have some new restaurants in Dallas that will keep us full and warm for the cold weeks ahead. From new Asian fusion bars to vegan havens to a legendary Chinese chain restaurant, these are the best new places to eat in Dallas.


2901 Thomas Avenue

A new Asian restaurant inspired by the soju bars of Korea has taken over the former City Council bar spot in Uptown. Anju comes from Michael Kim from One Esca and the chef Don Flores (City Hall Bistro). Until the official opening in March (the indoor and terrace areas will soon be renovated), you will receive a preview of the new menu for dining or take away. It includes kimchi and pork belly tacos, lobster lo mein, a karaage chicken sandwich, and more. But it’s the pork belly rolls, angus dumplings, and Korean chicken wings that caught our eye on a recent visit. There’s also a weekend brunch menu that features shrimp and semolina, duck congee, and chicken and waffles.

The goal for Anju was to have a different location in uptown – whether to start the night or end the night, Kim told PaperCity. A main drink in the new restaurant is Somehg, a mixture of soju and Bud Light beer. You will also have a cocktail menu with some Asian and classic American creations. Kim also has a new restaurant in the works for downtown McKinney, Mad for Chicken – a Korean chicken concept from New York.

The treasure trove

320 W. 7th Street

This new hybrid tapas lounge and jewelry store in Bishop Arts just opened on 7th Street in the former Aesop area. According to Instagram, the spot serves “craft gemstone cocktails” as well as tapas such as guacamole, street corn and salads from Thursday to Sunday. The concept comes from Coco’s jewelry Fire and Ice and Ely Artisans, which is sold in the lounge.

Belse Plant Cuisine offers vegan bites like watermelon sushi. (Courtesy)

Belgian vegetable kitchen (opening February 5th)

1910 Pacific Avenue, Suite 1400

This new vegan concept, which opened right next to the historic Majestic Theater downtown, comes from the Los Angeles-based Little Pine owners (fun fact: famous musician / producer Moby was originally one of them). The new place will initially open for dinner, followed by brunch and lunch. The plant-based menu consists of shared plates like a ketchup flight (we’re trying new things), crispy cauliflower, watermelon sushi rolls, and more. There will also be salads and entrees, including an Impossible Burger, Mac and Cheese, Piccata with Panko Crust, and a Doll with Black Beans. Even as a carnivore, I’m fascinated.

Ame (opening in February)

418 N. Bishop Avenue

This new upscale Indian restaurant takes over the former Hattie room in Bishop Arts and comes from the owners (mother and daughter, Afifa and Sabrina Nayeb) of the Farmers Market’s 8 Carnations.

Marriott Dallas Uptown restaurants The main restaurant at the Marriott Dallas Uptown is Good Graces.

Good graces (opening on February 10th)

3033 Fairmount Street

In the newly opened Marriott Dallas Uptown Hotel, this new, globally inspired restaurant is due to open shortly. Chef Juan Pablo Silva will lead the kitchen, which offers local dishes such as Gulf Coast oysters, Texas steak, seafood and more.

Carte Blanche (opening in March)

2114 Greenville Avenue

Husband and wife Casey and Amy La Rue are taking over the former Mudsmith room in Lower Greenville this spring, this new restaurant and bakery. Carte Blanche was originally a pop-up food concept and is introduced in the morning as a two-in-one bakery and in the evening as an elegant tasting menu.

HaiDiLao Hot Pot Frisco HaiDiLao Hot Pot’s first DFW location opens in Frisco in March. (Courtesy HaiDiLao)

HaiDiLao Hot Pot (opening in March)

9244 Prestmont Place, Suite 200, Frisco

This highly anticipated Chinese chain restaurant announced an opening schedule for its first DFW location in Frisco within the new Frisco Oasis development in early March. The place is known for its extravagant hot pot service, which includes hot pots of meat, seafood, and more.

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