Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Hot List: 12 notable openings in DFW from summer 2013
Oak Cliff now has pizza, a Deep Ellum shop sells designer doughnuts, and a park in Lower Greenville is slingin' food truck fare.
Summer means slow, right? Hardly, if you're talking about Dallas. From mid-June to mid-September -- when summer officially begins and ends -- 12 notable places opened. Many are restaurants, some are not, but all should be on your list to visit if you're into food.
Here's the Hot List from a big summer in DFW:
Boxwood Tap + Grill in Uptown Dallas: Taking the place of beloved bar TABC at State and Thomas in Uptown, Boxwood has great food without the pretense. It opened July 22 across from the Nodding Donkey and plays host to happy hours and patio dinners.
Zoli's NY Pizza in Oak Cliff: The owner of Neapolitan pizza shops Cane Rosso (in Lakewood and in Deep Ellum) opened new place Zoli's for those who want New York-style pizza. Though Zoli's had a disaster of a first day on August 6, the restaurant has been plenty busy since then.
Trader Joe's on Greenville Avenue in Dallas: Trader Joe's is not a restaurant, of course. But it was one of the biggest openings this summer for Dallas eaters. It opened August 9, and with it, Cookie Butter and Two-Buck Chuck were available to the masses in Dallas proper. Rejoice.
Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson: A visit to this quirky new theater can and should include dinner and a movie. When it opened August 9, its menu included brunch items like creme brulee French toast and snacks like fried pickles and Hatch queso. Mains include burgers, wraps and pizzas. For drinkers, the Glass Half Full Tavern inside the theater has cocktails, beer (including some local) and boozy milkshakes, which can be delivered right to your seat.
Sprinkles Ice Cream in Preston Center in Dallas: It's true: Dallas has not only a Sprinkles cupcake shop and a Sprinkles ATM (which, ahem, also opened this summer), it now has a Sprinkles Ice Cream shop as of August 16. Should you need something from all three places, they're awfully close to one another in Preston Center. Sprinkles owner Candace Nelson came to Dallas in August to debut the new ice cream shop, showing off her red velvet waffle cones and ice cream sandwiches with cupcake tops. It's open late.
Glazed Donut Works in Deep Ellum: In perhaps one of the craziest opening days we've seen in a long time, Glazed opened its doors August 16, sold out in 90 minutes, and closed. The week following, the owner decided to close for several days so its staff could prepare for demand they didn't expect. Here's your takeaway: Dallas loves designer doughnuts.
Village Kitchen in Highland Park Village: The space at 33 Highland Park Village has changed concepts several times, and this fall, it debuts as two restaurants instead of one. Downstairs, Village Kitchen opened August 22. It's aimed to be family friendly, with small bites, flatbreads and a special kids menu. Upstairs will be "hipster Asian" place Toko V, which is scheduled to open in September.
Kitchen LTO in West Dallas: This new restaurant is here today, gone in four months. Standing for Kitchen "Limited Time Only," chef Norman Grimm opened September 11 and will offer his menu for just four months before another chef and a design team gets to come in a re-do the space. Kitchen LTO is part of the Trinity Groves complex in West Dallas.
Taverna Rossa in Plano: Thin-crust pie shop Taverna Rossa popped up September 11 with culinary help from Brian Luscher, chef and owner of The Grape in Dallas. It's located near Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Expect live music a few times a week.
Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar in Uptown Dallas: If Dee Lincoln is behind it, you know there will be steak. And there is, but the high-end burger bar's focus is protein on a bun, whether that's beef, lamb, turkey or crab cake. The burger bar takes the place of JoJo Eating House and opened September 12.
Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue in Dallas: We call it a "funky food park," but let's be more specific: It's a 15,000-square-foot lot with food trucks, a treehouse bar and a chill backyard. The anchor to the park is a permanent Philly cheesesteak operation called Steak Me Home Tonight. Truck Yard opened last weekend.
Notable openings in May and early June -- which isn't "summer," but worth mentioning:
- HG Sply Co. on Greenville Avenue in Dallas
- Le Bilboquet in Dallas
- Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano
- Mercat Bistro in Saint Ann Court in Dallas
- Mutts in Uptown Dallas
- Weekend Coffee in the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas
- Bowlounge in Dallas' Design District (with a menu created by the guys from Twisted Root)