In a list of the best culinary cities in the United States in 2015, Dallas notched a respectable ninth place on Zagat. Better, still: Dallas was the only Texas city in the 17-city list. 

Take that, Austin and Houston.

5 things to know about Filament, one of Dallas' most anticipated restaurants this year

All 17 cities aren't just delicious places to eat, Zagat's writers point out; they must have seen a good amount of national publicity and notched a number of notable restaurant openings in 2015. Surely, then, Dallas seems like a fit: The Dallas Morning News team wrote more than 70 stories about restaurants in Dallas, specifically, in November and December alone.   

In both of those months, four highly anticipated restaurants opened their doors: Filament in Deep Ellum, from FT33 chef-owner Matt McCallister; Wayward Sons on Greenville Avenue, from former Hibiscus chef Graham Dodds; the Theodore inside NorthPark Center, from the restaurant group that operates Smoke and Bolsa; and Montlake Cut in Highland Park, from Neighborhood Services owner Nick Badovinus.

Dallas-based Zagat writer Steven Lindsey also mentioned notable restaurant openings in Rapscallion, Remedy, 18th & Vine and Uchi -- all of which made our restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's list of best new restaurants of 2015. Uchi, in fact, earned a rare five stars.

It's a delicious time to dine in Dallas, indeed.

Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., landed first, second and third on Zagat's list, respectively. See the full list here.

Keep up with Dallas' ever-changing dining scene at guidelive.com/food-and-drink.

Here's a gorgeous plate: pickled Gulf shrimp with jalapeno, watermelon and mint at Rapscallion in Dallas. 

Here's a gorgeous plate: pickled Gulf shrimp with jalapeno, watermelon and mint at Rapscallion in Dallas. 

Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News
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