If you're the type who likes to taste-test new restaurants in town, your calendar must have been full. Since mid-October, a half-dozen notable restaurants have opened in Dallas alone. This calls for a list of new hotspots, hungry people!
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STIRR (Deep Ellum)
STIRR has a rooftop patio that's bound to be popular while the weather's still warm. This modern American restaurant with a bar upstairs aims to do it all: brunch, lunch, coffee, happy hour, dinner and late-night cocktails. Its owners, Imran Sheikh, Amin Sheikh and James Faller, have experience in the restaurant and lounge/nightclub scene and are excited to land in Deep Ellum -- which has become quite the spot for food lovers. At STIRR, you'll find dishes such as a ground brisket and bacon burger; pimento cheese tortellini; blackened shrimp with blue cheese grits; and crispy duck breast.
- Opened Oct. 12 at 2803 Main St., #110, Dallas. Details.
Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurante (Lakewood)
Casual Tex-Mex restaurant Manny's has opened a new place in one of Dallas' most kid-friendliest neighborhoods: Lakewood. In its first few days open, parents have flocked to the restaurant to eat nachos and drink margaritas, kids in tow. That space at Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road previously felt jinxed, with restaurants Rex's Seafood & Chop House and Genaro's Mexican Cuisine lasting barely a hot minute. Perhaps Manny's and its laidback vibe are better suited for the neighborhood.
- Opened Oct. 20 at 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Details.
V-Eats Modern Vegan (West Dallas)
Meat-eaters and vegans alike, do not freak out when you see that this meatless restaurant is serving brisket tacos and bowls of chili. Chef Troy Gardner cooks "meat," which means plant-based substitutes that are almost like the real thing. Vegetarians and vegans who can't do the fake-meat thing will find plenty here, too, with items like the Beastless Burger -- a bean patty topped with guac, grilled onions, hummus and pickles -- and salads topped simply with vegetables and fruit. V-Eats is the latest addition to Trinity Groves, the dining "theme park," as we've called it, that's testing restaurant concepts to find the next big restaurant chain. Could it be a vegan restaurant?
- Opened Oct. 24 at 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. Details.
Flying Fish (Design District)
This restaurant already exists in Arlington, Addison, Fort Worth, Garland and at Preston Center in Dallas. This newest Design District restaurant is exactly the same as the others in this school of fish, meaning it's a fast-casual restaurant where you should skip right over the grilled stuff and order the fried stuff with sides of French fries and hushpuppies. It's a come-as-you-are kind of place, just as owner Shannon Wynne intended: "It is plumbers. It is businessmen. It is bowlers," he tells me.
- Opened Oct. 25 at 1838 Irving Blvd., Dallas. Details.
Kitchen LTO (Deep Ellum)
Once located in West Dallas near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Kitchen LTO closed suddenly and its owner vowed to find a new home. She did: The restaurant has popped back up in Deep Ellum, with a new chef and new art on the walls. That's the "thing" at Kitchen LTO: Its menu, its chef and its decor are always new. This "Limited Time Only" restaurant (hence, the LTO in the name) changes every few months to keep things fresh.
- Opened Oct. 25 at 2901 Elm St., Dallas. Details.
Grayson Social (downtown Dallas)
The aim of Grayson Social is "casual yet cosmopolitan," according to a statement from the restaurant. Located in downtown Dallas just a few blocks from Dallas gems such as the Majestic Theater and the original Neiman Marcus, Grayson Social serves southern food. It's "seriously serious about our biscuits," the website says. (Good. Biscuits are serious business.) Some of the menu items include chicken-fried quail and waffles and pulled chicken poutine topped with pimento cheese. The cocktail menu feels decidedly antebellum, too, such as this Beef & Bourbon: a bourbon and maple syrup cocktail served with a piece of beef jerky in its own little baggie. Grayson Social is a social club, too, with a members-only room that boasts "members-only pricing." (We'll investigate.)
- Open now at 1555 Elm St., Dallas. Details.