We eat with our eyes first. Of course we do. But this smattering of new restaurants in Dallas, Irving and Addison is exceptionally stylish. They're the kinds of restaurants that are easy to like from the pictures -- though you'll have to visit yourself to decide whether you'll go back.
After you browse the four notable, new restaurants, you'll find information on four new or coming-soon Chick-fil-A fast-food joints. The company has consistently been named one of America's best fast-food chains. Maybe it's the chicken biscuits. Or is it the lemonade? Perhaps it's the lick-your-fingers barbecue sauce. We're not going to argue. In a world where you should visit Dallas' newest protein-bowl shop and Neapolitan pizza place, you probably also want to know where the newest Chick-fil-A has cropped up.
Smithy has one of the cooler exteriors we've seen on a new restaurant in Dallas. Its sharp edges are charming, aren't they? Inside, the menu "flirts with global influences," says a press release, but works with "ingredients you will know." Dinner includes homey appetizers like tater-tot poutine and queso; sandwiches include sliders, burgers and brats. Bigger entrees might mean ordering hot chicken; zoodles served with French bread; or soba noodles with mushrooms. Co-owner Brandon Luke says the menu is expected to "keep you guessing." The restaurant group behind Smithy also operates the Woolworth, a more casual restaurant in downtown Dallas. Smithy got its name because it was once an old blacksmith's shop, but more recently, it was Hibiscus.
Opened April 10. Dinner only, for now: Saturday and Sunday brunch starts in May. 2927 Henderson Ave., Dallas.
We're going to see more restaurants like Original ChopShop: It's a protein bowl place, the type of spot where diners can eat healthily if they choose but where it also feels stylish and cool to do so. We wrote last week that ChopShop has a Fixer Upper vibe (though no affiliation to Chip and Joanna Gaines) and its menu includes bowls, salads, sandwiches, juices and protein shakes.
Texas' first Original ChopShop opened April 10 at 7300 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. More locations in Plano and University Park are expected to open in 2018.
Like its sibling restaurant Edith's, a French bistro in Dallas' Mockingbird Station, Porcinos looks good. Here, the decor is "upscale farmhouse," says a release, with spindly trees rising up out of the center of some of the tables. As the name suggests, Porcinos' menu plays on pork dishes, though you don't have to be a meat-eater to eat here. The Addison restaurant takes over what once was Chaucer's, the steak and sushi place now replaced with baby-back ribs and chicken & biscuits. If you're into patios, this place has two.
Opened April 12. 5015 Belt Line Road, Dallas.
Italian-style Neapolitan pizzas -- pies cooked in ultra-hot ovens in less than a few minutes -- have thoroughly made their mark on Dallas. The latest Neapolitan pizza joint is MidiCi, a new West Village spot. It originated in Los Angeles and has spread across the country, with MidiCis from Washington to Florida, Massachussetts to Arizona. MidiCi takes over the former Lyfe Kitchen.
Opened April 12. 3699 McKinney Ave., in West Village, Suite 106B, Dallas.
That's right: Chick-fil-A is continuing to move into North Texas, so much so that many D-FW residents will no longer have to hunt for their closest chicken stop. (Although nobody, not even Chuck Norris, can get into Chick-fil-A on Sundays. Sorry.) In the next week, three new Chick-fil-As will have opened in North Texas: in Red Oak, Midlothian and Saginaw.
Next up is Wylie.
Check out the latest in Dallas dining at guidelive.com/restaurant-openings.
And since you're into restaurant openings, take a look at two restaurants opening in the very near future: