For the May issue of our monthly Where to Eat article, there’s really no choice on the topic: newly opened restaurants. That’s because Dallas is saturated with new openings right now, so much they’re begging for a roster. It looks like just a few days ago we launched another slate of new openings – but that’s a testament to the high volume of newbies at the moment.
Here’s where to eat in Dallas right now:
The eponymous restaurant of award-winning chef and restaurateur Akira Back, a jet-setter who skis in Aspen and hangs out with Paris Hilton, opens May 6 at The Colony’s Boardwalk, the first in the United States for this global chain. Akira Back serves authentic Japanese cuisine with a Korean accent, including sushi rolls and Kagoshima A5 Wagyu, the finest quality Japanese Wagyu beef. The signature dish is a salmon “pizza”, a fusion feat with paper-thin slices of salmon “glued” to a tortilla with mayonnaise. Drinks include sakes, including Akira Back’s own brand, as well as wine and cocktails.
Great delicious Venezuelan restaurant
A former food truck has just opened in a former Subway at 16246 Midway Rd. in Addison, where founder Genesys Añez, a native of Venezuela, entrepreneur and caterer, serves amazing interpretations of the food she grew up with, a perfect combination friendliness and refinement. The menu includes sandwiches, arepas, empanadas, and sweet breads, as well as dishes you don’t find too often like tequeños, cheese-filled breads, and cachapas, small corn pancakes.
After being dormant for more than a decade, the venerable Dallas Tex-Mex that once ran the Park Cities from its Inwood Village location, has been revived by Gilbert Cuellar Jr., at an address with its own past: the former El Fenix at 5622 Lemmon Ave. built in 1961. To properly evoke the spirit of the original Casa Rosa, Cuellar brought back key elements that people remember, including the large murals. But also, the classic Tex-Mex – enchiladas, tamales, quesadillas, fajitas – that Cuellar and his family (of El Chico fame) are known for.
The Northern California concept makes its Texas premiere May 6 at the Village on the Parkway in Addison’s former Mercy Wine Bar space, under the watchful direction of celebrity Dallas chef and operating partner Aaron Staudenmaier, with a menu focused on seasonal and shareable products. dishes such as crispy pumpkin blossoms stuffed with goat cheese, sweet potato pakoras, fontina and spinach arancini, and Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs. The bar program is entirely devoted to wine and whisky.
It’s not so much a novelty as a rebranding: the former Up on Knox is known as Knox Bistro, in due celebration of the input and vision of chef Bruno Davaillon, formerly of Mansion and Bullion , who joined us last year. A statement describes Knox Bistro as the complete conceptualization of a French brasserie, a neighborhood destination for all occasions, with a menu inspired by its roots in France’s Loire Valley, featuring dishes such as grilled salmon and marrow steak tartare.
The fast-casual restaurant in Oak Cliff from the owners of Yellow Rosa aims to summon the Mexican experience of the Pacific Coast with mariscos, micheladas and an upcoming seafood market. The menu is influenced by different cities in Mexico, including Sinaloa, Michoacan and Veracruz, with dishes such as aguachiles, caldo de camarón, tostadas de pescado and ceviche. They also have 8 varieties of Michelitros, a liter of Michelada, draft beer, wine and margaritas. The service includes a BellaBot robotic server to deliver food, and they also have a pet-friendly patio.
Maple street food hall
The new concept in the Dallas Medical District offers a collection of chef-led food concepts including Asian, Mexican, healthy/organic fare, coffee and a full bar. Located at 4711 Maple Street, the company was founded to serve hospital workers as well as diners looking for foodie adventures. Well-known restaurants that have already opened include Mai Eats Lao Kitchen & Tropical Juice Bar, famous for its red curry; and La Calle, specializing in tacos with handmade tortillas. There’s also a full bar and a nice patio.
Newly opened restaurant in Oak Cliff by Zen Sushi Chef Michelle Carpenter (and named after her grandmother), Beatrice offers contemporary Cajun cuisine, paying homage to Cajun family traditions, rooted in Louisiana culture and cuisine . Led by executive chef and New Orleans native Terance Jenkins, the menu includes duck and okra andouille, fried chicken with pepper jelly, and vegan okra made with assorted leafy greens. The restaurant also sells “Ant Bea’s Pantry Staples” such as homemade pickles, jams, and rubs.
This Utah drive-thru chain that debuts at Fairview Town Center on May 6 is mostly a curio here. The chain serves fountain drinks with a twist, including their Dirty Soda brand, a combination of soft drinks with mixes including cream and shaved ice syrups such as Tiger’s Blood. Dirty sodas are huge in Utah because they’re licensed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but more recently they’ve become a social media phenomenon, especially on TikTok.
Brooklyn’s cult-favorite ice cream makes its Dallas debut at the West Village on May 7. Van Leeuwen’s New York ice cream parlors have won a devoted following for their artisanal approach to everything, including the use of ingredients from renowned like-minded suppliers such as Intelligentsia Coffee. They offer over 40 flavors, some common like chocolate and cookies and cream, and some extra-gourmet like Earl Gray tea. They are also known for their non-dairy flavors, with a super creamy texture that makes them one of the best vegan/non-dairy ice creams on the market.