Nearly two years into the pandemic, Dallas boasts a long list of exciting new spots, including a clandestine hotel bar, multiple spins on the traditional steakhouse, an all-day café, and the best new place to grab a margarita. But because the establishments are shiny and new, they’re attracting swarms of Dallasites—so be sure to book your table in advance.
Magnum Bar at Hotel Vin (Grapevine)
This swanky new speakeasy in Hotel Vin, which opened in December, is a throwback to the Prohibition era. The Magnum experience starts with a pay phone. Call to gain entry to this 18-seat cocktail bar where patterned wallpaper, hunting trophies, and oversized art line the walls of the narrow space. Leather furniture, dim lighting, and strong cocktails create a sexy, moody vibe.This place is all about the ambiance—chandeliers, candlelight, giant ice cubes. Try the Gold Fashioned—bourbon, Spanish vanilla liqueur,Angostura cocoa bitters, and real gold. Magnum doesn’t serve food, so stop first at Harvest Hall, a food hall also located in the hotel—be sure to try the hand-pulled Chinese noodles and dumplings at Monkey King.
WITS Steakhouse (Design District)
This brand-new addition to the Design District, which opened its doors in December, is not your typical steakhouse. For one thing, WITS also offers a full sushi menu. For another, the South African owner Richard Ellman (founder of the Apheleia Restaurant Group) has sprinkled the menu with cuisine from his homeland, including staples such as braai (South African barbecue) chicken. But don’t be daunted by the unconventional steakhouse menu—the strips and filets are tender and rave-worthy, too. With its elegant white-tablecloth interior and impressive craft cocktail program, WITS is just the right setting for a special night out.
Nuri Grill (Farmer’s Branch)
Koreatown’s newest addition was a hot spot from the moment it opened in November, drawing Korean barbecue lovers with its high-quality ingredients and luxe decor—expect plenty of wood and marble, with gold and velvet accents. Nuri Grill is Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim’s latest project, and he hired MICHELIN-recognized chefs from Seoul, Minji Kim and Ben Lee, to execute his culinary vision. A grill on each table lets diners cook their own meat (servers are trained to do the same), including short ribs and chateaubriand. Prepared dishes from the kitchen—miso mashed potatoes, soy-glazed crispy pork rinds—pair well with Japanese whiskys.
Paloma Suerte (Fort Worth)
Restaurateur and chef Tim Love’s eighteenth restaurant generated all kinds of Fort Worth buzz long before its January opening. With more tequila than food options, this Tex-Mex spot in the Stockyards is a sure-fire good time—waiters prepare your queso tableside, and there are plenty of Love’s signature meat-on-meat-on-meat concoctions (try the bacon-wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cheese and brisket), accompanied by a soundtrack of sizzling fajitas. Exposed brick, a colorful dove mural (Paloma Suerte is Spanish for “lucky dove”), and industrial-chic exposed ceiling pipes lend the space a festive vibe. Seats at this just-opened spot aren’t easy to come by, so make a reservation, get a designated driver, and enjoy the margaritas.
Restaurateur Jay Khan’s cozy new West End spot, which opened in December, balances Irish comfort food with American favorites. The rotating seasonal menu includes Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie, in addition to steaks, mac and cheese, and a juicy reuben. An extensive Irish whiskey menu and a steady stream of whiskey cocktails make this the kind of place that is sure to draw many regulars. The chandeliers and private library, with jewel-toned accent chairs, are perfect for thick sweaters and a rainy day. Or pile into one of the comfy leather booths and enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich.
Clean, sleek, and brightly lit, this new all-day café, which opened for business in October, roasts its own coffee and cures and smokes its own meats. Mike Mettendorf of La Reunion in the Bishop Arts District opened this new spot as a nod to his passion for joe. Mettendorf has a background as a barista, and it’s evident in the details, from the state-of-the-art equipment to the beautifully crafted coffee cocktails. Because Parterre serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s equipped with three different menus. Why not bring your laptop and stay all day? Start with a breakfast taco and a cortado, grab a Cuban sando for lunch, and wind down at the bar in the evening with duck confit and a glass of wine.
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