The Best New Dallas Places to Get Takeout in the Pandemic

E.A quick look at the news is enough to make the roadside and delivery seem like the most desirable option of the day. And that’s fine, because Dallas take-out is still the best ever. Months after the quarantine, we’ve rounded up some of the best new restaurants to order from.

Margaritas are available now at Uno Mas on Henderson. (Courtesy)

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2929 N. Henderson Avenue, Knox-Henderson

This new Tex-Mex eatery on Henderson Avenue focuses on thin bezel, classic bites and has some great vegan options like cauliflower fajitas. For a recent Uber Eats delivery order from Uno Mas, I went for the three-way guacamole (classic, bacon and pineapple). Highly recommended – it’s also about the price as a solo guac.

A popular main course was the Tacos Al Pastor with pork steak, achiote, guajillo, grilled pineapple, red onions and coriander. It comes with two tacos, red rice and your choice of eloten, charro, or chilled beans. The mezcal braised short rib enchiladas are also a must. Overall, Una Mas does a pretty impressive job for a brand new concept that opened in a pandemic.

Shug's bagels

Shug’s bagels

3020 Mockingbird Lane, University Park

Make sure you arrive early at this New York-style bagel shop that SMU just opened – things are picking up pace quickly. The to-go line was long noon on a Thursday (socially distant or not), with six-foot room markers and a mask mandate. I ordered an iced coffee and breakfast bagel that had two eggs and meat and cheese of your choice (I went for classic bacon and cheddar on a sesame bagel, but you can add it with sausage, chorizo, and various cheeses combine and bagels). When I unpacked the New York-style goodness after the 10-minute drive home, it was so warm and fresh as if I’d eaten it straight away.

Chirping chicken

Chirping chicken hut

3619 Greenville Avenue, Lower Greenville

As a wimp when it comes to anything spicy, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Chirps Chicken take away as much as I did. Formerly LG Taps and The Chuggin ‘Monk, the Lower Greenville area reopened as the Nashville Hot Chicken Restaurant during the pandemic. Not much has changed about the pub, except for a makeshift “chirps” sign hanging over the door. I ordered the Nashville specials (choose between Country, Nashville, and Fire) and a side of mac and cheese.

Everything went well (and stayed hot) and I can finally say I’m a Nashville Hot Chicken Convert. Luckily, more hot chicken spots are coming to Dallas soon: Palmer’s and Lucky’s.

White rhinoceros White Rhino Coffee also offers refreshing herbal and black iced teas. (Courtesy White Rhino Coffee)

White rhinoceros coffee

233 W. 7th Street, Suite 120, Bishop Arts

Brand new in Bishop Hill, White Rhino Café, located in Cedar Hill, is 50 percent open for takeout and food. On a hot day in Dallas, I went for ice cream with a latte and BLT. After the 15-minute drive to my apartment, the toasted sourdough bread with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo retained most of its crispness.

I would probably go for breakfast tacos or Thai quinoa salad next time, but the refreshing hibiscus iced tea will always bring me back.

The salty donut Dallas (Photo by Megan Ziots)

The salty donut

414 W. Davis Street, Bishop Arts

If you’re looking for something sweet to start or end your day (or to deliver a sugar high at lunchtime), be sure to order from Bishop Art’s The Salty Donut. With coffee and gourmet donuts in different flavors, there really is something for everyone. Hailing from Miami, The Salty Donut has year-round flavors as well as seasonal flavors. After ordering an assortment for delivery one morning, I decided that Maple + Bacon would be my favorite. This donut is a brioche donut with a pure maple glaze, candied Rudolph’s Meat Market bacon and the reduction of the Oak Cliff Brewery Black Lager. It’s super local and delicious. The seasonal jalapeño jelly + cream cheese with corn bread crumbs was barely a second.

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